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Kansas County Ponders Storm Regs for RV Parks

June 8, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Linn County (Kan.) Commissioners debated on Monday (June 6) whether to add requirements for storm sirens or storm shelters as they finalized a recreational vehicle park regulation for the county, The Kearney Courier reported

Zoning Administrator Larry Robinson expressed his concern that the installation and operation of a storm siren might put an unreasonable liability on the owners or operators of the RV park.

Commissioner Mike Page asked if a siren was required, who would initiate the siren?

Page said in lieu of storm sirens, it might be possible to do small storm shelters on each end of the park.

County Counselor Gary Thompson pointed out that the county does not require sirens or storm shelters for a subdivision.

Commission Chairwoman Vicki Leonard read the draft regulations that said if the county determines that the park can be served by an existing storm siren, then the applicant may not be required to install another storm siren. It might push developers to put RV parks closer to existing cities where there is a siren, Leonard said.

Thompson told the commission that they could table this until they looked into information on sirens or shelters.

In other business, the commissioners:

  • Approved a conditional use permit pending adoption of the recreational vehicle regulations for a 20.5-acre tract of property being developed by Jim Hartman on the west side of Vail Road, a little more than a half mile south of K-152. The commission stated that the only change to the regulations before adoption will be to Section C (11) regarding a storm siren.

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