Collett to run to keep council seat Parks, budgeting among priorities NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

April 12, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Manchester Councilwoman Charlotte Collett will defend her council seat in the coming election, she said Friday.

She said she would file today to become an official candidate.

This is the last day to file as a candidate and the last day to register to vote in the May 18 election.

Three council seats will be up for election.

"I have too many fingers in the pie" to quit now, Ms. Collett said.

Ms. Collett was appointed to the council in December 1990 after chairing the town Planning and Zoning Commission for 15 years.

She took a seat vacated when Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. became mayor.

She now oversees parks and recreation for the council. She said her first priority for the town is maintaining and improving Manchester's parks.

Ms. Collett schedules use of the town baseball diamonds. "I'm the one who has to go back there and turn on the lights," she said.

Ms. Collett also is chairwoman of the Manchester Historical Center board and is involved with organizing tours with the Northeast Tourist Bureau.

She said she wants Manchester to offer enough recreational opportunities so people can entertain themselves without leaving town.

"Why should we always have to go down to the Inner Harbor?" she said.

Manchester needs to develop a long-range budget plan, she said, citing water storage problems as an example of inadequate planning.

"This, to me, should have been looked at five years before now," she said. "We should have known this was coming."

Preserving the town's trees also is high on her list of priorities. She heads the Manchester Tree Commission.

Ms. Collett taught in Baltimore County before teaching for 30 years at Manchester Elementary School.

She has a son and two grandchildren, and is a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hampstead.

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