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ELECTION '93: Manchester

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Charlotte Collett

* Biography: Age: 67; Graduate of Towson State Teachers College and Manchester High School; taught at Manchester Elementary School for 29 years; served on Bicentennial and Sesquicentennial committees; served on board of appeals and Planning and Zoning boards for 12 years; organized Historical Center; member of Northeast Tourist Bureau; help with entertainment for Manchester Day and Concerts in the Park; chairperson of the Tree Commission; worked with town recreational council for use of ball fields; member of Manchester Community Association; volunteer with Manchester Elementary science learning classroom; in charge of Manchester Elementary Spring Fishing Derby; lifetime member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

* Question 1: I'm not really upset with the parking on Main Street. People who talk about traffic have not traveled extensively. We really don't have a problem compared to many other places. Two things come to mind: Many people are on the road when they need not be; and [people] need to change their lifestyles and consider car-pooling.

* Question 2: Yes, our employees should receive a pay in the "same ball field" as employees in other municipalities for a job equal in description, responsibilities, skills, etc. One's salary should not decrease as salary deductibles increase, such as health insurance, etc.

* Question 3: We should not have decreased our rate in the past years. Money would have been earmarked to avoid some of the present shocking expenses due to unavoidable requirements. Maybe increasing the tax rate in future years as the town grows. The [rising] assessable value of each home as we grow may take care of raising adequate funds.

* Question 4: Water -- finding new sources, providing adequate storage and more modern technological metering with monthly billing. We also need better communications with the public and much more resident involvement in the governmental processes.

Christopher D'Amario

* Biography: Age:31; married (Cheryl); two children; B.S. degree at Hahnemann University; employed as forensic chemist with state police crime laboratory and part time with Carroll County General Hospital laboratory; active member of the Manchester Ad Hoc Water and Sewer Committee.

* Question 1: The town should try to dedicate adequate parking for the residents and businesses along Main Street. Enforcement of any parking restrictions is important; however, consideration must be given to the residents. The town must also address the ADA (American Disabilities Act) requirements in the near future with parking spaces and ramps.

* Question 2: The employees should get an increase in order to make the salaries comparable with other surrounding municipalities. The town needs to develop a salary structure that would help keep the salaries from becoming disproportionately low again. Also, the benefits package needs some adjustment. The town must do everything possible to eliminate turnover of our employees.

* Question 3: The town must dedicate enough monies for required services, and do so with the lowest possible tax rate. To accomplish this, intelligent and timely business decisions must be made while continuing services and controlling growth.

* Question 4: Planning for the future is the town's biggest challenge. With the population expected to double within the next 10 years, a plan is needed now to ensure the town's services and resources are not negatively affected. A solid plan now will save the town money in the future.

Douglas E. Myers

* Biography: Age:36; B.S. in civil engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, graduate of North Carroll High School; formerly employed as Manchester water and wastewater superintendent for nine years; regional supervisor of water and wastewater for the state of Maryland, now employed with Frederick County Bureau of Water and Sewer as design engineer; member of Manchester United Methodist Church of Christ, Manchester Fire Company, Ad Hoc Water and Sewer Committee, and ASA Umpires Association.

* Question 1: Parking should be regulated so businesses can best utilize the parking for their patrons. Also, homeowners should have some type of privilege that would exempt them from the current regulations.

* Question 2: A study should be made to see if employees are currently being paid lower than employees in similar municipalities with the same duties. If they are, then an increase should be made if the budget can absorb this without a substantial increase to the tax rate.

* Question 3: Inevitably, the tax rate will increase with the cost of goods and materials increasing. But increases should be looked at very closely, since increasing assessments will generate more revenue even if the tax rate is held the same.

* Question 4: Supplying the homeowner with water and sewer services that are reasonably priced, while maintaining tax rates that do not increase significantly and employees that are compensated adequately. This can be accomplished through education, communication and cost- effective strategies.

Kathryn L. Riley

* Biography: Age: 61; graduate of Westminster High School; clerk-town treasurer of Manchester from 1969 to 1992; member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Sunday school.

