[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope 7-14-1975 by Ord. No. 1975-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
By the adoption of this chapter, the Town Board of the Town of Mount Hope declares its intent in so doing to regulate campgrounds in the Town of Mount Hope in order to provide municipal supervision for the public welfare and benefit in relation to construction, maintenance, sanitary facilities and general orderliness and conduct of such campgrounds.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes any person who registers his party for the occupancy of a campsite or who otherwise assumes charge of or is placed in charge of a campsite.
- A plot of ground upon which two or more campsites are located, established, or maintained and occupied, by camping units as temporary living quarters for a total of 15 days or more in any calendar year.
- CAMPING VEHICLE
- Includes any licensed camp trailer, travel trailer or other unit built or mounted on a vehicle or chassis designed without permanent foundation which is used for temporary dwelling or sleeping purposes and which does not exceed eight feet in width in its travel state.
- Includes any plot of ground within a campground intended for occupancy by a camp unit or units.
- CAMP UNIT
- Includes any tent, camping vehicle, or similar structure, temporarily located on a campsite as temporary living quarters, but shall not include any camping unit kept at a campground for storage purposes only.
- Includes the owner, lessee, tenant or other person who permits, having authorization to, the occupancy of a campground by campers or overnight occupants.
Each campground shall be provided with safe and convenient access for the ingress and egress of traffic from the public highway.
All service roads shall be constructed at a minimum 10 feet on one-way and 20 feet on two-way, to permit safe and convenient movement of traffic and shall be maintained in a proper state of repair.
All campsites shall be at least 100 feet from any public road and 100 feet from an adjoining property line.
Suitable parking for campers shall be provided which does not interfere with access and service road traffic.
Campsites in a campground shall not exceed an average of 20 campsites per acre inclusive of service roads, toilet buildings, other buildings, etc.
Each campsite, including parking space, shall provide a minimum of 1,400 square feet of space per tent site and 1,800 square feet of space for travel trailer and recreational vehicle site.
Each campsite shall be well-drained and laid out in such a manner as to provide sufficient open and graded space for the accommodation of camping units and shall provide parking space for an automobile which will not interfere with the convenient and safe movement of traffic.
Consistent with these requirements, trees for the provision of shade should be disturbed as little as possible and, wherever practicable, trees, underbrush, large rocks and other natural features should be left intact at the edges of adjoining campsites to insure privacy. Natural vegetative cover shall also be retained, protected and maintained within the campground wherever possible so as to facilitate drainage, prevent erosion or gullying and preserve the scenic attributes of the area.
Occupancy, other than by the owner/caretaker, of the campground between December 15 and March 15 by the same person or persons shall not be permitted to exceed 15 days.
Occupancy of any campsite shall not be permitted to be used for the purposes of establishing residency, for example, withholding taxes, voting, schooling, licenses, etc.; and under no circumstances shall the occupancy of any campsite by an individual or any individuals in any form of permitted temporary, movable, or portable shelter be used as a home for any children while they are attending regular school sessions.
During the period of November 1 through April 1, unoccupied camping units and equipment shall not be permitted to remain on any campsite if the camping units are unoccupied for more than seven days.
An adequate supply of potable water capable of supplying a total capacity of at least 50 gallons per campsite per day and at least 150 gallons per campsite per day, if water-flushed toilets are used, shall be provided at one or more locations in every campground.
Only water from a source approved by the local Board of Health shall be provided at a campground. Individual point or driven wells, dug wells, springs, and other sources of supply may be used if approved by the local Board of Health. Such sources of supply shall be properly located, constructed and maintained to avoid contamination of the water therefrom.
Toilets and urinals shall be provided at one or more locations in every campground and shall be convenient of access. Separate toilet facilities shall be provided for males and females, and shall be clearly marked. Each toilet shall be in a separate compartment and be provided in each toilet. Toilets and urinals shall be maintained in a clean condition.
The owner of a campground shall provide for the collection of refuse and garbage daily and shall also conveniently locate refuse containers at each campsite. Refuse containers shall be cleaned and maintained as often as may be necessary to promote a wholesome and nonodorous condition to prevent the breeding of insects therein.
The owner of a campground shall adopt control measures for insect, rodent and weed control and shall keep the campgrounds free of refuse, stagnant water areas, and other articles which may provide temporary breeding places for insects and rodents.
No owner of a campground shall cause or permit any discontinuance or unnecessary interruption of any services, facilities, equipment or utilities on the campgrounds.
Every campground shall be under the supervision of the owner or a caretaker to maintain order and to insure compliance with the regulations herein.
