Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 7:00pm

Agenda

NINETEENTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 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 Eighteenth Meeting of September 12, 2016.
  6. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  7. General Public Hearing.
  8. Second public hearing with possible action 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.
  9. Second public hearing with possible action 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.
  10. Second public hearing with possible action 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.
  11. Second public hearing with possible action 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 Obnoxious Conditions, etc., and providing an effective date.
  12. Second public hearing with possible action 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. 
  13. Second public hearing with possible action 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

NINETEENTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 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.  Roll was called with H. Edward Ricks, Council President; Valerie M.A. Nichols, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember and Donna L. Crary, Councilmember present.  Also present:  Marty Flemion, City Administrator; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Jack Brock, Director of Development Management; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Chief Richard McLaughlin, Police Department; Melanie Wieringa, Chief Building Official and John Shay, City Solicitor.  There was a public attendance of approximately five people.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the Minutes of the Eighteenth Meeting of September 12, 2016, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Friday, September 15, 2016, 50th Laurel Senior Friendship Club Dinner
  • Sunday, September 25, 2016, Riverfest
  • September 24, 2016 Pallotti High School Annual Crab Feast
  • September 24, 2016 Cops on the Rooftop
  • Councilmember Leszcz gave thanks to the men and woman of our police department who have events throughout the year to support Special Olympics and many thanks to their sponsors, especially Dunkin Donuts, and the public who participated and donated.
  • Councilmember Crary would like to remind everyone that it has gotten a lot darker in the morning and in the evening and to please be careful of people that are walking, kids and adults whether they are in the crosswalk or not.
  • Councilmember Crary Congratulated the Board of Trade on the Riverfest which was one the best attended
  • Councilmember Ricks recognized Mrs. Dwyer and the rest of the people on the Montgomery Street area for doing all of the clean up the other day, it was certainly appreciated.
  • Councilmember Ricks welcomed Josh and James Cole, new residents to the City of Laurel who while working on 6th Street also cleaned up parts of the street including sidewalks and the street edgings.

 

President Ricks opened the General Public Hearing at 7:07 p.m.

           

            Cheryl Dwyer, 310 4th Street, Laurel, said she is proud to live here in this wonderful town but has concerns with litter in the City. She made a suggestion about putting together a group to go door to door with information and also offer to help people in inspecting their yard in a friendly fashion and ask them if they would like help in identifying places where mosquitos have habitat and also if people needed help with yard work, maybe we could help them with that also. She said this would be something to instigate a little property pride with a helping hand. She also suggested that we recognize apartment complexes that do a tremendous job with their landscaping and ground keeping.

 

            President Ricks closed the General Public Hearing at 7:11 p.m.

 

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 second reading. 

 

Jack Brock, Director of Development Management said Text Amendment Application No. 242 was filed on July 1, 2016 by the Mayor and City Council of Laurel to amend 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 “Signs 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 by 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 an effective date.  On July 21, 2016 the proposed ordinance was sent to the Maryland Department of Planning for comment. No response was received. The file contains a certificate of publication verifying that this application and public hearing was advertised as required by law in the September 8, 2016 edition of the Prince George’s Sentinel. A memorandum from the City of Laurel Planning Commission to the Mayor and City Council, dated September 14, 2016, recommends approval of Text Amendment No. 242.

 

President Ricks opened the public hearing for Ordinance No. 1877, Text Amendment No. 242 at 7:15 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

                                    

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Coucnilmember Crary, 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, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened and closed at 7:16 p.m. with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Crary, 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, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened and closed at 7:18 p.m. with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, 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, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

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 Obnoxious Conditions, etc., and providing an effective date, into the record for the second reading.  The public hearing was opened and closed at 7:21 p.m. with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Crary, 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 OBNOXIOUS CONDITIONS, ETC., AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE, AS AMENDED, was adopted as amended on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened and closed at 7:24 p.m. with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, 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, AS AMENDED, was adopted  as amended on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened and closed at 7:26p.m. with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, 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, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:29 p.m.

 

 

                                                                        ______________________________

                                                                        Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                        Clerk to the Council

 

 

Approved:

 

 

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Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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