Two nominated to run for mayor of Sykesville 4 candidates vie for 3 council seats

April 13, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

The Sykesville Town Council received two nominations for mayor and four for the three open council seats at last night's meeting.

In the May 4 election, council President Kenneth Clark and former Councilwoman Maxine Wooleyhand will vie for the mayor's job, vacated because Mayor Lloyd Helt is moving to Westminster.

Julie Kaus and Eugene Johnson, incumbent council members, are seeking re-election.

The other council candidates are Garth Adams and Charles "Tim" Ferguson.

The town charter says nominees do not have to be present at the time of nomination.

Mr. Ferguson, a former councilman, was not at the Town House last night. Reached at home, he said he was surprised at his nomination and not sure whether he would accept.

"I will have to think about it," he said.

Mr. Ferguson, Ms. Wooleyhand and Charles Mullins all lost their council seats in the 1991 election. Mr. Mullins nominated his former colleagues last night.

The realignment of Obrecht Road also was on the Sykesville Town Council's agenda.

Town Manager James Schumacher recently wrote to the County Commissioners asking for a review of the proposed rerouting of the road around Fairhaven Retirement Home.

"We want to create a better intersection and eliminate problems on the road," said Mr. Schumacher. "We are asking everyone to look at the county's and our proposals."

If the county realigns the road as it plans, it would spend "$2 million for a road that 60 percent of the motorists wouldn't use," he said.

Town planners have suggested extending Third Avenue to Route 32 as a shorter and more environmentally sound route.

"We are looking for public input on this question," said Councilman Jonathan Herman.

"The Planning Commission thought extending Third Avenue to Route 32 would be a better route, but we are not stuck with our plan," he said.

Members will take public comment on the two proposed routes at the April 26 session.

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