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City to crack down on in-town camping

Jason Ferguson
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.

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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Beckie Carder
April 18th, 2013 at 07:43am

This has to be one of the most ridiculous "Ordinances" I have seen, even for Custer.
Because the City Council cannot deal with one individual others will be punished for no wrong doing other than trying to survive in this economy.
Pathetic! and Shame on you!
It is too much and too extreme to ban living in recreational vehicles within the City limits. There should be rules that need to be followed to keep it acceptable for all involved just as there is for keeping lawns relatively neat and decrepit vehicles concealed behind a fence. Talk about segregation. Keep those that have from seeing those that don't have as much and be sure to rub salt into the wound. UGH!

Cam
April 19th, 2013 at 15:21pm

Can you still visit family and bring your Dollars and Motorhome or do you just want my Damn money ? I look forward to taking on the Legal definition of dwelling. Example, i dwelled at a family friends home in my motorhome last week , but hooking up the hose is a no no ? For years i have done just that,parked where i was told and enjoyed Custer and the surroundings. NO NOT IN MY CITY.......... By mere definition you show that you do not believe in family or can`t handle problomatic situations .

Rich Porter
April 22nd, 2013 at 22:32pm

Well,,, there goes my plans to spend a couple weeks and probably $1000.00 IN cUSTER AND THE AREA ,THIS SPRING.

LeAnne Baker
April 24th, 2013 at 09:40am

I can't believe this town has done this. I am one of those living in a travel trailer it was the only way we could afford to move up here. This was our foot in the door of a better life. So far we are quite happy, but for you to do this. To push us to move out of town is ridiculous plus costs double. I hear all the time that people moved up here in campers and that's how they made their start. So we can't try and make a start as well??? We get the door slammed in our face and basically told that we can't live here....Nice!Thanks Custer....thanks a lot!!

Randy Torkelson
April 25th, 2013 at 05:40am

So you guys are fine if your neighbors roll a 1972 Winnebago into their driveway, skirt it, put it on blocks and move their daughter, her drunk boyfriend and her three kids into because they don't have room in the house?

Take some pride in Custer. It doesn't have to be a junkyard of substandard housing.

If the city commission writes the ordinance in a way to ban temporary visitors, then shame on them, but permanent living in an RV on a city street or a driveway should be banned.

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