Mount Airy sees 30% increase in crime

February 08, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

Mount Airy Town Council President Delaine Hobbs reported last night that crime in Mount Airy rose 30 percent during the past year.

"Our resident troopers experienced another year of increased activity all the way around," said Mr. Hobbs at last night's Town Council meeting.

Arrests on driving while intoxicated charges increased by 37 percent, drug-related arrests rose by 75 percent, traffic citations increased by 40 percent and calls for service increased by 28 percent, according to statistics Mr. Hobbs presented.

Criminal apprehensions decreased by 31 percent, he said.

Also last night, Councilman Marc Nance, chairman of the streets and roads committee, reported that town employees plowed the streets 14 days in January.

"We used more salt in January than the entire previous year," he said.

Town workers last week began repairing roads that were damaged during recent weather. They have been applying temporary cold patches to potholes that developed when the roads were plagued by ice and snow.

In other business, Mayor Gerald R. Johnson said that after he met with downtown business owners last week, he asked the resident troopers to strictly enforce the two-hour parking limit on Main Street.

"I know they've done it, because I've seen tickets on windows," Mr. Johnson said.

The council also voted last night to approve a plan to allow town employees to contribute part of their incomes to a retirement plan. The deferred income would be tax-free until withdrawal at retirement.

The council refused to vote on the reappointment of Phil Dorsey to the ethics commission because of a past controversy, which was not discussed last night.

Councilman David Pyatt said the council had previously agreed its members would be notified of commission nominees' names at least a month in advance so they would have the opportunity to review the candidates.

Despite this agreement, the council voted last night to reappoint Mason Wilburn and Ben Gue to the election committee.

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