* Question 1: Parking is restricted to two hours the entire length of Main Street. Proper enforcement of these regulations would ensure adequate parking at all times on Main Street.

* Question 2: There are several employees needing pay increases. I have and will continue advocating the use of the merit system. Pay increases should be given [based] on years of service and performance.

* Question 3: The amount of taxes received by Manchester will automatically increase as new homes are assessed and become taxable properties. Constant yield (37 cents this year) provides for towns to get at least as much money in taxes the current year as the prior year. New building is in addition to this. Since taxes are a small percentage of the general revenues, we would have to look at the entire picture.

* Question 4: The biggest problem is development of additional water supplies and adequate storage facilities. With the impending January 1994 Surface Water Treatment rule to be enforced, I would begin updating the R.E. Wright Water Resources Study of 1988 and use any help the state may have available. The availability of water will ultimately determine the pattern of Manchester growth.

Ray Unger

* Biography: Age: 52; married with two sons; previously employed as police officer (nine years), now employed as mortgage consultant for Loyola Federal Savings Bank in Manchester.

* Question 1: Continued enforcement of our two-hour parking. Issue parking permits to qualified residents who live on Main Street to park in front of their own homes.

* Question 2: We have a lot of hard-working, qualified employees in our town who desire equitable pay. If a tax hike is necessary to keep them, so be it! We must think of our future.

* Question 3: Our tax rate is the lowest in Carroll County. Yet, our town is growing and folks are demanding services. A tax rate increase is justified right now, but we also must find new revenue sources.

* Question 4: Our future growth and development must include a common-sense approach to building development which includes planning water and sewer with construction. A 10- to 20-year plan is necessary for our children's sake.

Rob Yingling

* Biography: Age: 41; married (Elizabeth); MBA at Mount St. Mary's; B.S. in economics from Towson State University; graduate of Westminster High School; completed five short courses in transportation planning and traffic engineering at the Federal Highway Administration and the University of Maryland; completed additional graduate-level work in transportation planning at Towson State and Morgan State universities; completed 12 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy 1970-1982; Chief petty officer (E-7) in the U.S. Naval Reserve; worked as management & budget analyst, Carroll County government (1987-1989); transportation planner/senior transportation planner, Carroll County government (1989-1993); vice chairman of Baltimore Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (1992-1993); now employed as senior financial analyst for the Maryland Department of Transportation and microcomputer instructor at Carroll Community College; member of Association of Management Analysts in State and Local Government and Maryland Public Finance Officers Association.

* Question 1: I would prefer to meet with residents and businesses along Main Street to discuss their ideas for resolving parking problems that would be suitable and beneficial to both parties. Solutions are not real solutions if they benefit one party at the expense of another.

* Question 2: Employees should be paid comparably to employees in similar towns. It costs much more to hire and retain new employees than to pay our employees fair salaries. Several employees have worked for Manchester many, many years and live in town. The town is fortunate to have these professionals close by in case of emergencies.

* Question 3: As Manchester grows, the town should raise the tax rate only as a last resort. Services to support new development should be paid for by developers or impact fees. Grant funding, cooperative purchasing and other alternatives should be explored to the fullest extent to reduce the need for a tax increase.

* Question 4: Manchester's biggest problem is growth. All other problems including traffic and overburdened services occur because of growth. Growth should contribute something to the community or occur somewhere else. I would work to ensure that new development pays its own way instead of relying on the support of current town residents.

ABOUT THIS VOTERS' GUIDE

Candidates' answers in this guide appear as submitted in response to a nonpartisan questionnaire. All candidates in a town were asked the same questions.

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MANCHESTER ELECTION

Where and when to vote

Registered voters can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, 3208 York St.

Who is running?

Six candidates are for three council seats: incumbent Charlotte Collett; and challengers Christopher D'Amario, Douglas E. Myers; Kathryn L. Riley; Ray Unger; and Rob Yingling.

Questions for the candidates

Each candidate was asked the following questions:

1. What, if anything, should the town do about parking problems on Main Street?

2. Should the town government increase pay for municipal employees?

3. As Manchester grows, should the Town Council consider raising the property tax rate?

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

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