Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

TWENTY-SEVENTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 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.
  1. Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Roll call.
  1. Third public hearing with possible action 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.
  2. Approval of Minutes of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of January 9 and the Twenty-Sixth Meeting of January 23, 2017.
  3. Approval of Minutes of the Regular Work Session of February 1, 2017.
  4. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  5. General Public Hearing.                                                      
  6. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 1-17, a resolution of the Council of the City of Laurel, Maryland approving an agreement between the City and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 11.
  7. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 2-17, a resolution to repeal Resolution No. 11-91, which established the City of Laurel Youth Advisory Council.
  8. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 3-17, a resolution to repeal Resolution No. 2-09, which created a City of Laurel Play Committee.
  9. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1902, an ordinance to repeal Ordinance No. 1112, which established the Laurel Cable Television Citizens Advisory Committee

Minutes

TWENTY-SEVENTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017 – REGULAR – 7:00 P.M.

 

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with President Leszcz presiding.  Reverend Litchfield led 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, Councilmember and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present.  Also present: Marty Flemion, City Administrator; William Goddard, Deputy City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, Chief of Staff; Kimberley A. Rau, Clerk; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Jack Brock, Director of Community and Economic Development; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; Chief Richard McLaughlin, Police Department; Joyce Jackson, Assistant Director of Communications and John Shay, City Solicitor.  There was a public attendance of approximately seventeen people. 

 

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 third reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:01 p.m.

 

Jack Brock, Director of Economic and Community Development said that Text Amendment Application No. 244, Ordinance No. 1900 was filed on December 1, 2016, by the

Golden Realty LLC., to amend the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code, Article I

"Zoning", Division 5 "Zoning Districts", Section 20- 9"Industrial Zones, Section 20-9.5 "Table of Uses" to add Hotel/Motel Uses in the l-RTP Zone (Industrial Research and Technology

Park); and providing an effective date.  On January 3, 2017 the proposed ordinance was sent to the Maryland Department of Planning for comment.  No comment was received.  The file contains a certificate of publication verifying that this application and public hearing was advertised as required by law in the January 12, 2017 edition of the Prince George's Sentinel.  A memorandum from the City of Laurel Planning Commission to the Mayor and City Council, dated January 12, 2017 recommends approval of the Text Amendment as presented in the proposed ordinance.

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:03 p.m.

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Crary, the Minutes of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of January 9, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the Minutes of the Regular Work Session of February 1, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Prince George’s County Executive Rushurn Baker held a 2018 Budget Listening Session at Laurel High School on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Bryan Lau, representing the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department spoke during the budget listening session speaking on issues involving volunteer fire departments and transparency.
  • Prince George’s County Municipal Association (PGCMA) held a Wine & Cheese Reception on Thursday, February 9, 2017, to provide an opportunity for state legislators to attend to discuss items and areas of interest with municipal officials.
  • Environmental Affairs CAC is planning a “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” Art Contest for Earth Day, April 22, 2017.  Details will be announced soon. 
  • Condolences extended to Carreen Koubek on the passing of her father Robert.
  • Cub Scout Pack #1250 Blue and Gold Banquet held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
  • Lovely Ladies of Laurel held a Mentoring Night on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Dwight D. Eisenhower during which Councilmember Nicholas, County Councilmember Lehman and Delegate Penya-Melnyk spoke. 
  • St. Vincent Pallotti High School held a Lip Sync Battle on Friday, January 27, 2017.
  • Meet the Artist at Olive on Main Street on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 2, 2017, Laurel Regional Hospital subcommittee met to discuss customer experience at the hospital.
  • Patuxent River Commission met on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, during which the Calvert County Oysterman Association ask for support of their proposal in Calvert County.
  • Blue & Gold Banquet for Boy Scout Troop #1250 held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Keesler Hall.
  • President Leszcz thanked the Mayor, his council colleagues and staff for the expressions of condolences with the recent passing of his brother Martin Leszcz.
  • Condolences extended to the family of Jimmy Fisher, cousin of Councilmember H. Edward Ricks.
  • Condolences extended to the family of former Councilmember Paul Duncan.
  • Councilmember Ricks is working with the Administration on ways to address the blighted and abandoned houses in the City.
  • Condolences extended to the family of Marcus Colbert.   Mayor expressed his appreciation to all city staff and residents for the calls, emails of condolences and offers of assistance during a very difficult time.   The police investigation is continuing into the accident.  He said he will make sure that Marcus is remembered with some kind of memorial in the near future.
  • Laurel Regional Hospital meetings are on-going.  Draft reports are due to the Executive Committee by March with the final report due to the University of Maryland Medical System’s Board by May.
  •  “My Time with the Mayor” held today at the Laurel Police Department from 4:30 to

6:30 p.m.

  • Maryland Mayor’s Conference held last week in Annapolis, Maryland, sponsored by the Maryland Municipal League.
  • Senate Budget Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. on Local Income Tax Overpayments of which the City received an overpayment of $360,000.
  • City Offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017 in observance of President’s Day.
  • City of Laurel Annual Open House is scheduled for Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Laurel Historical Museum has a new exhibit on World War I which will run from January 2017 until December 2017.

 

At this time, Councilmember Ricks asked Mayor Moe and Council President Leszcz to join him at the podium to present Kathy Pederson with a plaque recognizing her efforts to clean up the Laurel community.  Every quarter Ms. Pederson schedules a community cleanup, during which her neighbors get together and pick up trash.  Afterwards they have dinner together.  Several community members who participated in the community cleanup were also present and were presented with a City pin.

 

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:26 p.m.

 

Yolanda Hazel, 506 Clays Lane, Laurel, thanked the Mayor and City Council for the improvements made in the Grove Community.  She said the neighborhood is quieter and cleaner.  She expressed her concern about the vacant home next to hers, and was pleased to hear Councilmember Ricks mention that he is working on the issue of vacant/foreclosed properties.  She concluded her remarks asking of another Town Hall for the Grove Community could be scheduled in the near future.

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:28 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 1-17, a resolution of the Council of the City of Laurel, Maryland approving an agreement between the City and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 11, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:28 p.m.

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary, RESOLUTION NO. 1-17, A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAUREL, MARYLAND APPROVING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, LODGE 11, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action. 

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 2-17, a resolution to repeal Resolution No. 11-91, which established the City of Laurel Youth Advisory Council, 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, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 3-17, a resolution to repeal Resolution No. 2-09, which created a City of Laurel Play Committee, 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, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title Ordinance No. 1902, an ordinance to repeal Ordinance No. 1112, which established the Laurel Cable Television Citizens Advisory Committee, 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, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:33 p.m.

 

 

______________________________           

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

 

Approved: February 28, 2017

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

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