On Sunday, the town of Myersville had the first debate for the upcoming town elections. Mayor Wayne S. Creadick Jr. and councilmen Mark Hinkle and Mark Etheridge displayed a thorough and marvelous grasp and understanding of the issues that face the town, which can only come from the experience and education of long-standing, active members of the Myersville Town Council. They reaffirmed and defended the tremendous improvements to the infrastructure, roads and parks of Myersville that the present Town Council has advanced, and which was done so in a fiscally conservative and responsible manner.
Each of the incumbents, Creadick, Hinkle and Etheridge, spoke at length about the accomplishments for the town in the past four years under these men’s leadership, which include:
- A complete replacement of a badly decaying main street, including waterlines and sidewalks.
- Saved money and increased efficiency by significantly reducing infiltration of the town’s water supply.
- Secured over $1 million in Program Open Space funds to purchase land vital to the protection of the town’s wells and fresh water, at no cost to the taxpayers.
- Fought for and won approval from the county for a library to be built in town.
- Upgraded public safety by hiring a deputy on a full-time basis.
- Increased park and recreation space with POS funds, again at no expense to the taxpayers
- Increased funding for roads and repairs using the capital improvements program, accelerating the repairs and saving taxpayer money.
- Implemented a GIS mapping system, which accurately tracks the town’s utility infrastructure, including water lines, valves, manholes and other key elements of the system.
- Acquired over $400,000 in unencumbered state highway funds to refurbish Md. 17 and provide safe sidewalks for citizens.
- Attained sustainable community status for Myersville (one of a very few awarded to Maryland towns), which enables the town to partner with private investors to renovate and revitalize the apartments and commercial addressed on Main Street and Md. 17.
During the debate, each incumbent candidate was able to rebut the misinformation and rancor that some of the challengers have been circulating. The mayor was able to successfully illustrate that many of the “facts” and “figures” that were being banded about were in actual fact simply the opinions of people who rarely attend council meetings and have not lived in Myersville long enough to truly grasp the situations (two years in one case).
This has become a referendum on leadership, and the town of Myersville needs to be aware that it has been blessed beyond measure by the faithful, ethical and resourceful leadership and selfless service of Creadick, Hinkle and Etheridge for over a decade.
On Monday, I will be casting my vote for all three of these men. Residents of Myersville should too.
Make no mistake. If Myersville voters do not cast a vote, they are in fact voting for propaganda, negativity and partisan politics, none of which serves the citizens of Myersville well.
Mark C. Flynn, councilman