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JOEY DAUBEN

The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – A non-de scri pt RV park behind a storage facility on Cantrell Street is pitting 25 residents against Waxahachie’s police, fire and code enforcement officers.

Located near a creek south of downtown Waxahachie near the viaduct and prone to flooding, City Manager Paul Stevens said nobody is being asked to vacate, but the RV park is not in compliance with zoning ordinances.

"They are not being asked to vacate," Stevens said.

"We have asked the owner to hire an engineer to verify the location of the floodway within the RV park.

"Additionally, we discovered that the property isn’t actually zoned properly in order to be an RV park.

"Once they have completed the floodway work, they will also have to file an application for a zoning request to bring the property in compliance.

The floodway study may also limit how they can use some of the space within the RV park."

Last year, residents were not allowed back in their homes after a brief thunderstorm passed through; one resident was threatened with arrest if he drove through where emergency vehicles were cordoning off the area.

All residents in this story requested anonymity citing the fear of retaliation from city officials.

Stevens said the owners of the RV park have complied with city requests to leave vacant several lots along the creek.

Calls made to John Justice’s Secure More Storage were not returned as of press time, but residents said the park owners are in the fight with them.


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