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Council candidates address issues of traffic congestion, train station preservation ELECTION '93: HAMPSTEAD

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A voters' guide in Sunday's Carroll County edition listed the wrong date for the Hampstead election. The election is tuesday (5/11/93). The Sun regrets the errors.

David B. Hopkins

* Biography: Age: 39; A.A. from Catonsville Community College 1991; Associated Builders and Contractors (1986); Trade Service's Electrical Estimating (1985); graduate of South Carroll High School (1974); has been employed as construction electrician, general carpenter, and professional driver, worked with County Department of Aging SHICAP 1991.

* Question 1: It is a state highway and cannot be solved by the town alone. Without Maryland funds to build a bypass, its a condition we will have to live with but until then Maryland could adjust the traffic lights and speed limits while limiting parking, inconveniencing both merchants and residents.

* Question 2: All efforts should be considered. Hampstead has a relevancy with the railway that winds through our town and uses the station as the town's insignia. Funding for this preservation project could adversely affect the town's coffer unless the railway donated it and citizens were committed to its restoration.

* Question 3: Even though business development would increase town revenues, I think it would not be wise to encourage new business growth until the traffic problems are resolved.

* Question 4: Traffic congestion problems through town seem to have a cascading effect on Hampstead's growth. It stifles business development, puts burdens on existing merchants, strains town residents and services to keep the neighborhood streets safe from being used as thoroughfares. I'd encourage Maryland for a bypass, explaining its increased revenue potential.

Jacqueline Hyatt

* Biography: Age: 63; PTA president; started Hampstead Business Association and served as president for two terms; directed beautification of War Memorial Park; chaired Foster Care Review Board for eight years; formed North East Tourist Bureau; helped involve town in Tree City USA pro

gram; helped build two town playgrounds; helped bring farmers market into the area; formed study group for preservation of the train station; free-lance writer for Carroll County Times; owned own business for 17 years.

* Question 1: The town can only provide band aid solutions to the traffic problem. A study that is being done for the town hopefully will show the way to ease and help the flow of traffic.

* Question 2: The town has formed a committee to find out if the station can be preserved. The station represents a part of the town's history and is even represented on the town's logo.

* Question 3: The town has always encouraged business development by providing adequate services.

* Question 4: I feel traffic has become a major problem. You not only have trouble driving, but a pedestrian can hardly cross the street. We must push for a bypass. We have waited too many years for one.

Greg Jugo

* Biography: Age: 37; A.A. from Essex Community College; B.A. from Loyola College; married to Concetta; two children (Julie and Suzanne); presently manage Roy Rogers Restaurant in downtown Baltimore (14 year managerial experience); member of Spring Garden PTA, North Carroll Recreation Council (soccer coach); involved with Muscular Dystrophy Association and Baltimore City Special Olympics.

* Question 1: Costly expenditures to build alternative routes to relieve congestion may or may not be the answer. A "bypass" could be the answer, however funding, state or federal, may be unavailable. Solutions such as strategic placement of traffic lights, synchronization of existing traffic lights and identifying two-lane traffic during peak hour usage may be alternative solutions.

* Question 2: Every effort to maintain tradition should be taken in preserving the Hampstead train station. An abundance of tradition occupiesthis historical landmark and we as a town need to decide how to maintain and upgrade this landmark.

* Question 3: I think the town needs to "manage" growth and development to minimize any possibility of "NPS," non-point source pollution in the future. Any further business development should include plans to finance any damages which would be sustained in our land. We need to maintain a quality of living and keep our town whole and sound.

* Question 4: The main issue facing Hampstead is growth. We're going to need some growth but we need to keep our community whole. Growth will bring added revenues which if managed effectively will result in upgraded resident services; additional revenue toward emergency services such as the police and fire departments would be a priority in management of revenues.

Russell S. Laderer

* Biography: Age: 30; married to Maureen; two children (Russell S. Jr. and Alexander P.); B.S. -- Computer Science, University of Baltimore, 1989; A.A. -- Community College of the Air Force, 1987; software engineer, Tracor Flight Systems, Inc.; former communications analyst, U.S. Air Force; vice president, Robert's Field Homeowners Association; Architectural Review RFHA.

* Question 1: Because these problems involve more than Hampstead, the town government needs to become more involved in the regional debate and planning process for a long term solution. Meanwhile, more restricted access to and from small side streets in town, better timing sequences on the traffic lights could help.

* Question 2: I believe the town government takes a back seat to any private groups that might be involved in this endeavor. I would have no problem with providing support when necessary, but feel our resources should be focused in other areas.

* Question 3: I think a business task force with council and local business participation could be a big advantage. By actively soliciting corporate relocation to Hampstead, we could provide additional job opportunities to our residents. This could help stem the commuter mentality and boost community involvement.

Question 4: The problems associated with unchecked growth, such as crime, traffic, and resource shortages, are tough on small towns. A new growth plan could identify many of these problems in advance. Town government needs to become proactive, ensuring these problems are identified and adequately addressed before proceeding to the next task.

