The Westminster City Council named six residents to its first Environmental Advisory Board Monday, and Monroe G. Haines came to watch.
Maybe now the dogged activist can take a breather.
"I'm pleased to have an advisory board to help me in my one-man campaign to clean up the environment," he said, eliciting laughter from the full council room.
Council President Kenneth A. Yowan suggested that the advisory board invite Mr. Haines, a city resident who for years has waged a campaign to clean up area streams, to its first meeting.
Mr. Haines was one of 12 Marylanders who received awards recently from Gov. William Donald Schaefer for environmental activism.
Mayor W. Benjamin Brown submitted six names to the council for its approval. The council voted unanimously to accept the mayor's recommendations.
The board, which will advise city officials on environmental is sues, will have seven members. Mr. Brown said that he has a nominee for the seventh seat but that she lives just outside the city.
The council has agreed to change the ordinance pertaining to the board to allow it, like the Parks Board, to have one member who lives outside the city.
Mr. Brown said he would announce the seventh nominee for the environmental board after the city attorney changed the ordinance.
The six board members announced are:
* G. Samuel Alspach Jr., biology department chairman at Western Maryland College.
* Robert M. Borie, a mechanical engineer who has experience with federal regulations regarding clean air and water.
* Forest S. Howell, a pharmacist at the Rexall drugstore on Main Street.
* Jeffrey D. Kirkwood, a free-lance sign language interpreter.
* Michelle M. Ostrander, an attorney and former Carroll County assistant attorney who has worked with environmental and planning issues.
* Jacqueline T. Schrenker-Case, a highway engineer who works with Carroll Land Services, a Westminster engineering company that acts as a consultant to developers.