RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Associated Press:
A North Shore landmark, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, is planning a major campground expansion.
The park draws over 340,000 visitors annually but its campground has only 20 cart-in sites and four lakeshore backpack sites that frequently fill up in the summer months. None of the existing campsites have electrical hookups for recreational vehicles.
The park is planning to quadruple its capacity by adding up to 77 drive-up campsites with electricity, and four camper cabins, about a half-mile north of the existing camping area. The new campground would be northwest of Highway 61, inland from Lake Superior. The project would be completed in two phases, with work starting as early as this summer.
A public comment period on the project’s environmental assessment worksheet is open through Jan. 25.
From The Daily Republic:
A private firm was given a contract to manage the municipal campground at Lake Mitchell during the Jan. 2 Mitchell City Council meeting at City Hall.
The city will rent it to Loren Skinner and Loretta Swarthout, who will operate under the name Lake Mitchell Campground LLC. They will pay the city $7,000 annually plus 2.5% of gross proceeds exceeding $90,000.
It is a five-year contract, with the city reserving rights to end the contract if it is dissatisfied with the firm’s performance. This is the first time the campground will be operated by a private firm, according to Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department Director Dusty Rodiek.
If the firm ceases to provide service, the city can sue the company and owners, both for failure to fulfill the contract and for any lost revenue if a new contractor pays less to complete the services, City Attorney Randy Stiles told the council.
Council President Jeff Smith said he favors the proposal, which will allow the city to employ Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department employees elsewhere.
“I believe in reality it is a good opportunity to privatize part of the management,” Smith said.
Councilman Dan Allen, who asked several questions about the plan and advocated collecting payments as soon as possible, said he thinks it may allow the city to turn a profit from the campground for the first time in years. The contractor will pay $3,500 by April 1 and $3,500 by Nov. 1 this year and all $7,000 by April 1 of each following year.
“This does look like a good deal,” Allen said.
“We’re going to give it a whirl,” Skinner said after the council voted to approve the contract.
From The Daily Review, Towanda:
South Creek Township supervisors have made a change regarding the sewage service charge for RVs in RV parks.
Previously, the township charged $50 per month for six RV trailers. Now, the township is going to charge $25 per RV per month in the area served by the township’s new public sewage system, which is mostly in Fassett, said township secretary Linda Leonard.
Typically, the owners of RV parks pay the fee, she said.
Supervisors changed the fee system because the old system didn’t bring in enough revenue for the amount of sewage that was being generated, she said.
The new fee system took effect on Dec. 15.
Currently, there are only two RV parks in the township, but two more are proposed.
Leonard said RV use is growing in the township due to the gas industry and the influx of out-of-state workers who don’t permanently reside in the county, but work here.
From the San Angelo Times Standard:
A Piper Cherokee single-engine airplane crashed Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 3) at the KOA campground near Lake Nasworthy a few miles east of Mathis Field, the main air terminal for San Angelo.
FAA records show the plane is registered to a San Angelo owner.
The four-seater, low-wing plane, occupied by a student pilot and an instructor, was headed toward Mathis Field and lost power while switching fuel tanks, Texas state trooper William Dykstra said. Neither of the men in the plane was injured in the crash, Dykstra said, and both were checked by EMS personnel at the crash site. No one on the ground was injured, he said.
The plane struck a mesquite tree as it landed, shearing off one of the wings, and came to rest lodged against a log cabin in the campground.
From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
A man killed on early New Year’s Eve near Fort Bragg was identified Tuesday (Jan. 3) as Jose G. Madrid, 45, of the Sea Ranch.
Madrid was killed at a Highway 1 campground about 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Capt. Kurt Smallcomb said.
Deputies said they found Madrid unconscious on the ground and another man standing over him. They arrested Glenn Hughes, 52, whom witnesses said had beaten Madrid.
Witnesses told authorities that Hughes and Madrid were friends and may have been drinking together earlier Saturday.
Hughes was at the campground in an RV and Madrid was camping in a tent, one witness said.
From the Myrtle Beach Sun News:
The Fitch family of Shelby, N.C., spent Christmas without their son. More than four months after Dalton Fitch was stabbed to death at a Myrtle Beach campground, his family is waiting for some kind of resolution in the teen’s killing. They could be waiting for a while.
“We don’t have anything (court dates) scheduled right now,” Heather von Herrmann, Horry County (S.C.) assistant solicitor, said Dec. 20, adding that there hasn’t yet been any discussion about whether the case will be resolved or be brought to trial.
Dalton Fitch, who would have been a senior at Crest High School, died in August after police say his schoolmate, Adam Dwiggins, stabbed him after a fight with other campers. Police charged Adam Dwiggins’ mother, Kathy Dwiggins, with hindering the police investigation into the murder.