Mayor selects Hale to chair committee on Taneytown youth center

Panel to report to Heine on needs within 6 months

May 11, 1999|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Sun Staff

In his first council meeting since being elected a week ago, Taneytown Mayor Henry C. Heine launched a committee last night to plan a pilot youth recreation center at the Roberts Mill Run Park clubhouse.

Darryl G. Hale, newly elected to the city council, will chair the youth center committee, which was instructed to report to Heine within six months about necessary equipment and staffing for the project.

"After that, we'll implement what they come up with," Heine said. "One of the things that came out in the campaign was the desire to have a youth center."

Heine said he doesn't expect equipment such as pingpong tables and other games to be especially expensive. He said he hopes volunteers will staff the center.

Last night, the council also appointed former Councilwoman Jacquelyn Boisvert to the seat left by Heine when he was elected mayor. Boisvert, who is on the city's Economic Development Council and the Zoning Board of Appeals, will finish the two years remaining in Heine's term.

Heine submitted to the council the names of Boisvert, Bobby Wales Sr., who missed being elected to the council May 3 by 31 votes, and Dennis Baumgardner, an independent consultant who once before was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the council.

Heine said Boisvert and Baumgardner approached him saying they were willing to fill out his term. Heine said he also talked to Wales and included his name.

The council selected Boisvert on a scoring system. Each council member ranked the three candidates.

All three new council members, the two elected and the one appointed, were sworn in at the meeting.

Earlier, the council held a public hearing on the city's $1.67 million budget for the 1999-2000 fiscal year. The budget requires no increase in the city's property tax rate of 78 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

Pub Date: 5/11/99

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