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Green belt for Brownsville Mobile Home Park?


Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Kerry and Nancy Soiney who have a home across the street from this mobile home park want the owner of the park to establish a green zone between the trailers and the street.

Kerry and Nancy Soiney aired their complaint at the Preston City Council’s October 7 meeting insisting that a “green belt” should be established along the Brownsville Street section (in front of about five mobile homes) of the Brownsville Mobile Home Park. The park has room for 13 mobile homes and currently has 11. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that the city had received complaints concerning several violations of city ordinances by the mobile home park. Owner Tim Johnston has dealt with most of the violations since May when city officials met with him about the violations. The main issue left is the requirement detailed in city ordinance 152.04 (A) which requires a green belt around the periphery of the manufactured home park that adjoins any residential zones. The question was asked if this would apply to the street side of the mobile home park.

The ordinance was put on the books in 1971. Kerry Soiney noted that several small lilac bushes were just planted, but they will take years to provide adequate screening of the park. The fact that individual driveways come out to the street further complicate the problem. He wants a full size green zone by the spring of next year. Soiney suggested the owner hire a landscaper. He said the driveways are poor planning and that there should be a single road into the park.

Soiney said he and his mother before him have been complaining about the mobile home park for years. He insisted it is just a visual issue. They are looking out at 40 to 50 year old trailers now. He said just think what it will look like in 20 years. After having been told nothing could be done, they found this ordinance. He offered to purchase the property in 2012, but the owner didn’t want to sell. Soiney also suggested the mobile home park should have a storm shelter, parking area, and a recreational area for children.

Councilman Robert Maust was concerned about liability issues if tall greenery blocked the view of cars entering the street.

A 1995 ordinance doesn’t allow for individual driveways in a mobile home park. Mayor Kurt Reicks said they can’t ask that the driveways be removed now as they predated the ‘95 ordinance. The mobile home park was established in 1971 and has had several owners.

City attorney Dwight Luhmann asked if it can be effectively screened with the driveways. A motion was made .....
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Preston enters into option agreement for POP property

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council and the Preston EDA held a combined meeting on September 23 to discuss the possible disposition of Preston Oil Products (POP), the long abandoned gas station at the corner of St. Paul Street SW and Mill Str ..... 
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Walz announces $10 million grant for Preston Veteran Cemetery

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Construction of the cemetery will give peace of mind to 51,150 Minnesota Veterans and their families MANKATO, Minn. – Representative Tim Walz announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a $10 million grant covering 100 percent o ..... 
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Ten year plan for Preston street maintenance

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karne Reisner Jim Bakken, Public Works, reviewed a detailed 10 year street maintenance schedule at the city council’s September 16 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Streets have been assigned a numerical rating. Bakken said $4 ..... 
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Preston to proceed with plans for Twenty-14 Project

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Stantec engineer Brett Grabau explained at the public hearing for the Twenty-14 Project that the proposed project will involve about one-third of the city’s streets and underlying utilities. A resolution was adopted later during the September 3 ci ..... 
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Preston discusses preliminary 2014 budget

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner A long discussion ensued at the Preston City Council’s August 21 meeting as to the specific details outlined in an early draft of the 2014 budget. Councilman Robert Maust peppered city administrator Joe Hoffman and city clerk S ..... 
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Preston debates purchase of derelict properties

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Cathy Enerson, Preston EDA, presented details at the Preston City Council’s August 5 meeting for a possible land acquisition of three parcels. The potential purchases would be to further the EDA’s efforts to clean-up dilapidated properties near ..... 
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A leaner National Trout Center

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at its July 13 meeting after a long discussion concerning the past and future of the National Trout Center voted to approve the revised, leaner budget for the center. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The NTC was found ..... 
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Preston invites volunteers to help

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council at their July 1 meeting discussed the Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Ronald McDonald Charity Cruise, and Goose Flat Park. The city is looking for interested volunteers to serve. Councilmen David Harriso ..... 
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