Merriam council sends proposal for temporary storage of RVs, boats back for revisions on split vote

RV_PVMerriam Mayor Ken Sissom was called on to break a tie vote by the city council Monday, sending a proposal to loosen restrictions on temporary storage of RVs, boats and trailers back to the planning commission.

Currently, no storage is allowed in front of the building line. The proposed changes, which the planning commission discussed over the course of four meetings, would have allowed a temporary storage of 48 hours over a 30-day time period and an extended storage of seven days on two occasions in a calendar year.

Councilor Jim Wymer questioned both the length of time for the temporary storage and the number of times the temporary storage is allowed. Wymer favored sending it back to the planning commission for revision. The council had grappled with the issue at its last November meeting, but tabled a decision. City staff then provided more details on the definitions in the ordinance. One of those definitions involved the term “truck camper.” The staff report said truck camper used in the RV definition would not include hard shells over pickup truck beds, but would include those designed for human occupancy.

Voting with Wymer to send the ordinance back to the planning commission were Cheryl Moore, Al Frisby and Scott Diebold. Sissom broke the 4-4 tie by agreeing to send it back for revisions.