Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm


1. Call to order

A. Invocation - Reverend Warren H. Litchfield

B. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America

C. Roll call - Clerk Kimberley Rau

2. Approval of Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Eighteenth Meeting of Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

A. Reporting on various community events, meetings and announcements.

4. General public hearing

A. Members of the public are asked to sign the speakers list at the back of the Council Chambers. Council President calls the speakers from the sign in sheet. Each speaker is asked to give their name and address for the record. Each speaker is allowed three minutes to speak

5. Special recognition - Martin A. Flemion, III


Nineteenth Mayor and City Council Meeting - Regular - Monday, October 22, 2018


Present:  Craig A Moe, Mayor; Michael R. Leszcz, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R Sydnor, Councilmember; Frederick Smalls, Councilmember; Bill Goddard, City Administrator; LouAnn Crook, Deputy City Adminitrator; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic Development and Community Planning; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Chief Rich McLaughlin, Police Department; Joseph Ajayai, Assistant Director of Public Works; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, Clerk.  There were twenty-five members of the public present.  Councilmember Valerie M.A. Nicholas was absent.


Reverend Warren H. Litchfield gave the Invocation.


Mayor Moe led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.


Clerk Kimberley Rau called roll.


On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Minutes of the Eighteenth Meeting of Tuesday, October 9, 2018, were approved as corrected on a unanimous roll call vote.


Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:


Maryland Municipal League Fall Conference held at the Westin in Annapolis, MD, October 10 - 12, 2018.  

Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  

Condolences extended to Wilbert Nicholson on loss of his brother.

DC Hommie Barber Shop, 317 Main Street will be holding "Cuts for the Cure" Octobr 29, 2018, from 12:00 Noon to 7:00 p.m. for people dealing with cancer.  They will be providing free haircuts and grooming.


Maryland Municipal League (MML) Outreach and Engagement meeting in Annapolis on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

"Walk Laurel Day" was held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12:00 Noon, started at the Laurel Municipal Center. 

Grand Opening for Duncan Donuts (Duncan) on Friday, October 12, 2018, where the old Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant was.  Duncan has a drivethrough.

Laurel Police Department held "Tip a Cop" on Thursday, October 18, 2018, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Famous Daves to raise money for Special Olympics.

Condolences extended to Councilmember Valerie Nicholas on the passing of her Aunt Janet Richardson.

Trick or Treat on Main Street, Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. sponosored by the City of Laurel and the Laurel Board of Trade.


Halloween in the City of Laurel will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Get-well wishes to Jane Bulla, City of Laurel Emergency Responce Team Member.    

The City of Laurel received its recertification for Sustainable Maryland at the Maryland Municipal League Fall Conference in Annapolis, Maryland.  

116th Anniversary of the LVFD, congratulations to Travis Pearson, Chief and FiFF of the year

Reception celebrating the retirement of Randy Koop, Koop Saddlerey was held on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Laurel Manor House.  

Thirty-Third Running of the Maryland Million held at Laurel Park on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  

CERT held a social at the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, October 20, 2018, to get more particiaption.  

First United Methodist Church held a luncheon to celebrate Bill Miles and his family for their generosity to the community on the occasion of the closing of the Laurel Meat Market.  

Oct 24 3-5 business recognition and special announcement at C Stretip Sips, state is putting this event on.

City will be collecting non perishable foods for LARS at all City facilities from November 1 to December 14, 2018.  

Harvest Moon Hayride scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Riverfront Park. 


On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Mayoral appointment of E. Michael Greene was appointed to the City of Laurel Board of Trustees for the Retirement Plans, was confirmed on a unaninmous roll call vote.  
President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 5:15 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.
President Leszcz called a brief recess of the meeting at 5:15 p.m.  

Meeting reconvened at 5:30 p.m. with Mayor Moe and Councilemmbers DeWalt, Sydnor, Smalls and Leszcz present.

In recognition of the retirement of City Administrator Marty Flemion, Mayor Moe highlighted Mr. Flemion's career which started on October 22, 1976.  In June of 1993, Mr. Flemion was named Project Manager fo the new Municipal Center.  In 2002, former Mayor Joe Robison appointed Mr. Flemion Director of Public Works.  Mr. Flemion was the CIty's first Emergency Operations Director.  He has served as Chairman of the 4th of July Committee, started the first CERT in Laurel and in Prince George's County.  He oversaw the first Emergency Operations Center in local government, with the EOC being dedicated in his honor.  He oversaw the Memorial Gardens, working with various grops such as the American Legion.  He chaired the first Trap Neuter and Release (TNR) Program in Laurel.  He oversa the purchase and deisgn of the canteen.  As City Administrator he implemented several projects such as the Automatic Electronic Defibulator (AED) Program.  Mayor Meo said Mr. Flemion is a very dedicated man to the community and that he has made the City of Laurel a bettr place.  After the Mayor's remarks, Mr. Flemion was presented with gifts from the varous departments.  The evenign concluded with a reception in honor of Mr. Flemion.