Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

1. Call to order

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-Fourth Meeting of July 8 and the Thirty-Fifth Meeting of July 22, 2019.

B. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on September 4, 2019.

C. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session on September 4, 2019. The reason for adjourning to Closed Session was 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).

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. Recommendation

A. Consideration of a recommendation for the renewal of Employee Benefit Insurance.

B. Consideration of a recommendation to purcahse Police in car Camera Systems.

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.

6. Adjournment

Minutes

Present:

Craig 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 Greene, 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; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Lt. John Hamilton, Police Department; Christy Fang, Assistant Director of Public Works; Lisa Woods, Human Resources Officer; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk. There were eighteen members of the public present.

 

1. Call to order

  1. Invocation given by Councilmember Valerie M. A. Nicholas

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

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

 

2. Approval of Minutes

  1. Minutes of the Work Session on July 8, 2019, were approved on motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt.

  2. Minutes of the Work Session on September 4, 2019, were approved on motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas.

  3. Minutes of the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of July 8, 2019, were approved on motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas.

  4. Minutes of the Closed Session on September 4, 2019. The reason for adjourning to Closed Session was 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), were approved on motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz.

 

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

Laurel CATS fundraiser is being held tonight at Olive on Main until 9:00 p.m.

Councilmember DeWalt has been entertaining his daughter and grandchildren due to their evacuating from North Carolina. While visiting a local park, a Park Ranger showed his granddaughter the Monarch Butterfly. After they hatch, the Park Rangers tag the butterfly that will travel 1200 miles to New Mexico. When found in New Mexico, the villagers get $5.00 for each butterfly they find and call to register.

Councilmember Sydnor attended the Homeless Task Force on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Councilmember Sydnor attended an event at the Laurel Lakes Senior Citizens Complex on September 4, 2019, and met Donald Thomas a Korean War veteran. He had the pleasure of learning how Mr. Thomas and his wife met during a shopping trip to Giant. They have been married for fifteen years.

Councilmember Sydnor expressed his appreciation to the following barbershops for the "Free Back to School haircuts": Keno Livey, Cut Above; Howard Smith, Smith Barber Shop; Keion Nicholas, Precision Barbershop; Craig Riddick, Heads Up Barbershop; and Bashone Shannon, Ph.D. Salon, LLC.

Councilmember Leszcz attending a public hearing on the Phase 2 of the Laurel Park Station Development in Howard County. He expressed his concern about the lack of storm water management on the property. He stated this issue would be discussed at the Patuxent River Commission Meeting next month.

Mayor Moe condolences to Prince George’s County Councilmember Calvin Hawkins on the loss of his mother, as well as the family of Steve Smith, a former member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department.

Laurel Police Department held quarterly awards ceremony and swearing-in of a new officer on Thursday, September 5, 2019, 4:00 p.m. at Partnership Hall.

Retirement Celebration for Denise Blackwell who retired after 31 years of service was held on Friday, September 6, 2019.

Thanks to the City employees who assisted with the Emancipation Day Parade Celebration.

Annual Doggie Dip held on Saturday, September 7, 2019, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. with 200 dogs attending.

A Candlelight Vigil will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m. at the Laurel Municipal Center in the Memorial Garden.

City Hall in the Park on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00- p.m. at Casula Point at Ninth and Main Street.

2020 Census Kickoff scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Discovery Park.

Annual Dog Show on Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at McCullough Field.

At this time, Mayor Moe read Proclamation 2019 - 15, into the record proclaiming the month of September as NATIONAL CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, in the City of Laurel. He presented the proclamation to Maria Gonzales-Jackson who accepted it along with her two daughters.

 

4. Recommendations

  1. Consideration of a recommendation for the renewal of Employee Benefit Insurance. Lisa Woods, Human Resources Officer, presented the bid recommendation for Employee Benefit Insurance as outlined in a memorandum dated August 22, 2019. Discussed at work session on September 4, 2019. On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the approved the contracts as recommended.

  2. Consideration of a recommendation to purchase Police In-Car Camera Systems. Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, presented the bid recommendation for the purchase of six Police In-Car Camera Systems, as outlined in a memorandum dated August 16, 2019. This camera system with integrate with the Axon Body Cameras. State of Maryland 2012, Hardware Contract. Discussed at the work session on September 4, 2019. On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the purchase was awarded as recommended.

 

5. Public Hearing

  1. 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 his or her name and address for the record. Each speaker is allowed three minutes to speak.

 

President Smalls opened the Public Hearing at 7:37 p.m.

Amy Knox, 606 Prince George Street, Laurel, thanked the Mayor and City Council for their response to a recent increase in crime in old town with additional foot patrols. She also expressed her concern about the new development in Howard County - Laurel Park Station and asked what the official position of the Mayor and City Council on this development.

Ken Pruitt, 7203 Carriage Hill Drive, Laurel, is looking to work closely with the City on some issues in the community related to parking issues and property standards.

Christina Kitchen, 4406 Regalwood Terrace, Burtonsville, is founder of Brianna's Love, after her daughter died of a rare form of leukemia in 2016. When Christina heard the City was doing the proclamation, she wanted to attend the meeting to share her appreciation for bringing attention to Childhood Cancer Awareness.

Steve Grier, 7210 Old Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, expressed his frustration with parking issues in Carriage Hill development.

Oscar Rodrigues, 7106 Carriage Hill Drive, Laurel, has lived in Laurel for the past twenty years. He spoke about some parking issues he is experiencing in his neighborhood, saying the entrance to the cul-de-sac is very narrow.

Carol Stevens, 7108 Carriage Hill Drive, Laurel, asked for additional enforcement by the parking enforcement officer in their neighborhood.

President Smalls closed the public hearing at 8:23 p.m.

 

6. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

 

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