Mayor and City Council Meeting
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

TWELFTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018 – REGULAR – 6:00 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 Eleventh Meeting of April 23, and the Work Session Minutes of May 2, 2018.

     6. Report of the Mayor and City Council.

     7. Mayoral appointments/reappointments:

James Kole, Ethics Commission, Alternate

Vicki Rambow, Historic District Commission

Richard Kluckhuhn, Public Safety and Transportation

Vicki Rambow, Public Safety and Transportation

 

     8. General Public Hearing.

     9. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1929, an ordinance adopting the Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 and to levy property taxes; and to authorize the collection of such taxes.

 

BUDGET/CIP WORK SESSION

 

Department of Public Works

Department of Economic and Community Development

Department of Information Tech

Public Safety

Laurel Police Department

Office of the Fire Marshal & Permit Services

Emergency Services Management

 

Department of Parks and Recreation

Non-departmental

Capital Improvement Program

 

Minutes

TWELFTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018 – REGULAR – 6:00 P.M.

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. with President Pro Tem Nicholas presiding.  Reverend Litchfield gave the Invocation.  Mayor Moe led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called with Craig A. Moe; Mayor; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Council President Pro Tem; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present:  Also present were Marty Flemion, City Administrator; LouAnn Crook, Chief of Staff; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Chief Rich McLaughlin, Police Department; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Steve Allen, Emergency Services; Bill Bailey, Assistant Director to Parks and Recreation; E. Michael Greene, Personnel Officer; Lisa Woods, Payroll Administrator; Pat Haag, Risk Management; Kimberley Rau, Clerk and Lawrence Taub, City Solicitor.  There were no members of the public present.

 

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Minutes of the Eleventh Meeting of April 23, 2018 and the Work Session Minutes of May 2, 2018, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

  • University of Maryland Medical Center held a town hall meeting on Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Laurel Senior Center as part of the requirement to get a certificate of need to redevelop the campus.
  • Final Principals Breakfast for this school year hosted by Side by Side on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Public Safety Breakfast held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:30 a.m. at the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department.
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration for Grace Baptist Church on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
  • Laurel Volunteer Fire Department’s Life Member Dinner held on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
  • Laurel Historical Society Annual Gala held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the
  • Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) held a ribbon cutting at the Gude Mansion on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Welcome to Lauren and Josh Jacobs, new Rabbis at Oseh Shalom.
  • City officials and employees were honored to attend the Governor’s signing of HB455, Move Over-Slow Down legislation on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in honor of Marcus Colbert.
  • Arbor Day Tree Planting on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Emancipation Park.
  • Discover Laurel Day at Sips at C Street Flats, thanks to Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development and her team.  Attendees are getting a lot out of these events.
  • City Offices will close at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018 to allow employees to attend the Annual Employee Awards Luncheon.
  • Main Street Festival on Saturday, May 12, 2018, parade starts at 9:00 a.m.
  • City Hall in the Park scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Discovery Park.
  • Monday, May 28, 2018, City Offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

 

Mayor Moe submitted the following appointments in a memorandum dated May 7, 2018:

 

James Kole, Ethics Commission, Alternate

Vicki Rambow, Historic District Commission

Richard Kluckhuhn, Public Safety and Transportation

Vicki Rambow, Public Safety and Transportation

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Mayoral appointments/reappointments were confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Mayor Moe read Proclamation 2018-6, into the record proclaiming the month of May Public Works Month in the City of Laurel.  Mayor presented the proclamation to Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works.

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works thanked the Mayor and City Council and everyone involved in getting the law passed to include trash and recycling trucks in the slowdown, move over law.  He said it has improved morale a great deal with the employees of public works. 

 

Mayor Moe read Proclamation 2018-5, into the record proclaiming Fit Kids to Parks Day in the City of Laurel on May 19, 2018, encouraging kids to explore the outdoors.  Mayor presented the proclamation to Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation.

 

Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation said this is a nationwide initiative encouraging children under 12 to take a full lap, walk or bike, around Gude Lake to get a boating pass.  Also, as part of the Patuxent River Program, the City is participating with 14 other municipalities inviting residents to visit the damn ruins and take a selfie with the sign.  Download the picture and register to enter a prize. 

 

Mayor Moe read Proclamation 2018-4, into the record proclaiming May 16, 2018 Peace Officers Day and May 14 – 18, 2018, National Police Week in the City of Laurel, thanking all the officers who serve the Laurel community.  Mayor Moe presented the proclamation to Chief Rich McLaughlin.

 

Chief McLaughlin said in honor of Police Week, Officer Jordan is participating in a bike ride from New Jersey to Washington, DC, arriving in Washington DC on Saturday.  Chief McLaughlin said there have been 51 in-line of duty deaths this year.  A tree in front of the Police Department is lit with blue lights in honor of this week.  He thanked the Mayor and City Council for recognizing this importance of this week.

 

 Mayor Moe read Proclamation 2018-9, into the record proclaiming May 7 – 11, 2018, Municipal Clerks Week in the City of Laurel.  Mayor presented the proclamation to Clerk Kim Rau.

 

President Pro Tem Nicholas opened the General Public Hearing at 6:25 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

President Pro Tem Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1929, an ordinance adopting the Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 and to levy property taxes; and to authorize the collection of such taxes, into the record for the first reading.

 

Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services said this is our standard budget ordinance for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, at a rate of $.71 on each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessable real property at 100% full cash value; at the rate of an additional $.03 on each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessable real property at 100% full cash value, within limits of the City of Laurel special Taxing Districts One, Two, Three, Four and Five, and that a portion of those funds will be distributed to the local public transit provider and the remainder, if any, will be used in accordance with State law for infrastructure improvements within the districts; at a rate of $1.69 on each one hundred ($100.00) of assessable personal and mixed property; a Capital Improvements Program for FY19 for $6,066.051 with a reauthorization for current projects at $6,908,501.25.  The FY2019 Operating Budget was presented to the City Council in accordance with the City’s Charter by May 1st.

 

            The public hearing was opened at 6:27 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.  A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

 

            There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

                                                                                    Clerk to the Council

 

 

Approved:

 

 

______________________________

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

 

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