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Wells trailer park cleared

By Staff | Mar 29, 2010

It’s been a long time a coming.

Dulas Excavation Inc. workers started demolishing and cleaning up some 15 abandoned mobile homes on Monday at Sixth Street Northwest in Wells, the site where a trailer park was once located.

Work at the location actually began a week prior to that, says project manager Crystal Dulas.

“The biggest problem we had was cleaning up tires, appliances, couches and other household garbage. It’s been a dumping ground since the 90s,” she says.

Bill Groskreutz, a Wells resident and Faribault County commissioner, says the trailer court has been a problem for a number of years.

Bill Groskreutz

“The community has been waiting for this for a long time,” he says. “It definitely was an eyesore and a safety hazard for any kids who went out there.”

Groskreutz says many legal obstacles needed to be cleared before work could begin.

More than one owner of the trailer park has gone through either bankruptcy, foreclosure or tax forfeiture.

“The legal issues were all meshed together. It was a complicated affair,” Groskreutz says.

Mayor Shannon Savick says getting title to the property and mobile homes took awhile, causing delay in the project.

Total cost of the cleanup will be about $35,000, with the city and county each paying half.

Groskreutz says Dulas Excavation is salvaging the scrap metal.

The city will own the property once the work has been completed.

Groskreutz says the city’s Housing Rehabilitation Authority (HRA) will oversee marketing of the property.

Savick says getting rid of“blighted properties” was an issue some 25 community members discussed at a Blandin Foundation Leadership program they attended.

“Cleaning up the trailer park has been on the minds of Wells residents for a long time,” she says. “The county has been very cooperative, and it’s been a real team effort.”

Dulas says it will take about two weeks to completely finish their work.

She estimates 60 to 75 truckloads of debris would have been hauled away.

Each truck has a capacity of 16 cubic yards, or about 48,000 pounds.