Wilson picked to finish Six's term Union Bridge council votes unanimously

January 08, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

When the Union Bridge Town Council decided last night who would serve the rest of departing Councilman Jeff Six's term, Donald D. Wilson was trying to end what was turning out to be a 12-hour shift as yard supervisor at Lehigh Portland Cement.

But news of his acceptance to the council provided a break to trying to find out why the plant's kiln was not working. "Oh, really?" said Mr. Wilson after being told he was chosen unanimously by the three council members attending the special meeting. "Well, that's good!"

Mr. Wilson, 48, was one of three candidates the council considered to replace Mr. Six, who resigned because he is moving out of town.

The others, Toni Eder, the town's newsletter editor, and John Scott, a town Heritage Committee member, attended the secret-ballot voting.

Because the decision had to be made by a majority of the council, the three council members present had to agree unanimously on a replacement. Council President Brett Grossnickle was attending a Lamaze class with his wife.

"With some of the things we need to do in the next couple of weeks coming up on us so quickly, we decided to select [Mr. Six's] replacement right away," Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. said.

Mr. Wilson will be sworn in during the coming week, Mr. Jones said.

Although Mr. Wilson has lived on Honeysuckle Lane for 30 years, he has been eligible to hold town office only since spring 1991, when that area was annexed to the town.

His address gave him leverage with the voting council members. "Since he lives in the new section and we need their cooperation, lTC we thought it may be good to have someone on the council to represent them," Mr. Black said.

Mr. Wilson was active in the annexation of his community and served on the town's Funding Committee, responsible for raising money for the new town office building.

Mr. Wilson lived in New Windsor prior to moving to the Union Bridge area in 1963. His wife, Andrea, and daughter Kristi, who also live in Union Bridge, work for State Farm Insurance Co. in Frederick.

His older daughter, Tawney, lives in Prince George's County and works for the Department of Defense in Virginia.

"Even though I lived on the outskirts of town, about 500 feet outside town limits, I tried to be active in town affairs," said Mr. Wilson. "I expect we'll all get along just fine."

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