Councilmam Arthur H. Moler,58 said he will run for re-election in May.
Moler is finishing his second four year term on the council andcited growth and related water issues as the town's most pressing cocerns.
"I've enjoyed working on the council and I'm especially interested in zoning and planning and controlled development," said Moler,who also chairs the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The state hasd proposed a buil;ding a bypass to the congested Route 30 that is Hampstead's Main Street.The road is a main line between the Pennsylvania border and Baltimore County,where it meets with Route 140 and the Northwest Expressway.
" We have written letters to the governor,to the state Highway Administration.We asked the county to support us,and theyhave ,"Moler said adding the council can do little more than to pressure the state to build the the highway.
Moler has lived in Hampstead for 24 years,moving here from Towson.he is a native of Sheperdstown,W.Va
He lives with his wife,Elaine,a traffic coordinator for Maryland Public TV,on the 4300 block of White Oak Court.For the last 26years,he has worked at the Black & Decker plant in Hampstead as quality control superviser.
Since he joined the council,he said,he hasbeen most proud of the the town has overcome water shortages.
"Myfirst four year as, town water was horrendous,"Moler said about the shortage of drilled wells to handle growth. " Right now,our water system is in the best shape it's been in (during) all the eight years I've served on the council."
He said the town has built its water supply by requiring all developers to include plans to add wells to provide enough water for residences or businesses they are adding.Also,anew 1-mile long water main has helped channel water to the south endof town.