About Commissioner Candidate
Tara E. Buck
Stanley Mazaleski enjoyed
visiting the community here long before he moved to town.
They’re good people, he says, who have a lot to offer.
Running for town commissioner, Mr.
Mazaleski said recently he’s had the opportunity to meet many
residents here, and he’s anxious to put his many skills to
work for them.
Mr. Mazaleski, 70, is a former
scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency who has
experience in myriad fields, including disease prevention and
occupational safety — a career description that he believes is
perfectly tailored to help the town through its current water
and sewer woes, his primary goal throughout his campaign.
"I know I can do it," Mr. Mazaleski
said. "I have all the education and training."
Mr. Mazaleski studied education and
biology as an undergraduate; later earned a master’s degree in
sanitary science and public health and also holds a doctorate
in preventative medicine and public health. He has also worked
as an environmental toxicologist.
Mr. Mazaleski said there is little
room for simple criticism of town officials who may or may not
have dealt with its sewer capacity and other public utilities
in the most beneficial ways. It’s time, instead, to take a
more proactive stance, he said.
"This thing’s been going on for over
20 years," he said. "It’s the old type of pipe. It’s broken
down over time and they’re at the point you can go down near
Rutter’s and stick your hand down into the sewer pipe. When it
floods, that goes to North Seton Avenue. My concern is the
serious environmental problems you could have — hepatitis A,
cholera, typhus," Mr. Mazaleski said. "If the CDC (Centers for
Disease Control) came up here and saw that, they’d jump
through the roof."
He also wants to ensure the town does
not have any lead feeder lines for its public water, a growing
concern in the D.C. area’s public schools.
"We’ve got to identify what we have,"
he said. "We’re going to have to get more grants. We could go
out, too, and ask for public donations, from people and
corporations that can do it. ... I know if we get the right
person, we could get some help."
He said if the town waits too much
longer, prices for necessary work will only continue to rise.
Mr. Mazaleski also favors a southern
route for a possible bypass around the town, which could
alleviate congestion on the town’s streets.
"It shouldn’t go through a residential
area and it should be studied thoroughly," he said. "Also, the
second reason (for a southern route) is we’re sweating these
big terrorist attacks. ... That would be a way to get (traffic
from D.C. and other areas) up to I-81 and all those major
highways so you won’t be jammed up. The state and federal
government should pay for that. But, again, we could seek
In terms of the town’s future
residential growth, Mr. Mazaleski said it’s "impossible to
have zero growth."
"Maryland’s controlling (the town)
right now by saying 20 (sewer) hook-ups," he said. "Homes in
Brookeville that they’re building, they’re going to lose money
if they don’t finish this work.
"Anybody new that can afford the homes
and pay the $8,000 to $10,000 hook-up fee, that pays for the
sewer lines. I’m in favor of the Bollinger annexation, based
on what we’ll get for the sewer lines."
He worries that any further time the
sewer system’s repairs will take could bring the town closer
to the brink of spreading some very serious diseases.
"We’ve got no time to fool around with
the state or anyone else," Mr. Mazaleski said. "They’ve got to
get that fixed right now."
He has even suggested that the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers could do the work as a training
exercise, saving both the town and the federal government some
Mr. Mazaleski said the ground here is
"sacred. They had a saint that walked around here and right up
the street. You just can’t let the area from here to
Gettysburg go down the tubes. It’s not a regular place."
He is not in favor of increasing taxes
to achieve his goals, however.
"The people here can’t afford any
more," he said.
Mr. Mazaleski also noted that he has
experience in ground-breaking drug prevention programs from
work he performed in upstate New York for middle and high
Mr. Mazaleski and his wife, Charlotte,
have four grown children and eight grandchildren, most of whom
live in the Frederick County area.
The couple have resided at Pembroke
Court for a little more than a year, having moved from
Monrovia after living there for more than 30 years.