[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Glocester 5-14-1965, as amended 11-12-1965, 4-11-1974, 7-14-1978, 8-9-1979 and 5-12-1988 (Ch. II, § 12, 2-12-13, of the 1991 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Tax Collector of the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island.
- HEALTH OFFICER
- The duly appointed health officer of the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island, or his deputy.
- Any person or persons, firm or corporation receiving a license to conduct, operate or maintain a mobile home park or trailer park or individual mobile home or trailer, as the case may be.
- LICENSING AUTHORITY
- The Town Council of the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island.
- MOBILE HOME
- Any type of vehicle used for sleeping or living quarters, permanent or temporary, which may or may not be equipped with running water, bath facilities, flush toilet and/or other appropriate sanitary conditions, and to which wheels are or could be attached.
- MOBILE HOME PARK or TRAILER PARK
- Privately owned land upon which two or more mobile homes or trailers are or are intended to be used and occupied as sleeping or living quarters, permanent or temporary, and in this chapter, the use of the word "park" alone, or the use of the words "mobile home park" by themselves, or the words "trailer park" by themselves, in the singular or plural, shall be construed to include both mobile home parks and trailer parks.
- Includes individuals, partnerships, corporations, owners, lessees, licensees, and the agents of each of them.
- Any house, car, or automobile trailer, other than a mobile home, used for or adaptable for the use as living quarters, permanent or temporary, and either with or without wheels attached thereto.
No person shall maintain or operate a mobile home park or trailer park without having first obtained a license from the licensing authority. These regulations shall apply forthwith to all existing mobile home or trailer parks; provided, however, that the licensing authority shall, upon application, grant such extension of time or waive such requirements (other than the sanitary requirements) as may in its judgment be appropriate.
Any person desiring to establish or operate a mobile home park or trailer park shall, prior to placing mobile homes or trailers on any proposed site, or doing any other or manner of thing with respect to the construction of any facilities in connection with the operation of any such park, first file an application, signed by the applicant, with the Town Clerk of the Town of Glocester, setting forth the hereinafter required information and accompanied by such other materials as shall satisfy such requirements:
Name and address of the applicant.
A plot plan made by a licensed surveyor under seal, showing the site of the mobile home park or trailer park, roads, location, size, shape and identification number of the mobile home or trailer lots or spaces, locations of sanitary provisions and the name of abutting property owners according to the Land Records of the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island.
Proof of ownership, option or valid lease of the premises to be used as a mobile home park or trailer park.
Upon the filing with the Town Clerk of the application for a license, accompanied by such other information as herein required, and after payment of the herein prescribed fee, the Town Clerk shall, within 10 days thereafter, transmit to the Planning Board the application and accompanying information for study and recommendation to the Town Council.
The Planning Board of the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island, shall, within 60 days after receipt of the application and accompanying information from the Town Clerk, return to the Town Clerk for action thereon by the Town Council, the application and accompanying information, together with the recommendation of said Planning Board. The Town Clerk shall thereupon publish notice of said application at least once each week for three successive weeks in a public newspaper published in the County of Providence, for public hearing thereon at the next convenient regular meeting of the Town Council.
After public hearing by the Town Council of the Town of Glocester, as aforesaid, the Town Council shall either approve or deny said application, and said Town Council may impose such conditions or restrictions limiting the number of mobile home sites or trailer sites, or any other conditions or restrictions, as in its discretion shall seem advisable under the circumstances.
In the event that the Town Council shall approve said application, with or without conditions or restrictions, said applicant shall forthwith construct and prepare said mobile home park or trailer park in accordance with the plans submitted by it and in accordance with any such conditions or restrictions as the Town Council may impose. Said applicant shall commence said construction within 60 days and shall complete the same in compliance with the application as approved by the Town Council within six months after said Town Council shall have approved the application.
Upon the completion of the park as aforesaid (but in no event not more than six months from the date of the approval by the Town Council, otherwise such approval of said Town Council and all the rights of the applicant hereunder shall expire), the applicant shall file the following with the Town Clerk:
A certification signed by the applicant that he has complied with the decision of the Town Council and the requirements of this chapter.
