Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

***Please contact the Clerk to the Council at 301-725-5300, extension 2121, or email [email protected] to request Zoom Meeting Information or to provide written public comment.***

1. Call to order

A. Call to order - Council President Valerie M.A. Nicholas

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

2. Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Twenty First Meeting of Monday, December 14, 2020 - Regular

B. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session on Monday, December 14, 2020.

C. Approval of Minutes of the Twenty-Second Meeting on Monday, December 21, 2020 - Special

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. Consideration of Bid Recommendation- Incode 10 System Upgrade

6. Legislation

A. Fourth public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1964, an ordinance amending the City of Laurel Code, Election Laws.

B. Fourth public hearing with possible action on Charter Resolution No. 172, a resolution amending the Charter of the City of Laurel Election Laws.

C. Second public hearing with possible action on Charter Resolution No. 173 a resolution amending the Charter of the City of Laurel, Maryland by Amending Article 400, Administration, and Specifically, Amending Section 401, City Administrator; Amending Section 403, Deputy City Administrator; Amending Section 410-Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Amending Section 440, Police Chief; Adding New Section 467, Director of the Department of Communications; and Adding New Section 468, Director of the Department of Information Technology- Chief Information Officer (CIO).

D. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1966 Text Amendment No. 257-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; §20-6.15 “Area, Yard, And Height Regulations”; §20-6.16 “Schedule Of Area, Yard, And Height Regulations For Residential Uses”; §20-6.23 “Accessory Structures; Bulk Regulations”; §20-7.8 “Table Of Commercial Uses”; §20-9.5 “Table Of Industrial Uses”; §20-12.3 “Table Of Mixed Use – Transportation Oriented Uses”; §20-12.5 “Site Plans”; §20-17.1 “Purpose & Scope”; §20-17.2 “Definitions”; §20-17.3 “General Provisions”; §20-17.4 “Regulation By Zones” §20-17.5 “Legal Nonconformity; Maintenance And Repair”; §20-17.6 “Construction Specifications”; §20-18.2 “Nonconforming Billboards”; §20-20.5 “Fences And Walls”; §20-22.53 “Liquor Stores”; §20-22.72 “Licensed Premises Of Licensed Dispensaries.”; §20-29.10 “Mandatory Dedication Or Fee-In-Lieu Of Open Space”; And Providing For An Effective Date.

E. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1968, an Ordinance Of The Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland To Amend Chapter 2 “Administration”, Article I Entitled “In General”, Section 2-3 Entitled "City And Police Seal", Of The Laurel City Code To Add “All City Department Logos And Official City Branding Logos” To The Section Title And Require Written Permission Of The Mayor To Use The City Or Police Seal Or All City Department Logos And Official City Branding Logos For Non-City Related Use.

7. Adjournment

Minutes

Twenty-Third Meeting of the Mayor and City Council - Regular - Monday, January 11, 2021, 6:00 p.m. Zoom

 

Present: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Valerie M A Nicholas, Council President; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Carl DeWalt, 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 Valerie M.A. Nicholas

 

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

 

2. Minutes

 

A. Approval of Minutes of the Twenty First Meeting of Monday, December 14, 2020 – Regular

 

B. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session on Monday, December 14, 2020

 

C. Approval of Minutes of the Twenty-Second Meeting on Monday, December 21, 2020 - Special

 

Approval of Minutes were deferred until the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 25, 2021.

 

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

 

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

 

Councilmember Leszcz assisted with the food distribution at the Islamic Community Center of Laurel (ICCL) on Saturday, January 9, 2021. He expressed his condolences to the family of the law enforcement officer killed last week at the U.S. Capital.

