TANEYTOWN — Some of the City Council and mayoral candidates talked about growth.Others at the forum spoke about the need for curbside recycling and youth recreation.
And if the 30 or so residents who showed up at Taneytown Baptist Church last week didn't already know, they learned that the only real race in tomorrow's municipal election is for mayor.
Longtime incumbent Henry I. Reindollar Jr. is being challenged byCity Councilman Henry C. Heine Jr. and George W. Dodson Sr. Reindollar and Heine have made growth an issue in their campaign for the four-year term.
Although they are running unopposed in the council race, members Jacquelyn J. Polk and W. Robert Flickinger attended the forum as well.
Reindollar, noting, "I was born here, raised here, went to school here, and expect to die here," said his primary goals included resolving problems with the city's sprinkler ordinance and maintaining orderly growth and adequate water and sewer facilities.
Under the ordinance, recently revised by the council, sprinkler systems must be installed in all new construction, including commercial, town homes and duplexes. Single-family homes are exempt.
Council andmayoral candidates have said the ordinance, which has posed some hardships for businesses and residents, needs further work. Reindollar said the ordinance needs to be liberalized so it doesn't retard business growth.
Reindollar took issue with a proposal of one of his opponents -- Heine -- who wants the council to establish committees to tackle issues in this community of about 3,500.
"I don't believe inhaving committees with nothing to do, just to have a committee," themayor said. "My policy is to have a committee when something needs to be done."
Heine, who has served on the council for two years, said committees are needed to handle various projects, including downtown revitalization and any ongoing issues.
He said it is difficult for each council member to be informed on all issues. He said problems that arise in the community would be better addressed by the council forming committees, something it does not do now.
Regarding growth, Heine said the city shouldn't expand beyond its capabilities to provide services, including sewer and water. He also has concerns about how growth has affected local schools, which, like other schools across the county, are overcrowded.
Heine, who has served on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Appeals, said he would bring responsible leadership and a new management style as mayor.
"I'm two years into the council, and I have a history of listening to the people's concerns and following up on those concerns," he said.
The third mayoral candidate, Dodson, a political newcomer, said only that his major concerns were "to see if I can help the police department and to get a place for the kids to play, a recreation area so they won't be out on the streets."
Like the others, the council candidates were allowed five minutes to explain their candidacy.
Flickinger, who has been involved with city government since 1971,said one of his main goals is to bring curbside recycling to the city within the next year.
His other goals include improvements in the city's water supply system and maintaining a fully staffed police force.
Polk noted that she was appointed to council in 1989 but is running on her own merits this election. She urged controlled growth to maintain adequate fire and police protection and a student population that the county's schools can accommodate.
"We need communication between all branches of the town government," she said. "And the people need to have an understanding of what the council is doing. Wemust all work together."
Afterward, the group went into the fellowship hall for cookies and coffee and casual discussion.