Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, September 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

1. Call to order

A. Invocation - Reverend Warren H. Litchfield

B. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America

C. Roll call - Clerk Kimberley Rau
 
2. Approval of Minutes
 

A. Approval of Minutes of the Fifteenth Meeting of July 23, 2018.

B. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on September 5, 2018.
 
C. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session of Monday, July 23, 2018.
 

D. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

 
3. Report of the Mayor and City Council
 
A. Reporting on various community events, meetings and announcements.
 
4. General public hearing
 
A. Members of the public are asked to sign the speakers list at the back of the Council Chambers. Council President calls the speakers from the sign in sheet. Each speaker is asked to give their name and address for the record. Each speaker is allowed three minutes to speak
 
5. Community Update
 
A. Update from the University of Maryland Medical System on the status of the Laurel Hospital
 
6. Mayoral Appoiontments
 
A. Krystiana Bonheur to the Environmental Affairs Committee
 
7. Bid Recommendations
 
A. Consideration of a bid recommendation for the fleet acquisition of one 25-Cubic Yard Refuse Truck - Department of Public Works.
 

B. Consideration of a bid recommendation for the fleet acquisition of a 2018 Chevrolet Isuzu Cab and Chassis for Paint Machine - Department of Public Works.

 

C. Consideration of a bid recommendation for the fleet acquisition of one Stake Body Truck with lift gate - Department of Public Works.

 

D. Consideration of a recommendation to renew Employee Health Benefit Insurance with Cigna Healthcare and Aetna Dental.

8. Legislation

A. Ordinance No. 1931, Text Amendment No. 250, an ordinance to amend the Laurel Unified Land Development Code; Chapter 20 Land Development and Subdivision, Article I Zoning, Division 5 Zoning Districts, Section 20-7.8, Section 20-8.3, Section 20-9.5, and Section 20-12.3., of the City Code to Allow for a House of Worship in certain Commercial, Office Building, Industrial, and Mixed Use Zones as a permitted use; and providing an effective date.

B. Ordinance No. 1932, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Md., to amend the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code; Chapter 20, Land Development and Subdivision, to add Article VIA "Telecommunications facilities in public rights-of-way", to provide for certain standards and regulations relating to the location of telecommunications towers, antennas, and other structures within the city's public rights-of-way, consistent with federal and state law; and providing an effective date.
 

C. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 5-18, a resolution

 

Minutes

 
Sixteenth Mayor and City Council Meeting - Regular - Monday, September 10, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
 

Present:



Craig A Moe, Mayor; Michael R. Leszcz, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Keith R Syndor, Councilmember; Valerie M A Nicholas, Councilmember; Frederick Smalls, Councilmember; Marty Flemion, City Administrator; Lou Ann Crook, Chief of Staff; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Chief Rich McLaughlin, Police Department; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Bryan Lau, Deputy Director of Information Technology; Lisa Woods, Deputy Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Kimberley A. Rau, Clerk and Larry Taub, City Solicitor.  There were fifteen members of the public present.

 

President Leszcz called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  
 
Reverend Warren H. Litchfield gave the Invocation.
 
Mayor Moe and Cub Scout Pack #606, Hammond Elementary School led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.

 

Clerk Kimberley Rau called the roll.

 

Approval of Minutes:

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor the Minutes of the Fifteenth Meeting of July 23, 2018, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Minutes of the Work Session on September 5, 2018, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Minutes of the Closed Session of Monday, July 23, 2018, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Sydnor, the Minutes of the Closed Session on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

Report of the Mayor and City Council:

 

Dedication of the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksfield, PA was held on Sunday, September 9, 2018, on the 17th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks.  This memorial is to honor the 40 people that lost their lives when they decided to overtake the terrorists and caused the plane to crash into a field.  The 93 foot tower on the site has 40 wind chimes to represent the 40 heroes.

 

Back to School event sponsored by Councilmember Sydnor and Cut Above Barber Shop held on Saturday, August 25, 2018.  Appreciation to Audrey Barnes and her staff for issuing the press release.

 

Councilmember Nicholas distributed 165 book bags to those in need and still has some if needed.  



City Hall in the Park at Centennial Park on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

 

Negro League Baseball Game on Saturday, August 18, 2018, held at the Bowie Bay Sox Stadium.  Mayor Moe was one of the people selected to throw out the first ceremonial pitch.

