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Charles Town Council votes down letter to church

Council would have asked Charles Town Baptist Church to reconsider tearing down house

Council would have asked Charles Town Baptist Church to reconsider tearing down house

May 06, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town City Council members decided Monday night not to send a letter to Charles Town Baptist Church officials asking them to reconsider tearing down a house they own at Congress and Mildred streets.

The council decided not to send the letter on a 5-3 vote.

Mayor Peggy Smith said Monday night that the church has property rights in regard to the home.

Voting not to send the letter were council members Amy Schmitt, Sandy McDonald, Ruth McDaniel, Don Clendening and Geraldine Willingham. Voting to send the letter were Ann Paonessa, Mary Lois Gannon-Miller and Michael Slover.

Some city residents and town officials have been concerned about the church's plans to tear down the house, saying the home is unique and is in one of the town's most attractive historical settings.

The Rev. Wyman E. Hall, the church's pastor, said previously that church members decided to tear down the home after dealing with deteriorating problems, including a front porch that is rotting, and windows and floors that are in poor condition.

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