Friday, December 5, 2014

Mobile Home off Northshore Causeway



So, this has sparked just a bit of controversy; let's open the discussion on it.  The other day, the PRVWSD began installing the Assistant Manager's residence at Timberlake Campground.  The current Manager's residence is being torn down to make way for additional pads.  Take a gander at the pictures below.

First, let's get the devil's advocate/tough love stuff out of the way:

1.  This isn't something the PRVWSD sprung out of nowhere.  For months, there have been lengthy discussions held, including the exact model of the home, location, and time of construction, at PRVWSD Board Meetings.  Objections could have been made to the Board of Directors by the public at those times.

2.  It doesn't look at worse than some of the jalopies not fit for the junk yard already taking up permanent residence on the border of Northshore Causeway in this campground.

3.  I haven't seen the plans, but I've been told significant landscaping will be taking place to provide a buffer from Northshore Parkway.

4.  There is an existing campground/trailer park, a storage rental business, and apartment complex right there together.  With that zoning combination, stuff like this is bound to happen.

5.  The PRVWSD makes too much money on these campgrounds to roll over.  That is why they wanted to expand over into Lakeshore Park last year.  That is why they are expanding within the existing Timberlake Campground now. And this won't be the end of it.

All that being said, this is not a move I recommend the PRVWSD make.  The PRVWSD should be doing everything it possibly can to remove existing eyesores and improve the aesthetics.  We are blessed with the most beautiful view in the Jackson Metro area.  We should be exploiting that, not smearing it.  

And another thing, keep in mind this is a product of your "new and improved" PRVWSD Board of Directors, which includes a higher number of leaseholders.  Your concerns need to be directed to them.  They voted for it unanimously.  See June 2014 minutes; all in favor.  See March 2014; all in favor.

More pictures below.






23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jack Winstead has the vision of a mayfly. In the Spring of 2013, the PRV thought it could take over the green space in front of the Y so that they could expand the existing trailer park. They were publicly shamed for that stroke of brilliance. And you got it right, Troy. There are some rickety structures "renting" space on a permanent basis from the park, not the PRV through a lease. These grandfathered renters enjoy one of the most expensive views in the area for a steal. Additionally, there are folks with school aged children living at the campground on a full-time basis, and the PRV has no idea if they are paying school taxes as renters. That's called a free ride.

Now we get a real trailer, albeit new, that backs up to the parkway. Nothing says "spend your money here!" like a trailer. When will our leadership learn that dumb decisions like a trailer (and an unkempt shopping center) is not the message we want to send to investors?

The better question is: Would this mess fly on the Madison County side? I think we all know the answer to that one. Why is Rankin any different?

Anonymous said...

If they were interested in generating more revenue they would remove the permanent residents and make those available for daily rental rates. You could make double the revenue for the waterfront property rentals. Kick those residents out and make the purchase a home so they can generate more revenue by lease fees and property taxes!

There is no reason they should have put it "IN OUR FACE" by putting it right on Northshore Pkwy. At least try to hide it!

Anonymous said...

My father said 25yrs ago that it was only a matter of time before the reservoir area became an extension of Pearl.

Anonymous said...

The county and the school district needs to stick their noses in this trailer park. Both are being cheated of their portion by the permanent renters.

Anonymous said...

Never thought I'd say it but these kinds of decisions make me want to seriously consider moving to Madison county. PRVWSD made a very poor decision by placing this by the road and walking trail for all to see. Nothing says "nice place to live" like a new mobile home to drive by to and from work and no privacy fence or landscaping will hide this eye sore....at least for many many years. The full time residents with nice porches and landscaping on their campers should be booted unless they plan to charge them property taxes comparable to the other waterfront properties. Also, am I supposed to feel responsible for this poor decision because I haven't been to the PRVWSD meetings? Seriously, I'd expect better decisions from what I once considered a responsible organization with a vision of improving the reservoir area and making it's property sought after, such as Madison county. Perhaps they do need more feedback from the public at their meeting after all.....

Anonymous said...

But... but... we've got local folk - "representatives"- on the board now?!
That area by Arbor Landing would make a nice mobile home...err..I mean vacation RV park. Ask Mr. Winstead his opinion on junkin up his new Northshore digs!

Anonymous said...

