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Twentieth Meeting of the Mayor and City Council - Regular - Tuesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00 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.
Reverend Warren H. Litchfield gave the Invocation.
Mayor Moe led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.
Ana Navarro, Administrative Assistant, called the roll.
On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Mayor and City Council adjourned to Closed Session at 5:42 p.m. to consult with legal counsel. The legal authority for this Closed Session is contained in the General Provisions Article Subsection 3-305 (b) (7).
On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Minutes of the Nineteenth Meeting of the Mayor and City Council of Monday, October 22, 2018, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.
Report of the Mayor and City Council:
National League of Cities was held in Los Angeles, California from November 7, 2018, to November 10, 2018, which offered various informative workshops such as Youth services, livable communities, affordable housing and homelessness
Maryland Municipal League Engagement Outreach Committee held a meeting on October 24, 2018, in Annapolis
Discover UHealth Open House was held on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.
Trick or Treat on Main Street held on Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Halloween Spooktacular held at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center on Saturday, October 27, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
Gospel Concert held at the Laurel Lakes Senior Apartments at 709 Laurel Lakes Court on Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Officer Barry from the Laurel Police Department received a vest donated to K9 Reno from the Bleything family in Honor of City of Laurel retired Lieutenant Michael Bleything.
Singing for Solidarity held at Oaklands Community Church on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, in honor of the Tree of Life Synagogue victims.
Board of Trustees meeting held at City Hall on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Condolences to the Bulla family on the passing of Jane Bulla and Don Bulla.
Condolences to the family of former City of Laurel Police Lieutenant Al Prince.
Appreciation given to local businesses who create jobs in our community to make Laurel such a great place for business people and citizens alike.
Condolences to the family of Senator Bernie Fowler on the recent passing of his wife Rose Fowler.
Condolences to the family of Andy Moxim.
Get Well wishes and speedy recovery to Paul Kirkpatrick.
Mayor wished his father a very Happy 90th Birthday!
Prince George's County Police Chiefs Association breakfast meeting hosted by Chief McLaughlin and Laurel Police Department at Partnership Hall on October 30, 2018, 7:00 a.m.
City of Laurel will be collecting Non-Perishable Food Items for LARS at all City Facilities from November 1 - December 14, 2018.
Martial Arts and Fitness Competition- All American Games held at the Laurel Armory Anderson and Murphy Community Center on November 4, 2018, 12:00 Noon
Tree Lighting at the Laurel Towne Center on November 17, 2018, at 5:45 p.m.
Central Maryland Transportation and Mobility Commission has announced a 30-day public comment period on proposed routes and schedule changes affected the majority of RTA fixed routes
Citizens helping Citizens will be held on November 17, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parternship Hall.
City office will be closed on November 22-23, 2018, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Mayoral reappointments of Barbara Borchardt, Tree Board; Patsy Faddis, Tree Board and Bobbi McCeney, Tree Board, were confirmed on a unaninmous roll call vote.
Mayor Moe read proclamation 2018-22 proclaiming Saturday, November 24, 2018, Small Business Saturday in the City of Laurel and urged all Laurel Citizens to celebrate in the City of Laurel.
President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:49 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.
President Leszcz read the title of 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 regulaltions 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. The public hearing was opened at 7:50 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 Monday, November 26, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.
There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:51 p.m.
Ana R. Navarro
Approved: November 26, 2019