Activist Nichols is sworn in as Sykesville council member She was chosen for post from among 6 candidates

September 15, 1998|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

The newest member of the Sykesville Town Council calls herself a community activist who is eager to vote on issues.

Jeanette Nichols, 41, was appointed and sworn in last night. She immediately accepted her first assignment: finding a safe place for the growing number of skateboard enthusiasts.

Nichols replaced Daryl Doxzen, who resigned in July.

A stay-at-home mother of four who has lived in town for three years, Nichols made an unsuccessful run for the council last year. She lost to Doxzen by about a dozen votes in a town race with one of the lowest turnouts.

"It is fun to live here and be part of this town," she said. "Those who don't get involved are missing so much."

Six residents applied for the job, much to the surprise and delight of Mayor Jonathan S. Herman, who interviewed them all.

"We had incredibly qualified people, who were absolutely enthusiastic about the job," Herman said. "I used to have to beg for people. But, now everybody seems to like what we are doing and wants to be part of it. Any one of these people would be a good council member."

He chose Nichols, who "has shown a lot of initiative and volunteerism," he said.

A volunteer on the town Park and Recreation Committee and an organizer in the effort to build a town swimming pool, Nichols is no stranger to the Town House and frequently attends council sessions.

"I would like to actually be able to vote on the issues instead of just listening from the audience," Nichols said. "I like being involved. What is going on in Sykesville is so interesting and there is so much going on."

Herman asked several of the unsuccessful applicants to serve on other town committees.

The mayor also appointed a four-member Economic Development Committee to oversee the downtown revitalization project and to assist with developing newly annexed industrial land. From among seven applicants, the mayor chose Louie Shaw, Russell Vreeland, Richard Doxzen and Timothy Storch.

"Each of the seven candidates was outstanding," Herman said. "They were really up on economic issues and knew all the players."

Pub Date: 9/15/98

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