Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

EIGHTEENTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 – REGULAR – 7:00 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.
  2. Invocation – Reverend Warren H. Litchfield.
  3. Pledge of Allegiance.
  4. Roll call.
  5. Approval of Minutes of the Seventeenth Meeting of July 25, 2016.
  6. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  7. Mayoral appointment/re-appointments of David Deglau, Parks and Recreation CAC, Krystia Bonheur, Environmental Affairs, Brian Lee, Board of Appeals, Marjorie McCeney, Historic District Commission and Douglas Hayes, Historic District Commission.
  8. Presentation of Citizen of the Month.
  9. General Public Hearing.
  10. Bid recommendation for Fire Sprinkler System at the Armory Anderson Murphy Community Center.
  11. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1877, Text Amendment No. 242, an ordinance amending Laurel City Code Chapter 20, “Land Development and Subdivision Regulations” Article I “Zoning” to amend: Division 1 “In General,” Division 3 “City Planning Commission” Division 4 “Board of Appeals”, Division 5 “Zoning Districts,” Division 6 “Parking and Loading Facilities”, Division 7 “Sign and Advertising Structures”, Division 9, “Exceptions and Supplements to Zone Regulations,” to add Section 20-20.9 Small Wind Energy Systems, Division 13 “Historic District Commission,” to add Section 20-25.9 “Prevention of Demolition of Neglect,” and repealing in its entirety Division 16 “Community Design Standards,” amending Laurel City Code, Chapter 20 “Land Development and Subdivision Regulations” to add Appendix D “Parking Modification Zone”, and providing for an effective date.
  12. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance  No. 1878, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 11 “Planning and Development,” Sec. 11-4 “Adoption of Master Plan” to reflect the recent adoption of a new Master Plan for the City of Laurel.
  13. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1879, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the Code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 8 “Licenses, Permits and Business Regulations,” to amend Sec. 8-6 “Miscellaneous License Fees” and to repeal Schedules A “License Fee Schedule” and B “Permit Fee Schedule” for the purpose of removing such fees from the City Code and amending Sections 8-21, 8-25 and 8-55 to reflect this change.
  14. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1880, an ordinance amending City Code, Article XII “Property Standards,” Chapter 18 “Buildings and Building Regulations,” Division 1 “Storage of unregistered, inoperable, dismantled, partially dismantled and wrecked motor vehicles and trailers, snow and ice removal”, and Division 2 “Accumulations and Nuisance Conditions, etc., and providing an effective date.
  15. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1881, an ordinance to amend the Operating Budget of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. 
  16. Introduction and first public hearing on Charter Resolution  No. 170, a Charter Resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending Article 400 “Administration” of the Charter of the City of Laurel to reflect a reorganization of the City by amending Sec. 465 “Director of the Department of Development Management” and adding Sec. 466 “Director of the Department of the Fire Marshall and Permit Services to reflect the division of the Department of Planning and Zoning into the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Department of Fire Marshall and Permit Services.

Minutes

EIGHTEENTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 – REGULAR – 7:00 P.M.

 

