Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, September 13, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:00pm

Agenda

 

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  1. Ordinance No 1985, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to authorize the Mayor and the City’s ARPA Committee to administer the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds established by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 as detailed in the City of Laurel ARPA Budget and providing an effective date.
  1. Ordinance No. 1986, 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, 2021, through June 30, 2022, to appropriate a portion of the funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act and to provide an effective date.

 

 

Minutes

 

THIRTY-SEVENTH MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, SEPTEMER 13, 2021, 6:00 P.M. ZOOM

Attendees: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Council President; Michael R. Leszcz, Council President; Keith R. Sydnor, Councilmember; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; LouAnn Crook, City Administrator; Christian Pulley, Deputy City Administrator; Sara Green, Chief of Staff to the Mayor; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget, and Personnel Services; Chief Russel Hamill; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Brian Lee, Director of Public works; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Melanie Wieringa, Deputy Director of the Office of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services; Bill Bailey, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation; Chrissy Cornwell, Emergency Services Manager; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, Clerk.

Special Work Session held at 5:30 p.m. to review Ordinance No 1985, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to authorize the Mayor and the City's ARPA Committee to administer the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds established by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 as detailed in the City of Laurel ARPA Budget and providing an effective date, and Ordinance No. 1986, 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, 2021, through June 30, 2022, to appropriate a portion of the funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act and to provide an effective date. Both ordinances are scheduled for introduction and first public hearing at the regular meeting staring at 6:00 p.m.

Roll call — Kimberley A. Rau, Clerk
Approval of Minutes

Work Session on June 2, 2021

Thirty-Third Meeting on June 14, 2021
Special Work Session on June 28, 2021
Thirty-fourth Meeting on June 28, 2021

The Minutes were approved on motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz.

Report of the Mayor and City Council

Councilmember Sydnor attended the Laurel Police Department National Night Out on Tuesday, August 3. On August 19, he attended the Local 24 Insulators and Allied Workers Union meeting to talk about an apprentice program using the ARPA funds. On August 25, he attended the Town Hall sponsored by Prince George's County Councilmember Dernoga during which Chief Malik Aziz was the speaker. On August 29, he assisted with the Back-to-School Drive at the Laurel Municipal Center. This evening he is wearing his yellow t-shirt to recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Councilmember DeWalt thoughts and prayers to the families of the 13 service members killed in Afghanistan as well as all the men and women killed during the war. He remembered local

 

hometown hero Eugene E. Mills, Lance Corporal U.S. Marine Corps. Stayed busy during the month of August. K-9 officer Steve crass retirement celebration — well deserved recognition. Volunteered at American Legion Post 60 car show 160+ cars. Golf Tournament for Fidos for Freedom fundraiser. CATS Fundraiser at the Double TT Diner. Also attended the Town Hall during which Prince George's Cunty Police Chief Malik Aziz spoke.

Councilmember Leszcz reported that the Patuxent River Commission met and heard from the Mayor of the Town of Eagle Harbor, nominated as a Heritage Area because all the residents are African American. National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure Committee Meeting, big push is infrastructure bill. Saturday, September 18, 2021, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. a memorial service for Doug Hayes at St. Philip's Church.

Councilmember Smith attended National Night Out on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. August 25 attended the Town Hall sponsored by County Councilmember Tom Dernoga. September 5, he assisted with the back-to-school drive at Royale House Chapel which were all donated directly to Laurel Elementary School.

Mayor Craig Moe extended his condolences to the family of William F. Goddard, III. Attended the virtual Maryland Municipal League Convention held in July. Thanked County Councilmember Dernoga for the invitation to attend the Town Hall and meet Chief Aziz. Community Cares a wellness event held at Gude Park. He attended the 9th Annual Emancipation Day 5k and walk raised funds for diabetes. On September 11 he attended the Doggy Dip at the Laurel Municipal Pool. On September 12, he attended a memorial service for Laurel Police K-9 Reno at the FOP Memorial.

General Public Hearing

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 krauAlaurel.md.us by 2:00 p.m. on meeting dates.

President Nicholas opened the General Public Hearing at 6:28 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

Consideration of a bid recommendation - Automatic External Defibrillators (AED's)

Chrissy Cornwell, Emergency Services Manager, presented the bid recommendation as outlined in a memorandum dated August 6, 2021. The recommendation to approval the purchase of thirty-one (31) Stryker LIFEPACK CR2 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED') to replace the thirty-one (31) older models that have come to the end of their life cycle. The City is entering the last phase of the AED replacement program which began 3 years ago and is funded through the Capital Improvement Program. It was recommended the Mayor and City Council approve the contract for a total cost of $49,285.50.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the contract to complete the last phase of the AED replacement program for a total cost of $49,285.50, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

 

Consideration of a bid recommendation - Generator- Granville Gude Park

Chrissy Cornwell, Emergency Services Manager, presented the bid recommendation as outlined in a memorandum dated August 26, 2021. It was recommended the Mayor and City Council approve the purchase of a backup generator at the Granville Gude Lakehouse. The City's network configuration designates the Gude Lakehouse a network hub for southern part of the city. A power outage at the Lakehouse would eliminate operations at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center and its associated cameras and wireless. In addition, any other facility expansion in that area of the city would operate through the Lakehouse. As a result, the Granville Gude Park Lakehouse is designated as critical infrastructure and it is vital for the city to place the Granville Gude Park Lakehouse on a backup generator power. Funding for this purchase is included in the Capital Improvement Program for a total cost of $47,593.00.

