Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, October 26, 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 Sixteenth Meeting of Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - Regular

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. Legislation

A. Second public hearing with possible action on 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.

6. Adjournment

Minutes

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 Sixteenth Meeting of Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - Regular

 

On motion by Councilmember DeWalt, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the Minutes of the Sixteenth Meeting of the Mayor and City Council were approved, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

 

Councilmember Valerie Nicholas announced that Early Voting started today, October 26, 2020 and will run through Monday, November 3, 2020, at the Laurel Senior High School.

 

Councilmember Carl DeWalt commended on an article r concerning the Maryland Delegates Workgroup recommending doing away with the Laurel Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBR).  The only thing he got right was that it was passed in Maryland in 1974, saying it provides undue and unnecessary protections for corrupt and racist cops is not true and should be retracted.  LEOBR provides the review of complaints against police officers and due process; he encouraged residents to vote and if they should see any incidents of intimidation to call the police; received several complaints about noise from supped-up vehicles driving up route 198 and 197.

 

Council President Sydnor announced that Councilmember Smith will not be attending the meeting due to a personal issue; Early Voting started today at the Laurel Senior High School, he voted after waiting in line for forty minutes; on October 17, 2020, he attended the Women’s March, to stand with Black Women for Justice along with State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy and Maryland Delegate Joseline Penya-Melnik.

 

Mayor expressed condolences to Deputy City Administrator Lou Ann Crook on the passing of her father last week; learned that Clayton Wright, former Department of Public Works employee passed away last week also; withed a speedy recovery to Jimmy Collins, former City of Laurel Public Information Officer and a member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department; extended congratulations to Donnie Rutherford on his retirement after 47 years of service to the City of Laurel in the Department of Public Works; attended the virtual meeting of the Prince George’s County Municipal Association (PGCMA) on Thursday, October 15, 2020; will be issuing a proclamation to recognize Municipal Governments Work Month in November; strongly discourages people from going out to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween this year. Department of Parks and Recreation has planned a week-long event Hallo-week, following CDC guidelines.

 

Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation said they have planned several events: Tractor Treat Wagons will be out on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the established routes have been advertised in the Laurel Leader and are posted on the City’s website. An event on Friday, Spooktacular, October 30, 2020 starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center. All events will be held according to CDC guidelines.

Mayor concluded his remarks by announcing that Early Voting will be held at the Laurel Senior High School, Monday, October 26, 2020 through Monday, November 3, 2020, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Election Day will also be at the Laurel Senior High School starting at 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Ballot Drop Box is also at this location, which is being monitored 24/7 by the Laurel Police Department.

 

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 6:19 p.m. and closed it with no one wishing to speak.

 

5. 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 second reading.

 

Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development presented Ordinance No. 1960, Text Amendment No. 1960, to amend the City’s Unified Land Development Code. Text Amendment No. 256 was filed on September 11, 2020, by City staff to the Mayor and City Council to amend Chapter 20, Division I and V, Sections 1 through 16. On September 24, 2020 the proposed ordinance was sent to the Maryland Department of Planning for comment. MDP had no comment. The file contains a certificate of publication verifying that this application and public hearing was advertised as required by law in the October 8th, 15th and 22nd editions of the Prince George's Sentinel. A memorandum from the City of Laurel Planning Commission to the Mayor and City Council, dated October 21, 2020 reads as follows: At the regular meeting of the City of Laurel Planning Commission, held on October 20, 2020 the following action was taken on subject zoning application, Text Amendment No 256. The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval of Text Amendment No. 256 (Ordinance 1960) as presented in the Technical Staff Report and proposed ordinance to the Mayor and City Council.

President Sydnor opened the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1960, Text Amendment No. 256 at 6:25 p.m. and closed it with no one wishing to speak.

 

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

 

6. Adjournment

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:27 p.m.

 

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC
Clerk to the Council

 

Approved:

 

 

 

 

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