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

Agenda

THIRTY-THIRD MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, MAY 08, 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 Second Meeting of Monday, April 24, 2017.
  6. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on May 3, 2017.
  7. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  8. General Public Hearing.
  9. Public hearing on the intention to raise the tax rate above the Constant Yield Tax Rate (CYTR).
  10. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1914, an ordinance adopting the Operating Budget of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 and to levy property taxes; and to authorize the collection of such taxes; and approving the Capital Improvements Program for Fiscal Year 2018 – 2023.

Minutes

THIRTY-THIRD MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, MAY 8, 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. Carry, Councilmember and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present.  Also present: Marty Flemion, City Administrator; Kimberley A. Rau, MMC, Clerk; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; Chief Rich McLaughlin, Police Department; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Carreen Koubek, Studio Manager and Karen Ruff, City Attorney.  There was a public attendance of approximately three people.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the Minutes of the Thirtieth Second Meeting of Monday, April 24, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote. 

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the Minutes of the Work Session on May 3, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Lake fest on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Gude Lake
  • Laurel Main Street on Saturday, May 8, 2017, starting with the parade at 9:00 a.m.
  • Annual Employee Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 5, 2017, starting at 1:00 p.m.  City offices will close at 1:00 p.m. to allow all City employees to attend.
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Barry Johnson and Daryl Duckworth
  • 24th Annual Arbor Day Tree Planting on April 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Ivy Hill Cemetery.
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration for Montpelier Elementary School.
  • Prince George’s County Fraternal Order of Police recently placed a new grave marker for Officer Edward Myerson, the first officer to die in the line of duty.
  • Main Street Festival on Saturday, May 13, 2017, starting with a parade at 10:00 a.m.

 

Mayor Moe read into the record a proclamation proclaiming – May 1 – 6, 2017, NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK in the City of Laurel.  He then presented the proclamation to Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works.

 

Mayor Moe read into the record a proclamation proclaiming May 7 – 13, 2017, MUNICIPAL CLERK WEEK in the City of Laurel.  He then presented the proclamation to Kimberley Rau, Clerk.

 

 

 

Mayor Moe read into the record a proclamation proclaiming May 1 – 6, 2017 – NATIONAL POLICE WEEK in the City of Laurel.  He then presented the proclamation to Chief McLaughlin.

 

Mayor Moe read a proclamation into the record proclaiming Saturday, May 5, 2017, NATIONAL KIDS TO PARKS DAY in the City of Laurel.  He then presented the proclamation to Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation.

 

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:19 p.m.

 

John Drago, 501 Main Street, Laurel, has a few proposals for the Arts Council for arts in public places.  One vision is to line up a bunch of artists up and down Main Street to show 5-6 pieces of art - open air market.  Another proposal, movement across country, a poetry moment, a weather proof box to post a poem written by a local artist.  At the end of the year they host a reception for the six artists who had their poems chosen.  He thinks it will fit here in Laurel very well.

 

President Leszcz closed the General Public Hearing at 7:25 p.m.

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works presented the bid recommendation – LA17-02 Citywide Concrete Repairs, as outlined in a memorandum dated April 13, 2017.  This project includes the construction and repair of concrete sidewalks, curbs, gutters and ADA compliant ramps in the City of Laurel.  At a sealed bid opening at 10:00 a.m. on April 12, 2017, seven bids were opened and are outlined in this memorandum.  Funding for this project is included in the Capital Improvements Program for FY2017-2022.  It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council award the contract to Royale Construction, Inc. of Bowie, Maryland for their low bid of $75,287, with an additional $19,713 as a contingency, for a total of $85,000.  This contractor has previously worked for the City.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the contract was awarded to Royale Construction, Inc. of Bowie, Maryland for their low bid of $85,000, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works presented the bid recommendation – LA17-03 Citywide Street Improvements, as outlined in a memorandum dated April 14, 2017.  This project includes the construction and repair of concrete sidewalk, driveway aprons, concrete curbing, and asphalt repair and resurfacing work on the first phase of east and west bound Cherry Land from Fourth Street to Ashford Boulevard and Ashford Boulevard from Cherry Lane south to its terminus, in the City of Laurel.  A sealed bid opening was held on April 12, 2017, during which six bids were opened and outlined in the memorandum.  Funding is included in the Capital Improvements Program.  It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council award the contract to Espina Paving, Inc., Woodbridge, Virginia for their low bid of $336,887, with an additional $33,113 as a contingency for a total of $370,000.  This contractor has worked for the City in the past.  The bid recommendation has been reviewed and approved by the City attorney.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary, the contract was awarded to Espina Paving, Inc., Woodbridge, Virginia for their low bid of $370,000., on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Leszcz opened the public hearing on the intention to raise the tax rate above the Constant Yield Tax Rate (CYTR) at 7:28 p.m.

 

Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services said State law requires the City to hold a public hearing on the CYTR.  She explained that if the City is to maintain the current tax rate, which we are, but because of the increase in assessments will generate additional revenue, the City is required to advertise in a specific format.  The CYTR Public Hearing was advertised on the April 20 edition of the Prince George’s Sentinel.  The State statute also requires the City to provide a copy of the advertisement by sending the full page advertisement.

 

Received notice from SDAT letting her know there was an adjustment to the adjustable base…..the assessable base decreasing….didn’t require us to re-advertise but to mention during the public hearing.

President Leszcz opened the public hearing on the Constant Yield Tax Rate (CYTR) at 7:30 p.m. opened

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1914, an ordinance adopting the Operating Budget of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 and to levy property taxes; and to authorize the collection of such taxes; and approving the Capital Improvements Program for Fiscal Year 2018 – 2023, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:33 p.m.

 

S. Michele, Director of Budget and Personnel Services said the FY2018 Operating Budget summary total for a balanced budget of $32,071,586.00, based on 71 cents/100 tax rate, $1.69 personal property tax for businesses, 3 cents for transit overlays.  This is the 10th year of the 721 cent tax rate.  Also included is the budget of the Capital Improvements Program at $8,944,314.98

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:35 p.m.  Second public hearing with possible action on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 9-17, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel approving an Annexation Agreement with Strittmatter Contee, LLC, for the annexation of 32.68+/- acres of land known as 7041 and 7051 Contee Road, Laurel, MD, into the Corporate limits of the City of Laurel, and authorizing the Mayor to sign the agreement, 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.

 

 

 

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:37 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                                    Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: June 12, 2017

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

 

 

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