Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

A. Invocation

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

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

2. Approval of Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Thirty-Third Meeting of June 14, the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of July 8, and the Work Session of July 8, 2019.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. Mayoral Appointments

A. Michael McLaughlin, CAC for Persons with Disabilities; Erin McLaughlin, CAC for Persons with Disabilities; Brent Debnam, CAC for Persons with Disabilities; Phyllis Anderson, CAC for Persons with Disabilities; Kyla M. Clark, CAC for Persons with Disabilities; Kyla M. Clark, Environmental Affairs Committee.

5. Special Recognition

A. City of Laurel 4th of July Committee.

6. Recommendation

A. Consideration of a bid recommendation for Fleet Acquisition.

7. 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.

8. Legislation

A. Second public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1946, an ordinance to amend the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

B. Consideration of a motion to remove from the table Ordinance No. 1940.

9. Adjournment

Minutes

Present:

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, Deputy City Administrator; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Russell Hamill, Chief of Police; 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; Larry Tau, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, Clerk.  There was a public attendance of twenty people.

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. with President Smalls presiding.  

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

Roll call - Clerk Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Minutes of the Thirty-Third Meeting of June 14, 2019, were approved.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Minutes of the Work Session on July 8, 2019, were approved.

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

CATS Fundraiser was held on Thursday, July 13, 2019, at Olive on Main. 

Commenting on a newspaper article he recently read, Councilmember DeWalt noted that the State of Maryland is listed #50 in terms of affordability, crime and culture.

Television Show, "60 Minutes", had a segment on what they do in the Netherland to prevent flooding, noting that most of the Netherlands is below sea level.   Planning officials in Hoboken, New Jersey, have consulted with these engineers for issues in their town.

American Legion Post #60 will be celebrating 100 years in September.  Two Hometown Hero Banners will be installed for one service member killed in the line of duty, and the other for a well known business owner.  

Education Advisory Committee met on Monday, July 15, 2019.  Summer Reading Program announced to encourage all students to read at least two books this summer to receive special recognition by the Mayor and City Council.

Homeless Task Force Meeting was held on July 17, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Task Force is gathering information.

US Conference of Mayor - Play Ball Event - Laurel Little League for participating.

"Fun in the Sun" will be held on Sunday, August 4, 2019,  12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Patuxent Greens Pool.

Laurel Police National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6, 20919, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gude Lake.

"My Time with the Mayor" will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Facilities and Maintenance Building on Sandy Spring Road.  

Laurel's 7th Annual Back 2 School End of Summer Family Fund Night Out, Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. Co-Sponsored by the Laurel Board of Trade.  

Mayor Moe read Proclamation 2019 - 14 into the record proclaiming Tuesday, August 6, 2019, NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME in the City of Laurel, Maryland. National Night Out was first established in 1981, and has been celebrated ever since on the first Tuesday in August.  National Night Out Against Crime is a nation-wide event designed to promote neighborhood safety and to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.  Mayor Moe presented this Proclamation to Chief Hamill.

Chief Hammil's accepted the proclamation and said that National Night Out is a great way for the community to come out and meet the members of the Laurel Police Department. National Night out will start with the formal swearing in of Chief Hamill, allowing the community to be involved in the ceremony. He provided the community with an update on a recent homicide investigation and an increase in thefts from automobiles. 

Mayoral Appointments - On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Mayoral appointments: Michael McLaughlin, CAC for Persons with Disabilities; Erin McLaughlin, CAC for Persons with Disabilities; Brent Debnam, CAC for Persons with Disabilities; Phyllis Anderson, CAC for Persons with Disabilities; Kyla Clark, CAC for Persons with Disabilities; Kyla Clark, Environmental Affairs Committee and the Mayoral reappointment of Eileen Collins to the CAC for Parks and Recreation, were approved on a unanimous roil call vote.

At this time, Carreen Koubeck, Chairman of the City of Laurel Independence Day Committee acknowledge all the award recipients for this year and presented those in attendance with plaques or citations.

