[social-work] UNITED STATES: TOWNS: CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND : PROPERTY OWNERS : GOVERNMENT: LOCAL GOVERNMENT: BOARD OF MANAGERS : LEGAL ISSUES : CHILDREN : PLAY GROUNDS: EQUIPMENT : RESTRICTIONS : Grandparent’s $1,500 Swing Set Creates a Rift in Wealthy D.C. Suburb

 

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UNITED STATES: TOWNS: CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND :

PROPERTY OWNERS :

GOVERNMENT: LOCAL GOVERNMENT: BOARD OF MANAGERS :

LEGAL ISSUES :

CHILDREN :

PLAY GROUNDS: EQUIPMENT :

RESTRICTIONS:

Grandparent’s $1,500 Swing Set Creates a Rift in Wealthy D.C. Suburb

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Grandparent’s $1,500 Swing Set Creates a Rift in Wealthy D.C. Suburb

By Justin Wm. Moyer

May 6, 2016

Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/
grandparents-1500-swing-set- creates-a-rift-in-wealthy-dc-suburb
/2016/05/05/35eec23e-0e53-11e6-a6b6-2e6de3695b0e_story.html

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/juta82r

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It was just a swing set. A $1,500 custom-designed swing set that doubles as a wisteria arbor in a posh Washington-area neighborhood, but just a swing set.

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Still, the monkey bars and three swings Bill Maloni erected for his six grandchildren in the back yard of his Chevy Chase Village home have drawn ire. Months after the swing set went up last spring, Maloni was cited for a code violation, which triggered three hearings, a vote by the villages Board of Managers and, now, possible litigation.

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This wealthy enclave  a tree-lined, 0.4-square-mile area just across the District line in Montgomery County  is governed by an elected seven-member board. It is not the first time the village and surrounding neighborhoods have squabbled with residents over complaints that some might deem trivial and it is hardly alone in such disputes.

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In the case of Maloni, village officials simply say that he is obligated to abide by the same regulations as the communitys 2,000 other residents.

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Ferguson said the swing set initially was described as an arbor in documents his family submitted requesting a variance. Then, things got a little wild.

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Time went on, swings started being attached, she said. It became a play structure.

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A review of 79 pages of public documents detailing the swing sets troubled history and uncertain future show that the village has remained steadfast in its opposition.

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The Board historically holds a very firm stance regarding the covenants, Ellen Sands, who is the permitting and code enforcement coordinator for the village, wrote in a letter to Maloni dated Dec. 8, 2015. One example: a controversial basketball net.

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Recently, the Board denied a variance request filed by an applicant who sought to maintain a freestanding basketball hoop which had been installed without the applicable Building Permit, Sands wrote. The Board required that the Applicant remove the basketball hoop within a stated timeframe.

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Maloni said many of his neighbors support the swing set. Some, including a church across the street, have submitted letters to the village on his behalf.

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I feel Ive been patronized, stiff-armed, told no and received very little of the famous neighborhood cooperation the chairman claims exists and is manifest, Maloni said, according to a recording of the meeting. Other than chop it down or cut it into two pieces, nobody from the village has reached out to me or my family to suggest a way to keep this innocuous swing set in place and employ it to do what they all do .?.?. allow kids to play and have fun in a carefree, safe atmosphere.

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Ferguson said Maloni was presented with alternatives that he rejected. The swing set is anchored in concrete, for example, but Ferguson said the village might accept one anchored in another way.

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(Indeed, the swing set stands where a cheaper Fisher-Price model once stood.)

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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Previous coverage of Chevy Chase in Net-Gold

http://tinyurl.com/zasq278

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