Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

SPECIAL WORK SESSION

5:30 P.M.

 

  1. Consideration of a bid recommendation for Fleet Acquisition – Four (4) marked police SUV’s and two (2) marked police cars.
  2. Resolution No. 12-17, a resolution authorizing the City of Laurel to enter into an agreement with Prince George’s County for the I-Net.

 

 

THIRTY-SEVENTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, JULY 24, 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-Sixth Meeting of July 10, 2017.
  6. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  7. Mayoral appointment of Karen Ruff, City Solicitor.
  8. Mayoral reappointments: Ed Rowe, Transportation and Public Works Committee; Don Gavelek, Transportation and Public Works Committee and James Phillips, Tree Board.
  9. General Public Hearing.
  10. Consideration of a bid recommendation for Fleet Acquisition – Four (4) marked police SUV’s and two (2) marked police cars.
  11. Third public hearing with possible action 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.
  12. Third public hearing with possible action 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.
  13. Third public hearing with possible action on 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.
  14. Amended and Restated 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 amendment and restatement of Ordinance No. 1915, 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.
  15. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 12-17, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council authorizing the City to enter into an agreement with Prince George’s County for I-Net.

 

Minutes

THIRTY-SEVENTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017 – REGULAR – 6:00 P.M.

 

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. with President Leszcz presiding. Reverend Litchfield led 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. Crary, Councilmember and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present.  Also present: Marty Flemion, City Administrator; LouAnn Crook, Chief of Staff; Kimberley A. Rau, MMC, Clerk; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; Chief McLaughlin, Police Department; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications and Karen Ruff, Acting City Solicitor.  There were twenty-five members of the public present.

 

A special work session was held before the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. to Consideration of a bid recommendation for Fleet Acquisition – Four (4) marked police SUV’s and two (2) marked police cars and to discuss Resolution No. 12-17, a resolution authorizing the City of Laurel to enter into an agreement with Prince George’s County for the I-Net.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • No meetings during the month of August.
  • Annual Volunteer Picnic was held at the Greenview Drive Cabana on Friday, July 21, 2017.
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Gertrude Poe
  • Condolences to the family of Jennifer McLaughlin on the passing of her grandmother.
  • Condolences to former Police Chief Moore on the passing of his son Jessie.
  • Condolences to the family of Jimmy Robison.
  • Mayor Moe extended his congratulations to his nephew Connor and his wife Carly on their recent marriage. 
  • National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Gude Park, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • City Hall in the Park on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Centennial Park, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • My Time with the Mayor on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Back to School Jam on Sunday, August 26, 2017, Gude Park at 5:00 p.m.
  • Emancipation Day Celebration on Saturday, September 2, 2017, starting with a 5k at 8:30 a.m.

 

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 Cottee Road, Laurel, Maryland and 7051 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland owned by Strittmatter Contee, LLC. into the record for the third reading. 

 

Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development said a  petition for Annexation was filed with the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, by Strittmatter Contee, LLC., owner of real property known as 7041 and 7051 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland 20707, which is contiguous to and adjoining the present corporate boundaries of the City and which is more particularly described in the Petition (Exhibit A) and legal descriptions (Exhibit B) attached to the annexation resolution and depicted on a plat of the properties to be annexed by the City as a result of the Petition (Exhibits C) as well as a plat showing the entire annexation area (Exhibit D). The Petitioner desires that the 26.61 acres of property known as 7041 Contee Road, Tax Parcel 146 be annexed into the City limits and placed in the R-T Zone (Residential Townhouse Zone) and 6.07 acres of property known as 7051 Contee Road, Tax Parcel 148 be placed in the R-5 Zone (One-family Detached Zone) which are essentially the same land uses in which this property is located in the County.

  • An Annexation Agreement for the annexation of the Strittmatter Contee, LLC. property and corresponding resolution were introduced by the Mayor and City Council at a public hearing held on Monday, May 8, 2017. At a second public hearing regarding the Annexation Agreement and Resolution No. 9-17, held on Monday, May 22, 2017, the Mayor and City Council approved the Annexation Agreement and Resolution.
  • On June 5, 2017, in accordance with City Code, a notice was sent to all contiguous property owners and adjacent Homeowner’s Associations, advising of the proposed annexation and all public hearings scheduled.
  • At the regularly scheduled Mayor and City Council meeting of June 12, 2017, the Mayor and City Council introduced an Annexation Plan and corresponding Resolution No. 10-17; Annexation Resolution No. 11-17; Charter Resolution No. 171.
  • On June 13, 2017, in accordance with Maryland Annotated Code, Local Government Article §4-415, the Annexation Plan was sent all agencies required by state law. 
  • Consistent with State law, the notice of public hearing of July 24, 2017 on the Annexation was advertised for four (4) consecutive weeks in the Prince George’s Sentinel on June 15, 2017, June 22, 2017, June 29, 2017, and July 6, 2017.
  • The Annexation Plan describes the proposed annexed area as well as proposed uses and the extensions of services.

