Children share their vision for Indian Head
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.