Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

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 Work Session on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - Regular

B. Approval of Minutes of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of Monday, February 8, 2021 - 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. 1967, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Section 17-137 of the Laurel City Code to provide for the installation of Multi-Way “Stop” Signs at specified intersections; and providing an effective date.

6. Adjournment

Minutes

Twenty-Sixth Meeting of the Mayor and City Council – Regular, Monday, February 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m. -  Zoom

 

Present: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Council President; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Brencis Smith, Councilmember; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; LouAnn Crook, MMC, Acting City Administrator; Christian Pulley, Acting Deputy City Administrator; Sara Green, CMC, Chief of Staff to the Mayor; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Brian Lee, Director of Public Works; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Rob Love, Acting Director of Economic and Community Development; Chief Russ Hammill, Police Department; Larry Taub, City Solicitor; Kenya Barno, Administrative Assistant and Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk to the Council..

 

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 Work Session on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - Regular

 

B. Approval of Minutes of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of Monday, February 8, 2021 - Regular

 

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Minutes of the Work Session on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, and the Minutes of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of Monday, February 8, 2021, were approved on a unanimous roll call toe.

 

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

 

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

 

Under Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

Councilmember DeWalt announced the Women’s Club of Laurel monthly fundraiser at Ledo’s Pizza on Tuesday, February 23, from 4-8 p.m.; Governor Hogan’s Website listing vaccination sites for Covid-19 now lists Walgreens in Laurel; Laurel Elementary School will continue distributing the food boxes every Wednesday starting at 10:00 a.m. through the month of March. He thanked Mayor Moe, the employees from the police department, public works and parks and recreation for their assistance each week lifting the 30 lb. boxes.

 

Councilmember Sydnor attended the virtual Baltimore Apprenticeship Program on February 10, 2021.  He thanked Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications, and her staff for their help with a video for a voter registration event at the Laurel Senior High School. He attended the teleconference with County Executive Alsobrook on February 13 talking about how the vaccine will be distributed in the county. He thanked Chief Hammill for scheduling a tour for a mentee of his working on his Boy Scout Crime Prevention Badge saying that Corporal Johnson went above and beyond. He has received both vaccines and wants to encourage members of the African American Community to get vaccinated and trust the science. Speaking in honor of Black History Month he said that black history is American history, and he looks forward to the day when there isn't the need in the country to have to teach black history.

 

Councilmember Smith got his first vaccine on February 10 with his second scheduled for March 3, 2020. He encouraged everyone to get vaccinated when they become available.

 

Council President Nicholas encouraged residents to get the vaccine and asked everyone to be patient as the vaccine is rolled out.

 

Mayor Moe thanked Councilmember DeWalt for assisting with the food distribution every week at Laurel Elementary School. He announced the soft opening of the vaccination site at the Laurel Senior Center. He advised residents to go to the City’s website to get information on the vaccination centers. A Virtual Coffee was held on Thursday, February 18 with the local business community.

 

4. Appointments

 

A. Mayoral Reappointments: Eileen Collins, Youth Services Commission; Craig Frederick, Youth Services Commission; Rhonda Whitley, Youth Services Commission; James Agbai, Youth Services Commission; Davonia Bryant, Education Advisory Committee; Toi Davis, Education Advisory Committee; Zabrina Epps, Education Advisory Committee; Maria Jackson, Education Advisory Committee; Allen Grimes, Education Advisory Committee; Carl Nash, Education Advisory Committee; Ayele Negussie, Education Advisory Committee; Toni Drake, Ethics Commission; James Hester, Ethics Commission and Michael McGowan, Ethics Commission.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the mayoral appointments were confirmed 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 Nicholas opened the General Public Hearing at 6:23 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

6. Legislation

 

A. Second public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1967, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Section 17-137 of the Laurel City Code to provide for the installation of Multi-Way “Stop” Signs at specified intersections; and providing an effective date.

 

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1967, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Section 17-137 of the Laurel City Code to provide for the installation of Multi-Way “Stop” Signs at specified intersections; and providing an effective date.

 

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 6:24 p.m.

 

Bruce M. Dodgson submitted a letter to the Mayor and City Council dated February 15, 2021, listing his opposition to this legislation.

 

The public hearing was closed at 6:25 p.m.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, ORDINANCE NO. 1967, AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND TO AMEND SECTION 17-137 OF THE LAUREL CITY CODE TO PROVIDE FOR THE INSTALLATION OF MULTI-WAY “STOP” SIGNS AT SPECIFIED INTERSECTIONS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

7. Adjournment

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:24 p.m.

 

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC
Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: March 8, 2021

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