Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, May 10, 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

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. Appointments

A. Appointment of LouAnn Crook, MMC, City Administrator/Chief Administrative Officer

B. Appointment of Christian Pulley, Deputy City Administrator/Chief Operations Officer

C. Appointment of Robert J. Love, Director, Department of Economic and Community Development

6. Recommendations

A. Consideration of a bid recommendation - Haynes Road and Haines Court Road Improvements

7. Legislation

A. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 1-21 a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to approve a license agreement with New Cingular Wireless, LLC., for placement of small wireless facilities on structures owned by the City of Laurel.

8. Adjournment

Minutes

Thirty-First Meeting of the Mayor and City Council - Regular, Monday, May 10, 2021, 6:00 p.m. Zoom

Present: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Council President; Keith R Sydnor, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; LouAnn Crook, City Administrator; Christian Pulley, Deputy City Administrator; Sara Green, Chief of Staff; Chief Russel Hamill; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Brian Lee, Director of Public Works; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Robert Love, Director of Economic and Community Development; Bill Bailey, Assistant Director, Parks and Recreation; Joyce Jackson, Assistant Director of Communications; Michele Blair, Environmental Program Manager; Steve Allen, Fire Marshal; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, Clerk.

1. Call to order

  1. Call to order - Council President Valerie M.A. Nicholas
  2. Roll call - Clerk Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

2. Minutes

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

Councilmember DeWalt said the distribution of food at Laurel Elementary School will continue until the end of May. April is clean-up month in the City of Laurel. After participating in a clean up of the alley between Sixth and Seventh Street, he contacted DPW to provide the addresses for special pickup. He was expecting the homeowners would be contacted and educated on the correct process for trash removal. He ended up receiving three bills for a total of $185.00.

Councilmember Leszcz met today with Delegate Mary Lehman and discussed some environmental legislation as well as other legislation considered this year during the General Assembly Session. On April 27, 2021, the Environmental Affairs Committee met and discussed the purchase for some biodegradable bags for LARS. On May 7, 2021, he attended the Transportation and Infrastructure Meeting for National League of Cities. The Patuxent River Commission will be taking some action regarding the proposed MAGLEV at the next meeting. He participated in the Oldtown Community Forum on May 6 with Chief Hammill to discuss the loud exhaust systems on cars driving through the City of Laurel.

Mayor Moe expressed his condolences to Michele Blair, Environmental Program Manager, City Administrators Office, on the passing of her husband Mark, to

former Laurel Police Chief Roy P. Gilmore on the passing of his son Shawn, Nicole Lewis, Records Clerk, Laurel Police Department, on the passing of her father.

On April 28, Mayor Moe participated in a Greater Beltsville Business Association meeting with Senator Rosapepe. On April 29, dropped by the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Center to give thanks to the health officials/volunteers vaccinating. On April 30, 2021, Arbor Day Tree Planting ­Memorial Garden. Attended the Islamic Community Center of Laurel's food distribution on May 1 and May 2. On May 4 attended the MAGLEV Presentation by Senator Pam Beidle. On May 8 attended the food distribution at Our Savior Lutheran Church, the Islamic Community Center of Laurel and Charisma Food Bank at Grace2Grace Center.

Proclamation No. 8-21 - National Public Works Week: May 16th - May 22nd

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 6:40 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

5. Appointments

  1. Appointment of LouAnn Crook, MMC, City Administrator/Chief Administrative Officer

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the appointment of LouAnn Crook, MMC, City Administrator/Chief Administrative Officer, was confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

  1. Appointment of Christian Pulley, Deputy City Administrator/Chief Operations Officer

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the appointment of Christian Pulley, Deputy City Administrator/Chief Operations Officer, was confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

  1. Appointment of Robert J. Love, Director, Department of Economic and Community Development

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the appointment of Robert J. Love, Director, Department of Economic and Community Development, was confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

6. Recommendations

A. Consideration of a bid recommendation - Haynes Road and Haines Court Road Improvements

Brian Lee, Director of Public Works, presented the recommendation for Haynes Road and Haines Court Road Improvements, as outlined in a memorandum dated May 3, 2021. Century Engineering has been selected to perform engineering services and prepare improvement plans for Haynes Road and Haines Court. Century Engineering will conduct surveys, site visits, and prepare construction documents, and provide construction bidding support for this project. Funding for this projected is included in the Capital Improvements Program. It was recommended the city accept the proposal from Century Engineering for engineering and design phase of this project for a total cost of $45,500.00.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the proposal was approved from Century Engineering for a total cost of $45,500.00.

7. Legislation

A. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 1-21 a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to approve a license agreement with New Cingular Wireless, LLC., for placement of small wireless facilities on structures owned by the City of Laurel.

President Nicholas read the title of Resolution No. 1-21 a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to approve a license agreement with New Cingular Wireless, LLC., for placement of small wireless facilities on structures owned by the City of Laurel, into the record for the first reading.

Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, said passage of Resolution No. 1-21 will further 5G technology in the city. In February 2020, the Mayor and City Council approved a Franchise Agreement with New Cingular (AT&T) and allowed small cell facilities in the City right of ways. This legislation now allows AT&T to put small cell technology on City traffic signals and sites where city owned streetlights exist.

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 6:43 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No. 1-21, will be held at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, May 24, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.

8. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:43 p.m.

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MM Clerk to the Council

Approved: June 14, 2021

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