BERLIN, Pa. — Borough officials are waiting for input from their solicitor before moving forward with drafting an ordinance regulating mobile homes and trailer parks.

At a meeting Thursday night, Berlin officials said they were asking attorney James Yelovich for recommendations on several questions:

* Can the borough regulate distances between mobile homes in a mobile-home park?

* Can building setback regulations be amended reflecting increased setback distances?

* And can the borough establish a minimum amount of square footage of living area in single-family residential structures?

Borough officials made no decision Thursday.

“He’s going to research some of these things but he hasn’t gotten back to me,” said council Vice President Charles E. Rhodes.

Some residents have said it would be discriminatory to impose regulations for mobile homes that are different than those required for other types of residential structures.

Some also have said they wanted existing mobile homes to be “grandfathered in’’ before the ordinance is adopted.

Borough Council included a provision to “grandfather in’’ existing mobile homes and parks into the ordinance at the last meeting.

The ordinance to grandfather in mobile-home parks would include two or more trailers on the same lot or group of adjacent lots.

“He gave us some things in writing that we’ll have to review,” borough Secretary Kerry Claycomb said of the solicitor.

Council is working to revise its first draft on the matter.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.

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