Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, June 14, 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 the Minutes of the Work Session on June 2, 2021.

B. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session on June 2, 2021.

C. Approval of the Minutes of the Work Session on May 5, 2021.

D. Approval of the Minutes of the Thirty-First Meeting on May 10, 2021 - Regular

E. Approval of the Minutes of the Thirty-Second Meeting on May 24, 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 a Bid Recommendation - Laurel Police Department - Enterprise Fleet Management Lease

B. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Laurel Police Department - Sig Sauer P320 Pro Handguns Purchase

C. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Department of Parks and Recreation - Riverfront Park Washout Area Repairs

6. Legislation

A. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1973, Map Amendment No. 914, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to approve Map Amendment No. 914 for rezoning from R-5 Zone to R-T Zone the properties known as 7222 and 7302 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland 20707 submitted by Ribera Development LLC.; and providing an effective date.

B. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1974, Text Amendment No. 258, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council Of Laurel, Maryland to amend Laurel City Code, Chapter 20 "Land Development and Subdivision Regulations,” Article I “Zoning,” §20-1.7 “Definitions” to update the definitions for various terms used in Chapter 20; §20-6.13 “Table of Residential Uses”, §20-6.23 “Accessory Structures, Bulk Regulations”, §20-7.8 “Table of Commercial Uses”, §20-8.3 “Table Of Office Building Uses”, §20-9.5 “Table of Industrial Uses”, §20-12.3 “Table of Mixed Use – Transportation Oriented Uses”, §20-20.10 “Wireless Telecommunication Facilities”; and providing for an effective date.

C. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1975, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland (the “City”) authorizing and providing for the issuance of the City’s General Obligation Term Note (Series 2021b) in the principal amount not to exceed $1,497,573.00 to finance the purchase of replacement vehicles and implement environmental programs; 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.

D. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1976, 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

E. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1977, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Chapter 9, “Miscellaneous Provisions and Offenses,” to add a new Article X, “Disposable Plastic Bags,” to prohibit disposable plastic bags from being provided to customers in retail establishments at the point of sale, and to provide for penalties for the violation of this ordinance.

F. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 6-21, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, pursuant to Section 312 of the Charter of the City of Laurel entitled “Meeting; Oath of Office” to allow for virtual meetings.

7. Adjournment

Minutes

Thirty-Third Meeting of the Mayor and City Council - Regular - 6:00 p.m. Zoom, Monday, June 14, 2021

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; Kenya Barno; Administrative Assistant, 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

  1. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session on June 2, 2021.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Thirty-Second Meeting on May 24, 2021 - Regular
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the Thirty-First Meeting on May 10, 2021 - Regular
  4. Approval of the Minutes of the Work Session on May 5, 2021.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, the Minutes of the Closed Session on June 2, 2021; the Minutes of the Thirty-Second Meeting on May 24, 2021; the Minutes of the Thirty-First Meeting on May 10, 2021; and the Minutes of the Work Session on May 5, 2021, were approved.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

Councilmember DeWalt said that May 28 was the last day of the food distributions at Laurel Elementary School that started back in November. He said it was truly a "team effort" between the city and the school employees, mayor, and City Council. May 27, he attended a virtual program hosted by the Laurel Museum on Jewish American heritage. On May 28 LARS had an urgent need for someone to pick up diapers from Washington DC. He was able to help and picked up 4,000 diapers. On May 30 he attended the Memorial Day Celebration. On June 1, he assisted the Laurel Arts Counsel with installation of the plantings on Main Street. On June 3, he attended the grand opening of the Wawa. One June 3, the city hosted a meeting with the residents to discuss improvements to Alley 8. On June 5 he participated in a cleanup of the Patuxent River and that evening a neighborhood cleanup.

Councilmember Smith attended the grand opening of Wawa on June 3. On June 19 he is hosting a community food drive in celebration of Juneteenth. State's Attorney Ayisa Braveboy,

Delegate Joseline Penya-Melnyk and Prince George's County Council Chairman Calvin Hopkins will also be in attendance.

Councilmember Sydnor attended the grand opening of the Wawa on June 3. On June 5 he attended the Laurel police department safety walk, national gun violence wellness; June 10 special Olympics torch run. Also referees for special Olympics. Email from Kayla Williams, staff attorney for prince George's county legal ???, wants to some something with expungement, landlord and tenants' rights. Looking forward

Councilmember Leszcz completed his review of the Washington Council of Governments Climate Plan and forwarded his comments to the mayor. His grandson Aiden Michael McKnight graduated from elementary school today. He congratulated all the graduates from the schools in area.

