Council race attracts 2 newcomers NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

April 19, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Union Bridge residents will choose from two incumbents and two vocal newcomers during the May 11 election for three Town Council members.

Council members Bonnie M. Hyde and Selby Black are seeking re-election. Toni Eder, editor of the town's newsletter, and Vicki Greenwood, chairwoman of the Town Hall Funding Committee, are entering politics for the first time.

"It's something I want to do at this point," said Ms. Eder, 34, a homemaker who has been heavily involved in town activities since moving to Union Bridge five years ago.

"I am as involved as I can get on the citizen level, so I think the logical step is to become a council member so I can get input from the citizens and serve the community," she said.

Ms. Eder was one of three candidates being considered to replace Councilman Jeff Six, who moved several months ago. (Donald Wilson, who works at Lehigh Portland Cement, was chosen to replace Mr. Six.)

Ms. Eder was a town representative to the county's recycling committee in 1990 and is a member of the recycling committee in town.

She is also a member of the Town Hall Funding Committee, the Heritage Committee and the Street Naming Committee, which provides names for roads in new developments.

"I find that there are a lot of new people moving into the area, and I want to get them involved," Ms. Eder said. "It is a really great community. There are more people pulling together to make it better, and I would like to see it stay that way as progress goes on in town."

Ms. Eder has two children, Kevin, 5, and Amanda, 2. Her husband, Dave, is a graphic art salesman.

Ms. Greenwood, 29, is a native of Union Bridge. She said that, like Ms. Eder, she has been as active in town affairs as is possible for a resident. She wants to see Union Bridge "grow and give some input" about how it should progress.

"I have enjoyed working with the people, and now I'd like to work for the people," said Ms. Greenwood. "I realize it is going to take a lot of time, but I believe I have the time to give."

Ms. Greenwood said she expects the issue of law enforcement to figure prominently in future council discussions.

"With the increase in growth in town, I'd think we'd need to do something for police protection more than we have now," she said. The town shares Maryland State Trooper Phil Henry with New Windsor. "I think we need to look more into getting a local force or a full-timer."

Ms. Greenwood is a food service supervisor for Carroll County General Hospital. She also works on the Town Hall Building and Funding committees.

She has helped organize several breakfast fund-raisers and has been actively involved in making decisions concerning the town's new municipal offices.

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