Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

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


New Agenda ItemOrdinance No. 1953, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Chapter 2, Article VIII, entitled “Civil Emergencies”, Section 2-176 through Section 2-185, of the Laurel City Code to provide for certain technical and substantive changes relating to the declaration of a State of Emergency by the Mayor and providing an effective date.


2. Minutes


A. Approval of Minutes of the Sixth Meeting of March 9, 2020.


B. Approval of Minutes of the Fifth Meeting of February 24, 2020.


3. Report of the Mayor and City Council


A. Reporting on various community events, meetings and announcements.


4. Report of the City Administrator


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


5. 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.


6. Agenda Items


A. Motion to ratify Executive Orders 2020-01, 2020-02, 2020-03, 2020-05 and 2020-06, issued by Mayor Craig Moe.


B. Second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No. 6-2020, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to establish the amount of impact fees for development and redevelopment in the City of Laurel, Maryland and providing an effective date.


C. Second public hearing with possible action on Resolution No. 7-2020, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland approving the Renewal Lease Agreement by and between the City of Laurel and the Laurel Historical Society, Inc. for the operation of the Laurel Museum.


D. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 9-20, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland supporting the National Capital Region as a priority location for federally-supported COVID19 Testing Site.


7. Adjournment

Minutes

Members present: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Keith R. Sydnor, Council President; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember; Brencis Smith, Councilmember; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; Sara Green, Chief of Staff to the Mayor; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Chief Hammill, Police Department; Dave Cope, Fire Marshall; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, Clerk.


 


1. Call to order


 


A. Call the meeting 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. Report of the Mayor and City Council


 


A. Reporting on various community events, meetings and announcements.


Mayor and City Council are committed to the safety of our citizens. Follow the CDC orders. Check on your neighbors.


Councilmember Nicholas expressed her appreciation to those employees helping senior citizens as well as the entire community; on Saturday she assisted with the distribution of flyers with information about COVID-19; she reminded residents to check on their neighbors to help get through the crisis.



Councilmember Smith encourage residents to stay calm and follow the rules of the CDC. He thanked the Mayor/Council/Staff for the hard work they are doing to keep the City safe.


Councilmember DeWalt said his son returned from Myrtle Beach on Saturday and now has twelve days left of his self-quarantine under the Governor's orders for spring breakers; encouraged residents to contact the City of Laurel EOC directly with questions.


 


Mayor Moe reminded the community to contact the City EOC with question or to call the hot line for senior citizens at 240-517-7974 hot line to call for senior citizens; City’s website is updated every morning with information from the CDC to keep the public informed; also using every social media platform; asking citizens to stay home to save lives; Governor Hogan announced today the re-opening of the Laurel Hospital for surge capacity. City is willing and able to assist.

Comment line 240-294-1308


 


3. 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.


 


President Sydnor opened the Public Hearing at 7:19 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.


 


4. Recommendations


 


A. William Goddard, City Administrator, presented the Bid Recommendation to award Citywide Concrete Repair Contract LA20-01, as outlined in a memorandum dated February 25, 2020.


 


On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, the contract was awarded to Santos Construction Co., Inc., a certified minority contractor our of Bowie, Maryland for their low bid of $127,857.50, with an additional $42,142.50 as a contingency for a total of $170,000.00.


 


B. William Goddard, City Administrator, presented the Bid Recommendation to award Street Improvement Project Contract LA20-02, as outlined in a memorandum dated March 5, 2020.


 


On motion by Councilmember DeWalt, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the contract was awarded to VMP Construction Company, Inc., a certified Minority Business Enterprise/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Small Business Enterprise (MBE/DBE/SBE) out of Lanham, Maryland for their low bid of $444,223.15 with an additional $45,000.00 as a contingency for a total of $489.223.15.

 


5. Agenda Items


 


A. Motion to ratify Executive Orders 2020-01, 2020-02, 2020-03, 2020-05 and 2020-06, issued by Mayor


Craig Moe.


 


On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, Executive Orders 2020-01, 2020-02, 2020-03, 2020-05 and 2020-06 were ratified.


 


B. President Sydnor read the title of Resolution No. 6-2020, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to establish the amount of impact fees for development and redevelopment in the City of Laurel, Maryland and providing an effective date, into the record for the second reading. President Sydnor opened the public hearing at 7:25 p.m. and closed it with no one present wishing to speak.


On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, RESOLUTION NO. 6-2020, A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND TO ESTABLISH THE AMOUNT OF IMPACT FEES FOR DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY OF LAUREL, MARYLAND AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.


 


C. President Sydnor read the title of Resolution No. 7-2020, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland approving the Renewal Lease Agreement by and between the City of Laurel and the Laurel Historical Society, Inc. for the operation of the Laurel Museum, into the record for the second reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:25 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.


On motion by Councilmember DeWalt, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, RESOLUTION NO. 7-2020, A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND APPROVING THE RENEWAL LEASE AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUREL AND THE LAUREL HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC. FOR THE OPERATION OF THE LAUREL MUSEUM, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.


D. President Sydnor read the title of Resolution No. 9-2020, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland supporting the National Capital Region as a priority location for federally supported COVID19 Testing Site, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:28 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.


 


The Council Standing Rules were Suspended on motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith.


On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, RESOLUTION NO. 9-2020, A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND SUPPORTING THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION AS A PRIORITY LOCATION FOR FEDERALLY SUPPORTED COVID19 TESTING SITE, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.


 


E. President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1953, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Chapter 2, Article VIII, entitled “Civil Emergencies”, Section 2-176 through Section 2-185, of the Laurel City Code to provide for certain technical and substantive changes relating to the declaration of a State of Emergency by the Mayor and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 7:32 p.m.


Steve Allen, Emergency Services Manager, said the ordinance came about due to the current Pandemic and the issues the City is faced with. The changes are technical and brings the City Code in line with the current State of the disaster and better reflect the requirements for federal and state reimbursements.


 


Public hearing closed at 7:34 p.m.


The Council Standing Rules were suspended on motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Smith.


 


On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Smith, ORDINANCE NO. 1953, AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND TO AMEND CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE VIII, ENTITLED “CIVIL EMERGENCIES”, SECTION 2-176 THROUGH SECTION 2-185, OF THE LAUREL CITY CODE TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN TECHNICAL AND SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES RELATING TO THE DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY BY THE MAYOR AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.



Steve Allen, Emergency Services Manager, announced that the City of Laurel Emergency Operations Center is open and operating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The main number 240-294-1314 will be answered by a live person. After hours the number will be answered by the Laurel Police Department non-emergency 301-498-0092. City of Laurel website www.cityoflaurel.org a tremendous amount of information on the City's website. Coordinating with the CDC, Prince George’s County Department of Health, MEMA and FEMA. If you can't reach you primary doctor with questions you can all 301-883-6627 Prince George’s County Health Department Corona hotline.


President Sydnor cancelled the Work Session scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2020.


 


6. Adjournment


 


There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.


 


 


 


Kimberley A. Rau, MMC


Clerk to the Council

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