The Clinton (Iowa) City Council on Tuesday (May 28) officially updated policies regarding the Riverfront RV Park to align its rules more closely with other area campgrounds, according to the Clinton Herald

The council unanimously passed a $2-per night rate increase, the first increase since 2013, a new long-term camping protocol, and a new position for a camp host that will allow for someone to continuously monitor the riverfront park to ensure rules and regulations are being followed.

The long-term policy has been proposed to allow for 14 consecutive days of camping pad use, followed by a mandatory 24-hour vacancy of the camping spot. The rate increase would put the park in a comparable category with others offering concrete pads, and electrical and sewer capabilities, according to city Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Chairwoman Kelly Schemers. The addition of a camp host would allow for the rules and regulations of the park to be more closely monitored as well, department head Josh Eggers said at the May 14 council meeting.

The camp host position would be compensated with a camping pad for their services, Eggers told the council.

Reasoning behind the 24-hour vacancy after 14 consecutive days of use deals with park upkeep and operations as well, Eggers explained at the May 14 meeting.

“We want to keep the maintenance up and (keep the park) looking like an RV park and not like a trailer lot or anything along those lines,” Eggers said.

If a separate camping pad is available in the park, however, long-term campers may simply switch spots after the 14th day, according to the director, vacating their previous spot, but not the park altogether.

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