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 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: Martin Flemion, City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, MMC, Chief of Staff; Kimberley A. Rau, MMC, Clerk; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Jack Brock, Director of Development Management; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Chief Rich McLaughlin, Police Department and Karen Ruff, City Attorney.  There was a public attendance of approximately thirteen people.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the Minutes of the Seventeenth Meeting of July 25, 2016, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Fourth Annual Back to School Jam/Backpack Giveaway held on Saturday, August 13, 2016, sponsored by the City of Laurel, Laurel Board of Trade and several local businesses. 
  • “Cops to Crops” held on Saturday, August 20, 2016, 12:00, during which police officers came out and supported the community efforts of planting and harvesting.
  • Saturday, August 27, 2016, the Laurel Knights of Pythias sponsored The Pan-Chivalric Union Dinner to raise funds for the Honor flight Network and the Laurel Police Department.
  • Celebration of Johnny Higgs, 70th Birthday was a very joyous occasion.
  • Annual Emancipation Day Celebration held on Saturday, September 3, 2016, in the Grove Community, which started with a 5K, a parade at 12:00 Noon with entertainment scheduled throughout the day.
  • Maryland Municipal League (MML) Board of Directors Retreat was held in College Park this past weekend.  During which the Strategic Plan for the next year was discussed.  Mayor Moe has been appointed the Hometown Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (HEPAC) along with Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation.  Board members discussed reaching out to all 157 municipalities and staff to let them know what resources are available to them.
  • Annual Dog Show will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at McCullough Field.
  • Condolences to the Hoffman family on the passing of Terry.
  • Fun in the Sun (FITS) held at Greenview Drive Pool on Saturday, August 20, 2016, sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
  • Fido’s For Freedom celebrated International Assistance Dog Week with an Open House on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Chief’s Citizens Advisory Committee will be hosting a Block Party at McCullough Field on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • “My Time with the Mayor” held on Monday, August 22, 2016, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.?
  • Residents were reminded to watch for the children walking to school and to please not pass school buses.
  • Appreciation extended to the Laurel Police Department and Department of Public works for their efforts during the August 12, 2016, performance of the “Earth, Wind and Fire” Tribute Band at McCullough Field which was attended by several thousand people.
  • 9/11 Memorial Dedication held on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the Laurel Municipal Center.  The event started with an Interfaith Celebration followed by the unveiling of the memorial.  Appreciation extended to Reverend Hodges, Oakland’s Presbyterian Church, City Administrator Marty Flemion, Communications Director Audrey Barnes, Assistant Communications Director Joyce Jackson and Administrative Assistant Lena Grant for their efforts planning the event. A full day of activities were held starting with a Memorial Service at 8:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, a First Responders Vehicle Show at the Laurel Towne Center starting at 10:00 a.m., a flag raising ceremony at Mission BBQ at 12:00 Noon and a memorial service at the American Legion from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Laurel Senior Friendship Club will be held on Friday September 16, 2016, 5:00 p.m. at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Citizens Center.

 

Mayor Moe submitted the following mayoral appointment/re-appointments of David Deglau, Parks and Recreation CAC, Krystia Bonheur, Environmental Affairs, Brian Lee, Board of Appeals, Marjorie McCeney, Historic District Commission and Douglas Hayes, Historic District Commission, in a memorandum dated August 29, 2016.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the Mayoral appointments were confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

At this time Mayor Moe and President Ricks recognized James Leishear as Citizen of the Month for September, 2016.  Mr. Leishear was nominated by Michael Sellner.  Mr. Leishear was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift card.

 

President Ricks opened the General Public Hearing at 7:19 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation presented the bid recommendation for Fire Sprinkler System at the Armory Anderson Murphy Community Center, as outlined in a memorandum dated September 7, 2016.  The City of Laurel desires to install a fire sprinkler system in the Laurel Armory Anderson & Murphy Community Center.  To expedite the process in order to allow the installation to take place during the current Armory Phase 2 renovation project, the Department of Parks and Recreation solicited bids from three companies.  KCI engineered the upgrade to the water service as part of the renovation project and WSSC permits have already been acquired.   The scope of work includes installing a wet-pipe automatic sprinkler system throughout the entire Armory Facility and a dry automatic system to the garage. This will include the required amount of sprinkler heads and fire department connections. We invited three contractors to provide a proposal. The information received for installing the fire sprinkler system is outlined in the memorandum.  Funding is available in the current CIP for the Armory Phase 2 Sprinkler Project.  After review by city staff and the Fire Marshal, it is recommended that the Mayor and City Council accept the proposal supplied by Independent Sprinklers, LLC for $59,440.00.  This company has completed other City projects and the Department of Parks and Recreation has found all the work to be acceptable.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the contract was awarded to Independent Sprinklers, LLC for their low bid of $59,440.00, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1877, Text Amendment No. 242, an ordinance amending Laurel City Code Chapter 20, “Land Development and Subdivision Regulations” Article I “Zoning” to amend: Division 1 “In General,” Division 3 “City Planning Commission” Division 4 “Board of Appeals”, Division 5 “Zoning Districts,” Division 6 “Parking and Loading Facilities”, Division 7 “Sign and Advertising Structures”, Division 9, “Exceptions and Supplements to Zone Regulations,” to add Section 20-20.9 Small Wind Energy Systems, Division 13 “Historic District Commission,” to add Section 20-25.9 “Prevention of Demolition of Neglect,” and repealing in its entirety Division 16 “Community Design Standards,” amending Laurel City Code, Chapter 20 “Land Development and Subdivision Regulations” to add Appendix D “Parking Modification Zone”, and providing for an effective date, into the record for the first reading.

