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RAILS TO TRAILS GRANT TASK FORCE – NEW TASK FORCE FORMED TO FIND AND APPLY FOR GRANTS FOR RAILS TO TRAILS & MOUNT AIRY CABOOSE PROJECTS FOR THE TOWN OF MOUNT AIRYJune 20, 2016
The new Rails to Trails Grant Task Force will meet the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Mount Airy Town Hall, 110 South Main Street. The first meeting will be Thursday, July 7, 2016. The purpose of this Task Force is to complete and submit the State Highway Administration, Transportation Alternative Program (SHA/TAP) and other available grants in support of Mount Airy’s Rails to Trails program and the Mount Airy Caboose by their 2017 deadlines. Residents and property owners are welcome and encouraged to use the task force meetings as a venue to ensure their properties and concerns are treated with respect and resolved to mutual satisfaction and/or benefit.
Rails to Trails Information: In summary: It is important for Mount Airy to realize the Rails to Trails program provides huge advantages to our town as an alternative to vehicular traffic throughout the town. Currently, over 400 homes exist on the east side of HWY 27 with no sidewalks connecting to town parks, town facilities or schools. Another 300 homes east of HWY 27 have a hugely complicated, hazardous and indirect connection relegating the sidewalks as unusable as a vehicular alternative.
Every town resident who takes advantage of Mount Airy’s Rails to Trails program will be one less car on Watersville Road and/or HWY 27. Downtown festivals and Watkins Park events always suffer from inadequate parking. The ability for 700 families to walk, jog or ride a bike to these events will provide relief to parking, increase attendance, decrease traffic and provide a healthy alternative to “turning a key.”
Other grants will be researched, written and submitted in support of a pavilion, light display and support of a “Blue Star” Highway project at the Mount Airy Caboose/Visitor Center, “Mackenzie.”Posted in Announcements |
June 20, 2016
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage within the corporate limits of the Town of Mount Airy in the business of a peddler or a solicitor without first obtaining a license from the Town Clerk.
At this time no company/person has a license to solicit/peddle goods door to door in residential neighborhoods within the Mount Airy Town limits. The one company who had a license did not renew it.
If someone comes to your door, call the Resident Troopers non-emergency number at 301-829-0218, if they do not answer, just leave a message with the Barracks. If you get the name of the company, and even better the address and phone number, call Town Hall and leave a message for Debbie or Lisa with the information and we will call the Company.Posted in Announcements |
June 17, 2016
Special Mount Airy Town Council Meeting to be held on
Monday, June 20, 2016.
The Mount Airy Town Council will hold a special council meeting on Monday, June 20, 2016 at approximately 8:30 p.m. at the Mount Airy Town Hall, 110 South Main Street, to vote on the Mayor’s recommendation for Police Chief for the Town of Mount Airy. This agenda item is carried over from the June 6, 2016 Town Council meeting, and is the only item on the agenda at this time.
The meeting will be held following a Maryland Municipal League dinner meeting so the time is approximate, but it will not be held before 8:30 p.m. This is an open meeting and the public is invited to attend.Posted in Announcements |
June 16, 2016 Announcements |
June 15, 2016
Maryland State Police said there was a bank robbery in the area at about 11:38 a.m. Wednesday morning. The bank, SunTrust Bank, is in the 300 block of East Ridgeville Boulevard.
MSP Trooper James Cooper said a black male in his early-to-mid 20s wearing all dark clothing succeeded in robbing the bank. He was wearing all dark clothing, Cooper said.
There’s not much information yet, he said, but they do know the man fled on foot toward Route 27.
Police said there is no one in custody.Posted in Announcements |
June 8, 2016 Announcements |
June 8, 2016
Mount Airy Town Council Meetings for July and September 2016 will be held the first Tuesday of the month, instead of the first Monday of the month, due to the holidays.
Due to the Mount Airy Town Council meetings for July and September 2016 falling on holidays (Fourth of July and Labor Day), the July Town Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 and the September Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
All Mount Airy Town Council meetings are held at the Mount Airy Town Hall, 110 South Main Street, Mount Airy, unless advertised differently.Posted in Announcements |
June 7, 2016
Last month Executive Jan Gardner (Frederick Co.) invited residents to create a community-based vision for Frederick County through an innovative public outreach plan. Her long-range comprehensive planning process called Livable Frederick will gather public input through a survey and public presentations with a “vision book” to help shape the future of the county. The link has been added to Mount Airy’s website [www.LivableFrederick.org] and facebook page.
“I’m excited to launch this unique community outreach plan to create a vision to guide us in moving forward,” said Executive Gardner. “We’re taking Livable Frederick throughout the community utilizing the latest technologies and we encourage everyone to participate.”
There are many ways to take part in the vision survey, whether on paper, computer or mobile device from home, a local library or other locations. The survey will be available at www.LivableFrederick.org from May 16 through September 16. Then, the committee will draft a vision for further public review in November.
If you have any questions, please contact Roger A. Wilson
Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy
Office of the County Executive
12 East Church Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call town hall for my
cell number. And thank you for the privilege to serve.
May 12, 2016 Announcements |
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