Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, March 25, 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-Seventh Meeting of March 11, 2019.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. Report of the City Administrator

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. Legislation

A. Second public hearing with possible action 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. Second public hearing with possible action 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. Second public hearing with possible action 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.

8. Bid Recommendation

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

9. Adjournment

Minutes

Present:

Frederick Smalls, Council President; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Valerie M. A. Nicholas, Councilmember; William Gooddard, City Administrator; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Robert Love, Deputy 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; David Cope, Director of Fire Marshal Public Safety; Deputy Chief Keven Gray, Police Department; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberly Rau, City Clerk.

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

Reverend Warren H. Litchfield gave the Invocation.

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America was cited by all in attendance.

Kimberly Rau, Clerk called the roll.

President Smalls entertained on motion for the approval of the minutes for the 27thmeeting, March 11, 2019. Councilmember Sydnor made motion to approve, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt; No further discussion. City Clerk, Kim Rau called row; all voted yes.

Report of the Mayor and City Council:

On March 13, 2019, the Maryland Department of Environment extended a public comment period to propose the development for “Patuxent Green Gulf Course”. Through Friday, April 26thany comments, questions or concerns you can visit the Maryland Department of Environment.

Two upcoming events within the City of Laurel. The first event is the Stems Program on April 27, 2019. This will be open to all Prince George’s County residence from grades 6thto 12th. On May 15ththere will be a Job fair which is also open to all residents.  

On August the 18thit will be the city of Laurel’s “Annual Arbor Day” celebration at 10am at the Christian Academy of Laurel. 

May 1stat 6:30pm Councilmembers are invited to Laurel Elementary School PTA meeting, regarding the “Keep Kids Alive Drive 25”.

Ms. Jacqueline Anderson was appointed board of elections supervisor to replace a departing board member and is seeking reappointment. President Smalls asking for motion. Councilmember Leszcz moved for approval and seconded by Councilmember Nicholas; no further discussion. Clerk, Kim Rau called row all in approval.

Economic Development Department staff attended a joint work session with the city’s Historic District Commission in Prince George’s County, historic preservation commission on March 13, 2019. The department will be hosting their second annual small business resource fair at Laurel Library on Thursday, April 18thfrom 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Public Works will be meeting to discuss the possible expansion of the city’s recycling program to include a “Food Scrap Composting” program to further protect the environment in the city and support the zero waste goals.

President Smalls Open general public hearing at 7:26pm. No one wished to speak, President Smalls closed general public hearing at 7:26pm.

Audrey Barnes spoke regarding “Earth Month” which starts April 1st and continues throughout the entire month.

President Smalls with him joined Councilmember Nicholas presenting a proclamation. Craig A. Moe proclaimed regarding the month of April as a “Water Conservation” month in the city of Laurel.

Lt Bradley DiPietro of the Laurel Police department presented Life Saving Awards (recent city events).

President Smalls read the title of 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 filling 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. 

President Smalls Opened public hearing at 7:43pm no one signed up to speak. Public hearing closed at 7:43pm.

Councilmember Sydnor made on motion to approve Ordinance 1938, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt; No discussion. Clerk, Kimberly Rau called row and everyone voted yes.

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.

President Smalls entertained on motion Councilmember Leszcz moved for approval made on motion to approve Ordinance 1939, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas; No discussion. Clerk, Kimberly Rau called row and everyone voted yes.

President Smalls read the title for 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.

President Smalls Opened public hearing at 7:46pm no one signed up to speak. Public hearing closed at 7:46pm.

President Smalls entertained on motion, Councilmember Nicholas on motion to approve Resolution No. 3-19, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz. With no further discussion the Clerk, Kimberly Rau called row and everyone voted yes.

President Smalls read the title of Resolution No. 4-19, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel to adopt Wireless Facility Design Guidelines, consistent with all applicable federal and state laws, for the siting, construction, installation, collocations, modification, relocation, operation and removal of wireless technology and associated equipment within the City’s public rights-of-way.

President Smalls opened public hearing at 7:47pm and Resolution No. 4-19. Public hearing closed at 7:49pm. Second hearing with possibly action will be held at the Mayor and City Council meeting on Monday, April 8th.

President Small read the Bid recommendation consideration of a bid recommendation to purchase Panasonic Mobile Data Terminals (MDT). Mr. Frost, Director of Information Technology introduced the MDT. President Small entertained on motion Councilmember Leszcz moved for approval, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor; No further discussion. Clerk, Kimberly Rau called row and everyone voted yes.

There being no further business to discuss before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned.

 

Kenya D. Barno 

Administrative Specialist 

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