Mayor and City Council Meeting
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

Agenda

AGENDA

WORK SESSION

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017 – 7:00 P.M.

 

 

  1. 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.

                  

  1. 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.

                  

  1. Ordinance No. 1905 – an ordinance to amend City Code, Chapter 18 "Buildings and Building Regulations,” §18-22 “Development Incentives" to continue the program.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Consideration of a bid recommendation – Fantastic Fireworks.

 

  1. Consideration of a bid recommendation – Telephone System Upgrade.

 

  1. Discussion on revisions to the City of Laurel Ethics Ordinance.

 

 

Minutes

MINUTES – WORK SESSION – REGULAR

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017 – 7:00 P.M.

 

 

Attendees: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Michael R. Leszcz, Council President; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, President Pro Tem; H. Edward Ricks, Councilmember; Donna L. Crary Councilmember; Frederick Smalls, Councilmember; 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; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Chief Richard McLaughlin, Police Department; Christy Fang, City Engineer; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall and Karen Ruff, City Attorney.  There were no members of the public present.

 

          Mayor Moe presented 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.  Council in agreement to introduce and hold first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

          Marty Flemion, City Administrator presented 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.  Mr. Flemion said the legislation is needed in order to move forward with the projects in the spring.  Council was in agreement to introduce and hold first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Mayor Moe presented Ordinance No. 1905 – an ordinance to amend City Code, Chapter 18 "Buildings and Building Regulations,” §18-22 “Development Incentives" to continue the program.  Councilmembers were in agreement to introduce and hold first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Marty Flemion, City Administrator presented 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.  Councilmembers were in agreement to introduce and hold first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Mayor Moe presented 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.  Council asked to research the possibility of allowing citizens to get a tax credit for making contributions.  Michele Saylor said citizens can make contributions to the Fourth of July Committee and receive a tax credit because it’s used for the benefit of the entire city.  Councilmembers were in agreement to introduce and hold first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services presented 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.   Councilmembers were in agreement to introduce and hold first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Marty Flemion, City Administrator presented 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.  Mr. Flemion explained that this legislation is dividing the responsibilities of the planning department and the emergency services office and defining that the responsibilities are.  Councilmembers were in agreement to introduce and hold first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Jack Brock, Director of Economic and Community Development presented 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.  Councilmembers were in agreement to introduce and hold first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Jack Brock, Director of Economic and Community Development presented 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.  Councilmembers were in agreement to introduce and hold first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 10, 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.  Councilmembers were in agreement to award the contract at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology presented the bid recommendation – Telephone System Upgrade, as outlined in a memorandum dated March 28, 2017.  Councilmembers were in agreement to award the contract at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Mayor Moe summarized some revisions he’s been working on to the City of Laurel Ethics Ordinance.  He has met with the chairman from the Ethics Commission and the Board of Election Supervisors.  Legislation must go to the Maryland State Ethics Commission for approval.  Comments from the Council were requested.

Jack Brock, Director of Economic and Community Development presented the draft 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.  Councilmembers were in agreement with introducing and holding first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

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