2 join Hampstead council race Pearson, Thomas will run for seats NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

April 05, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Veteran Hampstead Councilman William S. Pearson Sr. and Wayne H. Thomas, president of a local homeowners association, are the latest candidates to file to run in the May 11 Hampstead Town Council election.

Mr. Pearson filed for re-election on March 26. He has been a councilman on and off since 1973, and his current tenure dates to 1984.

He said several people have asked him to run.

"That's the only reason that I'm running," he said.

Mr. Pearson, 84, describes himself as "a poor inventor." He holds more than 40 patents, including one on a device called the Pumpminder that is used in Hampstead and elsewhere to monitor water levels in storage tanks and automatically turn pumps on and off.

Every week, Mr. Pearson pores over reports of how much water Hampstead has pumped.

"You have to have somebody on board who knows what they're doing," he said.

"It's a job to keep things in line and to know how to test for these problems," he said.

The most important challenge facing the town in coming years, he said, will be keeping ahead of expenses.

He said the town also would have to closely monitor builders and continue to ensure a sufficient water supply for its growing population.

"You can't have a town unless you have water," he said. "So far, we've been fortunate."

Mr. Pearson has three grown children. He has lived in Hampstead since 1963.

"I don't know how many years more I can keep it up, but I'll try," he said.

Mr. Thomas, president of Fields Homeowners' Association, filed as a candidate on March 31.

When Roberts Field and other developments in Hampstead are completed, he said, they will comprise 70 percent of the population.

He said these areas should have more representation on the council.

"I believe that Hampstead has changed from a small town to a bedroom community," he said last week.

"The Town Council still looks at it as a small town," he said.

Mr. Thomas said restoration of the Hampstead train station "is something we really need to look into," but said he had not attended any train station committee meetings because they are held during the day.

"The mentality of scheduling things like that during the day . . . you're excluding people who live in Hampstead and work elsewhere," he said.

Mr. Thomas said he also has some ideas on how to cope with Route 30 congestion, such as encouraging people to use side roads that would keep them off Route 30 as long as possible.

He has opposed increasing the permitted outflow of the Hampstead sewage treatment plant and supports the painting of a new crosswalk at the intersection of Boxwood Drive and North Woods Trail.

Mr. Thomas, 42, is married to Barbara Thomas, and has lived in Hampstead since 1991.

He is a systems design engineer for Texas Instruments in Hunt Valley.

He has five children. One attends North Carroll Middle School, two are students at North Carroll High School and two are grown.

Mr. Thomas is a member of the Sons of the American Legion and of the Loyal Order of Moose in Reisterstown.

Hampstead voters will elect three people to the five-member council.

Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt is defending her seat, while resident Dwight Womer has announced he will run.

Councilman Lewis O. Keyser Jr. has said he will not seek re-election.

The last day to register to vote in the election, or to file as a candidate, is April 12.

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