 

President Leszcz opened the public hearing at 6:11 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary, 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., was approved on a unanimous roll call vote. 

 

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.

 

Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development presented Annexation Resolution No. 11-17, First 2017 Annexation.  She asked that the prior testimony of the other annexation agenda item be included.  This resolution amends the City Charter to include within the description of the corporate limits of the City annexed into via the First 2017 Annexation.  The City of Laurel reviewed and recommended approval of the First 2017 Annexation at their meeting on July 11, 2017.

 

President Leszcz opened the public hearing at 6:14 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak. 

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary, 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 REALPROPERTY 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, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

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 third reading.

 

Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development presented the Charter Amendment Resolution No. 171.  She asked that the prior testimony of the other annexation agenda items be included.  This resolution amends the City Charter to include within the description of the corporate limits of the City annexed into via the First 2017 Annexation, which property is known as 7041 and 7051 Contee Road and consists of 32.76 acres of land, more or less.

 

President Leszcz opened the public hearing at 6:17 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

            On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, 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, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Mayor Craig Moe submitted the appointment of Karen P. Ruff, City Solicitor in a memorandum dated July 28, 2017.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the appointment of Karen P. Ruff, City Solicitor was confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Mayor Moe submitted the following reappointments in a memorandum dated July 3, 2017:

 

Ed Rowe, Transportation and Public Works Committee

Don Gavelek, Transportation and Public Works Committee

James Phillips, Tree Board

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, the mayoral reappointments were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 6:20 p.m.

 

Carreen Koubeck, Chairman of the City of Laurel 4th of July Committee said the 49th Annual 4th of July Committee was  thrilled and honored with the renaming of the stage at Gude Park to honor Kay Harrison along with Bob Burton.   Kay Harrison was a founding member of the committee and her family was in attendance at the event.  She expressed her appreciation for the faith entrusted in this committee and thanked the corporate sponsors, especially Terry Haas for stepped in to organize the mayor’s golf tournament.  From 7:00 a.m. to midnight the committee members are present each and every year.  She read the names of the committee members and said they are always looking for new volunteers.    Next year is the 40th Year of this annual celebration.  Go fund account and a youcaring.com have been established to assist in raising money.  She had a “firecracker” made by Mike Thomas from the City’s Fire Marshall’s Office that will show the progress of the fundraising.  $50,000 is the amount set by the committee to raise for next year’s celebration.  Special awards were presented to Terry Hass, Business; Andrea Pickett, Employee and Judy Miller, Committee Award.

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works presented the bid recommendation for Fleet Acquisition – Four (4) marked police SUV’s and two (2) marked police cars, as outlined in a memorandum dated July 21, 2017.  Prior to assembling a bid package for the purchase of these vehicles, the Department of Public works contacted several agencies to inquire if there were any current contracts for models that equaled or exceeded the City’s needs.  Hertrich Fleet Services, Inc. was awarded the State of Maryland Contract (#001B78400143) for the purchase of four (4) Ford Explorers and two (2) Ford Police Interceptor Sedans.  Funding for this purchase is provided in the CIP 2018-2023.  The cost for one (1) marked Ford Sedan is $29,733 and one (1) Ford Explorer is $34,561.00.  It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council approve the contract with Hertrich Fleet Services, Inc. for a total cost of $197,710.00.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the contract was awarded to Hertrich Fleet Services, Inc., for a total cost of $197,710.00, for the purchase of four (4) Ford Explorers and two (2) Ford Police Interceptor Sedans, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Leszcz read the title of the Amended and Restated 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 amendment and restatement of Ordinance No. 1915, 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.

 

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services said this ordinance was originally adopted on June 12, 2017, for the refinancing of a 2007 Bond for Eight Million Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($8,400,000.00), the balance for five (5) years not to exceed Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($3,500,000.00).  This restatement and amendment is to clarify in Sec. 1.d that the interest rate would not exceed 2% which was the rate stated by Mr. Greene at the June 7, Work Session.

 

 President Leszcz opened the public hearing opened at 6:39 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, AMENDED AND RESTATED 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 AMENDMENT AND RESTATEMENT OF ORDINANCE NO. 1915, 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 approved 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 authorizing the City to enter into an agreement with Prince George’s County for I-Net, 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.

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary, RESOLUTION NO. 12-17, A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY FOR I-NET, 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 6:44 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ________________________­___

                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                                    Clerk to the Council

 

 

Approved:

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

 

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