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Ex-Martinsburg councilman charged with violating sign ordinance

June 23, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A former Martinsburg city councilman and his wife have been cited by a municipal code enforcement officer for alleged building and ordinance violations at their business, records show.

Glenville and Cynthia Twigg, proprietors of Twiggy's at 110 Centre St., were expected to appear in municipal court July 25 at 5 p.m. on charges of violating the city's temporary signage ordinance, according to Berkeley County Court records.

Two banners draping the side of Twigg's business were cited April 27, the same day a code enforcement officer told him and his wife to remove an appliance, piping and a pile of wood scraps from the property. In December 2005, Twigg was cited for improper "placement of backfill, trash, wood and furniture" near the store.

Twigg said Thursday he removed the banners to avoid any "hassle" with city officials in advance of the 2008 municipal election. Twigg confirmed he might run for mayor.

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"I don't need any more controversy," said Twigg, who chaired the city council's code enforcement committee for several years until he was defeated by Frank Idoni in the 2004 council election.

Temporary signs are not supposed to be displayed longer than 15 days, according to the city's zoning ordinance. But Twigg believes banners should be allowed if they remain "presentable."

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