Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

1. Call to order

A. Call to order - Council President Keith R. Sydnor

B. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America - Mayor Craig A. Moe

C. Roll call - Clerk Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

2. Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Second Meeting of January 13, 2020

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

A. Reporting on various community events, meetings and announcements

4. Appointments

A. The Honorable G. Rick Wilson, Planning Commission; William Wellford, Planning Commission; Mary Eileen Leszcz, Board of Appeals; Jan Able, Chairwoman, Pension Board of Trustees; Kenneth Skrivseth, Pension Board of Trustees; Maxine Bardwell, Ethics Commission.

5. Report of the City Administrator

A. City Administrator William Goddard reports on the various activities of the City Departments

6. 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.

7. University of Maryland Medical System

A. University of Maryland Medical Center - Laurel Campus Development Update

8. Agenda Items

A. Second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No. 1-2020, a resolution to approve the amended Standing Rules for the Laurel City Council

B. Second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No. 2-2020, a resolution to approve an agreement to allow for the placement of small wireless facilities

9. Adjournment

 

Minutes

Members present:

Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Keith R. Sydnor, Council President; Valerie M A Nicholas, Councilmember; Brencis Smith, Councilmember; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Lisa Woods, Deputy Director of Budget Service and Personnel; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Chief Russel Hamill, Police Department; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Larry Taub, City Solicitor, Kimberley A. Rau, MMC, Clerk and Kenya Barno, Administrative Specialist. There were two members of the public present. 

 

1. Call to order

B. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America - Mayor Craig A. Moe

C. Roll call - Kenya Barno, Administrative Assistant I

 

2. Minutes

A. Minutes of the Second Meeting of Monday, January 13, 2020, were approved on motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt

 

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council:

A. Valerie Nicholas – Expressed her appreciation to the Economic and Community Development Department for the Vision Board held on Thursday, January 16, 2020.  The event was fun and well attended.  Residents are now able to pull the affordable housing information from the City's website.  She thanked Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development for updating this information.  Please pray for Kobe Bryant's family and all the family of victims who lost their lives.

Brencis Smith – Attended a Parent Teacher Student Association Meeting with the Education Advisory Committee to hear the parents concerns to see if the committee could get a deeper understanding of how to help.

Carl DeWalt – Wished Kenya Barno well taking her first Mayor and City Council Meeting this evening.  On January 15, 2020 attended the Job Fair sponsored by Council President Sydnor.  On January 16, 2020 chaired his first Public Safety Transportation Committee Meeting, during which they discussed speeding - the number one complaint city-wide.  January 17, 2020, attended the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Laurel Municipal Center.  On January 21, 2020 attended a fundraiser at Ledo's Pizza for the Laurel Women’s Club.  January 23, 2020, participated in a Remembrance for Marcus Colbert outside City Hall. On the January 24, 2020 attended Polar Bear Police-Fire-First Responder-Military Plunge at Sandy Point.  Governor Hogan was also in attendance.  On January 25th attended a Community Partnership Breakfast hosted by Prince George's County Councilmember Tom Dernoga.  On January 26, 2020 attended City of Laurel Health Fair at the Laurel Armory.

Councilmember Leszcz – Had the opportunity to speak with a group of Cub Scouts last week.  He spent 15-minute talking about Census 2020 and the City's 150th Anniversary Celebration. Received a couple calls this week about street lights out on Main Street. If you see a light out please report with the "My Laurel" app.  Environmental Affairs Committee we will be kicking off first meeting in February with some interesting things to talk about.  Attended Patuxent River Commission Meeting in Annapolis, during which they discussed under pipes, over pipes and flood gates.  He congratulated the men and women of the Laurel Police Department recognized at the Quarterly Awards Cermony.  

Council President Sydnor – Job Fair was held on Thursday, January the 15, 2020 at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center.   Attended the Dr. Martin Luther King Ceremony on the January 17, 2020.  He thanked Christine Johnson from the department of Communications for organizing this amazing event every year.   On January 22nd attended Maryland Municipal League Outreach Engagement Committee in Annapolis.  The main focus for this committee is the Census 2020.  

Mayor – Expressed his condolences to the family and friends of Tom Woody.  Mr. Woody was a retired employee from the Department of Public Works.  He also expressed condolences to Marlene Collins on the passing of her brother Gerald Hall.  He had the opportunity to attend a joint meeting between the Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School and Laurel High School PTSA.  The Annual Health and Wellness Fair was held yesterday at the Laurel Armory.  He thanked Pat Haag and all the other employees involved in preparing for this event.  

Laurel Museum's new exhibit "Unpacking of Laurel's Past 150 Years", will open on Sunday, February 2, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

"My time with the Mayor", Monday, February 10, 2020, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Laurel Municipal Center.

