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

Agenda

 

THIRD MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 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 Second Meeting of November 27, 2017.
  6. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session on Monday, November 27, 2017. Authority for this closed session is contained in the General Provisions Article 3-305 (b) (3), to consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto.  Motion made by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor.
  7. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on December 6, 2017.
  8. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  9. General Public Hearing.
  10. Second public hearing with possible action 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”.
  11. Mayoral appointments/reappointment: Appointment of Donna L. Crary to the Community Redevelopment Authority and the reappointment of Jamal Lee to the Community Redevelopment Authority.
  12. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1924, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council approving Map Amendment Application No. 880, to amend the Planned Unit Development Plan for redevelopment of the Patuxent Golf Course into a residential community and providing an effective date.
  13. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1925, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council to approve the Neo-Traditional Overlay Conceptual Site Plan for the Flester property known as 7041 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland and providing for an effective date.
  14. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1927, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the Code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 16 “Taxation” to add Sec. 16-10 establishing an Elderly and Veteran Real Property Tax Credit Program.
  15. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1928, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the Code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 16 “Taxation” to add Sec. 16-11 establishing a Public Safety Officer Real Property Tax Credit Program.

 

Minutes

THIRD MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 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; Carl W. DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present.  Also present: Bill Goddard, Deputy City Administrator; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Chief Rich McLaughlin, Police Department; Bryan Lau, Information Technology; Joseph Ajayi, Assistant Director Public Works; and Karen Ruff, City Solicitor.  There was a public attendance of approximately thirty-five people.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Minutes of the Second Meeting of November 27, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Minutes of the Closed Session on Monday, November 27, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote. Authority for this closed session is contained in the General Provisions Article 3-305 (b) (3), to consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto. 

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Minutes of the Work Session on December 6, 2017, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. at Partnership Hall. 
  • Women’s Club of Laurel Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
  • City of Laurel Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Laurel Museum Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 3, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Annual Holiday Reception on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Pearl Harbor Reembrace Ceremony at the American Legion on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Heads-Up Barber Shop on Main Street is holding a winter coat drive for the students at James Harrison Elementary School.
  • Annual Employee Holiday Party on Friday, December 8, 2017, 1:00 p.m. at the Laurel Armory.  Catered this year by the Culinary Arts students from the Woodland Job Corps Center.
  • Prince George’s County Municipal Association (PGCMA) Legislative Dinner, Thursday, December 7, 2017.  Many of the former Presidents of PGCMA were recognized and honored.  Presented six legislative priorities: protecting Community Development Block Grants (federal funding to allow local governments take care of street repairs) and increased investment in Prince Georges County Public Schools (aggressive Capital Improvement is needed).  Maryland Municipal League (MML) also presented its Legislative Agenda for 2018: restoration of the Highway User Revenue, protection of personal data under the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) and locating and permitting small cell towers.
  • Capital Regional Health Recognition Dinner on Monday, December 4, 2017 at the University of Maryland. Judge Philip Nichols was the Master of Ceremonies and Mr. Fred Frederick was honored for his financial support over the years.
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Regional Hospital Center on Thursday, December 7, 2017. 
  • President Leszcz spoke with Cub Scout Troop #1250 on how laws are formulated in the City of Laurel.
  • Laurel Board of Trade Holiday and Annual Dinner on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at Partnership Hall.
  • Laurel Police Department Quarterly Awards Ceremony at Partnership Hall, congrats to all recipients
  • Condolences to the family of Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Sandor B. Cohen.
  • Laurel Police Department participated in Santa with a Badge event on Sunday, December 10, 2017. 
  • Toys for Tots Fill a Truck event held at the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department and the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad over the weekend. 
  • “My Time with the Mayor” held today Greenview Drive Cabana from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
  • City facilities collecting non-perishable foods for LARS
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017, Wreaths across America
  • Hometown Hero Banner Unveiling for Don Ault on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in front of Laurel Senior High School.
  • Monday, December 25, 2017, City Offices will be closed in celebration of the Christmas Day Holiday.

 

Mayoral Moe submitted the appointment of Lawrence J. Taub, City Solicitor, effective January 1, 2018, in a memorandum to the City Council dated December 8, 2017.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the appointment of Lawrence J. Taub, City Solicitor was confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Mr. Taub thanked the Mayor for the appointment saying it’s an honor and a privilege to serve in Laurel.  He was a member of Oseh Shalom when it was annexed into the City of Laurel and served on the Board of Directors for Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (LARS).  He and his wife have greatly enjoyed coming to shop and dine in Laurel.

 

At this time, Mayor Moe presented Bryan Wagshal with a Certificate of Recognition as the Youngest All State Agent in Maryland.  Mr. Wagshal is 26 years old and started with All Sate five years ago.

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:28 p.m.

 

Terry Stidom, 8110 Chapel Cove Drive, Laurel, is a new resident to the City.  He had an incident occur in which a man came to his door at 8:30 p.m. offering roof repairs.  This incident made him uncomfortable so he called the police.  The police responded to the man soliciting illegally in the neighborhood, but didn’t contact Mr. Stidom.  He emailed several City officials because he had wanted the police to advise him of the outcome.  He did receive a prompt response from the police department to his email for which he was grateful.  He appreciates the responses he received from the officials he emailed.

 

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

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:34 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, 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”, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

Mayor Moe submitted the following appointments/reappointment: Appointment of Donna L. Crary to the Community Redevelopment Authority and the reappointment of Jamal Lee to the Community Redevelopment Authority.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Mayoral appointment/reappointment was confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1924, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council approving Map Amendment Application No. 880, to amend the Planned Unit Development Plan for redevelopment of the Patuxent Golf Course into a residential community and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:39 p.m.

 

The following people spoke during the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1924:

James Smith, 9320 Creek view Drive, Laurel,

Wendy Gagen, 14103 Greenview Drive, Laurel.

Janine Lafayette, Player Drive, Laurel

Odessa Phillip, 9407 Nicklaus Drive, Laurel

Len Olson, 14223 Greenview Drive, Laurel

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 8:17 p.m.  A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1925, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council to approve the Neo-Traditional Overlay Conceptual Site Plan for the Flester property known as 7041 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland and providing for an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 8:18 p.m.

 

Ed Gibbs, Gibbs Haller, representing Stritmatter LLC, worked with staff studiously excited to move forward multipurpose athletic field.  He is happy to respond to any questions.  A Planning Commission Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 8:19 p.m.  A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1927, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the Code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 16 “Taxation” to add Sec. 16-10 establishing an Elderly and Veteran Real Property Tax Credit Program, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 8:20 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, January 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1928, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel amending the Code of the City of Laurel, Chapter 16 “Taxation” to add Sec. 16-11 establishing a Public Safety Officer Real Property Tax Credit Program, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 8:23 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, January 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 8:24 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                                    Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: January 10, 2018

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

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