Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

THIRTY-FIRST MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 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 Thirtieth Meeting of March 27, 2017.
  6. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
  7. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  8. General Public Hearing.
  9. Consideration of a bid recommendation – Telephone System Upgrade.
  10. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1909 - an ordinance to amend the Operating Budget of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
  11. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 4-17 - a resolution to amend Resolution 12-14 regarding the City of Laurel Youth Services Commission to provide changes in the membership and meeting criteria.
  12. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1908 – an ordinance to establish a City of Laurel Arts Council, to provide for its membership and responsibilities and to establish an arts fund.
  13. Consideration of a bid recommendation – Fantastic Fireworks.
  14. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 8-17 - a resolution approving a declaration of covenants, easement and right of entry with Prince George’s County for Storm and Surface Water Facility and Maintenance; and authorizing the Mayor to sign the declaration.
  15. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1910 – an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Laurel, Maryland, to amend City Code, Chapter 20, Article IV “Floodplain Management” to create the position of Floodplain Manager and to assign certain duties and responsibilities to the manager.
  16. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1905 – an ordinance to amend City Code, Chapter 18 "Buildings and Building Regulations,” §18-22 “Development Incentives" to continue the program.
  17. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1907 - an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel approving the Westside Blvd. road transfer agreement and authorizing the Mayor to sign the agreement and all documents necessary to acquire the right-of-way.
  18. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1911 Text Amendment No. 246 - an ordinance amending Laurel City Code, Chapter 20, Section 20-6.12 “Neo-traditional Overlay Areas” to permit a Neo-traditional Overlay Area in the R-T Zone.
  19. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1912 Text Amendment No. 247 - an ordinance amending Laurel City Code, Chapter 20, Article I, Division 1, Section 20-1.9, and Division 5, Section 20.7.8. “Commercial Zones” and Section 20-9.5. “Industrial Zones” to authorize “Brewery, Pub” and “Brewery, Craft” in certain zones; and providing for an effective date.
  20. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1913, 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 the Retail Storefront Façade Improvement Program; and provide an effective date.

 

Minutes

THIRTY-FIRST MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 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 and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present.  Also present: Marty Flemion, City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, Chief of Staff; Kimberley A. Rau, Clerk; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Jack Brock, Director of Economic and Community Development; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Kevin Frost. Director of Information Technology; Keven Gray, Deputy Chief of Police; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications and John Shay, City Solicitor.  There were two members of the public present.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, Minutes of the Thirtieth Meeting of March 27, 2017 and the Twenty-Eighth Meeting of February 28, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the Minutes of the Work Session on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Saturday, April 1, 2017, Community Volunteer Fair Day was held at the First United Methodist Church on Main Street from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
  • Patuxent River Cleanup on Saturday, April 1, 2017 starting at 9:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 8, 2017, the Fourth of July Committee In-door Yard Sale was held at the Laurel Armory from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Easter Extravaganza was held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Gude Lake, starting at 1:00 p.m.  Thanks to the Laurel Lions Club for their support and the Department of Parks and Recreation for a successful event.
  • Laurel Board of Trade hosted “Second Saturday” on Main Street on Saturday, April 8, 2017, starting at 12:00 Noon. 
  • Arbor Day 10:00 a.m. at Ivy Hill Cemetery
  • Sean Patrick’s 10th Anniversary on Main Street was celebrated on Sunday, April 2, 2017, with a bath-a-thon to raise funds for a local rescue group.
  • Environmental Affairs Committee is hosting the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Art Exhibit to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Partnership Hall, 811 Fifth Street.  Date change due to spring break for the students.
  • April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”, thousands of people die each year due to distracted driving – talking on cell phone, texting, changing radio channel.
  • City Hall in the Park on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Cypress Street Athletic Field.
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017, Electronic Recycling & Paper Shredding Event at the Public Works Facility, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Laurel Police Department is hosting “Cast with Cops”, a fishing event on Saturday, April 22, 2017, starting at 7:00 a.m. at Gude Lake.
  • “My Time with the Mayor” was held today at the Anderson Murphy Community Center, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Condolences to the families of Banks Walker and Jean VanDenbosh.
  • Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Event held at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
  • Laurel Lions Wrestling Club Awards Banquet was held at Laurel High School on Saturday, April 8, 2017. 
  • Maryland General Assembly Session will adjourn sine die tonight at 12:00 midnight in Annapolis.
  • Kathy Pedersen and her volunteer community group were out again on Saturday, April 8, 2017, cleaning up Ward 1. 

