Ordinance prohibiting campers should be changed
By Earl Monroe
Published Thursday, May 12, 2016 9:37 am
Responding to the May 4 letter from Deanne Simmons, Delta, entitled "Camper living should be allowed," I emphatically agree with her every well-stated point. She gives a half dozen excellent reasons for changing the city's official attitude and asks three entities, the mayor, city manager and city council, to change the ordinance against living in a camper (trailer/RV/whatever name one might use) on private property in order to help or be helped by the property owner.
Please, you powers that be, read her letter with empathy for those not well off economically or who don't have work or good health. Do pay attention when she says, "Let's help people who need help!"
Yes, I know the ordinance. I was given copies of its several parts when my daughter and her two young daughters were asked to leave my property in their RV. Her husband, an industrial welder, was out of work. They planned to put the girls into school here. They could not afford commercial parking when he had no work. When I bought my property, not in the city then, I put in proper sewer and underground electrical service for a camper (I was then a volunteer doing trail maintenance for the Forest Service and towed my own camper.) My feeling is that Delta stole my privacy rights when they annexed our area into the city and imposed discriminating ordinances.
I taught school for over 40 years, the last 38 at Delta High. In my 80s now, not able to do many things, so my daughter was helping me get along in exchange for a place to park. She's now living in the basement of her sister's very overcrowded house in another state. Her husband is thoufillsands of miles away in yet another state on a job that will last only a few weeks, as all do now when most industries are cutting back, then it's search the U.S. for another. I'll be leaving Delta as soon as it's financially possible.