Doesn't bother me a bit, and I've been here 20 years.

Anonymous said...

What's up, Mr. Winstead? I mean 2:29.

Anonymous said...

@ 6:55. Hate to say it but we have been considering moving to Madison for the same reasons (that and what used to be one of the best school systems around is now an overcrowded mess). I have always loved living here but I am not sure we are staying.

also... Could not agree with you more about attending the meetings. We all have jobs and responsibilities. We SHOULD be able to have the expectation that the board will make reasonable decisions for the benefit of the Rez.
I have no idea why they thought sticking a double wide on the parkway was going to be well received.

Anonymous said...

ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE CORRECT IN THEIR STATEMENTS. In addition: 1) The squatters on the beautiful water have a mail box to receive their mail. 2) They also have a power meter in their name 3) They have permanent porches and decks attached to their trailers. SUMMARY: The PRV has turned this R V Park into a TRAILER PARK. In an R V Park, you do not have a mail box and you do not pay for power, because you are TEMPORARY.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE trailer houses. Just wish I had sold it to them. Wonder who got the contract. Wonder if it went through the MDOC contract process.

Anonymous said...

I remember reading on this site that the PRV bought it new for around $80k. I also remember thinking why an assistant manager needed a brand new trailer.

And 5:58, wonder what the odds are of the county and school district doing something about those permanent residents? They are cheating the system.

Anonymous said...

@4:45 I don't see the Reservoir area getting the largest outlet mall anytime soon, and I don't see it becoming the largest city in Rankin County anytime soon. Your trailer park jokes are PLAYED out my friend. But hey, when you're ready to finish up your Christmas shopping the City of Pearl will welcome you with open arms.

Vicki McDowell said...

It has taken Me three days to write this post because I am so upset regarding the double wide. All the work my late husband Jim McDowell did to make the reservoir a better place is in vain, we are going backwards. He was retired and had the time to attend the PRV meetings and talk them out of some of their crazy ideas. also to the people of Pearl, I love the city my brother lives there. Just take a ride out and see what we are talking about.

Anonymous said...

I am SHOCKED at the ignorance of the PRV Board. RENTAL BUSINESS 101:
If you are 100% full - RAISE your rents. Building more space is the LAST thing you do. WOW!

Anonymous said...

The City of Pearl has a fantastic Mayor with vision who is successfully turning things around.

Anonymous said...

Makes sense to everyone but prv, don't it?

Anonymous said...

Question- why doesn't prvswd put the manager and assistant manager in the same type of travel RV's as the inhabitants? It would have save $ vs this mobile home and the landscaping, towering fence going up currently.

Anonymous said...

Another question: isn't the trailer against the overlay district regulations?

msqueenkw97 said...

I wish everyone cared this much about the last school bond vote. NWRHS halls are so crowded the children are in danger. The school was built for half of what it now houses. The teacher have to put their classrooms on a cart and roll to the next available room for their class. A trailer bothers you people more than the health, safety and education of the youth of this county? A trailer bothers you more than your own property values dropping because RCSD has not kept up with growth and schools are beginning to look like a trailer park and most of either did not vote or voted No to the last school bond? That bond would have built new schools and updated older ones and kept property values high and trailers would not be used as classrooms. Hello! Hail to the trailers. Embrace them because you will see more around the schools in this county in the future. My last comment was not posted and I am curious to see if this will be posted.

msqueenkw97 said...

P.S.
I am not making light of Mr. McDowell's work and dedication to this area. I believe as much attention to this area's schools would benefit all in keeping this a great area. We moved here from out of state and were so impressed by this area we told our realtor we had to have a house here in the Reservoir area. I am thankful to anyone who has worked to take care of this area and make it the nicest place to live.

Vicki McDowell said...


smcqueenkw,97, Before my husband's death he also went to all the Rankin county school board meetings and tried his hardest to help get the bond passed (along with Ann Sturdivant and others) he saw the decaying ceilings, shortage of bathrooms,etc. because their were so many students and not enough restrooms. He challenged people to tour the Northwest Rankin High School to see for themselves. The reason the bond was shot down was purely political, which I am not going to get into on this blog.

Anonymous said...

RCSD will have a real shot at a change in leadership next year. I sure hope that the Rez folks will jump on board and not stick with the status quo...