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LITTLETON, NH — Joseph and Barbara DiPierre, owners of Crazy Horse Campground, continue to believe they are correct in their appeal to the zoning board. Even with the feeling that right is on their side, the DiPierre’s may give up the struggle.
Starting in August 2012, the couple sent several letters to the town regarding their belief that Wal-Mart needed a special exception to allow camper and RV parking.
Via phone last week, Barbara DiPierre said the effort has been long and expensive. “It has already cost us $6,000,” DiPierre said.
After a series of correspondence with zoning officer Christopher Hodge, the DiPierre’s filed an appeal with the zoning board in September. They wanted the board to overturn Hodge’s decision that Wal-Mart was not in violation of town zoning rules by allowing RV parking on its Meadow Street lot.
The reason the fight may be abandoned, DiPierre said, was a sense the couple can’t win.
Editor’s note: I’ve written two editorials regarding campground/RV park owners dislike of RVers parking at Walmart and other locations.
Read the latest editorial: RV Park & Campground Owners are Whining Again!
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“I was stunned. I called my wife and said, ‘Somebody stole my coach,’” said Larry Socha, recalling how he ran some banking errands with his 90-year-old mother the Saturday morning before Memorial Day, returned to the Walmart parking lot in Glen Ellyn where he had spent the night, and discovered that his luxury 40-foot, 22.5-ton RV with the safe full of cash and the 25-foot trailer for his Mustang GT had been towed away by order of the WalMart manager.
Socha, who drove his 2000 Prevost Marathon XL from his home in New Jersey to visit his mom in Glen Ellyn and attend his 50th high school reunion, has parked at several Wal-Marts during his travels and also supports campgrounds. He parked at Walmart this time not to save 30 or 40 bucks but because it would have taken him more than two hours to drive to the nearest campground and back.
He said that last year he left the same motorhome in the same Walmart parking lot for three or four days during a visit as his dad was dying. He said he didn’t even see the signs this time reading: “No truck parking. Unauthorized vehicles will be towed away at owner’s or operator’s expense & liability. Towing enforced at all times.”
“The manager did knock on the door a couple of times before calling for the tow truck”, Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said. “Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store lots as we are able,” reads a Walmart statement. “Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV.”
Socha said he found the store on a website that lists free overnight parking, but Whaling said Wal-Mart doesn’t keep a list of what stores allow parking or how many people do park.
A Walmart customer and stockholder, Socha said he was upset that Walmart denied his claim to have the company pay his towing bill.
“Will I stop shopping there? No, I’m not a jerk,” Socha said. “I learned a lesson.”
He said he just wants to warn others and perhaps push Walmart to be a little more sensitive and communicative about this issue. There’s no use fighting over $872.50, which he said is basically “a tank of gas,” but he said he wouldn’t mind an admission that the situation could have been handled better.
After much discussion, the Strathnore town council rescinded a motion that would have allowed a change to the RV parking bylaw last week on May 25 in a special council meeting.
The new bylaw would have allowed residents to park recreational vehicles on their driveways for the duration of the camping season, from the May long weekend to the Labour day weekend in September.
“As the week progressed (before the long weekend) I saw all these motor homes and travel trailers parked every which way,” said Councillor John Rempel. “We can’t put up with this all summer.”
The concerns brought forward by council were after an outcry from many residents about the possibility of having trailers and RVs parked in front of homes all summer.
“It would be unsightly to a lot of people, who don’t want to see a trailer city,” said Councillor Pat Fule.
As the bylaw presently is will be how it is enforced this year, allowing residents in Strathmore to have their recreational vehicles in front of their homes for a maximum of 72 hours each week.
Fule said he had spoken with councillors from another municipality with a similar bylaw, who said it was a safety matter as they didn’t want the cars that would have been in those driveways parked on the street.
Councillor Earl Best expressed his discontent with not changing the bylaw, as many residents have said how difficult the 72-hour time limit makes packing for camping difficult.
“The bylaw the way it is is flawed and we have an opportunity to fix it, and we don’t seem to want to do that,” said Best, who with Councillor Rocky Blokland, voted against the motion to get rid of the proposed bylaw.