Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, March 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, March 3, 2021.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. Appointments/Reappointments

A. Mayoral Appointments/Reappointments: Appointment of Kerie Anne Fuller, Arts Council and Michael Spears, Arts Council. Reappointments of Rian Reed, Education Advisory Committee; William Wellford, Board of Election Supervisors; and Tawana Spencer, Environmental Affairs.

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. Recommendations

A. Bid Recommendation- Department of Information Technology- Fiber Construction- 204 Ft. Meade Road

7. Legislation

A. Second public hearing with possible action on 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.

B. Second public hearing with possible action on 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.

8. Adjournment

Minutes

Twenty-Eighth Meeting of the Mayor and City Council Regular - Monday, March 22, 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; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Lou Ann Crook, MMC, Acting Chief Administrative Officer; Christian Pulley, Acting Chief Operations Officer; Sara Green, CMC, Chief of Staff; Kevin Frost, Chief Information Officer; Steve Allen, Fire Marshal; Chief of Police Russell Hamill, Laurel Police Department; Joanne Barr, Director of Park and Recreation; Robert Love, Acting Director of Economic and Community Development; S. Michele Saylor, Chief Financial Officer; Brian Lee, Director of Public Works; Kenya Barno, Administrative Assistant; 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

 

Minutes: A. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, the Minutes of the Work Session on March 3, 2021, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

 

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

 

Councilmember DeWalt announced that the food distribution at Laurel Elementary School will continue to the end of April. Starting with March 31st the teachers won’t be able to assist with distribution, so additional volunteers will be needed. On March 20, 2021, he joined 15-20 people from Laurel for the Patuxent to cut vines at the river. Brian Coyle also gave a very informative presentation on native and invasive vegetation at the river.

 

Councilmember Sydnor met with Brian Casey, Insulators 24, on March 11th to discuss apprenticeship programs, noting there are 16 programs between Baltimore and Washington, with one here in Laurel. He has been busy distributing flyers to the community with information on how to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Councilmember Leszcz announced that the Disaster Financial Management Team delivered the first report to the Mayor last week with the next report due after the FY2022 budget. As part of the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities Conference he participated in a meeting with Congressman Ben Cardin and Congressman Van Hollen to discuss transportation services with legislation currently under consideration. Maglev was also discussed with the comment period on the environmental impact still open. On March 19th he attended the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Chesapeake Bay Meeting, and later that day met with the Prince George’s County Soil Conservation Group to discuss process for erosion sediment control programs in the City of Laurel. On March 17th he attended the MWCOG Transportation Planning Board Meeting during which MARC, VRE, Metro and CSX Freight Lines were discussed.

 

Mayor attended the National League of Cities Congressional Cities Conference on March 8th 11th, 2021, which are all virtual. March 10th, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Board of Directors Meeting and the Prince George’s County Municipal Association (PGCMA) Board of Directors Meeting. State of Maryland held a COVID-19 Update Meeting with municipal leaders on March 12th. On Saturday, March 13, 2021, he attended the retirement celebration for Joe Murchison from Side-by-Side and presented him with a citation in recognition for all he has done for the community. On March 14th, Living Hope Church had a hot-lunch distribution. 21st Delegation hosted a Night in Annapolis on Monday, March 15th. On Saturday, March 27, 2021, 10:00am 12:00pm Baskets and Bunnies Drive thru event will be held at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center.

 

 

4. Appointments/Reappointments

 

A. Mayoral Appointments/Reappointments: Appointment of Kerie Anne Fuller, Arts Council and Michael Spears, Arts Council. Reappointments of Rian Reed, Education Advisory Committee; William Wellford, Board of Election Supervisors; and Tawana Spencer, Environmental Affairs.

 

Mayor Moe presented the appointments/reappointments as outlined in a memorandum dated March 19, 2021.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Council President Nicholas, the Mayoral Appointments/Reappointments 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 krau@laurel.md.us by 2:00 p.m. on meeting days and to register for the Zoom meeting information.

 

President Nicholas opened the General Public Hearing at 6:16 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

6. Recommendations

 

A. Bid Recommendation- Department of Information Technology- Fiber Construction- 204 Ft. Meade Road

 

Kevin Frost, Chief Information Officer, presented the recommendation to award a contract for fiber construction at 204 Fort Mead Road, as outlined in a memorandum dated March 17, 2021. In an effort to establish a City of Laurel network presence at 204 Fort Meade Road a telecommunications fiber construction project has been created. The project will extend fiber out of the Department of Public Works to 204 Fort Meade Road. Once construction is completed, IT will establish an intrusion alarm presence with cameras and install a preliminary phone system. Cost of the project is $179,147.97. Funding is available in the FY2021 CIP - Information Technology Project. The contract is under the State of Maryland Consulting and Technical Services Contract. The vendor is Eastcomm Lt., of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the contract was awarded, as recommended, to Eastcomm Lt., of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, for $179,147.97, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

7. Legislation

 

A. Second public hearing with possible action on 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.

 

President Nicholas read the title of on 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, into the record for the second reading. President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 6:20 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

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

 

B. Second public hearing with possible action on 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

 

President Nicholas read the title of 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. The public hearing opened at 6:22 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

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

8. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:23 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC
Clerk to the Council

Approved: April 12, 2021

 

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