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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | September 13, 1994
The Mount Airy Town Council postponed voting on the annexation of the Kraft property last night.Town attorney Charles Fisher asked for more time to review the annexation agreement before the council votes on it."Everything looks good for the approval of the annexation," said Town Council President Delaine Hobbs.The council scheduled a final vote at the next council meeting, Oct. 3.Magna Holdings Inc. of Baltimore has asked the town to annex 137 acres of farmland north of Buffalo Road. The company has a contract to purchase the land, owned by Leo and Elizabeth Kraft.
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By David P. Greisman and David P. Greisman,Special to The Sun | February 25, 2007
After toiling for 18 months in a cramped, temporary setting, Mount Airy Town Hall staffers were jubilant about returning to their renovated office on Main Street. The three-story building - originally a bank and formerly a county library branch - now includes 3,000 additional square feet, plus extra space that was opened up by the construction. The second floor has room for eight offices, including three with large windows that look through granite arches to the shops and offices below.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | May 20, 1994
If Mount Airy fifth-graders had their way, there would be snack vending machines for students in the schools, an indoor pool in Mount Airy and no restrictions on seating during lunch in elementary school cafeterias.Students reached those conclusions yesterday at a mock town council meeting at Mount Airy Elementary School.The nine-member council consisted of fifth-graders from Mount Airy and Twin Ridge elementary schools. Both schools are within the Mount Airy town limits; Mount Airy Elementary is in Carroll County and Twin Ridge is in Frederick County.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | October 8, 2006
Just as Westminster's new city manager took office last week, Mount Airy voted to hire its former planner as the town's first administrator. These day-to-day administrators come on board as Carroll County's two most populated municipalities struggle to balance residential development with limited water resources. Margaret "Marge" Wolf, the deputy housing secretary under former Gov. Parris N. Glendening, started as Westminster's new manager on Monday. She managed the borough of Kennett Square, Pa., and also previously served as Hyattsville's city administrator.
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By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. and Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer | October 9, 1991
The Town Council faced an unenviable choice Monday: dredge more than$14,000 out of the town budget in the middle of a fiscal year or puta state trooper out on the street.The council said it will find the money.Town officials vowed to scour Mount Airy's budget to make up for money the state yanked last week in the latest round of budget cuts aimed at slowing Maryland's burgeoning fiscal disaster."We're going to give it our best stroke," Mayor Gerald R. Johnson Jr. said yesterday.1st Sgt. Steven C. Reynolds of the state police attended Monday's meeting to brief the council and find out how the town wanted to deal with the latest shortfall.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | April 22, 1994
When Mount Airy residents go to the polls on May 2 to vote for two Town Council members, they'll have a choice between a 28-year council veteran, a sales manager for a car dealership who serves on the town's cable TV commission and a businessman who owns a Main Street computer store.Council President Delaine Hobbs is seeking an eighth term on the council. Sales manager Robert Mead, who ran unsuccessfully for the council in 1990, is trying again. Businessman Michael T. Boyer is seeking an elected town office for the first time.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | April 20, 1998
On the surface, some might see the four-way race for two seats on the Town Council as a case of "Old Mount Airy vs. New Mount Airy." Two incumbents are being challenged by two political newcomers.The candidates may have different platforms, but they agree that "old against new" is a divisive way to look at the race. The election will be held May 4."We need to blend these new people and old people together. We need to make room for all of them," said Roger Rich, one of the challengers and chairman of the Mount Airy Pro-Active Committee, a citizens group working to obtain a community recreation center and a local high school.
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August 2, 1999
Mount Airy Town Council will meet at 8 p.m. today at Town Hall.Among items on the the agenda are discussions about the park and ride lot, the ethics ordinance, planning commission appointments, and reduction of letter of credit for Fields of Nottingham and Twin Ridge.Town Hall is located at 110 S. Main St.Information: 410-795-6012.
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February 1, 1999
Mount Airy Town Council could decide at its monthly meeting today to become a Maryland Civil War Heritage Area. A resolution is on the agenda.The town and several Carroll municipalities are considering the Maryland Heritage Preservation and Tourism Areas Program, a 2-year-old project designed to help communities protect and promote their resources.Joining the regional effort will help towns draw historic tourism.Horses, wagons, cannons and soldiers passed through Carroll County on their way to major battles -- most notably, Gettysburg.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | November 2, 1993
...*TC The Mount Airy Town Council last night appointed three residents to vacancies on two town commissions.James C. Stargel was appointed to the Recycling Committee. The two vacancies on the Parks and Recreation Committee were filled by Tucker Lazarus and 13-year-old Nathaniel Gaskin, who will serve as the commission's teen-age member.The council was scheduled last night to vote on whether to allow developer Robert Peacock to begin construction on a new road through his 13-acre property near Interstate 70 and Route 27, but the vote had not been taken by press time.
