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Kentucky City Seeks RV Park Suit Dismissal

March 2, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

The city of Richmond, Ky., has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it last year by Lakeview RV Park LLC, which claimed the city commission illegally rescinded a lease that originally was approved by commissioners.
The lease would have allowed Lakeview to turn Camp Catalpa into a recreational vehicle park and nature preserve, according to The Richmond Register.
The plaintiff claims the lease was approved on Feb. 26, 2008, but then was withdrawn at the March 25, 2008, city commission meeting without appearing on the meeting’s official agenda
Even though there were no comments in opposition voiced at the Feb. 26 meeting, the commission was compelled to withdraw the motion March 25 as the result of the crowd of people who attended the meeting in opposition of Camp Catalpa becoming an RV park, according to the suit.
Camp Catalpa is a 15-acre tract of land located on the back side of the Lake Reba Recreational Complex. “Its facilities had deteriorated, its trails were overgrown and the land had been littered with trash and debris,” according to the suit. “Over the years, the camp also has had fewer and fewer visitors. Despite its deteriorated condition, Camp Catalpa remained a unique and potentially valuable piece of property because of its location adjacent to (Lake Reba) and other nearby attractions in Madison County.”
The plaintiff’s plans for Camp Catalpa included 120 campsites for recreational vehicles, general and group camping sites, a fishing pier, access to Lake Reba, an amphitheater for large group activities, trails, bird and wildlife watching and a general store for camper needs.
Counsel for the city argued in its defense that the county court system, not the federal court, is “the exclusive forum to interpret or enforce the lease” and that “this action must be dismissed from federal court.”

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