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City: Owner cited for sidewalk hole

June 30, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown has cited the owner of property on West Antietam Street for a large hole that was cut in the sidewalk, a city official said.

John Lestitian, the city's chief code compliance officer, said the hole in front of 21 W. Antietam St. was made as part of interior plumbing work, but the work was started without a permit.

The city issued a notice of violation because there was no permit and because the work was being done without proper safety measures, Lestitian said.

The city's action on Tuesday followed a front-page Herald-Mail story and picture of the large hole in the sidewalk.

At times on Monday, a plumbing company's advertising sign covered all or part of the hole, which was 2 feet 6 inches wide and 2 feet 7 inches deep.

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On Tuesday, the city covered the hole with a sheet of plywood and placed traffic-control-style sawhorses on either side. A pile of rubble sat nearby.

The owner will be billed for the city's work, Lestitian said.

According to Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation records online, Fulton R. Gordon III and Gloria Mayes of Bethesda, Md., own 19-21-23 W. Antietam St.

A message left late Tuesday afternoon at an online phone listing for Gloria J. Mayes of Bethesda was not returned.

The Herald-Mail's story on Tuesday also mentioned that a 35-year-old woman was injured when she fell near a drainpipe in the same block.

A clean-out device was missing from a drain at 37 W. Antietam St.

Lestitian said it wasn't clear why the cap was missing, but on Tuesday, the city put one on. The owner of that property was not cited.

The woman was taken to Washington County Hospital, but her injuries were not life-threatening, a 911 dispatcher said Monday.

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