April 19, 2018
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Arundel eyes ordinance preventing people from living in campers or boats on their properties

By Jennifer Galipeau, York County Coast Star

ARUNDEL, Maine — A proposed ordinance to regulate the use of recreational vehicles — such as camper trailers — will go to town voters in November.

The Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 in favor of the proposed ordinance being placed on the November ballot at its meeting on Monday evening.

The ordinance, which is being referred to as the Temporary Occupancy Ordinance, was difficult to draft, officials said. After receiving a complaint of a resident occupying a camper trailer and disposing of waste on the property, officials realized that there was no ordinance in place that prevented an individual from living in a recreational vehicle on a property.

Selectmen discussed whether or not the ordinance was worth the cost of placing it on the ballot, after having received only one complaint.

“Whether it’s one complaint or 50, we can’t do anything about it without an ordinance. We have a unique opportunity to do something about this before it becomes a big problem,” said Chairman Thomas Danylik.

Town Manager Todd Shea said under the current draft, the sheriff and the code enforcement officer could enforce the ordinance if they received a complaint from a resident. Registered or not, under the new regulations, residents will not be able to occupy a recreational vehicle that is being stored on a piece of property.

In an effort to make sure selectmen covered all types of recreational vehicles, Arundel resident Don Dewitt asked about a boat.

“What about a houseboat? Can I take it out of the water and park it in my yard and live on it?” Dewitt asked.

The board said that the definition of a recreational vehicle does not include boats but that it would be added to the proposed ordinance.

In other board news, Shea told selectmen that their request for a ZIP code change had been denied by the U.S. Postal Service. Shea said he received a letter Monday that indicated that there would be a $15,000 annual expense involved in the zip code change and for that reason the request was denied. Shea said he would forward the denial to the Economic Development Committee for further review and discussion about a possible appeal.

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