Despite the failure of an iron mine that promised to put Manchester on the map, the town, well-served by its community spirit, thrived, earning its own spot from the cartographer.
The town -- whose rootsdate back to the 18th century -- began as a blend of English and German cultures, indicated today by the English name of the town and by old tombstones inscribed in German in the cemetery.
It developed in an atmosphere of local pride and cooperation thatis still evident in the neatness of the streets, homes and yards, aswell as the many cooperative enterprises, such as the fire company, community swimming pool and many churches. At one time, an iron mine was opened near Melrose (north of town), which was thought to have such potential that a rail spur was built to the site. However, the oreproved unprofitable and the rail line disappeared -- along with the mine.
With a 1991 population of 2,689, Manchester is the fourth-largest town in the county.
Its fiscal 1990-1991 (budget year starts July 1) property tax rate is 42 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, which is in addition to the county property tax; homes are assessed at 40 percent of market value (as of July 1). The owner of a typical $134,000 home (assessed at $53,600) pays $225 annually intown property taxes, plus $1,260 in county property taxes.
The town has a contract with Hughes Trash Removal for weekly trash pickup; cost is included in the tax rate.
The town, incorporated in 1834, is run by a non-partisan mayor and five council members serving staggered four-year terms. The mayor is paid $1,200 annually; council members get $500 annually.
Elections are the third Tuesday in May of odd-numbered years; the mayoral and two council seats are up for election in 1991.
The council meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday andoften the fourth Wednesday -- of each month at Town Hall, 3208 York St., 21102; telephone 239-3200.
* Mayor Earl A.J. Warehime Jr.: since 1990, term ends 1991
* Council President Charlotte B. Collett:since 1990, term ends 1993
* Council Vice President Geoffrey S. Black: since 1989, term ends 1993
* Councilman Gerald H. Bollinger:since 1989, term ends 1993
* Councilman John A. Riley: since 1990, term ends 1991
* Councilman Larry L. Gouker: since 1990, term ends 1991
* Town Manager (also clerk/treasurer) Kathryn L. Riley
* Police Chief Donald Myers
* Zoning Administrator Miriam DePalmer
* Town Attorney Charles O. Fisher Jr.
* Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church: 3184 Church St. One of the town'smajor historical attractions is the 200-plus-year-old white oak treeon the grounds of this church. A Lutheran and a Reform congregation shared a church, built in 1760, where the tree stands. In the church's cemetery are 18th-century gravestones inscribed in German.
* Christmas Tree Park: Christmas Tree Lane, off York Street. The main recreational facility for the town, it includes facilities for picnickingand horseshoes; a fishing pond containing bass and catfish; ball fields and tennis courts, both of which are lighted. The park is open year-round, dawn to dusk. The lighted facilities can be used until 11 p.m.
* June 1: Manchester Day on Carnival Grounds, York Street; entertainment, flea market, kiddie and wagon rides. Information: 374-4012.
* June 8: Fishing Derby at Christmas Tree Park Pond, Water Street, 7 to 11 a.m., for boys and girls 15 and under; pre-registration is 50 cents at Town Hall, $1 at the derby.