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Victoria City Council could extend stays at Riverside RV Park

By Melissa Crowe
May 13, 2012 at 12:13 a.m.
Updated May 14, 2012 at 12:14 a.m.


Council will also:

• Canvass the votes, declare the election results and administer the oath of office;

• Determine whether to enter a seven-year tax abatement agreement with Hlavinka Equipment Co.;

• Determine whether to approve spending $35,000 on advertisements promoting the city as a tourism destination;

• Determine whether to spend $243,130 for two projects in phase 3 of the downtown water and sewer line replacement project;

• Approve the terms and conditions of a tax abatement agreement with Keen Transport Inc.

In response to the increased demand for RV spaces, Victoria is looking at extending stay lengths at Riverside Park's RV sites.

The city council is expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution to extend the maximum length of stay at the city's RV park.

O.C. Garza, director of communications at the city, said when the RV Park was constructed, the intent was to provide temporary RV facilities for people passing through Victoria.

If RVers wanted to stay longer, they would move to a bigger facility and rent a permanent or semi-permanent site.

The limit is 14 days in six months. This regulation was developed in 2010 to keep people from finding ways to "beat the system" by changing spaces at the RV Park every two weeks, according to the ordinance.

Garza said the original intent is to let as many RVers stay at the park as possible.

As oil field activity increases and industrial projects draw more people to town, most private RV parks are now filled to capacity, and "it came up because there was no space for these RVers to move to," Garza said.

With no other place to stay, any RVers who wanted to stay longer than two weeks could not be granted an extension without the council's approval of an ordinance change, Garza said.

The first reading of the ordinance will be Tuesday. The change would give city staff the authority to set the maximum length of stay and change it based on market conditions.

Parks Director Doug Cochran presented a report on the issue at the Feb. 21 council meeting.

Cochran recommended increasing the maximum length of stay to 30 days within a six month period.

The council then gave consensus that the parks director should have the authority to make a decision regarding the length of time changes.

Katherine Rodriguez, of the parks department, said 18 sites are available at the RV park; 13 people were there as of Friday morning.

She said the fee is set at $12 nightly or $60 weekly.

At this time there is no change in those rates, Garza said. Any city fees are changed through a fee ordinance and reviewed at the end of every calendar year.

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