New Windsor rejoins fight for county library branch

April 07, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

The New Windsor Town Council asked residents last night to support its renewed efforts to convince the Carroll County Commissioners to place a library in town.

Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. garnered support from town residents by reading a letter from Union Bridge Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. regarding the library, which has been put on hold until funds become available for the project.

The letter implied that Mr. Jones and David Roush, the plant manager at Lehigh Portland Cement, were working to get the commissioners to put a modular library in Union Bridge on land donated by the cement company.

"Mr. Dave Roush and I feel we have the best possible location," Mr. Jones wrote. "Lehigh Cement Company has two different sites that are in the town limits and have access to town water and sewer facilities."

Mr. Jones said that each site could be purchased from the cement company for $1.

"Basically, I thought the library issue was dead . . . and we as the mayor and council don't want to beat a dead horse," Mayor Gullo told about 40 residents who attended last night's council meeting.

"But they [Mayor Jones and Mr. Roush] have decided that they want to work with the county and do some posturing to have the library placed there, if and when the money becomes available."

Mr. Gullo and the council urged the residents to voice their feelings to county officials.

"Remember, it's an election year," Mr. Gullo said.

Several residents agreed to fight for a library in New Windsor.

"I have spoken with several senior citizens and students from the [New Windsor] middle school and from [Francis Scott Key High School] and all said they would like to see a library here," said Rachel Taggart. "I think as a community we should be concerned with reading and being informed, and I'd like to see it here."

Sharon Schuster, the new president of the New Windsor Heritage Committee, said her group would support the council in its bid for a library.

Also last night, the council appointed William Eicholtz as the town's zoning administrator and Kevin Null as a new planning commission member.

Mr. Eicholtz replaces Richard M. Warehime, who was asked to vacate the position earlier this year.

Mr. Null will replace Granville Grabill, who resigned two months ago.

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