Havre de Grace endorsements

April 28, 1993

After pushing the municipality to borrow $800,000 to build a exceptionally ugly new city hall that was designed by his son-in-law, Mayor Gunther D. Hirsch is unopposed for a third term in Havre de Grace.

That says much about civic satisfaction and the lack of political excitement as that city approaches Tuesday's election to fill three council seats.

The three incumbents stand on their records. The two first-time challengers have no great quarrel with the mayor or the current council either, mainly promising "new blood" and an undefined new perspective on issues.

Few citizens have prodded the hopefuls with questions about their stands on controversies. Certainly, there have been differences of opinion over the downtown business revival plan, family day care in residential communities, enforcement of building codes, year-end bonuses for municipal employees and the use of the old City Hall, but they haven't been drawn out in the campaign.

None of the candidates foresees a tax rate increase, and all favor expansion of public services to new areas, larger sewage treatment facilities, managed growth and more tourism promotion.

The incumbents are: six-term councilman John P. Correri Jr., an insurance account representative; Rene A. Lambert, a retired manager-engineer at Aberdeen Proving Ground finishing his first term; and James C. Vancherie Jr., a two-term member with a variety of family business interests.

The newcomers are: Charles A. Maslin, who runs a sound-engineering firm and a comedy club, and Henry J. Schreiber, a former New York policeman who manages a credit card processing center.

Mr. Maslin offers some new ideas and challenges to the council. He wants to eliminate inequitable water rates for businesses and to tax the rental properties owned by non-profit groups.

Mr. Correri and Mr. Lambert offer technical and business perspectives, as well as extensive civic experience, to merit re-election. Mr. Vancherie has dismissed the downtown revival initiative and the state-required comprehensive plan for guiding and coordinating city policies, positions with which we strongly disagree. Mr. Schreiber is new to the area, but can be expected to develop more specific positions on municipal issues in the future.

In Tuesday's election, The Evening Sun recommends John Correri, Rene Lambert and Charles Maslin for two-year terms on the Havre de Grace City Council.

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