 

Jack Brock, Director of Development Management said this legislation was discussed at the work session on September 7, 2016.  The text amendment updates the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) since the lifting of the temporary moratorium.  The legislation has also been updated to include the comments from the City Council at the work session.

 

President Ricks opened the public hearing at 7:25 p.m. and closed 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, September 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance  No. 1878, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 11 “Planning and Development,” Sec. 11-4 “Adoption of Master Plan” to reflect the recent adoption of a new Master Plan for the City of Laurel, into the record for the first reading.

 

Jack Brock, Director of Development Management said this amendment adds the Master Plan approved on July 25, 2016 to the City Code replacing the previous Master Plan approved in 2007.

 

President Ricks opened the public hearing at 7:25 p.m. and closed 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, September 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1879, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the Code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 8 “Licenses, Permits and Business Regulations,” to amend Sec. 8-6 “Miscellaneous License Fees” and to repeal Schedules A “License Fee Schedule” and B “Permit Fee Schedule” for the purpose of removing such fees from the City Code and amending Sections 8-21, 8-25 and 8-55 to reflect this change, into the record for the first reading. 

 

Jack Brock, Director of Development Management said this legislation amends the City Code to remove the fee schedules for licenses and permits allowing the mayor to set the fees during the budget process.  The City Code currently gives the mayor this authority.

 

President Ricks opened the public hearing at 7:27 p.m. and closed 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, September 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1880, an ordinance amending City Code, Article XII “Property Standards,” Chapter 18 “Buildings and Building Regulations,” Division 1 “Storage of unregistered, inoperable, dismantled, partially dismantled and wrecked motor vehicles and trailers, snow and ice removal”, and Division 2 “Accumulations and Nuisance Conditions, etc., and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading.

 

Jack Brock, Director of Development Management said that when implementing the Unified Land Development Code, City staff has noted some sections that should be amended to prohibit outdoor unenclosed storage.  The amendment also reduces the time from 5 days to 48 hours to removal of illegal vehicles. 

 

President Ricks opened the public hearing at 7:29 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.  A second public hearing is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1881, an ordinance to amend the Operating Budget of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, into the record for the first reading.

 

Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services said the budget amendment was discussed at the September work session and is an overall $2,309,023.00 increase to the FY2016 Operating Budget for a total of $32,271,352.00. 

 

President Ricks opened the public hearing at 7:31 p.m. and closed 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, September 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Charter Resolution  No. 170, a Charter Resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending Article 400 “Administration” of the Charter of the City of Laurel to reflect a reorganization of the City by amending Sec. 465 “Director of the Department of Development Management” and adding Sec. 466 “Director of the Department of the Fire Marshall and Permit Services to reflect the division of the Department of Planning and Zoning into the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Department of Fire Marshall and Permit Services, into the record for the first reading. 

 

Jack Brock, Director of Development Management said the City recently underwent a reorganization which resulted in the creation of the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Department of Fire Marshall and Permit Services. 

 

President Ricks opened the public hearing at 7:33 p.m. and closed 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, September 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:33 p.m.

 

 

                                                                        ______________________________

                                                                        Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                        Clerk to the Council

 

Approved:

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

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