Consideration of a bid recommendation for Fleet Acquisition. Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works, presented the bid recommendation for the purchase of Seven (7) Police Packaged SUV's, as outlined in a memorandum dated July 18, 2019. This recommendation was discussed at a special work session before this meeting.  It was recommended the Mayor and City Council approve the purchase of seven (7) vehicles for a total cost of $366,351.00, for one (1) Police Packaged 4x4 Chevrolet Tahoe and six (6) Ford Explorers from Hetrich Fleet Services under the State of Maryland Contract. Funding for the purchase is provided for in the Capital Improvement Program.

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the contract was approved, as recommended, to Hetrich Fleet Services, for a total cost of $466,351.00, for seven police vehicles, on a unanimous roll call voter. 

Public Hearing - President Smalls opened the public hearing at 6:57 p.m.

Annette 936 Nichols Drive, Laurel, spoke about the 72 hour parking restriction on residential street. She has lived in Laurel for twenty years and had no idea there was a limit on the amount of time you can park on the residential street. She finds this law erroneous especially when someone goes to the hospital.  

Nicole Brooks, 12403 Kings Gate Lane, Laurel, soke about a program she and husband developed to address childhood fitness. The program is for 6-12 year olds wanting to workout. Field Day obstacle courses, tug of war, sack races. With support from Councilmember Sydnor and Joanne Barr they have scheduled a Kid Fit Work Day on August 17, 2019, at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1946, an ordinance to amend the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, into the record for the second reading.

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services, said as discussed at July 8, 2019, Mayor and City Council Meeting this is the third amendment to the Fiscal Year 2019, Operating Budget. This ordinance provides for the ratification of interdepartmental transfers between the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Savings in various expenditure line items are to be used to make an additional contribution to the Pension Fund. Since the last meeting there have been a couple of adjustments still resulting in a reduction of $473,700.00. Excess collections in various revenue line items and savings in expenditure line items will be transferred from the Undesignated Fund Balance of $150,000 to create a Recruitment Reserve and additional real estate tax assessments has reduced the required funding from designated reserve accounts.

President Smalls opened the public hearing at 7:15 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, ORDINANCE NO. 1946, AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE GENERAL OPERATING BUDGET AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2018 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2019,  AS AMENDED, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

Consideration of a motion to remove from the table Ordinance No. 1940. On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, Ordinance No. 1940 was removed from the table.  

President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1940, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel to concur with the City of Laurel Planning Commission, or to revise conceptual site plan of the Westside Mixed Use Development. This ordinance was tabled on Monday, April 22, 2019, to allow for the developer to meet with members of the community.

Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, said Ordinance No. 1940 was filed on February 19, 2019, by Strittmatter Land, LLC, seeing approval for a revised conceptual site plan for the Westside Mixed Use Development. The applicant is seeking concurrence of the approval from the City of Laurel Planning Commission to revise their current site, to reduce the retail area to 40,000 square feet, maximum, and include an additional 81 townhouses. Under date of March 4, 2019, the application was sent, as required by law to all the required agencies. The file also contains a memorandum dated March 4, 2019, to all City departments asking for comments. All responses are included in the file. All contiguous property owners were notified. The application was tabled at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on April 9, 2019, in order for the applicant to meet with the Westside Townhouse Community to discuss the proposed changes.  The file contains a memorandum from the City of Laurel Planning Commission dated June 13, 2019, requesting concurrence of the Mayor and City Council of their recommended approval, as presented in the technical staff report, with the conditions listed. The file also contains a Certificate of Publication verifying that this application and notice of public hearing was advertised in the July 11, 2019, and the July 11, 2019, issues of the Prince George's County Sentinel. The file also contains an affidavit that the zoning sign has been placed on the subject property notifying the public of this public hearing.

President Smalls opened the public hearing at 6:34 p.m.

Edward Gibbs, attorney representing Strittmatter Land, the owner and developer of Westside. He said the first meeting with the residents was on May 1st during which they had a lively and productive discussion. The developer went back to the drawing board and met again on June 4th to address concerns and requests. Residents are now satisfied. He said they fully embrace the conditions recommended in the Planning Commission resolution.

President Smalls closed the public hearing at 6:42 p.m.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, ORDINANCE NO. 1940, AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL TO CONCUR WITH THE CITY OF LAUREL PLANNING COMMISSION, OR TO REVISE CONCEPTUAL SITE PLAN OF THE WESTSIDE MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.
 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:17 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved:
 

 

 

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