* Biography: Age: 67; Graduate of Towson State Teachers College and Manchester High School; taught at Manchester Elementary School for 29 years; served on Bicentennial and Sesquicentennial committees; served on board of appeals and Planning and Zoning boards for 12 years; organized Historical Center; member of Northeast Tourist Bureau; help with entertainment for Manchester Day and Concerts in the Park; chairperson of the Tree Commission; worked with town recreational council for use of ball fields; member of Manchester Community Association; volunteer with Manchester Elementary science learning classroom; in charge of Manchester Elementary Spring Fishing Derby; lifetime member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.
* Question 1: I'm not really upset with the parking on Main Street. People who talk about traffic have not traveled extensively. We really don't have a problem compared to many other places. Two things come to mind: Many people are on the road when they need not be; and [people] need to change their lifestyles and consider car-pooling.
* Question 2: Yes, our employees should receive a pay in the "same ball field" as employees in other municipalities for a job equal in description, responsibilities, skills, etc. One's salary should not decrease as salary deductibles increase, such as health insurance, etc.
* Question 3: We should not have decreased our rate in the past years. Money would have been earmarked to avoid some of the present shocking expenses due to unavoidable requirements. Maybe increasing the tax rate in future years as the town grows. The [rising] assessable value of each home as we grow may take care of raising adequate funds.
* Question 4: Water -- finding new sources, providing adequate storage and more modern technological metering with monthly billing. We also need better communications with the public and much more resident involvement in the governmental processes.
* Biography: Age:31; married (Cheryl); two children; B.S. degree at Hahnemann University; employed as forensic chemist with state police crime laboratory and part time with Carroll County General Hospital laboratory; active member of the Manchester Ad Hoc Water and Sewer Committee.
* Question 1: The town should try to dedicate adequate parking for the residents and businesses along Main Street. Enforcement of any parking restrictions is important; however, consideration must be given to the residents. The town must also address the ADA (American Disabilities Act) requirements in the near future with parking spaces and ramps.
* Question 2: The employees should get an increase in order to make the salaries comparable with other surrounding municipalities. The town needs to develop a salary structure that would help keep the salaries from becoming disproportionately low again. Also, the benefits package needs some adjustment. The town must do everything possible to eliminate turnover of our employees.
* Question 3: The town must dedicate enough monies for required services, and do so with the lowest possible tax rate. To accomplish this, intelligent and timely business decisions must be made while continuing services and controlling growth.
* Question 4: Planning for the future is the town's biggest challenge. With the population expected to double within the next 10 years, a plan is needed now to ensure the town's services and resources are not negatively affected. A solid plan now will save the town money in the future.
Douglas E. Myers
* Biography: Age:36; B.S. in civil engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, graduate of North Carroll High School; formerly employed as Manchester water and wastewater superintendent for nine years; regional supervisor of water and wastewater for the state of Maryland, now employed with Frederick County Bureau of Water and Sewer as design engineer; member of Manchester United Methodist Church of Christ, Manchester Fire Company, Ad Hoc Water and Sewer Committee, and ASA Umpires Association.
* Question 1: Parking should be regulated so businesses can best utilize the parking for their patrons. Also, homeowners should have some type of privilege that would exempt them from the current regulations.
* Question 2: A study should be made to see if employees are currently being paid lower than employees in similar municipalities with the same duties. If they are, then an increase should be made if the budget can absorb this without a substantial increase to the tax rate.
* Question 3: Inevitably, the tax rate will increase with the cost of goods and materials increasing. But increases should be looked at very closely, since increasing assessments will generate more revenue even if the tax rate is held the same.