Ex-city manager to testify in contracting dispute

February 27, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

Joseph A. Mangini Sr., former Taneytown city manager, is returning to Carroll County tomorrow to testify in a civil court case between a contractor and a developer in the city he no longer manages.

"The only reason I've been called is, I guess, because I was the city manager at the time," Mr. Mangini said from his home Friday night.

He is now city manager of Indian Head, Charles County.

The case pits Stambaugh's Inc., a contracting company that builds roads, sewers and sidewalks, against Foxfire Properties Inc., one of the former developers of Taneytown's Robert's Mill housing project, which hired Stambaugh's to do work there. Foxfire attorney David L. Johnson, who had requested Mr. Mangini's testimony, could not be reached for comment.

Neal Powell, longtime Taneytown city manager and Mr. Mangini's predecessor, gave a deposition that lasted several hours. It was unclear Friday whether he also had been asked to testify on behalf of Foxfire.

In the suit, Stambaugh's has claimed that Foxfire owes it money. In the first half of the case, Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. ruled in July that Foxfire owed Stambaugh's nearly $70,000. In the second half, to be heard by Judge Beck without a jury tomorrow, Stambaugh's claims that Foxfire owes it an additional $19,000.

"It's really a simple matter of Stambaugh being owed some money," said Edmund J. O'Meally, Stambaugh's attorney. "The city's really not involved here."

Foxfire has appealed Judge Beck's July ruling. That appeal is pending in the state Court of Special Appeals.

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