Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

TWENTY-FOURTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL


MONDAY, DECEMBER 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 three 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 Twenty-Third Meeting of Monday, November 28, 2016.
  6. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
  7. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  8. General Public Hearing.
  1. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1885, an ordinance to amend the City of Laurel Economic Development Program to expand the businesses that can apply for the Main Street Relocation Grant Program and to amend the Retail Storefront Façade Improvement Program to provide grants for certain exterior improvements, and to eliminate the Sign and Commercial Property Improvement Rebates from the Program; and providing an effective date.
  2. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1895, Map Amendment No. 866, an ordinance to approve Map Amendment Application No. 866 for rezoning of fragmented parcels, located at the intersection of Van Dusen Road and Westside Boulevard, Laurel, Maryland, consisting of 0.996 acres, identified as part of Parcel “D”, part of Parcel “E” and a portion of a State Highway Administration (SHA) Parcel and is part of the Westside Boulevard roadbed, for placement in the M-X-T Zone, of the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code.
  3. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1896, Text Amendment No. 243, an ordinance amending the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code, Article I "Zoning," Division 5 Zoning Districts”, Section 20-9.5 “Table of Industrial Uses” to make Tattoo Parlor/Body Piercing Studio a Special Exception use in the Industrial General Zone and amending ULDC, Article I, Division 10 “Special Exceptions” to add regulations pertaining to the operation of body art establishments in the City; and providing an effective date.                                                                
  4. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1897, an ordinance to amend the Code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 18 “Buildings and Building Regulations,” Article XII, Division 1 to regulate the parking and storage of boats in the City and to amend the title of Division 1.                                                                          
  5. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1898, an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1767 approving an amendment to the R02-01 Site and Landscape Plans for Park Place to remove a condition requiring Parcel C to be included in the Park Place Condominium Association.
  6. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 8-16, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Laurel, Maryland supporting the City’s participation in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Main Street Affiliate Program and approving the City’s Application for the Program.
  7. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 9-16, a resolution approving the conversion of certain delinquent miscellaneous invoices to uncollected status ceasing collection efforts.
  8. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 10-16, a resolution to approve the Economic Development Tax Credit for Pro Spex, 606 Main Street, as provided for in Section 16-6 of the City of Laurel Code.                                                                          
  9. Bid recommendation for LA 17-01 City Streets Improvement Project.                                                             
  10. Bid recommendation for the purchase of one (1) Dump Truck and one (1) Passenger Bus.                                                                                  

 


 

Minutes

TWENTY-FOURTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL


 


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


 


 


 


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with President Leszcz presiding.  Reverend Litchfield gave the Invocation.  Mayor Moe led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called with Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Michael R. Leszcz, Council President; H. Edward Ricks, Councilmember; Donna L. Crary, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas and Councilmember and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present.  Also present: Marty Flemion, City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, MMC, Chief of Staff; Kimberley A. Rau, MMC, Clerk; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Chief Richard McLaughlin, Police Department; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Jack Brock, Director of Economic and Community Development; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Christian Pulley, Assistant Director, Department of Economic and Community Development; Bryan Lau, Deputy Director of Information Technology and Karen Ruff, City Attorney.   There was a public attendance of approximately  


 


On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the Minutes of the Twenty-Third Meeting of Monday, November 28, 2016.


 


On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Minutes of the Work Session on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.


 


Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:


 


  • Holiday Mingle at the Laurel Senior Center on Thursday, December 8, 2016.
  • Breakfast with Santa held at Partnership Hall on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
  • City of Laurel Employee Party on Friday, December 9, 2016, 1:00 p.m. held at the Armory.  City offices closed at 1:00 p.m.
  • Mayor and City Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, December 26, 2016 is cancelled for the Christmas Holiday.
  • Prince George’s County Municipal Association Legislative Dinner on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
  • Grand Opening of Rico’s Taco, 323 Washington Boulevard, Laurel.
  • Congratulations to Derek and Alex Moe on their marriage Saturday, December 10, 2016.
  • Congratulations to Officer James Bright, newly sworn to the City of Laurel.
  • Annual Volunteer Holiday Reception on Thursday, December 15, 2016, appreciation extended to Joanne Barr and her staff for the outstanding holiday decorations.
  • “My Time with the Mayor”, held today at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Laurel Municipal Center.  Residents from the Arts and Entertainment District were present and had some good ideas.
  • City Offices will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2016.  Information on trash collection can be found on the City’s website at www.cityoflaurel.org.
  • Mayor alerted residents that live on snow emergency routes to not park on the street during a snow emergency.

 


President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing a 7:15 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.


