Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, April 22, 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-Ninth Meeting of April 8, 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. Legislation

A. Second public hearing with possible action on 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.

B. Introduction and first public hearing on 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.

C. Second public hearing with possible action on 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.

D. Second public hearing with possible action on 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.

7. Adjournment

Minutes

Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Frederick Smalls, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; Lou Ann Crook, MMC, Deputy City Administrator; Sara Green, Chief of Staff; 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; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Keven Gray, Deputy Chief and Kimberley A. Rau, MMC, Clerk.  There were two members of the public present.

President Smalls called the meeting to order at 6:47 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Minutes of the Twenty-Ninth Meeting of April 8, 2019, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

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 second reading.

Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, read the file into the record. Ordinance No. 1941, Text Amendment No. 251 amending Chapter 20 of the 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. The ordinance was sent to the Maryland Department of Planning on March 24, 2019. No response has been received. The file contains a certificate of publication that the public hearing was advertised, as required by law, in the April 11 and 18, 2019, editions of the Prince George's Sentinel. The file also contains memorandum to the Mayor and City Council from the City of Laurel Planning Commission recommending approval of Text Amendment No. 251 as presented in the ordinance. 

President Smalls opened the public hearing at 7:04 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, 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, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.

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 second reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:05 p.m.

Robert Love, Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development, read the file into the record. Text Amendment Application 253 was filed on March 11, 2019, by City staff to amend the Unified Land Development Code to regulate tourist homes. The ordinance was sent to the Maryland Department of Planning. No response has been received. The file contains a certificate of publication verifying that this public hearing was advertised, as required by law, in the Prince George's Sentinel on April 4 and 11, 2019. He explained the tourist home licenses will expire each year on July 1st. One tourist home per city street. City of Laurel will maintain a data base of all tourist homes in the City of Laurel.

President Smalls closed the public hearing at 7:10 p.m.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, 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, WAS ADOPTED, ON A ROLL CALL VOTE WITH COUNCILMEMBER DEWALT VOTING NO.

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:00 p.m. at Gude Lake the Easter Eggstravaganza, sponsored by the City of Laurel and the Laurel Lions Club was held.  

Laurel Historical Society Gala, Saturday, April 13, 2019, congratulations to award recipients Ruth Walls, Patrons for Peace and Joe Murchison, Side-by-Side.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, North Laurel Community Center, a hearing was held on the stream restoration project in Howard County that flows into the Patuxent River.

Thursday, April 18, 2019, Arbor Day Tree Planting was held at First Baptist School. The City was honored for the 26th year as a Tree City USA.

Laurel Lake Cleanup held on Saturday, April 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. Appreciation extended to everyone that participated.  

911 Call Takers/Dispatchers have one of the most important jobs at the Police Department and one of the most stressful. The week of April 15-20, 2019, the 911 Dispatchers/Telecommunicators were celebrated for their service to the community.

Councilmember Sydnor serves on the Maryland Municipal League Outreach Committee. The committee recently read all the essays submitted for the "If I were Mayor......?" Essay Contest from fourth grade classes around the state. The results are not in yet, but will be announced soon.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee met in Thursday, April 18, 2019.  

Appreciation extended to Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation for providing tools to assist in the cleanup of the path that leads from Laurel Lakes Senior to the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center on Saturday, April 20, 2019.

Councilmember Nicholas traveled to North Carolina thinking she was going to celebrate her birthday with her sister and brother only to learn that a family member has cancer. She encouraged everyone to take care of their health, to not text and drive or text and walk, which is also dangerous.

CATS fundraiser on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Double TT Diner.  

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

Prince George's County Municipal Association meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2019, in College Park. One of the guest speakers was a representative from the Prince George's County Planning Department that highlighted the enhanced features on their website to help businesses and residents navigate the planning process.

Department of Public Works held a Paper Shredding/Electronics Recycling event on Saturday, April 20, 2019. With today being Earth Day, President Smalls thought it was important to address questions asked by our residents about plastic bags in the recycling stream. A short video prepared by the Department of Communications on this subject was shown and is available on the City's YouTube.

President Smalls read Proclamation 2019-8 into the record proclaiming the week of May 6-10, 2019, MUNICIPAL CLERKS WEEK, in the City of Laurel. He then presented the proclamation to the Clerk, Kimberley Rau.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the following mayoral appointments to the "No-Kill" Animal Shelter Task Force were confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote: Bruce Dodgson, Chair; Joanne Wilson, Vice Chair; H. Edward Ricks; Laura Pelletier; Helen Woods; Jody Broughton and Anthony Prater.

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the following mayoral re-appointments were confirmed on a unanimous roll call: Cynthia Wood, Environmental Affairs Committee; Barbara Robinson, Environmental Affairs Committee; John Robison, Environmental Affairs Committee and Virginia Scagliarini, Parks and Recreation Committee.

William Goddard, City Administrator, reported on the activities of the City Departments over the past month. He thanked all the City employees for their hard work and dedication.

Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications, spoke about the National Mayor's Water Challenge that  started April 1, 2019.  She encouraged everyone with any connection to Laurel to signup at mywaterpledge.com. A short video of Mayor Moe encouraging residents to participate was shown. Ms. Barnes said the City of Laurel is currently in first place. She issues two challenges to the schools and to the non-profit in Laurel to take the pledge and select a charity of their choice to be eligible to win prizes.

President Smalls opened the General Public Hearing at 7:59 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

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 second reading. He then noted the City of Laurel Planning Commission has recommended the Mayor and City Council table this item until further notice in order for the developer to meet with the residents.

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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 8:00 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, 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, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.

President Smalls read the following statement into the record: The Mayor and City Council may adjourn to cion to consult with counsel to obtain legal advice. The authority for this Closed Session is contained in the General Provisions Article Subsection 3-305 (b) (7).

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the City Council adjourned to Close Session at 8:02 p.m.

At 8:29 p.m. President Smalls reconvened the regular meeting with all five Council members present.  

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

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