Mayor and City Council Work Session
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

1. Agenda Items

A. Bid Recommendation - Department of Information Technology - Fiber Construction Project Van Dusen Road

B. Ordinance No. 1969, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to Amend Chapter 14, “Streets And Sidewalks,” Article VII, “Illegal Signs,” Sections 14-150, 14-151 and 14-152, to Expand the Types of Streets that are subject to Illegal Sign Restrictions, the City’s Authority to Remove Such Signs, and the City’s Authority to Impose Fines and Seek Injunctive Relief for Such Signs, and Providing an Effective Date.

C. Ordinance No. 1970, 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.

D. Resolution No. 2-21, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to Set the Date, Time and Polling Location for Early Voting in the City of Laurel for the General Election of November 2021, and to Begin Consideration of Early Voting for the General Election to be Held in November 2023.

Minutes

Work Session Minutes, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 6:00 p.m. Zoom

 

Present: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Brencis Smith, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; Lou Ann Crook, MMC, Acting City Administrator; Christian Pulley, Acting Deputy City Administrator; Sara Green, CMC, Chief of Staff; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Steve Allen, Fire Marshal; Chief Russell Hamill, Laurel Police Department; Joanne Barr, Director of Park and Recreation; Robert Love, Acting Director of Economic and Community Development; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Brian Lee, Director of Public Works; Kenya Barno, Administrative Assistant; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk.

 

1. Agenda Items

 

A. Bid Recommendation - Department of Information Technology - Fiber Construction Project Van Dusen Road

 

Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, presented the recommendation to award a contract for fiber construction as outlined in a memorandum dated February 19, 2021. The project includes the jumper fiber connections and fiber splicing to place the Cherry Lane and Arbory traffic lights on the City network. It also includes the fiber jumper connections and fiber splicing to put the Dr. Bruce Morley Dog Playground camera and gate controller on the City network. The City will also be making a fiber connection to a new camera pole at the Leo E. Wilson Community Park. Once that is completed, 144-count fiber will be run from the Municipal Center electrical room to the IT server room. Total cost of these projects is $45,168.24. Funding is provided for in the current CIP Information Technology Project. The procurement contract is under the State of Maryland Consulting and Technical Services Contract. The vendor is Eastcomm Ltd., of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Eastcomm is a Master Contractor on the Cable and Wiring Outside Plant Master Contract BPO (060B6400046). Councilmembers agreed to award the contract at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, March 8, 2021.

 

B. Ordinance No. 1969, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Chapter 14, “Streets And Sidewalks,” Article VII, “Illegal Signs,” Sections 14-150, 14-151 and 14-152, to expand the types of streets that are subject to illegal sign restrictions, the City’s authority to remove such signs, and the City’s authority to impose fines and seek injunctive relief for such signs, and providing an effective date.

 

Steve Allen, Fire Marshal, presented Ordinance No. 1969, explaining that illegal signs are appearing more frequently on public rights-of-way, where they are not currently prohibited. With the increasing proliferation of illegal signs upon the public rights-of-way have a negative visual impact on the various streets and the City generally. The legislation prohibits these illegal signs and gives the City authority to remove the sign and asses a fine for violation of the ordinance. Councilmembers agreed to introduce and hold the first public hearing on this ordinance at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, March 8, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

 

C. Ordinance No. 1970, 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.

 

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services, presented the ordinance, saying this is the third amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget. The City has received CARES Act funding through Prince George’s County to assist with offsetting Covid-19 expenditures for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); sanitization supplies; information technology equipment and cybersecurity improvements; business assistance and community assistance. The City has executed an agreement with the Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services to manage funding to assist City residents with financial matters brought on by the pandemic. The City has also received a grant from the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT)for vehicle safety monitors. The City continues fiber construction through the City limits, additional funding is proposed for 204 Fort Meade Road. Matching funds are allocated in the CIP for generator grants that were declined. Those funds are to be allocated to the emergency erosion issue at Riverfront Park within the Hazard Mitigation Project. The Mayor and City Council are required to amend the FY2021 General Operating Budget and CIP to reflect these changes. The Council agreed to introduce and hold the first public hearing on this ordinance at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, March 8, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

 

D. Resolution No. 2-21, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to Set the Date, Time and Polling Location for Early Voting in the City of Laurel for the General Election of November 2021, and to Begin Consideration of Early Voting for the General Election to be Held in November 2023.

 

Mayor Craig Moe presented the resolution, saying the legislation directs the City’s Board of Election Supervisors to begin planning for the November 2023 General Election to allow for early voting in each Ward, and create a plan to educate the public regarding said election changes with the goal of increasing voter participation. Councilmembers agreed to introduce and hold the first public hearing at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, March 8, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 6:29 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC
Clerk to the Council

Approved: March 22, 2021

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