A bathroom built on a trailer, at right, complete with toilet, bathtub and hot water heater drew a notice of violation from the town code enforcement officer this month. ISLANDER PHOTO BY SHAYLA WHITE

Replacement camper draws violation notice

BAR HARBOR — Owners of a residential property between Strawberry Hill Road and Ledgelawn Avenue thought old permits would be valid when they told a friend he could set up a camper on their property for the summer.

So they were surprised to receive a notice of violation from town Code Enforcement Officer Angela Chamberlain earlier this month alleging violations of town ordinances and state plumbing codes.

Siblings Richard and Barbara Sassaman, and Richard’s wife, Susan Sassaman, own the property.

A camper hookup on private property is considered a private campsite, Chamberlain said, and some special rules apply. “Back in 1996, the code enforcement officer permitted a slab there for a camper and said they could do it every year. But, the Airstream that used to be there has been gone for a long time, and a new camper came this year.”

At issue is a bathroom with toilet, bathtub and hot water heater built on a second trailer parked next to the camper. The Sewer Department told Chamberlain that the new bathroom’s connection to the town sewer line does not comply with their regulations, she wrote in the notice. “There is electricity to the site, and it’s not clear where it’s coming from and who installed it.”

Chamberlain said she has contacted the state plumbing inspector to see if anyone applied for a permit and inspections for the new bathroom. “I’m not so much concerned about the camper because it’s permitted,” she said. “It’s the new structure that has the bathroom. That was never part of the original permit, and it needs a permit.”

Barbara Sassaman, chairman of the town’s Design Review Board, responded within a few days of receiving the notice, Chamberlain said. “She’s working towards trying to get it taken care of.”

“We assumed the trailers were okay as we had permits for the Airstream that used the space before,” Sassaman told the Islander. The new trailers are hooked up to the same systems as before. The trailers were both registered, and all plumbing and electrical permits were on file. We are working with the town to clear up any questions still remaining and plan to abide by any decision they make.”

The temporary bathroom will be hauled away when the person using it goes back to his house at the end of the summer, the property owners said.




Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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