Mayor and City Council Work Session
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

1. Agenda Items

A. Bid Recommendation - Department of Public Works - Street Improvement Project- Catalpa Street, Golf Crest Drive and 5th Street

B. Resolution No. 4-21, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland for the purpose of the City of Laurel Program for Public Information Aimed at the Community Rating System (CRS).

C. Ordinance No. 1972, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland authorizing and providing for the issuance of the City’s General Obligation Term Note (Series 2021) in the principal amount not to exceed $1,592,428 to refinance the City’s General Obligation Term Notes, Series 2016a and Series 2016b; providing that such notes shall be issued upon the full faith and credit of the City; providing for the levy of annual taxes upon all assessable property within the City to pay the Debt Service on such notes; providing for the form, interest rate, maturity date and other provisions of such notes; and for related purposes; and providing an effective date.

D. Ordinance No. 1971, an ordinance Adopting the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 and to levy property taxes; and to authorize the collection of such taxe

Minutes

Work Session Minutes, Wednesday, April 7, 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; Lou Ann Crook, MMC, Acting Chief Administrative Officer; Christian Pulley, Acting Chief Operations Officer; Sara Green, CMC, Chief of Staff to the Mayor; Chief Russell Hamill, Laurel Police Department; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Steve Allen, Fire Marshal; Robert Love, Acting Director of Economic and Community Development; Brian Lee, Director of Public Works; S. Michele Saylor, Chief Financial Officer; Kevin Frost, Chief Information Officer; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Chrissy Cornwell, Emergency Services Manager; Joyce Jackson, Deputy Director of Communications; Lisa Woods, Deputy Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Pat Haag, Risk Manager; Deputy Chief Mark Plazinski, Laurel Police; Kenya Barno, Administrative Assistant; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk.

 

1. Agenda Items

 

A. Bid Recommendation - Department of Public Works - Street Improvement Project- Catalpa Street, Golf Crest Drive, and 5th Street

 

Brian Lee, Director of Public Works presented the recommendation for Street Improvements Project Catalpa Street, Golf Crest Drive and 4th Street as outlined in a memorandum dated March 23, 2021. The projects include the construction and repair of concrete sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, curbs and gutters, and asphalt repair work; and resurfacing on Catalpa Street from US Route 1 to Laurel Place, Golf Crest Drive, and 4th Street from Montgomery Street to north of Talbott Avenue. Funding for these street projects is included in the FY2021 - 2026 Capital Improvement Program. It was recommended the Mayor and City Council award the project to NZI Construction Corporation, Beltsville, Maryland for $180,759.00. Council agreed to approve the contract at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 12, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

 

B. Resolution No. 4-21, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland for the purpose of the City of Laurel Program for Public Information Aimed at the Community Rating System (CRS).

 

Christina Cornwell, Emergency Services Manager, presented Resolution No. 4-21, a resolution authorizing the development of a plan for the Program for Public Information aimed at the Community Rating System (CRS). The plan will identify outreach projects to convey the following messages: (1) know you flood hazard, (2) insure your property from flood hazard, (3) protect people from the hazard, (4) protect your property from the hazard, (5) build responsibility, and (6) protect natural floodplain functions, to motivate residents and businesses to take action to protect themselves and their property. With adoption of this resolution, the City of Laurel Program for Public Information aimed at the Community Rating System becomes an official plan of the City of Laurel and shall be interpreted as a mandate for any needed appropriations. Council agreed to introduce and hold the first public hearing on Resolution No. 4-21 at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 12, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

 

C. Ordinance No. 1972, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland authorizing and providing for the issuance of the City’s General Obligation Term Note (Series 2021) in the principal amount not to exceed $1,592,428 to refinance the City’s General Obligation Term Notes, Series 2016a and Series 2016b; providing that such notes shall be issued upon the full faith and credit of the City; providing for the levy of annual taxes upon all assessable property within the City to pay the Debt Service on such notes; providing for the form, interest rate, maturity date and other provisions of such notes; and for related purposes; and providing an effective date.

 

S. Michele Saylor, Chief Financial Officer, presented Ordinance No. 1972. Currently, for commercial loans which you get a ten-year amortization they are only effective for 5 years. The City is currently five years out from the 2016 issuance – during which the loans were consolidated for the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Facility and the Laurel Police Department, construction of Chery Lane and the purchase of heavy-duty equipment. Currently, going to consolidate the balance of those notes with 1.33% interest rate, for 5-year term. Administration will be coming to the Council in May with a new financing instrument to fund other projects, which are all included in the proposed budget.

 

D. Ordinance No. 1971, an ordinance Adopting the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 and to levy property taxes; and to authorize the collection of such taxes.

 

Budget Overview (BAPS Director, Michele Saylor)

Revenue Budget (BAPS Director, Michele Saylor)

General Government

Mayor/Community Promotion (Chief of Staff, Sara Green)

Council/Clerk/Elections (Clerk to the Council, Kim Rau)

City Administrator (Acting Deputy City Administrator, Christian Pulley)

Department of Budget and Personnel Services (Director, Michele Saylor)

Department of Communications (Director, Audrey Barnes)

Department of Economic and Community Development (Acting Director, Robert Love)

Department of Information Technology (Director, Kevin Frost)

Non-departmental (insurance budgets, training, tuition, etc.)

  • Property/Liability Insurance (Risk Management Officer, Pat Haag)
  • Employee Insurance, Training/Tuition (Deputy Director, Lisa Woods)
  • Debt Service, Pension Contribution (BAPS Director, Michele Saylor)

Capital Improvement Program (BAPS Director, Michele Saylor)

 

Councilmembers were asked to submit any questions they have on the proposed budget in writing to the Administration.

 

President Nicholas announced a Special Budget Work Session will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021, 5:00 p.m. before the regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. Ordinance No. 1972, an ordinance Adopting the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 and to levy property taxes; and to authorize the collection of such taxes, will be introduced and the first public hearing held at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, April 12, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

 

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

 

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: April 26, 2021

 

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