Mayor and City Council Meeting
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Agenda

1. Call to order

A. Call to order - Council President Keith R. Sydnor

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

2. Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Fifteenth Meeting of Monday, September 28, 2020 - Regular

B. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on Wednesday, October 7, 2020

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. General Public Hearing

A. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the City of Laurel will be holding virtual meetings. The public is asked to submit written testimony on agenda items to the Laurel City Clerk at [email protected] by 2:00 p.m. on meeting days and to register for the Zoom meeting information.

5. Recommendations

A. Bid Recommendation - Department of Information Technology - Purchase of Desktop Computers

B. Bid Recommendation - Department of Public Works - Purchase of Four (4) Pick-up Trucks

6. Legislation

A. Ordinance No. 1960 - Text Amendment No. 256, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland amending Laurel City Code, Chapter 20 "Land Development and Subdivision Regulations,” Article I “Zoning,” §20-1.7 “Definitions” to update the definitions for various terms used in Chapter 20; §20-6.13 “Table of Residential Uses”, §20-6.35 “Swimming Pools”, §20-7.8 “Table of Commercial Uses,” §20-8.3 “Table of Office Building Uses”, §20-9.5 “Table of Industrial Uses”, §20-12.3 “Table of Mixed Use – Transportation Oriented Uses”, §20-22.13 “Automobile Filling Station”, §20-22.14 “Automobile Laundry”, §20-22.28 “Congregate Living Facilities”, §20-22.47 “Housing for Senior and Handicapped Persons”, and §20-22.58 “Recreation Establishments of a Commercial Nature”, §20-22.74 “Group Home, Adult”, to update the uses permitted in various zones in the City; Article IV “Floodplain Management ,” §20-38.2 “Subdivision Proposals and Development Proposals,” §20-38.11 “Gas or Liquid Storage Tanks,” §20-40.3 “Considerations for Variances”; and providing for an effective date.

7. Adjournment

Minutes

Present: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Keith R. Sydnor, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Valerie M A Nicholas, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; Brencis Smith, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; LouAnn Crook, MMC, Deputy City Administrator; Sara Green, CMC, Mayor’s Chief of Staff; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Chief Russel Hamill, Police Department; Steve Allen, Fire Marshal; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk.

 

1. Call to order

 

A. Call to order - Council President Keith R. Sydnor

 

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

 

2. Minutes

 

A. Approval of Minutes of the Fifteenth Meeting of Monday, September 28, 2020 - Regular

 

B. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on Wednesday, October 7, 2020

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the Minutes listed above were approved, as corrected, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

 

Councilmember DeWalt said the Public Safety and Transportation CAC will meet on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.; attended a fundraiser for the Laurel Women’s Club at JP Pizza in Howard County; CATS fundraiser scheduled for October 21, 2020, at Amber Spice; attended the MML Fall Conference the past two days. One workshop was on traffic calming, which was very timely.

 

Councilmember Leszcz attended the MML Fall Conference and found all the classes to be “excellent”; extended condolences to the families of Pam DeCarmo and Dorothy Crismer.

 

Councilmember Nicholas announced that she has extra masks should any residents need them; reminded everyone to continue social distancing and good hand hygiene.

 

Council President Sydnor reminded everyone that Early Voting starts on Monday, October 26 through Monday, November 2, 2020, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Residents can vote at any of the 11 voting centers in Prince George’s County. Ballot Drop Box at Laurel Senior High School and is guarded 24/7.

 

Mayor Moe expressed his condolences to family of Pam DeCarmo a 50-year member of the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad; Paper Shredding and Electronic Recycling Event scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2020, 8:00 a.m. at the Public Works Facility, must stay in your car and wear a mask. Green Drop will also be there for clothing and small items; census data collectors will conclude on October 15, 2020; Purple for Domestic Violence, showing support by lighting City facilities in the evening; participated in a meeting with Senator Cardin along with other area mayors to discuss issues with the postal service; Laurel Board of Trade has canceled the annual “Trick or Treat” on Main Street; City of Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation has planned a weeks long Hallo-Week to include activities for the whole family with social distancing and CDC protocols in place; Laurel Police Department monitoring the Ballot Drop Box at the Laurel Senior High School.

