Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

SPECIAL WORK SESSION

5:45 P.M.

1. Bid recommendation to paint the Laurel Municipal Center.

 

THIRTY-FIFTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017 – REGULAR – 6:00 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 Thirty-Third Meeting of May 8 and the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of May 22, 2017.
  6. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on June 7, 2017.
  7. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  8. Mayoral appointment of Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development.
  9. Mayoral appointment of Dr. Uzo Unegbu, MD, MBA, City of Laurel Health Officer.
  10. Mayoral reappointment of Dennis Whitley to the City of Laurel Board of Appeals.
  11. General Public Hearing.
  12. Consideration of a bid recommendation for LA 17-04 Bowie Road Improvement.
  13. Consideration of a recommendation for the award of a contract for Towing Services.
  14. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 10-17, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland adopting an Annexation Plan for the annexation of certain real property known as 7041 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland and 7051 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland owned by Strittmatter Contee, LLC.
  15. Introduction and first public hearing on Annexation Resolution No. 11-17, First 2017 Annexation, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, entitled “First 2017 Annexation”, enlarging the corporate boundaries of the City of Laurel by annexing into the corporate limits of the City of Laurel certain real property contiguous to and adjoining the City’s existing corporate boundaries known as 7041 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland and 7051 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland, owned by Strittmatter Contee, LLC, consisting of approximately 32.68 acres.
  16. Charter Amendment Resolution No. 171, First 2017 Annexation, a Charter Amendment resolution amending the Charter of the City of Laurel, Article 200 “Corporate Limits” to add Section No. 251 “First 2017 Annexation” to include within the description of the corporate limits of the City all of the land annexed into the City via Annexation Resolution No. 11-17, which property is known as 7041 Contee Road and 7051 Contee Road and consists of 32.68 acres of land more or less.
  17. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1915, Mayor and City Council of Laurel Infrastructure Bonds, 2017 Series A,  an emergency ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, a municipal corporation of the State of Maryland (the “Issuer”), providing for the issuance and sale of an aggregate principal amount not to exceed Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($3,500,000.00) of Bonds of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, to be known as “Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Infrastructure Bonds, 2017 Series A” (or by such other or additional designations as required by the Community Development Administration identified herein) (the “Bonds”), to be issued and sold pursuant to the authority of Sections 4-101 through 4‑255 of the Housing and Community Development Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended, and Section 521 of the Charter of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel for the purpose of (I)  refunding outstanding Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland Infrastructure Bond, 2007 Series B (II) funding a portion of a Capital Reserve Fund and (III) paying issuance and other costs related to the Bonds; providing that the Bonds shall be issued upon the full faith and credit of the issuer; providing for the disbursement of the proceeds of the sale of the bonds and for the levy of annual taxes upon all assessable property within the corporate limits of the issuer for the payment of the principal of and interest on the Bonds as they shall respectively mature; providing for the form, tenor, denomination, maturity date or dates and other provisions of the Bonds; providing for the sale of the Bonds; and providing for related purposes, including (without limitation) the method of fixing the interest rate or rates to be borne by the Bonds, the approval, execution and delivery of documents, agreements, certificates and instruments and the making of or providing for the making of representations and covenants concerning the tax status of interest on the Bonds.

 

 

Minutes

THIRTY-FIFTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017 – REGULAR – 6:00 P.M.

 

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 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; Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk; Christian Pulley, Acting Director of Economic and Community Development; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Chief Rich McLaughlin, Police Department; E. Michael Greene, Personnel Officer and Robert Manzi, City Attorney.  There was a public attendance of approximately eight people.

 

