City to crack down on in-town camping
Published: Thursday, April 18th, 2013
The Custer City Council took the first step toward eliminating allowing motorhomes to be used as a dwelling within city limits, an issue that has long been a source of consternation for some town residents.
At its regular meeting Monday night the council voted unanimously to pass the first reading of Ordinance No. 731, which prohibits the use of any recreational vehicle, travel trailer, motorhome or converted car or bus for dwelling purposes within the jurisdiction of the city.
The ordinance will make it against the law to not only use such vehicles as a dwelling, but also for any person to connect such a vehicle to any utility service including water, sewer, cable television or phone. The lone exception to the ordinance is if the vehicle is parked in a commercially operated campground or other area designated for such use by resolution of the council.
The ordinance further states it is unlawful to winterize such vehicle for use or storage by means of installing insulation, skirting, heat tapes or other such physical modification to prevent freezing.
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