Taneytown began imposing fines against Councilman Donald Frazier on Dec. 22 because one of his violations of the city’s code remains unresolved, according to city officials.
The city leveled code violations against Frazier in November after a criminal summons revealed that the councilman was was illegally renting apartments in the basement of his single-family home on Bentley Street.
Taneytown’s code prohibits “rental of rooms/apartments” in the district where Frazier’s home is located, the Nov. 7 notification letter from the city detailed. The code also precludes renovations to create additional dwellings, like “dedicated sanitary and cooking facilities,” in the R-10,000 zoning district, the letter explained.
The criminal summons revealed Frazier renovated his basement to include a kitchen that allowed for at least one apartment, according to the city. Taneytown ordered Frazier to stop renting rooms or apartments by Nov. 22 and to have the cooking facilities removed by Dec. 7, at which point city officials would arrange to inspect the property to ensure the renovations had been removed.
If Frazier failed to cease renting or to remove the cooking facilities by the deadlines set by the city, Taneytown said it would impose fines of $100 for each calendar day the violation continued.
A tenant of Taneytown Councilman Donald Frazier has filed a criminal complaint against him after Frazier allegedly burst into her apartment and assaulted her Oct. 19, leaving the woman shaken and her young son hysterical, court records, a police report and a 911 recording show.
“Despite multiple attempts to schedule an inspection of the portion of your property that had been in use as rental dwellings, agreement on an inspection date was not reached and the removal of cooking facilities could not be confirmed during the week of Dec. 10, 2018 as was specified in my letter of Dec. 7,” Jim Wieprecht, Taneytown’s zoning and code enforcement officer, wrote to Frazier Dec. 21.
The city began fining the Fraziers on Dec. 22. The fines — which amount to $1,100 as of Wednesday, Jan. 2 — will continue to accrue until the Fraziers arrange an inspection with Taneytown and Carroll County Bureau of Permits and Inspections.
“The meter is running,” Jay Gullo, the city attorney, told the Times.
Taneytown has issued a code violation to Councilman Donald Frazier after criminal charges revealed that he rented out at least one room and apartment in the basement of his Bentley Street home. The City Code does not allow for apartments or rentals in the zoning district where his home is located.