Wilsonville government offers reduced fine to Camping World
This story was updated from its original version
The city of Wilsonville and Camping World are in the midst of negotiating how hefty a fine the company, as well as Symonds Flags and Poles, will pay to the government for erecting a large flagpole that briefly held up an American flag at its location on Southwest Boones Ferry Road without a permit.
According to Assistant City Attorney Ryan Adams, the city had initially asked the two entities to pay $196,000 ($98,000 each) based on the maximum fine amount of $500 a day. The company had the flagpole up for around six months. However, Adams said that, based on Wilsonville City Council direction, the city has offered the company a fine amount 50% lower than initially imposed, meaning $98,000 total. The city requires that poles larger than 30 feet must receive a permit. The code says the city can fine entities up to $500 a day but doesn't list an exact amount.
If Camping World and the city cannot come to an agreement, the fine amount will be decided at Clackamas County Circuit Court.
"I'm hopeful we will be able to resolve it, but right now it's looking like it's going to trial," Adams said, later adding, "There's more opportunity for discussion but to the extent we can't resolve it the city is planning to litigate it."
After erecting the 130-foot pole, which the city said was a safety hazard, Camping World added the flag for a period of time. The court then ordered its removal. Camping World has also since removed the pole.
Councilor Ben West has previously told the Spokesman he was unhappy with the combativeness displayed by the company and CEO Marcus Lemonis on social media. Camping World was previously embroiled in a legal battle with the city of Statesville, North Carolina, over a flagpole.
The story was updated to clarify that the fine was issued for the implementation of a large flagpole without a permit.
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