Ohio City Faces Becoming a Giant Trailer Park
City officials in Uhrichsville, Ohio, are looking to other communities in the area for ideas as they craft an ordinance to ban people from living in recreational vehicles (RVs).
They hope to have legislation ready to be passed by council at its June 13 meeting, according to the Times-Reporter, New Philadelphia.
In May, City Services Director Joe Bollon asked the council to consider such an ordinance.
As the oil and gas boom gets into full swing in eastern Ohio, there is the possibility that temporary workers might live in recreational vehicles in the city, as has happened in other areas, he said.
Councilman Jeff Gyurko agreed that it is an issue Uhrichsville must address.
“My concern is that, because of the money that could be made, this city could turn into a giant trailer park,” he said this week at a meeting of council’s Ordinance Committee.
“Something needs to be passed as soon as possible before people start sneaking it in and we’re caught,” he said.
Mayor Terry Culbertson told committee members that he already has been approached by someone wanting to open a mobile home park in Uhrichsville. “We told them we won’t issue a permit for it,” he said.
One mobile home park in the city already has nine recreational vehicles parked in it, he noted.
Culbertson said he has mixed emotions about allowing RVs in mobile home parks, but he does not want them parked in vacant lots in town with people living in them.
That could be a health and safety concern if someone is living in an RV without water, sewer or electrical connections, Bollon added.
Committee members reviewed several documents at the meeting, including a proposed ordinance written by city Law Director Doug O’Meara. They also looked at legislation from Dennison, which does not permit mobile home parks within its corporation limits.
Carrollton has an ordinance dealing with RVs, said Councilwoman Cathy Cottis, who chairs the committee. She said she wants to get a copy of it for members to consider.
The Carrollton ordinance, passed several years ago, does not permit recreational vehicles to be parked in mobile home parks, according to Denny Roudebush, Carrollton’s village administrator.
Earlier this month, Carrollton’s village solicitor sent a letter to a mobile home park owner notifying him about the ordinance. Village council had received numerous complaints about an RV at that mobile home park.
Uhrichsville’s Ordinance Committee will meet again at 5:30 p.m. June 6 to consider legislation dealing with RVs.