Parks Department and Board Members Discuss Increasing RV Park Rates 

Parks Department and Board Members Discuss Increasing RV Park Rates 
New trashcan holders have been placed in different parks around Broken Bow

BROKEN BOW—Park Board members Lindsay Divan and Jeff Oeltjen and city clerk Stephanie Wright met for the monthly meeting on Monday evening. Due to lack of quorum, no votes were taken but many items were discussed with Parks Superintendent Darren Marten.

A few months ago Marten brought up RV park rates and after further research, made some recommendations to the board.

One night: $20 ($17.86 collected after taxes) >>> Recommends no change
Weekly: $100 >>> Recommends increasing to $120
Monthly: $380 ($355.14 collected after taxes) >>> Recommends seasonal rate of $500/month May 1 through August 31. (The seasonal rate is based on a 30-day month, allowing five free nights.)

“We’re turning people away that are touring through Broken Bow and I think that’s what our RV park should be for is tourism and people traveling through town. And we’re turning those people away because of the longevity people,” Marten said.

Marten would also like to limit the monthly reservations to three stalls for the summer months. Those who wish to stay on a monthly basis beyond the three stalls will likely pay the weekly rates.

From September 1 through April 30, Marten recommends leaving the monthly rate at $380.

The park board will vote on the RV rates at a future meeting. Daily and weekly guests pay both sales and lodging taxes, while monthly guests pay only sales tax.

The Tomahawk RV Park includes showers, water, sewer, electric, and WiFi.

Also mentioned during Monday’s meeting, six trashcan holders have been placed around town in the city square and at Melham Park. The wooden holders help make the trashcans more aesthetically pleasing and will prevent strong winds from blowing over the trash cans.

Trashcan and trashcan holder in the BB city square

Marten reported that the department has started receiving applications for seasonal employment. The Broken Bow pool will be cleaned and filled later in April for lifeguards to begin training mid-May. The pool is scheduled to open around Memorial Day or June 1.