RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Elmira Star-Gazette:
Plans for a recreational vehicle campground on land at Bradley Farms in Southport, N.Y., are on hold, although they will go before the Chemung County Planning Board this week.
The planning board will consider the proposal when it meets at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 20) in Elmira.
“We probably still will go to the county Planning Board meeting, but we have withdrawn it from the town because our engineering drawings just aren’t ready yet,” said Dan Hurley, owner of Bradley Farms, a produce market at 1543 Maple Ave. in the Town of Southport. “We’ve got the winter months to deal with that.”
The RV campsite is being planned in anticipation of natural gas workers coming into the Southern Tier, he said.
A combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale formation is under way in Pennsylvania and is anticipated to be permitted at some point in New York. Gas workers are said to be the reason for a current housing shortage in neighboring Bradford County, and the demand is extending into Chemung County as well.
Original plans for the RV park called for developing 44 sites on a 5-acre area in the horse pasture, but that isn’t concrete yet, Hurley said.
At the county level, a particular concern might be meeting Health Department requirements, depending on how this project would be classified, said Randy Olthof, county planning commissioner. Under public health laws, Hurley may have to provide additional data to obtain permits for a septic system, he said.
It is Olthof’s understanding that Hurley plans to rely on municipal water for the park’s water supply, adding that Hurley would have to satisfy the Elmira Water Board’s requirements for that.
From the Lexington Clipper Herald:
The Dawson County Ag Society is looking at possibly developing an RV park at the fairgrounds so concessionaires, rodeo participants and others who take part in shows at the fairgrounds would have a place on the property for an overnight stay.
In particular, council discussed the differences between light industrial zones, which is the category in which the fairgrounds are placed, and agricultural zones. They also examined the definitions of mobile home parks versus trailer parks or RV parks.
“Mobile home parks and trailer parks, in our city code, are two separate things,” advised City Building Inspector Bill Brecks, who was present for the meeting.
Also taken into consideration were use limits, the availability of potable water and a sanitary dumping station.
The discussion was only exploratory, as an ordinance would first require a public hearing.
No action was taken.
From KELO-TV, Sioux Falls:
The Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park corn maze is entertaining families this fall.
Visitors can choose to go through a shorter, junior corn maze or a longer one. Throughout the longer maze, questions are posted at eight different spots. If the questions are answered correctly, they win a prize.
The maze is located just off interstate 90 (exit 402) and costs $8 per adult, $5 for children over three years old and is free for children under three years old. It is open Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
From the Yankton Press and Dakotan:
A campground below Gavins Point Dam will again be closed for free camping during the winter season to allow for renovations.
The newspapern reported that Cottonwood Campground will close for the season at 4 p.m. Sunday to allow construction to begin on the entrance area.
The campground is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Natural Resource Manager Gary Ledbetter said crews will be widening the entrance road and relocating the booth to the center of the road for better access.
Cottonwood’s 75 campsites typically are open for free camping during the winter and early spring. The 2011 winter season marks the second straight year the sites have been closed because of construction.