The Morris City Council and the city manager found a lack of clarity on whether campgrounds can reopen from the governor’s messages in the past week at their meeting on Tuesday. Some campgrounds are being allowed to open, but public restrooms cannot. Large group gatherings are still not allowed, so picnic shelters would be restricted to 10 people. As they work through all the legal and insurance rules, City Manager Blaine Hill said for now the Pomme de Terre Campground will remain closed.
“We talked about, can we get away with just putting up signs and say ‘use this at your own risk, and you’re responsible for yourself,'” said Hill. “Well, that doesn’t cut it necessarily with the laws, because you are putting people at risk by inviting them into your place and not taking care of it.”
Council Member Jeff Miller said you can’t open a campground to the public without having an accessible bathroom.
“Sort of tough to have a campground if you can’t have a bathroom,” agreed Miller. “If you have people out there, they’re going to find an alternative means for their bathroom and they’re going to be wandering around the park taking care of business. I mean, no, we don’t want that.”
The campground situation will be monitored throughout the summer to determine if and when it makes sense to open it this season.