City Trying to Comply with State Code

The StatesmanJournal reports from Aumsville, Oregon city officials are trying to comply with a state ordinance that permits recreational vehicles long-term stays in manufactured housing communities. Current city code prohibits long-term stays because chemicals in RV holding tanks kill bacteria that processes raw sewage in the city sewer system. State law was changed in 2005 to accommodate snowbirds who spend winters in Arizona and wanted an affordable option for the warmer months, as well as to provide more income for MHC owners who had available space. Mayor Harold White says, “One to two RVs would not make a difference. But as the scale becomes larger, it could wipe out all bacteria in our sewer system.” The city will try to inform RV users to use local dumpsites before hooking into city utilities. MHProNews has learned Aumsville city officials will also alter the code to allow RV visitors to park at private homes for up to ten days.

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