D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - D'Iberville is the latest South Mississippi city to make MEMA cottages permanent. Wednesday afternoon, council, and city administration met with residents to fine tune an ordinance that would allow people to remain in MEMA cottages.
R.J. Deno is one of many D'Iberville residents happy that his city decided to allow permanent placement of MEMA cottages.
"They are beautiful little jewels that we need to cherish," said Deno.
Deno's cottage is on First Street right behind his family owned business.
"The thought of losing these cottages makes us feel like we're about to endure another hurricane that's going to uproot us again, and that's not a good feeling," said Deno.
Uprooting more residents is something Mayor Rusty Quave was trying to avoid.
"These people have been living in the cottages and in the trailers for the last three and a half years and we don't want to uproot families again and move them. And I think that the people that own properties in the city of D'Iberville will remain on those properties, and this ordinance should address all those concerns. And hopefully they can be comfortable living where they are in a MEMA cottage," said Mayor Quave.
However, like many other South Mississippi cities, there are stipulations on where the cottages can be placed, elevation requirements and strict guidelines which prohibit renting the cottages.
"It's going to be on the deed of trust those cottages must be the homestead of the owner," said City Manager Richard Rose.
Now that the rules are in place and the cottages can stay, D'Iberville residents can look forward to truly having a permanent place to call home.