Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

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-Sixth Meeting of February 25, 2019.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. Appointments

A. Appointment of Tawana Spencer, Environmental Affairs Committee.

5. 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.

6. Presentations

A. Update on the University of Maryland Laurel Regional Hospital.

7. Bid Recommendation

A. Consideration of a bid recommendation to purchase Mobile Data Terminals (MDT's).

8. Legislation

A. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1938, an ordinance to amend the Laurel City Code, Chapter 2, "Administration," Article IV, "Public Ethics, "Section2-56, to allow for certain technical changes, to specify and clarify requirements for filing a Financial Disclosure Statement in connection with a candidacy for elective office, and specifying the process for the review of a Financial Disclosure Statement in connection with a candidacy for elective office, by the City Ethics Commission and the Board of Election Supervisors; and providing an effective date.

B. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1939, an ordinance to amend the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

C. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 3-19, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel for the purpose of providing healthy food options at City facilities and vending machines.

9. Adjournment

Minutes

Twenty-Seventh Meeting of the Mayor and City Council, Regular, Monday, March 11, 2019

Present:

Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Frederick Smalls, Council President; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Carl DeWalt, 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; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Joseph Ajayai, Assistant Director of Public Works; Deputy Chief Keven Gray, Police Department; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, Clerk.  There was a public attendance of seventy-five people.

President Smalls called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  

Reverend Warren H. Litchfield gave the Invocation.

Mayor Moe led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America along with the children from Winning In Sports and Education (W.I.S.E) in attendance.

Kimberley Rau, Clerk called the roll.  

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Minutes of the Twenty-Sixth Meeting of February 25, 2019, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote. 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Minutes of the March 6, 2019, Work Session, were approved as corrected, on a unanimous roll call vote.

Report of the Mayor and City Council:

Prince George's County Councilmember Tom Dernoga hosting first Community Conversation on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at Laurel Elementary School.  

Fundraiser for CATS to be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Tampico Grill.

Laurel Police Department have a Sobriety Check Point scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2019.  

Workshop titled "Tips for Master Gardeners" to be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at the  Laurel Pool Room.

Happy Women's National History Month!

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser hosted the 2019, Women of Excellence Award Ceremony on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.  

Youth Career Center in Capital Heights, Maryland, assists people 18-24 that are unemployed and not in school with basic schools training, GED training, leadership skills training, financial literacy assistance, work shadowing opportunities. Residents wanting additional information were encouraged to contact Laurel Helping Hands in order for them to get the referral to this program.    

Maryland Senate/House Bond Bill Testimony was held on Senate on Saturday, March 9, 2019, on the City's request for funding for a Multi-Services Center.

National League of Cities Congress of Cities Conference was held in Washington, D.C., March 9-13, 2019. Several Federal Advocacy Committees met on March 10, 2019, to discuss issues such as Transportation, Opioid Epidemic and Funding Homeless.

Annual Open House, Sunday, March 3, 2019, recognize Joanne Barr and all the department heads here as well as the many civic organizations.

First United Methodist Church, Joe Murchison has agreed to stay for another year as the Executive Director and continue to do great works within our community. They will also be holding a Side by Side Rise and Shine Fundraising Breakfast held on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

National League of Cities meeting in DC, started on Saturday. One program opioid addition epidemic going on....interested in hearing what other cities are doing to address.

City of Laurel is gearing up for the Census 2020. Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development has been attending meetings on behalf of the City.  Mayor pointed out the importance of all residents completing the census saying a lot of the City's funding sources are determined by the census. April 1, 2020, the Census forms will be mailed.

The mayoral appointment of Tawana Spencer to the Environmental Affairs Committee was approved on motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz.

Mayor Moe read Proclamation 2019-02 into the record proclaiming the month of March GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP MONTH in the City of Laurel. He then presented the proclamation to the coaches and players from Winning In Sports and Education (W.I.S.E.). Thanking all of them for the great partnership between the club and the City.

President Smalls opened the "General Public Hearing" at 7:24 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center President and CEO, Shirley Perkins started the slide presentation to provide a transition update of the Laurel Regional Hospital to the now University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center. The presentation included the timeline, services and programs, workforce update, community outreach efforts, campus development plans and a brief update on the University of Maryland Capital Systems.

President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1938, an ordinance to amend the Laurel City Code, Chapter 2,"Administration," Article IV, "Public Ethics," Section 2-56, to allow for certain technical changes, to specify and clarify requirements for filing a Financial Disclosure Statement in connection with a candidacy for elective office, and specifying the process for the review of a Financial Disclosure Statement in connection with a candidacy for elective office, by the City Ethics Commission and the Board of Election Supervisors; and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 8:33 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, March 25, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1939, an ordinance to amend the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 8:35 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, March 25, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

President Smalls read the title of Resolution No. 3-19, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel for the purpose of providing healthy food options at City facilities and vending machines, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 8:36 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, March 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

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