Sunday, February 01, 2009

Court Orders Amish Couples To Comply With Building Code Or Vacate Homes

The Johnstown (PA) Tribune-Democrat reported on Friday that a state trial court judge has issued a preliminary injunction against two Amish couples who have refused to comply with county sewage and building code regulations in the houses they are constructing. The court ordered that the two couples, members of the conservative Swartzentruber Amish sect, must either comply with all regulations within 60 days, or else vacate their homes. The order was issued by Judge Norman Krumenacker after he unsuccessfully tried to negotiate a compromise in the dispute by meeting with Amish elders and the state Department of Environmental Protection.