FUNKSTOWN - Longtime Funkstown Mayor Robert L. Kline isn't shy about sharing his opinions.
When he wanted to stop plans for a new Wal-Mart Supercenter near his hometown last year, Kline called Wal-Mart headquarters in Arkansas to share a piece of his mind with the "big dogs," he said.
"When I get something going, I go to the top," said Kline, 72. "I'd do that again real quick."
When he wanted new streets and sidewalks for Funkstown, he called officials at the State Highway Administration.
"I need new streets," Kline said he told a department head, banging his fist on the table for emphasis.
He exercises his voice at regular meetings between municipal officials and the Maryland State Police, Kline said, advocating more police presence in Funkstown and surrounding areas.
"I tell it like it is," he said.
Kline spearheaded the effort to bring new water and sewer lines to Funkstown more than a decade ago, strives to keep taxes low and plans to go to bat for his residents again by pushing for a bypass to curtail the ever-increasing flow of traffic through Funkstown, he said.