Maine Coastal Town's Park Model Dispute Resolved
After a year of dispute, the town of York, Maine, and Flagg’s RV Resort LLC have come to an agreement over new seasonal recreational park trailers or park models moved into the York Beach park last spring.
The four members of the Board of Selectmen on Monday night (April 9) voted 3-1 to approve the agreement, called a consent judgment, seacoast online.com reported.
Selectwoman Kinley Gregg was the dissenting vote, saying she didn’t know how the agreement came about and what, if anything, the town had given up to get it.
Selectman Ted Little said, “The results of this are advantageous for the town of York and put some teeth into our ordinance that controls this kind of thing.”
Under the agreement, the six units in question must be removed within 60 days. Flagg’s will then be allowed to replace the units with RVs that meet the town’s definition of a recreational vehicle.
The consent judgment also allows, after application for a building permit, the installation or attachment of a “Florida room” or “add-a-room” as allowed in other campgrounds.
Flagg’s also agrees to pay York $1,000 to cover town costs and attorney fees.
The consent judgment dismisses a pending action in York County Superior Court brought by Flagg’s after Code Enforcement Officer Ben McDougal issued the park a Notice of Violation and Order for Correction Action on June 28 that was upheld by the town Board of Appeals in September.
Flagg’s owner, Robert Moser of Morgan RV Resorts, argued the six park models were recognized in the industry as recreational vehicles. McDougal disagreed, saying they more closely resembled dwellings and were therefore not allowed in the park by town ordinance.
The agreement allows Flagg’s to have RVs not to exceed 8½ feet in width in travel mode. The wheels need to stay on the RV and they need to be capable of being transported without the assistance of a commercial truck, according to the consent judgment.
Last spring, Flagg’s told an estimated 10 seasonal residents of the park to move out their privately owned RVs to make way for the new units.