Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, May 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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 - Clerk Kimberley Rau, MMC

2. Approval of Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Thirtieth Meeting of April 22, 2019.

B. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session on April 22, 2019.

C. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on April 3, 2019.

D. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on May 1, 2019.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. Mayoral appointment

A. Appointment of Russell E. Hamill, III, Chief of Police, City of Laurel.

5. Report of the City Administrator

A. William Goddard, City Administrator, reports on various activities in the City departments.

6. Public Hearing

A. General - 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.

7. Recommendation

A. Consideration of a recommendation to approve a contract to upgrade the City's Storage Area Network.

8. Legislation

A. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1943, an ordinance adopting the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 and to levy property taxes; and to authorize the collection of such taxes.

9. Adjournment

Minutes

Present:

Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Frederick Smalls, Council President; Carl W. DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, MMC, Deputy 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; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Sara Green, Chief of Staff; Steve Allen, Emergency Services Manager; Deputy Chief Keven Gray, Police Department; Joyce Jackson, Assistant Director of Communications; Joseph Ajayi, Assistant Director of Public Works; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk. There were fifty members of the public present.

Invocation given by Reverend Warren H. Litchfield

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

Mayor Moe presented the appointment of Russell E. Hamill, III, Chief of Police for the City of Laurel, as outlined in a memorandum to the Laurel City Council dated May 13, 2019.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Mayoral appointment of Russell E. Hamill, III, Chief of Police, was confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

Prior to voting on Chief Hamill’s appointment, Aaron Waddell, President of the Laurel FOP Lodge #11, spoke in support of the appointment of Chief Hamill.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the following minutes were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Minutes of the Thirtieth Meeting of April 22, 2019.

Minutes of the Closed Session on April 22, 2019.

Minutes of the Work Session on April 3, 2019.

Minutes of the Work Session on May 1, 2019.

Minutes of the Work Session on May 8, 2019.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

Councilmember Sydnor had the honor to attend on May 10, 2019, The winners of the Maryland Municipal League “If I were Mayor…..?” Essay Contest. The winner was a fourth grader from Greenbelt. At the awards ceremony, the students were presented with a citation from Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.

Councilmember Sydnor expressed his appreciation to all the City staff for their support to make the STEM Pop-up a success.

Quarterly Principal's Breakfast on Thursday, May 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. at James Harrison Elementary School.

Patuxent River Commission met on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, to discuss the Attorney Generals push to change the focus of the commission from an advocacy Patuxent River Commission, important meeting, attorney general a push to change the focus of the commission, which was rejected.

Friends of Patuxent (FOP) River held their first meeting on Saturday, May 11, 2019, during which Mayor Moe and Patuxent River Commission Chairman Fred Tutman.

Reminder to residents not to put plastic bags into the recycling.

Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 Campaign, sponsored by the City Council and the Laurel Police Department. If anyone wants a yard sign the City will be happy to distribute them. Contact the Council Office and give address to deliver signs.

Remind everyone you should not give your social security number out over the telephone or anywhere else. A fraud hitting senior citizens in the area.

Congratulations extended to the St. Vincent Pallotti Ladies Lacrosse team on winning the State Championship.

21st Delegation held a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at the Laurel Library.

New Business on Main Street, Rise Up Nutrition has opened.

Main Street Festival on Saturday, May 11, 2019, was another successful event. Appreciation extended to all City departments as well as the business community.

City Hall in the Park on Wednesday May 22, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Discovery Park.

Monday, May 27, 2019, City Offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Mayor and City Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, will start at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor Moe read the following proclamations into the record:

Proclamation 2019 – 5, proclaiming Friday, May 17, 2019, BIKE TO WORK DAY, in the City of Laurel.

Proclamation 2019 – 6, proclaiming the week of May 13 through May 17, 2019, NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, in the City of Laurel.

Proclamation 2019 – 9, proclaiming the week of May 19 through 25, 2019, NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK, in the City of Laurel.

Proclamation 2019 – 10, proclaiming Saturday, May 18, 2019, KIDS TO PARKS DAY, in the City of Laurel.
 

President Smalls opened the General Public Hearing at 6:55 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, presented the recommendation to approve a contract to upgrade the City's Storage Area Network, as outlined in a memorandum dated April 12, 2019. The Department of Information needs additional storage to the current Storage Area Network due to high definition cameras and a recent State requirement to retain some of our video for longer periods. The proposed upgrade will double the disc storage capacity. Funding in the current Capital Improvement Program. The purchase will be made through the State of Maryland 2012, Technology Hardware Contract. It was recommended the City Council award the purchase of the technology through Eplus of Columbia, Maryland for a total price of $74,827.45.

On motion Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the contract was awarded to Eplus of Columbia, Maryland, for a total price of $74,827.45, to upgrade the City’s Storage Area Network, on a unanimous roll call vote.

President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1943, an ordinance adopting the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 and to levy property taxes; and to authorize the collection of such taxes, into the record for the first reading.

S. Michele Saylor, Director of information Technology, said the Operating Budget for Fiscal Year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, was presented to the City Council as required by the charter by May 1. The proposed General Operating Budget is $84,723,870.00; the Capital Improvement Program $2,995,500.00; FY 2020 Reauthorization at $9,242,413.88. The tax rate is maintained at $.71 on each one hundred ($100.00) of assessable real property at 100% full cash value; the Special Taxing Districts at $.03 of each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessable real property at 100% full cash value; and a rate of $1.69 on each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessable personal and mixed property within the limits of the City of Laurel.

President Smalls opened the public hearing at 6:57 p.m. and closed it 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 Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

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