Code Violations Land Ore. Park Owner in Court
In an effort to get the Sunset Lake Resort and RV Park to comply with lingering code violations, Clatsop County commissioners instructed county counsel on March 27 to file suit against the owners.
The legal action would assess fines accrued and seek a judicial judgment on the matter in Clatsop County Circuit Court, The Astorian, Astoria, Ore., reported.
Located on the narrow Sunset Lake, between the Astoria Golf & Country Club and Sunset Beach, the park has a history of allowing too many manufactured homes and recreational vehicles on site, unlawful hookups to electrical, water and sewer service, and gray water has also been released into the lake in the past, according to a past citation.
A petition signed by 60 neighboring property owners in 2010, prompted Clatsop County officials to begin enforcement action and eventually issue a citation for code violations.
In October 2011, a county hearing officer issued a compliance order against the park, instructing the owners to remedy the violations.
Ken Hick and Resources Northwest, the owner of the park, appealed the compliance order with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.
The hearings officer issued a revised compliance order in September that allows for a maximum of 18 mobile homes and 25 permanent RVs, and a maximum of 38 RVs that are allowed to stay on site for a temporary 30-day limit. Hick was directed to comply by Dec. 1.
“(The county is) asking for the Circuit Court’s assistance to make sure they comply with the hearing officer’s order,” said Blair Henningsgaard, the county’s co-counsel.
“It comes down to a public safety issue for me,” Commissioner Dirk Rohne said at the March 27 meeting. “I think we have to do everything we can.”
Chairman Peter Huhtala asked the county staff to work on a letter to send to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality urging action and the board’s dissatisfaction over the agency’s failure to respond to wastewater disposal and demolition on the park’s property.
The board voted 4-0 to approve the legal action, with Commissioner Sara Nebeker absent from the meeting.