Kentucky Town Works On Regs for New RV Park
The Carrollton City Council held a work session Tuesday evening (Jan. 10) to gather public comment and to discuss regulations for the RV park that will open in the spring in this Kentucky city of 4,000 located along the Ohio River.
Discussion first revolved around how reservations would be made for the RV sites, the Madison (Ind.) Courier reported. Several RV parks go through paid reservation services, such as ReserveAmerica, which in conjunction with a service like PayPal allows online payment for the site. However, Tanya Supplee, the parks programs service supervisor at General Butler State Resort Park, said that going through ReserveAmerica costs the park $7 per reservation made.
"If we could figure out a way to do it ourselves, I don't want to have to pay $6 or $7 for every reservation to have someone else do it," Mayor Gene McMurry said.
Commissioner Kevin Craig said many reservations are made at night or on the weekends, and he asked how the city would employ someone to take those reservations. Becky Smith, who is retired from the Kentucky State Parks as the director of recreation, said she is familiar with places that have an employee who works Monday through Friday and checks all the emails and phone messages left at night or over the weekend and gets back to them the next day to make their reservations.
Ashley Froman, the Carroll County health environmentalist and avid camper, said the city will have to be sure to have something that works well by opening day.
"Campers get vicious over sites if it's a weekend they want," Froman said. "Campers have to think in advance, and you need to have a system that works when you open the gate. Those 30-some sites will go faster than you think. We're already thinking about where we're going to make our reservations for the Fourth of July."
Craig said it might just be best to go with a reservation service for now.
"We probably should have an outside source do it the first year because we'll have enough problems already," Craig said.
Commissioner Mike Gordon agreed for different reasons.
"If we go through a service, then if someone hacks into the system for the credit card numbers, we won't be liable for that," Gordon said. "I mean, we'll be paying for that service, but it'll be an insurance for us."
Council discusses regulations
The council also discussed these possible regulations:
- The one-night rate is $35 and limits the rentals to adults 18 and older.
- A camper and up to two vehicles will be allowed at the site and there will be space available for tent camping.
- Visitors must register, park in the visitor parking area with a parking pass and leave before quiet hours, which will likely begin at 10 or 11 p.m. and end at 8 a.m.
- No off-road vehicles will be permitted at the park, but golf carts might be allowed after further discussion with city attorney Nick Marsh about the city's ordinances involving golf carts. Bikes will not be allowed on walking paths. Pets will be allowed, but must be on a leash and under the supervision of their owners.
- It is possible firearms will be banned on the property, after further discussion with Marsh. Alcohol will be allowed, but must be covered with huggies. Fires will only be allowed in fire rings, and no firewood brought from outside the state of Kentucky will be allowed.
- It is likely that there will be some stipulations on how long people can stay at a site. The council discussed how many other RV parks have regulations that say that a reservation can be made a maximum of a year in advance, and that a reservation is for a minimum of one night during the week and two nights on the weekend. Special regulations might be made during holidays or other special events. Reservations cannot be made for more than 15 days in a row and not more than 30 days out of the year. However, the council discussed operating the RV park during the winter for factory or construction workers in the area who might want to use a site as their permanent residence during the off-season.
The RV park is scheduled to open, weather permitting, in April. McMurry hopes to have a "free stay" weekend for locals to try out the new park first.
"I want locals to come in and test it out and let us know if anything is wrong," McMurry said. "I'd rather have my friends let us know what's wrong than outsiders getting upset."
McMurry will be attending RV shows in Indianapolis and Cincinnati to compile more research on other RV parks' regulations. None of the regulations discussed in the work session were set in stone. Another work session was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 to solidify the regulations, which will be presented at the next City Council meeting for approval.