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Basement door easement approved

February 05, 2002

Basement door easement approved



By JULIE E. GREENE
julieg@herald-mail.com


Sharpsburg Town Council members approved an easement Monday night permitting a resident to have a cellar entry using a public sidewalk.

Town Council members voted 4-1 to grant the easement Fonda Ghiardi requested for her 201 W. Main St. home. Ghiardi wants to convert an adjacent log structure into a kitchen and said she needs an outdoor cellar entry to maintain access to a furnace and water heater in her cellar.

Ghiardi first approached the council about the cellar entry in September. After hiring a surveyor at town officials' request, she returned in November to ask for approval, but was met with silence.

Since then the issue has been delayed as the council debated or didn't discuss the matter.

Councilman Russ Weaver made the motion Monday night to grant the easement, noting that perhaps the issue wouldn't have to keep being raised at each meeting.

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At last month's meeting the council broke its silence and voted 5-1 to have the town's attorney draw up a proposed easement.

The sole dissenting vote was cast by Councilwoman Patti Hammond both times. While Hammond remained silent last month, she spoke up Monday night about reservations she had concerning the project.

Hammond said she wasn't convinced the utility equipment couldn't be kept in a closet or outside the house.

There had been a steep indoor stairway to the cellar, but it was removed to create more room for the kitchen, Ghiardi has said.

Ghiardi said Monday that there are no closets to house the equipment and she didn't want to build an addition to the house because she considers the stone house to be historic.

The easement stipulates the entry must be maintained and the owner must have public liability insurance for the entry.

Vice Mayor Hal Spielman was absent due to illness.

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