3 incumbents and 1 newcomer vie for 3 Taneytown council seats Keller says panel has lost touch NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

April 01, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Taneytown's May election is a political game of musical chairs.

With four candidates vying for three City Council positions, it is inevitable that someone will be left without a seat when the music stops.

Six-year resident Roger Keller enters the political arena for the first time with his council bid. Mr. Keller said his motivation for running is his belief that the City Council has lost touch with the "average citizen of Taneytown."

"I am running to give the town an option. I want to represent the little guy," said Mr. Keller, a 46-year-old maintenance worker with the county's Road Department. "The council doesn't relate to the citizens who pay for them to be up there [in office]."

Mr. Keller said that if elected he would focus on encouraging the city's economic growth; creating more youth-oriented activities; and developing a better relationship between the council, city management and citizens.

He lives on Carnival Drive with his wife, Jodi, and two children, Dustin, 10, and Skylar, 11 weeks.

Thomas J. Denike, 43, was appointed to the council in 1991 to replace a member who moved out of state. This is the first time he has run for election.

Mr. Denike, a sales manager for the Washington branch of Robert Shaw Controls, said his priorities on the council will remain the same: economic development and a balanced budget.

"Taneytown is currently in a comfortable position. There is the need to have that additional money for what is -- for lack of a better term -- a rainy day," said Mr. Denike, referring to the $900,000 the town has in savings. "But as I have questioned in the past, how much do we need, and where is the money we raise going?"

Mr. Denike and his wife, Patricia, have lived on Middle Street for 10 years. They have two children.

Mass Transit Administration Engineer Henry C. Heine will be running for a second term. He said the council will need to make decisions concerning the city's basic infrastructure and the structure of the downtown area over the next four years.

"The city will be dealing with major renovations to its water and waste water treatment. That to me is going to be a big piece of the pie," said Mr. Heine, 46, a resident of the city for 18 years.

"Perhaps that project and the revitalization of the downtown area may be able to go together. I figure if you have to tear up the street, you may as well do everything you need to do at once."

Mr. Heine lives with his wife, Linda, and two daughters, Michele, 14, and Cathy, 11, on East Baltimore Street.

Two-term Councilman James L. McCarron, 45, agreed that the city's infrastructure will be an important aspect of the council's work in the next term. He also stressed the significance of residential growth.

"I think one of the things I would like to put into action is a more planned-community approach to developing," said Mr. McCarron, who is sales manager for Southern States Cooperative. "Future developments should take in all types of houses and have a lot of green space for recreational activities."

Mr. McCarron has been a city resident for 11 years. He and his wife, Myra, live on York Street. They have four children.

Clerk/Treasurer Linda M. Hess said that, as of 4 p.m. yesterday, no one other than Mr. Keller and Mr. Heine had formally applied for candidacy.

Candidates must be at least 25 years old and have lived in the city the two years preceding the election.

They must submit to the city office a nomination certificate signed by at least 10 people registered to vote in the city. The deadline is 4:30 p.m. April 19.

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