City Council Tables One Proposal, Passes Others

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The city council met Monday to vote on several proposals that were presented and discussed at Thursday’s workshop. All council members were present. One item was tabled and several others were passed.

The tabled proposal was concerning monthly fees for RVs and horse pens at the Nature Preserve. The current proposal does not include a time limit on how long the facilities can be rented. There was concern voiced that renters would make their stays permanent. A common practice is to require travelers to leave for at least two weeks after a six-week stay. Council members will investigate the inclusion of a time limit before voting on the proposal.

Passed items included a non-exclusive franchise agreement with AEP SWEPCO, amending payment to the city by credit card, PayPal, or other secure electronic means, action on water projects, and street and road projects. There was no City Administrator briefing before the meeting adjourned.

City Council meetings and workshops are open to the public. The meetings are held at 6 pm on the fourth Monday of each month, with the workshop held at 5:30 on the Thursday prior. Discussion and debate on proposals occur at the workshops. The council meetings are to have votes on the proposals discussed at the workshop. Requests to be added to the agenda can be made at the Mineola Municipal Complex located at 300 Greenville Avenue Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Citizens can also call the city offices at (903) 569-6183 for more information.

Should RVs be able to stay at the Mineola Nature Preserve for an indefinite period of time?

  • No (94%, 45 Votes)
  • Yes (6%, 3 Votes)

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4 comments for “City Council Tables One Proposal, Passes Others

  1. Scott Hazard
    July 23, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Even if you allow RVs to stay for weeks at a time, you will have laundry lines, picnic tables, bikes, trikes, BBQ pits and all of the other things laying around that will make the MNP look like any trailer park. Make all the rules against this that you want, you will not be out there 24/7 to enforce them.

    They should be allowed to stay a max of just a few nights. We do not want people living out there. It will destroy the aura of the MNP.

    For two reasons, the city should allow campers to stay only a maximum of a week:

    1. To keep the MNP from being a trailer park.

    2. We have two other huge RV facilities in Mineola already. We have the Somewhere RV park that is fully equipped to handle short and long term campers and has on-site management and we have the Mineola Civic Center to handle any overflow.

    Sheriff Brown will tell you that RV parks (especially secluded ones with no on-site management) are popular places to make meth. Do we really want this at the MNP?

  2. Lisa Hilbers
    July 23, 2013 at 9:09 am

    When folks are traveling in motor homes and rv’s, That’s what they need to do is travel. The retired and families on vacation are not usually looking for a place to stay for long periods at a time. Only the riff-raff are going to want to linger and stay for more than a week anyway. We don’t want them there for longer than that. Three days to a week should be some where in the limit proposal. I spend lots of time our there and I’ve always felt safe..I’d like to keep it that way. It’s a Nature Preserve not a trailer park.

  3. carl1275ebj
    July 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

    This hasnt been a problem has it? Let them stay a week at a time providing the rv is less than 10 years old, and it doesnt matter what the shy sheriff says about rvs, theres enough meth manufacturing going on just in local residences.

  4. Susan
    July 23, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I think you are overlooking the fact that a lot of the people that stay at the MNP, travel with their horses. Those people are not making meth. We need a place that the people who travel with their horses can stay and enjoy the MNP.

    Was the MNP created for enjoyment, or just so Mineola can have a preserve and not want people to use it.

    I understand the need for rules, just don’t make it like a retirement facility.

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