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Silver Belle has request rejected

February 22, 2002

Silver Belle has request rejected



By MARLO BARNHART
marlob@herald-mail.com


The three-member Clear Spring Board of Zoning Appeals has unanimously rejected a request by the owner to expand the Silver Belle tavern into a house next door.

In a letter to tavern owner Carolyn Staley, the board said the current tavern location at 236 Cumberland St. is already a nonconforming use that was permitted only by a special exception.

Expansion of such a property is allowed only within the same property and therefore the tavern wouldn't be allowed to expand to the house at 238 Cumberland St., board member Paul Hose Jr. said in the letter.

It was that technicality that doomed the expansion, rather than complaints about overflow parking, possible traffic hazards and loud patrons that were heard Jan. 21 at a public hearing on the issue.

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Eight people attended that hearing including Carolyn Staley, licensee/owner, and Melvin Staley, owner of the house next door at 238 Cumberland St.

Carolyn Staley said the plan was to put a few more tables and a bathroom to accommodate the handicapped in the adjacent house.

James Miller, chief of operations at Clear Spring Ambulance Co., said parking at the tavern, which is just across U.S. 40, is a problem for ambulance personnel.

A number of residents also complained about parking and loud patrons.

The town zoning appeals board is made up of Hose, who is also mayor, and Councilmen Gary Grove and Mason Mundey.

Efforts to reach the Staleys to learn if they plan to appeal the denial to Washington County Circuit Court were unsuccessful.

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