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By LAURA MCCANDLISH and LAURA MCCANDLISH,SUN REPORTER | May 21, 2006
Seizing political capital from the recent local election, the reorganized Mount Airy Town Council has recommended maintaining agricultural zoning for the Zeltman farm, a Frederick County property that town residents overwhelmingly opposed annexing. But Frederick County commissioners control the fate of the contested property. With the annexation void, the Frederick board could decide on a master plan designation for the 152-acre farm as early as Tuesday, said Frederick Commissioner John L. "Lennie" Thompson Jr. "Regardless of what the zoning is, if it has a residential plan designation, developers can walk in the door and get it rezoned," Thompson said.
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By LAURA MCCANDLISH and LAURA MCCANDLISH,SUN REPORTER | April 23, 2006
The four Town Council candidates in Mount Airy's May 1 election are divided on the issue of growth. In the nonpartisan election, two of the candidates support the town's recent annexation of a Frederick County farm, while two oppose the measure. The candidates for two seats on the Mount Airy council are: Chris DeColli As the only incumbent candidate, DeColli has a four-year record. He stresses his family and community ties: soccer coach, PTA volunteer. DeColli, 36, said he considers how the council votes will affect the welfare of his wife and three daughters.
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February 20, 2006
Mount Airy manages growth responsibly The Sun's editorial "Not a drop to drink" (Feb. 15) states that the "Mount Airy Town Council agreed to add 275 homes to that tiny community already under state development curbs because of wells running dry. Town leaders seek to circumvent the state ban by having the developer tap into a none-too-clean section of the Patapsco River." The Sun's mischaracterization of this vote reflects ignorance of the facts and of the growth management and control processes in place in our town.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | November 10, 2004
Hoping to start a trend in other jurisdictions, Mount Airy and Carroll County officials unveiled a model home yesterday that features a new requirement of single-family houses in the town: automatic sprinkler systems. Officials said sprinklers will not only saves lives but also ease the demand on the county's all-volunteer firefighters. "Once you look past the safety issues, you've got to look at the strain on emergency services," said John P. Medve, president of the Mount Airy Town Council.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2004
A water tank capable of storing a million gallons will be built soon in Mount Airy to give the town wells time to rest and refill, the town engineer said. After engineer Gary Pozzouli recommended the low bidder among four companies, the Town Council chose the $1.4 million bid by Landmark Structures Inc. of Texas on Monday night. The tank is to be completed early next year, Pozzouli said. He told the council it is essential to begin this month with drawings and design to get ready for "the concrete work, the weather-sensitive work."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 26, 2002
The Mount Airy Town Hall needs as much as $150,000 for renovations, money the town is reluctant to spend on a building Carroll County owns. Mayor Gerald R. Johnson asked the county commissioners yesterday to deed the building to the town. "We are asking the county to give us the building and then we will renovate it," Johnson said in a meeting with the commissioners yesterday. "But, I don't think it is fiscally responsive to put $150,000 in a building we don't own. We are asking for something that makes sense for both the town and the county."
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By Lesa Jansen and Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 28, 2001
FIVE NEW INDUCTEES to Mount Airy's Hall of Fame will be chosen in the new year. Businessman Denny Ahalt leads the committee that will choose five people whose accomplishments have set them apart. "We're looking for contributions to the community through, for instance, Scouting, town government or education among other things. We want to pay homage to people who have been instrumental to the town's success," he said. This is the third year for the Hall of Fame. Last year, 10 outstanding Mount Airy residents were honored, some posthumously.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2001
About half the residents of Mount Airy might have to pay an additional tax to Frederick County for fire and emergency service - even though they support Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company with their town taxes. Until now, residents living on the Frederick County side of Mount Airy have been exempt from Frederick's fire tax district system, which generates money for fire and ambulance protection. The other half of the town's 5,600 residents live in Carroll County, which has no similar fire tax system.
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