Mayor and City Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

TWENTY-EIGHTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017 – REGULAR – 7:00 P.M. (NEW DATE)

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-Sixth Meeting of January 23 and the Twenty-Seventh Meeting of February 13, 2017.
  6. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  7. General Public Hearing.                                                      
  8. Second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No. 2-17, a resolution to repeal Resolution No. 11-91, which established the City of Laurel Youth Advisory Council.
  9. Second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No. 3-17, a resolution to repeal Resolution No. 2-09, which created a City of Laurel Play Committee.
  10. Second public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1902, an ordinance to repeal Ordinance No. 1112, which established the Laurel Cable Television Citizens Advisory Committee.

Minutes

TWENTY-EIGHTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017 – 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.  President Leszcz led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called with: 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.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the Minutes of the Twenty-Sixth Meeting of January 23 and the Twenty-Seventh Meeting of February 13, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Legislation currently being considered in Annapolis to forgive the municipalities for the over payment of income tax revenue made in error by the Comptroller’s Office.  City is hopeful this legislation is passed forgiving the City of Laurel $360,000 overpayment.
  • City of Laurel Annual Open House is Sunday, March 5, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:14 p.m.

 

Amy Knox, 606 Prince George Street, Laurel, requested the City Council’s support of the Maryland Trust Act – Senate Bill 835 and House Bill 13762.  Both bills are supported by the 21st Delegation.  The Maryland Trust Act expressed the intent of the General Assembly to restore community trust in Maryland Law Enforcement by clarifying the parameters of local participation in federal immigration enforcement efforts.  She asked the City Council to take action to support or endorse the Maryland Trust Act as a clear sign that we truly do value our community members and to help keep our community safe.

 

Karen Lubieniecki, 421 Prince George Street, Laurel, is present to support what Ms. Knox is saying and she feels it is important to give a clear message to our community and our police that we don’t want them to get involved in immigration issues.  To do so would create fear of reporting crimes, will lead to exploitation and unreported crimes.

                                                      

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:15 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

           

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary, RESOLUTION NO. 2-17, A RESOLUTION TO REPEAL RESOLUTION NO. 11-91, WHICH ESTABLISHED THE CITY OF LAUREL YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:16 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, RESOLUTION NO. 3-17, A RESOLUTION TO REPEAL RESOLUTION NO. 2-09, WHICH CREATED A CITY OF LAUREL PLAY COMMITTEE, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1902, an ordinance to repeal Ordinance No. 1112, which established the Laurel Cable Television Citizens Advisory Committee, into the record for the second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:18 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, ORDINANCE NO. 1902, AN ORDINANCE TO REPEAL ORDINANCE NO. 1112, WHICH ESTABLISHED THE LAUREL CABLE TELEVISION CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. 

 

Commenting before the meeting was adjourned, Councilmembers Smalls, Crary, Ricks and Nicholas expressed their appreciation to the speakers for bringing the issue of the Maryland Trust Act to public comment tonight.  Councilmember Ricks has requested a meeting with the Mayor to discuss the topic.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:19 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC      

                                                                                    Clerk to the Council

 

 

Approved: April 10, 2017

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

 

 

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