Mayor and City Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 10:45am

Agenda

TWENTY-SECOND MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2016 – REGULAR – 7:00 P.M.

 

 

 

  1. Call to order.
  2. Invocation – Reverend Warren H. Litchfield.
  3. Pledge of Allegiance.
  4. Roll call
  5. Approval of Minutes of the Twenty-First Meeting of Monday, October 24, 2016.
  6. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.
  7. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  8. General Public Hearing.
  9. Third public hearing and possible action on Ordinance No. 1869, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the City Code Chapter9 “Miscellaneous Provisions and Offences,”. Sec. 9-20 “Grocery Cart Storage.”
  10. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1887, an ordinance to amend the Operating Budget of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
  11. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1888, an ordinance to amend certain project budgets in the FY2017 – FY2022 Capital Improvement Program
  12. Introduction and first public hearing on ordinance No. 1889, an ordinance to amend Section 17-136, of the Laurel City Code to designate a speed limit for Brooklyn Bridge Road and Old Sandy Spring Road.
  13. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1890, an ordinance to amend the operation of the City of Laurel Employees Retirement Plan effective on and after July 1, 2016 by changing the Mortality Tabled used for funding purposes.
  14. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1891, an ordinance to amend the operation of the City of Laurel Police Retirement Plan effective on and after July 1, 2016 by changing the Mortality Tabled used for funding purposes.
  15. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1892, an ordinance to modify the operation of the City of Laurel Employees Retirement Plan effective on and after July 1, 2016 to increase the smoothing period.
  16. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1893, an ordinance to modify the operation of the City of Laurel Police Retirement Plan effective on and after July 1, 2016 to increase the smoothing period.
  17. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1894, an ordinance amending the Laurel City Code, Chapter 17 “Traffic,” Article III “Stopping, Standing and Parking,” Division 2 “Metered Parking” to extend the application of the metered parking provisions to public parking lots

Minutes

TWENTY-SECOND MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 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: Marty 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; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Jack Brock, Director of Development Management; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications and John Shay, City Solicitor.  There was a public attendance of approximately twelve people.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Minutes of the Twenty-First Meeting of Monday, October 24, 2016, were approved on a roll call vote with Councilmember Smalls ABSTAINING.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Minutes of the Work Session on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, were approved on a roll call vote with Councilmember Smalls ABSTAINING.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Harvest Moon Hayride on Friday, November 4, 2016, with nearly 400 people attending.
  • Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services 5k on Thursday, November 24, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
  • “No Shave November”, Laurel Police Officers are raising money for Special Olympics this November.
  • “Reindeer Run” scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2016 to raise money for Sara’s House in memory of Tommy Lindsenmeyer.
  • Grand Re-opening of the Laurel Armory on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Trick-or-Treat on Main Street held on Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. sponsored by the Laurel Board of Trade.
  • Monday, October 31, 2016, Strategy Meeting held for the Laurel Hospital Workgroups.  Interested residents should contact the Mayor’s office for additional information.
  • Councilmember Smalls has been appointed to a Domestic Violence Task Force representing the Maryland Municipal League looking at finding ways to mask the addresses of victims of domestic violence on deeds.
  • Environmental Affairs Committee kicked off webpage to provide information and highlight examples of environmental stewardship.
  • Dedication of the First Hometown Heroes Banner to be unveiled on Thursday, November 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in honor of U.S. Marine Corporal Gene Mills.

 

At this time, Council President Ricks, Mayor Moe and the City Council presented Officer Schmidt with a gift card in appreciation for his service going above and beyond the call of duty.

 

Mayor Moe read a proclamation into the record proclaiming Saturday, November 26, 2016, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY in the City of Laurel and encouraged residents to shop local small businesses.  He then presented the proclamation to Jim Cross, Laurel Board of Trade.

 

Mayor Moe read a proclamation into the record proclaiming November MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS WORKS MONTH in the City of Laurel.  He then presented the proclamation to Councilmember Donna Crary, Chief of Staff Lou Ann Crook and Clerk Kimberley Rau.

 

President Ricks opened the General Public Hearing at 7:24 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, 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” was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1887, an ordinance to amend the Operating Budget of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:27 p.m.

 

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services said as discussed at the November Work Session, this ordinance authorizes the use of $250,000 from the Unassigned Fund Balance to provide tax credits and other financial incentives for economic development activities.

 

President Ricks closed the public hearing at 7:28 p.m.  A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1888, an ordinance to amend certain project budgets in the FY2017 – FY2022 Capital Improvement Program, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:28 p.m.

 

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services said as discussed at the November Work Session, this legislation adds to the Capital Improvements Program a project for Memorial Gardens as well as funds in the amount of $400,000 to the Fleet Equipment Acquisition to provide cash funding for non-emergency vehicles.

 

President Ricks closed the public hearing at 7:29 p.m.  A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1889, an ordinance to amend Section 17-136, of the Laurel City Code to designate a speed limit for Brooklyn Bridge Road and Old Sandy Spring Road, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:30 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, November 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1890, an ordinance to amend the operation of the City of Laurel Employees Retirement Plan effective on and after July 1, 2016 by changing the Mortality Tabled used for funding purposes, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:31 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, November 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1891, an ordinance to amend the operation of the City of Laurel Police Retirement Plan effective on and after July 1, 2016 by changing the Mortality Tabled used for funding purposes, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at7:31 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, November 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1892, an ordinance to modify the operation of the City of Laurel Employees Retirement Plan effective on and after July 1, 2016 to increase the smoothing period, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:32 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, November 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1893, an ordinance to modify the operation of the City of Laurel Police Retirement Plan effective on and after July 1, 2016 to increase the smoothing period, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:33 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, November 28 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Ricks read the title of Ordinance No. 1894, an ordinance amending the Laurel City Code, Chapter 17 “Traffic,” Article III “Stopping, Standing and Parking,” Division 2 “Metered Parking” to extend the application of the metered parking provisions to public parking lots, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:33 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, November 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, Councilmember Michael R. Leszcz was elected President on a unanimous roll call vote. 

 

President Leszcz thanked Councilmember H. Edward Ricks for his leadership as Council President the past two years and presented him with a desk clock from his colleagues.

 

President Leszcz thanked his colleagues for their confidence in electing him Council President.  He will continue with the current committee assignments.  He then appointed Councilmember Valerie M.A. Nicholas his pro tem.

 

            Mayor Moe thanked Councilmember H. Edward Ricks for his support of the Administration over the past two years and all he has been able to accomplish.  He also congratulated Council President Leszcz and Pro Tem Nicholas saying he is looking forward to working with them during the next year.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:36 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                        ______________________________

                                                                        Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                        Clerk to the Council

 

Approved:

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

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