LOWELL | Doug Zubrenic told the Town Council on Monday he wants to work with the town to find a fair solution to the issue of how recreational vehicles should be parked and stored in residential areas.
"It's the right thing to do in a growing town like this," Zubrenic said. He said the town is not a farm area anymore.
Zubrenic, of 17339 Oak Valley Drive, brought the issue to the council after pursuing neighborhood issues through the town court. He came with specific suggestions he asked the council to consider, including limiting the outdoor storage of recreational vehicles to one per property.
Unfortunately, Zubrenic said, the developer of the area in which he lives failed to file the covenants with the town. As a result, he said, neighbors have boats and other recreational vehicles parked and stored in ways contrary to what would have been the covenant terms. They spoil his view, he said. His boat is stored inside a stall he built in his garage to meet the covenants.
Tom Trulley of the Lowell Building Department said it's a fair weather problem. Many owners of boats, campers and other recreational vehicles store them elsewhere during the winter, then have nowhere to put them during fair weather use.
While Zubrenic wants the council to consider backyard parking and storage, Council Vice-President Craig Earley, D-1st, said that idea doesn't work on smaller properties such as his. "I have a camper in my sideyard," he said.
Councilman Phillip Kuiper, D-4th, indicated it might be time to take another look at the town ordinance.
Kuiper said it is his understanding that boats and other recreational vehicles can legally park on the street if they are attached to a car or truck. In his neighborhood, that's a safety issue for children since so many recreational vehicles line his street, he said.
When Zubrenic said he feels many others have the same problems, Kuiper agreed. "A lot of people don't want to come in front of the council," he said.
Suggesting the council might consider setbacks and other specifics based on lot size, for instance, Zubrenic said, "We could maybe work something out to make everyone happy," he said.
The council also agreed to forward an invoice from Hook's Concrete for $32,500 for curbing and an invoice from Kidstuff Playstations for $16,030 for equipment at Liberty Park for payment from community block grant monies.
The council also approved spending recycling funds for rubberized mulch to be placed in Liberty and Evergreen Parks.