The owner of the condemned Boyds farmhouse that burned Jan. 11, killing six persons, will meet today with the Montgomery County Council in an effort to win reappointment to the county's Board of Appeals, officials said yesterday.
Harry M. Leet "wanted an opportunity to talk to the council," said Council President William E. Hanna Jr. "He wants his day in court and a chance to be reappointed."
Hanna said the council agreed to listen to Leet, who has served since 1981 on the board that rules on exceptions to the zoning laws, at a closed-door session because it involved a "personnel matter . . . and the possibility of litigation." Hanna would not comment further on what that litigation might be.
Leet, 69, declined to comment on the meeting. Asked if he is seeking reappointment, Leet said, "I haven't withdrawn."
Leet said that the predawn blaze at the farmhouse was unrelated to any housing code deficiencies in the house at 22901 Slidell Rd. -- a point he also stressed in a seven-page memo he wrote to the council.
In his memo, Leet said that Richard J. Ferrara, director of the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Development, misrepresented to the press the housing code deficiencies at the house that burned and at other Leet rental properties. The Leet memo also said " . . . There was an element of grudge or spite in Mr. Ferrara's heavy campaign in the press to emphasize irrelevant or imagined code deficiencies."
Housing department records show violations dating to 1981 at the farmhouse.
Yesterday, Assistant Fire Chief John Best said that the four adults who died in the fire had blood alcohol levels ranging from 0.12 to 0.19, according to tests by the medical examiner's office. A blood alcohol level of 0.13 is considered evidence of intoxication.