WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.
1.Discussion on the High-speed Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SMAGLEV) System between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland.
Pro - Kisha A. Brown, Director of Community & External Affairs, the Northeast MAGLEV, LLC.
Con - Dennis Brady, City Councilmember, City of Bowie (former)
2.Consideration of a bid recommendation for Fleet Acquisition – One Cargo Van and One Paint machine.
3.Consideration of a bid recommendation for plastering and pool repairs – Municipal Pool.
4.Feasibility Study – City of Laurel Pedestrian Trail/Pathway.
Work Session Agenda (Wednesday, February 7, 2018)
Members present: Craig A Moe, Mayor; Michael R. Leszcz, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R Sydnor, Councilmember; Frederick Smalls, Councilmember and Valerie M A Nicholas, Councilmember.
Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m.
Agenda Item #1
Discussion on the High-Speed Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SMAGLEV) System between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland
Kisha Brown, Director of Community & External Affairs and David Henley, Project Director for the Northeast MAGLEV, LLC gave an update on the project. Process started in August 2016. Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) final approval mid-2019. Study will be done to see who will be riding and why. Thinking ahead to 2026-2027. Study is to see if it's financially viable and meets the needs for this region. Dennis Brady, Citizens against the SMAGLEV. Information is inadequate. A year ago, citizens started asking question. Opposition group started when the six proposed routes were chosen. The group’s effort resulted in the second round of open-houses. No one he talks to wants it, supports it. The preferred route is the east (no houses are taken, but 12-15 businesses). Don't see it being economically viable. Germany built a test track, but then determined it would be too costly and scrapped the project. Don't feel they have justified the need for the system. A big concern is noise and issues with vibrations. Ticket prices would be $46 to $82 dollars. Too many questions about the economics to move forward on this. Hope City of Laurel joins the other municipalities in opposing this project. Mayor said the City is looking at hosting an Open-House on the MAGLEV.
Agenda Item #2
Consideration of a bid recommendation for Fleet Acquisition – One Cargo Van and One Paint machine.
Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works presented the bid recommendation as outlined in the memorandum dated February 7, 2018. Will not increase the fleet. No questions from the Council. Council agreed to award the bid at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Agenda Item #3
Consideration of a bid recommendation for plastering and pool repairs – Municipal Pool.
Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation presented the bid recommendation as outlined in the memorandum dated January 26, 2018. Six companies attended the site presentation. Comment about preference given to Maryland companies over Virginia. Council was in agreement to award bid at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Agenda Item #4
Feasibility Study – City of Laurel Pedestrian Trail/Pathway.
Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation presented the feasibility study to extend the Patuxent Riverfront Park. Study looked at the potential to expand under Route 1. It will be necessary to work with Howard County, Anne Arundel County and the Race Track. McLaren was able to provide several options. After the presentation the Councilmembers expressed their support of the project. Mayor Moe will move forward with a project in the CIP.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Kimberley A. Rau, MMC
Clerk to the Council