Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

SECOND MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 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 Forty-Fourth Meeting of November 13 and the First Meeting of November 13, 2017.
  6. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session on Monday, November 13, 2017. Authority for this closed session is contained in the General Provisions Article 3-305 (b) (1), to discuss a personnel issue, at 7:05 p.m. on motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary. 
  7. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  8. General Public Hearing.
  9. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1926, an ordinance to amend the Code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 2 “Administration,” Article IX “Community Redevelopment Authority,” Section 2.186.1 “Membership”.

 

Minutes

SECOND MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 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; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present.  Also present:  William Goddard, Deputy City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, Chief of Staff; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Chief McLaughlin, Police Department; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications and Kimberley Rau, Clerk.  There were no members of the public present.

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, the Minutes of the Forty-Fourth Meeting of November 13 and the First Meeting of November 13, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Minutes of the Closed Session on Monday, November 13, 2017. Authority for this closed session is contained in the General Provisions Article 3-305 (b) (1), to discuss a personnel issue, at 7:05 p.m. on motion by Councilmember Ricks, seconded by Councilmember Crary. 

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Laurel Volunteer Fire Department donated an ambulance to the City of Splendor, Texas on Thursday, November 16, 2017.  The town was devastated by Hurricane Harvey.  Appreciation Chief and Officers from the City of Splendor toured the fire department and then the Laurel Police Department.
  • Old Towne Clean-up Crew met on Saturday, November 18, 2017 for a chili cook-off.
  • Laurel Lions Club had 300 Christmas Trees delivered on Sunday, November 19, 2017.  Appreciation extended to the members of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department and the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad for help unloading.
  • Annual LARS Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 23, 2017, with over 800 participants.
  • Grand Opening of Evolution Apartments Thursday, November 16, 2017.
  • Holiday Tree Lighting at the Laurel Town Center on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
  • Autumn Tea at Bethany Community Church on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
  • Planning Commission (PC) November Meeting – one application for a final record of plat for Spring Arbor at 7003 Van Dusen Road that was approved.  Subdivided into 55 residential lots.  Most interesting applications that came before the PC was a special exception for a home at 1110 Montgomery Street, Laurel Manor House, the owners want to turn the building into a bed and breakfast.
  • National League of Cities, Charlotte, North Carolina – November 14 – 18, 2017.  Key note speakers were Mark Kelly and his wife Congresswoman Gabby Gifford. Magic

Johnson was also a speaker, message about investing in cities/municipalities.  Significant discussion on transportation infrastructure and railroad tanker safety.    

  • Historic District Commission Meeting, application was to replace a leaking metal roof with another metal roof.  Bernadette’s House and Boss House this Ms. Nash has expended all of her savings to get this off the ground.  Board of Appeals has approved the site plan.
  • Collection binds in all City facilities for nonperishable foods for LARS.
  • Laurel Museum Open House on Friday, December 1, 2017, 10:00 am. To 2:00 p.m.  Museum will be open on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at Partnership Hall.  Holiday Parade will start at 3:00 p.m. with the Tree Lighting at 6:00 p.m. at the Laurel Armory.
  • City Offices will be closed on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for the Annual Employee Holiday Party.
  • Pearl Harbor Memorial Garden will be dedicated on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at the American Legion.
  • Public hearing this evening at Roosevelt High School on the MAGLEV.
  • Mayor Moe will be sending letter from the City in opposition to the project. 

 

Mayoral Appointments: Council President Leszcz to the Historic District Commission; Councilmember Smalls to the Planning Commission; Councilmember DeWalt to the Environmental Affairs Committee; Councilmember Sydnor to the Public Safety & Transportation and Councilmember Nicholas to the Tree Board were confirmed on motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:27 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1926, an ordinance to amend the Code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 2 “Administration,” Article IX “Community Redevelopment Authority,” Section 2.186.1 “Membership”, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:27 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, December 11, 2017 at 7:00

 

President Leszcz said the Mayor and City Council would be adjourning to a Closed Session to consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto.  The authority for this Closed Session is contained in the General Provisionals Article Subsection 3-305 (b) (3).  On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, at 7:29 p.m. On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Mayor and City Council adjourned to Closed Session to

 

 

 

 

 

The Mayor and City Council reconvened from the Closed Session in the Council Chambers at 8:03 p.m. and the regular meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                                    Clerk to the Council

 

 

Approved:

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

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