Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Agenda

TWENTY-SIXTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2017 – 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-Fifth Meeting of January 9, 2017.
  6. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  7. General Public Hearing.                                                      
  8. Second public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1899, an ordinance amending City Code, Chapter 8 “Licenses, Permits, and Business Regulations,” to add Article VII “Body Art Establishments”.
  9. Second public hearing on Ordinance No. 1900, Text Amendment No. 244, an ordinance amending the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code, Section 20-9.5 to add Hotel/Motel uses in the I-RTP Zone.
  10. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1901, Fourth Amendment to the City of Laurel Employees Retirement Plan, as amended and restated effective July 1, 2013.

Minutes

TWENTY-SIXTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2017 – REGULAR – 7:00 P.M.

 

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with President Leszcz presiding.  Mayor Moe led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called with Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Michael R. Leszcz, Council President; H. Edward Ricks, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember; Donna L. Crary, Councilmember and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present.  Also present:  Marty Flemion, City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, Chief of Staff; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Jack Brock, Director of Economic and Community Development; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Chief Rich McLaughlin, Police Department; Mike Greene, Personnel Officer and John Shay, City Solicitor.  There was a public attendance of approximately fifteen people.

 

Mayor Moe said today the City of Laurel and dedicated employees send condolences to the family of Department of Public Works employee Marcus Colbert who was killed in the line of duty.  The accident happened at 9 a.m. today, January 23, 2017.  Police say it appears the driver of an SUV headed east on Old Sandy Spring Road, hit a parked car at Casula’s Way and then slammed into Marcus who was working behind a City trash truck.  Marcus died at the scene.  Marcus turned 30 years old on January 9th.  He is the City of Laurel’s first on the job fatality.  Marcus, a lifelong Laurel resident started working for the City of Laurel on June 16, 2003 in the Parks and Recreation Department as a summer auxiliary employee.  He was hired by the Department of Public Works as a laborer in September 19, 2005. His father Ralph Brent has worked for DPW for 23 years. A cousin, Norman Hull has worked for DPW for 5 years. The City of Laurel will ensure that Marcus Colbert’s memory lives on.  Mayor Moe concluded his remarks by thanking the citizens for the many calls, emails and texts expressing condolences and offering assistance and donations.  Marcus will be remembered for his smile, his willingness to help everyone, and his strong work ethic, and just being a kind person and always willing to help.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Condolences extended to the family and friends of Marcus Colbert.
  • Maryland Municipal League Convention Planning committee has completed planning for the summer conference.
  • Happy Birthday to former Mayor Joe Robison.
  • Condolences to the Stoner/Beard family on the loss of Daniel Stoner.
  • Cattail Creek Project - Patuxent River watershed on private property.  Prince George’s County and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) are spending money on improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Weeblow Troop #606 from Hammond Elementary School are present this evening.
  • City of Laurel held a Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:10 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1899, an ordinance amending City Code, Chapter 8 “Licenses, Permits, and Business Regulations,” to add Article VII “Body Art Establishments”, into the record for the second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:11 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Crary, ORDINANCE NO. 1899, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CITY CODE, CHAPTER 8 “LICENSES, PERMITS, AND BUSINESS REGULATIONS,” TO ADD ARTICLE VII “BODY ART ESTABLISHMENTS, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1900, Text Amendment No. 244, an ordinance amending the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code, Section 20-9.5 to add Hotel/Motel uses in the I-RTP Zone, into the record for the second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:12 p.m.

 

            Mike Nagy, Rifkin, Weiner and Livingston, is present to answer any questions from the Mayor and City Council.

 

            President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:13 p.m. with no one else present who wished to speak.  A third public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1901, Fourth Amendment to the City of Laurel Employees Retirement Plan, as amended and restated effective July 1, 2013, read into the record for the first reading.  7:14 p.m.

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary, ORDINANCE NO. 1901, FOURTH AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF LAUREL EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT PLAN, AS AMENDED AND RESTATED EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:16 p.m.

 

 

 

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