Chil­dren share their vi­sion for In­dian Head

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By CHAR­LIE WRIGHT cwright@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Char­lieIndyNews

In­dian Head Mayor Bran­don Paulin is ac­cus­tomed to be­ing the youngest politi­cian in the room, but he re­ceived some help from some youth­ful leg­is­la­tors at Mon­day’s town coun­cil meet­ing.

Fourth graders from In­dian Head Ele­men­tary School lined up be­hind the podium to read their “If I Were Mayor” es­says, shar­ing thoughts and plans to make the town a bet­ter place. The stu­dents took turns ad­dress­ing the crowd with a va­ri­ety of sug­ges­tions for the mayor, who stood next to the stu­dents to hear their ideas.

“I know some of them were ner­vous, but they did a great job,” Paulin said. “Now I have a list of things to work on.”

Build­ing growth was a pop­u­lar topic, in­clud­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for a gro­cery store, roller rink and chil­dren’s recre­ational cen­ter. One stu­dent pro­posed build­ing a movie the­ater in town so res­i­dents would not have to travel to Brandy­wine to see a film, which was met by ap­plause and en­thu­si­asm from the par­ent-filled au­di­ence. The kids also dis­cussed town safety, specif­i­cally a plan for a trash clean up and for a youth sports league de­signed to keep chil­dren out of trou­ble.

“I took lots of notes, the chil­dren gave won­der­ful ideas,” said Coun­cil­man Curtis Smith.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Paulin snapped a few self­ies with the stu­dents and en­cour­aged them to sit in his mayor’s chair.

En­vi­ron­men­tal or­di­nance in­tro­duced

The coun­cil in­tro­duced Or­di­nance 06-01-17 per­tain­ing to the con­sid­er­a­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity in cer­tain pro­cure­ments for the town. The leg­is­la­tion would in­flu­ence pol­icy for iden­ti­fy­ing sus­tain­abil­ity fac­tors, pro­vid­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion guid­ance and en­cour­ag­ing green busi­ness prac­tices with re­gards to en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able pro­cure­ment. It would reg­u­late the goods and ser­vices uti­lized by the town based on en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

“The Town of In­dian Head rec­og­nizes its re­spon­si­bil­ity to min­i­mize neg­a­tive im­pacts on hu­man health and the en­vi­ron­ment, while sup­port­ing a di­verse, eq­ui­table and vi­brant com­mu­nity and econ­omy,” read town clerk An­drea Brady. “The town rec­og­nizes that the types of prod­ucts and ser­vices the town buys have in­her­ent so­cial, hu­man health, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic im­pact and that the town should make pro­cure­ment de­ci­sions that em­body the town’s com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity.”

The ten­ta­tive adop­tion date for the or­di­nance is July 3, and would go in ef­fect July 24.

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