Thursday council meeting canceled

By Tom Joyce -

After several intense and well-attended meetings recently at City Hall, members of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners might think they need a break.

A regular meeting that was scheduled for Thursday has been canceled. The city commissioners normally convene on the first and third Thursdays each month. But the proximity of the early July meeting to this year’s Fourth of July holiday on Wednesday prompted the cancellation.

The move officially was announced last week by Mayor David Rowe, but the decision had been made during a June 18 budget workshop of the city council.

During that meeting, multiple commissioners mentioned that they planned to be out of town this week and supported the cancellation.

Their next scheduled meeting is on July 19 at 7 p.m.

The scrapping of the early July session also has occurred in previous years, in addition to meetings that would have been held near Christmas Day. Time off and travel plans by citizens and local government which are a traditional part of the two holidays are the motivating factors.

Yet there is reason to believe that those involved with council matters are happy for a holiday from recent commissioner meetings.

At the last one on June 21, the room was packed with supporters of the Shepherd’s House seeking favorable action on a rezoning issue affecting an expansion of the homeless shelter.

In addition, standing-room-only crowds have been drawn to the Municipal Building recently by issues including a 12-cent city property tax increase and Reeves Community Center’s financial health. City officials also have held some spirited discussions concerning a possible Barter Theatre expansion in town.

Two items already on the agenda for the July 19 meeting involve public hearings.

One is scheduled on proposed amendments to the Mount Airy Zoning Ordinance. Changes are eyed which affect mobile homes, accessory buildings and structures, bed and breakfast inns, multi-family dwellings and additional categories.

The other hearing involves a rezoning request to allow a planned Harbor Freight Tools store at 1018 Rockford St., where Creek Bottom Brewing recently operated.

By Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.