Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

FIFTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 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 Fourth Meeting of January 8, 2018.
  6. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  7. General Public Hearing.
  8. Third public hearing with possible action 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.
  9. Second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No. 1-18, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council to establish a Citizens Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities.
  10. Second public hearing with possible action 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

FIFTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018 – 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 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; 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; Chief Rich McLaughlin, Police Department; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Kimberley A. Rau, Clerk and Lawrence Taub, City Solicitor.   There were forty-five members of the public present.

 

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 third reading. 

 

Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development said Map Amendment Application No. 880 for PUD Zone modifications was filed on October 30, 2017 by CS Patuxent Greens LLC, requesting approval to amend the PUD zone to allow redevelopment of the Patuxent Greens Golf Course which consists of 191.71 acres of land located at 14115 Greenview Drive, Laurel, MD 20708.  On October 31, 2017 a letter asking for comment was sent to all state agencies required by law.  All responses have been made part of the official record for this application.  On November 16, 2017 a notice of the filing of the application was sent to 270 contiguous property owners.  The mailing information is part of the file.  The file contains a certificate of publication verifying that this application and public hearing were advertised in the December 21 and December 28, 2017 editions of the Prince George’s Sentinel.  The Planning Commission meeting was held on December 12, 2017 during which the staff report was presented; applicant’s attorney gave a presentation; and a public hearing was held.  At that meeting, the Planning Commission voted to grant the Map Amendment Application with conditions outlined in the Technical Staff Report.  The Planning Commission also requested the Mayor and City Council delay action on the Map Amendment to allow the applicant time to hold a meeting with the community members.  That meeting was held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the Patuxent Greens Clubhouse. 

 

President Leszcz opened the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1924, Map Amendment Application No. 880 at 7:08 p.m.

 

  • William Shipp, O’Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A. 13785 Beltsville Drive, Calverton, Maryland, is present on behalf of the applicant.  He said their PowerPoint presentation has been updated for the community meeting to address two major issues – traffic and flood plain/storm water management.
  • Wes Guckert, The Traffic Group, addressed the two major issues brought up by the community.
  • Alex Villegas, Rodgers Consulting, 1101 Mercantile Lane, Largo, Maryland, addressed the storm water management concerns. 
  • Margot Osborne, Greenview Drive, Laurel, said she didn’t know until recently that she lives in the floodplain.  Said she can’t believe the City allowed the homes to be built there in 1989 in the floodplain.  She questioned whether the City would have enough inspectors to make sure the homes are properly built.
  • Carrie Lawn, 14109 Greenview Drive, Laurel, said her concern is safety considering the size and density of the neighborhood.
  • Kelsey Uests, 14224 Greenview Drive, Laurel, expressed her concern about the safety of the community with one entrance and two exits and the possibility of an evacuation.  Encouraged the Mayor and City Council to vote NO on the Map Amendment.
  • Wendy Geagen, 14103 Greenview Drive, Laurel, she lives on the golf-course and has been there for over 30 years.  She believes the City missed a great opportunity by not buying the golf course.  She is concerned the golf-course is going to be destroyed and the development isn’t going to be approved.  She wants the developer to be required to post a bond to restore the golf-course if the project fails.
  • Chery Pianim, Summit Lane, Vice President of the HOA, but she is not representing the HOA tonight.  She has had several meetings with the developer and believes he is willing to work with everybody.  Given the possibilities of what the golf course could be, she thinks the development would be a much wiser choice and expressed her support for the Map Amendment.
  • Frederick Niles, 9314 Hilltop Court, Laurel, is an aerospace engineer.  He has two major issues with the proposal – they purposely obfuscated the storm water management and the flood zone – they are two separate issues.  Traffic volume is the second issue.
  • Nina McDaniels, 14225 Greenview Drive, Laurel, expressed her concern about the storm water runoff in the area and the increase in traffic.
  • Holly Ulmer, 9408 Springhouse Lane, Laurel, has lived in Laurel for 30 years.  She asked the Mayor and Council to not approve the Map Amendment because of the environmental impact and the traffic impact.
  • Demilia Shaw, 957 Palmer Place, Laurel, Laurel, said a poor job was done notifying the residents.  She is concerned about the additional traffic and her property value. 
  • Odessa Phillip, 9407 Nicklaus Lane, Laurel, has lived in Laurel for 18 years.   A lot of residents paid a premium for their homes to live on a golf-course. They don’t’ want the Mayor and Council to approve this without making sure there is another way out of the community – it’s a safety issue.
  • Karen Smith, 9320 Creek view Drive, Laurel, asked the Mayor and City Council to vote NO.

 

President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 8:01 p.m.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, 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, was approved on a roll call vote with Councilmembers Sydnor, Nicholas, Smalls and Leszcz voting YES, Councilmember DeWalt voting No.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

The Minutes of the Fourth Meeting of January 8, 2018, will be on the agenda for the next meeting on Monday, February 12, 2018 for approval.

 

After a brief recess, the meeting reconvened with Mayor Moe and all five councilmembers present. 

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • First Generation College Bound 6th Annual College Retention & Alumni Social was held on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the Greenbelt Marriott. 
  • Laurel Regional Hospital Foundation Meeting held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Congressman Hoyer and Brown hosted a roundtable discussion on SALT (State and Local Tax Dedication) on Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Prince George’s County Multi-purpose Room, Largo.
  • Annual Wreath Laying at the Peace Pole at the Laurel Municipal Center in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
  • Washington Council of Governments
  • Melanie Dzwonchyk has retired as editor of the Laurel Leader and News Editor of the Columbia Flier and Howard County Times, a reception celebrating her retirement is scheduled for Friday, January 19, 2018 at Jailbreak Brewing Company.
  • Condolences to Bernie and Kathy Robison on the passing of their son, the family of Kingdon Gould and the family of Sean Leonard. 
  • Coffee with Chief McLaughlin will be held on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Sips at C Street Flats at 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Grand Opening of the City’s Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • My Time with the Mayor will be held on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 4:30 to 6:30 at the Laurel Municipal Center.
  • City Health Fair scheduled for Sunday, January 28, 2018, at the Laurel Armory from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. with over fifty vendors scheduled.

     

    At this time the LPD Life Saving Award, PFC Andrew Meyer, Sgt. Anthony Miscovitch were awarded Life Saving Awards from the Laurel Police Department for their heroic efforts while off-duty. Chief McLaughlin made some closing comments commending the officers for all they do on a day to day basis

     

    Mayor Moe read a proclamation into the record proclaiming January 22 – 27, 2018 SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK in the City of Laurel.  He then presented the proclamation to Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation.  [KR1] 

               

    President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 8:51 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 8:52 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, RESOLUTION NO. 1-18, A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL TO ESTABLISH A CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 8:53 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.  This issue will be addressed at the February 7, 2018 Work Session.  A third public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 8:57 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                                    Clerk to the Council

Approved:

 

 

_____________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council


 

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