RV Park’s Safety Plan Gets County OK

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July 7, 2008 by   - () Leave a Comment

A Portland, Ore., entrepreneur has resolved a potentially costly dispute with Cowlitz County, Wash., over his yet-to-open RV park north of Castle Rock, according to the Longview (Wash.) Daily News.
The county’s building department had wanted developer Charlie Curry to install three additional fire hydrants at his Toutle River RV Resort, a sprawling, $5 million complex with room for up to 800 RVs.
Curry insisted the county had signed off on his fire safety plan years ago and threatened to sue. Installing the extra hydrants, he said, would cost at least $150,000 and delay his resort’s opening.
Last week, Dave Flemings, the county’s fire marshal, said the county won’t force Curry to put in the additional hydrants.
Officials at Cowlitz Fire District 6 said the agency’s trucks can carry enough water to handle a fire in the complex, Flemings said. The park, off Interstate 5 exit 52, already includes four hydrants. Crews will also be able to hook into the park’s water tank.
Curry said July 3 that he’s pleased with the arrangement and hopes to open the resort Aug. 15. He said last month that county officials had delayed his project on numerous occasions, even losing important documents. But on Thursday Curry said those problems appear to have been resolved.
“I’m very pleased with how we’ve been treated,” he said. “It’s a night-and-day difference.”

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