With the annual “Spring Fling” event at Mettowee Off Road Extreme Park tabbed for this weekend, Granville, N.Y., town officials are hoping for compliance from mud boggers, and the park’s owner says that will happen, the Granville Sentinel reported.
The event will take place April 1-3, with gates opening at 8 a.m. Friday and closing Sunday at 5 p.m.
In the past, the town board has heard complaints from residents and even bumped heads with the mud boggers – this year supervisor Matt Hicks said he hopes some warnings can lead to compliance with local laws and regulations.
“I have no problem with people having fun and recreating,” Hicks said, “as long as everyone is following the rules and not cause problems for their neighbors.”
Hicks said one of his main concerns dealt with camping at the site. The town of Granville has a mobile home and camping ordinance, which requires people to get permits when they have a public campground.
He said it is one thing for a resident to have some family over and have them camp out in the back yard, but it’s another thing to have a public campground.
“They have to have a certain amount of potable water and sanitation,” he said. “As of yet, (Ralph Jameson, the park’s owner) has not applied for a campground permit.”
Jameson said he will have “bottled water, hand sanitizer, port-o-potties with easy access,” and that after the Spring Fling event he plans to put in “flush toilets, sinks and showers.”
He added that after the Spring Fling he plans to file paperwork with the town and the department of health.
Hicks said that if after this weekend’s event it is determined that Mettowee Off Road Extreme is operating a public campground and does not have permission to do so, the town will “enforce” the laws against it. He did not specify what enforcement would include, saying that he would have to wait until this weekend’s events took place.
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