Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NORTH --

August 23, 1993

Hampstead weighs bill allowing larger decks

The Hampstead Town Council is considering a measure that would allow the construction of larger decks in town.

The proposal is controversial because it would also legalize some oversize decks that already have been built.

Councilman Wayne Thomas has opposed the measure, saying, "I think it is just unfair to change an ordinance to let people off the hook."

But Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt asked whether, by delaying action, "Aren't you going to be penalizing people that are waiting to build decks?"

After vigorous debate, Councilman Gary Bauer introduced the bill last week, saying the move would allow the council to schedule a public hearing on the measure.

The hearing will be scheduled before the council acts on the legislation.

Mr. Thomas said that about 40 decks have been built in Hampstead without permits, but it is not known how many of them exceed the legal size limits.

FIRE LOG

* Lineboro: Engines from the Lineboro station were dispatched for fallen power wires on Grave Run Road at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. They were out for 38 minutes.

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