Aberdeen Councilwoman Ruth Elliott will challenge incumbent Mayor George Englesson in the May 7 election -- Aberdeen's first since changing from a town to city style of government.
The town has been incorporated for 100 years and will celebrate its centennial March 22.
Englesson's title as mayor has been an honorary one, bestowed each year since 1987 by a vote of his fellow council members.
Elliotthas been a council member since 1982.
DeWayne Curry, a real estate entrepreneur, has filed to seek a council seat in the spring election.
ROAD REPAIRS SOUGHT
The County Council is asking County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann to take money set aside for work on Hess Road and spend it on widening and improving the sight distance on Willoughby Beach Road in Edgewood.
The council voted, 6-0, Tuesday to ask Rehrmann to shift $250,000 from the stalled Hess Road project. Councilwoman Theresa M. Pierno, D-District C, was absent.
Edgewood residents who attended a discussion conducted by Rehrmann last fall testified that the twisted, potholed Willoughby Beach Road desperately needed work. The Hess Road project has been stalled by problems in acquiring rights of way.
"I don't think we can continue to put a Band-Aid on Willoughby Beach Road," said Councilwoman Susan B. Heselton, R-District A. All three Edgewood voting precincts were included in Heselton's district last fall, when the council drew new district lines.
"I hope (the Department of Public Works) will make these changes, not just for cosmetic and safety reasons, but as part of an overall improvement plan for Willoughby Beach Road," Heselton said.
A BARGAIN ON MAPS
Harford County maps may be one of the best bargains around.
At least that's what the county's Department of Economic Development is banking on. It's selling the 1992 version of the county map for "a nominal fee of $2" at the county's treasury office, where residents also pay their taxes.
The county printed up 20,000 maps at a cost of $29,205 this year. Part of the cost -- $20,770 -- came from county coffers, while the remaining $8,435 came from contributions fromthe Harford County Chamber of Commerce, the town of Bel Air, the county library and the state.
"Even gas station maps aren't free anymore," said George Harrison, a spokesman for the county administration. "Everybody charges for maps."
Information: Treasury Department, 838-6000, Ext. 317.
FRY RETURNS PAY
Harford Del. Donald C. Fry is giving back two days' pay from his state salary and says he will not keep a $1,000 pay raise he is scheduled to receive beginning Jan. 1.
"I see a two-day furlough of my legislative salary as a minor sacrifice to share in the pain," said Fry. "If I were a state employee who was not elected, I would be forced to take this reduction."
Elected officials cannot be furloughed by law, but Fry said that if he had not been elected, his salary would put him in the category of employees who would be furloughed two days.
Fry sent a letter last weekto Louis L. Goldstein, the state comptroller, asking him to take themoney from next week's paycheck. Fry said he will give the raise to the state or to a charity.