Mayor and City Council Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

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

A. Approval of Minutes of the Thirty-Seventh Meeting of September 23, 2019.

B. Approval of Minutes of the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of October 16, 2019.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. Mayoral appointments

A. Appointments of Heather Brooks and Nisa Asgarali-Hoffman to the Laurel Arts Council.

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. Recommendations

A. Consideration of a recommendation to purchase ammunition for the Laurel Police Department.

B. Consideration of a recommendation to award a contract for Fiber Construction in the City of Laurel.

C. Consideration of a recommendation to purchase a 10-Ton Dump Truck with Snow Plow and Salt Spreader.

7. Legislation

A. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1950, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the City of Laurel Police Retirement Plan to extend the Deferred Retirement Option Plan.

B. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1951, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the City of Laurel Police Retirement Plan to extend the Deferred Retirement Option Plan.

8. Adjournment

Minutes

Present:

Frederick Smalls, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; Sara Green, 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; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Chief Russel Hammill, Police Department; Bill Bailey, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation; Lisa Woods, Deputy Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, Clerk. 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

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

2. Approval of Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Thirty-Seventh Meeting of September 23, 2019. On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz.

B. Approval of Minutes of the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of October 16, 2019. On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council.

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

City of Laurel Retirement Board met on Wednesday November 6, 2019, 9:00 am.

Sips on C Street held an Art Show on Friday, November 8, 2019.

Laurel friends of Patuxent River are cutting on Saturday, November 23, 2019, 8:00 a.m. along the Patuxent River.

Laurel Lions Club will be selling Christmas trees this year at the Laurel Shopping Center by the Giant Shopping Center Sign. All proceeds go back into the Laurel Community.

LARS Annual Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 28, 2019, 8:00 a.m. McCullough Field.

Councilmember Nicholas gave the closing remarks on Friday, October 25, 2019, 10:00 a.m. for the Women Business Owner’s Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Patuxent River Commission met today in Annapolis during which there was discussion on an issue with blue green algae. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has been doing a study and will present their findings at a future meeting.

In recognition of Veterans Day, appreciation extended to Councilmembers Sydnor, Leszcz and Smalls for making the sacrifice of service to their country.

On behalf of Mayor Moe, President Smalls read a proclamation into the record proclaiming November 30, 2019, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY in the City of Laurel. He encouraged all residents to support small, local businesses.

4. Mayoral appointments

A. Appointments of Heather Brooks and Nisa Asgarali-Hoffman to the Laurel Arts Council. On motion by Councilmember DeWalt, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas.

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 General Public Hearing at 7:18 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

6. Recommendations

A. Consideration of a recommendation to purchase ammunition for the Laurel Police Department. Chief Hammill presented the recommendation as outlined in a memorandum dated September 23, 2019, and discussed at the Work Session on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the bid was awarded to The Gun Shop for $44,507.05 through the Maryland State Contract for ammunition, on a unanimous roll call vote.

B. Consideration of a recommendation to award a contract for Fiber Construction in the City of Laurel. Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, presented the bid recommendation outlined in a memorandum dated October 8, 2019. As discussed at the Work Session on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the project will be completed in four phases: Phase 1: 5th Street/Laurel Avenue to Police Department; Phase 2: Laurel Armory to Public works; Phase 3: Laurel Armory to Main Street & Sixth Street and Phase 4: Parks Maintenance Facility to Sweitzer Park.

On motion by Councilmember DeWalt, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the contract was awarded to Eastcomm, Ltd., of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, for a total cost of $207,943.32, under a State of Maryland Contract.

C. Consideration of a recommendation to purchase a 10-Ton Dump Truck with Snow Plow and Salt Spreader. William Goddard, City Administrator, presented the bid recommendation as outlined in a memorandum dated October 17, 2019. As discussed at the Work Session on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the recommendation is for the purchase of (1) one 10 Ton Dump Truck with plow and salt spreader. Funding is included in the current Capital Improvement Program.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the purchase was approved to Johnson Truck Center of Landover, Maryland, under a State of Maryland Contract for a total cost of $149,968.

7. Legislation

A. President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1950, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the City of Laurel Police Retirement Plan to extend the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, into the record for the first reading.

Lisa Woods, Deputy Director of Budget and Personnel Services, said the legislation provides for an extension of the DROP for the City of Laurel Police. The extension is for January 1, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2024.

President Smalls opened and closed the public hearing at 7:28 p.m. 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, November 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

B. President Smalls read the title of Ordinance No. 1951, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the City of Laurel Employees Retirement Plan to extend the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, into the record for the first reading.

Lisa Woods, Deputy Director of Budget and Personnel Services, said the legislation provides for an extension of the DROP for the City of Laurel Employees. The extension is for January 1, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2024.

Public hearing opened at 7:29 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, November 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
 

8. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:29 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

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