The Takoma Park City Council this week unanimously adopted a resolution in support of nuclear disarmament, an immediate freeze on nuclear weapons and an international conference of mayors held last week in Hiroshima.
Takoma Park Mayor Sammie A. Abbott, 77, was one of 200 mayors from around the world invited by the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to attend ceremonies commemorating the 40th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The conference was held Saturday in conjunction with the ceremonies.
Before leaving last week, Abbott said he was told he would be the only mayor in attendance from the 100 cities that have declared themselves nuclear-free zones.
Abbott, a staunch supporter of nuclear freeze efforts, was invited last August to attend the ceremonies after he was interviewed by a Japanese reporter about Takoma Park's nuclear-free zone law. It bans transport and production of nuclear weapons and components within city limits.
Abbot is scheduled to attend Nagasaki ceremonies today and tomorrow before returning home Saturday.
In other business, the council held public hearings on requests from residents of Hilltop Road and Tulip, Pine and Birch avenues to have speed humps installed on those streets.
City Clerk Sybil Pusti said that residents of all the streets except Hilltop submitted the required number of signatures needed to install the speed-reducing mounds. Hilltop Street residents told the council that they will work to get the remaining signatures; the city requires signatures from at least 60 percent of a street's residents.
Council action on the requests is expected next month.