Detailed casino PUD plan approved for RV park

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The Rising Sun Plan Commission voted unanimously to approve a detailed Planned Unit Development (PUD) for an RV park at Rising Star Casino at its meeting on Monday, February 13th.

The commission heard a review of the plan from attorney Tom Engle along with Jeff Talkers from Land Consultants and Cliff Kortman. An amended PUD plan was approved by the plan commission is April which was approved by city council in May.

The construction detailed plan was continued from January to make added changes.

One such change is just six pull through spots plus only one main entrance. RV campers will go into the hotel to check in.

Another change is the park is further from Sixth Street so landscaping and berms will not be negatively impacted. The fence was discussed with fencing located inside the berm on the Sixth Street side and outside the berm on the High Street side.

The wood fence is currently planned as a board and rail style although it could be a picket fence, whichever is best for aesthetics.

There will be a laundry and comfort center, including showers, in the center while the playground area was moved.

There will be evergreen trees at each site.

Talkers noted additional changes including a larger 50 foot radius entrance, a two inch water line instead of three inch, no gazebo and a gas fire pit by the pavilion but not under roof. The location of the dumpster was moved also. The signage will be the same as those on Rising Star Drive.

Kortman explained that it will be full service RV park with each unit hooked to electric and sewage. A proposed dump station was deleted from the plans. Each site is equipped for 20, 30 and 50 amp service.

Rising Sun Municipal Utility Superintendent Shawn Guidace reported there were no utility issues.

The playground base will be made out of recycled material.

Concrete pads were chosen over asphalt due to problems that occur from self levelers and the heat of summer.

A noticeable change, according to Kortman, will be no more overhead lights. There will be lower lighting which had been a concern in the past.

Voting in favor of the plan were Debbie Thomason, bud Radcliff, Janet Bowman, Garry Forwood, Kevin Smith and William Rees (appointment by Mayor Brent Bascom to replace Phil Ruxton). Chairman Dennis Williams abstained.