Five vie for New Windsor council seats

Juvenile crime, wastewater treatment seen as key issues

April 29, 2007|By Laura McCandlish | Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter

Five candidates, including two incumbents, are vying for three New Windsor Town Council seats up for grabs in the May 8 election.

Incumbents Kevin Null and Steve Farkas are seeking re-election, but Councilwoman Charlotte Hollenbeck is stepping down.

Town officials said candidates for the council seats were slow to file.

The other three candidates include telecommunications technician F. Tracey Alban II, career firefighter Byron Welker and disc jockey and video production company owner Ed Smith.

The costs associated with upgrading New Windsor's wastewater treatment plant, juvenile crime and the need for a New Windsor/Union Bridge area library are issues that concern the candidates.

Null, 51, vice president for corporate security at Chevy Chase Bank in Laurel, has experience on the New Windsor Planning Commission and now serves as the council's planning liaison.

Null said he hopes the town will build a modular wastewater plant that can be expanded as the town grows, "so we will make better use of our funds," he said. The aging water and sewer infrastructure must be maintained and replaced when necessary, he said.

Farkas, 43, a systems engineer for General Electric, said New Windsor needs an adequate public facilities ordinance, as enacted in other towns, to force developers to pay for some upgrades to the water system.

To reduce thefts and juvenile crime, Farkas said he would increase the patrol hours of the Carroll County Sheriff's deputy assigned to New Windsor.

Alban, a longtime New Windsor resident, said, "It's time for a change here in town." Alban said he would modernize the town's "antiquated" method for sending out water and sewer bills.

Smith, 42, has lived in New Windsor for six years and has said he would improve the quality of life in the town. Town services such as snow and bulk trash removal could be made more efficient, he said.

The gap between New Windsor's growing elderly and youth populations needs to be bridged, Smith said, adding that a library could help accomplish that goal.

A Baltimore County firefighter and assistant fire chief with the New Windsor volunteer department, Welker said he has a better grasp of the issues than when he ran for council a decade ago.

Welker, 40, said he would work to reduce truck traffic from Lehigh Cement Co.'s quarry and make town spending less wasteful.

He hopes to maintain New Windsor's low property tax rate, but also said a slight increase wouldn't be that significant, because the rate hasn't been raised in years.

Welker said he also favors more recreational opportunities for youth.

A candidates forum will be held at the New Windsor Fire Hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

laura.mccandlish@baltsun.com

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