Grimes ending 20-year career on New Windsor Town Council

March 26, 1995|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

D. Kenneth Grimes, for 20 years a member of the New Windsor Town Council, will not seek a sixth term.

"I have served a good many years and now it's time for me to get out," Mr. Grimes said. "After 20 years, I am letting someone else have my place."

For many of those two decades, the 80-year-old councilman, often called "Pappy," has served as chairman of the municipal Public Works Department. He has been responsible for clearing the snow from town streets and maintaining town properties.

"I know, I mow, I mow," he said once at a meeting, when the council was reviewing its duties and residents complained of tall grass.

"I caught a lot of slack, but I have enjoyed the job," he said. "I tried to please everyone, but you just can't please everybody.

"The town is really going to grow now and things will be getting a lot busier," Mr. Grimes said. "I hate to leave the council because people have been so nice."

The town plans a reception to honor Mr. Grimes at 2 p.m. April 30 in the Fire Hall.

Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. called Mr. Grimes "a town father, who shaped and helped the town and has been there no matter what the task."

The mayor said he hoped Mr. Grimes would offer guidance and assistance whenever it is needed.

"The town has certainly benefited from Councilman Grimes' 20 years of service," Mr. Gullo said.

Mr. Grimes, who is retired after owning the Ken-Mar restaurant for 20 years, said he still is willing to work for the town, which has been his home nearly all his life.

VTC "I am not getting into my rocking chair yet," he said. "I am going to stick with the mayor and do odds and ends."

Town residents will select three council members in the May 9 election.

"So far, nobody has applied," said Raymond Strine, town board of elections supervisor. Prospective candidates have until 6 p.m. April 10 to file.

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