 

Sydnor thanked the Mayor and City Council and all sponsors of the Laurel Coat Drive during which 350 coats were donated. The coats will be distributed on January 23, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Laurel. He was honored to be asked to participate in a conference call with Senator Van Hollen, Congressman Anthony Brown, and several other elected officials to discuss Maryland United COVID-19 Coalition Act that will support needy families. This weekend would have Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 92nd birthday. He is one of his heroes who allowed for him to be in the position he is today. He often reads Dr. King’s speech “Another America” written in 1967. He believes Dr. King would be happy with the progress made in the County to recently have another graduate of Morehouse College, and pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, elected to the United States Senate, also saying there is still a problem in this country.

 

Councilmember Smith hosted a senior gift drive for the seniors at Laurel Lakes on December 23, 2020, partnering with Distinguished Pearls Foundations. He thanked all the sponsors for the donations. He also attended the coat drive and the food distribution at the ICCL. He echoed Councilmember Sydnor’s comments on Dr. Martin Luther King.

 

Council President Nicholas also remembered Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr. and the sentiments expressed by Councilmember Sydnor. She reminded everyone to continue wearing your masks, eye shields, wash your hands and social distance.

 

Councilmember DeWalt attended the coat drive at Laurel First Baptist Church. Remind everyone that Thursday is Laurel CATS fundraiser at Tampico Grill, all take out. The vaccine is being distributed to each county, siting an article in the Washington Post, that said Prince George’s County, with the most cases in Maryland has only distributed 4.7%. Condolences to the family of the Capital Police Officer killed during the siege of the Capital last week.

 

Mayor condolences to friends and family of Bill Miles who died in December as well as the Capital Police Officer killed at the Capital. He wished a speedy recovery to City Administrator Bill Goddard. He announced that he has appointed Lou Ann Cook, Acting City Administrator; Christian Pulley, Acting Deputy City Administrator and Robert Love, Acting Director of Economic and Community Development. A virtual wreath laying will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021, 4:00 in the Memorial Garden for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Public can attend the City’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 18, 2021, 11:00 a.m., which is being held virtually. City Offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday.

 

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.

 

The General Public Hearing was opened at 6:24 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

5. Recommendations

 

A. Consideration of Bid Recommendation- Incode 10 System Upgrade

 

Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, presented the Major Finance System Upgrade in a memorandum dated January 6, 2021. Information Technology is upgrading the current finance system from Tyler Incode 9 to Tyler Incode 10 to provide enhanced security and more streamlined process. This is a sole source purchase with Tyler Technologies, the sole owner and developer of the software. The Software Upgrade is $38,900.00. The Document Management System Implementation and Document Conversion are $26,999 for a total cost of $65,899.00. Funding is provided for in the current CIP.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, the purchase was approved for Tyler Incode 10 to Tyler Technologies, for a total cost of $65,899.00, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

6. Legislation

 

A. Fourth public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1964, an ordinance amending the City of Laurel Code, Election Laws.

 

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1964, an ordinance amending the City of Laurel Code, Election Laws, into the record for the fourth reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:36 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, ORDINANCE NO. 1964, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CITY OF LAUREL CODE, ELECTION LAWS, AS AMENDED, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

B. Fourth public hearing with possible action on Charter Resolution No. 172, a resolution amending the Charter of the City of Laurel Election Laws.

 

President Nicholas 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 fourth reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:39 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, CHARTER RESOLUTION NO. 172, A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF LAUREL ELECTION LAWS, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

C. Second public hearing with possible action on Charter Resolution No. 173 a resolution amending the Charter of the City of Laurel, Maryland by Amending Article 400, Administration, and Specifically, Amending Section 401, City Administrator; Amending Section 403, Deputy City Administrator; Amending Section 410-Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Amending Section 440, Police Chief; Adding New Section 467, Director of the Department of Communications; and Adding New Section 468, Director of the Department of Information Technology- Chief Information Officer (CIO).

