Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm



MONDAY, APRIL 23, 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 Tenth Meeting of April 9, 2018.
  6. Report of the Mayor and City Council.
  7. General Public Hearing.




MONDAY, APRIL 23, 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 Allegiance to the United States of American.  Roll was called with Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Michael R. Leszcz, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith Sydnor, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present.  Also present: Marty Flemion, City Administrator and Kimberley A. Rau, Clerk.


On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Minutes of the Tenth Meeting of April 9, 2018, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.


Report of the City Administrator Marty Flemion:



  • 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 HR 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.




  • 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.


Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:


  • City Hall in the Park on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Cypress Street Field, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Prince George’s County Municipal Association (PGMCA) Meeting on April 19, 2018 in District Heights, Maryland.  During the meeting there was discussion on HB236 regarding affordable housing – a committee will be created with a representative from the building industry, real estate, banking institution, municipality and the community to discuss this issue and provide a recommendation.  Also discussed was HB1526/SB344, allowing a person who served in the United States Military to serve as a police officer – this bill didn’t make it out of committee. 
  • Park Cleanup at Riverfront Park on Saturday, April 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Recognized Pastor Butler, Queens Chapel United Church.
  • “Christmas with Papa and Mamosky”, a children’s book written by Carol Nash founder of Bernadette’s House.  Directed at young girls, but has a message for all.
  • Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Monday, May 7, 2018, 6:00 p.m., at the Laurel Senior Center to discuss the redevelopment of the hospital campus.
  • Fundraiser for Laurel Cats’ at Ledo’s Pizza on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 20% of the profits donated to the organization.  Another fundraiser will be held in May at Denny’s.
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018, Seminar on Sexual Harassment at City Hall presented by Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT).
  • Saturday April 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. Fourth of July Committee Fundraiser held at the American Legion.
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:00 a.m. Recycling and Shredding Event held at the Department of Public Works.
  • Business Resource Fair held at the Laurel Library
  • April 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m. Side by Side held an event at the National Wildlife Visitor’s Center.
  • Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Gude Mansion on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Mobile Mayor on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 4:00 p.m. at Sips C Street Flats.
  • 175th Anniversary of St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church celebrated on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
  • Pallotti High School Gala held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 during which Police Chief Rich McLaughlin was presented with a community service award.
  • Condolences to Bruce Cole, employee in the Department of Public Works, on the loss of his wife Judy.
  • My Time with the Mayor held today at the Anderson Murphy Community Center at 4:30 p.m.
  • April 13, 2018, Senator Cardin hosted a luncheon for municipal officials to discuss issues such as budgets and the MAGLEV.
  • Opioid Crisis Town Hall Meeting at the First United Methodist Church on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Opening of the Laurel Little League on Saturday, April 14, 2018.  Mayor threw the first pitch to start the day.
  • Arbor Day Celebration on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with the planting of two trees in Emancipation Park.
  • Lake fest scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018, 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Gude Lake.
  • Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Bakers State of the Economy Breakfast on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
  • Main Street Festival on Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Employee Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2018, 1:00 p.m. at the Laurel Armory.
  • Discover Day on Main Street on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m. at Sips at C Street Flats.
  • Mayor said the Operating Budget will be submitted to the City Council by May 1, 2018, if not sooner.


            Mayor Moe submitted the following appointments/reappointments in a memorandum dated April 18, 2018:


            Marilyn K. Byers, Arts Council

            Bharati Dhruva, Arts Council

            Tommy Scaggs, Ethics Commission


            The Mayoral appointments/reappointments were approved on motion by Councilmember Smalls, dully seconded.


President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:32 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 7:32 p.m.




                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                                    Clerk to the Council







Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council