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Restaurateur removes sign

March 27, 1998

Restaurateur removes sign

SHARPSBURG - A Sharpsburg restaurateur might avoid a legal battle with the town over his restaurant sign.

New Central Restaurant owner Alpert Paul Carson said he removed the sign from in front of his 104 S. Mechanic St. establishment on Sunday.

Town attorney Charles Wagaman filed charges against Carson in Washington County District Court on March 3 claiming he violated the town's zoning law because he did not have a permit for the sign.

Wagaman said Thursday he is asking the state's attorney's office not to fine Carson now that he's removed the sign. He said he does not expect a decision from the state's attorney's office until shortly before the April 28 trial date.

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Carson could have been fined $100, according to court records.

Carson can still apply for a permit for a new sign, Wagaman said.

Carson said he didn't know yet whether he would apply for a new sign. The old one was too wide to gain approval, he said.

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