Jones elected to second term in Union Bridge

May 11, 1995|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

Union Bridge residents elected incumbent Mayor Perry Jones Jr. to a second term Tuesday, giving him 69 percent of the vote. Mr. Jones won with 181 votes, while challenger Roger Holmes received 80 votes.

"I think it turned out pretty good," Mr. Jones said of the election. "All we have to do now is get to work."

Mr. Jones, 43, operates Tuck's Chevron station and repair shop with his brother Archer.

He was elected mayor in 1991 after 11 years on the council.

Mr. Jones said he anticipates the development of the 171-acre Phillips property will be one of the major issues in his second term. The land is owned by G. Jackson Phillips, a Towson dentist.

The development of the property north of town could bring more than 400 single-family homes and townhouses to Union Bridge. "I feel that within the next couple of months we'll have a concept plan from Dr. Phillips," Mr. Jones said. "That will be a very big issue for the town."

Dr. Phillips presented a concept plan for the development in 1993, but the town rejected it because the design called for more units than town officials considered manageable.

"When we go back to the drawing board I think it will create a lot of concern for the town," Mr. Jones said.

During his first term as mayor, Mr. Jones oversaw the construction of the Town Hall and successfully led an effort to secure a $200,000 state grant to update the town's water system.

Other results from the election include the re-election of Bret Grossnickle and Donald Wilson to the Town Council. Both ran unopposed.

Fifty-eight percent of Union Bridge's 448 registered voters turned out to vote.

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