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Sharpsburg councilwoman says she must resign

May 08, 2001

Sharpsburg councilwoman says she must resign



By JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Councilwoman Denise Troxell announced Monday night she will resign her council seat when her house is sold.

"It's with great apologies I am resigning," Troxell told the Mayor and Town Council at Monday night's regular monthly meeting.

Choking back tears, Troxell said she must sell her house for financial and health reasons.

Once her youngest son turned 18, she became ineligible to continue receiving railroad benefits that accounted for more than half of her income, she said. She had been receiving the benefits since her husband's death.

Troxell, 46, had a double lung transplant in May 1997. She characterized her health as fine, but said she still cannot work. She left teaching because of a heart problem that required the double lung transplant. She has been on permanent disability since 1991.

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It could be months before her 114 S. Mechanic St. house is sold, Troxell said.

"I really don't want to resign until I sign the papers, but if you want me to, I will," Troxell told her colleagues.

Once Troxell's house is sold and her resignation becomes official, the Town Council will appoint someone to serve the remainder of her four-year term, Mayor Sid Gale said. Troxell's term ends in January 2003.

Troxell was appointed to the council in January 1997 and was elected to the council in November 1998.

"Thank you to the people and I apologize, apologize deeply for this happening. I should have planned better," Troxell said after the meeting.

She thanked people for their prayers and phone calls while she had been in the hospital following her transplant.

Of the council's accomplishments during her tenure, Troxell said she was most proud of the changes it prompted in Maryland State Highway Administration policy.

When the town went through the state's Main Street renovation project in 1997, there were several problems, including miscommunication. The Town Council had to fight for control of the renovations and to keep certain trees along Main Street, Troxell said.

The town's experience prompted changes that Troxell believes benefited the towns that followed Sharpsburg in the Main Street renovation project.

While Troxell has to sell her home, she will remain in southern Washington County.

She said she will move in with her father, Bob Rollins, and her grandmother, 96-year-old Irene Rollins, who live near Boonsboro.

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