News← Older posts May 19, 2016
A frequent editorial writer recently made several allegations in a
recent letter to the editor. While everyone is entitled to their
opinion, there were some inaccurate facts recited, which need to be
For example, the letter makes reference to out of control spending.
Here, I have to wonder what community he’s talking about. Mt. Airy’s
tax rate remains unchanged and is one of the lowest in the state . . .
all while our capital fund reserves have increased every year.
Then the letter even tries to take faint praise and turn it into
criticism — by expressing support for the steps the Town is taking to
create a police force, but then concern with the fact that the Town is
only now starting a new Police force. Presumably the complaint is
that the Town didn’t ignore community concerns or practical realities,
and just create a police force instantly. In fact, the letter failed
to note the obvious — that it has been this Mayor and Town Council
which has taken steps to move this along, and make it happen, and I’d
like to take the opportunity to thank the Town Council for its support
as this administration and the community have tackled this problem
over the last several months.
The letter highlighted the Ridgeside Court road repair, which is the
road near McDonald’s, and indicated the Town was needlessly pursuing
the property owner. In fact, this involves a needed road improvement
to enhance driver safety, and steps are being taken only after years
of trying to work with the property owner — who, on their own, has
refused to take any action to correct the safety hazard. If the Town
doesn’t act, the only option would be to allow the safety hazard to
continue — at the risk of everyone driving in that area.
The letter also indicates that those discussing a community center are
only using select data to find this is a relevant community concern.
But the letter writer failed to note that Town citizens have been
talking about a community center for over 50 years, and a recent
survey performed in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club — and an
independent group of volunteers who live here and serve the community
— concluded it was the top community need. Similarly, the 2008
community survey showed concern that teens did not have enough to do
in town. There is certainly no evidence citizens do not consider this
a priority or that these people have disappeared.
The letter closed by asking persons to write letters, apparently
supporting his point of view while expressing general opposition,
apparently, to every action the Town is taking, considering, or
discussing. Everyone should indeed feel free to share their opinions.
But I also encourage you to find out the facts, and to see for
yourself what is actually going on. The Town shares information on
our facebook page, web site and community meetings, and we will also
go out into the community to reach citizens. And we have appreciated
the dialogue, the ideas, and the sense of community citizens have
offered in response. It seems to me that’s the positive community
spirit that makes Mt. Airy a better place, and I look forward to
continuing to work together to address our problems.
The fact is that the Town is working together to address our problems.
That’s how this community has solved problems, time and again, over
the years — as I have seen for myself. And this same writer in past
letters has even complained that the Mayor and Town Council now get
along too well. As anyone who has attended or watched meetings on TV
know, we do not always agree, but we work together rather than
shouting at each other, or hurling accusations without a factual
basis. That is the way adults conduct business when they care about
So I will close by saying yes, get the facts, but to those who are
interested, consider taking the next step and joining us in serving
the community. You can do that by attending our meetings and
expressing your views, but even in a larger way by serving and
volunteering. The Town has a number of boards and commissions where
citizens can, in the same way that has made this Town great over the
decades, make a difference.
So, feel free visit us on facebook @Town of Mount Airy or our web site
http://www.mountairymd.org. Also, feel free to contact me with any
questions or concerns — or to express an interest in serving and
working with us — at email@example.com, or call town hall for my
cell number. And thank you for the privilege to serve.
May 12, 2016 Announcements |
May 6, 2016
Looking for a volunteer activity? In need of service hours for school? The Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival on May 14th still has volunteer opportunities today, check out their site to sign up!
April 27, 2016
It’s that time of year again!!!
Curbside Bulk Pick-up for Town Residents is this Saturday.
Items must be at the curb by 6:00 a.m. and will be picked up by
Bates Trucking and Trash Removal
*Limit of 2 items per residence
Please click the following link for a list of acceptable items:Announcements |
April 20, 2016
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, April 30
10 AM-2 PM
Local collection sites:
• Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium – 21 Stadium Dr, Frederick, MD 21703
• Natural Resources Police – 2011 Monument Road, Myersville, MD 21773
• Maryland State Police, Frederick Barracks – 110 Airport Drive East, Frederick, MD 21701
The public may drop off prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, medical samples, pet medications, and medicated ointments and lotions.
When possible, please dispose of medication in its original container and remove any identifying information from the prescription label.
Sponsored by the Frederick County Health Department.Announcements |
April 15, 2016
Water has been restored to S. Main Street between Sunset Avenue and Warfield Drive.
If you have any questions please contact Town Hall (301) 829-1424.Posted in Announcements |
April 15, 2016
Water will temporarily be shut off on Main Street between Sunset Avenue and Warfield Drive for an emergency water main repair.
If you have any questions please contact Town Hall (301) 829-1424.Announcements |
April 7, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Debbie Parker Brennan, Town Clerk
Mt. Airy Town Hall
Public Hearing on FY 2016-2017
Proposed Town of Mount Airy Budget and Tax Rate
May 2, 2016 at 7:15 p.m.
The Mount Airy Town Council and Mayor will hold a public hearing on the FY 2016-17 proposed Town of Mount Airy budget and tax rate on May 2, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. prior to the Town Council Meeting. The Public Hearing and Council meeting will be held at the Mount Airy Town Hall, 110 S. Main Street.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The proposed budget and tax rate are on the May 2, 2016 Town Council agenda for adoption. If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall.Posted in Announcements |
March 31, 2016
All of the documents related to discussions and decisions with the renovation/rebuild of the Flat-Iron Building, located at 2 Park Avenue, Mount Airy, MD are listed under Government -> Documents -> Flat-Iron Building. Please contact Town Hall if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this project.Posted in Announcements |
March 29, 2016
Prospect Park, located at 107 Prospect Road, Mt. Airy, MD, is temporarily closed due to construction. The park will be open, weather bearing, before the end of the week.
Call Town Hall with questions, 301-829-1424Posted in Announcements |
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