Mayor and City Council Meeting
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

FORTY-FIRST MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 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 Fortieth Meeting of September 25, 2017.

  6. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on October 4, 2017.

  7. Report of the Mayor and City Council.

  8. General Public Hearing.

  9. Consideration of a recommendation to award a contract for Telecommunications Fiber Construction to Fiberplus Inc. of Jessup, MD.

  10. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1920, an ordinance to amend the City of Laurel Police Retirement Plan as it relates to distributions below the limit set forth in Code Section 411(a)(11)(A).

  11. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1921, an ordinance to amend the City of Laurel Employee Retirement Plan as it relates to distributions below the limit set forth in Code Section 411(a)(11)(A).

  12. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1922, an ordinance to amend certain project budgets in the FY2018-FY2023 Capital Improvement Program.

  13. Consideration of a recommendation for the purchase of one (1) Refuse Truck and one (1) Bucket Truck.

Minutes

FORTY-FIRST MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 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: Marty Flemion, City Administrator; Kevin Frost, 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 Steve, Mike Greene, Marty, Michele, Christian, Rob, Dave Cope, Rich McLaughlin, Audrey Barnes.  There were nine members of the public present.

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary, Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on October 4, 2017.

 

Steve Allen, Emergency Services Coordinator introduced Russ Strickland, Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.  Mr. Strickland shared greetings from the Governor and Lt. Governor.  He is present to commend the City of Laurel for being the first municipality in the state to have 100% of their employees trained in the Incident Command Courses required by the federal government.  He commended the Mayor and City Council for their support of this accomplishment.

           

            Mr. Allen read a letter from Mr. Ronnie Gill, Director of the Office of Emergency Management for Prince George’s County also expressing his appreciation for this outstanding accomplishment.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017, the Quarterly Principals Breakfast was held at Woodland Job Corps Center on Route 198.  Pleasantly surprised at the size of the campus, the programs and the professionalism of the students.
  • Hurricane Harvey Donation Drive held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Laurel from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Ward 1 Community Cleanup held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 with 19 citizens, 3 babies and 1 dog.
  • Condolences extended to City employee Lee Wolf on the passing of his mother.
  • 2nd Annual Walk Laurel Day held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12:00 Noon.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Paper Recycling and Electronic Recycling at the Public Works Facility.
  • Discover Laurel Day on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, starting at 9:30 a.m.

     

    Mayor Moe read a proclamation into the record proclaiming October 20, 2017, Community Media Day in the City of Laurel.  He then presented the proclamation to Audrey Barnes, Director of communications.

     

    Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications introduced the members of her staff who were all present this evening to celebrate Community Media Day.   In honor of Community Media Day, two citizens who worked with the City on programs were invited to be recognized tonight.  First, Jackie Jones.  Ms. Jones approached the City about a program on diabetes for Diabetes Awareness Month.  It was an award winning program what won a National Telley Award. Ms. Jones was presented with her own Hometown Media Award.  The second group to be honored is Athletes Serving Athletes.  David Slumkosky grew up in Laurel spending a lot of time at the Laurel Boys and Girls Club.  He approached the City about Athletes Serving Athletes, a program he founded, to assist others compete in athletic events they wouldn’t be able to do on their own.  The program Joyce Jackson produced won the City the highest award received to date – a Silver Telley Award, as well as a Hometown Media Award.  David Slumkosky and James Banks, teammates, were recognized and presented with their own Hometown Hero Awards.

     

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:33 p.m.

 

Gabriel Jamarcus, 5623 Birch Run Terrace, Laurel, has lived in Laurel for fifteen years.  This is the first time he has visited the Mayor and City Council.  He would like to volunteer his services in the Information Technology Field.  He gave his contact information to Kevin Frost.

 

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

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1922, an ordinance to amend certain project budgets in the FY2018-FY2023 Capital Improvement Program, into the record for the first reading.

 

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services explained the changes that had been made since the discussion at the work session.

 

President Leszcz opened the public hearing at 7:38 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary, ORDINANCE NO. 1922, AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CERTAIN PROJECT BUDGETS IN THE FY2018-FY2023 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works presented the recommendation for the purchase of one (1) Refuse Truck and one (1) Bucket Truck, as outlined in a memorandum dated September 19, 2017.  Prior to assembling the bid package the Department contact several agencies to inquire if there were any contracts that met or exceeded the City’s needs.  Gran Turk Equipment Company out of Baltimore, Maryland has a contract with National Joint Powers Alliance for the purchase of a Freightliner Truck with a Refuse Packer Body.  This is the same contract used by the City of Greenbelt to purchase a refuse packet.  Apple Ford was awarded the State of Maryland Contract for the purchase of one 2017 Ford F-550 Aerial Bucket Truck.  Funding for these vehicles is included in the current CIP.  It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council award the purchase of these vehicles for a total cost of $273,674.

 

On motion by Councilmember Crary, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the contract was awarded as recommended for a total cost of $273,674.00, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology presented the recommendation to award a contract for Telecommunications Fiber Construction to Fiberplus Inc. of Jessup, MD, as outlined in a memorandum dated September 22, 2017.  As part of the Citywide fiber project the Department of Information Technology is ready to connect the Barkman-Kaiser Public Safety Complex to the private fiber network.  Funding for this project is include in the current Capital Improvement Program.  The FiberPlus is a Master Contractor on the State of Maryland Cable & Wiring Master Contract (060B1400067).  It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council award the contract to FiberPlus for a total cost of $64,849.64.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Ricks, the contract was awarded to FiberPlus for a total cost of $64,849.64, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1920, an ordinance to amend the City of Laurel Police Retirement Plan as it relates to distributions below the limit set forth in Code Section 411(a)(11)(A)., into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:42 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, October 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1921, an ordinance to amend the City of Laurel Employee Retirement Plan as it relates to distributions below the limit set forth in Code Section 411(a)(11)(A), into the record.  The public hearing was opened at 7:42 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, October 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

                                                                        ______________________________

                                                                        Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                        Clerk to the Council

Approved:

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

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