William S. Pearson Sr.

* Biography: Age: 84; member of town council on and off since 1973; holds over 40 patents, which include the invention of the illuminating doorbell and the Pumpminder.

* Question 1: To initiate a write-in for the state to proceed with the bypass as presented on Jan. 30, 1985, and to establish the funding for it now.

* Question 2: Be a guide to those who want to preserve the

station and to keep it where it is.

Question 3: Have someone on the Council to represent the business and to attend their meetings and for the town to pick up any related expenses.

* Question 4: Refer to question one.

James F. Piet

* Biography: Age: 40; married with two children; Hampstead resident for four years; received bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County; employed with Masonry Contractors Inc.; previously employed with Fair Lanes Inc. and First National Bank of Maryland; Member of Hampstead Tree Commission, Westminster Public Safety Committee, Urban Land Institute, and Spring Garden PTA.

* Question 1: The study currently under way is a start. Synchronization of traffic lights, availability of off-street parking,

and potential areas for two-lane traffic during peak hours should be investigated. We must continue to lobby for the bypass to remain in-line for future funding.

* Question 2: I would like to see it preserved, if it in fact can be salvaged. The town's ability to preserve the station is limited by CSX's requirements and conditions for working in their right-of-way. We should convince CSX to do minimal work to keep it from deteriorating.

* Question 3: Yes, our in-town businesses should be promoted and encouraged, along with potential new areas for potential development. A volunteer committee working in coordination with the county's department of economic development can promote the existing vacant properties, identify properly zoned parcels, and work to retain existing businesses.

* Question 4: Overall, Hampstead remains the fine community that attracted its recent influx of growth. The Route 30 traffic problem may be eased locally, but it can only be resolved on a regional basis. The town must now plan for the maturing growth and effectively manage its resources to maintain community services and provide for their maintenance and improvement.

Wayne H. Thomas

* Biography: Age: 42; married to Barbara; five children; B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park; employed at Texas Instruments as computer systems engineer; member of the board of directors and President of the Fields Homeowners Association Inc.; regularly attended the Hampstead Town Council meetings and Planning and Zoning meetings for the past two years.

Question 1: The town should be lobbying the county and the state to fund the Hampstead bypass. The traffic problems will remain until the bypass is built. The town should use the results of the recent traffic study to make the changes recommended by the state to improve traffic flow through Hampstead.

* Question 2: The town should make every effort to preserve the train station. It is a part of the heritage of Hampstead and is the logo of our town. If CSX is willing to sell the property, the town should contact the National Trust for Historic Preservation for purchase and preservation funding.

* Question 3: I believe the town government should take steps to encourage business development. Currently, Hampstead has a large surplus of retail space. The town should work closely with the business community and its leaders to see what can be done to encourage both new and existing business to locate in Hampstead.

* Question 4: Hampstead's biggest problem is controlling growth. Most of Hampstead's growth has come from the annexation of developer properties. I believe that careful consideration should be given to the overall impact annexation of additional developer properties would have on existing roads, schools, communities, utilities and services.

Dwight Womer

* Biography: Age 35; married to Laura; two children (Bryan and Daniel); graduate of Hereford Jr./Sr. High School, (1976); won local oratorical contest; assisted in recent campaign to elect Larry Haines; 15 years in construction business, including five years in supervision; Lions Club baseball team manager;

member of Hampstead Baptist Church.

* Question 1: The town should have been pushing for the bypass, which should already have been in place. Presently, we need to let the state know that now is the time to start the process of construction.

* Question 2: The train station needs to be declared an historic landmark. Presently, CSX owns the station. The town should purchase the station, renovate it to its original condition and thereby create a tourist attraction/shop. This would not only beautify the train station but also provide the town with additional revenue.

* Question 3: The town should be concentrating on attracting and winning light industrial and high tech business. The tax revenue would be very useful to the town's economy, drawing from the burden of support from the residential sector of Hampstead. Acquire land with access to the railroad and the construction of the bypass.

* Question 4: Growth is out of control. The bypass should be built to relieve congestion in town. We have an ancient water system and limited sewage system which need to be updated. Availability of schools is inadequate. These things need to be improved before growth can continue.

HAMPSTEAD ELECTION

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Where and when to vote

Registered voters can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll St.

Who is running?

Eight candidates are running for three council seats: Incumbents Jacqueline Hyatt and William S. Pearson Sr.; and challengers David B. Hopkins, Greg Jugo, Russell S. Laderer, James F. Piet, Wayne H. Thomas and Dwight Womer.

Questions for the candidates

Each candidate was asked the following questions:

1. What can and should the town be doing to improve traffic conditions on Route 30?

2. What role, if any, should the town take in efforts to preserve the Hampstead train station?

3. Should the town government be taking steps to encourage business development? If so, what steps?

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

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