Mayor and City Council Meeting
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

FOURTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

RESCHEDULED: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 – 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 Third Meeting of December 11, 2017.
  6. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on January 3, 2018.
  7. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  8. General Public Hearing.
  9. Second 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.
  10. Second public hearing with possible action 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.
  11. Second public hearing with possible action 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.
  12. Second public hearing with possible action 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.
  13. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 1-18, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council to establish a Citizens Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities.
  14. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 2-18, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel opposing the High-speed Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SMAGLEV) System between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Minutes

FOURTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 – REGULAR – 7:00 P.M.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with President Leszcz presiding. Councilmember Smalls led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America. 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: Marty Flemion, City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, Chief of Staff; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Chief Rich McLaughlin, Police Department; Joyce Jackson, Assistant Director of Communications; Kimberley A. Rau, Clerk and Lawrence Taub, City Solicitor. There was a public attendance of approximately fifteen people.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Minutes of the Third Meeting of December 11, 2017, were approved, as submitted, on a unanimous roll call vote.

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Minutes of the Work Session on January 3, 2018, were approved, as submitted, on a unanimous roll call vote.

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

  •  Congratulations to Melanie Dzwonchyk on her retirement from the Baltimore Sun, Laurel News Leader after 42 years in the business.
  •  National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day celebrated in Annapolis on Sunday, January 9, 2018. Bob Althoff, Chief in Brentwood had the honor of being presented with a proclamation by the Governor and Lt. Governor.
  •  Councilmember Sydnor attended a Kwanza Celebration at the Laurel Lakes Senior Apartment Complex on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Residents were very excited to have Mayor Moe in attendance.
  •  Comptroller Franchot hosted a meeting on Monday, 10, 2018 for newly elected officials to provide information on how the state uses the money collected from tis citizens.
  •  Continued prayers for the family of Daniel DeHaven found deceased today.
  •  Laurel Regional Hospital Foundation Meeting held on Monday, January 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
  •  Opening Day of the Maryland General Assembly was Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
  •  Wreath laying at the Peace Pole at the Laurel Municipal Center in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
  •  Day of Service in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday is scheduled for Monday, January 15, 2018 starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Laurel Municipal Center.
  •  Councilmember Leszcz wished his grandson Aiden Michael McKnight a Happy 8th Birthday.

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, read into the record for the second reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:19 p.m.

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

Tony Drake, Creekview Drive, Laurel

Bill Shipp, O’Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A., Calverton

Carrie Long, 14109 Greenview Drive, Laurel

Joanne Grice, 14108 Greenview Drive, Laurel

Karen Smith, 9320 Creekview Drive, Laurel

Wendy Gagen, 14103 Greenview Drive, Laurel

Jim Long, Greenview Drive, Laurel

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:45 p.m. He announced that at the request of the Chairman of the City of Laurel Planning Commission he is deferring action on Ordinance No. 924, Map Amendment Application No. 880 until the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 22, 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 second reading.

Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development said Text Amendment Application No. 878 was filed on October 3, 2017 by Contee, LLC, for Conceptual Neo-Traditional Overly approval for the Flester property located at 7041 Contee Road. On October 31, 2017 a request for comment was sent to all the agencies required by state law. Responses are included in the file and made part of the official application. On November 14, 2017, a notice of the filing of the application was sent to all contiguous property owners. The file contains a Certificate of Publication verifying that the application and public hearing was advertised as required by law in the November 28th, 2017 edition of the Prince George’s Sentinel. A memorandum dated December 18, 2017, from the City of Laurel Planning Commission to the Mayor and City Council recommends approval of the application per the conditions outlined in the technical staff report.

President Leszcz opened the public hearing at 7:50 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, 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, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.

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 second reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:53 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, 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, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.

Responding to a question from a councilmember, S. Michele Saylor clarified max assessment is $350,000. Manually compiled a list based on personal knowledge of about 13 people. The 40 years is based on enabled state legislation. Based on a $350,000 assessment, the savings would be $250.00.

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 second reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:57 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, 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, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 1-18, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council to establish a Citizens Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 8:00 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

President Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 2-18, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel opposing the High-speed Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SMAGLEV) System between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 8:01 p.m.

Keisha Brown, Director of Community and External Affairs for The Northeast MAGLEV, spoke in opposition of the legislation.

President Leszcz scheduled a work session for Monday, January 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. for a briefing on the MAGLEV.

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 8:05 p.m. A second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No. 2-18 is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

Approved:

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC Clerk to the Council

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