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Five vie for Clear Spring seats in Nov. 3 election

October 20, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

As the Clear Spring town election nears, the three incumbents running to hold their seats say they want to see current projects now on paper become reality in the town they serve.

The two new candidates have some ideas of their own to add to the mix if they are elected.

Current council members Mason Mundey and Gary Grove see the completion of the long-awaited water tower/water filtration system as a key factor to their decisions.

"We've been working with that project for more than 18 months now," Mundey said. "It would be hard to bring somebody new into that."

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Due to problems with the quality of the water coming from the town's wells, the state mandated a water filtration system be installed to correct the shortcomings. A water tower that would be able to store a large supply of treated water will be built as part of that project.

Mundey, 68, is semi-retired, although he puts in a lot of hours at the Clear Spring Hardware Store, which he used to own.

The town's street commissioner, Mundey said all the street renovations and overlays in town are nearly completed.

Grove, 55, a correctional officer with the Maryland Division of Correction, said he is committed to completing the water filtration project, as well as replacing water lines where needed.

"I want to continue keeping services high and the price down," Grove said.

Incumbent Mayor Paul Hose Jr. has been in that office since 1984, except for a two-year period in the early 1990s.

Hose, 56, is employed by Mack Trucks. He said he, too, is committed to completing the water system rehab work while continuing his long record of service to the town.

While only Hose filed for the mayoral position, write-in votes for all open positions are allowed in the Nov. 3 election.

Council challengers include Samuel H. Chapman III, who would like to see some general improvements to the way of life in Clear Spring.

"We need to get some trash cleaned up in town," Chapman said. "And that includes a lot of cars sitting around with no tags."

Chapman, 41, is employed as a plumber by Fridinger-Ritchie Co.

The other newcomer on the ballot is Timothy Bonds, 35, a correctional officer with the Maryland Division of Correction.

"I want to explore ways to cut down on the speed of vehicles coming through town," Bonds said. Living on the main street, Bonds said it is difficult sometimes to open the driver's-side doors because cars are going by so fast.

"I would also like to see the town get a swimming pool so the kids will have something to do instead of being bored and just walking the streets in the summer," Bonds said.

Lastly, he wants the town to look into contracting with a cellular telephone company to put a tower on top of the water tower slated to be built at the town's reservoir property.

"That could be a real moneymaker for the town," Bonds said.

Candidates must have resided in the town for at least two years immediately preceding the election and must be qualified voters of the town, according to the town charter.

Last fall, Chapman threw his hat into the ring for a council seat but was ruled ineligible because of the two-year requirement.

"There is no problem with that this time," he said.

Councilman Terry Baker and Vice Mayor Julie Albowicz are in the middle of their two-year terms and are not running this year.

To vote in the Clear Spring election, voters must be able to prove they live within the town limits.

The mayor and council members must maintain a permanent residence in the town during their two-year terms.

The town election will be Nov. 3 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Clear Spring Town Hall. Absentee ballots must be returned to Town Hall by election day, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.

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