Uniontown man withdraws application for kennel NORTHWEST--Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

November 25, 1992|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

A Uniontown farm owner surprised his neighbors yesterday when he withdrew his application for county permission to operate a dog kennel called Camp Yuppie Puppy.

About 10 neighbors showed up for a hearing before the Carroll Board of Zoning Appeals to protest William F. Quinn's plans for a kennel on his 108-acre Margaritaville Farm, in the 3400 block of Uniontown Road.

Mr. Quinn would not comment on his decision.

His attorney, Charles M. Preston of Westminster, said Mr. Quinn wanted to consider concerns from neighbors rather than go ahead with the hearing.

Eight neighbors wrote letters to the board complaining that the kennel would disrupt the peace and quiet of historic Uniontown and adversely affect their property values. Others were prepared to testify against Mr. Quinn's plan when he told the board he was withdrawing his application.

Mr. Quinn, who bought the farm in April 1991, has had county permission to operate a dog grooming business there since August 1991.

In April 1992, a county zoning inspector cited him for making improvements to a building without the necessary permits and for operating a kennel without county approval.

Those violations still are pending, and officials will continue to inspect the property to make sure he's not operating a kennel, George L. Beisser, the chief of zoning enforcement, said yesterday.

Carolyn Romoser, who lives adjacent to Mr. Quinn's land, said Mr. Quinn continues to operate a kennel. She and other neighbors see people with dogs in their cars drive to the Quinn property and leave the dogs.

The zoning appeals board's file on Mr. Quinn's case contains a flier dated last spring that advertises 25 percent off any boarding for dogs.

Mr. Preston said Mr. Quinn renovated a building on his property because he planned to seek permission to operate a kennel. The fliers were distributed last spring by mistake, he said.

Mr. Quinn currently is not operating a kennel, his lawyer said.

Mr. Quinn has not decided whether he will resubmit the kennel application, Mr. Preston said.

In a letter to neighbors dated Nov. 17, Mr. Quinn and his wife, Brenda D. Quinn, wrote that they have been improving the farm buildings and land. One building now houses a grooming shop and 12 indoor-outdoor dog runs, they wrote.

"We would certainly like your support in our endeavor, and in return, we will make every effort to see to it that no one is inconvenienced in any way by our operation of this farm," they wrote. "We would like to stress that we in no way wish to be the cause of any bad feeling between ourselves and the residents of Uniontown, but, at the same time, we hope that everyone understands that we are trying to earn a living here, and that we must take this matter very seriously."

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