Council has 3 open seats

Two incumbents say they will not seek re-election

One candidate has filed


March 19, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Two of three incumbents with open seats on the Manchester Town Council say they will not seek re-election May 15.

Incumbents Brooks Rugemer, 38, and Joseph Jordan, 34, said they would not run for their seats again.

Incumbent Daniel Riley, 70, whose seat also is open, was noncommittal, saying he would wait and see.

With Manchester's municipal election less than two months away, one candidate has filed for three open seats on the five-member Town Council.

The mayor and two other council members are not up for election this year.

By the end of last week, Edward Dale Wilder Jr., 39, of Manchester's planning and zoning commission, had filed for election to the Town Council.

Mayor Christopher B. D'Amario outlined the election schedule at Tuesday night's council meeting. The filing deadline "is real soon," he said.

Candidates must file on or before April 2 with the town's Board of Election Supervisors by letter stating their legal name, or must be nominated at a special town meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 2.

Candidates must have lived in town for at least a year before the election and be registered to vote in town.

Voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 15 at Town Hall, 3208 York St.

Winners will take office at a meeting at 7:30 p.m. May 23.

Voters must be U.S. citizens, age 18 or older, and residents of the town for 30 days before the election.

Town residents may register through the county elections board in Westminster or at town offices, where they may choose to register to vote only in town elections.

The town's deadline for voter registration is 4:30 p.m. May 1. The county deadline is 5 p.m. April 16.

A council post will pay $1,200 a year, beginning in May. The mayor's salary will increase to $4,800 after the 2003 election.

Last year, the council voted to increase the salaries of the mayor and council members for the next elected officials.

The town of about 3,200 ranks sixth among the county's eight incorporated municipalities but had one of the lowest pay rates - $500 for council members and $1,200 for the mayor.

In other business Tuesday night, the council voted to repair winter-battered Wood Alley for $2,848 and to seek bids for similar repairs to Water Street.

Public Works Director Steven L. Miller also reported that the town's new skate park needs three days of good weather for a surface coating, and town staff is working on rules and identification cards.

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