Mayor and City Council Work Session
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

1. Agenda Items

A. Resolution No. 6-2020 - a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to establish the amount of impact fees for development and redevelopment in the City of Laurel, Maryland and providing an effective date.

B. Resolution No. 7-2020 - a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland approving the Renewal Lease Agreement by and between the City of Laurel and the Laurel Historical Society, Inc. for the operation of the Laurel Museum.

C. Discussion on the Laurel Gardens Apartments - Park Avenue.

D. Presentation by the City of Laurel Education Advisory Committee.

Minutes

Members present:  Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Keith R. Sydnor, Council President; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember; Brencis Smith, Councilmember; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; Sara Green, Chief of Staff to the Mayor; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Chief Hammill, Police Department; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, Clerk.  There were eleven members of the public present.

1. Agenda Items

A. Resolution No. 6-2020, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to establish the amount of impact fees for development and redevelopment in the City of Laurel, Maryland and providing an effective date.  Mayor presented Resolution No. 6-2020.  He said his Administration has not increased impact fees since November 2006.  He outlined the Residential Impact Fees and the Commercial/Industrial Impact Fees being proposed in the ordinance.  Councilmembers were in agreement to introduce Resolution No. 6-2020 and hold the first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

B. Resolution No. 7-2020, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland approving the Renewal Lease Agreement by and between the City of Laurel and the Laurel Historical Society, Inc. for the operation of the Laurel Museum.  Mayor Moe presented Resolution No. 7-2020, which approves the reneal of a lease between the City of Laurel and the Laurel Historical Society, Inc. for the operation of the Laurel Museum.  He explained that the only change is the increase in funding allocated for the maintenance of the Laurel Museum building.  The term of the lease is for ten (10) years with an option of one extension of five (5) years.  Councilmembers were in agreement to introduce Resolution No. 7-2020 and hold the first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

C. Discussion on the Laurel Gardens Apartments - Park Avenue.  Mayor Moe provided background information on the Laurel Gardens Redevelopment Project.  He explained that Park Avenue was abandoned in 2012 to provide for greenspace for the project.  Due to some issues in this area, the Mayor met with the developer and asked him to hold off.  The City believes closing the street may cause more issues in the neighborhood.  The developer will have to go back tot eh Planning Commission for an amended site plan.  Mayor wanted to brief the Council before the developer goes back to the Planning Commission for consideration.

D. Presentation by the City of Laurel Education Advisory Committee.  Joe Murchison, Chairman, Education Advisory Committee and the committee members introduced themselves to the Mayor and City Council.  The committee is present this evening to advise the Mayor and City Council wha they are working on. 1) Education Grant Program - Reverend Alan Grimes and Toi Davis developed a grant for the schools in Laurel. The grants provide the local area public/private in the City of Laurel an opportunity to apply for an education grant up to $500.00. They would submit application by September 30.  Giving consideration for the time the prncipal needs to complete the grant application.  Made it a simple one sheet application.  Asking for the school to justify how they would use the grant, with an accountability measure by asking them to submit information on how they used the grant and the impact on the school.  The schools can apply for multiple grants, but with a $500.00 cumulative amount up to $500.00.  There are eighteen (18) schools in the ara.  2)Summer Reading Program to address the "knowledge gap" that is lost durign the summer months.  This program would partner with the resources already available in the area such as the Laurel Library, Laurel Historical Society and Bernadette's House.  3) Issue with the principal at Laurel High School.  Mr. Murchsion recommends the City officials look into where teh process is, to have some voice in the process.  4) Final - Kirwan Commission Blueprint for Maryland's future. Key issue in Annapolis. Looks like the democratic leaders really want this measure to pass.  The Prince George's County School System would get more money than any other school system in the state.  Committee is very much in favor of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future and will be testifying in Annapolis on March 19, 2020.  Mayor Moe met with Dr. Goldson, Superintendent of Prince George's County Schools and was asked to schedule a meeting with local business and community leaders.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:56 p.m.
 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: March 9, 2020

 

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