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Cambridge City Council approves RV OrdinanceWritten by Bill Cassler
RV's, Campers, Motor Homes & Tents banned as legal residences within City
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Cambridge City Council met Monday night, giving a "thumbs up" to a number of issues that had been pending for a number of weeks.
Council approved an ordinance that will help to clarify the City's mobile home regulations. The amended ordinance will not allow recreational vehicles, travel trailers, campers, motor homes and tents as a legal residence within city limits. City Officials had expressed concerns that the practice was becoming more and more commonplace, as property owners were seeking to maximize use of their property during the oil and gas boom. Council was concerned about the inability to tax such residences that would still require city services, along with sanitary and safety concerns - such as water, sewage and electric service - that the different "homes" would need.
Council approved a resolution of support for a proposed Veterans Memorial Park at the site of the old Glass Plant School in East Cambridge as well. Plans and drawings for the park developed by the Davis Architectural Group for the Community Development Corporation include a pavilion, a walking path and a stone arch entry way from the old Glass Plant School. The plan also incorporates existing memorials to veterans already at the site and has room for the placement of more.
Cambridge Regional Airport Manager Terry Losego, also asked Council to OK the Airport's appropriation of a large grant to update the approach lighting. The Airport received got approval for a federal grant worth $267,000 late last week. Losego said the Precision Approach Lighting on the runways and on hills around the airport is designed to help pilots make a safe approach to runways. The Airport plans to use the grant, along with $29,000 from the Guernsey County Commisioners to replace the system that is currently in use.
Council also approved a request from Linda Secrest, Director of Alcohol and Drug Services of Guernsey County, for a on-time allocation of funds from the city to help with organization's expenses until the end of the year. The local drug and alcohol center has asked both Guernsey County and the City for $15,000 each, to offset cuts in state funding. The county had already approved their $15,000 share.
Council also approved some water line easements at the old State Hospital grounds. The easements will separate individual users on the grounds of the old state facility who are currently on a large master meter.