From the Elmira Star-Gazette:
Plans for a recreational vehicle campground on land at Bradley Farms in Southport, N.Y., are on hold, although they will go before the Chemung County Planning Board this week.
The planning board will consider the proposal when it meets at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 20) in Elmira.
"We probably still will go to the county Planning Board meeting, but we have withdrawn it from the town because our engineering drawings just aren't ready yet," said Dan Hurley, owner of Bradley Farms, a produce market at 1543 Maple Ave. in the Town of Southport. "We've got the winter months to deal with that."
The RV campsite is being planned in anticipation of natural gas workers coming into the Southern Tier, he said.
A combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale formation is under way in Pennsylvania and is anticipated to be permitted at some point in New York. Gas workers are said to be the reason for a current housing shortage in neighboring Bradford County, and the demand is extending into Chemung County as well.
Original plans for the RV park called for developing 44 sites on a 5-acre area in the horse pasture, but that isn't concrete yet, Hurley said.
At the county level, a particular concern might be meeting Health Department requirements, depending on how this project would be classified, said Randy Olthof, county planning commissioner. Under public health laws, Hurley may have to provide additional data to obtain permits for a septic system, he said.
It is Olthof's understanding that Hurley plans to rely on municipal water for the park's water supply, adding that Hurley would have to satisfy the Elmira Water Board's requirements for that.
From the Lexington Clipper Herald:
The Dawson County Ag Society is looking at possibly developing an RV park at the fairgrounds so concessionaires, rodeo participants and others who take part in shows at the fairgrounds would have a place on the property for an overnight stay.
In particular, council discussed the differences between light industrial zones, which is the category in which the fairgrounds are placed, and agricultural zones. They also examined the definitions of mobile home parks versus trailer parks or RV parks.
“Mobile home parks and trailer parks, in our city code, are two separate things,” advised City Building Inspector Bill Brecks, who was present for the meeting.
Also taken into consideration were use limits, the availability of potable water and a sanitary dumping station.
The discussion was only exploratory, as an ordinance would first require a public hearing.
No action was taken.
From KELO-TV, Sioux Falls:
The Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park corn maze is entertaining families this fall.
Visitors can choose to go through a shorter, junior corn maze or a longer one. Throughout the longer maze, questions are posted at eight different spots. If the questions are answered correctly, they win a prize.
The maze is located just off interstate 90 (exit 402) and costs $8 per adult, $5 for children over three years old and is free for children under three years old. It is open Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
From the Yankton Press and Dakotan:
A campground below Gavins Point Dam will again be closed for free camping during the winter season to allow for renovations.
The newspapern reported that Cottonwood Campground will close for the season at 4 p.m. Sunday to allow construction to begin on the entrance area.
The campground is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Natural Resource Manager Gary Ledbetter said crews will be widening the entrance road and relocating the booth to the center of the road for better access.
Cottonwood's 75 campsites typically are open for free camping during the winter and early spring. The 2011 winter season marks the second straight year the sites have been closed because of construction.
An East Texas man died in a fire Saturday morning (Oct. 15) in an East Texas RV park.
The fire happened at Pine Meadows RV Park in Gregg County at the intersection of FM 2087 and FM 2011, KLTV-TV, Tyler, Texas, reported.
Witnesses say a neighbor woke up several residents, including those right next door to the fire.
Gwen Modisette and her husband woke up much earlier than they anticipated Saturday morning. Looking out the window they realized the RV next to theirs was on fire.
She said," So we ran outside and the whole back half of it was on fire, and it was about to take our truck and so I got in the truck and pulled it out real quick. I got around to the other side and I didn't really come too much closer other than the other side to see if I needed to help with the water hose my husband was spraying down our trailer to make sure we didn't lose it."
Flames shot up to the top of a pine tree near the Modisette's RV, partly because of venting propane tanks.
Lori Wright was walking her dog shortly after 5 a.m.
"I could hear the popping, and I was scared the propane was going to go up and blow everything so we started watering our trailer to protect it," Lori said.
Gwen was afraid to go back inside, and didn't realize what had happened next door until later.
"I was terrified. I didn't get anything out of it. And then my neighbor died. He was a really nice guy, he was always polite to our kids. He liked to stay to himself and not really get in anyone else's business. He was a really good guy."
A body was found in the ashes after Elderville Volunteer Fire Department got it under control. JP Arthur Fort sent the body to Tarrant County for an autopsy.
A second RV also burned, but no one was there at the time. Residents with water hoses kept the fire from spreading until help arrived.
"But I wish I could have done more," Lori said.
Investigators say the fire started near the front of the RV in lot 18.