Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, April 24, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

THIRTY-SECOND MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 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. Second public hearing with possible action 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.
  6. Second public hearing with possible action 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.
  7. Approval of Minutes of the Thirtieth First Meeting of Monday, April 10, 2017.
  8. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  9. General Public Hearing.
  10. Second public hearing with possible action 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. Second public hearing with possible action 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. Second public hearing with possible action 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. Second public hearing with possible action 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.
  14. Second public hearing with possible action 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.
  15. Second public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1905 – an ordinance to amend City Code, Chapter 18 "Buildings and Building Regulations,” §18-22 “Development Incentives" to continue the program.
  16. Second public hearing with possible action 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.

 

 

Minutes

THIRTY-SECOND MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 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.  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: Lou Ann Crook, Chief of Staff; Kimberley A. Rau, Clerk; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Christian Pulley, Acting Director of Economic and Community Development; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Deputy Chief Kevin Grey, Police Department;, Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Carreen Koubek, Department of Communications and Karen Ruff, City Attorney.  There was a public attendance of approximately twelve people present.

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:03 p.m.

 

Christian Pulley, Acting Director of Economic and Community Development, said that Text Amendment Application No. 246- Ordinance No. 1911 was filed on March 28, 2017 the Mayor and City Council of Laurel to amend the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code, Chapter 20, Section 20.6.12 “Neo-Traditional Overlay Areas” to permit a Neo-Traditional Overlay Area in the R-T Zone. On April 3, 2017 the proposed ordinance was sent to the Maryland Department of Planning for comment. MDP had no comment.  The file contains a certificate of publication verifying that this application and public hearing was advertised as required by law in the April 6, 2017 edition of the Prince George's Sentinel.  A memorandum from the City of Laurel Planning dated April 12, 2017, recommends approval of Text Amendment Application No. 246 as presented in the ordinance.

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:05 p.m.

 

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

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:06 p.m.

 

Christian Pulley, Acting Director of Economic and Community Development said that

Text Amendment Application No. 247- Ordinance No. 1911 was filed on March 28, 2017 the Mayor and City Council of Laurel to amend the Laurel City Code Chapter 20 (Unified Land Development Code) Article I, Division 1, Section 20-1.09 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 an effective date.  On April 3, 2017 the proposed ordinance was sent to the Maryland Department of Planning for comment. MDP had no comment.  The file contains a certificate of publication verifying that this application and public hearing was advertised as required by law in the April 6, 2017 edition of the Prince George's Sentinel.  A memorandum from the City of Laurel Planning Commission to the Mayor and City Council, dated April 12, 2017, recommends approval of Text Amendment No. 247 as presented in the ordinance. 

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the Minutes of the Thirtieth First Meeting of Monday, April 10, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote. 

