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Three opponents of proposed new hospital withdraw from appeal

October 11, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Three of the eight people who appealed zoning variances for a proposed new Washington County Hospital have withdrawn from the case.

On Friday, Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III approved a motion by Ronald L. Horn, Gary C. Miller and J. Michael Nye to be dismissed from the appeal.

That leaves five appellants - Charles B. Hongell, Gordon A. Bartels, Janet E. Bartels, Sally R. Hatch and Robert C. Hatch.

Sally Hatch said Tuesday that she is remaining as an appellant so she can find out Boone's decision.

"We want to disassociate ourselves with Mr. Nye," Hatch said.

In a press release, Nye said he, Horn and Miller challenged the proposed hospital move from East Antietam Street to Robinwood Drive as much as they could.

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"Continuing with this fight, without the probability of success, serves only to drive our costs, and delays the final zoning decision unnecessarily, which does not serve the public interests," Nye was quoted as saying.

"We have chosen to realize the reality, as it were," Nye said in a phone interview. Nye said he still hopes the hospital doesn't move to Robinwood Drive.

The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals approved two variances for the hospital project in December 2005.

As part of a group called Citizens for Responsible Health Care, eight people appealed the zoning board's approval.

Boone has upheld the variances on three out of four points. After the zoning board explained its findings better on the last point, the case returned to Boone for his final decision.

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