Mayor and City Council Work Session
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

1. Agenda Items

A. Ordinance No. 1935, Text Amendment No. 249

B. Ordinance No. 1936

C. Ordinance No. 1937

D. Resolution No. 1-19

E. Bid Recommendation- LA 19-01 Street Improvement Project

F. Bid Recommendation to Purchase Energov Software

G. Bid Recommendation LA 19-01 Street Improvement Project

Minutes

WORK SESSION, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019 – 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:

Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Frederick Smalls, Council President; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, President Pro tem; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R Sydnor, Councilmember and Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember.

Ordinance No. 1935, Text Amendment No. 249. Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development presented Ordinance No. 1935, Text Amendment No. 249, to amend the Unified Land Development Code to allow for digital billboards. Representatives from Clear Channel were present to answer questions. Steve Ginsburg, Clear-Channel Outdoor, said they currently have 23 digital billboards in Prince George’s County. He has been working with City Solicitor Larry Taub on language for the legislation and he is present to answer questions about how the digital billboard works opposed to the paper billboards. Councilmembers in agreement to introduce the legislation and hold the first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Ordinance No. 1936, an ordinance to amend the Laurel City Code, Chapter 2, “Administration” Article IV, “Public Ethics”. Mayor Moe presented the legislation saying the Administration has been working on this legislation for at least a year to clarify the process for filing Financial Disclosure Statements for candidates for elected office. Councilmembers were in agreement to introduce and hold first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Ordinance No. 1937, an ordinance to amend the Laurel City Code, Chapter 6, “Elections”. Clerk Rau presented the legislation explaining that the legislation removes the requirement for thirty signatures for candidacy, increases the filing fee from $40.00 to $80.00, and makes some technical and grammatical changes. Concerns about removing the 30 signatures from President Smalls, Councilmember Sydnor and DeWalt. President Smalls asked the Council to consider the section regarding the signatures and forward any questions or comments to the Clerk. President Smalls will schedule a special work session maybe on January 14 before the regular meeting.

Resolution No. 1-19. Larry Taub, City Solicitor said after discussion with counsel regarding potential litigation in the state of Maryland as opposed to the litigation going on nation-wide, this resolution allows the Mayor to enter into an agreement, to look at the fee agreement and join the litigation. The group does needs a critical mass of participants before the litigation can go forward. Councilmembers agreed to move forward with introduction and first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Councilmember Sydnor feels there is already a process in place with the State of Maryland. Governor Hogan has designated money to address this issue and said he doesn't support the resolution.

Bid Recommendation - LA 19-01 Street Improvement Project. Christy Fang, City Engineer, presented the bid recommendation as outlined in a memorandum dated December 11, 2018.  Discussion about the streets in Patuxent Greens being damaged due to the construction from the pending project.  Councilmembers were in agreement to award the contract at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Councilmember DeWalt will vote no on this project until we see what happens with the Patuxent Greens project.

Bid Recommendation to Purchase Energov Software.  Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology presented the recommendation to purchase Energov Software as outlined in a memorandum dated December 19, 2018.  The project upgrades the Permit and Economic and Development software through Tyler Technologies Energov.  The new software will manage land planning, permitting and licensing, and citizen request.  Councilmembers agreed to award the contract at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the Work Session adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: January 14, 2019

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