Mayor and City Council Meeting
Wednesday, October 16, 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-Sixth Meeting of September 9, the Thirty-Seventh Meeting of September 23 and the Work Session on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. 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.

5. Recommendations

A. Consideration of a bid recommendation for the purchase of a 2-1/2 ton Dump Truck with Plow - Department of Public Works.

B. Consideration of a recommendation for the purchase of a Leaf Machine for the Department of Public Works.

C. Consideration of a recommendation to award a contract for Hazard Mitigation Services for the Office of Emergency Management.

D. Consideration of a bid recommendation for Fiber Construction along Van Dusen Road - SaiTech, Inc. - Department of Information Technology.

6. Legislation

A. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1947, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the Laurel City Code to add Chapter 13, "Telecommunications", to allow for the regulation of wired and wireless telecommunication within the City; and providing an effective date.

B. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1948, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code by removing Ordinance No. 1933 from Chapter 20, Land Development and Subdivision, Article VIA, "Telecommunications Facilities in Public Rights-of-Way", and to amend the Laurel City Code by placing said ordinance in the Laurel City Code, Chaptr 13, "Telecommunications"; and providing an effective date.

C. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1949, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Chapter 2 "Administration", Article III "Officers and Employees", Section 2-41 (C) "Retirement Board of Trustees"; "Membership; Term; Removal", of the City of Laurel, Maryland Code to allow for the selection of a vice chair for the Retirement Board of Trustees; and providing an effective date.

D. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 8-19, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland for the purpose of opposing an increase in truck weight and size.

7. Adjournment

Minutes

Craig A Moe, Mayor; Frederick Smalls, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R Sydnor, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; Sara Green, Chief of Staff; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Steve Allen, Emergency Manager; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Lieutenant Hamilton, Police Department; Kimberley Rau, Clerk and Larry Taub, City Solicitor. There were three members of the public present.

 

1. Call to Order

 

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

 

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

 

2. Approval of Minutes

 

Minutes of the Thirty-Sixth Meeting of Monday, September 9, 2019, were approved on motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor.

 

Minutes of the Work Session on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, were approved on motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt.

 

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

 

Annual Turkey Trot for Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (LARS) is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day.

 

Maryland Million at Laurel Park on Saturday, October 10, 2019.

Councilmember Keith Sydnor graduated from the Academy for Excellence on September 29, 2019.

Maryland Municipal Legislative Conference in Cambridge, Maryland, October 10 – 12, 2019.

“My Time with the Mayor” was held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Department of Parks and Recreation Maintenance Facility.

Retirement celebration held on Thursday, October 12, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at the Laurel High School for Dwayne Jones, Principal of Laurel Senior High School.

Walk Laurel Day was held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 12:00 p.m. was well attended even though it was one of the hottest days of the summer.

Annual Banquet for the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department was held on Saturday, October 27, 2019. Congratulations extended to all award recipients, especially Jim Codaspote who received the top honor, chosen by the membership for Fire Fighter of the Year. Richard Blankenship and Mike Sellner were recognized for their 50 years of service. Janet Lovell is the first women to receive a lifetime membership.

Mayor Moe attended a meeting a Laurel Park with Anne Arundel County Executive Stew Pittman to learn about the two projects at Laurel Park: 1) Reconstruction of Laurel Park, and 2) New development on the Howard County side of Laurel Park.

Electric Recycling/Paper Shredding event scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Department of Public Works.

Trick or Treat on Main Street, Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Women's Business Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Anyone interested in attending should contact Leigha Steele in the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Halloween Spooktakular held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, co-hosted by the City and the Laurel Lions Club.

Truck of Treat in the City of Laurel on Thursday, October 31, 2019, 6 - 8 p.m. in the City of Laurel.

 

4. 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 General Public Hearing at 7:23 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

5. Recommendations

 

A. Consideration of a bid recommendation for the purchase of a 2-1/2 ton Dump Truck with Plow - Department of Public Works.

Discussed at the work session on October 2, 2019. On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the purchase was approved for a 2005 Chevrolet 2 ½-ton dump truck from Apple Ford for a total cost of $68,145.70.

 

B. Consideration of a recommendation for the purchase of a Leaf Machine for the Department of Public Works. Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works presented the bid recommendation for the purchase of a Leaf Machine as outlined in a memorandum dated September 13, 2019. On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the purchase was approved for a Leaf Collection Machine from Granturk Equipment for a total cost of $64,246.00.

 

C. Consideration of a recommendation to award a contract for Hazard Mitigation Services for the Office of Emergency Management. Steve Allen, Emergency Manager, presented the recommendation for Hazard Mitigation Services for the Office of Emergency Management as outlined in a memorandum dated September 13, 2019. On motion by Councilmember DeWalt, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the contract was awarded to Rostan Solutions, LLC for Hazard Mitigation for a total cost of $75,000.00.

D. Consideration of a bid recommendation for Fiber Construction along Van Dusen Road - SaiTech, Inc. - Department of Information Technology. Bryan Lau, Deputy Director of Information Technology, presented the bid recommendation as outlined in a memorandum dated August 26, 2019. On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the contract was awarded to SaiTech Inc. or Largo Maryland for a total cost of $142,826.94.

6. Legislation

 

A. President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1947, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the Laurel City Code to add Chapter 13, "Telecommunications", to allow for the regulation of wired and wireless telecommunication within the City; and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:31 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, October 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

 

B. President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1948, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code by removing Ordinance No. 1933 from Chapter 20, Land Development and Subdivision, Article VIA, "Telecommunications Facilities in Public Rights-of-Way", and to amend the Laurel City Code by placing said ordinance in the Laurel City Code, Chapter 13, "Telecommunications"; and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:32 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, October 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

 

C. President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1949, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Chapter 2 "Administration", Article III "Officers and Employees", Section 2-41 (C) "Retirement Board of Trustees"; "Membership; Term; Removal", of the City of Laurel, Maryland Code to allow for the selection of a vice chair for the Retirement Board of Trustees; and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:37 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, October 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

 

D. President Smalls read the title of Resolution No. 8-19, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland for opposing an increase in truck weight and size, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:38 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, October 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

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