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New Lenox changes recreational vehicle ordinance, adds lighted Santa statue

Michelle Mullins | 11/29/2016, 9:52 a.m.
New Lenox residents will be able to store two recreational vehicles in their driveways during the summer following a change ...
New Lenox Village Hall

The New Lenox Village Board on Monday tweaked its ordinances regulating recreational vehicles.

Under the amended ordinance, residents can now have up to two recreational vehicles in their driveways during the summer months as long as one of them is used to tow or pull the other.

Before, residents could only store one such vehicle from April 1 to Oct. 31.

Mayor Tim Baldermann said the change was logical for the many residents in town who enjoy recreational activities such as camping or boating.

Trustee Annette Bowden said the change is also more convenient for homeowners, who can keep their RVs and tow vehicle safely and more accessible in their driveways as opposed to in an off-site storage facility.

Trustee David Butterfield voted against the amended ordinance, saying he was concerned with the aesthetics of the driveway for the neighbors.

From April 1 through Oct. 31, recreational vehicles can be parked on a hard driveway surface as long as the vehicles do not extend into the right-of-way or encroach on the sidewalk. They cannot be parked in the street.

From Nov. 1 to March 31, recreational vehicles can be stored on residents’ property as long as they are parked on a hard surface driveway and stored in a side or rear yard, and the vehicles need to be adequately screened.

In other news, New Lenox is busy preparing for its annual Christmas in the Commons celebration.

The festivities, which feature ice skating, visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus and their reindeer, holiday performances, horse-drawn wagon rides and more, will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Village Commons.

Children who submit their letters to Santa in the special mailbox in the Commons by Dec. 18 will receive a response.

This year, the village added a 36-foot tall lighted Santa statue with more than 18,500 lights – the largest lighted Santa in the country weighing in at more than 5,000 pounds.