WESTERNPORT - Judy Hamilton was sworn in as a new commissioner for the town of Westernport by Dawne Lindsey, Allegany County circuit court clerk, during the Monday evening council meeting.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
WESTERNPORT - Judy Hamilton was sworn in as a new commissioner for the town of Westernport by Dawne Lindsey, Allegany County circuit court clerk, during the Monday evening council meeting.
Hamilton will fill the vacancy as police commissioner, formerly held by newly-elected Phil Whetstone, who at the July council meeting took over the street commissioner spot.
She is a native of Westernport and is the DDA director of Archway Station, Cumberland, along with serving Westernport as an 18-year firefighter for Potomac Fire Company.
In other business, town attorney M. Llewellyn gave a first reading of a proposed new ordinance dealing with building inspections.
This business item was discussed at the July town meeting, as Allen Shapiro, finance commissioner, voiced his concern over having inspections of the community’s rental properties more often than just during a change of occupancy, and the safety factor of having an updated smoke alarm in place.
During the same meeting, Bill Cheshire, code enforcement officer, said there were about 300 rental properties in Westernport.
Llewellyn said the updated ordinance will show that inspections of rental properties will take place upon change of occupancy or once every five years.
Another area of the proposed ordinance will contain rules for smoke detectors, as the town attorney said “the state law is that a temper-free smoke detector” will be required in the rental properties.
This discussion drew comments from a landlord who attended the council meeting, and he said that among his rental properties, some are 20-year occupants, and, “They don’t want people going through their houses,” in speaking of the inspections.
He also said that in his rentals, there are smoke detectors, and, “We follow the law.”
The second reading of this ordinance will take place at the September meeting of the Westernport council.
Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next Westernport council meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at the town building