A certificate of the Health Officer of the Town of Glocester certifying that he has examined the site and that the applicant has complied with the decision of the Town Council and all of the requirements of this chapter.
A certificate of the Department of Health of the State of Rhode Island, or such other department or agency of the State of Rhode Island having jurisdiction over matters of health and sanitation, certifying that the site has been examined by said department and that the applicant has complied with the laws of the State of Rhode Island and the regulations of all agencies having jurisdiction over matters of health, sanitation and such parks.
Pay to the Town Clerk a license fee as set from time to time by the Town Council, which fee shall cover the period from the time of issuance of the license to December 31 next after the issuance of the license. All such licenses shall be renewed between December 15 and December 31 of each year, and the renewal fee for such license shall be as set from time to time by the Town Council.
In addition to the payments of the fee hereinabove prescribed for the original license and for each renewal thereof, the licensee shall pay a sum as set from time to time by the Town Council for every trailer stationed, erected or maintained in said park.
A mobile home park or trailer park shall be located on a site graded to insure drainage of surface and subsurface water, sewerage, and freedom from stagnant pools.
A minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet shall be provided for each mobile home or trailer lot of space, but in no event shall there be more than four mobile home or trailer lots per acre of land of the licensee.
There shall be a minimum of 20 feet of clearance between each mobile home or trailer.
All mobile home or trailer lots shall abut on a roadway of not less than 30 feet in width where off-road parking is provided or 40 feet where no off-road parking is provided.
All roads within any park shall be well drained, provided with gravel or hard surface, and shall be maintained in good condition by the owner or licensee of the park.
No mobile home or trailer shall be located closer than 40 feet to the traveled portion of any public highway.
Street lights of not less than 1,000 lumens each shall be installed at intervals of not more than 300 feet apart in any park.
Each licensee shall keep, or cause to be kept, a register in which the following information shall be recorded forthwith upon letting of each mobile home or trailer lot:
The full name of the mobile home or trailer owner.
The number of persons occupying each trailer and the names thereof.
The make, model, size, serial and license numbers and year of manufacture of each mobile home or trailer stationed, maintained, or registered on the premises of the licensee.
The state of registration and registration number of each trailer and auto used to transport or pull each such trailer.
At the time each licensee shall apply for a renewal of any license issued pursuant to this chapter, all of the information required by Subsection H hereinabove shall be furnished to the Town Clerk, and the Town Clerk shall not issue any renewed license until and unless such information shall be furnished to him, and said Town Clerk shall thereupon forward to the Board of Tax Assessors of the Town of Glocester a duplicate copy of said information.
No license for a mobile home park or trailer park shall be transferable by sale or otherwise by the holder thereof to the licensing authority, and the Town Council may, in its discretion, permit such license to be transferred to another person, but in all cases, said licensing authority shall, before permitting such transfer, give notice of and conduct a public hearing on the application for such transfer. Said notice shall be published at least once in a newspaper published in the County of Providence and at least seven days in advance of said public hearing, and said notice shall give the name of the licensee, the name under which the park is operated and its address, the local Tax Assessor's identification by plat and lot number, and the name and address of the prospective transferee. The application for a transfer shall be accompanied by the payment of a fee as set from time to time by the Town Council. The licensing authority may deny the application for transfer if, in its sole discretion, said transfer shall not be in the best interest of the Town of Glocester.
No mobile home park or trailer park heretofore located in the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island, or hereafter established in the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island, shall be expanded at any time, or in any manner whatsoever, to accommodate any additional mobile homes or trailers than shall be presently occupying the premises (in the case of a mobile home park or trailer park in existence at the time of adoption of this chapter), or upon the original plot plan as submitted with the original application and as acted upon by the Town Council (in the case of such mobile home parks or trailer parks as may subsequently be established in accordance with this chapter), except upon application to the Town Clerk for expansion thereof by the licensee for action thereon by the Town Council, and such application shall be accompanied by a new plot plan, showing the extent of the proposed expansion. The Town Clerk shall, within 10 days thereafter, transmit to the Planning Board said application and accompanying information for study and recommendation to the Town Council. The Planning Board of the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island, shall, within 60 days after receipt of the application and accompanying information from the Town Clerk, return to the Town Clerk for action thereon by the Town Council, the application and accompanying information together with the recommendation of said Planning Board.
