Work Session Minutes - Regular - Tuesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Michael R. Leszcz, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember; Frederick Smalls, Councilmember; Bill Goddard, City Administrator; Sara Green, Chief of Staff; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Chief Richard McLaughlin, Police Department; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Robert Love, Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development; Ana Navarro, Administrative Assistant; Larry Taub, City Solicitor.
Meeting called to order at 6:30 p.m.
Ordinance No. 1933, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, MD to amend the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code; Chapter 20, Land Facilities in Public Rights-of-way", to provide for certain amendments to the standards and regulations relating to the location placement, design, construction and maintenance of Telecommunications Towers, Antennas, and other structures within the City's Public Rights-of-way, consistent with the recently issued final order of the Federal Communications Commission regarding this subject matter and providing an effective date.
Kevin Frost, Director for the Department of Information Technology presented this Ordinance which proposes amendments that are following the FCC order that came out towards the end of September and are making changes related to the order where there was either a conflict or it was felt that changes should be made. Overall, the changes are not substantial and it just makes it easier to read and add those sections where the FCC is specific on prohibitions and how we would deal with that.
Discussion on Microsoft Office 365 - Kevin Frost, Director for the Department of Information Technology spoke about the City change in direction in heading to what is a cloud based email system and a cloud based Microsoft office. Microsoft Office is the primary software the City uses to do 90% of staff work. Currently the equipment is on premise with the servers being housed here at City Hall. Microsoft Office 365 is on the Cloud. It is in various data centers with the closest one in northern Virginia. The benefits are that we can access Microsoft 365 from anywhere. One of the new add on products is teams and planner which are applications where work groups and collaborations can be set up. It would give us tools to manage various projects.
There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.
Ana R. Navarro
Approved: November 26, 2018