Council candidates address issues of traffic congestion, train station preservation ELECTION '93: HAMPSTEAD

May 09, 1993

A voters' guide in Sunday's Carroll County edition listed the wrong date for the Hampstead election. The election is tuesday (5/11/93). The Sun regrets the errors.

David B. Hopkins

* Biography: Age: 39; A.A. from Catonsville Community College 1991; Associated Builders and Contractors (1986); Trade Service's Electrical Estimating (1985); graduate of South Carroll High School (1974); has been employed as construction electrician, general carpenter, and professional driver, worked with County Department of Aging SHICAP 1991.

* Question 1: It is a state highway and cannot be solved by the town alone. Without Maryland funds to build a bypass, its a condition we will have to live with but until then Maryland could adjust the traffic lights and speed limits while limiting parking, inconveniencing both merchants and residents.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

* Question 2: All efforts should be considered. Hampstead has a relevancy with the railway that winds through our town and uses the station as the town's insignia. Funding for this preservation project could adversely affect the town's coffer unless the railway donated it and citizens were committed to its restoration.

* Question 3: Even though business development would increase town revenues, I think it would not be wise to encourage new business growth until the traffic problems are resolved.

* Question 4: Traffic congestion problems through town seem to have a cascading effect on Hampstead's growth. It stifles business development, puts burdens on existing merchants, strains town residents and services to keep the neighborhood streets safe from being used as thoroughfares. I'd encourage Maryland for a bypass, explaining its increased revenue potential.

Jacqueline Hyatt

* Biography: Age: 63; PTA president; started Hampstead Business Association and served as president for two terms; directed beautification of War Memorial Park; chaired Foster Care Review Board for eight years; formed North East Tourist Bureau; helped involve town in Tree City USA pro

gram; helped build two town playgrounds; helped bring farmers market into the area; formed study group for preservation of the train station; free-lance writer for Carroll County Times; owned own business for 17 years.

* Question 1: The town can only provide band aid solutions to the traffic problem. A study that is being done for the town hopefully will show the way to ease and help the flow of traffic.

* Question 2: The town has formed a committee to find out if the station can be preserved. The station represents a part of the town's history and is even represented on the town's logo.

* Question 3: The town has always encouraged business development by providing adequate services.

* Question 4: I feel traffic has become a major problem. You not only have trouble driving, but a pedestrian can hardly cross the street. We must push for a bypass. We have waited too many years for one.

Greg Jugo

* Biography: Age: 37; A.A. from Essex Community College; B.A. from Loyola College; married to Concetta; two children (Julie and Suzanne); presently manage Roy Rogers Restaurant in downtown Baltimore (14 year managerial experience); member of Spring Garden PTA, North Carroll Recreation Council (soccer coach); involved with Muscular Dystrophy Association and Baltimore City Special Olympics.

* Question 1: Costly expenditures to build alternative routes to relieve congestion may or may not be the answer. A "bypass" could be the answer, however funding, state or federal, may be unavailable. Solutions such as strategic placement of traffic lights, synchronization of existing traffic lights and identifying two-lane traffic during peak hour usage may be alternative solutions.

* Question 2: Every effort to maintain tradition should be taken in preserving the Hampstead train station. An abundance of tradition occupiesthis historical landmark and we as a town need to decide how to maintain and upgrade this landmark.

* Question 3: I think the town needs to "manage" growth and development to minimize any possibility of "NPS," non-point source pollution in the future. Any further business development should include plans to finance any damages which would be sustained in our land. We need to maintain a quality of living and keep our town whole and sound.

* Question 4: The main issue facing Hampstead is growth. We're going to need some growth but we need to keep our community whole. Growth will bring added revenues which if managed effectively will result in upgraded resident services; additional revenue toward emergency services such as the police and fire departments would be a priority in management of revenues.

Russell S. Laderer

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