County denies request for Bootlegger RV park

March 16, 2013

A request by the owner of the Bootlegger liquor store to create an RV park by the store’s Fall Creek Highway location south of Acton was voted down this week by the Commissioners Court.

Owner Ron Cummings, who wanted to use his own well and aerobic septic system, said he feels county officials are “trying to bully me into hooking up with AMUD (Acton Municipal Utility District).”

Doing so, he said, would cost him a minimum of $60,000.

It was acknowledged at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Commissioners Court that Cummings’ plans meet state guidelines.

However, they do not meet “county regs,” or regulations, according to Environmental Health Director James McAusland.

The reason that the park does not meet the county’s standards is because it falls inside the county’s “clear water district,” which involves a one-mile radius around the lake, Cummings explained.

The Hood County Development Commission recommended that the Commissioners Court not give its approval for the RV park. The court followed that recommendation, even though Precinct 2 Commissioner Dick Roan made a motion to approve it. No one seconded the motion.

“He meets the state’s standards,” Roan said Wednesday. “He has the right to ask for a variance, and that’s what he’s asking for. He could put 50 head of cattle there and let them poop and pee all over the lot. I think that (the county) should work with him in some fashion.”

Cummings said he intended to have spaces on the 8.5-acre tract of land for 25 RVs. However, his site development plan included an aerobic system capable of sustaining 28 RVs.

Aerobic systems are used for waste-water treatment in rural areas that are not part of a public sewer system.

Cummings said he has one well and was prepared to dig another if necessary. He said that, since his property is within the city of deCordova’s ETJ (extraterritorial jurisdiction), he went to its City Council with his plans. The council posed no objections, he said.

Cummings said his efforts to be a good neighbor included offering to put up privacy fences for several deCordova homes that abut the property.

Since Roan’s motion to approve the RV park died for lack of a second, Cummings can bring the request back before the Commissioners Court.

He said he does not yet know whether he will pursue that option.

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