Mayor Helt to announce his decision to resign SOUTHEAST * Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

January 06, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr.'s name will not appear on Sykesville' municipal ballot this spring.

After three terms as mayor and one term on the Town Council, Mayor Helt will announce his decision to resign at Monday's council session, effective at the end of his term in May.

"It has been a fulfilling, growing position for me," said the mayor.

Councilman Jonathan Herman said the decision makes him sad, but he understands the rationale. "The mayor has a right to have a life."

The mayor will be moving to Westminster this summer with his wife, Annapolis Alderman Ruth Gray, who said Monday she will resign her seat in August. Since their 1990 marriage, the couple had divided their time between two homes, and Mayor Helt's commuting from Sykesville to Annapolis became tiresome for both.

"I am tired of living out of a suitcase," said Mayor Helt.

"We want to live under one roof and become a real couple," said Ms. Gray.

Mr. Helt said is not forsaking the town he has called home for several decades. He plans to maintain his Main Street law office and stay publicly involved in Sykesville's business community.

"I will devote all my energies to my law office," he said. "It's really growing with more work than I can handle."

Leaving Town Hall will give him time to pursue other interests, he said. He already has discussed forming a Solid Waste Committee with the Carroll County Commissioners and volunteered to serve on it.

The 44-year-old mayor also would not rule out future political office.

"I keep the windows and doors open for whatever breeze might '' come my way," he said. "I remain open to whatever the future holds."

The mayor said he had no worries about "being a lame duck" with the present council.

"I feel really good about this council," he said. "How they continue after I am gone, will be a measure of how well I did."

"I don't know if we will find anyone to fill his shoes," said Mr. Herman. "He has been good for this town and is leaving it in a good position, better off than when he came."

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