GAITHERSBURG – Monday night’s meeting of Gaithersburg’s mayor and City Council was the last meeting to be held before the city’s election on Nov. 3, and it was also the last meeting in which Council member Cathy Drzyzgula, who is not running for re-election, served in an official capacity.
During the period of the meeting designated for comments from the mayor and council, she offered parting thoughts on the condition and future of the city.
“I think it’s important to recognize that green field development opportunities are now rare and that we should focus our attention and resources on redevelopment within the city limits,” Drzyzgula said. “We need to celebrate and respond to our growing diversity. We are the most diverse city in the country, according to WalletHub. This is something we should reflect in our daily actions. We should move more meetings out of City Hall into neighborhoods. People have a growing to desire to have things brought to them, rather than coming to a central location. … Perhaps we could have a city academy, similar to a police academy, that would help people learn about municipal government.”
Drzyzgula’s colleagues on the council wished her well and expressed their appreciation for her service.
“Thank you, Cathy, for all your years of service, and for the special kind of diligence and attention to detail that you’ve brought to the council,” said Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel. “You’ve become an expert on many complicated issues, and as the public has seen, we defer to your expertise.”
Drzyzgula indicated that she would likely continue to be involved with Gaithersburg city affairs as a volunteer after her retirement.
Aaron Rosenzweig, who has repeatedly testified before the mayor and council against the city’s ban on owning roosters, made yet another appearance Monday night, in which he announced that he would be voting for Darline Bell-Zuccarelli for mayor.
“Not only is she the grittiest son of a gun I’ve ever met, but I can count on her to give a straight answer,” Rosenzweig said. “I trust her to tell us what she can and cannot do. Darline is the real deal, because you can fake a lot of things, but you cannot fake personality, passion or purpose.”
Bell-Zuccarelli expressed her appreciation for Rosenzweig’s endorsement.
Gaithersburg’s election for mayor and three city council seats will be held on Nov. 3. The new officials will be sworn in at a ceremony at City Hall on Nov. 9. Regular city council meetings and work sessions will resume on Nov. 16.