Mayor and City Council Meeting
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

1. Call to order


A. Invocation


B. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America - American Heritage Girls Troop MD1208, St. Mary of the Mills Church


C. Roll call - Clerk Kimberley A. Rau, MMC


2. Approval of Minutes


A. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on June 5, 2019.


3. Report of the Mayor and City Council


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


4. Appointments


A. Mayoral appointment of Valerie Gregory to the No-Kill Animal Task Force.


5. 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.


B. Public hearing on the intention to increase the tax rate above the Constant Yield Tax Rate.


6. Recommendations


A. Consideration of a recommendation to purchase technology for the Police Interview Room - Axon Enterprise Inc.


B. Consideration of a recommendation for Fleet Acquisition - One Utility Body Transit Van.


7. Legislation


A. Third 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. Second 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. Second 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.


D. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1944 (Text Amendment No. 254) An Ordinance to amend the City of Laurel, Maryland Unified Land Development Code, Chapter 20, Article I, Zoning, Division 1, Definitions, Section 20-1.7, and Division 9, "Exceptions and Supplements to Regulations", Section 20-20.5 "Fences and Walls" to Allow Electric Security Fences in the Industrial General (IG) and Industrial Commercial Services (ICS) Zones of the City of Laurel, Maryland; and provide an effective date.


E. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1945 (Text Amendment No. 255) An Ordinance to Amend the City of Laurel, Maryland Unified Land Development Code; Chapter 20 Land Development and Subdivision, Article I Zoning, Division 1, Definitions, Section 20-1.7., Division 6 Parking and Loading Facilities, Section 20-16.10., Division 14 Design Guidelines for Historic District Commission, Section 20-26.15., Driveways and Parking Pads and Providing an effective date.


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; Christy Fang, Assistant Director of Public Works; Chief Russell Hamill, Police Department; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk. There were three members of the public present.  There were ten members of the public present.


 


1. Call to order.


A. Invocation.


B. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America - American Heritage Girls Troop MD 1208, St. Mary of the Mills Church.


C. Roll call - Kimberley A. Rau, MMC.


2. Approval of Minutes.


A. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on June 5, 2019, moved by Coucnilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor.


3. Report of the Mayor and City Council:


 


Condolences to David Litchfield on the passing of his father Reverend Warren Litchfield.  Chaplain Litchfield has led the Invocation at the Mayor and City Council Meetings for the past seventeen years.  He was a welcome presnese and will be sorely missed.


Appreciation extended to the Islamic Center of Laurel for inviting the Mayor and City Council for their Iftar meal.


Eagle Scout Award Presentation on Saturday, June 2, 2019, for Eagle Scout Just Ryan Mazowieski .  This is the 57th Eagle Scout from Troop 1250 in the past 55 years.  


Inaugural meeting of the Friends of the Patuxent was held on Sunday, June 3, 2019, at the Laurel Library.  


Laurel Senior High School Graduation held on Friday, May 31, 2019, 5:00 p.m. at the Verizon Center.  


Laurel Police Special Olympics Torch Run held on Thursday, June 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center.


County Executive Allsobrooks held her State of the County Breakfast on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the University of Maryland.


Councilmember Sydnor reminded residents to contact their local Fraternal Order of Police or local veterans groups before marking donations to make sure you are donating to a worthy cause.  Council President Smalls also suggested asking the solicitors if they are registered with the State of Maryland.  If not, hang up.


Small Business Networking Event was held at the Cabana on Thursday, June 13, 2019, hosted by the Department of Economic and Community Development was well attended.


Dedication of the Laurel Arts Council Community bench was held on Saturday, June 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at McCullough Field.


Dwayne Jones, Principal, Laurel Senior High School is retiring.


Annual Independence Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019.  Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.  Check the City's website www.cityoflaurel.org for the schedule of events.


Councilmember Sydnor said he believes history is very important.  He explained that June 19, 1865, was when the State of Texas, the last station in the county abolished slavery.  The Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 was not enforced in Texas until after the Confederacy collapsed, thereby the Juneteeth Celebrations started.  Celebrations include street fairs, cookouts, family reunions. 


Mayor Moe read a  Citation celebrating June 19, 2019, JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY, in the City of Laurel.  Mayor Moe then presented the citation to Councilmember Sydnor.


 


4. Appointments.


A. Mayoral appointment of Valerie Gregory to the No-Kill Animal Task Force, on motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz.


 


5. 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.  President Smalls opened the public hearing at 6:24 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.


B. S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services said the City is not increasing the real property tax rate of $.71 cents, but the City will exceed what the State of Maryland has determined as the Constant Yield Tax Rate (CYTR) of $.68 cents, which would yield the exact same amount of revenue collected in 2019. The City is required to publicize a very specific public notice about the CYTR.  This advertisement has been placed in the June 6, 2019, edition of the Baltimore Sun for this public hearing. President Smalls opened the public hearing at 6:25 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.


 


6. Recommendations.


A. Consideration of a recommendation to purchase technology for the Police Interview Room - Axon Enterprise Inc.  Approved on motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas.


B. Consideration of a recommendation for Fleet Acquisition - One Utility Body Transit Van.  Approved on motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor.


 


7. Legislation


A. 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 third reading.  


S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services said as discussed during several budget work sessions during the month of May, a balanced budget of $34,723,870.00 was presented to the Council.  The Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Budget includes the largest revenue source of the real estate taxes at a .71 cent tax rate.  Departments responsible for the various revenue sources have reviewed and analyzed them based on year to date receipts, as well as recent historical data.  The expenditure budget provides full-time salaries for all sworn and non-sworn personnel, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement for FY2018-FY2020, as well as supplies and equipment to provide City services.   The non-department budget include funding for debt services, insurance payments, the contribution to the City's Retirement Plan.  The Capital Improvement Program is funded at $2,995,500.00 with a Fiscal Year 2020 reauthorization of $9,242,413.88.


President Smalls opened the public hearing opened at 6:34 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.


On motion by Counciolmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, 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, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.


B. 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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 6:36 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.


On motion by Councilmembeer Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, 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, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.


C. 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 second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 6:37 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.  A third public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, July 8, 2019, 6:00 p.m..


 D. President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1944 (Text Amendment No. 254) An Ordinance to amend the City of Laurel, Maryland Unified Land Development Code, Chapter 20, Article I, Zoning, Division 1, Definitions, Section 20-1.7, and Division 9, "Exceptions and Supplements to Regulations", Section 20-20.5 "Fences and Walls" to Allow Electric Security Fences in the Industrial General (CIG) and Industrial Commercial Services (ICS) Zones of the City of Laurel, Maryland; and provide an effective date, 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.  A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, July 8, 2019, 6:00 p.m.


E. President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1945 (Text Amendment No. 255) An Ordinance to Amend the City of Laurel, Maryland Unified Land Development Code; Chapter 20 Land Development and Subdivision, Article I Zoning, Division 1, Definitions, Section 20-1.7., Division 6 Parking and Loading Facilities, Section 20-16.10., Division 14 Design Guidelines for Historic District Commission, Section 20-26.15., Driveways and Parking Pads and Providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading.


Robert Love, Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development presented the recommendation from the City of Laurel Planning Commission dated June 11, 2019, adding a definition for pervious surfaces and changing the effective date to January 1, 2020.


President Smalls opened the public hearing at 6:42 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 Monday, July 8, 2019, 6:00 p.m.


 


8. Adjournment 


There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.


 


Kimberley A. Raul, MC


Clerk to the Council


 


Approved: July 22, 2019


 


 


 

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