 

4. Appointments

A. The Honorable G. Rick Wilson, Planning Commission; William Wellford, Planning Commission; Mary Eileen Leszcz, Board of Appeals; Jan Able, Chairwoman, Pension Board of Trustees; Kenneth Skrivseth, Pension Board of Trustees; Maxine Bardwell, Ethics Commission.

Mayoral reappointment were confirmed on motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Smith.

 

5. Report of the City Administrator

A. Disease Control Prevention also known as CDC continues to closely monitor an outbreak of the coronavirus in China that began on December 2019. CDC has established an incident management system to coordinate domestic and international public health response to this virus. The City's Emergency Management has been monitoring this outbreak closely.

Park and Recreation is holding free indoor movie series at Partnership Activity Hall on Friday, February 7, 2020, with the showing of "Toy Story 4”.  Movie starts at 7:00 p.m.

Outdoor trip clubs are still accepting registration for the adult trip the Guinness Open Gate Brewery on February 1, 2020.  Public Works keeps date on the amounts of trash and recycling collected.  To date, Public Works has collected 280 tons recyling and 30 tons of yard debris, installed and replaced 65 signs and filled 10 potholes. 

Information Technology has four active fiber constructions projects being worked on in Laurel. Project will ultimately provide secure data communication to all of our city buildings.

Chief of Police – Since the midpoint of 2019, hired four new police dispatchers with two currently in the police academy. New officer began work today. One unfortunately resigned from the agency. Fundraiser at Long Horn Restaurant raised over $2,000.00 for the Special Olympics.  Last Friday, along with Councilmember DeWalt, the Laurel Police we were down at that Polar Bear Plunge.  During the Awards Ceremony, 4 Awards of Merit, three Unit Citations, three Service Awards, one Citizen Award and an Employee of the Quarter - PFC Jeffery Barnosky were issued.   

Started position as Co-Chair of the Police Chief Committee for the Council Government. Assisted Prince Georges Sheriff Departments last week with barricade situation over near Laurel High School. Community Action Team which started recently continues their efforts to protect and serve the community. They arrested a wanted subject recently and apprehended four suspects that were responsible for a number of crimes during a search warrant.

Assisted City Health Fair and donated coats to Scotch Town Hill Elementary. Receive a lot of traffic complaint within the community. Traffic safety remains a priority.  Received a  $17,000.00 grant last week for traffic safety.

 

6. General Public Hearing

A. Member 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.  

President Syndor opened the General Public Hearing at 7:37 p.m.

Tom McLaughlin, Director of AFL-CIO Community Service of Central Maryland.  Spoke about an opportunity for anyone interested in a career in Union Construction. More than a dozen construction trades with apprenticeship programs in this area that includes electricians, plumbers, steamfitters, insulators, iron workers, carpenters and many more. On the job training and class room hands on instruction. Health insurance and retirement included. Completely free four to five year program. Great pathway and option for those who like to work with their hands. Goal is to prepare the graduates with careers. Students receive OSHA 10 and CPR and first aid certificates. Class beginning on March 9, 2020, information session February 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m. 

Michele Finley, issue of no  commuter bus on Route 197 from Laurel to Bowie. Options are none or it's a three-hour commute. Speaking with quite a few people to have a bus on Route 197. Drove Lyft for a year drove people form Laurel to Bowie State University. Requesting a bus From Laurel to Bowie and back.

President Sydnor closed the General Public Hearing at 7:42 p.m.

 

7. University of Maryland Medical System

A. University of Maryland Medical Center - Laurel Campus Development Update

Trudy R. Hall - Site Executive and Vice President, Medical Affairs at UM Capital Region Health 
Darryl Mealy - Vice President of Facilities, University of Maryland Medical System
Anthony Lampasona - President Off-Campus Development, Catalyst HRE

 

8. Agenda Items 

A. President Sydnor read the title of Resolution No. 1-2020, a resolution to approve the amended Standing Rules for the Laurel City Council, into the record for the first reading, along with an amendment.  The public hearing was opened at 8:29 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, RESOLUTION NO. 1-2020, A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE AMENDED STANDING RULES FOR THE LAUREL CITY COUNCIL, AS AMENDED, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.  

B. President Sydnor read the title of Resolution No. 2-2020, a resolution to approve an agreement to allow for the placement of small wireless facilities, into the record for the second reading.  The public hearing was opened at 8:30 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, RESOLUTION NO. 2-2020, A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AN AGREEMENT TO ALLOW FOR THE PLACEMENT OF SMALL WIRELESS FACILITIES, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

9. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting adjourned at 8:31 p.m.

 

 

Kenya D. Barno

Administrative Assistant I

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: February 24, 2020

 

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