Elgin Residents Want City to OK Recreational Vehicles on Property

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Elgin Residents Want City to OK Recreational Vehicles on Property


Byline: Elena Ferrarin eferrarin@dailyherald.com

An Elgin resident started an online petition and plans to speak to the city council about allowing recreational vehicles such as motor homes and travel trailers on private property.

Cheryl Jacob said she and her husband, Jeff Jacob, have been keeping their 27-foot travel trailer parked in the driveway of their east-side home during camping season from April to October. During the winter, they store it at a campground in Volo.

But on Saturday, Jacob said, a code enforcement officer told the couple they had 30 days to move the trailer.

"We've been calling all weekend to find a place (to store it)," she said. "Some of them are already booked and there is no room. Some of them, the city doesn't allow it (storing trailers), and some are too expensive."

Saturday is also when Jacob started the petition at change.org asking the city to change its municipal code, which classifies motor homes and travel trailers as commercial vehicles. "It's not a commercial vehicle. It's my private property," she said.

"Recreational vehicles are not commercial vehicles," she added. "They do not generate income."

The petition had more than 70 supporters as of Monday afternoon, and several others had signed it in person, Jacob said. The city should facilitate, not hinder, activities like camping, she said. …

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