A work session was held before the regular meeting to discuss a recommendation to paint the Laurel Municipal Center.  Mr. Flemion presented the recommendation outlined in a memorandum dated June 12, 2017.  The councilmembers were in agreement to award the contract at the regular meeting.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, the Minutes of the Thirty-Third Meeting of May 8 and the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of May 22, 2017.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Minutes of the Work Session on June 7, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Appreciation extended to the Mayor on announcement of the City’s intention to join efforts to maintain Paris Climate Accord.
  • Congratulations to the men and women of the Laurel Police Department honored this weekend.
  • June 13, 2017 is the last day of school for Prince George’s County students.  Residents were reminded to be mindful of the children being our enjoying their summer.  “Keep Kids Alive – Drive 25”. 
  • 166 students from Dwight D. Eizenhaur who had perfect attendance received new bicycles donated by Tisher..
  • Condolences extended to the family and friends of John Shay, City Solicitor.  Mayor had the pleasure of appointing John Shay, City Solicitor.
  • Month of June is “National Safety Month”.
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Kay Harrison, a City employee and a volunteer with nearly 40 years of service in the City.
  • Mayor’s Award was presented to Christian Shembari, St. Vincent Pallotti High School and Wakilat Jimoh, Laurel High School.
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Wanda Stoner, she was the daughter of Norris Beard, a long-time member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Golden Shovel Awards were presented by the Mayor and City Council at 7307 Summerwind Circle and 1028 Tenth Street.
  • Joint Memorial Day Ceremony held on Sunday, May 28, 2017.  Appreciation extended to Reverend Litchfield for his efforts.  On the same day the City’s Memorial Garden dedication was held. 
  • 21st Delegation held a Town Meeting at the American Legion on Tuesday, May 30, which was well attended.
  • Bernadette’s House sponsored “Keep Our Youth Safe” at the Laurel Library on Monday, June 3, 2017, during which they had several guest speakers.
  • Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (LARS) held their 30 Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
  • Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament held on Monday, June 5, 2017, at Patuxent Greens Golf Course.
  • Special Olympics Torch Run on Thursday, June 8, 2017, starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center.
  • Annual Bike Decorating Contest and Ice Cream Social held on Friday, June 9, 2017, with 80 participants this year.
  • Relay for Life on Saturday, June 10, 2017, starting at 12:00 Noon at McCullough Field.
  • My Time with the Mayor held today at the Laurel Municipal Center at 4:00 p.m.
  • City Hall in the Park on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – Greenview Drive Pool, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • City of Laurel Fourth of July Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017, starting with a parade and ending with the fireworks.

     

    On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Mayoral appointment of Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, was confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

     

    Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development thanked the Mayor and City Council for the opportunity to serve as Director, and said she is very eager to work with everyone.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, the Mayoral appointment of Dr. Uzo Unegbu, MD, MBA, City of Laurel Health Officer, was confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the Mayoral reappointment of Dennis Whitley to the City of Laurel Board of Appeals, was confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 6:24 p.m.

 

Amy Knox, 606 Prince George Street, Laurel, is present to present a petition and to request the Mayor and City Council join the We Are Still In, to show the community’s continued support of the Paris Climate Accord.  Last week County Executive Rushern Baker signed on to this effort.  She presented the petition signed by twenty-five residents and some former residents.   The “Historic Laurel Huddle” is eager to and looking forward to working with Mayor and City Council on a greener City.

 

Karen Lubiniecki, 421 Prince George Street, Laurel, is present to reiterate what has been said and to support Amy Know and her efforts.

 

John Drago, 510 Main Street, Laurel, delivered an invitation to the Community Art Show at St. Joseph’s this weekend.  He will be submitting the name of a friend that he believes would be a good addition to the Laurel Arts Council.   He appreciated the opportunity to speak with the Council during Coffee with the Council at Ragamuffin’s.  He has spoken with the owners of Ragamuffins to see if they are interested in displaying a few pieces or art or poetry.  He will keep the Mayor and Council advised. 

 

Billy Carr, Contee Road, Laurel, lives a mile of the annexation on the agenda for introduction.  He’d like to see on a map the area of annexation.  Mr. Carr was referred to Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development.

 

Gabriella King, is also present supporting the comments from Amy Knox.

 

President Leszcz closed the General Public Hearing at 6:36 p.m.

