Economic development panel plan on hold

December 09, 1996

Mount Airy will allow the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce to represent the town's economic development interests for now, although a proposal for a separate economic development commission could be revived.

Town Council President Delaine Hobbs deferred introducing an ordinance to create a town economic development commission after learning that the chamber's economic development committee plans to meet with state economic development officials. Hobbs announced his decision at last week's council meeting.

Mount Airy had an economic development commission, which functioned without a chairman and suffered attendance problems, for about three years. It became a standing committee of the chamber in October.

Hobbs said he believes an economic development commission should be under town government control. He told the council that although he is deferring his proposal, he was disappointed that only six people attended a Nov. 14 organizational meeting of the chamber committee.

"We need seven to 14 people to make a viable commission," he said.

Fire

Winfield: Firefighters responded to an auto fire in the 4200 block of Teklen Drive at 7: 11 a.m. Thursday. Units were out 37 minutes.

Mount Airy: Firefighters from Mount Airy assisted Frederick County on a house fire on Samhill Circle at 12: 26 a.m. Friday. Units were out 30 minutes.

Mount Airy: Firefighters responded to wires arcing on Watersville Road at 1: 05 a.m. Friday. Units were out 30 minutes.

Winfield: Firefighters responded to wires arcing on Doberman Drive at 1: 35 a.m. Friday. Units were out 30 minutes.

Pub Date: 12/09/96

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