Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

1. Call to order

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

B. Call the meeting to order - Council President Keith R. Sydnor

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

2. Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Third Meeting of January 27, 2020.

B. Approval of Minutes of the Retreat on January 4, 2020.

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. Swearing-In Officers of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department

A. Swearing-in of the newly elected officers of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department

6. Agenda Items

A. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 4-2020, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland Re-affirming the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

B. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1952, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland repealing and reenacting with amendments Chapter 18, "Building and Building Regulations," of the Laurel City Code, Article I through XIII to adopt the 2018 editions of the International Building Code (IBC) to include Appendix G, State of Maryland Fire Prevention Code, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code, the International Residential Code (IRC), the International Mechanical Code (IMC), the International Existing Building Code (IEBC), the Maryland Accessibility Code (MAC), the International Energy Conservation Code, the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) and the 2017 Edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC); renumbering sections and providing an effective date.

C. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 3-20, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council, Maryland for the Purpose of Approving an Agreement Between the City of Laurel and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #11.

7. Signing Ceremony of the Agreement between the City of Laurel and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #11

A. Officers of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #11 and Mayor Craig A. Moe will sign the approved Agreement

8. Promotional Ceremony - Laurel Police Department

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; Michele Saylor, Director of Budget Service and Personnel; Melanie Wieringa, Deputy Fire Marshal; Chief Russel Hamill, Police Department; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Larry Taub, City Solicitor, Kimberley A. Rau, MMC, Clerk and Kenya Barno, Administrative Specialist. There were thirty-five members of the public present.

1. Call to order

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

B. Call the Meeting to order - Council President Keith R. Sydnor

C. Roll call -  Kenya Barno, Administrative Assistant I

2. Minutes

A. Minutes of the Retreat on January 4, 2020, were approved on motion by Councilmember Nicholas and seconded by Councilmember Smith. 

 

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council:

A. Councilmember Leszcz - Attended the National League of Cities (NLC) Transportation Infrastructure and Services Policy Steering Committee Meeting.  There is a big push right now  for the Highway Trust Funds because the transit account for the current funds will run out in 2021. Offered condolences on the Stoner and Grover family on the recent passing of Bill Stoner.

Councilmember Nicholas - Attended the Foot Society Black History Month Celebration.  Attended the Quarterly Clergy breakfast.   Also attended the Business Network last Thursday sponsored by the Department of Economic and Community Development.   

Councilmember DeWalt - Oldtowne Laurel residents hold epithany parties and community cleanup events.  During a recent epithany party at the Laurel Manor House, he didn't hear one complaint about anything bad happening in the neighbood.   Diana Sosawdie has lived in Oldtowne Laurel for 24 years in a house owned by the First United Methodist Church.  The church is selling three houses they own, including Diana's. He explained that she was a graduate of Laurel Citizen Police Academy, volunteers with Laurel Cats, and is the picture of volunteerism. She would be on all traffic details directing traffic and blocking traffic, always out there. Cleaned up the neighborhood always helped everyone around her. Need to really address the issue about affordable housing so that we don't loose good people like Diana.

Council President Sydnor- Background about Carter G. Woodson, Mr. Woodson was born on December 19, 1875, in New Canton, Virginia. He worked as a sharecropper to help his family. After attending college he worked for the United States Government as a Superintendent of Education in the Philippines. Earning a Master's Degree from the University of Chicago, then received a Doctrite from Harvard University in 1912. His message was that blacks should be proud of their heritage.  In 1915, Dr. Woodson and several of his friends in Chicago established an Association for the Study of Negro life and history. In 1970, black students at Kent University expanded the idea to include an entire month beginning on February 1, 1970 for black history. President Gerald Ford in 1976, declared Black History Month as a national observance. Every president from 1976 has observed the same.

