With elections approaching for seats on Poolesville's five-member Town Commission, only one challenger has filed to run against two incumbents seeking reelection.
John G. Stringer, a federal employe, is competing for a place on the commission against incumbents Carl A. Brown and Robert J. Rauch, who is also chairman of Poolesville's planning commission.
The election will be held Nov. 2, the same day as federal, state and county contests, but will be held at a separate polling place: Town Hall, at Elgin Road and Fisher Avenue. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Town Commission last week enthusiastically approved a sidewalk construction project designed to improve safety for children walking to school.
Kamber Engineering, the town architect, presented the proposal for sidewalks, curbs and gutters along a five-block stretch of Wootten Avenue between Fisher Avenue and Elgin Road.
"That's an area where we have 200 or 300 elementary schoolchildren walking to school," Mayor Charles Elgin said. "Right now, they're walking in the road."
Kamber representatives estimated the project would cost up to $28,000.
The commission also continued making its long-delayed revisions to the town zoning map, Elgin said. Over the years, changes in zoning have not been included in the master list. Elgin said it's a 120-page project, with each sheet requiring the commission's approval.
"We're up to page 78 right now," he said. "All of this is very monotonous and tedious, but it has to be done. Little by little, if we live long enough, we'll make it."
In other business, the commission set aside $693 to buy a new cylinder head for the diesel generator at the town's sewage treatment facility.