Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm



SPECIAL – 6:00 P.M.

  1. University of Maryland Medical System – Update on the Laurel Hospital.



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 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. Minutes

a. Approval of Minutes of the Fifth Meeting of January 22 and the Sixth Meeting of February 12, 2018.

b. Approval of Minutes of he Closed Session of February 12, 2018, to consult with counsel for legal advice.

6. Report of the Mayor and City Council.

7. Report of the Mayor and City Council.

8. Mayoral appointments/reappointments.

a. None.

9. Bid Recommendations.

a. None.

10. General Public Hearing.

11. Legislation.

a. Fourth 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.




MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018 – REGULAR – 7:00 P.M.




The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with President Leszcz presiding.  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; 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.


A Special Work Session was held at 6:00 p.m. before the regular meeting.  The University of Maryland Laurel Regional Hospital gave a presentation to the Mayor and City Council on the changes being made at the hospital to meet the needs of the propel of Laurel, Prince George’s County and surrounding areas.


On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor the Minutes of the Closed Session of February 12, 2018, to consult with counsel for legal advice, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.


Under Report of the City Administrator Martin Flemion:


  • Reported 10 snow events this winter costing $52,000.  No need at this time to amend the Snow Budget.  Appreciation to Public Works, Parks and Recreation and the Police Department for their efforts during these events.
  • Administration working on legislation to address small cell towers and expect to present to the Council next month.  Currently legislation being considered in Annapolis to take away the City’s rights to impose legislation. 
  • BG&E had a major failure of gas lines affecting over 500 residents in the City of Laurel.  Currently only 20 residents currently without gas. 
  • Prince George’s County Police Officer Sergeant was killed this week responding to a domestic situation on his day off.  Mayor Moe, Chief McLaughlin and several Laurel Police Officers attend his funeral services.
  • Canteen will be placed in service within the next two weeks.
  • Blue Markers installed around the City to draw attention to the water hydrants for the fire trucks responding to emergencies.
  • Public Works installing signs on storm drains to remind residents that the water ends up in the Bay – not to pollute.
  • Council Briefings for the newly elected members have been completed.
  • Testimony on SB445 – Motor Vehicles – Operation When Approaching Vehicle with Visual Signals (Marcus Colbert Bill), was held in the Senate on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.


Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:


  • Councilmember DeWalt participated in his 18th Deep Creek Dunk for Special Olympics.  His team included members of the Laurel FOP and combined they raised over $21,000.
  • Councilmember Nicholas reminded everyone if you see something, say something, in regard to mental health issues and domestic violence.
  • Black History Celebration at the Laurel Lake Senior Complex attended by Mayor Moe, Councilmembers Nicholas and Smalls on February 28, 2018.
  • Councilmember Sydnor was a guest speaker at the Capital Garda Youth Academy on February 18, 2018, which is a program sponsored by the District of Columbia for at risk youth.
  • MML HEPAC working on sessions for the Summer Conference to address the opioid crisis in the State of Maryland.
  • Laurel Business Networking Event on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers with over 50 businesses being represented.  Appreciation extended to Leigha Steel for coordinating the event.
  • Patuxent River Commission Meeting in Annapolis on February 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Prince George’s County Executive Budget Listening Session at the Laurel High School on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
  • University of Maryland Laurel Hospital Mix and Mingle on Tuesday, February 26, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • City of Laurel Annual Open House on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Laurel Municipal Center.


Mayor Moe announced the following Press Release would be issued on Tuesday, February 26, 2018:


The Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Office has advised the Laurel Police Department that no charges will be filed against the driver of the SUV that struck and killed Laurel DPW employee Marcus Colbert on January 23, 2017.

Colbert was struck and pinned between the SUV and the waste collection truck he was working on in the area of Old Sandy Spring Road and Casula Way.  Medical assistance was rendered to Marcus, but he did not survive, making him the first City of Laurel on the job fatality.

Laurel Police Officers conducted a detailed accident reconstruction investigation along with members of the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

 The Maryland Occupation Safety and Health Agency was notified, responded and conducted an investigation also. 

Upon the completion of all these investigations, the entire incident report and supporting documentation was provided to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Office for review and determination of applicable charges. This is standard practice throughout the State. 

On January 3, 2018, the Laurel Police Department received a letter from the States Attorney’s Office advising that they had determined there was insufficient evidence to support any violations of Maryland Transportation laws or Criminal laws, and therefore they declined to prosecute this case-resulting in no charges against the driver of the SUV who struck and killed Marcus Colbert.

Colbert’s family and their attorney, along with Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin, met with  prosecutors in the States Attorney’s office on February 21, 2018 to ask questions about the case and hear firsthand about the decision not the prosecute it. 

Mayor Craig A. Moe informed the community of the decision at the City Council meeting on February 26, 2018. The Mayor said he promised the family not to make a statement until after they met with prosecutors.

“ Marcus was a fine young man,” Mayor Moe said. “ I’m not happy about there being no charges. We’ll make sure his family is taken care of down the line.”


On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, the mayoral appointment of Michael McGowan, Community Redevelopment Authority; James Hester, Chair, Ethics Commission and Toni Drake, Ethics Commission were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.


President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:38 p.m.


Thomas Litize, 121 Second Street, Laurel, wants to see the City purchase the apartments and house next to the Tastee Diner to provide Drug Treatment Center.


President Leszcz closed the General Public Hearing at 7:40 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 fourth reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:41 p.m.


The following people spoke in favor of Resolution No. 2-18:


Cynthia Curtis, 3275 Sudlersville South, Laurel

Bryan Smith, 1215 Afish Court, Laurel

Barry Seigle, 3357 Cranberry South, Laurel

John Harley, 246 Spring Gap South, Laurel

Kathy Williams, 1626 Tuscay Drive, Laurel

Vivian Mitchell, 12301 Sible Court, Laurel


President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:58 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







Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council