Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, November 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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 Nineteenth Meeting of Monday, November 9, 2020 - Regular

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. Mayoral Appointments

A. Mayoral Appointment of Wwayne Dzwonchyk, Emergency Services Commission; Shirley Bell, Youth Services Commission; Gayle Snyder, Board of Appeals; Fred Smalls, Board of Appeals and Mike Kirk, Emergency Services Commission.

5. 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.

6. Legislation

A. Second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No. 17-20, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to adopt the 2020 FEMA Region III Patuxent River Flood Study as the City's Official Flood Study.

B. Second public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1961, an ordinance to amend the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

C. Second public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1962, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Chapter 11 Planning and Development, Article III "Affordable Housing Program" of the Laurel City Code; and providing an effective date.

D. Second public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1963, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, to amend the Laurel City Code, Article I, In General, Sec. 2-1 - Legal Holidays, to change Columbus Day Holiday to "Indigenous Peoples' Day".

E. Second public hearing on Ordinance No. 1964, an ordinance amending the City of Laurel Code, Election Laws.

F. Second public hearing on Charter Resolution No. 172, a resolution amending the Charter of the City of Laurel Election Laws.

7. Election of Council President

A. Election of Council President

8. Closed Session

A. The Mayor and City Council may adjourn to Closed Session. The reason for the Closed Session is to consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related to the acquisition, and to consult with counsel to obtain legal advice. The authority for this Closed Session is contained in the General Provisions Article Subsection 3-305 (b) (3) and (7).

9. Adjournment

Minutes

Twentieth Meeting of the Mayor and City Council - Regular - Monday, November 23, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. Zoom

 

Present: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Keith R. Sydnor, Council President; 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 Nineteenth Meeting of Monday, November 9, 2020 - Regular

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, the Minutes of the Nineteenth Meeting of Monday, November 9, 2020, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

 

Councilmember Smith hosted a food drive along with the Prince George’s County Young Democrats last Saturday. All donations were given to Elizabeth House, He had a great time joining with the community.

 

Councilmember Leszcz expressed his condolences to the family of former Mayor Joe Robison. He could always rely on Mayor Robison to give him a direct answer when he had a question. Get Well wishes to Doug Hayes who is recovering from a car accident. He thanked Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation for working with a local Eagle Scout looking for a project. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Councilmember Nicholas extended her condolences to Robison family. Mayor Robison was a big supporter of hers and gave her great advise. Just came from the hospital where she works, and she can’t stress enough how important it is to wear the masks, social distance and wash your hands.

 

Councilmember Sydnor thanked Bill Bailey and his staff for the tour of the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Facility. He congratulated Councilmember Smith on a well organized food drive this past weekend. He helped with a health event during which residents were encouraged to get HIV Testing “Know your Status”.

 

Mayor Moe wished his father a Happy 92nd Birthday! He wished former Chief Rich McLaughlin a speedy recovery. He offered condolences to PFC Sherman Williamson on the passing of his father, Sgt. Cunningham on the passing of his grandmother, Jenny Carmen on the passing of her mother. He also expressed his condolences to the Robison family on the passing of former Mayor Joe Robison. He attended a Veterans Day Ceremony, practicing social distancing, at the American Legion; he attended the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments Board of Directors Meeting; the Promotional Ceremony for the Laurel Police Department; the virtual meeting of the Prince George’s County Municipal Association on November 12; the virtual Town Hall held by Coungressman Brown on November 19. He reminded the public that City Offices will be closed on November 28 and 29th. He concluded his remarks by stress to the general public the health officers know best, continue to listen, wear a mask, social distance, stop the spread.

 

4. Mayoral Appointments

 

A. Mayoral Appointment of Wayne Dzwonchyk, Emergency Services Commission; Shirley Bell, Youth Services Commission; Gayle Snyder, Board of Appeals; Fred Smalls, Board of Appeals and Mike Kirk, Emergency Services Commission.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, the Mayoral appointments were confirmed, as presented, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

 

5. 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 6:25 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

6. Legislation

 

A. President Sydnor read the title of Resolution No. 17-20, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to adopt the 2020 FEMA Region III Patuxent River Flood Study as the City's Official Flood Study, into the record for the second reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:25 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Smith, RESOLUTION NO. 17-20, A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND TO ADOPT THE 2020 FEMA REGION III PATUXENT RIVER FLOOD STUDY AS THE CITY'S OFFICIAL FLOOD STUDY, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

B. President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1961, an ordinance to amend the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, into the record for the second reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:28 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, ORDINANCE NO. 1961, AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE GENERAL OPERATING BUDGET AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2020 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2021, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

C. President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1962, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Chapter 11 Planning and Development, Article III "Affordable Housing Program" of the Laurel City Code; and providing an effective date, into the record for the second reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:30 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, ORDINANCE NO. 1962, AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND TO AMEND CHAPTER 11 PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, ARTICLE III "AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM" OF THE LAUREL CITY CODE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

D. President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1963, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, to amend the Laurel City Code, Article I, In General, Sec. 2-1 - Legal Holidays, to change Columbus Day Holiday to "Indigenous Peoples' Day", into the record for the second reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:33 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, ORDINANCE NO. 1963, AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND, TO AMEND THE LAUREL CITY CODE, ARTICLE I, IN GENERAL, SEC. 2-1 - LEGAL HOLIDAYS, TO CHANGE COLUMBUS DAY HOLIDAY TO "INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY", was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

E. President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1964, an ordinance amending the City of Laurel Code, Election Laws, into the record for the second reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:35 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. Further discussion will be held at the Work Session on December 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. A third public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

 

F. President Sydnor read the title of Charter Resolution No. 172, a resolution amending the Charter of the City of Laurel Election Laws, into the record for the second reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:36 p.m. Further discussion is scheduled for the Work Session on December 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. A third public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

7. Clerk Rau opened the Floor for Nominations for Council President. On motion by Council President Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, Councilmember Valerie M.A. Nicholas was elected President. Council President Nicholas appointed Councilmember Michael R. Leszcz President Pro Tem.

 

President Nicholas presented Councilmember Keith R. Sydnor with a plaque thanking him for his service as Council President for this past year.

 

8. Closed Session

 

President Nicholas read the following statement regarding the adjournment of the Mayor and City Council to Closed Session on this date: The reason for adjourning to a Closed Session is to consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related to the acquisition and to consult with counsel to obtain legal advice. The authority for this Closed Session is contained in the General Provisions Article Subsection 3-305 (b) (3) and (7).

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Mayor and City Council adjourned to Closed Session at 6:45 p.m.

 

The regular meeting of the Mayor and City Council was reconvened at 7:32 p.m.

 

9. Adjournment

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:32 p.m.

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: December 14, 2020

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