Councilmember Nicholas acknowledged the wonderful work the Laurel Arts Council is doing with the planters on Main Street with decorative fish.

Mayor Moe wished everyone a Happy Flag Day (June 14). He wished Pam Anderson a speedy recovery. He thanked Laurel Elementary School, and everyone involved in the weekly food distribution. He attended the Joint Memorial Day Service at Ivy Hill Cemetery. On June 2, he hosted a virtual meeting with the local principals. He welcomed Wawa to the City of Laurel. He attended a community meeting regarding Alley 8 to discuss policy on alley improvements. He thanked the members of the Laurel Police Department and the Department of Parks and Recreation on the bike decorating events. He attended the safety walk sponsored by the Laurel Police Department at Riverfront Park on Friday evening and at Gude Park on Saturday morning. He attended the 7th Annual Ride for the Fallen, sponsored by the Chosen Sons a local motorcycle club comprised of military veterans. He participated in the Torch Run for Special Olympics along with members of the Laurel Police Department and City employees. The "Chat with a Senior" program is going to be stopped to allow for evaluation. On June 11 he attended a "Meet the Artist — Randy Robison" at Sips at C Street Flats. Commenting on the American Rescue Plan, he said this is the first-time funding is coming directly to municipalities. He will be preparing a plan for the use of those funds and briefing the City Council within the next few weeks.

Mayor Moe read Proclamation 2021 — 14, proclaiming June 27, 2021, National HIV Aids Testing Day in the City of Laurel.

Councilmember Sydnor introduced Sharon Coker, from a local community organization that provides support for people with HIV and Aids. Ms. Coker thanked Councilmember Sydnor for his friendship and support. She said that Prince George's County has had a high rate of infection for the last three years, not only for HIB and Aids, but all other sexually transmitted diseases. She said it's important to get tested and to aid those in need of services.

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 6:27 p.m.

 

Cynthia Wood, 1111 Montgomery Street, Laurel, said she planted wildflowers in the -road verge" after calling the city. She was recently contacted by Mr. Brian Lee, Director of Public Works, advising her the flowers needed to be removed. She expressed her concern about being targeted and the need to protect our pollinators.

President Nicholas closed the General Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m.
5. Recommendations

  1. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Laurel Police Department - Enterprise Fleet Management Lease

Chief Hamill presented the Intent to Purchase Agreement regarding the on-going leasing contract with Enterprise Fleet Management. as outlined in a memorandum dated May 19, 2021. Submitting the "Intent to Purchase" document at this time may lock in a lower cost on this purchase for the vehicles slated to be leased in the 2022 budget cycle. The contract for lease is with Enterprise Fleet Management, which includes outfitting the vehicles via Priority Install, via the Source well Purchasing Cooperative through the award of RFP #060618-EFM. Funding for this lease acquisition is included in the adopted FY2022 Operating Budget.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Intent to Purchase Agreement for Enterprise Fleet Management was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

  1. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Laurel Police Department - Sig Sauer P320 Pro Handguns Purchase

Chief Hamill presented the bid recommendation for the purchase of Sig Sauer P320 Pro Handguns, as outlined in a memorandum dated May 10. 2021. The Laurel Police Department is requesting permission to upgrade the department's handguns. The 90 Sig Sauer P320 Pro Handgun is at $455 each with a buyback option of $325 for each old P229R trade: up to 87 old guns. Funding for this purchase is included in the adopted FY2022 Operating Budget. It was recommended the Mayor and City Council approve the purchase from the Firing Line, Inc. which is a sole authorized Sig Sauer/Law Enforcement dealer in this region.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the purchase of Sig Saur P320 Pro Handguns was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

  1. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Department of Parks and Recreation - Riverfront Park Washout Area Repairs

Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation, presented the bid recommendation to complete repairs to the washout at Riverfront Park, as outlined in a memorandum dated May 24, 2021. The Department of Parks and Recreation along with Century Engineering prepared a request for proposal to complete the repairs. Four companies were contacted with two providing bids and two declining to bid. The project will address the significant deterioration and erosion along the south side of Riverfront Park embankment. Funding for the project is included in the FY2021 Capital Improvement Program. It was recommended the Mayor and City Council approve the bid submitted by LCCI Construction Management, LLC., of Berwyn Heights, Maryland for $47,000 which a 10% contingency for a total of $51,700

 

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz. the bid submitted by LCCI Construction Management, LLC, of Berwyn Heights, Maryland for $47,000 with a 10% contingency for a total of $51,700, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

6. Legislation

  1. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1973, Map Amendment No. 914, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to approve Map Amendment No. 914 for rezoning from R-5 Zone to R-T Zone the properties known as 7222 and 7302 Contee Road, Laurel. Maryland 20707 submitted by Ribera Development LLC.; and providing an effective date.

