Released on September 1, 2010 - 3:50pm
Sep 01

With immense sadness and a profound sense of great loss, Mayor Craig A. Moe has ordered City flags to be at half mast to honor the life and public service of The Honorable M. Peggy Anderson, who passed away Tuesday morning, August 31, 2010, at her home.    

Mayor Moe noted that The Honorable M. Peggy Anderson was serving as a member of the City of Laurel Planning Commission at the time of her passing.  Mrs.  Anderson had served on the Planning Commission since June 1990, over 20 years.  As a long-tenured member of the Planning Commission, Mrs.  Anderson was actively involved in the preparation and recommendation for the Master Plan and its Updates; the design and approval of residential and commercial site plans; assisting homeowners through the variance and special exception process; several annexations; and many planning and zoning activities.  She understood well the importance of Laurel having its own planning and zoning authority and protected it with all diligence, both as a member of the City Council and the Planning Commission, to assure its fair and professional application to everyone. 

Mayor Moe stated it was his great pleasure to serve with Mrs. Anderson on the Planning Commission as the City Council representative to the Commission.  He also worked with Mrs. Anderson when she served on the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and the Historic District Commission. Mayor Moe is especially proud of his role in either voting to confirm Mrs. Anderson’s appointment, or having the honor of appointing her himself.  Mrs. Anderson always said “yes” each time the City asked for her assistance

Mayor Moe noted that Mrs. Anderson was elected to three two-year terms on the Laurel City Council, Ward 1, from 1970 through 1976, having served with Mayor Merrill L. Harrison and Mayor Leo E. Wilson.  As a Councilmember, she served on the Council’s Standing Committees: Parks Committee, Police Committee, and Streets Committee.  These Committees were the predecessor to today’s Citizens Advisory Committees. Mayor Moe and the Laurel City Council honored Mrs. Anderson with dedicating a Municipal Center meeting room in recognition of her 40 years of continued service to the City of Laurel.

Mrs. Anderson was an astute business owner of several rental properties in the City of Laurel.  Mayor Moe noted she was active in the development of the City’s Rental Licensing Program.  Mrs. Anderson was also a supporter of many Laurel non-profit organizations.   She also served as Treasurer to many candidates for elected office, including Mayor Moe.

Mayor Moe said he is grieving his own deep personal loss of one of his dearest and closest friends. He is grateful for the many wonderful memories Mrs.  Anderson has left him and he is very grateful to have shared so many years of mutual service to the City of Laurel with her   He stated he would always be honored to have been Mrs.  Anderson's friend.  Mayor Moe expressed his and the City's deepest sympathies to Mrs.  Anderson's family.

Mayor Moe acknowledged the pride Mrs.  Anderson had for being a life-long Laurelite, and her dedication and devotion to the City she loved so much.  Mayor Moe stated the flags would remain at half-mast until the day after Mrs.  Anderson's funeral.

For Immediate Release
September 1, 2010
Contact:   James Collins, Public Information Officer
               301-725-5300, ext. 244
                E-Mail: [email protected] 

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