Mayor and City Council Meeting
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

Agenda

TWENTIETH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 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 Nineteenth Meeting of September 26, 2016.
  6. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on October 5, 2016.
  7. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  8. Mayoral appointment of Raymond Roakes, CAC for Parks and Recreation.
  9. General Public Hearing.
  10. Consideration of a bid recommendation for the purchase of one (1) Marked Police K-9 SUV and one (1) Unmarked Police Car.
  11. Reintroduction and public hearing on Ordinance No. 1869, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the City Code Chapter  9 “Miscellaneous Provisions and Offences,”. Sec. 9-20 “Grocery Cart Storage.”
  12. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1882, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the Code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 7 “Garbage, Trash, Weeds, Etc.,” Article II “Refuse Collection and Disposal Service” by repealing and reenacting with amendments Sec. 7-23 “Supplemental Collections; Prohibited Materials” to clarify that property owners are responsible for supplemental residential collection services provided to property they own.
  13. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1883, an ordinance to establish the City of Laurel Economic Development Program and appropriate funds from the unassigned fund balance to finance the program; and providing an effective date.
  14. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No.1884, an ordinance to amend Section 17-76, of the Laurel City Code to designate all of Old Sandy Spring Road and Brooklyn Bridge Road from Patuxent Road to the I-95 Overpass as Snow Emergency Routes.

Minutes

TWENTIETH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 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 and Donna L. Crary, Councilmember present.  Also present:  Marty Flemion, City Administrator; Kimberley A. Rau, MMC, Clerk; LouAnn Crook, MMC, Chief of Staff; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Jack Brock, Director of Development Management; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; Chief Richard McLaughlin, Police Department; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications and John Shay, City Solicitor. There was a public attendance of approximately ten people.

 

Approval of Minutes of the Nineteenth Meeting of September 26, 2016, was deferred to the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Minutes of the Work Session on October 5, 2016, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Condolences extended to former City Administrator Kristie Mills and her family on the recent passing of her husband Frank Mills.
  • Grant Applications for the City’s Youth Services Commission will be accepted until October 31, 2016.
  • Monday, October 3, 2016, Annual Plowman and Fisherman Dinner honored retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski and outgoing Congresswoman Donna Edwards for their service.
  • Patuxent Riverkeeper Leszcz will be taking a boat tour of the Patuxent River on Thursday, October 20, 2016 to get a better understanding of the erosion from the bluffs the effect on the river as well as the bay.
  • Thursday, October 6, 2016, Quarterly Breakfast with area principals hosted by First Generation College Bound. 
  • Saturday, October 8, 2016, 8:30 a.m. City’s Annual Recycling and Paper Shredding event.
  • St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Services held on Sunday, October 16, 2016, recognizing the City’s efforts to bring the community together.
  • Condolences to the family of Marlene Collins on the recent passing of her father.
  • First Annual Walk Laurel Day held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, an initiative of Governor Hogan. 
  • Host Maryland Municipal League (MML) Hometown Emergency Preparedness Committee (HEPAC) on Saturday, October 15, 10:00 a.m.
  • Laurel Regional Hospital Strategic Workgroup met on the Monday, October 10, 2016.  Residents interested in participating should call the Mayor’s office.
  • “My Time with the Mayor” held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Facility.
  • Meet the Artist Event at Olive on Main on Thursday, October 13, 2016, featuring students from Bond Mill Elementary School.

 

Mayor Moe submitted the appointment of Raymond Roakes, CAC for Parks and Recreation, in a memorandum dated October 5, 2016.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Crary, the appointment of Raymond Roakes, CAC for Parks and Recreation was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Ricks opened the General Public Hearing at 7:09 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 purchase of one (1) Marked Police K-9 SUV and one (1) Unmarked Police Car, as outlined in a memorandum dated October 3, 2016.  Before assembling the bid package for this purchase, the Department contacted several agencies to inquire if there were any current contracts for models that equaled or exceeded the City’s needs.  Hetrick Fleet Services, Inc. was awarded the State of Maryland Contract for the purchase of one Ford Explorer and one Ford Police Interceptor Sedan.  Funding for this purchase is provided for in the Capital Improvement Program FY2017-2022.  It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council award the purchase to Hetrick Fleet Services, Inc. for a total cost of $62,537.00.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the purchase of one Ford Explorer and one Ford Police Interceptor Sedan for a total cost of $62,537.00, from Hetrick Fleet Services, Inc., was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1869, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the City Code Chapter  9 “Miscellaneous Provisions and Offences,”. Sec. 9-20 “Grocery Cart Storage”, into the record for the first reading as a reintroduction. 

 

Marty Flemion, City Administrator said this legislation was discussed at the October work session.  The document before the City Council tonight includes the edits to the original legislation.

 

President Ricks opened the public hearing at 7:11 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, October 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1882, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the Code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 7 “Garbage, Trash, Weeds, Etc.,” Article II “Refuse Collection and Disposal Service” by repealing and reenacting with amendments Sec. 7-23 “Supplemental Collections; Prohibited Materials” to clarify that property owners are responsible for supplemental residential collection services provided to property they own, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:13 p.m.  

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works said it will be the ultimate obligation of the owner of the property to pay for the costs incurred for supplemental collection services to the property.  Property owners will be advised of this at the time they apply for rental permits.

 

President Ricks opened the public hearing at 7:13 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, October 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1883, an ordinance to establish the City of Laurel Economic Development Program and appropriate funds from the unassigned fund balance to finance the program; and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  Public hearing opened at 7:14 p.m.

 

Jack Brock, Director of Development Management said the focus of the program is Revitalization Overlay Areas R0-1, R0-2 and R0-3.  Also available under this program are reduced building fees, assistance through permit process and property tax credits for properties located in one of the identified Revitalization Overlay Areas.

 

Mayor Moe asked the City Council to consider suspending the Council Rules to adopt this legislation tonight.

 

President Ricks opened the public hearing at 7:16 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak. 

 

The Council Rules were suspended on motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Crary. 

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Crary, ORDINANCE NO. 1883, AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE CITY OF LAUREL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND APPROPRIATE FUNDS FROM THE UNASSIGNED FUND BALANCE TO FINANCE THE PROGRAM; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No.1884, an ordinance to amend Section 17-76, of the Laurel City Code to designate all of Old Sandy Spring Road and Brooklyn Bridge Road from Patuxent Road to the I-95 Overpass as Snow Emergency Routes, into the record for the first reading.  Public hearing was opened at 7:18 p.m.

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works said the City recently took ownership of these roads.  To better serve the residents of the City, these roads will be designated as snow emergency routes.

 

Steve Greer, 7210 Old Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, has lived on this street for 30 years.  He said the Department of Public Works does an amazing job clearing the streets during and after snow storms.  He’s doesn’t understand what declaring these roads snow emergency routes will do.  He is concerned this action will adversely affect residents who only have on street parking.  He also commented about the speed limit being 30 mph where it is a dead end.

 

Mayor Moe asked Mr. Ferree to look into Mr. Greer’s concern before action is taken on this legislation.

 

President Ricks closed the public hearing at 7:24 p.m.  A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 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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