Robert Love, Director of Economic and Community Development, presented Ordinance No. 1973, Text Amendment No. 914, to approve the rezoning from R-5 Zone to R-T Zone the properties known as 7222 and 7302 Contee Road, Laurel, submitted by Ribera Development LLC. A Map Amendment Application, survey plat, and Statement of Justification were submitted to the City on April 20, 2021, requesting a rezoning for future redevelopment of 8.38 acres of the property into a residential townhouse community.

Eric DeVito, Ribera Development LLC, said this is the first step in the rezoning application. The applicant will be making a presentation at the Planning Commission Meeting on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1973, Map Amendment No. 914, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:40 p.m.

The following spoke in opposition to Ordinance No. 1973, Map Amendment No. 914:

Syed Hasan, President Islamic Community Center of Laurel (ICCL)

Ryder Qaadri, Chairman ICCL

Abdullah Hijazi, Legal Counsel for ICCL

Martin Shou, Co-Counsel for ICCL

President Nicholas closed the public hearing at 7:07 p.m. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, June 28, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

  1. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1974, Text Amendment No. 258, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council Of Laurel, Maryland to amend Laurel City Code, Chapter 20 "Land Development and Subdivision Regulations," Article I "Zoning," §20-1.7 "Definitions" to update the definitions for various terms used in Chapter 20; §20-6.13 "Table of Residential Uses", §20-6.23 "Accessory Structures, Bulk Regulations", §20-7.8 "Table of Commercial Uses", §20-8.3 "Table Of Office Building Uses", §20-9.5 "Table of Industrial Uses", §20-12.3 "Table of Mixed Use — Transportation Oriented Uses", §20-20.10 "Wireless Telecommunication Facilities"; and providing for an effective date.

 

Robert Love, Director of Economic and Community Development, presented Ordinance No. 1974, Text Amendment No. 258, amending the Unified Land Development Code to reflect modern uses and the appropriate locations of those uses.

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1974, Text Amendment No. 258, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:07 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, June 28, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

  1. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1975, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland (the "City") authorizing and providing for the issuance of the City's General Obligation Term Note (Series 2021b) in the principal amount not to exceed $1,497,573.00 to finance the purchase of replacement vehicles and implement environmental programs; 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.

S. Michele Saylor, Chief Financial Officer. Presented Ordinance No. 1975, an ordinance authorizing the issuance of the City's General Obligation Term Note to finance the purchase of replacement vehicles and implement environmental programs. Public Hearing 7:09 p.m. Michele Saylor

  1. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1976, 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, Chief Financial Officer, presented Ordinance No. 1976, an ordinance amending the Operating Budget for Fiscal year July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, to include a State of Maryland grant awarded to the Department of Economic and Community Development for Main Street businesses and to provide additional funding for a city-wide traffic and parking analysis.

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1976 into the record for the first reading. This item was discussed at the work session on June 2, 2021. The public hearing was opened at 7:11 p.m. and closed with no one present to speak. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for Monday, June 28, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

  1. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1977, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Chapter 9, "Miscellaneous Provisions and Offenses," to add a new Article X, "Disposable Plastic Bags," to prohibit disposable plastic bags from being provided to customers in retail establishments at the point of sale, and to provide for penalties for the violation of this ordinance.

Mayor Moe presented Ordinance No. 1977, to prohibit the sale of disposable plastic bags in the City of Laurel. He explained the effective date will be January 1, 2022. The city will be conducting an educational campaign before implementation of the plastic bag ban.

President Nicholas read the title into the record for the first reading. This legislation was discussed at the work session on June 2, 2021. The public hearing was opened at 7:13 p.m.

and closed with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for Monday, June 28, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

  F. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 6-21, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, pursuant to Section 312 of the Charter of the City of Laurel entitled "Meeting; Oath of Office" to allow for virtual meetings.

President Nicholas read the title into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:15 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for Monday, June 28, 2021, at 6:00 pm.

7. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: September 13, 2021

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