Ballot for Manchester elections set

April 16, 1995|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer

The ballot in Manchester's town elections May 16 will list names that are familiar to voters and familial to each other.

By the deadline, the two candidates who filed for mayor are second cousins: John A. Riley and Elmer C. Lippy.

"My grandfather and his grandfather were brothers," Mr. Riley said. His mother was a Lippy.

And both candidates are related to the current mayor, Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr., who is not running again, and Councilwoman Kathryn L. Riley, whose seat is not up for election this year.

Mr. Warehime said he decided against seeking re-election because his job at Colonial Pipeline may require more of his time.

Three men are running for the two open council seats. Christopher B. D'Amario, and James J. Singer are seeking to retain their seats. Each was appointed by fellow council members to fill a vacancy during the past two years.

The third candidate is A. Geoffrey Rice, who is running for his first elected office. He is a member of the town's water and sewer committee.

Mr. Riley, 66, and Mr. Lippy, 74, have a history of public service in North Carroll. Mr. Riley was a Manchester councilman and longtime Hampstead town manager before retiring last month. Mr. Lippy was a Manchester mayor and councilman, and was a Carroll County commissioner until losing his bid for re-election last year.

"I think Manchester's been without a leader for a while, and I think I have enough background in municipal government to be that leader," Mr. Riley said. "Of course, there's a certain concern about the water. They recently had a water study done at my insistence. Those issues have to be addressed."

About half the town's water supply comes from springs, which are more susceptible to surface contamination than ground water is. Federal regulations require the town either to filter the spring water or replace it with more wells.

Mr. Riley was employed as Manchester town manager for seven years in the 1970s and was an elected councilman there until 1993, when the attorney general determined that state law didn't allow him to hold two paid public positions. He gave up the council seat.

Mr. Lippy, who retired from Lever Bros. in 1985, said he wants another chance at the mayor's job. He said his "dedication and energy produced solid accomplishments" for the town.

He was a town councilman from 1983 to 1987, when he was elected mayor. He held the office until he was elected a Carroll commissioner in 1990. He left that post in 1994.

Mr. D'Amario said he is seeking to win back his seat because of increased harmony among the council members over the last few months.

"Things are going along pretty smoothly between the council members," he said. "We're really starting to make some forward progress and positive moves, especially in the area of water and sewer. We're starting to look for new sources of water."

Mr. D'Amario has been chairman of the town's water and sewer committee since 1994. In December 1993 he was appointed to the council seat Mr. Riley vacated.

"I'd like to see through especially some more water acquisition. We've started doing studies. We're on borrowed time. We can't meet our peak demand," Mr. D'Amario said.

"We're also looking at some growth, and I want to make sure the growth doesn't impact the community in a negative manner," Mr. D'Amario said.

Mr. D'Amario, 33, is a forensic chemist for the Maryland State Police laboratory in Pikesville.

Mr. Singer, a retired machinist, joined the council in May to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Robert C. Kolodziejski.

He said he decided to run for the seat with encouragement from fellow council members and residents.

"Trying to get the most mileage out of a tax dollar" is Mr. Singer's main concern as a council member, he said. "I'm very much concerned about water resources in the town and unnecessary expenditures that sometimes get approved. I don't want to elaborate on that at this time, but if there's a forum at some point, I might."

Mr. Rice, 30, is a traffic engineer for Baltimore County. He has attended Manchester town meetings regularly as a committee member and interested resident. He said he is particularly interested in water issues.

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