New Windsor has been overrun by progress. Once a sleepy farming town, it is now a hotbed of residential development. Like several other municipalities in Carroll County, New Windsor is bedeviled by the problems of an old town as well as those of a fast-growing suburb. Older sections need revitalization, while new subdivisions require additional sources of water and strain existing wastewater treatment capacity.
For many years, New Windsor's town government operated on inertia. The election of Mayor Jack A. Gullo, Jr. two years ago has energized the government. Activism has replaced complacency.
In Tuesday's election for three town council seats, New Windsor residents have the opportunity to maintain the momentum.
The adage "to get along, go along" used to characterize New Windsor civic affairs. The mayor and town council did little to ruffle the feathers of developers, the county commissioners or residents. In two years, Mr. Gullo's high-energy governance has shook up a number of groups -- from developers who were forced to adhere to town standards to residents who neglected to pay their water bills. But it has resulted in a more business-like handling of town operations.
Most of the time, New Windsor's council plays a supportive role to Mr. Gullo's lead. Some old members chafe because Mr. Gullo often outmaneuvers them on issues. Still, they don't openly oppose him because the town operates efficiently.
Two incumbents -- Ronnie Blacksten and Terry Petry -- are running for re-election. Both have worked diligently on the duties they have been assigned, which is important in a town where council members must do more than vote at meetings. Both men deserve to be re-elected.
Paul Garver, Edward Green and Kevin Null are also running for council seats. Mr. Garver helped establish the Neighborhood Watch and has been a devoted volunteer. Mr. Green shows up at town meetings to argue with officials. Mr. Null has served on the planning commission and recreation council. Mr. Garver could contribute the most to the council based on his past community work.
For town council in New Windsor, The Sun endorses Ronnie Blacksten, Paul Garver and Terry Petry.