"I've very relieved. I had very (many) concerns for my establishment. My park was built 50-something years ago and-now that I can continue to operate in the fashion that we do- I won't have to make major changes."
Councilmembers are making final changes to a new city ordinance that will regulate new rv and trailer park development in the city and some expansions.
District 1 Councilman Rodney Fleming wants to make sure temporary housing locations- including man camps in the city- are strictly regulated.
"I did not want to kill their business. I mean this would have essentially closed down 75-perent of the businesses that are in place. It's just not right," stated Fleming.
Fleming said the ordinance is not intended to burden current owners.
"If the new ordinances would have been in place, it would have applied to all the rv parks in town-the existing ones- it would have closed down almost every single one of them," continued Fleming.
Several of the new regulations would include monitoring the distance from existing homes, add fees for park owners who want to expand, and specify the number of rvs allowed in any park.
"These ordinances came forth because we were wanting to prevent too many man camps from coming in the town. It just got carried away where it started affecting all the trailer parks and rv parks that were already existing in town. We don't want to affect the businesses of the rv and trailer parks that are already in town. We want to leave them going as it is now," finished Fleming.