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Updated Recreational Vehicle Ordinance Coming to Trappe

New requirements will affect owners of mobile homes, recreational vehicles and trailers in Trappe Borough.

Trappe Borough Council got a look at the amended Recreational Vehicle ordinance at their Oct. 2, 2012 monthly meeting.

The ordinance, which has been approved by the Planning, Zoning and Ordinance committee, was getting a second look by council members. Last month, at the borough meeting, the fire marshal expressed concerns about some of the language in the document.

He recommended changes about flammable materials, such as propane, and their proximity to structures. He also suggested establishing a buffer between the recreational vehicle and any structures to ensure emergency vehicle access if necessary.

Those issues appeared to be addressed in the amended version of the ordinance. Council did discuss language that reads “at no time should any recreational vehicle be occupied”.

Councilman Scholl had concerns about that wording, wanting to make sure that someone visiting a Trappe home should be permitted to stay in the vehicle. 

“We don’t want someone living in their vehicle on a permanent basis,” said Solicitor Onorato.

“Is it possible to have someone apply for a permit for temporary use, like if they’re getting their home remodeled?” asked Councilman Edwards.

“If I have relatives visiting Christmas week and they are staying in the RV, do they need a permit? asked Councilwoman Johnson.

The solicitor recommended that council should decide what requirements they want for getting a permit and then put those in the list of permit requirements.

There will be a public hearing for the Recreational Vehicle ordinance at the December 4, 2012 Council meeting. The public can view the current ordinance and attend the hearing to voice any concerns or to make comments.

The next Trappe Borough Council meeting date has changed due to Election Day on Tuesday, November 6. The public is invited to attend the next public meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 pm at Borough Hall.

Karl October 08, 2012 at 12:38 PM
From above: Last month, at the borough meeting, the fire marshal expressed concerns about some of the language in the document. He recommended changes about flammable materials, such as propane, and their proximity to structures. Is this guy aware that homes can have leased propane tanks for cooking or hot water and code for the tank is 3 feet from a door or window? And now we're going after RV owners? “If I have relatives visiting Christmas week and they are staying in the RV, do they need a permit? asked Councilwoman Johnson. Good grief, people. Welcome to Trapped.
Andrew October 08, 2012 at 04:16 PM
What a colossal waste of Paper. The effort to write laws just to write laws is ridiculous. This is just like new the truck ordinance up the road. Are these legislators afraid they don't exist of they are not adding to the complexity of the trivial laws in their electorate. Are there whole groups of people sleeping in their RV's on their private property? Note: RV’s often cost more than their house. As long as no one else is being hurt or financially impacted by a property owners choices why can't they be left alone? What is really going on in these minds?? Then next supervisors / legislators / governors should be elected on their ability to not impede further on the average citizens life. Nothing worse than paying Tax daily and yearly and getting Marginal value from it but also having each aspect of your existence legislated.
Steven Kurcik October 08, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Get the word out about this and other issues going on in Trapped, before we are Raped financially. Two bigger issues are trash collection and getting rid of public works and keeping the authority in place. The way they are headed, we (the water and sewer rate payers of Trapped and Collegeville) are going to pay more for something we all ready own. When I was on council in Trapped we sued Collegeville to dissolve the authority, this was supposed to be done years ago. Now Collegeville wants the oppisite to take place, makes me wonder why $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. I told the elected officials in Trapped at this meeting to stop following Collegevilles lead and lead for the people of Trapped. Thank GOD for some sound thinking on council from Nevin Scholl, Cathy Johnson and Tammy Liberi who stopped this vote at the last meeting. Please tell your neighbors about this and attend a meeting, and educate yourself as to what is going on. IT IS NOT GOOD. Council meets the first Tuesday of the month, but November will be the second Tuesday because of election day. Trapped needs a new direction, from where the current majority is taking us. Lets turn Trapped back to Trappe before our 300th birthday. And Marshall, please forward this to all your cronnies in Trapped and Collegeville, WE THE PEOPLE ARE COMING. I had to bite my tongue at this meeting, Because I wanted to ask what is next, MY GOD WILL WE NEED A PERMIT IF THE KIDS SLEEP IN A TENT IN THE BACKYARD.
p bresn October 09, 2012 at 02:40 AM
this is my third attempt at commenting..........duh...its abt time these people know how to live and not affect their neighbors and neighborhoods....if you want to live in a trailer, sell your house and dont inflict on your neighbors........since when can we do everything we want???????
henry eroh November 15, 2012 at 01:23 PM
As long as people pay their taxes and keep the homes neat the council people should keep their noses to themselves- again here it is all about permits and money- you don't need a permit to do work in trappe as long as you have state one showing ins coverage so guess that makes them mad they can't wrangle money out of people doing work there

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