 

4. General Public Hearing

 

A. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the City of Laurel will be holding virtual meetings. The public is asked to submit written testimony on agenda items to the Laurel City Clerk at [email protected] by 2:00 p.m. on meeting days and to register for the Zoom meeting information.

 

President Sydnor opened the General Public Hearing at 6:16 p.m.

 

Sadija Smiley, Founder and CEO, Stillborn and Infant Loss Support spoke about her experience and offered support from her non-profit to others in the community.

 

Roy Smith, Westmeath Drive in Laurel, a 13 year resident of Wellington. He moved to Laurel because it felt family friendly and family oriented. He commented on the Code Enforcement office not thoroughly investigating matters over the years. He has observed houses near him where he believes they are renting the basements without the appropriate approvals.

 

President Sydnor closed the General Public Hearing at 6:28 p.m.

 

5. Recommendations

 

A. Bid Recommendation - Department of Information Technology - Purchase of Desktop Computers

 

Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, presented the bid recommendation, outlined in a memorandum dated September 15, 2020. Teleworking has created a significant cyber-security threat for the City. As part of the response to this threat, the City is upgrading eighty-five (85) desktop computers. The cost of this purchase is $73,060.00 under the State of Maryland 2012 hardware contract through Daly Computing Inc., of Rockville, Md. Funding for forty (40) of the computers is found in the current IT operating budget and the remaining 45 will be funded through the CARES Act. 

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the purchase was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

B. Bid Recommendation - Department of Public Works - Purchase of Four (4) Pick-up Trucks

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works, presented the bid recommendation to purchase four (4) pick-up trucks, as outlined in a memorandum dated October 2, 2020. The recommendation is to purchase four (4) pick-up trucks which are designated as follows: one (1) ½ ton pick-up truck for Parks and Recreation; two (2) ¾ ton 4x4 pick-up trucks with snow plows for Parks and Recreation and one (1) ¾ ton 4x4 with snow plow for the Department of Public Works. Funding for these vehicles is provided in the FY2019 and FY2020 CIP Fleet Replacement Program for a total cost of $147,559.00 under the State of Maryland contract through Apple Ford, Columbia, Md., and Hetrich Fleet Services, Milford, De.

 

On motion by Councilmember DeWalt, seconded by Councilmember Smith, the contract was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

6. Legislation

 

A. President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1960 - Text Amendment No. 256, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland amending Laurel City Code, Chapter 20 "Land Development and Subdivision Regulations,” Article I “Zoning,” §20-1.7 “Definitions” to update the definitions for various terms used in Chapter 20; §20-6.13 “Table of Residential Uses”, §20-6.35 “Swimming Pools”, §20-7.8 “Table of Commercial Uses,” §20-8.3 “Table of Office Building Uses”, §20-9.5 “Table of Industrial Uses”, §20-12.3 “Table of Mixed Use – Transportation Oriented Uses”, §20-22.13 “Automobile Filling Station”, §20-22.14 “Automobile Laundry”, §20-22.28 “Congregate Living Facilities”, §20-22.47 “Housing for Senior and Handicapped Persons”, and §20-22.58 “Recreation Establishments of a Commercial Nature”, §20-22.74 “Group Home, Adult”, to update the uses permitted in various zones in the City; Article IV “Floodplain Management ,” §20-38.2 “Subdivision Proposals and Development Proposals,” §20-38.11 “Gas or Liquid Storage Tanks,” §20-40.3 “Considerations for Variances”; and providing for an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 6:30 p.m.

 

Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, presented the ordinance, as is required by the City of Laurel Code to mend the Unified Land Development Code. This is the first part of the comprehensive update that will come before the City Council over the next several months. It was last updated in 2011. Since that time the Master Plan was revised and updated in 2016. Both are guiding tools that shape the community and economic development for a cohesive and well-balanced city. City is the only in municipality in Prince George’s County to have its own zoning authority; therefore, it is vital for planning staff to conduct thorough reviews from time to remain current with trends and state legislation.

 

President Sydnor closed the public hearing at 6:35 p.m. and announced a second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for Ordinance No. 1960, Text Amendment No. 256, at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, October 26, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

 

7. Adjournment

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:36 p.m.

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC
Clerk to the Council

 

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