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Funkstown council vacancy on agenda for special meeting

May 14, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE
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FUNKSTOWN -- For the first time in 28 years, Funkstown has a new mayor, Paul N. Crampton Jr.

And the man he unseated in the May 3 election, former Mayor Robert L. Kline, is in the running to fill a vacancy on the Town Council.

Crampton, who had been assistant mayor, was sworn in as mayor May 10. That same night, Town Councilwoman Sharon Chirgott was sworn in as assistant mayor, leaving a vacancy on the council.

Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said there were three candidates for the council vacancy: Kline, Barry Warrenfeltz and Robert "Bobby" Rodgers Jr.

The matter is on the agenda of a May 25 special meeting of the mayor and council. The meeting at Town Hall will begin at 7 p.m. and will include discussion about the upcoming budget and the property tax rate.

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After losing the mayoral election last week, Kline said he doubted he would run for public office again and he would not seek an appointment to Town Council.

Asked in a phone conversation Monday night why he threw his hat in the ring for the council vacancy, Kline said Crampton asked him if he wanted to be assistant mayor.

Crampton said he asked Kline because Kline expressed an interest to Haynes about helping as assistant mayor or as a council member. Crampton said he told Kline that information would be relayed to the Town Council.

Asked if he wanted to fill the vacancy on the council, Kline answered several ways. He said, "I'm done," "They're going to pick who they want" and "We're going to see."

Asked if he was or wasn't interested in the seat, Kline said, "No comment. That's it."

Kline, 80, is a retired teacher who became mayor in 1982 as a write-in candidate. He served on the town council for two years before he was mayor. He served on the Washington County Board of Education from 1994 to 1998.

During the May 3 mayoral election, Kline received 51 votes compared to 86 votes for Crampton.

The other candidates whom the council will consider for the appointment are Rodgers, who served on the council from 2000 to 2008, and Warrenfeltz, who ran unsuccessfully for a council seat in 2008.

Rodgers said Monday that he didn't run for re-election in 2008 because he was ready for a change after eight years. He didn't run in the May 3 election because he thought he was going to move into his late father's home outside of town, but he has decided not to move.

Rodgers, 49, of 36 W. Cemetery St., said he's interested in the seat now because he'd like to serve with the new mayor, Crampton.

"It's a new era for Funkstown mayor and council," Rodgers said.

He said he expects things to change under Crampton's leadership.

Rodgers is a repair technician for Frederick County (Md.) Division of Fire and Rescue Services.

Warrenfeltz, 56, of 16 E. Chestnut St., said he is a member of the town's Zoning Appeals Board and a member of the church council at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. He is a retired Air Force master sergeant and is president of the family business, Warrenfeltz Refrigeration.

Warrenfeltz said Monday he is interested in the vacant council seat because of "civic duty."

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