The Greenbelt City Council meeting of June 19 started off with two rounds of good words and praise for city staff. The first, for the Police Department officer and civilian employee of the year, was reported in last week’s newspaper.
Immediately following was a presentation to City Clerk Cindy Murray of an item all city clerks enjoy seeing – a proclamation they didn’t have to write themselves. This one was in recognition of Murray’s imminent retirement and in honor of her 42 years of work for the City of Greenbelt. For most of her career, she worked in the Department of Public Works, most recently as recycling coordinator, and since 2008 served as the city clerk. Although her last day was officially June 30, she will be helping with the upcoming city election, as well as with the selection of her replacement.
Following discussion of the range of Greenbelt’s climate-related activities and commitments, all members of council voted in support of reaffirming the city’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, from which President Trump recently withdrew the United States, as well as signing on with the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (“Climate Mayors”) through which local and state governments have expressed their commitment to continuing to uphold the Paris Agreement in the absence of federal leadership.
Council also supported sending a letter urging Governor Larry Hogan to support the Paris Climate Agreement and its goals at the state level.
Read more about the Council meeting in the July 13 News Review