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works presented the bid recommendation for LA 17-04 Bowie Road Improvement, as outlined in a memorandum dated April 26, 2017.  This project includes the construction and repair of concrete sidewalks, concrete curbs, gutters, ADA compliant pedestrian ramps, a new storm drain system, deep patching asphalt repairs and resurfacing work on Bowie Road from Lafayette Avenue to Second Street (US Route 1 North), the City of Laurel, Maryland.  At a sealed bid opening on April 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. six (6) bids for contract LA 17-04 Bowie Road Improvement Program were opened and are outlined in the memorandum.  Funding for the project is provided in the Capital Improvements Program FY2017-2022 under the Bowie Road Improvement Project and through the Hawthorne Place Developer reimbursement for a total of $364,401.  It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council of Laurel award the subject contract to J. Villa Construction, Inc., a State of Maryland certified Minority Owned business, Jessup, Maryland for their low bid of $275,000 with an additional $30,000 as a contingency, for a total of $305,000.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the contract for LA 17-04 Bowie Road Improvement was awarded to J. Villa Construction, Inc., Jessup, Maryland, for their low bid of $275,000, with a $30,000 contingency, for a total award of $305,000, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Chief Richard McLaughlin, Police Department presented the recommendation for the award of a contract for Towing Services, as outlined in a memorandum dated May 18, 2017.  The Laurel Police Department (LPD) is a full-service, law enforcement agency within the State of Maryland and the primary law enforcement responder within the Laurel city limits.  The LPD has had a towing service contract in place for an extended period of time.  An RFP was recently published and distributed to the towing companies in the area.  The three current providers were personally notified and one has declined any further participation.  A notice was published in the March 2, 2017 edition of the Laurel Leader, stating that the deadline for submissions was April 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM.  Five (5) tow companies expressed an interest in providing services to the LPD.  City of Laurel / Laurel Police Department, each of these businesses were provided an overview of the Towing Program and the mandated requirements.  Inspections were conducted of all the interested towing companies, which included inspections of their facilities, vehicles, and cleanliness of storage/office space, payment options (Prince George’s County Code), record keeping process, and meeting with management to discuss expectations of services provided. The five companies are listed in the memorandum.  As a result of the inspections and overall review, in order to maintain our current rotational call list, it recommended that the following three (3) towing companies be awarded a City of Laurel Towing Services Contract for a period of 2 years effective July 1, 2017:

 

  • Automated Support Towing & Recovery
  • Hofmann Brothers Towing, Inc.
  • Morton’s Towing and Recovery

     

              On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the Towing Contract for a two year period was awarded to Automated Support Towing & Recover, Hofmann Brothers Towing, Inc. and Morton’s Towing and Recover, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Joann Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation presented the recommendation to award a contract to paint the Laurel Municipal Center, as outlined in a memorandum dated June 12, 2017.  Berman Management, LLC. solicited bids for exterior work to be completed on the 8101 Sandy Spring Road portion of the campus located behind the Municipal Center.  During the process, an assessment was completed of all the buildings located on the campus, to include the Municipal Center.  The results found the façade in need of cleaning and portions of the building exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) require repairs and painting.  Additionally, the windows are found to have deteriorated caulking and are in need of repair and resealing.  The scope of the work will include cleaning and repair of the façade and repair and painting of the EIFS.  Windows will be caulked, sealed and backer-rods replaced where needed. Berman Management, LLC. received 5 bids for 8101 property and selected the lowest bid from Manders Decorating Company of Silver Spring, Maryland.  Though not a budgeted project, Berman Management extended to the City the opportunity to ride the bid for the same work to be done at the Municipal Center property. This will allow the City to take advantage of the lowest price while providing consistency with the exterior look of the campus. This would be first time any of these repairs has been done to the exterior of the Municipal Center since the renovations in 1993.          Manders Decorating Company provided the following price to complete the work at the 8103 portion of the campus:  exterior façade cleaning, EIFS repair and painting -      $31,200.00; remove and replace caulk, add backer-rods where necessary and seal all exterior windows - $13,920.00, for a total cost of $45,120.00.  Funding for this project has been identified through Red Light Camera revenues. It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council accept the offer to ride the bid provided by Manders Decorating Company to complete exterior work at the Municipal Center for $45,120.00.

           

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, the contract for exterior work at the Laurel Municipal Center was awarded to Manders Decorating Company for a total cost of $45,120.00, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 10-17, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland adopting an Annexation Plan for the annexation of certain real property known as 7041 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland and 7051 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland owned by Strittmatter Contee, LLC, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 6:43 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, July 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Annexation Resolution No. 11-17, First 2017 Annexation, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, entitled “First 2017 Annexation”, enlarging the corporate boundaries of the City of Laurel by annexing into the corporate limits of the City of Laurel certain real property contiguous to and adjoining the City’s existing corporate boundaries known as 7041 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland and 7051 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland, owned by Strittmatter Contee, LLC, consisting of approximately 32.68 acres, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 6:44 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, July 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Charter Amendment Resolution No. 171, First 2017 Annexation, a Charter Amendment resolution amending the Charter of the City of Laurel, Article 200 “Corporate Limits” to add Section No. 251 “First 2017 Annexation” to include within the description of the corporate limits of the City all of the land annexed into the City via Annexation Resolution No. 11-17, which property is known as 7041 Contee Road and 7051 Contee Road and consists of 32.68 acres of land more or less, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 6:46 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, July 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1915, Mayor and City Council of Laurel Infrastructure Bonds, 2017 Series A,  an emergency ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, a municipal corporation of the State of Maryland (the “Issuer”), providing for the issuance and sale of an aggregate principal amount not to exceed Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($3,500,000.00) of Bonds of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, to be known as “Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Infrastructure Bonds, 2017 Series A” (or by such other or additional designations as required by the Community Development Administration identified herein) (the “Bonds”), to be issued and sold pursuant to the authority of Sections 4-101 through 4‑255 of the Housing and Community Development Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended, and Section 521 of the Charter of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel for the purpose of (I)  refunding outstanding Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland Infrastructure Bond, 2007 Series B (II) funding a portion of a Capital Reserve Fund and (III) paying issuance and other costs related to the Bonds; providing that the Bonds shall be issued upon the full faith and credit of the issuer; providing for the disbursement of the proceeds of the sale of the bonds and for the levy of annual taxes upon all assessable property within the corporate limits of the issuer for the payment of the principal of and interest on the Bonds as they shall respectively mature; providing for the form, tenor, denomination, maturity date or dates and other provisions of the Bonds; providing for the sale of the Bonds; and providing for related purposes, including (without limitation) the method of fixing the interest rate or rates to be borne by the Bonds, the approval, execution and delivery of documents, agreements, certificates and instruments and the making of or providing for the making of representations and covenants concerning the tax status of interest on the Bonds, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 6:50 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

