Harry M. Leet, owner of the condemned Boyds farmhouse in which six persons died in a fire Jan. 11, met with the Montgomery County Council in closed session yesterday in an effort to win reappointment to the county's Board of Appeals.
"We let Leet tell his side of the story," said Council President William E. Hanna Jr. "He reiterated what was in the packet of information that he had given us earlier."
In that packet, which included a seven-page memorandum, Leet maintained that the fire was "wholly unrelated to any housing code deficiencies in the house" at 22901 Slidell Rd. in rural northern Montgomery.
Hanna said that the council won't act on the reappointment until members receive the report of a fire department investigation of the blaze, which has been linked to a wood stove installed by the tenants.
Leet, 68, a retired chief counsel for a National Labor Relations Board member, has served since 1981 on the county appeals board, which approves or rejects exceptions to the county zoning laws.
Although his term of office expired in November, he has continued to serve on the board while waiting for the council to fill the $9,800-a-year job.