Mayor - Recognize the members of our public safety family and police department here tonight along with Laurel Volunteer Fire department members who will be sworn in. Offered condolences to Bill Stoner

s family, saying he will be greatly missed.  He also expressed condolences to Jenny Carmen, Department of Parks and Recreation on the passing of her brother, Joanne Bar, Director of Park and Recreation on the loss of her mother and Mike and Barbara Sellner on the passing for there son Allen Sellner.  He had the opportunity to visit the footage Society Black History Month Celebration and their exhibit. Opportunity to go to the Laurel Historical Society Museum for the opening of the new exhibit.  ​​​​​ Attended the Swearing-in Ceremony of Tiffany Green, first women Fire Chief of Prince Georges County. 

City Officers will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2020 in observance of President's Day. 

 

4. General Public Hearing

President Sydnor opened the General Public Hearing at 7:15 p.m.

Aaron Waddell, President of Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Laurel lodge #11 wanted to address a couple of items related to this agreement. On May 2019, FOP Board Members met with Mayor Moe to voice concerns about recruitment and retention challenges facing the Laurel Police Department.  Within two months the FOP has recruited six lateral officers from other agencies who made an immediate impact on the day-to-day operations of Laurel Police Department. Would like to address some concerns that raised at the last council work session in regard to foreign language bonuses. The FOP made no proposals to increase this amount during negotiations. With the new pay scale set forth in this agreement every officer, not just those with a foreign language, will be receiving at least a $3,000 salary increase on July 1, 2020. This agreement also addresses the second challenge brought to Mayor Moe in May in 2019; retaining well-trained experienced police officers who, outside agencies were luring away with better pay and benefits after receiving initial training at the Laurel Police Department.

President Sydnor closed public hearing at 7:19 p.m.

 

5. Swearing-In Officers of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department

A. Mayor Moe administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected members of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Officers.

 

6. Agenda Items

A. President Sydnor read the title of Resolution No. 4-2020, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland Re-affirming the National Incident Management System (NIMS), into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:25 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, February 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

B. President Syndor read the title of Ordinance No. 1952, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland repealing and reenacting with amendments Chapter 18, "Building and Building Regulations," of the Laurel City Code, Article I through XIII to adopt the 2018 editions of the International Building Code (IBC) to include Appendix G, State of Maryland Fire Prevention Code, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code, the International Residential Code (IRC), the International Mechanical Code (IMC), the International Existing Building Code (IEBC), the Maryland Accessibility Code (MAC), the International Energy Conservation Code, the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) and the 2017 Edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC); renumbering sections and providing an effective date.  The public hearing was opened at 7:25 p.mm.

Melanie Weringer, Office of the fire Marshal said that Ordinance No. 1952 repeals and replaces Chapter 18, of the Laurel City Code, as required by State law.

Council President Sydnor closed the public hearing at 7:27 p.m. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

C. President Sydnor read the title of Resolution No. 3-2020, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council, Maryland for the Purpose of Approving an Agreement Between the City of Laurel and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #11, into the record for the first reading.  The public hearing was opened at 7:28 p.m.

William Goddard, City Administrator said this collective bargaining agreement represents the third agreement between the City of Laurel and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #11. The bargaining session began on October 15, 2019.  Set a target to complete the negotiations by December 31, 2019, and reported ahead of schedule. This represents the City's commitment the community and to the women and men of the Laurel Police Department.  He expressed his appreciation to the legal team representing the police officers, the Deputy City Administrator Lou Ann Crook, Lt. Brad DiPietro, Lisa Woods, Human Resource Officer and Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services.  

Council President Sydnor closed the public hearing at 7:35 p.m. 

Motion to suspend the rules was made by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt.

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, RESOLUTION NO. 3-2020, A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL, MARYLAND FOR THE PURPOSE OF APPROVING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUREL AND THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE LODGE #11, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote.  Mayor Moe approved this action.

 

7. Signing Ceremony of the Agreement between the City of Laurel and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #11

A. Officers of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #11 and Mayor Craig A. Moe will sign the Agreement between the City of Laurel and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #11.

 

8. Promotional Ceremony - Laurel Police Department

Corporal Matthew Jordan

Corporal Laura Wilson

Corporal Thomas M. Houke

 

9. Adjournment

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.

 

Kenya D. Barno

Administrative Assistant I

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: February 24, 2020

 

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