Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm



MONDAY, MARCH 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. Approval of Minutes of the Fifth Meeting of January 22, the Sixth Meeting of February 12, Seventh Meeting of February 26, and the Eighth Meeting of March 7, 2018.
  6. Report of the City Administrator.
  7. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  8. General Public Hearing.



MONDAY, MARCH 26, 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.  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 and Kimberley A. Rau, Clerk to the Council.  There was one member of the public present.


On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Minutes of the Fifth Meeting of January 22, the Sixth Meeting of February 12, Seventh Meeting of February 26, the Eighth Meeting of March 7, and the Work Session on March 7, 2018, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.


Report of the Marty Flemion, City Administrator:




·         The department is currently working on the Mayor’s proposed FY19 operating budget and capital improvement program.

·         Staff members are continuing to cross train and take outside training classes as the retirement of the Human Resources Officer on June 30, 2018 fast approaches.




·         New and Replacement Recycling Toters with the “Slow Down to Get Around” decals delivered (8 residential toters & 1 commercial toter).

·         Replacing seasonal banners from winter to spring.

·         Completed snow plowing, salting and spot checking for the winter storm event on 3/21/18,

·         Coordinating with the SAIA trucking company for public improvement plan on Marshall Avenue.

·         Compiling citywide concrete repair list for FY19 project.




·         On March 12, the Police Department swore in their newest member, Romin Amini, who graduated from the Anne Arundel County Police Academy.

·         On March 14, the Police Department along with the City conducted an Opioid Epidemic Awareness Forum, which was very well attended and broadcast on Laurel TV Live.


·         The Department conducted a Sobriety Checkpoint at Route 1 northbound and Main Street approximately 600 vehicles came through which resulted in a number of arrests.

·      On March 19, Chief McLaughlin accompanied Corporal Joseph Johnson to the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner.  Corporal   Johnson was awarded as the Community Police Officer of the Year.

·         On March 20, Detective Swidarski was to be presented an Officer of the Year award by the Patuxent Council of the Knights of Columbus, unfortunately this was rescheduled due to weather. On March 25, she was also recognized as the State of Maryland Officer of the Year by the State Council of the Knights’ of Columbus.

·         Sergeant Donald Winstead announced his retirement effective March 30 after a 20 years career.




·         The Department of Communications covered the LIVE BURN at the Partnership Activity Center on March 7th, LIVE on Facebook. We also did a story on the event for Laurel TV.

·         The Department did extensive Social Media Coverage of the walkout at Laurel High School and we also did a story for Laurel TV on the event.

·         All of the above-mentioned stories can be viewed on the Laurel TV Official YouTube channel.




  • Continuing Succession Training for Executive Assistant to the Mayor via participation in citywide activities, processes, procedures and drills and various training venues.
  • Monitoring of the Maryland General Assembly and legislation affecting the City of Laurel.




·         I am writing inform you that both of the City of Laurel's Flood Mitigation Assistance FY2017 sub applications have been selected to proceed in FEMA's review process.  FEMA has identified the Community Flood Mitigation Advanced Assistance and Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan proposals for further review.

·         This is not an approval, but a decision to advance the sub applications to the next phase of the review process.  FEMA will now conduct a programmatic review of the proposals, including the Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) review if applicable, and then make a final decision.

·         The department is currently working with all of the departments and Budget and Personnel Services on the preparation and compilation of the FY19 operating budget and capital improvement program.


Report of the Mayor and City Council:


  • 21st Delegation Reception on Monday, March 5, 2018, in Annapolis.
  • Opioid Awareness Panel sponsored by the Laurel Police Department on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
  • Prince George’s County  Municipal Association Meeting (PGCMA) on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in…..two bills HB1549 and
  • Laurel Hills HOA Meeting on March 19, 2018.
  • Vistas II Homeowners Association on March 21, 2018.  Chief McLaughlin attended at the request of the homeowners.
  • Congresswoman Donna Edwards attended the Laurel Lakes Senior Center on March 23, 2018.
  • Easter Extravaganza on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Gude Lake.
  • Annual Awards Banquet for the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Savage Mill.  Congratulations to all the award recipients.
  • Congratulations to Major Pat Bray and Sergeant Donald Winstead on their retirements from the Laurel Police Department.
  • National League of Cities Congress of Cities in Washington, D.C. March 11 – 13, 2018.  Attended the Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee.
  • Council of Government Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
  • Patuxent River Commission Meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Annapolis.
  • Provided testimony in Annapolis on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. on HB1556, 3P’s (Public, Private, Partnerships) as they pertain the MAGLEV.
  • Condolences to the family of Bill Bayles on his recent passing.  He is a life member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department.


President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:24 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.


There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:24 p.m.




                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                                    Clerk to the Council







Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council