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • MARC Train Stop issue has been successfully resolved and a MOU signed.  Still working on the parking issue with the state.
  • Casts with Cops on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:00 a.m. was a successful and fun event.
  • Electronic Recycling and Paper Shredding event held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, yielded 57 pallets of electronics to be recycled.
  • Legislative Recap: A bill to forgive municipalities' debt for errors by the Comptroller; successfully retained the promised funding for the Regional Medical Center in Largo, which the Governor had cut from the budget, and to have Laurel Hospital keep the best possible remaining programs. Much of the legislative work this year has been focused on protecting Maryland from the dangers posed by President Trump and his allies. Among the most important: we set up the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission to monitor attacks on Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid and prepare state action to protect Maryland families.  The legislature voted to oppose ending the Chesapeake Bay cleanup program and urged the Governor to join us.  The budget we passed included state funds for Meals on Wheels if federal funds are cut.  Other priorities in this year’s State budget include: boosts in state funds for schools in Prince George's and Anne Arundel by $25.6 million; more jobs in Maryland; repairing University of Maryland buildings and local schools, increasing investments in roads, bridges, and transit. $27.4 million to protect open space and $34 million to improve local parks statewide. $7.1 million for rebuilding Route One in College Park and modernizing and expanding Route 175 in Odenton. $340 million for construction of the light rail Purple Line, connecting the Metro Green Line and the University of Maryland with Bethesda and New Safeguarding the health of Maryland’s waterways by instituting a statewide fracking ban.
  • Celebrate Arbor Day on Thursday, April 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Ivy Hill Cemetery with the planning of a Nyssa sylvatica, Black-gum tree.  This is the 24th year the City has been celebrated as a Tree City USA.
  • Friends of Patuxent hosted “Night on the Wild side” on Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • City Hall in the Park on April 19, 2017, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Cypress Street Athletic Field.
  • Condolences to the family of Raymond Pryor who passed away over the weekend.  The Pryor family were long-time residents of Prince George Street. 
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Jean Vandenbosh, a former teacher at Laurel High School.
  • Condolences to Eugene Bates, a retired City employee on the passing of his mother.
  • Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Life-Member Dinner held on Saturday, April 27, 2017.
  • Congressman Anthony Brown hosted a Town Hall at Stanley Memorial Library on Saturday, April 30, 2017.
  • Appreciation extended to the Laurel Historical Society for honoring Marcus Colbert during the event.
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017, City Offices will close early at 1:00 p.m. for the City of Laurel Annual Employee Awards Luncheon.
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 - Lakefest at Gude Park, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017 – Main Street Festival – Parade starts at 9:00 a.m.  Residents encouraged to look for the “no parking” signs posted around the City.

 

Mayor Moe submitted the re-appointments of John Kish to the Planning Commission; John Robison, Environmental Affairs CAC, Barbara Robison, Environmental Affairs CAC and Cynthia Woods, Environmental Affairs CAC, as outlined in a memorandum dated April 20, 2017.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, the Mayoral re-appointments were confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

At this time, Gloria Arnold, Vice-Chair of the Youth Services Commission and Commission member Eileen Collins presented a check to Side by Side for $5,000.  Joe Murchison accepted the check and said they currently have five local elementary schools participating in their program.  He was very appreciative of the opportunity to apply for and receive the grant.  It was noted that another grant for $5,000 had been issued to the Laurel United Soccer Club.

 

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:31 p.m.

 

Zinoosh Farbod, 502 Talbott Avenue, Laurel, here to speak about volume of accidents that occur on her property.  The last accident happened of Easter Sunder, right after she had been outside working in her yard.  She said the guardrail installed by the State Highway Administration has been replaced several times.  She asked for the City’s assistance.

 

Mayor Moe said the city was instrumental in getting the guardrail installed.  He asked Rob Ferree to reach out to the State Highway Administration District Engineer to schedule a meeting on site to see what can be done.

 

Marquez Ball, Pastor of Uplift Church said he is not a resident of the City, but many of his parishioners are.  He said his parishioners are interested in volunteering in the City of Laurel.

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:36 p.m.

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:36 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. 

 

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

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:38 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

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

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:39 p.m.

 

John Drago, 501 Main Street, #12, Laurel, in present to support the legislation creating the Laurel Arts Council.  He has been artist since he was a teenager.  He currently services on the Arts Advisory Board for the City of Greenbelt.   He said the City’s legislation is far superior to what Greenbelt has.  He expressed his appreciation to the Mayor and City Council for wanting to move forward with crating the Arts Council and offered to serve as a member.

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing closed at 7:43 p.m.

 

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

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:44 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

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

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing opened at 7:45 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

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

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:47 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, ORDINANCE NO. 1905 – AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CITY CODE, CHAPTER 18 "BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONS,” §18-22 “DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES" TO CONTINUE THE PROGRAM, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:48 p.m.

 

Edward Gibbs, Gibbs and Haller, representing the property owner said the agreement was prepared by the State Highway Administration.  He said the City Solicitor had some changes to which he agreed to.  It’s his understanding that all the changes were accepted by the State Highway Administration.

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:51 p.m.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, 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, 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 7:53 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                                    Clerk to the Council

 

 

Approved:

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

 

 

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