 

President Nicholas read the title of on Charter Resolution No. 173 a resolution amending the Charter of the City of Laurel, Maryland by Amending Article 400, Administration, and Specifically, Amending Section 401, City Administrator; Amending Section 403, Deputy City Administrator; Amending Section 410-Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Amending Section 440, Police Chief; Adding New Section 467, Director of the Department of Communications; and Adding New Section 468, Director of the Department of Information Technology- Chief Information Officer (CIO), into the record for the second reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:46 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, CHARTER RESOLUTION NO. 173 A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF LAUREL, MARYLAND BY AMENDING ARTICLE 400, ADMINISTRATION, AND SPECIFICALLY, AMENDING SECTION 401, CITY ADMINISTRATOR; AMENDING SECTION 403, DEPUTY CITY ADMINISTRATOR; AMENDING SECTION 410-DIRECTOR OF BUDGET AND PERSONNEL SERVICES; AMENDING SECTION 440, POLICE CHIEF; ADDING NEW SECTION 467, DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS; AND ADDING NEW SECTION 468, DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY- CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO), was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

D. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1966 Text Amendment No. 257-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; §20-6.15 “Area, Yard, And Height Regulations”; §20-6.16 “Schedule Of Area, Yard, And Height Regulations For Residential Uses”; §20-6.23 “Accessory Structures; Bulk Regulations”; §20-7.8 “Table Of Commercial Uses”; §20-9.5 “Table Of Industrial Uses”; §20-12.3 “Table Of Mixed Use – Transportation Oriented Uses”; §20-12.5 “Site Plans”; §20-17.1 “Purpose & Scope”; §20-17.2 “Definitions”; §20-17.3 “General Provisions”; §20-17.4 “Regulation By Zones” §20-17.5 “Legal Nonconformity; Maintenance And Repair”; §20-17.6 “Construction Specifications”; §20-18.2 “Nonconforming Billboards”; §20-20.5 “Fences And Walls”; §20-22.53 “Liquor Stores”; §20-22.72 “Licensed Premises Of Licensed Dispensaries.”; §20-29.10 “Mandatory Dedication Or Fee-In-Lieu Of Open Space”; And Providing For An Effective Date.

 

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1966 Text Amendment No. 257-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; §20-6.15 “Area, Yard, And Height Regulations”; §20-6.16 “Schedule Of Area, Yard, And Height Regulations For Residential Uses”; §20-6.23 “Accessory Structures; Bulk Regulations”; §20-7.8 “Table Of Commercial Uses”; §20-9.5 “Table Of Industrial Uses”; §20-12.3 “Table Of Mixed Use – Transportation Oriented Uses”; §20-12.5 “Site Plans”; §20-17.1 “Purpose & Scope”; §20-17.2 “Definitions”; §20-17.3 “General Provisions”; §20-17.4 “Regulation By Zones” §20-17.5 “Legal Nonconformity; Maintenance And Repair”; §20-17.6 “Construction Specifications”; §20-18.2 “Nonconforming Billboards”; §20-20.5 “Fences And Walls”; §20-22.53 “Liquor Stores”; §20-22.72 “Licensed Premises Of Licensed Dispensaries.”; §20-29.10 “Mandatory Dedication Or Fee-In-Lieu Of Open Space”; And Providing For An Effective Date, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:00 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 25, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

 

Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1968, an Ordinance Of The Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland To Amend Chapter 2 “Administration”, Article I Entitled “In General”, Section 2-3 Entitled "City And Police Seal", Of The Laurel City Code To Add “All City Department Logos And Official City Branding Logos” To The Section Title And Require Written Permission Of The Mayor To Use The City Or Police Seal Or All City Department Logos And Official City Branding Logos For Non-City Related Use.

 

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1968, an Ordinance Of The Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland To Amend Chapter 2 “Administration”, Article I Entitled “In General”, Section 2-3 Entitled "City And Police Seal", Of The Laurel City Code To Add “All City Department Logos And Official City Branding Logos” To The Section Title And Require Written Permission Of The Mayor To Use The City Or Police Seal Or All City Department Logos And Official City Branding Logos For Non-City Related Use, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:03 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, January 25, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

 

7. Adjournment

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:04 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC
Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: February 8, 2021

 

 

 

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