Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, April 27, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:00pm

Agenda

1. Agenda Items

A. Resolution No. 8-20, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to authorize negotiation of the Verizon Cable Television Franchise Renewal jointly with the Prince George's County Government and other municipalities in Prince George's County.

B. Resolution No. 11-20, a resolution of the City Council of Laurel, Maryland to initiate a Comprehensive City-wide Traffic and Parking Analysis, and to develop recommendations regarding those issues.

C. Ordinance No. 1954, an ordinance adopting the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for Fiscal Year July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 and to levy property taxes and to authorize collection of such taxes.ew Agenda Item

 

Minutes

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; Kimberley A. Rau, MMC, Clerk. (Social distancing six feet apart due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. No members of the public were present.)

 

Participating via teleconference: LouAnn Crook, MMC, Deputy City Administrator; Sara Green, Chief of Staff to the Mayor; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Dave Cope, Fire Marshal; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Steve Allen, Emergency Services Manager; Chief Russel Hamill, Police Department and Larry Taub, City Solicitor.

 

1. Agenda Items

 

A. Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, presented Resolution No. 8-20, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to authorize negotiation of the Verizon Cable Television Franchise Renewal jointly with the Prince George's County Government and other municipalities in Prince George's County. Councilmembers agreed to introduce and hold the first public hearing at the regular meeting scheduled for 6:00 p.m. today.

 

B. Keith Sydnor, Council President, presented Resolution No. 11-20, a resolution of the City Council of Laurel, Maryland to initiate a Comprehensive City-wide Traffic and Parking Analysis, and to develop recommendations regarding those issues, noting that $75,000 has been budgeted for this study. Councilmembers agreed to introduce this resolution at the regular meeting at 6:00 p.m.

 

C. Ordinance No. 1954, an ordinance adopting the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for Fiscal Year July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, and to levy property taxes and to authorize collection of such taxes.

 

LouAnn Crook, Deputy City Administrator, on behalf of Mayor Moe thanked the City’s Budget Committee, Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Sara Green, Chief of Staff to the Mayor; Lisa Woods, Human Resources Officer; Taylor Seibert, Fiscal Specialist and the great support team in preparing the Fiscal Year 20201 Operating Budget and Capital Improvements Program. She then summarized what this budget provides for in each City department. She concluded by saying this budget provides the framework for a successful year ahead.

Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services, said the FY2021 Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program was presented in advance of the May 1 Charter deadline. The proposed budget is for $36,419,488 a 4.88% increase over the adopted FY2020 Operating Budget. She referred the Council to the summary charts on pages 7 – 10 which provide a breakdown of the budget. The tax rate remains at $.71 cents on each one hundred dollars of assessable real property, with an additional $.03 on each one hundred dollars of assessable real property within the limits of the Special taxing Districts One, Two, Three, Four and Five, with a portion of those funds distributed to local public transportation, $1.69 on each one hundred dollars of assessable personal property and mixed property. She explained that preparation of the budget had already started when the COVID-19 Pandemic began causing the need to revisit and revenue revenues which will be closely monitored throughout the year.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:08 p.m.

 

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: September 14, 2020

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