2 newcomers, 3 incumbents vie for 3 Havre de Grace council seats


Havre de Grace voters will elect three council members Tuesday from a slate of five candidates but they won't have to decide on a mayor.

Since no one filed to run against him, the incumbent mayor, Dr. Gunther D. Hirsch, is assured a third two-year term.

Those who have filed for a seat on the City Council are three incumbents, John P. Correri Jr., Rene A. Lambert and James C. Vancherie Jr., and their challengers, Charles A. Maslin and Henry J. Schreiber.

Mr. Schreiber, who moved to Havre de Grace 2 1/2 years ago, said he respects the administration, but believes the time has come for new blood and fresh ideas on the council. "I will be able to provide a new set of eyes for the new challenges the city is facing," said Mr. Schreiber, 55.

A retired New York City police officer, Mr. Schreiber is vice president of credit-card holder services at the Key Operations credit-card processing center in Havre de Grace. He said his experience in managing employees and a salary budget that's equal in size to the city's should be of great help when the council adopts its budget next month.

Revitalization of the city's waterfront and the hiring of a full-time tourism director are important issues that need to be ad

dressed by the next administration, Mr. Schreiber said.

Mr. Maslin also is in favor of a full-time tourism director for Havre de Grace.

"Increased tourism would help businesses and would give the city additional revenues to better the quality of life for its citizens," said Mr. Maslin, 35.

Mr. Maslin, a community activist and owner of the Quackers Comedy Club and Enterprises Unlimited, a sound management and promotion company, said he decided to run for office because the present city council has become "stagnant and unresponsive to the businesses and the citizens of Havre de Grace.

"While the council conducts business as usual, our storefronts become vacant, Perryville and Port Deposit are getting the new homeowners, and other areas are getting the tourists," he said. "Havre de Grace is the best kept secret in Maryland, and we need to let people know we are here."

Mr. Maslin said he also would like to put all income-producing rental properties on the city tax roll, providing enough money for more city services or a cut in tax rates.

Mr. Correri, who is serving his sixth two-year term on the City Council, said he has the political experience to help move Havre de Grace into the 21st century.

But, he added, his priority for the next two years is the expansion of Havre de Grace's wastewater plant. He said with the recent

addition of a holding tank, the plant has the capacity to handle development already approved, but anything beyond that is questionable.

Mr. Correri, 41, a broker for financial services for Connecticut Mutual in Cockeysville, also said that Havre de Grace's waterfront areas need to be addressed in the city's comprehensive plan, which is currently being updated.

Mr. Lambert, 64, a retired engineer and chief of the Tracked Vehicle Division of the Combat System Test Activity at Aberdeen Proving Ground, is seeking a second term on the city council.

He said he is satisfied with the direction the city has taken and believes that his technical and managerial background can help the city stay on course.

He said his wish list for Havre de Grace includes more public access to the city's waterfront, expansion of the city's tTC wastewater plant, promotion of tourism, and growth management.

Mr. Vancherie, 69, semi-retired owner of local family businesses, which include the InterCounty Bus Lines, apartment buildings and a restaurant, is completing his second council term. He said expansion of the wastewater treatment plant would be his priority if he is elected to another two-year term.

He also favors annexing several hundred acres of land partly bordering the Chesapeake Bay and owned by Johns Hopkins University. The annexation would increase the town's tax base, he said.

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