Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Agenda

SIXTEENTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016 – REGULAR – 6:00 P.M.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to be heard at this meeting please sign the speaker list provided on the table at the side of the Council Chamber.  The President has the right to limit the amount of time each speaker has for each agenda item.  Each speaker will have TWO MINUTES to speak for each agenda item.

 

 

  1. Call to order.

 

  1. Invocation – Reverend Warren H. Litchfield.

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance.

 

  1. Roll call.

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of the Fifteenth Meeting of Monday, June 13, 2016.

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session on Monday, June 13, 2016.

 

  1. Report of the Mayor and City Council.

 

  1. Mayoral appointment of Dave Cope, Director, Office of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services.

 

  1. General Public Hearing.

 

  1. Consideration of a bid recommendation for the Fleet Acquisition of three (3) marked police cars.

 

  1. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1873, an ordinance to approve and adopt a Master Plan for the City of Laurel.

 

  1. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1876, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Infrastructure Bonds, 2016 Series A, an ordinance of Mayor and City Council of Laurel, a [municipal corporation/political subdivision] of the State of Maryland (the “issuer”), providing for the issuance and sale of an aggregate principal amount not to exceed Five Million One Hundred Thirty-Four Thousand Three Hundred Thirty Four dollars ($5,134,334.00) of Bonds of Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, to be known as “Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Infrastructure Bonds, 2016 Series A” (or by such other or additional designations as required by the Community Development Administration identified herein) (the “Bonds”), to be issued and sold pursuant to the authority of Sections 4-101 through 4‑255 of the Housing and Community Development Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended, for the purpose of (I) providing all or a portion of the funds necessary for financing and/or refinancing the following projects: [identify projects for which bond proceeds will be spent], [(II) refunding outstanding [name of debt obligation(s) to be refunded],] (III) funding a portion of a Capital Reserve Fund and (IV) paying issuance and other costs related to the bonds; providing that the bonds shall be issued upon the full faith and credit of the issuer; providing for the disbursement of the proceeds of the sale of the bonds and for the levy of annual taxes upon all assessable property within the corporate limits of the issuer for the payment of the principal of and interest on the bonds as they shall respectively mature; providing for the form, tenor, denomination, maturity date or dates and other provisions of the bonds; providing for the sale of the bonds; and providing for related purposes, including (without limitation) the method of fixing the interest rate or rates to be borne by the bonds, the approval, execution and delivery of documents, agreements, certificates and instruments and the making of or providing for the making of representations and covenants concerning the tax status of interest on the bonds.

Minutes

SIXTEENTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016 – REGULAR – 6:00 P.M.

 

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. with President Ricks presiding.  Reverend Litchfield gave the Invocation.  Mayor Moe led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called with Craig A. Moe, Mayor; H. Edward Ricks, Council President; Valerie M. A. Nicholas, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; Donna L. Crary, Councilmember and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present.  Also present:  Marty Flemion, City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, Chief of Staff; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; Jack Brock, Director of Community ; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Chief Richard McLaughlin, Police Department; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; James Cornwell-Shiel, Web Master; John Shay, City Solicitor.  There was a public attendance of approximately ten people. 

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Crary, the Minutes of the Fifteenth Meeting of Monday, June 13, 2016, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote. 

 

Action on the Minutes of the Closed Session on Monday, June 13, 2016, was deferred until the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, July 25, 2016.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Back to School Jam to be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Gude Park.  Sponsors include Prince George’s County Councilmember Mary Lehman’s Office, local businesses, the City of Laurel and the Laurel Board of Trade.
  • Maryland Municipal League (MML) Convention held in Ocean City, June 26 – 29, 2016.  Congratulations extended to Councilmember Crary on her re-election to the Board of Directors, Lou Ann Crook on her appointment to the Board of Directors and being selected Clerk of the Year.  The City was awarded Banner City again this year for participation all year with MML, and was the recipient of the MML 2016 Achievement Award for the Community Redevelopment Authority’s (CRA) Redevelopment Plan.
  • Summer reading list has been added to Councilmember Nicholas’ Facebook page.
  • City Volunteer Picnic was held on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Granville Gude Park. 
  • Condolences extended to the Ault family on the passing of Don Ault, Dottie’s Trophies & Awards, to the family of former City employee Chuck Garfolo, and to Michael Eichorn on the passing of his grandfather.
  • City Hall in the Park scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Greenview Drive Pool.
  • Mayor Moe expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to be a guest speaker at the Bond Mill Elementary School Graduation.
  • “Splash Down” on Saturday, July 9, 2016, Laurel Municipal Pool, 9th and Main Street, starting at 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday Night Flicks continue this Friday, July 15, 2016, starting at dusk at Granville Gude Park.

