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RV ordinance passes with little fanfare in Wauconda
By Georgia Garvey | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 2/7/2008 12:09 AM

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What was once a white-hot topic -- recreational vehicle regulation -- has dropped off in interest considerably in Wauconda.

Mayor Salvatore Saccomanno said that, though 350 people attended the board's first meeting in 2005 to discuss an ordinance that would govern when and where people could store RVs on their property, only two people showed up to watch it be unanimously approved.

"It is affecting less people than was anticipated," Saccomanno said. "Two years ago, when we started this, we had 350 people filling the (high school) gym."

He said most people appeared to think the village would enact an outright ban on RV storage.

"I think they (now) understand there was never an intention to do a total ban," he said.

Instead, rules dictate RVs must be no longer than 30 feet, parked less than 5 feet from the right of way, operational, licensed in the owner's or tenant's name, on wheels or a trailer and weigh no more than 6 tons, unless the RV is a non-powered boat such as a pontoon or sailboat.

Each property can hold two recreational vehicles of up to 45 feet in combined length.

The vehicle must be parked on gravel, concrete or asphalt.

The term "recreational vehicle" includes campers, travel trailers, motor homes, utility trailers, off-road vehicles, ATVs, racing cars or cycles, snowmobiles, truck campers and recreational watercraft.

There are two exceptions to the proposed rules. First, people who own or rent property on Bangs Lake or on a waterway that leads to the lake can bring their watercraft or snowmobiles directly out of the water without a trailer.

Also, more than one recreational vehicle can be on the same trailer as long as the owner is complying with manufacturer regulations.

Vehicles longer than 30 feet can be on private property for 72 hours while they're being serviced or loaded.

"I think the majority of the people, like I said, are agreeable to the outcome," said Saccomanno, who added that enforcement wouldn't begin until summer at the earliest.

He said Wauconda will now enter into an "educational period" during which the village will let residents know about the new rules.