 

Mayor Moe and Council President Mike Leszcz presented Jack Brock, Director of Economic and Community Development with a retirement gift and thanked him for his service to the City of Laurel. 

 

Jack Brock, Director of Economic and Community Development said he started 11 years ago as a planner and is leaving as the Director; he couldn’t be happier.

 

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:19 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology presented the bid recommendation to upgrade the software for the Avaya Telephone System, as outlined in a memorandum dated March 28, 2017.  The current system was installed seven (7) years ago.  Since that time, there have been no major version upgrades to the system.  The current software needs to be upgraded.  Bencomm of Columbia, Maryland is the City’s Avaya partner.  This software is proprietary and can only be upgraded by our Avaya vendor.  Funding for this project is included in the current Capital Improvement Program.  It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council approve the software upgrade to Bencommm of Columbia, Maryland for the contract price of $61,220.76.

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the contract was approved for the software upgrade through Bencomm of Columbia, Maryland for the contract price of $61,220.776, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1909 - an ordinance to amend the Operating Budget of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, into the record for the first reading, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:21 p.m.

 

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services said the budget amendment provides an increase of $670,134.00 due to additional revenue from Red Light Camera citations, FEMA reimbursement for a snow storm, and savings from lapsed salaries, which is being transferred to the Capital Improvement Program to fund projects and additional debt service for the 2016 Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program.

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:22 p.m.   A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 4-17 - a resolution to amend Resolution 12-14 regarding the City of Laurel Youth Services Commission to provide changes in the membership and meeting criteria, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:23 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, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1908 – an ordinance to establish a City of Laurel Arts Council, to provide for its membership and responsibilities and to establish an arts fund, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:24 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, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Marty Flemion, City Administrator presented the bid recommendation – Fantastic Fireworks, as outlined in a memorandum dated March 27, 2017.   In March of 2015 the City awarded a multi-year contract to Fireworks Extravaganza of Maryland Line, MD.   While the contract is still current, the vendor has reorganized and is now operating under a new name - Fantastic Fireworks Incorporated.   With regard to the aforementioned corporate changes, the City Solicitor has suggested the City reauthorize the current contract.  The company has reduced the cost to $33,000 (from $35,000) and has offered a new three year contract.  The City has budgeted $9,500 for this year’s celebration and the Fourth of July Committee continues to raise funds for this event.  It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council reauthorize the contract to Fantastic Fireworks, Inc., for $33,000, for three years. 

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the contract was awarded to Fantastic Fireworks Incorporated for $33,000, for three years, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 8-17 - a resolution approving a declaration of covenants, easement and right of entry with Prince George’s County for Storm and Surface Water Facility and Maintenance; and authorizing the Mayor to sign the declaration, into the record for the first reading.  Public hearing opened at 7:28 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.   A second public hearing with possible action will be held at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1910 – an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Laurel, Maryland, to amend City Code, Chapter 20, Article IV “Floodplain Management” to create the position of Floodplain Manager and to assign certain duties and responsibilities to the manager, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:29 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, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1905 – an ordinance to amend City Code, Chapter 18 "Buildings and Building Regulations,” §18-22 “Development Incentives" to continue the program, into the record for the first reading.  Public hearing 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, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1907 - an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel approving the Westside Blvd. road transfer agreement and authorizing the Mayor to sign the agreement and all documents necessary to acquire the right-of-way, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:31 p.m.

 

Thomas Haller, Haller & Gibbs, 1300 Caraway Court, #102, Largo is present representing Mr. Gibbs and their client Strittmatter Land.  Concur with the comments made by Marty Flemion, City Administrator during the work session last week and is available to answer any questions.

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:33 p.m.  A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.   

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1911 Text Amendment No. 246 - an ordinance amending Laurel City Code, Chapter 20, Section 20-6.12 “Neo-traditional Overlay Areas” to permit a Neo-traditional Overlay Area in the R-T Zone, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:34 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, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1912 Text Amendment No. 247 - an ordinance amending Laurel City Code, Chapter 20, Article I, Division 1, Section 20-1.9, and Division 5, Section 20.7.8. “Commercial Zones” and Section 20-9.5. “Industrial Zones” to authorize Brewery, Pub” and “Brewery, Craft” in certain zones; and providing for an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:35 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, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1913, 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 the Retail Storefront Façade Improvement Program; and provide an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:36 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Mr. Ricks, ORDINANCE NO. 1913, 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 THE RETAIL STOREFRONT FAÇADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM; AND PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE, 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 Meeting the meeting was adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                        ______________________________

                                                                        Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                        Clerk to the Council

 

 

Approved: April 24, 2017

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC
Clerk to the Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

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