 

Back to School Family Event held at Gude Lake on Saturday, August 18, 2018, sponsored by the City and the Laurel Board of Trade.

Condolences extended to Pastor Sonjya King, St. Mark's United Methodist Church on the passing of her mother.  

Sips on C Street, Laurel, hosted an event with Congressman Anthony Brown during which 14 young people were placed into service academies.

Condolences to the family and friends of Cliff Collins and the family and friends of Patty Johnson who was the daughter of former City employee Paul Johsnon.  

Retirement Celebration for Marty Flemion, City Administrator will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018.  The regular Mayor and City Council meeting will start at 5:00 p.m. A reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  

Prince George's County Volunteer Rescue Service honored Robert "Pop" Grant for his volunteer service to the community.

Appreciation extended to Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development  and her staff for the networking events and the Block Party held to benefit the residents of Ellicott City.

Cops Camp graduation on Friday, August 13, 2018, 3:00 p.m. Gude Lake.  Another successful Cops Camp.

City of Rockville Mayor and City Council toured the the City of Laurel's Emergency Operations Center last week.

Annual City of Laurel Volunteer Picnic held on Friday, August 24, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at the Greenview Drive Cabana.

Mayor Summer Jobs Program just ended.  Another successful summer with great students. Three participants have gone on to become full time employees with the City of Laurel.

St. Mark's Emancipation Day Celebration held on Saturday, September 3, 2018.  Considering bringing back the parade for next years celebration.  

Capital Cricket Championship held on Saturday, September 3, 2018, in Anne Arundel County off of Brock Bridge Road, Laurel.  



St. Mary of the Mills 175th Anniversary and Block Party held on Sunday, September 9, 2018.  Mayor Moe was presented with a beautiful painting of the church that will be hung in an appropriate place at the Municipal Center.

City of Laurel Employee Community Relations Yard Sale on September 22, 2018, Laurel Municipal Center, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

Prince George's County Councilmember Mary Lehman, Family Day on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Fairland Aquatics Center.

 

President Leszcz opened the General Public Hearing at 7:22 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.


Community Update:
 
Dr. Trudy Hall, Vice President of the Laurel Hospital, thanked Mayor Moe and the City Council for the opportunity to come back with an update on the University of Maryland Medical System on the status of the Laurel Hospital. 
 
After a brief recess meeting reconvened at 8:03 p.m.
 
Mayoral Appoiontments:
 
On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the reappointment of Krystianna Bonheur to the Environmental Affairs Committee was confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.



Bid Recommendations:

 

On motion by Councilmember Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the recommendation for the Fleet Acquisition of one 25-Cubic Yard Refuse Truck for the Department of Public Works, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.
 
On motion by Councilmember Smalls, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the recommendation for the Fleet Acquisition of a 2018 Chevrolet Isuzu Cab and Chassis for Paint Machine for th Department of Public Works, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.
 
On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, the bid recommendation for the Fleet Acquisition of one Stake Body Truck with lift gate for the Department of Public Works, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.


On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Smalls, the recommendation for the renewal of the Employee Health Benefit Insurance with Cigna Healthcare and Aetna Dental, was approved on a roll call vote with Councilmember DeWalt ABSTAINING.

 
Legislation:
 
President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1931, Text Amendment No. 250, an ordinance to amend the Laurel Unified Land Development Code; Chapter 20 Land Development and Subdivision, Article I Zoning, Division 5 Zoning Districts, Section 20-7.8, Section 20-8.3, Section 20-9.5, and Section 20-12.3., of the City Code to allow for a House of Worship in certain Commercial, Office Building, Industrial, and Mixed Use Zones as a permitted use; and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 8:11 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, September 24, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

 

President Leszcz read the title of Ordinance No. 1932, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Md., to amend the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code; Chapter 20, Land Development and Subdivision, to add Article VIA "Telecommunications facilities in public rights-of-way", to provide for certain standards and regulations relating to the location of telecommunications towers, antennas, and other structures within the city's public rights-of-way, consistent with federal and state law; and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 8:12 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, September 24, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Pesident Leszcz read the title of Resolution No. 5-18, a resolution creating n Education Advisory Committee, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 8:13 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, September 24, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
 
Marty Flemion, City Administrator gave a weather briefing on the pending storm Florence and the preparations the City is taking.
 
There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
 
 
Kimberley A. Rau, MMC
Clerk to the Council

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