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City of Preston Ordinance 152.04


Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Kerry Soiney

On March 7, the City Council of Preston will again discuss the 1971 ordinance that requires a screening green belt surrounding the perimeter of mobile home parks that border residential properties in the City of Preston. It was fully debated in 2012 and determined to be a reasonable ordinance that requires compliance. Why, you ask, is it again on the agenda?

In 1972, a citizen chose, without public input, to develop a trailer park on his back pasture. This trailer “park” was juxtaposed between the single family residences of Brownsville St. NE and the backyards of the properties on Spring St. NE. It has never been a “park” - it is a barren tract of land that currently has eleven 1970s trailer homes. The required year a round screening green belt was never established.

The 1971 city council had the foresight to include Mobile Home Park ordinances that were required by the state and consistent with other communities. One of these requirements was a screening green belt around the “park”, to maintain property values and general welfare of the citizens that are most affected by the insertion of this private business within the heart of their neighborhood. This screening green belt is standard for communities, and is for the benefit of the trailer park residents as well as the residents of the surrounding single family properties. You need travel no further than Wykoff, Minn., to see an excellent example of an effective green belt, with a variety of evergreen trees surrounding a similarly sized trailer park. So, what is the problem? This ordinance was never enacted in Preston.

Three considerations:

1. There is no reason for this ordinance to be ignored - it is something that can be done and needs to be done. It is the responsibility of the City of Preston to enforce their ordinances, and work on behalf of taxpaying residents; not against them.

2. Property and resale values of the homes and undeveloped properties in proximity to this 45-year-old trailer park are markedly reduced due to the lack of the required screening green belt. The total dollars of property values lost to the residents of Preston far exceeds the cost for the park owner to comply with planting a green belt. Home building lots that border the trailer park are left empty. The taxpayers of Preston have legitimate business interests also, and actually live in Preston and spend money in P .....
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Houston County must play by the rules

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
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By John Jordan I come from a long line of environmentally concerned men. My great-grandfather witnessed the advent of internal combustion automobiles. “We know the consequences of what comes out of the rear end of a horse,” he said, “but wh ..... 
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Remembering Scalia

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
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Antonin Scalia will long be remembered as an important and significant Supreme Court Justice. Whether you agreed with him or not his nearly 30 years of service on the court should be respected. His decisions and writings are his legacy and they will ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Bluff Country’s blemish

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
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By now, I’m guessing you’ve heard about another episode of fraud involving Southeast Minnesota Historic Bluff Country Inc. The first time was under the leadership of director Kristina Nolte. On June 17, 2013, Kristina Nolte, of Mabel, Minn. ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Honoring our Veterans

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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On Friday, February 5, 2016, our staff at the Fillmore County Journal worked tirelessly to prepare for what I presume will be our biggest event of the year -- the debut of Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans. And, the sole purpose ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Honoring our Veterans

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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On Friday, February 5, 2016, our staff at the Fillmore County Journal worked tirelessly to prepare for what I presume will be our biggest event of the year -- the debut of Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans. And, the sole purpose ..... 
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How to Tell If Congress Is Working Again

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separat ..... 
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How to Tell If Congress Is Working Again

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separat ..... 
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How to Tell If Congress Is Working Again

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separat ..... 
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