Mayor and City Council Meeting
Wednesday, May 29, 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 - Mayor Craig A. Moe

C. Roll call - Clerk Kimberley Rau, MMC

2. Approval of Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Thirty-First Meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. Report of the City Administrator

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

5. Appointments

A. Mayoral appointments of Nicole Gore and Diane Brenier to the No-Kill Animal Shelter Task Force.

6. 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.

7. Legislation

A. Second public hearing with possible action 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.

B. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 6-19, a resolution to set the polling places for regular voting in the City of Laurel for the General Election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

C. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 7-19, a resolution to setting the polling place, dates and times for early voting in the City of Laurel for the General Election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

8. Adjournment

Minutes

Present:

Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Frederick Smalls, Council President; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, MMC, Deputy City Administrator; Sara Green, Mayor’s Chief of Staff; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Joann Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; Joseph Ajayi, Assistant Director of Public Works; Lt. John Hamilton, Police Department; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk. There were three members of the public present.

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America - Mayor Craig A. Moe

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the Minutes of the Thirty-First Meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

Joint Memorial Day Ceremony with the City of Laurel Police Department, Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department held on Sunday, May 26, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at Ivy Hill Cemetery.

Councilmember Nicholas encouraged everyone to stay hydrated now that the hot weather is here.

Laurel Job Fair held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Appreciation extended to all involved in the planning.

Free Health Seminar scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Woodmore Country Club. Contact LaurelMD.com Contact number: 301-497-1105 and email address: Laurel medicine.com.

Veteran’s Job Fair scheduled for Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This will be located at the FedEx Field for veterans and military spouses. Register at recruitmilitary.com//washingtondc.

Congratulations to Stephen Allen, Emergency Services Manager, and the City for winning the MML Achievement Award for Community Resiliency. Award presentation will take place at the MML Convention in Ocean City.

Congressman Steny Hoyer hosted a Round Table discussion on Friday, May 24, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at the Laurel Library to discuss issues facing municipalities.

Coffee with the Cops, Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7:30 a.m. More than Java.

City’s Annual Dog Show, Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. at McCullough Field.

Under Report of the City Administrator:

William Goddard, City Administrator, reported on the various activities of the City departments during the past month.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Mayoral appointments of Nicole Gore and Diane Brenier to the No-Kill Animal Shelter Task Force was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

Mayor Moe read Proclamation #2019-11, proclaiming Saturday, June 8, 2019, RELAY FOR LIFE DAY, in the City of Laurel.

President Smalls opened the General Public Hearing at 6:31 p.m.

Mike Nobell of Sheet Medal union #100 attended the Job Fair on May 15, 2019. Mr. Nobell stated he met many motivated individuals. He wants the public to know that a 5-Year Apprentice Program (Sheet Medal Union) starts at $18.00/hour with a $2.00 raise every six months. At the end of the five year apprentice program you will make $80,000 with no student debt. There's are a lot of building trades in this area that have apprentice programs. Address is 808 Greenhill Avenue, Laurel, Maryland.

President Smalls closed the General Public Hearing at 6:33 p.m.

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 second reading.

The public hearing opened at 6:34 p.m.

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services explained that due to an issue with a legal advertisement for the public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Budget and the Constant Yield Tax Rate, it is necessary to delay action until the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, June 10, 2019.

President Smalls announced the third public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1943 (Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Budget) is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, June 10, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

President Smalls close the public hearing at 6:37 p.m.

President Smalls read the title of Resolution No. 6-19, a resolution to set the polling places for regular voting in the City of Laurel for the General Election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 6:38 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. Additional discussion at the work session on June 5th. A second public hearing with possible action at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, June 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

President Smalls read the title of Resolution No. 7-19, a resolution to setting the polling place, dates and times for early voting in the City of Laurel for the General Election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:39 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. Additional discussion at the work session on June 5th. A second public hearing with possible action at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, June 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

 

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