Every camper, during the period of his occupancy of any campsite, shall be responsible for the conduct of the members of his party and shall be responsible for the maintenance of his campsite in a clean and wholesome condition, shall see that his campsite is not littered with debris and refuse, shall maintain all pets under control so as not to create a public health or noise menace, shall not leave a dog unleashed and unattended at a campsite, shall not leave fires unattended at a campsite, and shall not permit undue noise at any time.
Whenever a camper has terminated his stay at a campground, he shall not leave the campsite without clearing the same of litter and debris and leaving it in a clean and wholesome condition. All fires shall be extinguished and all possessions of the camper and his party removed.
Each camper, upon arriving at a campground, shall register, leaving his name, address, car registration, and number of persons in his party with the owner or caretaker of said campground.
It shall be the responsibility of the owner of the campground to maintain accurate records for the dates campers check in and check out, campsites assigned, etc., as well as the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter. The owner of the campground will advise the Town Clerk's office between December 15 and March 15, every two weeks, to insure that the provisions of this chapter are complied with.
Every campground shall have a minimum of three toilets for male persons, and a minimum of three toilets for female persons. If there be over 15 campsites in a campground, there shall be an additional toilet for both male and female persons for every five campsites. In no case shall toilets be located more than 300 feet from any campsite. Urinals shall be provided. Up to 1/2 the male toilets may be urinals.
If drinking fountains are provided, they shall be constructed of impervious material and have an angle jet with a nozzle above the overflow rim of the bowl. The nozzle shall be protected by a nonoxidizing guard. The bowl shall be of easily cleanable design and be equipped with a strainer.
If showers are provided, there shall be separate showers for males and females clearly marked. Shower stalls and dressing compartments shall be maintained in clean condition. Showers must be served with hot and cold or tempered water between 90° F. and 110° F. and be available at a ratio of two showers for each 50 sites for each sex.
If a holding tank emptying station for camping vehicles is provided, each station shall be convenient of access, shall be at least 50 feet from any campsite, and shall be equipped with means for flushing the camping vehicle holding tank. Such station shall be constructed in conformity with health regulations and shall be posted to warn against unreasonable access.
Lavatories or other hand-washing facilities shall be provided at a ratio of one for each 15 sites (without water and sewerage hookups) for each sex. Utility sinks shall be provided. The sinks should be near the door if located within a building, where they can be utilized for the disposal of dishwater brought in buckets.
No person shall construct, expand and/or operate a campground without a permit.
Any person desiring to construct, expand and/or operate a campground shall make application therefor in writing to the Town Board. Such application shall include the applicant's full name, residence, post office address and whether the applicant is an individual, firm or corporation. If a partnership, the names and addresses of all partners shall be included. If a corporation, the names and addresses of the officers of the corporation shall be included. A diagrammatic sketch plan of the proposed campground or expansion showing the location, dimensions of the area, proposed service roads, campsites, water supplies, sanitary conveniences, sewage disposal facilities, storage areas, and auxiliary buildings to be shown. Distances from adjoining public highways and adjoining owners shall be shown. Approval of the Board of Health shall be attached in relation to sanitary and sewage disposal facilities.
The Town Board, upon approval of such application, shall authorize the Town Clerk to issue a permit, and such permit shall be conspicuously posted on the campground premises.
A fee for an initial permit is hereby fixed in the sum of $250, and shall be valid from the date of its issuance until the last day of the year of issuance, and shall be renewed annually. The renewal fee shall be $75 per annum.
The Town police, the Town Clerk or the Town Board, or any of its representatives or designated agents, shall be granted access to the area of such campground at all reasonable hours to inspect the same for compliance herewith.
A permit may be revoked by the Town Board after a public hearing thereon at which the licensee shall have an opportunity to be heard.
Upon a complaint filed with the Town Board in writing or upon the Town Board's own initiative, a permit may be suspended or revoked for a violation of this chapter or for failure to conform to any rules and regulations of the Board of Health, or any other state or local agency.
While a permit is suspended or if a permit is revoked, no owner of any campground shall permit the same to be used or occupied by any camper.
Violation of this chapter an offense; penalties therefor:
The owner or licensee of any such place of business who commits or permits any acts in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to have committed an offense against such chapter, and also shall be liable for any such violation or the penalty therefor. Each day such violation shall continue or be permitted to exist shall constitute a separate violation.
For every violation of any provision of this chapter, the person violating the same shall be subject to a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Conviction for any above-mentioned violation shall constitute and effect an immediate forfeiture of the license.
Any person violating this chapter shall be subject to a civil penalty enforceable and collectible by the Town in the amount of $250 for each such offense. Such penalty shall be collectible by and in the name of the Town for each day that such violation shall continue.
In addition to the above-provided penalties and punishment, the Town Board may also maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the Town in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or to restrain by injunction the violation of such chapter.