THIRTEENTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 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.
- Call to order.
- Invocation – Reverend Warren H. Litchfield.
- Pledge of Allegiance.
- Roll call.
- Approval of Minutes of the Twelfth Meeting of May 9 and the Work Session Minutes of May 9, 2018.
- Report of the City Administrator.
- Report of the Mayor and City Council.
- Mayoral appointments/reappointments: Robert Kluckhuhn, Historic District Commission; Edward “Barney” Walsh, Board of Trustees-Retirement Plans and Roy M. Smith, Public Safety and Transportation Committee.
- General Public Hearing.
- Second public hearing with possible action 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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 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. Roll was called with Craig A Moe, Mayor; Michael R. Leszcz, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember and Frederick Smalls, Councilmember present. Also present: Marty Flemion, City Administrator; LouAnn Crook, Chief of Staff to the Mayor; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Joyce Jackson, Deputy Director of Communications; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; Chief Rich McLaughlin, Police Department; Christy Fang, Assistant Director of Public Works; Kimberley A. Rau, Clerk and Lawrence Taub, City
On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Minutes of the Twelfth Meeting of May 9 and the Work Session Minutes of May 9, 2018, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.
Report of the City Administrator Marty Flemion:
MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL, CITY ADMINISTRATOR, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS
For the second year in a row, Laurel TV broadcast the Main Street Festival LIVE. Remote viewers were able to watch a live stream of the parade. Laurel TV sent a crew to Annapolis to cover the signing of the Slow Down Move Over Bill. Laurel TV won its 7th Telly Award in four years. The Special report called “Financing Your Future, Creative Ways to Pay for College” can be viewed on the LaurelTVOfficial YouTube Channel. The Department of Communications is also working closely with Fox 5 TV in Washington DC for an event known as Zip Trip Laurel. On Friday, June 1st from 6 am until 11 am, Fox 5 will be broadcasting its entire morning show from Laurel. There are two locations-The Towne Centre and Gude Park at the Lake House. Rain or shine. The public is invited to wear their school uniforms, company t-shirts, and bring signs, bands, cheerleaders, and help tell FOX 5 viewers why Laurel is the perfect place to jump in the car—and zip on over to visit. Non-profits are welcome to come set up tables and tents and let the crowds know what services they offer.
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The annual report will be heard by the Planning Commission in June and then submitted to the Maryland Department of Planning by July 1, 2018 deadline. Sustainable Maryland re-certification. The City’s certification is up for renewal and the application will be submitted by June 30, 2018.
FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE
Assisted with Main Street Festival
PARKS & RECREATION
Completed Pool Inspection & opened pools Memorial Day Weekend. Installed the department’s first official “Little Free Library” made from recycled refrigerator, at Discovery Community Park Received the first “functional Art” park benches that were designed and painted by the National Art Honor Society at Laurel High School to be installed in each of the City’s wards Clean Water Partnership completed additional maintenance on existing Rain Gardens at Granville Gude Park Installed Memorial Gardens sign at the park at the Municipal Center Participated in National Kids to Park Day with the Annual Stride to Ride Program at Granville Gude Park Received allocation of $239,018.38 in POS funds from Prince George’s County
BUDGET & PERSONNEL SERVICES
BAPS has been preparing for the auditors’ site visit for preliminary work on the FY2018 audit. This includes providing reports for 7/1/2017 to 4/30/2018, then gathering the documentation that has been selected for sample transactions in both cash disbursements and cash receipts. They will return later in the summer to complete the review through 6/30/2018. BAPS welcomed a new clerical auxiliary employee. Amaya Hurley (not sure if he wants to name her). She’s a high school student that will assist staff with several clerical responsibilities.
Restoring the street parking on Oakpointe Drive, Oakpointe Place and Chestnut Court due to the street resurfacing project. Painted double yellow lines on 100 block of Main Street and Oxford Drive. Replaced the “Low Bridge” blinking sign on Main Street at First Street. Put up road closure information signs on Cherry Lane for the 4th of July event. Coordinating the repair work on Marshall Avenue with SAIA developer. Programmed the solar speed radar signs, which are now ready to be installed.
On May 11th, 2018 Members of LPD conducted a station tour for the Home Schoolers of Laurel. On May 12th, 2018 the police department worked the Main Street Festival. On May 19th, 2018 the Explorer Group conducted training with Fairfax County Police Department Explorers. On May 21st, 2018, Evidence Technicians conducted a Crime Scene Demonstration of “Clue” with the 7th graders of St. Mary of the Mills School. On May 25th, 2018 Members of LPD participated in Field Day at St. Mary’s of the Mills School. On May 25th, 2018 Members of LPD participated in a funeral escort for the passing of Andrew Hanko, the former mayor of New Carrollton. The Laurel Police Department conducted the following State Highway Grants: Occupant Protection Grant (Seat Belt Grant) Aggressive Driving Grant DUI Saturation Patrol Grant. The suspect in the homicide on Millbrook Lane was arrested in North Carolina by the US Marshall Fugitive Task force. Detectives went to North Carolina and interviewed Steven J. Clark who confessed to the murder. Arrest made in a 2nd degree rape investigation from the Windsor Apartment complex from March of this year. The suspect has been indicted and an arrest warrant has been obtain and served in Texas. Also we hired the following staff: Hired Timothy Jumbelick on May 21st he will begin PGPD Academy on June 11th. Hired Janelle Hubbard on May 29th as a dispatcher
Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:
Celeste Hill, Lovely Ladies of Laurel, was presented with a donation for her mentoring program. Condolences to the family of Nick Nicholson, McLaughlin family and the family of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamentz. Fox 5 Zip Trip to Laurel on Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Laurel Towne Center. Mayor and City Council Meeting scheduled for June 11, 2018 is cancelled due to the Maryland Municipal League Convention. Summer Schedule - Meetings in June and July will start at 6:00 p.m. and no meetings scheduled for August. Laurel Lakes Senior Citizen Complex will celebrate International Day with a block party in August. Memorial Day Observance at Ivy Hill on Sunday, May 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Mayor Moe read Proclamation No. 2018-7 into the record proclaiming June 1, 2018 4th Annual Gun Violence Awareness Day in the City of Laurel. He presented the proclamation to Chief Richard McLaughlin. Chief McLaughlin announced that residents can get a free gun lock from the police department.
Mayoral appointments/reappointments: Robert Kluckhuhn, Historic District Commission; Edward “Barney” Walsh, Board of Trustees-Retirement Plans and Roy M. Smith, Public Safety and Transportation Committee.
On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the mayoral appointments were confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.
President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m.
Reginald and Patricia Hill, Wellness Center, 9385 Washington Blvd., Laurel, introduced themselves to the Mayor and City Council and said they plan to get involved in the community.
President Leszcz closed the public hearing at 7:32 p.m.
President Leszcz 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 second reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:33 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.
On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, 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, was approved on a roll call vote with Councilmember DeWalt voting NO. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.
There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
Kimberley A. Rau, MMC