Williston (AP) – Bakken News, May 3, 2012:
People residing in RVs in the oil-boom town of Williston have been given a temporary reprieve. City commissioners delayed a decision on a proposed RV’s after an overflow crowd opposed it in a meeting on April 24.,
Many opponents, including Shannon Michels, who was representing Kum & Go convenience stores, told commissioners the city will lose its workforce if the ban is approved. 73% of her employees live in campers because they can’t afford $2,500 for rent, she said.
“If they make it so we can have campers, we’ll have to shut our doors,” Michels said. “We have no place to put them.”
There are an estimated 300 to 400 campers throughout the community in driveways, streets and parking lots. The proposed ordinance would make living in an RV and misdemeanor and subject to a $500 fine.