Council expected to fill vacancy 3 contenders to fill Hyatt's term support slow-growth policies

November 13, 1995|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF

Hampstead's Town Council is expected to welcome a new member tomorrow as it considers resumes of three residents to fill the term of Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt, who resigned last month. It doesn't appear, however, thenburg, Seth Shipley and Haven N. Shoemaker Jr. -- are in their late 20s or early 30s, live in one of the newer Hampstead developments and support the slow-growth policies pursued by council members who took office in the spring.

Even after Mayor Christopher M. Nevin said he would welcome diversity on the council, these are the only three who have applied.

In the current council, three members live in the Roberts Field community, and one member and the mayor live in North Carroll Farms, two of Hampstead's newer developments. The council has five members.

"We did have one woman step forward for the [Board of Zoning Appeals]," said Mayor Nevin, who said he's very happy with those who volunteered. "I think we've got three good candidates. I'm pleased that these people felt an interest and want to be involved in the town."

Mrs. Hyatt, who had been on the council since her appointment in 1991, resigned last month for personal reasons. At the time, Mrs. Hyatt said serving on the council was no longer enjoyable and the stress had become a burden for her and her family.

"I never wanted to be the Lone Ranger," said Mrs. Hyatt, the sole voice of the old guard after the last election brought a slate of slow-growth advocates. "I'd much rather be Tonto."

In her four years with the council, Mrs. Hyatt had worked with recreation and landscape issues, such as heading the Hampstead Tree Commission and running the town pool.

Two of the three potential council members -- Mr. Bredenburg and Mr. Shipley -- spent much of their youth in the Hampstead area. Mr. Bredenburg, 26, is a North Carroll High School graduate who grew up in the Finksburg area. He works as a branch manager for Loyola Federal Savings Bank in Baltimore.

"Hampstead was the closest thing to [my hometown]," said Mr. Bredenburg, who moved to the Shiloh Run development in April 1994 with his wife, Susan. "I want to look out for the things that will ensure that Hampstead remains a nice community."

Mr. Shipley, 31, moved to the Hampstead area in 1965 with his family. The owner of the Jeweler's Bench on Main Street, Mr. Shipley lived for several years in the downtown Hampstead area before moving to Roberts Field with his wife, Carol, a year ago.

"I've been around Hampstead for quite a long time," said Mr. Shipley, who added that he sought the council seat so the town's small businesses would be represented.

"There are 300-some businesses in Hampstead," he said. "That's a lot for a small town. I want to make sure the interests of business people are not being overlooked."

Mr. Shoemaker, the third potential councilman, ran unsuccessfully for a council seat last spring. The 30-year-old Westminster attorney has lived in Roberts Field with his wife, Patricia, and 5-year-old son for about a year and a half.

"I'm interested in public service, and I can't think of a better way of serving the public," Mr. Shoemaker said.

All three candidates said they supported the current council's slow-growth policies. They noted that growth is important to the community, but officials need to ensure that services are in place to support new residents.

"It's like when you are going on vacation," Mr. Shipley said. "If you don't plan it properly before you go, you usually have an awful vacation. But if you plan it well, you have a good time.

"I'm excited about growth under the proper conditions and trying to make Hampstead a place people want to come and be a part of."

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