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DeRidder Council approves zoning exception for mobile home

BY RYAN KEETON
DERIDDER -- A special exception to DeRidder zoning ordinances was approved by the City Council on Monday.
The exception to allow a mobile home to be placed on a property on Oak Street was presented to the council at a previous meeting and rejected on the recommendation of the city's zoning commission. Members said the home wasn't sound and that it would make the area look bad.
However,  a structural soundness inspection paid for by the owner, Shalindra Dunbar, along with statements attesting to appearance of the home, swept aside those arguments.
Dunbar and two others who live in the vicinity of the proposed site for the mobile home also spoke in favor of allowing the exception. No one spoke against it.
“I'm a single mom on disability and right now I am sleeping on my mother's floor,” Dunbar explained.  She went further stating that, at age 39, this will be the first home she has ever truly owned and that she feels blessed to have been able to purchase the home for a low cost.
The council approved the exception unanimously.
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