An adequate supply of potable water with a minimum of 25 pounds per square inch pressure at all times shall be provided for each mobile home or trailer space or lot. The water source shall be capable of producing 300 gallons of potable water per mobile home or trailer lot per day from a source approved by the Health Officer of the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island.
No part of the sewerage disposal leaching field system shall be located within 80 feet of any mobile home or trailer park well water supply.
Where the sewer lines of a mobile home park or trailer park are not connected to a public sewer, the means of disposal of all sewerage shall be approved by the State Board of Health.
Each mobile home or trailer lot shall be provided with an electrical connection approved by the Building Inspector of the Town of Glocester.
Licensees shall furnish at least one suitable refuse can with tight-fitting cover for each occupied mobile home or trailer lot, or use any approved collection method in accordance with the state health sanitation laws. Refuse shall be collected and removed regularly and in such manner that no nuisance shall be maintained, and it shall be the responsibility of each licensee to maintain proper sanitary conditions with respect to waste and refuse disposal.
No person, under any circumstances, shall maintain, establish, station or park a mobile home or trailer for dwelling or other purposes on any property within the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island, except in a duly established mobile home park or trailer park as herein constituted.
Any individual mobile home or trailer park maintained or established and duly licensed at the time of the adoption of this chapter shall be permitted to be maintained on its present site until the same shall be removed, and thereafter no mobile home or trailer may be reestablished on said site, or any other site except as provided in this chapter; provided, however, that any licensee maintaining an individual mobile home or trailer within the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island, at the time of the adoption of this chapter, shall annually renew his license between December 15 and December 30 of each year, and shall pay to the Town Clerk a sum as set from time to time by the Town Council for each such renewal; and provided, further, however, that no such license for any individual mobile home or trailer as may have been previously issued shall be transferable to any other person for any reason.
Flood hazard areas. The following requirements shall apply to any mobile home or house trailer park; any expansion to an existing mobile home or house trailer park; or any existing mobile home or house trailer park where the repair, reconstruction, or improvement of the streets, utilities and pads equals or exceeds 50% of the value of the streets, utilities and pads before the repair or reconstruction has commenced; and which is located wholly or in part within Zone A and Zones A1-30 as identified on the Flood Insurance Rate Map as part of the Flood Insurance Study which also includes the Flood Boundary and Floodway Map. Said maps and any amendments thereto are hereby made part of this section of these regulations:
Stands on lots must be elevated on compacted fill or pilings so that the lowest floor of the mobile home or house trailer will be at or above the base flood level;
Adequate surface drainage and access for a hauler must be provided; and
In the instance of elevation on pilings, lots must be large enough to permit steps, piling foundations must be placed in stable soil no more than 10 feet apart, and re-enforcement must by provided for pilings more than six feet above ground level.
After a public hearing upon an application for an original license, a transfer of any license, or expansion of any park, the licensing authority may deny any such application if, in its sole and uncontrollable discretion, the approval of such application would not be in the best interest of the use of the land, the neighboring land, or the community as a whole.
Any license issued by the licensing authority may be revoked by said licensing authority for violation by the licensee of any provisions of this chapter or for other cause shown, and any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall also be subject to prosecution and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $100 for each offense. Each day any violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate and distinct offense.
The provisions of this chapter may be enforced in the same manner as Chapter 350, Zoning. All actions brought on behalf of the Town shall be brought in the name of the Town by the Zoning Inspector, the police, or any other authorized Town official. The provisions of this chapter may also be enforced by criminal prosecution, injunctive relief, or any other legal or equitable relief in a court of proper jurisdiction. All fines collected as a result of any such action shall be paid to and become part of the general funds of the Town.
All provisions of this chapter shall apply to existing mobile home parks or trailer parks, and all licenses in existence at the time of the adoption of this chapter shall continue in effect until December 31 next after the adoption of this chapter, at which time all such licenses will expire and shall be renewable only in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.