Council hopefuls look to managed growth, future needs ELECTION '93: TANEYTOWN

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Thomas J. Denike

* Biography: Age: 43; married 22 years, two children; education: B.S. -- University of Connecticut, graduate studies -- Florida Atlantic University, accounting courses -- Wharton School of Business; employment: branch manager for the Washington branch of Robert Shaw Controls Co., previous employment with Fortune 100 company and self-employed; serve as council liaison to Taneytown Chamber of Commerce; council representative on Taneytown 2000 (economic development) committee; currently

renovating turn-of-the-century Taneytown home.

* Question 1: Business growth is essential for strong economic development. I have repeatedly stressed the need for a local Taneytown Economic Development Committee. The committee would actively seek potential new business, promote Taneytown's potential and seek ways to improve the existing business environment. Input from the business community is vital for successful economic growth.

* Question 2: Primarily to provide, maintain and upgrade safe, ample and accessible recreational facilities for all. Secondarily, we should assist the various organizations (recreation council, Little League, football, etc.) in the enhancement of existing programs and establishment of new activities. Future need may indicate the need for a city recreation supervisor.

Question 3: First, the city needs to determine the necessary amount for a "rainy day" contingency fund.

Then, more important than where to spend any excess, is the need to develop future budgets, revenues, tax rates that target this set amount without exceeding it.

* Question 4: Taneytown's biggest challenge is the future. The future will bring growth, and increased demands on the city's resources. It is critical to the success of Taneytown, in being responsible to the citizens and providing high level of services, to plan now. Planned growth, planned budgets -- planned success.

Henry C. Heine Jr.

* Biography: Age: 46; 18-year resident; married (Linda), two children (Michele and Cathy); active member St. Joseph's Church, Taneytown; education: B.S. -- Loyola College, A.A. -- Community Col

lege of Baltimore; engineer with the Mass Transit Administration; experience: 4 years City Council, 2 years ex-officio Planning and Zoning Commission, 8 years member of the Zoning Board of Appeals; civic: 2 years treasurer of the Cloverberry Homeowners Association, president of the Lion's Club of Taneytown, 18 years member American Legion Post 120, youth: 3 years president of the Show Stopper majorette corps, 2 years youth group adviser St. Joseph's Church, 1 year Carroll County Advisory Council on Career and Technology Education

* Question 1: Yes, the mayor and council must get more aggressive in its efforts to bring in new business. An economic development committee, as suggested by the city manager, should be formed. The committee should be a join venture of the Chamber of Commerce, city govern

ment and citizens. New business will not come to Taneytown on its own. Seek and you will find.

Question 2: The city has an active role in providing activities for the children of Taneytown. The swimming pool, swim team, newly purchased land for a park (Gun Club), baseball and softball diamonds, football field, tennis courts, and laws requiring developers to provide tot lots as well as monies for future open space development are a few examples of what city government is doing for the children of Taneytown. In this fiscal budget (1994) we are looking at hiring a part-time recreational director.

* Question 3: The surplus is an indicator that the city is growing, spending money wisely and saving for the future. We have used $125,000 of the money to provide curbside trash and recycling. We will need the money to pay for a new well ($100,000), repair the sewage system ($1.5 million), downtown revitalization (???),

converting the Gun Club to a park (???) and health care increases ($65,000). I would like to see us add an additional police officer and a recreational director.

Question 4: Growth is the biggest problem. We must not allow the growth of the city to exceed the limitations of the services. We need to monitor growth very closely. If we exceed the limits of the water, sewage, road and school systems, we will all feel the effects of a failed system. I have worked hard for the Planning & Zoning Commission to ensure that it has the proper tools and information

necessary to make decisions that protect the services of Taneytown.

Roger Keller

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James L. McCarron

* Biography: Age: 45; education: graduate, University of Maryland, College of Agriculture; employment: I have worked for Southern States Co-operative since graduation. I'm currently serving as a regional sales manager for the states of Maryland, Delaware, portions of West Virginia and Northern Virginia; personal: married to Myra (Halik) McCarron, I have four children: James McCarron III, Peggy Rowell, Alina Kessler and Caitrin McCarron; activities: St. Joseph's Church, Eucharistic minister, 11th- and 12th-grade Sunday School teacher (I've taught for 16 years), director of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.), lector trainer; member of the Taneytown Heritage Committee, active in youth softball, Brownies, Taneytown Piranhas Swim Team, chairman of the Taneytown Recycling Committee, member of the Carroll County Recycling Committee, Vice chair of the Carroll County Solid Waste Study Committee, past president of the Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League (three terms.)

* Question 1: I am very "pro-business." The current council is in process of forming, in co-operation with the "Chamber of Commerce," a local Economic Development Committee, to directly solicit new business and industry to our community. Planned downtown revitalization will also do much to strengthen the business presence in the "historic district."

* Question 2: One of the main responsibilities of a city official is to provide for the needs of the future. The farsighted planning that enabled the city to acquire the Rod and Gun Club as future parkland underscores the commitment to the city's youth. We are considering using the clubhouse as a "Youth Center." The council supports youth sports and conservation activities, ranging from tree plantings by a Brownie troop to swimming lessons in the community pool.

* Question 3: The implication that the general fund was over-budgeted by some $970,000 is in error. In fact, according to the audit for June 30, 1992, for all funds combined, a surplus of $258,893 was realized. This reflects sound fiscal planning in order to provide for the citizens' needs in coming years. We are faced with major repairs to our sewer lines and are studying the prospect of revitalizing the downtown area. These things, coupled with the need to replace equipment such as police cars, tractors, Christmas lights and so forth, cause a surplus of $258,000 to look small.

* Question 4: Taneytown is blessed with a spirit of cooperation and concern for our neighbor that exemplifies the best of small-town America. Our challenge is to hold on to that "spirit" as we grow. Sound planning on the part of the City Council and other branches of city government, all working together for the common good, will ensure the quality of life we expect.

TANEYTOWN ELECTION

Where and when to vote

Registered voters may cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 17 E. Baltimore St.

Who is running?

Four candidates are running for three council seats: Incumbents Thomas J. Denike, Henry C. Heine Jr., James L. McCarron and challenger Roger Keller.

Questions for the candidates

A5 Each candidate was asked the following questions:

1. Should business growth in the city be encouraged and, if so, how?

2. What role should city government take in providing activities

for children who live in Taneytown?

3. At the end of fiscal year 1992, the Taneytown general fund had a balance of $970,000. What should the city do with that money?

4. What is the town's biggest problem, and how would you solve it?

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