SAVOY -- Camp is officially out for the summer, as Shady Pines Campground will remain closed for the season.
The popular Loop Road grounds were shut down last month due to violations in state sanitary and fire codes and lack of management.
Pittsfield housing court ordered it closed on June 26, but provided two opportunities for positive development that could have enabled a reopening this season.
Hearings on July 10 and 17 resulted in no changes to the court's June 26 ruling.
"Our position is, it wasn't about money it was about correcting the things that were wrong," said Town Counsel Lance Chavin. "Two guys and a wheelbarrow could have gone a long way towards fixing the [camp's] issues, but it wasn't done."
Chavin said the court will advise him of the proper procedures to reopen Shady Pines in the future, but it won't be possible until management and staff are in place.
Both were lacking prior to the court's June 26 order. Owner William H. Daniels had recently reacquired the park from Steven Daniels, was frequently not there and had hired no staff.
The result, according state Department of Public Health inspectors, was fire hazards, unlicensed food and alcohol services, unsanitary conditions and one instance of E. coli found in the water system.
Since the closing, some campers have reported not being reimbursed for future stays at the camp that they'd already paid for. Chavin said they're now taking action.
"A few of the campers have filed small claims suits against the camp owner," Chavin said.
However, Chavin said these include claims against former owner Steven Daniels.
"I hate to be the bearer of bad news," he added, "but Steven Daniels is not the reason that park closed."
Chavin said most trailers belonging to campers had been removed from the site as of the morning of July 17.
-- Phil Demers