Mayor Craig A. Moe announced that the Temporary
Restraining Order (Injunction) to stop the City of Laurel Tuesday,
September 8, 2009 Referendum Election, filed by Laurel Citizen Michael
B. Sarich, the current Laurel Boys and Girls Club Vice President and
former City Councilmember, was denied by Judge Maureen M. Lamasney,
of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court. Mr. Sarich’s motion was
heard in Court on Monday, August 31, 2009. The City’s response to Mr.
Sarich’s filing was presented by City Solicitor Robert A. Manzi. It
was Mr. Manzi’s rebuttal of Mr. Sarich’s claims that was upheld by Judge Maureen M. Lamasney.
Mr. Sarich failed to convince Judge Maureen M. Lamasney
that he personally would suffer irreparable harm if the election were
held September 8, as alleged in his Court filings. In addition to Mr.
Sarich naming the wrong entity and failing to provide the required
affirmation on his submittal to the Court, Mr. Sarich also failed to
substantiate his allegation that the questions were improper,
unconstitutional, or the referendum election itself was illegal by
Mayor Moe stated he was pleased with Mr.
Manzi’s success in representing the City so well. Mayor Moe added he
has been advised by Mr. Manzi that there will still be a hearing on Mr.
Sarich’s claims that the Court will schedule in the future. Mr. Manzi
advised Mayor Moe that the election can and should go forward as
scheduled. Mayor Moe stated the Citizens Election Ad Hoc Committee
worked hard to develop its recommendations and he is pleased that their
efforts on behalf of their fellow citizens will be presented to the
Citizens of Laurel for vote.