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Farm annexation up for initial vote

July 29, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Boonsboro Town Council is scheduled to take an initial vote Monday on a family's request to annex its 91-acre farm east of Boonsboro into the town, Town Manager John Kendall said Wednesday.

The property has sparked some controversy after property owner Todd Easterday asked for a demolition permit to raze a historic house at 6633 Old National Pike, which is part of the farmland possibly being annexed.

If the Boonsboro Town Council passes a resolution introducing the annexation request, the town would hold a Sept. 7 public hearing on the request, Kendall said.

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The Town Council would have to vote again after the public hearing in order for the annexation to be approved, he said.

Easterday did not return phone messages left Wednesday.

The Washington County Planning Commission on July 12 voted unanimously to recommend that the county issue a demolition permit for the house that dates back to the late 18th century or early 19th century.

On May 5, the Washington County Historic District Commission voted to recommend that the demolition permit be denied.

But at its July 12 meeting, the Planning Commission said it didn't have the authority to deny the permit and that the demolition probably would go ahead regardless of its decision Monday night.

Kendall said he considered the historic home's demolition essentially a moot point as far as the annexation is concerned.

In February, the Washington County Commissioners voted to allow the property into the town's growth area.

The property's owners, Stiles Family Limited Partnership, asked that the entire farm be included in the growth area, and the town of Boonsboro supported the request, Interim Planning Director Stephen Goodrich said at the time.

The Easterday family bought the property from the Stiles family, Kendall said.

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