Ahead of this spring’s municipal elections, the Carroll County Times has asked candidates to provide information on themselves and their priorities. Their responses are listed here in full.
Incumbent David Hoffman is running for one of three open seats on the New Windsor Town Council against Michael Scott Barclay, Terry Green, Thomas Frank Gubernatis Jr., William Holl, Michael Zepp and incumbent Kimberlee Schultz. Here are Hoffman’s responses.
Currently lead an IT service management organization at the Department of Defense (DoD). I have been employed with DoD for 35 years.
Education: Associates Degree in Specialized Electronics Technology
I have devoted part of my discretionary time to civic organizations who are committed to improving the quality of life in New Windsor:
- Member and Financial Supporter of the New Windsor Heritage Committee
- West Carroll Recreation: Softball Program Coordinator
- West Carroll Recreation: Coach of Baseball Team
Past political experience:
- January 2014 to Present: New Windsor Town Council
- New Windsor Planning Commission: Served for 11 years as a member and was the Chairman for 3 years
- New Windsor Representative, West Carroll Recreation Council: Served for 5 years to ensure the children in the community had sports programs and facilities available to them, so they could participate in various activities throughout the year
I have lived in New Windsor for 25 years
Why do you want to serve in this role?
I want to serve in this role, so that I can continue representing the citizens of New Windsor while addressing and collaborating with the Mayor and Town Council on key Town issues such as its infrastructure and aesthetics.
How do you plan to represent your municipality’s interests in the county government?
I am a member of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) and through their partnership with the University of Maryland, I graduated as a Fellow in the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance in 2017. Through the MML, I meet quarterly with representatives from all the Carroll County municipalities as well as County Commissioners to discuss and address governance issues. Yearly I meet with municipality representatives throughout the State of Maryland to share and address experiences and best practice methodologies to strengthen and support municipal government through advocacy and the development of effective leadership.
Name something you would begin working to accomplish as soon as your first week on the job.
I am committed to continuing to provide competent stewardship by supporting strategic planning and management of the Town’s resources to ensure that the Town can adequately prioritize and address today’s projects as well as future projects. This includes renewing, repairing and replacing the infrastructure as well as exploring continued economic development for the Town.
What skills do you have to offer constituents that other candidates might not?
I am a good listener, a thoughtful speaker, and a collaborative problems solver. I intend to use these skills to address residents’ concerns, resolve issues, and move the town forward.
What one thing would you most like to see changed?
I would like to see more economic growth in the Town, so that New Windsor would become a destination. This would include shopping, dining and recreation.
What are your campaign priorities?
1. Aging Infrastructure: An important issue facing New Windsor is its aging infrastructure. There are three areas that need to be addressed: 1) water lines, 2) sewer lines, and 3) streets. The Town needs to replace its century-old water lines to ensure residents have a reliable supply system. We have completed relining the sewer lines, so they continue functioning properly. Finally, the Town needs to put a paving program in place to address its deteriorating road surfaces.
2. Main Street Revitalization: The Town is working with the State Highway Administration to complete an urban reconstruction project that will beautify New Windsor’s Main Street. This project will provide for upgraded sidewalks, improved traffic flow and enhanced lighting while maintaining its small town charm. The Town’s residents and businesses will benefit from safer walking conditions and improved aesthetics. Additionally, the project will allow for collaboration efforts to address infrastructure issues at the same time.
3. Economic Development: The Dielman Inn is historically significant to the Town. It is located on one of the main intersections in the heart of its Historic District. A feasibility study was completed and the Town Council has been engaged in reaching out to potential developers to turn the property into the Town’s centerpiece for economic development. The intent is to draw visitors and businesses to New Windsor and make it a destination rather than a drive-through.
What is your position on the “pay-as-you-throw” pilot program?
This pilot program is an opportunity for New Windsor residents to explore treating trash removal in the same way that residents currently pay for utilities; you pay for what you throw away. The implementation of this pilot, while controversial, provided the Town and the County with insights into how this type of program could work county-wide. I am in favor of the concept of a “pay-as-you-throw” program, as I believe it is an equitable means of trash removal in the same way as people pay for their electricity, cable television, or phone usage. One of the benefits overall was that the Town saw a decrease in solid waste trash while seeing an increase in recyclables. This is a positive impact because it reduces the amount of material going into the land fill, which is environmentally friendly and responsible.