Candler County Commissioners have adopted a new ordinance governing recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds in the county.
The ordinance was originally approved in September, but during the October meeting, the ordinance was amended to include authority and jurisdiction, fees and enforcement provisions.
Under the ordinance, “no RV may be used for temporary or permanent residential/living quarters for more than 90 days in a six-month period,” explained County Administrator Bryan Aasheim. This applies to recreation vehicles in RV parks and on private property.
However, Aasheim said on Tuesday that it is unclear what impact this may have on those who currently reside in RVs. He plans to get clarification from commissioners during the Nov. 4 meeting, Aasheim said.
The ordinance also sets an Emergency Medical Services fee structure for each RV park based on the number of sites, up to $1500 annually. This creates a fairer system, Aasheim explained, because in the past RV park owners paid one user fee, yet with multiple park guests, they have more potential to need ambulance services.
All RV owners are required to ensure that the RVs are towable at all times. RVs, in parks or on private property, cannot be permanently attached to permanent power sources, water sources or septic tanks.
Violators of the ordinance can face up to $500 in fines and 10 days in jail, as well as up to 100 hours community service.
The ordinance amendment was approved in a 3-1 vote with Commissioners Glyn Thrift, Blake Hendrix and Wayne Culbertson in favor and David Robinson voting against the motion.