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Property management company fined by state agency

August 16, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown property management company is being fined $45,000 by the Maryland Department of the Environment for allegedly failing to show that several Hancock properties under its management were tested for lead or received lead reduction treatment, according to a complaint filed by the MDE.

MDE claims Valley Properties of Hagerstown has not shown that at least half of the 33 Hancock residential units built before 1950 and under its management had lead testing or abatement, as required by law.

MDE also claims Valley Properties has not shown that 21 of those properties that have changed tenants since Feb. 23, 1996, have had lead testing or abatement, as required by law.

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The properties listed in the complaint include some on Exline Road, Western Pike, Parkhead Road, Roundtop Road and Willow Road.

There is no evidence anyone has received lead poisoning from the properties, said Richard McIntire, spokesman for the MDE.

Stephen Sagi, who is identified in the MDE complaint as the resident agent for Valley Properties, said Thursday he would not comment on the matter until he saw the complaint.

McIntire said the MDE has mailed the complaint to Sagi, but Sagi has not picked up the complaint at the post office. McIntire said the agency is now attempting to hand deliver the complaint to Sagi.

Sagi said he was not aware anyone was trying to get him a copy of the complaint. Sagi would not say whether he owns Valley Properties.

After receiving the complaint, Valley Properties will have 30 days to request a hearing on the matter, McIntire said.

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