Council lauds woman for home repairs, grants extension
Peabody city councilmen were so impressed with the work by Janelle Coates’ work to renovate her home that they granted her a one-month extension to live in her recreational vehicle camper until work was completed.
Seeing the work Coates put in was a convincing reason to grant an extension, said.
“The fact that she’s actually working to get it accomplished, I’m more apt to help out,” councilman Travis Wilson said.
The ordinance says residents have 30 days before receiving a citation for living in an RV, which is superseded by the council’s allowance.
Coates expects to have her house ready for use by Peabody’s first meeting of November.
“No one wants it more than me,” she said. “Camper living is OK but it’s getting old.”
Coates said a gas leak needs to be found and fixed. After that, the floor needs to be repaired in the bathroom.
A sewer line section running through an alley between Sycamore and Nickel Sts. is in need of repairs after cracks were found, but the amount of work is yet to be determined.
Two hours were spent locating the 15-foot, 9-inch section, at which point it was cut off and sealed, interim public works superintendent Lucas Larsen said.