Bad planning part of campground problems

| 29 Sep 2011 | 09:10

    DINGMAN - A Lake Adventure property owner whose sewer problems were highlighted in last week’s Courier, shares responsibility for some of his problems, according to the campground property manager. Other problems stem from the thoughtlessness of the original developers, he said. “John Dobrovich chose a site in the lowest area which is easy to see if you look at a geological map,” said Property Manager Gary Stevens. He continued, “What does he expect. Water always runs downhill and it comes out of the ground where he has his site.” Dobrovich claims his site was dry before the new system was installed. Stevens says the original developers of Lake Adventure built the 1,700 site campground community without thought to the future. He said the developers ripped the people off. They put in sewers in a haphazard fashion. “Now we are facing the problems they left behind,” remarked Stevens. “We have electrical problems for the same reason,” Stevens claims. “I have had an electrical contractor in here for three years working on repairing problems. Now the town is telling me I have to get permits. I have looked through the town codes and don’t see anything regarding this,” Stevens said. Stevens claims the Dingman Township code enforcement officer, Shawn Bolles, doesn’t have the credentials to inspect electrical work. “I had to get my own inspector in to do this.” “Dingman Township is making things difficult because we want them to allow 12’ wide trailers units. They say it will create problems because more people will stay in the unit. That just isn’t so,” said Stevens. He went on to explain that a 12 ‘ wide unit doesn’t mean more people will use the unit, it just means the people using the unit will have more space. Stevens said they are working vigorously to satisfy the township. Lake Adventure has recently purchased a $169,000 truck with a high velocity water pump to “blow out” clogged sewer lines. It also acquired a $72,500 “robotic” camera to pinpoint problems in the sewer lines. Lake Adventure treats 500,000 gallons of sewage water every day.