Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, September 11, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

THIRTY-NINTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 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 Thirty-Sixth Meeting of July 10, the Thirty-Seventh Meeting of July 24 and the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of August 9, 2017.
  6. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on September 6, 2017.
  7. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  8. Mayoral Appointments/Reappointments:

                   Laverne Debnam    Arts Council

Charles Devillier     Arts Council

John Drago             Arts Council

Cheryl Dyer            Arts Council

Steven Echeverry   Arts Council

Kelsey Eustace       Arts Council

Christian Givens     Arts Council

Melissa Holland      Arts Council

Nadia Janjua           Arts Council

Alisa Kerr               Arts Council

Brenda Wheeler      Arts Council

Gloria Arnold         Youth Services Commission

Frank Anastasio      Youth Services Commission

 

       9. General Public Hearing.

      10. Consideration of a bid recommendation for the purchase of one (1) Dump Truck.

      11. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1917, Text Amendment No. 248, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council amending Laurel City Code, Chapter 20, Sec. 20-1.7. “Definitions” and Sec. 20.6.23. “Accessory Structures, Bulk Regulations” to       authorize little free libraries in certain zones; and providing for an effective date.

      12. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1918, an ordinance to amend the Operating Budget of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for Fiscal Year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

      13. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1919, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council approving and concurring with the City of Laurel Planning Commission’s approval of a conceptual site plan for property known as 7003 Van Dusen Road, Laurel,   MD, zoned M-X-T, and providing for an effective date.

       14. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 13-17, a resolution to name an existing structure within an existing park.

       15.Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 14-17, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel approving an easement for a driveway to access 24 4th St., Laurel, MD and authorizing the Mayor to sign the easement.

 

Minutes

THIRTY-NINTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 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; Donna L. Crary, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present.  Also present: William Goddard, Deputy City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, Chief of Staff; Bryan Lau, Deputy Director of Information Technology; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Christian Pulley, 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 Richard McLaughlin, Police Department; Kimberley Rau, Clerk and Karen Ruff, City Solicitor.  There were twenty-two members of the public present. 

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, the Minutes of the Thirty-Sixth Meeting of July 10, the Thirty-Seventh Meeting of July 24 and the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of August 9, 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 September 6, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Mayoral Appointments/Reappointments:

 

Laverne Debnam    Arts Council

Charles Devillier     Arts Council

John Drago             Arts Council

Cheryl Dyer                        Arts Council

Steven Echeverry   Arts Council

Kelsey Eustace                   Arts Council

Christian Givens                 Arts Council

Melissa Holland                  Arts Council

Nadia Janjua                       Arts Council

Alisa Kerr               Arts Council

Brenda Wheeler                  Arts Council

Gloria Arnold                     Youth Services Commission

Frank Anastasio                  Youth Services Commission

 

            On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Crary, the mayoral appointments to the Arts Council were confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

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

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Thursday, September 7, 2017, Town Hall Meeting was held in the Council Chambers hosted by the City Council. 
  • Sunday, September 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m. a 9/11 Interfaith Memorial Service was held in the Memorial Garden at the Municipal Center.
  • Monday, August 28, 2017, 4:00 p.m. at Partnership Hall, Chief McLaughlin dedicated a plaque to celebrate Laurel’s five women police officers.
  • Emancipation Day Celebration started with a 5k in support of diabetes on Saturday, September 2, 2017.
  • Lauren & Rusty Show at McCullough Field on Friday, September 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
  • Doggie Dip Day at the Laurel Municipal Pool on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  
  • Annual Dog Show will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017, registration starts at 11:00 p.m.
  • Condolences extended to the families of Dr. Richard Compton, Jeanne McDevitt and Joyce Emery.
  • Morgan State University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Laurel College Center to expand the program that currently exists with Howard County and Prince George’s County Community Colleges.
  • Congratulations to Officer Joseph Kropt for receiving the 2017 Maryland Traffic Specialist Award.
  • Congratulations to Jay Turney who is getting married this evening in Las Vegas.
  • Back to School Jam held on Sunday, August 27, 2017, sponsored by the Laurel Board of Trade and the City of Laurel.
  • 2nd Saturday on Main Street was held on Saturday, September 9, 2017.
  • Laurel Regional Hospital System has been taken over by the University of Maryland Medical Center.
  • Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m. the Annual McCeney Walk will be held in memory of Mr. Jim McCeney.
  • Riverfest is scheduled for Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • City Hall in the Park in Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Emancipation Park.

 

Mayor Moe read a proclamation into the record in honor of Job Corps 2017 “Y2Y” (Youth to Youth) new initiative.  There are 126 centers across the nation with Woodland Job Corp here in the Laurel area.  Y2Y is a national effort to curb youth violence.  Y2Y Awareness Week is September 18 – 26, 2017 and will be celebrated at the Woodland Job Corps Center.

 

Norman Turner, Woodland Job Corps Center Director has been at Woodland for three months.  He is enjoying working at the center and living in Laurel.   He explained the “Y2Y” (Youth to Youth) is an important program, it’s a way to ensure students support anti-bullying and anti-violence.  Woodland will be hosting 42 students from other centers.   

 

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:34 p.m.

 

John Drago, 500 Main Street, Laurel, relayed a message on behalf of a neighbor of her concern the University of Maryland Medical System is not taking over the retirement responsibilities from Dimensions Health Care.  He thanked the Mayor and City Council for appointment him to the Arts Council saying he plans to bring up at the first meeting expanding the Arts District; open air market on Main Street on Saturday and Sunday, and a fundraiser at the Laurel Millhouse Players Theatre.

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:39 p.m.

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works presented the bid recommendation for the purchase of one (1) Dump Truck, as outlined in a memorandum dated September 11, 2017.  Before assembling the bid package for this purchase, the Department of Public works contacted several agencies to see if there were any current contracts for models that equaled or exceeded the City’s needs.  Johnson Truck Center, Landover, Maryland has the State of Maryland Contract #P2613786 for the purchase of a dump truck.  Funding for this vehicle is provided in the FY2018 Capital Improvement Program under Fleet Replacement.  The cost of the dump truck is $148,766.00.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary, the purchase was awarded to Johnson Truck Center, Landover, Maryland, for a total price of $148,766.00, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1917, Text Amendment No. 248, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council amending Laurel City Code, Chapter 20, Sec. 20-1.7. “Definitions” and Sec. 20.6.23. “Accessory Structures, Bulk Regulations” to authorize little free libraries in certain zones; and providing for an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:41 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, September 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1918, an ordinance to amend the Operating Budget of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for Fiscal Year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:42 p.m.

 

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services presented the ordinance saying this is an overall increase to the 2017 Operating Budget of $2,578,448.00.  Reallocating savings from various expenditure as well as additional revenues received allowing an additional contribution to the pension of $220,000, and a transfer to the Capital Improvement Program of $2,841,741.00, alleviating some future needs to incur debt.  She respectfully requested the Council suspend their rules and take action on the legislation.

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, ORDINANCE NO. 1918, AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE OPERATING BUDGET OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND, FOR 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 Ordinance No. 1919, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council approving and concurring with the City of Laurel Planning Commission’s approval of a conceptual site plan for property known as 7003 Van Dusen Road, Laurel, MD, zoned M-X-T, and providing for an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:46 p.m.  A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 13-17, a resolution to name an existing structure within an existing park, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:47 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, September 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 14-17, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel approving an easement for a driveway to access 24 4th St., Laurel, MD and authorizing the Mayor to sign the easement, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:48 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, September 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

            There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:49

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                                    Clerk to the Council

Approved:

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

 

 

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