RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Winona (Minn.) Daily News:
The Buffalo County Zoning Board of Adjustment has issued a land-use permit for a campground in Lower Eagle Valley north of Fountain City, Wis.
A permit was issued to landowner Rod Bagniewski of the town of Milton for a 4.36-acre campground, which will include up to 20 campsites. Noise restriction was imposed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from midnight to 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
The campground is permitted to have hiking trails. Motorized vehicles or horses will not be permitted on the trails.
Although several people petitioned against it, the board ruled the project was unlikely to have a negative impact on neighboring lands and doesn’t appear to be in conflict with Milton’s land-use plan.
No one spoke against the permit at a recent public hearing in Alma, though a petition signed by a dozen people raised concerns about increased traffic, noise, and negative impacts on property values.
Bagniewski owns all of the property surrounding the campground except for one side, where recreational hunters from outside the county own land.
From the Sulphur Southwest Daily News:
Officially, Westlake, La., has no recreational vehicle parks within its city limits. Mike Stein, a local businessman, is looking to change that by purchasing Broussard’s Trailer Park on Carlin Drive and turning it into a park with spots for up to 35 RVs. However, he has hit a snag as the city of Westlake does not have a specific, detailed ordinance regarding RV parks, which would include such items as the definitions of the vehicles and sizes allowed on the site.
Mayor Dan Cupit brought the issue before the council last week, asking the members simply if the city wants to have RV parks or not within its limits. If they do, he stated that an ordinance needs to be worked out.
“I don’t see a problem with it,” said Councilman John Cradure, adding that it will bring tax revenue to the city.
When addressed about any concerns from neighbors of the Carlin Drive property in regards to a possible RV park in their neighborhood, Stein stated that none has been brought before him.
“Everybody knows about. No neighbors have had a complaint about it,” he said. “It is already zoned for light industry.”
Stein stated that he is waiting to purchase the property. He may have to wait up to three months or more for the city attorney to write and fine tune the ordinance, and send it through the zoning board and council for approval.
From the Sky Hi Daily News, Grand Lake:
The Aurora man who died from a motorhome fire at the T Lazy W RV Park near Grand Lake in mid-March was intoxicated at the time, according to Grand County Coroner Brenda Bock.
Ronald Chrivia, 49, had driven his motorhome into the RV park on an unplowed roadway, and when the motorhome became stuck, Chrivia had over-revved the motor to such an extreme, rubber flew off the rear tires, the drive shaft broke and at some point the transmission or the engine started on fire, investigators had concluded.
Since then, results of a toxicology study showed Chrivia had a blood alcohol level of 0.287 at the time, Bock said. The coroner concluded Chrivia officially died of “severe thermal injury,” but “had he not been so intoxicated, he may have gotten out in time,” she surmised.
The legal limit of alcohol consumption is 0.08.
The fire destroyed the inside and the entire front half of the motorhome. Emergency responders found Chrivia’s body just outside of the motor home when they arrived that day.
The toxicology study explains Chrivia’s state of mind at the time, and perhaps why he couldn’t get out in time, something that had perplexed authorities during the investigation.
From The Associated Press:
The Williston City Commission has taken another step toward making it illegal for people to live in recreational vehicles outside a designed RV park.
The commission gave first-round approval Thursday (May 24) an ordinance that would make a violation subject to a fine of $500 a day.
The Dickinson Press reports that commissioners will continue discussing the ordinance before a final vote June 26.
The commissioners are considering whether to allow recreational vehicles in commercial zoning districts or other areas, possibly requiring special permits and fees.
People are living in recreational vehicles in North Dakota’s oil patch because of a housing shortage.
City officials say recreational vehicles scattered around Williston pose health and safety risks. Opponents say the ordinance will leave many people with no place to live.
From the Boston Globe:
The Branch Brook Campground near Campton, N.H., is open again, less than a year after Tropical Storm Irene left parts of it under water and took out a bridge.
The owner of the campground, Pedro Pinto, said his business usually is open year-round, but the storm last August forced him to shut down.
Pinto said if the winter has not been so mild, it would have taken him a lot longer to make repairs.