Clear Spring mayor, councilmen re-elected

November 01, 1999

CLEAR SPRING, Md. - When the polls closed Monday night, Clear Spring incumbent Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. and Councilmen Mason Mundey and Gary Grove were returned to office.

Thirty-eight town residents voted in the election, a decrease of 6 from a year ago when Vice Mayor Julie Albowicz and Councilman Bill Albowicz were running, also unopposed.

"We have a good council and I'm proud to be a part of it," Mundey said.

Mundey, 64, owns and operates Clear Spring Hardware.

Hose received 38 votes, Mundey received 38 votes and Grove received 37.

There was one write-in vote for former council member Stewart Brennan.

Polls were open from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall.

Grove, who wasn't available for comment after the votes were tallied, said last week that if re-elected he planned to see the street project through. The State Highway Administration is doing road work which is being coordinated with new sidewalks, tree plantings and other beautification projects on U.S. 40 through the downtown.


Active in youth/sports programs, Grove said he would like to see a few more ballfields at the park, noting there is ground that is not being used.

Grove, 51, is a correctional officer at the Roxbury Correctional Institution.

"I'm happy to serve the town as its mayor for two more years," Hose said Monday night when reached at Mack Trucks, where he works.

Mayor from 1984 to 1989, Hose was re-elected in 1992 and has been mayor ever since.

Protection of the town's water supply headed up Hose's list as he approached the election. Now returned for another two years, Hose said he plans to push for a protected water supply, something the town doesn't have now.

Town-owned land on Fairview Mountain, which encompasses the watershed that feeds the reservoir through springs and wells, would be a perfect site for a water tower containing an adequate supply of treated water, Hose said.

Currently, the water is treated and piped into the town's water system, but there is no storage system.

Hose, 52, said he, too, is eager for the street renovations to be completed.

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