Sharpsburg briefs

November 30, 1999|By TARA REILLY

Town limit signs are slap at 'ugly' houses

The Town of Sharpsburg will put up two signs on Md. 34 at the western edge of town to mark the town's boundaries.

The Town Council voted Monday night to erect the signs after Councilwoman Marjorie Jamison said many people think several homes being built across from Sharpsburg Elementary School are within town limits.

The signs will be on both sides of the road.

"It would let people know we did not approve those ugly homes," Jamison said.

"It's embarrassing," she said.

Some on the Town Council have expressed their displeasure with the homes.

In a recent interview, Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman said the seven homes didn't fit the town's quaint, historic character.

Attorney objects to proposed code

Sharpsburg Attorney Charles Wagaman Jr. said he gave Washington County a letter objecting to proposed revisions to its Livability Code.


Wagaman said the county didn't consult with municipalities before drafting the proposed revisions and "that they're following Baltimore County's code, which is terrible."

He said the proposed county code didn't follow the state's structure.

Washington County's proposed revisions to the code establishes maintenance standards for rental units. The original proposal included standards for owner-occupied homes but was removed from the document after 13 residents spoke against it at a public hearing.

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