Councilmember Ricks moved to suspend the Council Rules, which was seconded by Councilmember Smalls.

 

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, ORDINANCE NO. 1915, MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS, 2017 SERIES A,  AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND (THE “ISSUER”), PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF AN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED THREE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($3,500,000.00) OF BONDS OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND, TO BE KNOWN AS “MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS, 2017 SERIES A” (OR BY SUCH OTHER OR ADDITIONAL DESIGNATIONS AS REQUIRED BY THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION IDENTIFIED HEREIN) (THE “BONDS”), TO BE ISSUED AND SOLD PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY OF SECTIONS 4-101 THROUGH 4‑255 OF THE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, AS AMENDED, AND SECTION 521 OF THE CHARTER OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL FOR THE PURPOSE OF (I)  REFUNDING OUTSTANDING MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND INFRASTRUCTURE BOND, 2007 SERIES B (II) FUNDING A PORTION OF A CAPITAL RESERVE FUND AND (III) PAYING ISSUANCE AND OTHER COSTS RELATED TO THE BONDS; PROVIDING THAT THE BONDS SHALL BE ISSUED UPON THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF THE ISSUER; PROVIDING FOR THE DISBURSEMENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF THE SALE OF THE BONDS AND FOR THE LEVY OF ANNUAL TAXES UPON ALL ASSESSABLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE ISSUER FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON THE BONDS AS THEY SHALL RESPECTIVELY MATURE; PROVIDING FOR THE FORM, TENOR, DENOMINATION, MATURITY DATE OR DATES AND OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE BONDS; PROVIDING FOR THE SALE OF THE BONDS; AND PROVIDING FOR RELATED PURPOSES, INCLUDING (WITHOUT LIMITATION) THE METHOD OF FIXING THE INTEREST RATE OR RATES TO BE BORNE BY THE BONDS, THE APPROVAL, EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF DOCUMENTS, AGREEMENTS, CERTIFICATES AND INSTRUMENTS AND THE MAKING OF OR PROVIDING FOR THE MAKING OF REPRESENTATIONS AND COVENANTS CONCERNING THE TAX STATUS OF INTEREST ON THE BONDS, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 12-17, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel entering into a Cooperation Agreement between the City of Laurel and Prince George’s County on behalf of the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development “DHCD”, into the record for the first reading. 

 

Marty Flemion, City Administrator said the City has participated in the Cooperation Agreement for the past thirty years.  Prince George’s County implemented this cooperation agreement in the 70’s and allows jurisdictions to share in the funds acquired.  Approval of this resolution will extend the current agreement until 2018.  Benefit is the City doesn’t have to go through a competitive process to get funds. 

 

President Leszcz opened the public hearing at 6:55 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

Councilmember Ricks moved to suspend the Council Rules, which was seconded by Councilmember Smalls. 

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, RESOLUTION NO. 12-17, A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL ENTERING INTO A COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUREL AND PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON BEHALF OF THE PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT “DHCD”, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action. 

 

President Leszcz announced that the Mayor and City Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, June 26, 2017 is CANCELLED due to the Maryland Municipal League Convention. 

 

 

 

 

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:56 p.m.

 

 

                                                          ______________________________

                                                          Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                          Clerk to the Council

 

 

Approved:

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

         

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