Sykesville officials revive annual municipal retreat

January 26, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Sykesville is reviving its annual retreat for municipal officials Saturday.

"The retreats were always helpful to us in the past," said Councilman Jonathan Herman.

Once an annual tradition, the retreat has not been scheduled for several years. Mayor Kenneth W. Clark said he decided the time had come to review the past and plan the future in an informal atmosphere.

The retreat, which is open to the public, will take place in the Cox Room at Fairhaven Retirement Center, 7200 Third Ave.

"We are making an attempt at an informal gathering," said Mr. Clark. "We will debate and discuss ideas, but will take no formal action."

Mr. Clark told the council members to bring their ideas to the session, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"No idea is irrelevant," said Mr. Clark at the council meeting Monday. "Any subject you want to discuss is acceptable. Let us know and we will add it to the agenda."

For the retreat, Town Manager James L. Schumacher has prepared a display map that identifies all new and proposed developments in the town.

"We have 468 approved lots, which are either in the concept or building stage," said Mr. Schumacher. "If you multiply that by three people per household, you will have an idea of how the town is growing."

Mr. Clark said he hoped that the retreat would provide Mr. Schumacher, the police and public works departments "with a gauge for what is important."

"We will be brainstorming about where we want the town to be in five years," said the mayor. "We need to prioritize what we want Jim [Schumacher] to work on."

The council may also tour Copper Ridge, an assisted-living facility.

Information: 795-8959.

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