Mayor's Report

Mayors Report July 2019

The Growth Development Task Force has been working on the new Town Wide survey. Their next meeting is at Town Hall, August 14 @ 7 pm. The process will take several months and will include input from several sources. This survey will ensure your voice is heard when decisions are made regarding our community, especially the Master Plan process. The previous 2007 survey received an over whelming 40% plus response rate and was supported by a follow up Be Local/Kiwanis Survey in 2012.

Home Town Chili Cook Off and Custom Car Show- A huge thank you to everyone that came out and supported our first Chili Cook-Off and Car Show Combination! Thank you to MAMSA, 4 County Lions Club and all the volunteers! Also, a special thank you to Brian Fandel with 4 County Lions Club and Lynne Galletti with the Mount Airy Main Street Association for their efforts and support to plan and execute the event and to our very own Councilmember Pamela Reed, Ray Miller and Dave Chew for bringing in the custom cars!

Special thanks to Council President Hushour for all his advice keeping us new cooks on track. Also, please note the winning People’s Choice Chili had a special ingredient from California Tortilla, their Amazing California Screaming Sauce!!!! Thank you, California Tortilla, for donating your amazing condiment!!!

The Annual Mount Airy Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival is back again on July 22 – 27, 2019. Experience the games, prizes, bands, food, beer garden, and cash raffles! Ride all night is Monday – Wednesday and tickets are available now until July 21 at Blossom and Basket Boutique and the Mt. Airy Meat Locker Plant for $15.00 cash. On Thursday, the iconic Fireman’s Parade will lead from Mt. Airy Elementary School to the Carnival Grounds starting at 6:30 p.m. This parade is the best snapshot of our community spirit and you won’t want to miss this!

The Mount Airy Police Dept. will be hosting the 2nd Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carnival Grounds. Say hello to our officers, view demonstrations, and enjoy food, fun and entertainment. Join us at Watkins Park on August 10, 2019 for Camp Night, starting at 5:00 p.m. for music, crafts, the outdoor movie, campfire stories, s’mores and more!

Help us Celebrate Mount Airy’s 125th with a block party! Celebrate Mount Airy’s 125th Anniversary Celebration will be held on August 24, 2019 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. hosted in the Downtown. This family event includes live music from Moonstone, a kid’s zone of activities, food and games, local Mount Airy vendors, and of course birthday cake!

Frequently asked property questions - Please see June’s Report for previous updates. Construction is progressing on the Ridgeville Avenue building (next to Bank of America). The new building will host commercial space and eight residential rental units.

Home Goods- Again completion has been pushed out to October 2019. We are reaching out to corporate to see if the process could be expedited, as progress appears to be very slow. Once again, please consider using this opportunity to shop smaller local businesses. These local small businesses are generally owned by local residents who have expertise in their craft and contribute to local organizations.

The 3rd Annual Ambassador’s 5K Challenge & 1-Mile Fun Run will be on Sunday, August 4th, 2019 at Watkins Park. 5K begins at 8:00 AM and 1-Mile Fun Run begins at 9:00 AM. Fun for everyone with fresh air, beautiful Rails to Trails, historic downtown Mount Airy, fun kids’ activities including snow cones, face painting, petting zoo and bounce house as well as beer garden and food vendors. All race participants receive custom medals that feature our iconic Twin Arches. 100% of proceeds go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in honor of Raul Yzaguirre, former U. S. Ambassador and long-time Mount Airy resident as well as all those who are affected by this debilitating disease, including our own former Councilman, Bob King. Find out more at Thank you for your support!

3rd Annual GALATIANS 6:2 - 5K Race- "Carry each other's burdens...". Runners / Walkers are asked to wear small backpacks that are filled with the written prayer needs of others. We hope that this visual display will bring awareness and comfort to those in need. Food / Necessity items to be collected to benefit Mt. Airy Net. Race starts at 8:00am. Check in begins at 7:00am. Pre-Register for only $6.20 or register the day of the race for $10.00. If you have any prayer requests you would like to submit, or have any questions please feel free to contact Chris Gerlich at

Come out to Downtown Mount Airy every 4th Sunday of the month through September from 8AM-11AM for Cars and Coffee! This is a free event, bring your cars or come check out the cars. Participants will receive a 10% coupon to Concetta’s valid for that day. The Mount Airy Main Street association is pleased to announce CARS AND COFFEE, in partnership with Chewey’s Performance Auto and Concetta’s Main Street Bistro.

The Mayor's Community Forum will be held at Concetta’s Main Street Bistro, Saturday, July 20th from 11 am-noon. Please feel free to drop by in an informal setting and discuss any town related issues.

Volunteer Opportunities. Please visit our Town website ( for a list of volunteer opportunities with one of our commissions or task forces. Let me know if anyone is interested in volunteering when we have a vacancy. You can call Town Hall at 301-829-1424 and ask for Colleen Reilly or email me directly at as well.

Patrick Rockinberg