Is Big Trailer a Big Problem in Hennepin?

Trailers and zoning were the main focus of the Hennepin Village Board on Wednesday night.

Zoning Officer Larry Brown informed the board about an issue with a trailer in Al’s Trailer Park near Fifth and Vine streets. Brown said the trailer was placed in the park without proper permits. The trailer is too large for the lot and too close to the street. He said notice had been sent to the trailer park owner. Brown also said a deck or porch was currently being built on the trailer.

Clyde Zellmer, past village board member, owns the trailer park.

Village mayor Kevin Coleman said he, Brown and village attorney Roger Bolin would work together to figure out how to proceed with the matter. Brown and Coleman also discussed other violations in the park, both from town zoning and state requirements.

Also up for discussion was the squaring off of Fifth and High streets.  The intersection currently forms a “Y” where Fifth meets High. Coleman said he had discussed changing the intersection many years ago, and Zellmer had asked about the possibility again. The large trailer in question sits near the intersection.

Village engineer Bill Shafer estimated the cost to change the intersection at $10,000. An electrical pole would need to be moved. Because of the difficulty, the cost to move it was estimated at an additional $10,000.

A small portion of the road currently sits on trailer park property, but because of the length of time the road has been in place, the village has a prescriptive easement, and is able to leave the intersection in place, according to Shafer. Prescriptive easements are easements that are allowed by the regular use of something, in this case Fifth Street.

The board decided the cost was too high to change the intersection at this time.

A walk in the park: B & M Concrete Construction of Magnolia was awarded the sidewalk contract for $21,800. The project includes a walkway in the Bassi Park as well as four handicapped ramps at Fifth and Court streets, near United Methodist Church. The project will begin next week and be completed by June 26.

The town board also decided to have an arborist come to town to check on multiple ash trees on village property. Some of the trees are thought to be dying, and the board asked that an expert decide which trees could be saved and which need to be removed.

Grass be gone: The board discussed implementing written warnings and fines for people who blow grass clippings onto curbed streets. The clippings get into storm sewers and cause issues with pipes. Diana Brandstatter, village clerk, was instructed to call local communities for examples.

Source: News Tribune