Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 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

2. Approval of Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Twenty-Fourth Meeting of January 28, 2019.

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


Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Mayor and City Council - Regular - Monday, February 11, 2019


Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Frederick Smalls, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R Sydnor, Councilmember; Valerie M. A. Nicholas, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Sara Greene, Chief of Staff to the Mayor and Kimberley Rau, Clerk.  There was one member of the public present.

President Smalls called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

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

Clerk Kimberley Rau called the roll.  

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Minutes of the Twenty-Fourth Meeting of January 28, 2019, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Minutes of the Work Session on February 6, 2019, were approved on a voice vote with Councilmember Leszcz ABSTAINING.

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

Councilmember Sydnor attended the new exhibit at the Laurel Museum, called "Is there a Doctor in the House?". Along with another exhibit at Montpelier Mansion Museum about the migration of African Americans coming to Prince George's County.

Councilmember Nicholas read a report today stating "The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $53.3 Million Dollars in grants to address homelessness in the State of Maryland". She is hopeful the City retrieve some of these funds.

Councilmember Leszcz extended his appreciation to the Executive Director of Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (LARS). Along with Lindsey Palley for taking time out of her busy day to meet with him.

President Smalls said the City will be hosting a Delegation from China on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to learn about municipal government. President Smalls is very proud to say the City of Laurel has been a favorite with requests coming from a number of international communities.

Mayor Moe extended condolences to Laurel Police Officer Zimmerman on the passing of his sister Christine, and to the family of former Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bill Stanton.

Mayor Moe extended get well wishes to Marie Duffield.

Mayor Moe attended a meeting with the Maryland Congressional Delegation with Congressman Brown and Garden to discuss mail delivery in the Laurel area.  

Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development unveiled the new Business Resource Center in the lobby of the Laurel Municipal Center. This is for individuals interested in bringing their business to the City of Laurel.

Mayor Moe attended the Maryland Mayor's Conference in Annapolis on February 7th-10th, 2019, sponsored by the Maryland Municipal League.

Mayor Moe and Steve Allen, Emergency Manager, testified before the Rockville Mayor and City Council regarding the need for an Emergency Operations Center.  

Mayor Moe attended Career Day at Deerfield Run Elementary School during which he spoke to 91 first graders.  

City Offices will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019, in observance of President's Day.  

Department of Economic and Community Development will be hosting a "Speed Networking"event on Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  

Mayor Moe extended his appreciation to Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications and her department for their efforts in publishing the first edition of the "Government to the People", magazine. 

Mayoral appointment of Christopher E. Dwyer to the Arts Council, was approved on motion by Councilmember Leszcz and dully seconded.

President Smalls opened the General Public Hearing at 5:11 p.m.

Coleen Crowley, a resident of College Park, is present to introduce herself to the Mayor and City Council. She has been assigned to the City of Laurel for her Public Affairs Class, so she will be covering meetings and events. 

President Smalls closed the General Public Hearing at 5:

Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, presented the bid recommendation to purchase Motorola Computer Aided Dispatch Licenses. This was outlined in a memorandum dated January 16, 2019, and discussed at the work session on February 6, 2019. On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the purchase was approved as recommended on a unanimous roll call vote.

Christy Fang, City Engineer, presented the bid recommendation for Citywide Concrete Repair Project - LA 19-02 (as outlined in a memorandum) dated December 24, 2019, and discussed at the work session on February 6, 2019. On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the contract was approved as recommended on a unanimous roll call vote.

President Smalls read the title of Resolution No. 2-19, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council to establish a Task Force. This task will explore the possibility of creating a "No-Kill" community Animal Shelter within the City of Laurel, into the record for the first reading. President Smalls closed the public hearing at 5:18 p.m. 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, February 25, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 5:19 p.m.


Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council







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