The first name of a Manchester town council candidate was listed incorrectly in an editorial Friday. He is Robin Yingling. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.
Manchester's town council has been spending too much time looking backward rather than forward. In Tuesday's election, in which six candidates are running for three seats, the town's citizens have an opportunity to change the council's balance and send it on a proper course.
For a place with a population of 2,900 people, Manchester faces an ample number of problems. The water and sewer system needs upgrading, because it loses about a quarter of all the water treated. The town has been skimping on pay for town employees and runs the risk of losing them; even with an 8 percent raise slated for the next fiscal year, Manchester will pay some of the lowest salaries among Carroll's eight incorporated jurisdictions. Council members also have to ensure that new development doesn't overwhelm the town.
Charlotte Collett, 67, who was appointed to the body in 1990, FTC deserves to be returned. She has a sensible understanding of Manchester's problems; she recognizes, for instance, that the council has opposed the town manager's initiatives needlessly and hasn't done any long-range planning.
Christopher D'Amario, 31, represents a fresh perspective; he wants the town to anticipate problems rather than just react to them.
Douglas Myers, 36, is the former superintendent of Manchester's water and sewer system. He has an excellent understanding of that operation, but Manchester is more than those systems.
Katherine Riley, 61, also has intimate knowledge of how the town operates by virtue of her former position as town clerk and treasurer. On some issues, such as employee compensation, however, she may lack the long-range view Manchester now needs.
Raymond Unger, 52, seems to be a sensible man with good fiscal sense but, in our view, he tended toward too many generalities at Wednesday's voters' forum.
Robert Yingling, 41, has not run for elective office before, but is familiar with the ways of government. He has worked in county government and is now a State Highway Administration employee. He would bring a valuable perspective to the town's transportation issues.
For these reasons, The Sun endorses Charlotte Collett, Christopher D'Amario and Robert Yingling for Manchester town council.