 


President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1885, an ordinance to amend the City of Laurel Economic Development Program to expand the businesses that can apply for the Main Street Relocation Grant Program and to amend the Retail Storefront Façade Improvement Program to provide grants for certain exterior improvements, and to eliminate the Sign and Commercial Property Improvement Rebates from the Program; and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:16 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, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


 


President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1895, Map Amendment No. 866, an ordinance to approve Map Amendment Application No. 866 for rezoning of fragmented parcels, located at the intersection of Van Dusen Road and Westside Boulevard, Laurel, Maryland, consisting of 0.996 acres, identified as part of Parcel “D”, part of Parcel “E” and a portion of a State Highway Administration (SHA) Parcel and is part of the Westside Boulevard roadbed, for placement in the M-X-T Zone, of the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code, into the record for the first reading.   The public hearing was opened at 7:17 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, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


 


President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1896, Text Amendment No. 243, an ordinance amending the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code, Article I "Zoning," Division 5 Zoning Districts”, Section 20-9.5 “Table of Industrial Uses” to make Tattoo Parlor/Body Piercing Studio a Special Exception use in the Industrial General Zone and amending ULDC, Article I, Division 10 “Special Exceptions” to add regulations pertaining to the operation of body art establishments in the City; and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:18 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 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


                                                                


President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1897, an ordinance to amend the Code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 18 “Buildings and Building Regulations,” Article XII, Division 1 to regulate the parking and storage of boats in the City and to amend the title of Division1, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:19 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, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


 


President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1898, an ordinance amending Ordinance No.  1767 approving an amendment to the R02-01 Site and Landscape Plans for Park Place to remove a condition requiring Parcel C to be included in the Park Place Condominium Association, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:20 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, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


 


President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 8-16, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Laurel, Maryland supporting the City’s participation in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Main Street Affiliate Program and approving the City’s Application for the Program, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:21 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.


 


President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 9-16, a resolution approving the conversion of certain delinquent miscellaneous invoices to uncollected status ceasing collection efforts, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:22 p.m.


 


S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services said as discussed at the December work session all collection efforts have been exhausted.


 


President Leszcz 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, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


 


President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 10-16, a resolution to approve the Economic Development Tax Credit for Pro Spex, 606 Main Street, as provided for in Section 16-6 of the City of Laurel Code, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:25 p.m.


 


S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services said a 60% tax credit calculates to $74,337 based on the real estate tax revenue of $1,238.95 as of July 1, 2016.


 


President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:26 p.m. A second public hearing is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


 


Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works presented the bid recommendation for LA 17-01 City Streets Improvement Project, as outlined in a memorandum dated December 12, 2016.  This project includes base patching, mill and overlay on Laurel Place along with widening the roadway near the intersection at Cherry Lane; concrete and asphalt repair work on Fairlawn Avenue, the 200 block of Tenth Street, Avondale Street and Clays Lane.  The sealed bids were opened on November 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers.  The bids are outlined in the memorandum.  Funding for this project is included in the CIP FY2017-2022.  It was recommended the Mayor and City Council award the contract to Espina Paving, Inc., out of Woodbridge, Virginia for their low bid of $295,073.00, along with an additional 15% contingency of $44,260.05.


 


On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, the contract was awarded to Espina Paving, Inc., out of Woodbridge, Virginia for their low bid of $295,073.00, along with an additional 15% contingency of $44,260.05, for a total of $339,933.05, on a unanimous roll call vote.


 


Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works presented the bid recommendation for the purchase of one (1) Dump Truck and one (1) Passenger Bus, as outlined in a memorandum dated December 12, 2016.  The Department of Public Works is recommending the purchase of one (1) 10-ton Dump Truck with a plow and salt spreader and one (1) 14 Passenger Bus.  The purchase of the dump truck is included in the vehicle replacement schedule; the purchase of the van will increase the fleet by one.  Johnson Truck Center, Landover, Maryland, has a State of Maryland contract for the purchase of a Dump Truck and Criswell Chevrolet has a Montgomery County contract for the purchase of the bus.  Funding for these vehicles is included in the Capital Improvements Program, and the General Operating Budget using bond funds.  It was recommended that the Mayor and City council award the purchase of these two vehicles for a total cost of $209,636.55.


 


On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the acquisition was approved for a dump truck from Johnson Truck Center, Landover, Maryland for $148,766 and a Passenger Bus from Criswell Chevrolet for $60,870.55, for a total cost of $209,636.55, on a unanimous roll call vote.


 


There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.


 


 


                                                                                    ______________________________


                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC


                                                                                    Clerk to the Council


 


Approved:


 


 


______________________________


Kimberley A. Rau, MMC


Clerk to the Council


 

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