Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, April 12, 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 Twenty-Seventh Meeting of March 8, 2021 - Regular

B. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on March 22, 2021 - Special

C. Approval of Minutes of the Twenty-Eighth Meeting of March 22, 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. Recommendations

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

6. Legislation

A. Introduction and first public hearing on 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).

B. Introduction and first public hearing on 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.

C. Introduction and first public hearing on 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.

7. Adjournment

Minutes

Twenty-Ninth Meeting of the Mayor and City Council - Regular - Monday, April 12, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

 

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. 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-Seventh Meeting of March 8, 2021 - Regular

B. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on March 22, 2021 - Special

C. Approval of Minutes of the Twenty-Eighth Meeting of March 22, 2021, Regular

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, the Minutes of the Twenty-Seventh Meeting on March 8, 2021, the Minutes of the Special Work Session on March 22, 2021, and the Minutes of the Twenty-Eighth Meeting of March 22, 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 commenting on HB670/SB071, Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021, recently enacted in the General Assembly, he supports Governor Hogan’s veto. He stands with the 16,000 law enforcement officers in the State of Maryland. He received an email from a constituent asking for the picnic tables to be put back in the parks. He thanked the people helping with the food distributions at Laurel Elementary School on Wednesdays saying they will continue through the end of the month.

Councilmember Smith assisted with the food distribution at Laurel Elementary School on Wednesday and took some extra boxes to the seniors at the Laurel Lakes Senior Apartments. On Saturday, April 24, 10 – 2 he is hosting an Expungement Fair with the State’s Attorney at First Baptist Church in Laurel.

 

Mayor Moe assisted with the food distribution on March 24th at Laurel Elementary School, took a tour of the property at 204 Fort Meade Road with the Homelessness Task Force, attended the Prince George’s County Mayor’s Association Meeting on March 25th, LARS Food distribution on March 26h, “Bunnies and Baskets Drive-thru event on March 27th, a Community Conversation on Police Reform with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin on March 27th, on Saturday, April 17th, the DPW Electronic Recycling and Paper Shredding event from 8am 12pm.

Mayor Moe issued Proclamation No. 4-21 Earth Day

Mayor Moe issued Proclamation No. 5-21 Arbor Day

Mayor Moe issued Proclamation No. 6-21 Flood Awareness Month

 

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.

President Nicholas opened the General Public Hearing at 6:17 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

5. Recommendations

A. Consideration of 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.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the recommendation for Street Improvement Project Catalpa Street, Golf Crest Drive and 4th Street, was awarded to NZI Construction Corporation, Beltsville, Maryland, for $180,759.00, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

6. Legislation

A. Introduction and first public hearing on 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).

 

President Nicholas read the title of 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), into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:20 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, April 26, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

B. Introduction and first public hearing on 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.

 

President Nicholas read the title of 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, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:22 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, April 26, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

 

C. Introduction and first public hearing on 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.

President Nicholas read the title of 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, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:24 p.m.

Michele Saylor, Chief Financial Officer, presented in Ordinance No. 1971, is the General Operating Budget of $36,749,195, a balanced budget of revenue and expenditures, at a tax rate of $.71 on each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessable real property, an additional $.03 for Special Taxing Districts One, Two, Three, Four and Five for the local public transit provider, a tax rate of $1.69 on assessable personal and mixed property, the reauthorization of the Capital Improvement Program at $12,259,919 and new project funding at $4,226,056,

President Nicholas closed the public hearing 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, April 26, 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 6:25 p.m.

 

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved:

 

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