Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, July 8, 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 - Mayor Craig A. Moe

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

2. Approval of Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Thirty-Second Meeting of May 29 and the Thirty-Third Meeting of June 14, 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. Recognition Ceremony

A. Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Laurel and the Islamic Community Center of Laurel.

6. Legislation

A. Third public hearing with possible action 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.

B. Second public hearing with possible action 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.

C. Second public hearing with possible action 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.

D. Consideration of a motion to remove from the table Ordinance No. 1940, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to concur with the City of Laurel Planning Commission for the revised conceptual site plan for the Westside mixed-use development, the property is Zoned M-X-T and located off Westside Blvd and Van Dusen Road, Laurel, Maryland 20707, and providing an effective date.

7. Adjournment

Minutes

Present:

Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Frederick Smalls, Council President; Valerie M. A. Nicholas, Council President Pro Tem; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, Deputy City Administrator; 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; Robert Love, Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development; Christy Fang, Assistant Director of Public Works; Ana Navarro, Senior Administrative Assistant; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, Clerk.  There were no members of the public present.

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

Roll call - Clerk Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

2. Approval of Minutes

On motion by, Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Minutes of the Thirty-Second Meeting of May 29, 2019, were approved.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

Councilmember Leszcz reported on his attendance at the Maryland Municipal League Convention in Ocean City, Maryland. 

City of Laurel Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, 4th of July Parade and Fireworks held on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

Condolences extended to Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot on the passing of his father and to the family or Mr. Walter Ortel.

Congratulations to Councilwoman Valerie Nicholas on recently being awarded the Josie King Hero Award from University of Maryland.

Mayor Moe read Proclamation 2019-12 into the record celebrating the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Laurel and the Islamic Community Center of Laurel (ICCL). Mayor Moe expressed his appreciation to the leadership of the ICCL for their willingness to serve as a feeding center during a disaster. Steve Allen, Emergency Manager, has been working on this MOU with the ICCL for two years. Mayor Moe presented the proclamation to the ICCL representatives present at the meeting.

Mayor Moe read Proclamation 2019-13 into the record announcing the summer reading sponsored by the City's Education Advisory Committee. The program encourages all students to continue reading throughout the summer months. Zabrina Epps, Vice Chair of the City's Education Advisory Committee was present to accept the proclamation.

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 6:30 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

5. Recognition Ceremony

A. Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Laurel and the Islamic Community Center of Laurel.

6. Recommendations

A. Bid Recommendation - Hazard Mitigation Services.  Steve Allen presented the recommendation for Hazard Mitigation Services as outlined in a memorandum dated June 4, 2019.  The Office of Emergency Management requires an expert to provide consulting services for several projects related to the City's Hazard Mitigation Plan and Program.  Frank McColm, President & CEO of the F. C. McColm Consulting LLC is currently providing these services through a contract that expires June 2019. Mr. Allen is recommending award a one-year contract, with a two-year extension to the F. C. McColm LLC not to exceed $50,000.  Funding for this contract is included in the Capital Improvements Program Project No. ES-4-001.

Motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the contract for Floodplain Management and CRS Consulting Services, as outlined in a memorandum dated June 2, 2019, was approved as presented on a unanimous roll call vote.

7. Legislation

A. Third public hearing with possible action 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.

President Smalls read the title of Resolution No. 7-19 into the record for the third reading. Public hearing opened at 6:32 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, RESOLUTION NO. 7-19, A RESOLUTION TO SET THE POLLING PLACE, DATE AND TIMES FOR EARLY VOTING IN THE CITY OF LAUREL ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

B. Second public hearing with possible action 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. 

President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1944 into the record for the second reading. Public hearing opened at 6:40 p.m.

Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, presented the read file for Text Amendment No. 254. Text Amendment Application No. 254 was filed on March 29, 2019, to amend the Unified Land Development Code, Chapter 20, to allow electric fences in the Industrial and Industrial Commercial Services Zones in the City of Laurel. On May 9, 2019, the ordinance was sent to the Maryland Department of Planning for comment. No response was received. The file contains a Certificate of Publication that certifies that this public hearing was advertised, as required by law, in the Prince George's Sentinel on June 20, June 27, and July 4, 2019. The file also contains a memorandum from the City of Laurel Planning Commission stating that at their meeting on June 12, 2019, the Planning Commission voted to recommend that the Mayor and City Council approve Text Amendment No. 254 as presented in the ordinance. 

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

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

C. Second public hearing with possible action 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.

President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1945 into the record for the second reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:44 p.m.

Robert Love, Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development, presented the file on Text Amendment No. 255. Text Amendment Application No. 255 was filed on May 8, 2019, by City Staff to amend the Unified Land Development Code, Chapter 20 to provide new paving requirements and to create definitions for pervious and impervious surfaces, and to prohibit the use of gravel after January 1, 2020.  On May 22, 2019, the ordinance was sent to the Maryland Department of Planning, no response was received. The file contains a Certificate of Publication verifying that this public hearing was advertised, as required by law, in the June 20, June 27 and July 4, 2019, editions of the Prince George's Sentinel. The file also contains a memorandum from the City of Laurel Planning Commission dated Jun 11, 2019, recommending approval of Text Amendment No. 255, as amended.

Cheryl Dwyer, 310 Fourth Street, is educating herself on choices and what effect they have on the Patuxent River. She provided copies of an article from the Washington Post last week that discusses six different materials used on driveways, taking into consideration the cost, life expectancy and effect on the environment. She would like to see gravel and pavers encouraged where they can be, and that residents be informed about the Prince George's County Rain Check Rebate Program that provides a rebate up to $4,000 if installed according to guidelines.

President Smalls closed the public hearing closed at 6:59 p.m.

On motion by Council President Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, 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, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote, with the provision that the Administration come back to the Council with other pervious surfaces such as gravel. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

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 first reading.

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services, presented Ordinance No. 1946 which was discussed at a work session before this meeting. The budget amendment includes intradepartmental transfers between Public Works and Parks and Recreation; provides additional contribution to the Pension Fund due to savings in various expenditure line items and provides the transfer from the Undesignated Fund Balance to create a Retention and Recruitment Reserve.

President Smalls opened the public hearing at 7:08 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 22, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC
Clerk to the Council

 

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