"I believe the City of Minden is a beautiful city, and it is my desire to do everything possible to make it even more beautiful," Robertson said in a written statement. "It is my goal to strongly encourage the placement of mobile homes only in those areas which are properly zoned for them."
Robertson's problem came not with mobile homes, but with their placement, which he said were on major roads leading into the town.
Karen Pullman requested a zoning variance on property owned by Jean Taylor located at 1434 Shreveport Road in order to place a mobile home on the property to be used as a residence.
The Minden Regional Planning Commission granted the request with the stipulation that the existing cottage located on the property is torn down once the mobile home is in place.
A second zoning variance was granted despite consternation. The council approved a variance for Darius Davis on property owned by him at 1406 Highway 79 (near Calvary Baptist Church) in order to place a mobile home on the property.
Pullman's request was made on behalf of a disabled friend. She plans to renovate the trailer and make it handicapped accessible. Davis plans to let a friend live in the trailer near Calvary Baptist while the friend renovates his own home.
The council approved both requests by a 3-2 vote. The voting was the same on both requests with Councilman Joe Cornelius, Councilwoman Magaline Quarles and Councilwoman Fayrine Kennon-Gilbert voting YES. Councilmen Tommy Davis and Benny Gray voted NO.
While later vetoing both of these council moves, Robertson said his goal was not to criticize anyone for choosing a mobile home as a residence.
"I recognize that mobile homes are a viable option for many people and can be made very attractive," he said. "The zoning regulations for our city were carefully thought out and are updated from time to time through council action. These regulations take in to consideration the different requirements best suited for residential zoning in order to keep our city more uniform in both appearance and purpose."