RV Park Owner Pushing Enforcement
Melvin Chaloupka, an RV park owner in River Haven subdivision in Cuero, Texas, said he spent about $60,000 to get the septic system permitted for his park, the Victoria Advocate reported.
But he argues his neighbors have not been required to do the same. The flood damage prevention court order, which requires landowners to elevate their electric boxes and keep their property rubble free, is also not being enforced, he said.
“Well, what the law states is if you ever change the usage for what the septic system was originally designed for, you have to go get it re-permitted to meet the specifications of what you’re using it for now,” Chaloupka said. “If it was originally built for a one-bedroom house and then you put 10 RVs on it, the septic system is not big enough to handle that flow.”
Chaloupka has been working to get the floodplain and septic system regulations enforced for more than two years. On Feb. 10, he brought the issues to the DeWitt County Commissioners Court once again.
But Chaloupka’s neighbors claim his pursuit of enforcement is fueled by business competition and an ongoing feud.
“My neighbors are saying it’s my greed that’s driving this, but if anything, it’s their greed that they don’t want to spend the money to do what’s right,” Chaloupka said. “You’re risking the people’s health because they could be drinking water from a contaminated water well because the septic system is overloaded. And you’re risking my flood insurance because the county is not enforcing the floodplain regulations.”
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