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By DON AINES | May 17, 2000
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council Wednesday appeared to be divided over the issue of whether to require systematic inspections of rental housing. "A man's home is his castle, whether he owns it or rents it," Councilman Allen Coffman said. He said he was concerned about the privacy of renters. "Our concern is not their happiness, but their safety," Councilman Carl Helman said in response to one landlord's statement that the borough wanted to "force landlords to provide happiness to tenants.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | December 4, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com At the City of Hagerstown's request, Washington County District Court filed misdemeanor criminal charges Wednesday against four property owners who the city says failed to register with the city's rental registration program. Also Wednesday, the city dropped its request for charges against a fifth property owner, Douglas Diehl, Program Manager Amanda Miller said. Diehl met with Miller Wednesday morning and registered his properties. Diehl said Tuesday he already had registered for the program.
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January 17, 2002
Borough Council proposes changes to rental property ordinance By STACEY DANZUSO chbbureau@innernet.net CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Borough Council members decided Wednesday to shift more of the financial burden of a proposed rental property inspection program onto landlords with code violations. During a public workshop, council members discussed objections to the proposed program raised by dozens of landlords who attended a public hearing last month.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | September 3, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com A debate about whether the City of Hagerstown should adopt a rental registration program mirrors a disagreement about a similar program in Cumberland, Md., officials there said last week. If Hagerstown adopts the program, the Maryland Municipal League says, it will join at least 16 other Maryland cities, including Cumberland, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Salisbury and Annapolis, that have rental registration programs in which landlords are charged a fee that funds the programs.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | September 25, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com The number of property owners who are delinquent in registering for the rental registration program has dropped from 400 to 119 during the last month, city officials said this week. The city plans to file criminal misdemeanor charges against property owners who remain delinquent, Program Manager Amanda Miller said Wednesday. The city is working with the city attorney's office to begin court proceedings, Miller said. The delinquent property owners own 294 units out of the estimated 8,100 units in the city, she said.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | August 29, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com The city of Hagerstown, in letters to be mailed out today, threatens to file criminal charges against about 400 rental property owners who did not apply for rental licenses by the Aug. 20 deadline, city officials said Thursday. The city has not received registration applications for about 500 of the 3,200 rental units in the city, Program Manager Amanda Miller said Thursday. Some property owners own more than one rental unit. The city by mid-September will start filing criminal misdemeanor charges of noncompliance against property owners who have not registered, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | June 13, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Borough Council tweaked its rental property inspection ordinance Tuesday after fielding phone calls from several property owners who questioned why they received bills last month. David Finch, assistant borough manager, said requests for exemptions from the ordinance fell into three categories: -- Rental property owners who are allowing a family member to stay in the rental unit rent free. -- Rental property owners not currently renting their units.
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by BOB MAGINNIS | November 1, 2002
If you own your own home in Hagerstown, it will cost you real money if you ignore the city council's struggle to enact a rental property inspection program. If rental property isn't improved and the tax base stays flat, homeowners will pay more than their fair share. After the Hagerstown City Council passed a compromise version of the bill, we assumed that the landlords would accept it as an inevitable improvement to life in the city. After all, cities all over Maryland, including Rockville, Annapolis, Frostburg and Cumberland have such programs.
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By DON AINES | July 3, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Waynesboro Borough Council President Craig Newcomer wants volunteers - landlords, renters and other interested parties - to serve on a committee to study what should be included in a rental property inspection ordinance. The council heard Wednesday night from several landlords and rental property owners who expressed opposition to an inspection program. One former renter spoke in support of an inspection regimen. "I can't see it happening anytime soon," Newcomer said when asked how long it might take to have an inspection program.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | October 2, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com The Hagerstown Housing Authority is considering buying, improving and selling any rental housing that might be put up for sale due to the city's rental registration ordinance, Housing Authority Executive Director Ted Shankle said Wednesday. Shankle and Hagerstown Chief Code Compliance Inspector John Lestitian said Wednesday they expect some landlords will decide it is easier to sell rental property than to pay to bring it up to a condition where it would pass a city inspection.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 3, 2012
Despite concerns from a neighbor, the Boonsboro Town Council Monday night approved land-use changes for properties on Main Street that will allow for an expansion of a plant nursery. The owners of Mountainside Gardens, who acquired 309 S. Main St., requested that the zoning for the house be changed from suburban residential to general commercial. They also asked that the rest of the business at the location be changed from neighborhood residential to general commercial. Chris Doyle, owner of the nursery, told council members he eventually wants to turn the house at 309 S. Main St. into a garden center.