On motion by Councilmember DeWalt, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the contract was approved for a total cost of $47,593.00, on a unanimous roll call vote.

Consideration of a bid recommendation — Ammunition — Laurel Police Department

Chief Russell Hamill presented the bid recommendation as outlined in a memorandum date august 11, 2021.The Laurel Police Department is requesting permission to purchase ammunition for Fiscal Year 2022 to be used in accordance with the training standards of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission. Funding for this purchase is included in the FY2022 Operating Budget/ It was recommended the Mayor and City Council approve the purchase of ammunition in the amount of $59,973.06 through the Maryland State Contract price with The Gun Shop.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the contract to award the purchase of ammunition for a total amount of $59,973.06 through the Maryland State Contract with The Gun Shop, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

Consideration of a recommendation for Fleet Acquisition - 2021 Ford F-450 Crew Cab Dump Body

Brian Lee, Director of Public Works, presented the fleet acquisition as outlined in a memorandum dated August 20, 2021, for a 2021 Ford F-450 Crew Cab 4x4 Dump Body. Funding for this vehicle is included in the Capital Improvement Program. It was recommended the Mayor and City Council approve the purchase at the Mayor and City Council Meeting for a total cost of $76,822.00, to Apple Ford of Columbia, Maryland.

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Smith, the purchase of the Ford F-450 Crew Cab 4x4 Dump Body, for a total cost of $76,822.00, through Apple Ford, Columbia, Maryland, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1982, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the City of Laurel employees' Retirement Plan to change the vesting period and to change the employee contribution rate for employees hired on or after October 1, 2021, into the record for the first reading.

 

 

Michele Saylor, Director of Budget, and Personnel Services presented the legislation to amend the vesting years for employees in the City's retirement plan from five (5) years to ten (10) years for eligible employees hired on or after October 1, 2021, and to change the required employee contribution rate from four and one-half (4.5%) to five percent (5%). This change comes at the recommendation of the City's Board of Trustees.

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 6:37 p.m. and closed it 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, September 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1983, an ordinance of the Mayor and City council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Laurel City Code, Chapter 7 "Garbage, Trash, Weeds, Recycling, etc. and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading.

Brian Lee, Director of Public Works, said the legislation will help address the excessive accumulation and illegal dumping of discarded bulk items.

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 6:41 p.m. and closed it 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, September 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1984, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, to amend Chapter 18, "Building and Building Regulations", Article IX, "Property Maintenance Code", Section 18-148 "Rental Properties" of the Laurel City Code, adding sections and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading.

Steve Allen, Fire Marshall, explained the legislation amends the City Code, Chapter 18, Property Maintenance Code, to require landlords provide and maintain air conditioning and/or HVAC services for rental housing located in the City. This legislation was discussed at the work session on September 1, 2021.

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 6:48 p.m. and closed it 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, September 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No 1985, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to authorize the Mayor and the City's ARPA Committee to administer the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds established by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 as detailed in the City of Laurel ARPA Budget and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading.

Christina Cornwell, Emergency Manager, said as discussed at the work session before this meeting. this legislation authorizes the Mayor and the City's ARPA Committee to administer the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds established by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021.

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 6:55 p.m. and closed it 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, September 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

 

President Nicholas read the title of Ordinance No. 1986, 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, 2021, through June 30, 2022, to appropriate a portion of the funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act and to provide an effective date, into the record for the first reading.

Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services, said this legislation was discussed at a special work session before this meeting. The legislation appropriates the portion of funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act, as recommended by the City's ARPA Committee, in accordance with the rules and regulations for the use of the funds.

President Nicholas opened the public hearing at 6:58 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1986 is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, September 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

President Nicholas read the title of Charter Resolution No. 174, a Charter Resolution to amend the Charter of the City of Laurel Maryland by amending "Article 300, "Government", Section 312, "Meeting; Oath of Office", to allow for virtual meetings of the Mayor and City Council and other City Boards, Commissions, and Committees, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:00 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for Monday, September 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

 

There being no further buinsess to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:01 p.m.

Kimbereley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the City Council 

 

Approved: November 22, 2021 

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