Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, June 28, 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 Thirty-Third Meeting on June 14, 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 for a City-wide radio system - Department of Information Technology.

B. Consideration of a bid recommendation for the purchase requisition of Lexipol Services - Laurel Police Department.

6. Legislation

A. Second public hearing with possible action 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. Second public hearing with possible action 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. Second public hearing with possible action 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. Second public hearing with possible action 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. Second public hearing with possible action 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. Second public hearing with possible action 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.

G. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1979, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, to amend the Laurel City Code, Article I, "In General", Section 2-1 - Legal Holidays, to add "Juneteenth Freedom Day" as a City holiday and providing an effective date.

H. Consideration of a bid recommendation for a City-wide Radio System

7. Adjournment

Minutes

Thirty-Fourth Meeting of the Mayor and City Council - Regular - Monday, June 28, 2021­6:00 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.

President Nicholas read the title of 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, into the record for the second reading.

Robert Love, Director of Economic and Community Development, said Map Amendment 914 is legislation to rezone the properties located at 7222 and 7302 Contee Road. The applicant, Ribera Development LLC, is seeking to rezone 7222 and 7302 Contee Road from the R-5 one family detached zone, to the R-T townhouse zone for a future townhome development. On May 11, 2021, the application and cover letter asking for comments was send to all agencies required by state law. On May 18, 2021, a letter explaining the nature of the application and advertising of the scheduled public hearings on the application before the Planning Commission was sent by certified mail to all contiguous property owners. A memorandum dated June 13, 2019, from the City of Laurel Planning Commission to the Mayor and City Council recommended approval of the Map Amendment with the conditions set forth in the memorandum.

Eric DeVito, Ribera Development LLC, provided a presentation of the highlights from the extensive presentation given to the Planning Commission addressing some of the questions raised at the first public hearing.

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 6:17 p.m.
The following spoke in opposition to zoning change:

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

Hayder Qaadri, Chairman, ICCL

Abdullah Hijazi, Attorney for the ICCL

Mohammad Ismail, 13909 Clarkwood Lane

Javid Bhaiyad, 6908 Mayfair Terrace

Milton Pascual, Contee Crossing

Mohammad Rashid, 1421 Westmeath Drive

Abdulrham Elraham, 14103 Riverbirch Road

Azeem Vohra, Wilshire Community

Mohammed Shail Chaudhry

 

President Nicholas closed the public hearing at 6:50 p.m.

On motion by Councilmember DeWalt, seconded by Councilmember Smith, 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, was POSTPONED until the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, July 12, 2021, with Councilmember Leszcz voting NO.

President Nicholas read the title of 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, into the record for the second reading.

Robert Love, Director of Economic and Community Development, Text Amendment No. 258, amends the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code. Text Amendment Application 258 was filed on May 13, 2021, by City staff to the Mayor and City Council to amend Chapter 20: The proposed ordinance was sent to the Maryland Department of Planning for comment. The file contains a Certificate of Publication verifying that this application and public hearing was advertised as require by state law in the June 10, 17 and 24 editions of the Prince George's Post. A memorandum from the City of Laurel Planning Commission dated June 17 recommends approve for the text amendment application.

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 6:59 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, 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", §20­8.3 "TABLE OF OFFICE BUILDING USES", §20-9.5 "TABLE OF INDUSTRIAL USES", §20­12.3 "TABLE OF MIXED USE — TRANSPORTATION ORIENTED USES", §20-20.10 "WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION FACILITIES"; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

Report of the Mayor and City Council — Mayor and Council members reported on various meetings and activities they attended around the city.

Mayoral appointment of Gregory Sweitzer to the Historic District Commission and the reappointment of Cynthia Wood to the Environmental Affairs Committee.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Mayoral appointments were confirmed.

 

President Nicholas opened the General Public hearing at 6:59 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

Consideration of a bid recommendation for a City-wide Radio System. Kevin Frost, Chief Information Officer, presented the bid recommendation for the General Government Radio System Upgrade, as outlined in a memorandum dated June 23, 2021. The General Government Radio System is used by all departments to conduct daily operations and serves as a backup to the police radio system. The new Motorola Mototrbo radio system will provide enhancements to the City's current system such as integrated GPS tracking, texting, emergency alerting and group calling. Funding is included in the Capital Improvement Program under City­wide Radio Project. It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council award the contract to Procomm Communications LLC of Jessup, Maryland for a total of $157,919.46 under the State of Maryland Radio Communications Contract.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor. seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the purchase of the General Government Radio System Upgrade. was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

Consideration of a recommendation for purchase request for Lexipol Services - Laurel Police Department. Russell E. Hamill, Chief of Police, presented the recommendation to purchase Lexipol Services, as outlined in a memorandum dated June 23, 2021. The Laurel Police Department is requesting to purchase the Lexipol Annual Law Enforcement Policy Manual & Daily Training Bulletins with Supplemental Publication Services with Procedures, to assist in updating, managing, and implementing the LPD General Order/Policy Manual. Funding for this purchase is included in the FY2021 Operating Budget. It was recommended the Mayor and City Council approve the purchase for a total amount of $44,934.55.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, the purchase of Lexipol Services, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

President Nicholas read the title of 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, into the record for the second reading.

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services, said the title really says it all. This would be an approval to obtain the funds. the debt service is budged in the FY2022 Operating Budget and the projects included in the approved in the Capital Improvements Program.

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 7:22 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

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

President Nicholas read the title of 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, into the record for the second reading.

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services, said this is the fourth amendment to the FY2021 Operating Budget and includes the appropriation of a State of Maryland grant received for Economic and Community Development to administer a grant program for Main Street, which will be paid over the next two days helping sixteen local business; provides interdepartmental funding for Maryland Municipal League Conference and additional funding for the city-wide parking and traffic analysis project.

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 7:24 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

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

President Nicholas read the title of 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, into the record for the second reading.

Craig A. Moe, Mayor, thanked the council for their support on this legislation, noting there is an educational period for the residents and business, effective January 1, 2022.

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 7:27 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

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

President Nicholas read the title of 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, into the record for the second reading

Craig A. Moe, Mayor; allows the mayor and city council to continue to operate using a virtual platform.

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 7:30 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

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

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1979, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, to amend the Laurel City Code. Article I, "In General", Section 2-1 ­Legal Holidays, to add "Juneteenth Freedom Day" as a City holiday and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:31 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Council Rules were Suspended to act on Ordinance No 1979.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, ORDINANCE NO. 1979, AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND, TO AMEND THE LAUREL CITY CODE, ARTICLE I, "IN GENERAL", SECTION 2-1 - LEGAL HOLIDAYS, TO ADD "JUNETEENTH FREEDOM DAY" AS A CITY HOLIDAY AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE, was adopted on a roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:36 p.m.

 

Kimberley A. Rau MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: September 13, 2021

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