Monday, September 22, 2008

Reno's R.V. Ordinance Makes Waves with Tourists


It's not a new rule, but it's gaining more attention lately.

The city says R.V.'s must be parked overnight in designated parks, not in casino or store parking lots.

Water and sewer hook ups at R.V. parks keep waste out of a public parking lot. So this ordinance pretty much stems from health concerns.

It's a 1996 ordinance is making itself visible again, as the city of Reno cracks down.

Dean Bump of Oregon isn't happy about the ordinance or the notice.

"It tells me the city of Reno doesn't want the tourists, says Bump. "They might as well shut their casinos down."

Alex Woodley, Reno's Code Enforcement Manager, says it's not meant to be an inconvenience or keep tourists away, it's a health issue.

"We responded to a call and I went out and actually observed an individual throwing out the grease that he just finished cooking with," says Woodley. "He threw it right outside of the door, into the parking lot."

But, grease isn't the only waste people have left behind in a parking lot. Woodley says a few years ago they city responded to a hazmat situation because of what someone dumped in a parking lot.

"I stayed here last year and I've never seen anyone dump anything on the ground," says Bump. "When I get full, I'll go spend $5 at an R.V. park and dump it. Take on fresh water and move on."

Woodley says the city wants to keep visitors coming to Reno, but it wants people to follow the rules and it doesn't believe staying in an R.V. park is a great financial burden for them to do.

"No doubt, I won't come back," says Bump. "If this is the game they're gonna play, I have no desire to be here.'
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