 

Mayor Moe submitted the appointment of Dave Cope, Director of the Office of Fire Marshal and Permit Services, as outlined in a memorandum dated July 6, 2016.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the mayoral appointment of Dave Cope, Director of the Office of Fire Marshal and Permit Services, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Dave Cope thanked the Mayor and City Council for the confidence expressed in him by confirming his appointment.  He appreciates this opportunity and the great staff he’s been provided.  He plans to get more involved with the homeowners’ associations in the community, implement more community outreach programs while continuing to monitor the on-going construction in the city.    

 

At this time, Mayor Moe announced the launch of the City’s newly enhanced website, which will be taking place tonight.

 

Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, said this effort started a year ago looking at refreshing the website.  The project has been led by James Cornwell-Shiel, the City’s web developer. 

 

James Cornwell-Shiel demonstrated the newly enhanced website saying all the content has been revamped and resources have been rewritten and better designed.  He said the pages are mobile friendly, and Google Translate will translate to any language selected.  Residents were asked to check it out and let the City know if there are any issues.

 

Mayor Moe thanked Kevin Frost and James Cornwell–Shiel for their efforts, saying it was all done in-house and saved the City a lot of money.

 

President Ricks opened the General Public Hearing at 6:31 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works presented the bid recommendation for the Fleet Acquisition of three (3) marked police cars, as outlined in a memorandum dated July 1, 2016.  Prior to assembling the bid package for the purchase of these vehicles, the Department of Public Works contacted several agencies to inquire if there were any current contracts for models that equaled or exceeded the city’s needs.  Criswell Chevrolet was awarded the State of Maryland Contract (#001B5400284) for the purchase of three (3) Chevrolet Impalas.  Funding for this purchase is provided for in the FY2016 – 2021 Capital Improvement Program, FL7-001.  The cost of one (1) marked Chevrolet Impala is $25,666.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Crary, the contract for the purchase of three (3) marked police cars was awarded to Criswell Chevrolet for $76,998, on a unanimous roll call vote. 

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1873, an ordinance to approve and adopt a Master Plan for the City of Laurel, into the record for the first reading. 

 

Jack Brock, Director of Community Planning said the City is required to review its Master Plan every ten years according to state law.  The Mayor convened a Master Plan Review Committee which met and held public hearings.  The City of Laurel Planning Commission approved the Plan on June 14, 2016 and thereby recommended the Plan to the Mayor and City Council for adoption.

 

President Ricks opened the public hearing at 6:35 p.m. and closed with it with no one present who wished to speak.  A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, July 25, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1876, Infrastructure Bonds, 2016 Series A, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, a municipal corporation of the State of Maryland (the “Issuer”), providing for the issuance and sale of bonds of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed Five Million One Hundred Thirty-Four Thousand Three Hundred Thirty Four Dollars ($5,134,334.00) to be known as “Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Infrastructure Bonds, 2016 Series A” (or by such other or additional designations as required by the Community Development Administration identified herein) (the “Bonds”), to be issued and sold pursuant to the authority of Sections 4-101 through 4‑255 of the Housing and Community Development Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended, for the purpose of (I) providing all or a portion of the funds necessary for financing and/or refinancing the following projects: facility maintenance improvements, fleet equipment purchases, information technology purchases, park improvements, and street improvements, (II) funding a portion of a Capital Reserve Fund and (III) paying issuance and other costs related to the bonds; providing that the bonds shall be issued upon the full faith and credit of the issuer; providing for the disbursement of the proceeds of the sale of the bonds and for the levy of annual taxes upon all assessable property within the corporate limits of the issuer for the payment of the principal of and interest on the bonds as they shall respectively mature; providing for the form, tenor, denomination, maturity date or dates and other provisions of the bonds; providing for the sale of the bonds; and providing for related purposes, including (without limitation) the method of fixing the interest rate or rates to be borne by the bonds, the approval, execution and delivery of documents, agreements, certificates and instruments and the making of or providing for the making of representations and covenants concerning the tax status of interest on the bonds, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 6:38 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.  A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Reverend Warren Litchfield announced that the Prince George’s County Fire and Rescue Association will be meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at Partnership Hall, 811 Fifth Street.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                                    Clerk to the Council

 

 

Approved:

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

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