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Perry woman granted zoning continuance

UNIONTOWN – A Perry Township woman requesting that a cease and desist order be overturned had her hearing before the county’s Zoning Hearing Board continued Wednesday.

County planning and zoning technician Buddy Eicher issued cease and desist orders to Cemetery Road resident Susan Schroyer Firestone July 2 and July 29 after she erected a double wide manufactured home next to her existing home on a lot zoned for a single-family home. She connected the two structures with a breezeway and ran an illegal sewage tap from the existing home to the new structure, Eicher said.

On Sept. 6, 2002, the county granted Firestone a residential garage permit, followed on Oct. 24 by a garage addition permit. “She didn’t ask for an apartment. She bought a double wide that connects to the garage. She needs a subdivision permit. She falsified the application so we revoked the application,” Eicher said.

Nick Timperio, Firestone’s lawyer, requested a continuance so that he can request a set back variance on Friday.

Joseph Ferens, representing the county, requested that no further work proceed on the illegal structure and that it remain unoccupied until the matter is resolved by the zoning hearing board.

Mike Macko, representing Perry Township, said that the illegal structure has been occupied since the cease and desist order.

Firestone acknowledged that “people have been going back and forth. It’s attached to my home. It’s all one residence.”

Rick Ciccioni, Zoning Hearing Board chairman, moved that the continuance be granted contingent on the following: that Firestone file for a use and set back variance by Friday, that she abide by the cease and desist order and make no improvements of any kind to the structure, and that the unauthorized portion of the structure remain unoccupied until the board makes a decision.

The hearing is rescheduled for Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Public Service Building.


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