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By DAN DEARTH | December 9, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- PNC Bank filed a complaint Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court alleging that Hagerstown Motors LLC owes at least $130,283.78 from two unpaid loans. Hagerstown Motors, a used-vehicle lot at 17703 Virginia Ave. in Halfway, closed without notice Oct. 26. The business was managed by Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, who has said he quit Oct. 24 without knowing the lot would close two days later. Mike Griffith, owner of Hagerstown Motors, said Wednesday that he didn't understand why the complaint was filed.
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By DON AINES | July 3, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Waynesboro Borough Council President Craig Newcomer wants volunteers - landlords, renters and other interested parties - to serve on a committee to study what should be included in a rental property inspection ordinance. The council heard Wednesday night from several landlords and rental property owners who expressed opposition to an inspection program. One former renter spoke in support of an inspection regimen. "I can't see it happening anytime soon," Newcomer said when asked how long it might take to have an inspection program.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 19, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A West Virginia State Police trooper has sued a Berkeley County assistant prosecuting attorney, claiming the lawyer caused more than $15,000 in damage to the Inwood, W.Va., property that he leased to him in 2006. Trooper Joseph M. Walker has asked for a $15,488 judgment, plus interest and attorney fees, from Gregory V. Smith in a complaint filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court by attorney Barry P. Beck. In response, Smith said the trooper's allegations were not supportable and amounted to little more than harassment and public embarrassment.
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June 30, 2005
Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line. Calls should be limited to 30 seconds. Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-6236. You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out. You must include your town or county of residence. Here are some of the calls we have received lately: "This is in reference to some of the fast-food restaurants in the area.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | October 13, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com Hagerstown city officials have ratcheted up their efforts to improve city rental properties with the so-called Problem Property Information Campaign. In a presentation at the City Council's Tuesday work session, city code compliance and law enforcement officials detailed problems at two properties: 19-23 W. Antietam St. and 832 W. Washington St. "Right now, the point is just to get the word out ... (and show) that we are taking measures to deal with them," City Engineer Rodney Tissue said after the meeting.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | June 9, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com A Hagerstown plan to publicize the names of landlords who rent properties where drug arrests and other violations occur could unfairly tarnish some property owners' reputations, the president of a property owners association said. "We can't always get perfect tenants, and if I do get one, I don't want my name all over the newspaper because I have a bad tenant," said Allan Johnson, president of the Landlords and Property Owners Association of Washington County.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | February 21, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com For those who complained about icy sidewalks in front of the former Washington Spy Restaurant, the third time was the charm. City code enforcers sent a $140 bill this week to the owners of the building at 33 E. Antietam St. after a city contractor cleared snow and ice from sidewalks there Jan. 30, according to information provided by the City Code Compliance Office. Councilman N. Linn Hendershot, who has championed the city's efforts to enforce snow removal for the sake of public safety, said he was pleased to hear that.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | December 4, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com At the City of Hagerstown's request, Washington County District Court filed misdemeanor criminal charges Wednesday against four property owners who the city says failed to register with the city's rental registration program. Also Wednesday, the city dropped its request for charges against a fifth property owner, Douglas Diehl, Program Manager Amanda Miller said. Diehl met with Miller Wednesday morning and registered his properties. Diehl said Tuesday he already had registered for the program.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | December 3, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com The City of Hagerstown submitted paperwork in Washington County District Court Tuesday to file misdemeanor criminal charges against five property owners who it alleges have failed to register in the city's rental registration program, Program Manager Amanda Miller told the Hagerstown City Council. The five property owners' names were displayed on a screen as part of a presentation to the council during Tuesday's work session. The city submitted to District Court applications for statements of charges, alleging that the property owners were in violation of the city's rental code.
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