Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, November 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

42nd Mayor and City Council Meeting Agenda:
1. Call to Order
A. Invocation - Pastor Butler
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. Minutes
A. Approval of Minutes of the Forty-First Meeting of November 13, 2019.
3. Report of the Mayor and City Council
A. Reporting on various community events, meetings and announcements.
4. Report of the City Administrator
A. William Godard, City Administrator, reports on the various activities of the City Departments.
5. Special Presentation by the Laurel Police Department
6. 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.
7. Legislation
A. Second public hearing with possible action 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 Retirment Option Plan.
B. Second public hearing with possible action 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. Special Recognition
A. Special recognition of Council President Frederick Smalls.
9. Adjourn sine die

1st Mayor and City Council Meeting 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. Oath of Office for Laurel City Council
A. Mayor Moe to administer the Oath of Office to Councilmembers-elect Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Carl DeWalt, Michael R. Leszcz, Brencis Smith and Keith R. Sydnor.
3. Election of Council President
A. Clerk Kimberley Rau opens the floor for nomination for the Office of Council President.
4. Report of the Mayor and City Council
A. Reporting on various community events, meetings and announcements.
5. Council Appointments
A. City Council appointments to the various committees, commissions and boards.
6. 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.
7. Adjournment

Minutes

Forty-Second Meeting of the Mayor and City Council

Members 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; William Goddard, City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, MMC, Deputy City Administrator; Sara Green, CMC, Chief of Staff to the Mayor; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Chief Russell Hamill, Police Department; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk.

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. Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of October 28, 2019, approved on motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor.

B. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on November 6, 2019, approved on motion by Councilmember DeWalt, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor.

C. Approval of Minutes of the Forty-First Meeting of November 13, 2019, approved on motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas.

D. Approval of Minutes of the Fortieth Meeting of November 7, 2019, approved on motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz.

 

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

 

Councilmember Sydnor attended a job fair at Laurel High School on November 6, 2019. On November 21, 2019, Mr. Sydnor spoke to the Student Government Association at Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School about local government and bullying. Precision Barber Shop hosted a community event to increase awareness about HIV.

Councilmember Leszcz reminded the community that Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund awards 240 scholarships every year to the dependents of civilian and federal employees.

Council President Smalls said that tonight is his last City Council Meeting. He has had the honor to serve the community for the past seventeen years. Took a lot for him to decide not to run again. He thanked Mayor Moe and his Council colleagues, and all the councilmembers he has worked with over the years. The journey began in 2002 when he ran on a slate with former Councilmember Rick Wilson, the late Janis Robison and Glen Audett. He has had the honor of being successfully re-elected eight times. He is the second African American serving this City, the first being Councilmember Reginald Parks. For many years, he was the only African American representing the City. He tried to do it with honor, but it was not easy. He is glad to have had the experience and hopes to continue serving the citizens of Laurel, again in the future. He wished the new Council well, saying there is a lot of work remaining to be done.

Mayor Moe wished his father Robert Moe a happy 91st birthday!

Press Conference held today at the Laurel Police Department to notify the community about the new Automatic Electronic Defibulators (AED's) in all city vehicles.

Mayor expressed his appreciation to the Elks Lodge placing the flags on the graves of the veterans at Ivy Hill Cemetery.

City Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, 2019, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday!

City of Laurel Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019, 4:00 p.m.

Mayoral appointments of Ms. Brooks and Ms. Hoffman to the Laurel Arts Council, were approved on motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas.

As required by the City Charter, the Mayor was sworn in this afternoon by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Prince George's County.

Special Presentation by the Laurel Police Department to Mrs. Linda Davis. Sgt. Waddell presented Mrs. Davis a plaque for her efforts every year raising money for the Laurel Police Special Olympics.

 

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 public hearing at 6:17 p.m.

Public hearing was opened at 6:17 p.m.

Ed Ricks, 603 Laurel Avenue, Laurel, congratulated President Smalls on his retirement from public office and said it was an honor to have served with him on the City Council.

Public Hearing Closed at 6:19 p.m.

 

6. Recommendations

A. Contract correction for City Fiber Construction. Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, presented a Contract Correction for City Fiber Construction, as outlined in a memorandum dated November 20, 2019. Information Technology identified a clerical error in the contract price for the project awarded at the last Mayor and City Council meeting. The vendor updated pricing which created a $13,531.72 contract deficit. Funding is available in the current CIP. The new contract price is $221,475.04. Approved on motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor.

 

7. Legislation

A. Second public hearing with possible action 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. Public hearing was opened at 6:14 p.m. and closed. On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, 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, was adopted. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

B. Second public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1951, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the City of Laurel Employee Retirement Plan to extend the Deferred Retirement Option Plan. Public hearing was opened at 6:15 p.m. and closed. On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, ORDINANCE NO. 1951, AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND TO AMEND THE CITY OF LAUREL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PLAN TO EXTEND THE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN, was adopted. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

8. Special Recognition - Council President Fredrick Smalls. Council President Smalls was recognized for his seventeen years as a member of the Laurel City Council. The Department of Communications prepared a video of accomplishments throughout his time as an elected official. President Smalls was presented with gifts from the Department Heads and members of the community.

 

9. Adjourn sine die at 7:10 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved:

 

 

 

First Meeting of the Mayor and City Council

Craig A Moe, Mayor; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; Brencis Smith, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, MMC, Deputy City Administrator; Sara Green, CMC, Chief of Staff to the Mayor; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Chief Russell Hamill, Police Department; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk.

 

1. Call to Order

 

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

 

B. Invocation given by Reverend Dr. Will Butler.

 

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

 

2. Oath of Office for Laurel City Council. Mayor Moe administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected City Council.

 

3. Election of Council President. On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, Councilmember Keith R. Sydnor was elected President. President Sydnor appointed Councilmember DeWalt Pro Tem.

 

4. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

 

5. Council Appointments

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, Fredrick Smalls was appointed alternate member to the Planning Commission.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas the following appointments were confirmed:

Councilmember Valerie Nicholas, CAC for Persons with Disabilities

Councilmember Brencis Smith, Education Advisory Committee

Councilmember Leszcz, Environmental Affairs Committee

Councilmember Leszcz, Historic District Commission

Council President Sydnor, Planning Commission

Councilmember Carl DeWalt, Public Safety and Transportation CAC

Councilmember Valerie Nicholas, Tree Board

Councilmember Valerie M.A. Nicholas, CAC for Parks and Recreation

 

6. 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. There were no members of the public wanting to speak.

 

7. Adjournment at 7:20 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved:

 

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