Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 6:15pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

SPECIAL WORK SESSION

6:15 P.M.

  1. Review of the FY2016 Audit.

 

THIRTIETH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 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-Eighth Meeting of February 28 and the Twenty-Ninth Meeting of March 13, 2017.
  6. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  7. General Public Hearing.
  8. Second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No. 5-17, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Laurel approving the designation of a Sustainable Community and an application therefor.
  9. Second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No. 6-17, a resolution to set the Polling Places for regular voting in the City of Laurel General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
  10. Second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No 7-17, a resolution to set the dates, times and Polling Places for early voting in the City of Laurel General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Minutes

THIRTIETH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 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.  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; John Shay, Jack Brock, Director of Community and Economic Development; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Chief Rich McLaughlin, Police Department; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; E. Michael Greene, Personnel Officer and John Shay, City Solicitor.  There was a public attendance of approximately thirteen people.

 

A special work session was held at 6:15 p.m. to review the Financial Statements as of June 30, 2016.  John Diss and Aliesha Scarlett, with the City’s auditing firm, Lindsey + Associates, were present to answer questions.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary, the Minutes of the Twenty-Eighth Meeting of February 28 and the Twenty-Ninth Meeting of March 13, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • State publicly announced that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been executed between the City, CSX Railroad and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) stating the Laurel Train Station will be retained.  Councilmember’s Ricks and Crary, along with City staff, have worked diligently on this issue.
  • Arbor Day Celebration on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at Ivy Hill Cemetery with the planting of a Black Gum Tree.
  • Reminder to the citizens of Laurel to not feed the ducks at Laurel Lakes.  It’s very tempting to take a loaf of bread to the lake to feed the ducks.  Bread is not the ducks natural food, which results in health issues for the ducks as well as diseases from the duck waste in the water. 

 

  • Environmental Affairs Committee meeting this week to discuss the Art Exhibition - “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, in recognition of Earth day.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Partnership Hall from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  All three elementary schools in the City are invited to participate.
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017, Laurel hosted the Prince George’s County Municipal Association and the Maryland Municipal League for a newly elected officials training class. 
  • 65th Anniversary Banquet for the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad (LVRS) was held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Martin’s Crosswinds.  Congratulations to April Anderson, LVRS Member of the Year, and to Joe and Joanne Robison who are founding members of the squad.
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the National League of Cities met during the Congress of Cities held in Washington, DC, on Sunday, March 12, 2017.  During the meeting the issue of improving the Camden Line was discussed.
  • Laurel Regional Hospital Steering Committee – Thursday, March 16, 2017, first draft was presented on the Volunteer Services Subcommittee recommendations.
  • Side by Side held a meeting on Saturday, March 25, 2017 to discuss efforts to improve public schools in the City of Laurel.
  • Condolences to Nathanial Taylor and his children on the loss of Sharon Taylor, as well as Ralph Brent, Sharon’s brother.
  • Condolences to the family of Kaye M. Sandul, former Laurel City Clerk.
  • Condolences to the family of Jean McCullum, a life-member of the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad.
  • City of Laurel and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #1 signed a three year agreement on Monday, March 20, 2017.  Appreciation was extended to both sides negotiating the agreement.
  • My time with the Mayor is scheduled for Monday, April 10, 2017, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Laurel Armory.
  • City Hall in the Park on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center on Cypress Street.

 

At this time, Mayor Moe administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected officers of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department.  He then presented each officer with a City of Laurel Challenge Coin.

 

LVFD Fire Chief Hull announced that the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an Open House Recruitment on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

 

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:20 p.m.

 

Amy Knox, 606 Prince George Street, Laurel, said she frequently walks her dog in the morning down around the new library.  She has noticed two issues that need to be addressed.  First, the new solar light in the parking lot at McCullough Field flashes intermittently. Second, the crosswalk at the corner of Talbot Avenue and Eighth Street beeps incessantly and doesn’t stop.

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:22 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 5-17, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Laurel approving the designation of a Sustainable Community and an application therefor, into the record for the second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:22 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary, RESOLUTION NO. 5-17, A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAUREL APPROVING THE DESIGNATION OF A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY AND AN APPLICATION THEREFOR, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 6-17, a resolution to set the Polling Places for regular voting in the City of Laurel General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, into the record for the second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:23 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, RESOLUTION NO. 6-17, A RESOLUTION TO SET THE POLLING PLACES FOR REGULAR VOTING IN THE CITY OF LAUREL GENERAL ELECTION ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No 7-17, a resolution to set the dates, times and Polling Places for early voting in the City of Laurel General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, into the record for the second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:25 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, RESOLUTION NO 7-17, A RESOLUTION TO SET THE DATES, TIMES AND POLLING PLACES FOR EARLY VOTING IN THE CITY OF LAUREL GENERAL ELECTION ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017, 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 7:26 p.m.

 

 

                                                                   ______________________________

                                                                   Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                   Clerk to the Council

 

 

Approved:

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

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