White resigning council seat

May 05, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

Councilman Walter R. White will resign from the Sykesville Town Council at its meeting Monday.

"I do this absolutely with regret," Mr. White, a first-term councilman, said yesterday. "I need time to get my business going. The business is just taking too much time, and I can't split my time between the town and business any longer."

Mr. White, 51, formerly employed in the defense industry, purchased American Parts Distributors in January. He has been working six days and several evenings a week at the Randallstown store, which stocks parts for major household appliances.

Mr. White, a Sykesville resident for nine years, said he became interested in local politics by attending council meetings as an observer. He won his seat in 1991.

"I ran because I felt citizens were not represented as well as they should have been," he said. "The council should listen to what people say and act on what is brought before it.

"If it is feasible and doable, residents deserve to have their representatives look into it."

Mr. White called the current council "very receptive" to residents' concerns. He said the panel's "packed" meetings are evidence of people's interest in their town government.

"A few years ago, nobody came to the meetings except me and the news reporters," he said. "Now, crowds usually show up."

Mayor Kenneth W. Clark said he would "like to move on a replacement as fast as possible."

Council members would vote on nominees. The new member would serve out the year remaining in Mr. White's term and could seek election in May 1995.

Anyone interested in the post should contact the mayor, a council member or send a resume to the Town House. An applicant must be a registered voter in Sykesville and must have been a town resident for at least six months.

"We need a person with the willingness to roll up the sleeves and do something to help out the town," Mr. Clark said.

Mr. White added one other suggestion: "Listen to the people. The people pay the bills and are affected by any laws the council passes. The council must represent them, and listen and act on what the people say."

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