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Campground Owners of New York (CONY) explained the provisions of a proposed RV park-only eviction law to members during a series of zone meetings held recently in Batavia, Syracuse, Kingston and Lake George.
“It is specific to RV campgrounds,” CONY Executive Director Bob Klos told Woodall’s Campground Management, adding that when eviction issues currently arise, the provisions of New York’s mobile home law usually apply. “Right now, there needs to be notice and then a 90-day grace period before you can evict someone. That is a real burden on the campground owners.”
Klos said the association expects the bill to receive favorable treatment in the New York legislature.
Klos, 72, also announced that he will delay his retirement scheduled for December for two years. “The board asked me if I would stay on,” said Klos, who has been CONY executive director for 33 years. “I have agreed to do that.”
Highlights of the meetings, attended by representatives from 128 campgrounds during the four days, included cracker barrel sessions along with presentations by Mark Anderson of Camp Chatauqua, Stow, and Mike Lenhard of Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, North Hudson, both members of the board of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
Also addressing zone meeting attendees was Deb Kohls, vice president of Friend Communications Inc., CONY’s preferred provider of reservations services. Twenty-four vendors also accompanied the caravan to the fours cities.
New York campground owners continue to be concerned about the size of RVs and the effect they have on campgrounds, Klos said. “Manufacturers are up to 45 feet in lengths and they want 100 amp electric service,” Klos said. “That is a problem for a lot of the older campgrounds where eliminating sites to make room for larger RVs is a problem.”
During a board meeting, Noelani Derossett of Lake George Schroon Valley Resort, Warrensburg, was nominated to fill a contested Zone II vacancy of ARVC’s board of directors.