Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, April 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Agenda

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. General Public Hearing

A. Due the COVID-19 Pandemic the City of Laurel will be holding virtual meetings. The public is asked to submit written testimony on agenda items to the Laurel City Clerk at [email protected] by 2:00 p.m. on meeting days.

3. Agenda Items

A. Motion to ratify Executive Orders 2020-07, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-11 and 2020-13, issued by Mayor Craig Moe.

B. Introduction and first public hearing on 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.

C. Introduction and first public hearing on 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.

D. Introduction and first public hearing on 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.

4. Adjournment

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. 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. General Public Hearing

 

A. Due the COVID-19 Pandemic the City of Laurel will be holding virtual meetings. The public is asked to submit written testimony on agenda items to the Laurel City Clerk at [email protected] by 2:00 p.m. on meeting days.

 

President Sydnor announced to the public the telephone number to call to provide comment 240-294-1308 He opened the public hearing at 6:25 p.m. and closed it with no one calling to provide comment.

 

3. Agenda Items

 

A. Motion to ratify Executive Orders 2020-07, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-11 and 2020-13, issued by Mayor Craig Moe.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Executive Orders 2020-07, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-11 and 2020-13, issued by Mayor Craig Moe were ratified by the Council.

 

B. President Sydnor read the title of 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, into the record for the first reading.

 

Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services, said Ordinance 1954 establishes a balanced budget of $38,419,488.00, with a tax rate of $.71 on each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessable real property, $.03 on each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessable real property in Special Taxing Districts One, Two, Three, Four and Five, and $1.69 on each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessable personal and mixed property within the City limits of Laurel. It also reauthorizes the Capital Improvements Program funding of $10,335,343.00 and establishes Fiscal Year 2021 Capital Improvement Program at $4,457,738.

Moe presented his Annual Budget Letter to the Laurel City Council and the Laurel Community. He thanked Lou Ann Crook, Deputy City Administrator and Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services, for meeting with the councilmembers to review the budget. He said we now find ourselves in uncertain times. Amendments to this budget are likely in the coming year. He said the proposed FY 2021 Budget demonstrates to our citizens and businesses owners that the city of open for business, and we will run efficiently we will and provide same level of service. City Administrator Bill Goddard is working on Laurel’s plan to bring back staff, open facilities, start programs and events, but will only be done when it is safe.

President Sydnor opened the public hearing at 633 p.m.

Brian Coyle, Co-Chair, Laurel for the Patuxent, thanked the City for the quick response to the COVID-19. He called to support funding for a Sustainability Coordinator in the FY2021 Operating Budget. He understands the unexpected financial impacts on the City from the Pandemic but believes funding this position would be an investment and have economic benefits. He looks forward to working with the City as a partner to enhance the environment and sustainability of the community.

Public hearing closed at 6:39 p.m.

President Sydnor announced a Budget Work Session is scheduled for Monday, May 4, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

C. President Sydnor read the title of 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, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:41 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. He noted this legislation allows the City to form a consortium with other municipalities for negotiating purposes of the current agreement.

 

The Council Standing Rules were suspended on motion by Council President Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, 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, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

D. President Sydnor read the title of 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, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:46 p.m.

 

The Council Standing Rules were suspended on motion by Council President Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz

 

On motion by Council President Sydnor, seconded by Councilmember Smith, 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, was adopted, with Councilmember DeWalt voting NO. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

4. Adjournment

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:49 p.m.

 

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC
Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: September 14, 2020

 

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