County OKs prelim plat for 350 RV park

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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 8:00 pm

Richland County commissioners approved the preliminary plat for County Road 350 RV Park Tuesday, after holding a public hearing.

The RV park, located about seven miles north of Sidney, calls for 70 recreational vehicle spaces, including 20 RV spaces with water, sewer and power connection and 50 RV spaces with power connections only. It also calls for 15 truck parking spaces with power.

The land, officially owned by Candee Angus Farm Inc., (Garey and Karen Candee), sits on 10.9 acres and offers a central, heated facility with restrooms and showers. A review by Land Solutions’ Dave DeGrandpre, a contracted county planner, found that the development will unlikely have a substantial impact on agriculture and wildlife but found trash has been a problem blowing on neighboring farms.

The issue was a rather lengthy discussion on how to control the waste. “At various sites, we’ve seen this happen,” planner Marcy Hamburg said, “and we probably went to about 10 sites. So it is something we’re going to have to address at some time.”

Public complaints largely centered around garbage that residents dump outside their RVs, not using the supplied trash considers. But Garey Candee said there’s an ultimatum to be made. “If they don’t help us keep this cleaned up, they’re going to lose their spot,” he said, adding that “we’re not trying to make an eye sore.”  

After some discussion, commissioners agreed to require the Candees to erect a fence around the canister sites to collect trash.

Candee said he charges between $400-500 per site and allows residents in town to take showers at the site.

 “I don’t understand,” he said. Those who use it pay are honest, leaving $10 to use the facility. “I don’t know if we really understand these people are struggling,” Candee said.

The commissioners approved the park with a number of conditions, most of which had already been met.

Conditions include erecting signs at designated truck parking spots, making internal roads 20 feet wide and RV units must be 15 feet apart.

“We’re trying to be accommodating,” Candee said.