Beaver council decides to reopen RV Park on April 1

Friday, February 20, 2009

BEAVER -- After much deliberation and a site visit, town officials have decided to reopen the Beaver RV Park this year for camping, shooting for an April 1 open date.

Full services will not be available, however.

Meeting in council Thursday night, Mayor Mary Hill presented a hand-drawn map of the park campsites and noted the tent sites on the waterfront are so choked with mud from last year's flooding they are unusable for camping.

Site #42, a popular RV site on the waterfront, she said, was underwater, so it, too, will be closed.

Council also discussed and decided not to offer septic service or showers, but flush toilets will still be available.

Because the park has no percable land for a septic leachfield, the tanks have to be pumped, which is costly, Hill said.

"We have four tanks. (The contractor) was charging $175 per tank," she said. "We have no money to pay for septic."

The park was closed all last year due to flooding, so no day use or camping fees were collected.

Even with a fully operative season, the park barely breaks even because of the high cost of septic and contract wages.

Still, aldermen felt it was important to open the park after a year of it being closed.

Hill asked aldermen whether they remembered who the local area couples were who were interested in running the park if it were to be opened last year. They could not remember, so the town will take applications for park managers and relief managers.

Council discussed where to locate a new dock that will be coming to replace the one that floated away last year during the flooding.

"People say the swimming area has been changed," Hill said. "It looks like a new island has been formed. The swim area is really shallow."

The park committee will look at where to locate the dock.

Mayor Hill reported the three-man labor crew sent by the Department of Workforce Services to do storm cleanup have been doing a tremendous job and called them "very energetic and good workers."

They cleaned up storm debris in the park and along the walking trail, inventoried and organized storage sheds and set up a computer to track inventory.

In other business, council:

* Approved payments for golf cart repair, insurance and the Web site.

* Approved a request to paint the interior of the fire station and seal the concrete floor of the west bay.

The next council meeting is scheduled for March 9 at 7 p.m. at the community center. The public is welcome.

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