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County Thwarts Request to Pave Hall of Fame Entry

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Getting to the RV/MH Hall of Fame from County Road 19 will remain a bumpy drive following a meeting of the Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission on Thursday afternoon.

During Thursday’s meeting, commission members turned down a request by Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame, for funding to improve the eastern approach to the museum from C.R. 19, The Goshen News reports. That entrance is a long, unpaved dirt road with ruts and washouts.

According to Searer, while the Hall of Fame, located at 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart, currently has a solid, fully paved access point off of C.R. 17, visitors using GPS devices to find their way to the museum are instead being directed to use an unimproved route off of C.R. 19, which takes them along the county access known as C.R. 104.

The road is very difficult to traverse, particularly by the many owners of large RVs and motorhomes who frequently travel to the museum, according to Searer.

According to the report, there had been a debate between the county and the property developer over whose responsibility it was to pave the road. With that debate settled, Searer set out to get the road fixed before several events this summer.

“We finally found out recently that it its actually the county’s right of way out there, so that’s sort of what prompted me looking back into this,” Searer said. “Once I found out, I thought, since we know the responsibility now lies with the county, let’s get it documented and let’s get it fixed. I’d like to see it done in the next 90 days or less, because in August we have our big induction dinner. And then the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association, they have an RV show here in August, and then in September Thor has their big RV show here. So our summer time is really busy with a lot of events.”

In an effort to try and get the ball rolling on the road improvement, Searer contacted Elkhart County Redevelopment Coordinator Laura Coyne and Elkhart County Planning and Development Director Chris Godlewski about possibly having the Redevelopment Commission contribute funds to improve the C.R. 104 route.

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