Fiscal Court to further discuss addresses for RVs
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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Trigg County’s Fiscal Court tabled any action on giving addresses to people with RVs and non-permanent trailers when they met Monday evening.

Stephannie Saupe, the county’s interim 911 director, said at a previous meeting that several people are simply living in their recreational vehicles or non-permanent campers or trailers, partly because of the economy.

Many of the people that do that that live in Trigg County have asked for addresses, but former Trigg 911 Director Kim Wiggins declined them out of concern for mail fraud, said Saupe, who also said that it would be hard for emergency services to find them without an address.

“We know it’s already taking place, and people are living in some of these dwellings,” said Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries.

Trigg Magistrate Rick Nelson, who is on the county’s emergency services committee, spoke out in favor of giving these people addresses, stating that there is nothing new or unique about this practice, as surrounding counties already allow addresses for such vehicles. Like Saupe, he said emergency personnel not being able to find them presents a safety risk.

“There was a situation last year … where there was a fire, and they couldn’t find the RV because there was no address on it,” Nelson said. “There is a safety issue here.”

But other magistrates, like Larry Lawrence, Jeff Broadbent and Jon Goodwin, had some reservations about it. Broadbent in particular asked if someone could just park somewhere and get an address. He also asked if the RV owner would also have to own the land.

Lawrence and Goodwin in particular expressed concerns about people parking their RVs next to subdivisions. “What’s this going to do to our subdivisions?” asked Lawrence.

“If you allow this here, you can potentially allow someone to set up a trailer at the entrance of a subdivision that’s got a million-dollar home,” Goodwin said. “Not so much that you’re encouraging this stuff to happen, but you’re allowing people with these things into a subdivision that may or may not have previous regulations or restrictions.”

Nelson said that the address would stay with the property, not with the RV, although while the RV is on that property, the number would have to be placed on the RV and also on the mailbox.

“There has to be an intention to stay there,” Nelson said. “I don’t expect to see a whole bunch of RVs coming into Trigg County.”

Before an address is to be provided, a site evaluation would be required and a septic system would have to be approved, said Nelson, who added that more than one permit would be involved, as well.

Saupe went into more detail, stating that the person would send in an address request, which she would fill out, and then she would go out and figure out what the address would be. She would then send that address to the electric company, the water company and the post office, with all three of those signing off on it, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to get water, electricity or their mail, she added.

In the end, the court voted unanimously to table action on the matter. Humphries asked Nelson to consult Planning Commission Chairman Bob Brame to see what he thinks about the issue.

With little debate, the fiscal court unanimously approved the county’s jail budget. Trigg County Jailer James Hughes said their budget for the next fiscal year is $471,808, which is 1.285 percent higher than the current budget.

Hughes said that he expects to have about $140,000 left over from the current fiscal year’s budget as well.

During the public comments portion of the meeting, Ken Culwell of Grow Trigg said the county’s adult business ordinance needs to be at least as strict as the one for the city, and that it isn’t at the moment.

Culwell cited four examples of this: the county can have an adult entertainment store that’s open on Sunday, the county doesn’ t have a distance requirement on where they can be, the county doesn’t have background checks or licensing requirements for employees of such a store, and the county also doesn’t have a fee structure for such businesses.

“In the city ordinance, every adult entertainment business pays the city $5,000 a year, plus some other fees,” said Culwell. “I would just like to have the county as restrictive as the city.”

Culwell said that although there aren’t any adult businesses in the city or the county for the time being, that doesn’t mean there aren’t people considering it.

William G. Lawrence of Trigg County Soil Conservation also made an appearance. He requested from the fiscal court $45,282 for them to continue their work, which he said was the same amount as last year.

He also said that Trigg County Soil Conservation has brought about $670,000 into the county.

In other business, the court unanimously approved two amendments to the current budget. One amendment acknowledges that the county will receive a $5,895 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for expenses related to the May 2010 floods, said Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver.

The other amendment acknowledges that the county has received $23,100 from the Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) for a chipper bought during the 2009 ice storm and $571,781 from the KST Road Fund for projects that have already been completed, said Humphries.
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