Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

1. Call to order

A. Invocation - Reverend Warren 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-Eighth Meeting of March 25, 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.

5. Presentations

A. Laurel Senior High School Girl's Varsity Basketball Tem.

6. Legislation

A. Second public hearing with possible action on 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.

7. Adjournment

Minutes

Present: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Frederick Smalls, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, 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; Melanie Weiringer, Assistant Director, Office of the Fire Marshall and Permit Services; Robert Love, Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development; Joseph Ajaiy, Assistant Director of Public Works; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk.  There was a public attendance of approximately thirty people.

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

Reverend Warren Litchfield gave the Invocation.

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

Clerk Kimberley Rau called the roll.

In honor of Reverend Litchfield's Ninetieth Birthday the Mayor and City Council sang happy birthday and presented him with cupcakes and a gift card.

At this time, the Laurel Senior High School Girl's Varsity Basketball Team and coaches were recognized and honored for their wining season

The Minutes of the Twenty-Eighth Meeting of March 25, 2019, were approved on motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas.

Report of the Mayor and City Council:

Carl, it's an honor to have the Lady Spartans here tonight. He doesn't attend the games, but he feels like he does because of his friend Shirley posts.

Neighbor Harris play at Ragamuffins, very good and well attended.

On the 9th Tuesday, fundraiser CATS Double TT Diner from 5pm -9pm. If you reside within the 20707, 20708 and 20723 you can call for services, come for any cat complaints, get them fixed which will ultimately reduce the cat population in Laurel.

On the next 3 Wednesdays Laurel Police will be training all the City on Active Shooting.

March 31st, Councilmember Sydnor refereed for the special Olympics of Frederick, Maryland 3 on 3 tournaments. Congratulations extended to coach Dwayne Brody for the championship, Olympics was won by Frederick (13 year old record this year). Councilmember Sydnor would like to extend an invitation to recognize them as well. 

April 3rd Councilmember Sydnor was invited to Walter Reeves Institute of Research where they had a program for high school students from the  National Collegiate Prep out of Southeast, DC. Seventy-Five High School students attended. This program is about giving the children an interest in Science, Technology and Math. So they can see the types of jobs regarding these skills.  

They are offering a summer program which is a one-week-long. They will provide a $100 stipend. Deadline to register for the program is April the 30th.  Excellent opportunity for children. 

August 6th Councilmember Sydnor attended the Town Hall meeting with Congressman Mr. Anthony Brown. Also, on the same day with the Mayor attended the Laurel Lions Wrestling team.

Councilmember Valerie Nicholas mentioned the State wide river cleanup at Riverfront Park, well attended and beautiful weather.

National Volunteer Week, a lot of wonderful volunteers in the City.

Shirley Bell is known as Dr. Bell a correction Councilmember Nicholas wanted to acknowledge. 

Councilmember Leszcz mentioned the Cleanup at Riverfront Park on Saturday, April 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m. City side of the river is relatively clean. Other side of the river is a passive park.

Dedication of the high water mark, from 1972 Agnes Hurricane 22.5 feet.

St. Mary's middle school participated in a program called MESA (Mathematic Engineering, Science Achievements) sponsored by Johns Hopkins, grades given different projects to work on and competed with other schools in the area. Lots of good things happening around Laurel.

Chris Brandt, Kindergarten teacher at St. Mary's since 1985, won one of the Ten Golden Apple awards for the archdiocese.

Tariq Owens, 2014, Graduate of Pallotti High School, have an undergraduate degree and working on his Master’s Degree at Texas Tech, starting tonight,....wishing them all good luck on the game tonight.

President Smalls, wanted to expound on the Walter Reeves Program, one of his grandsons participated in the program last summer and enjoyed it very much, so much he continued three additional weeks without compensation.

Moment of Silence in honor of House of Delegate Speaker, Michael Busch.

Condolences to the family and friends of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, Mayor said he was a true friend to the City of Laurel.

Central Maryland Chamber Community Awards Dinner, last meeting, attended, public safety officials honored.

Community United Event, Islamic Community Center of Laurel, opportunity to bring people together, all walks of life, March 30th.

April 1, 2019, installation of the City's first solar bench at Emancipation Park, thanks to Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation. Along with her staff for finding such a bench, near basketball courts, charging stations. The City is trying this out to see how it works, possibly put more around the City. 

Congressman, Anthony Brown's Town Hall Meeting at the Laurel Library on Saturday, April 6, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Laurel Lions club Wrestling Banquet, outstanding job working with the kids, making all of them champions.

My Time with the Mayor: Today at 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Laurel Armory.

Work Session talked a little about the sewer over flow on March 30th. Mayor received a fact finding investigation, talked with the CEO of Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), with a follow-up meeting next week. One agenda item will be the notification process. Appreciate Steve Allen's hard work on this. Council will get a copy of the report tonight.

April 13, 2019, Easter Extravaganza, 1:00 p.m., sponsored with the Laurel Lions Club.

City Hall in the Park on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Emancipation Park.  

Thursday, April 18, 2019, Arbor Day Tree Planting, 10:00 a.m. at Christian Academy.

Thursday, April 18, 2019, City's Department of Economic and Community Development hosting a Resource Fair at the Library 5:30 p.m.  to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 20, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, Electronics and Paper Shredding Event at the Department of Public Works facility.

President Smalls opened the General Public hearing at 7:39 p.m.

Shirley Powell, West Street, WSSC, notification, not notified they were going to be working on her street. Resident water bill exceeded $200 to $600. She said it is cleaned now, but the water bill is extremely high. The Mayor asked if she would bring a copy of the exceeding water bill.

President Smalls closed the public hearing at 7:41 p.m.

Steve Allen, Emergency Services Manager presented the consideration of a recommendation to award Open Ended Contracts - Hazard Mitigation Support Services, as discussed at the work session on April 3, 2019.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember DeWAlt, the Open Ended Contracts - Hazaard Mitigation Support Services, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

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, into the record for the second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:43 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, 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 WITH THE CITY'S PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1940, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to concur with the City of Laurel Planning Commission for the revised conceptual site plan for the Westside Mixed-Use Development, the property is zoned M-X-T, and is located off Westside Blvd. and Van Dusen Road, Laurel, Maryland 20707, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:45 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, April 22, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1941, Text Amendment No. 251, an ordinance to amend Chapter 20 Land Development and Subdivision, Article I, Zoning, Division 1, Definitions, Section 20-1.87, and Division 5, Zoning Districts, Section 20-6.13, of the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code; and providing and effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:46 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing with possible action at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 22, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1942, Text Amendment No. 253, an ordinance to amend the Laurel Unified Land Development Code; Chapter 20 Land Development and Subdivision, Article I Zoning, Division 5 Zoning Districts, Section 20-1.7, Section 20-6.13, Section 20-7.8, of the City Code to allow for tourist homes; and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:48 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, April 22, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
7:52 p.m. closed

President Smalls read the title of Resolution No. 5-19, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland for the purpose of establishing a Volunteer Code of Conduct for all City of Laurel volunteers, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:52 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, April 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was at 7:53 p.m.

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

 

Approved:

 

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