Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, May 4, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:00pm

Agenda

1. Agenda Items

A. 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. 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

 

President Sydnor thanked the organizers of the "Black Live Matters" March held over the weekend. He then commented on the fact that he did not address Councilmember DeWalt for bringing the “Blue Lives” flag to the event. He said he knew he should have spoken to Councilmember DeWalt about the flag being inappropriate.

Councilmember DeWalt apologized to anyone he offended by his actions. He spoke with some students at the event and said they had some great dialogue.

Councilmember Nicholas attended the Black Lives Matter March on Saturday. She commended the leaders and all the participants. She thanked Mayor Moe and President Sydnor for their leadership during this crisis.

Councilmember Smith said as a black man living in Laurel it was touching to see so many people coming out to show support for the movement.

Council President Sydnor accepted the apology of Councilmember DeWalt on behalf of the council.  

Mayor Moe offered condolences to Tim Adams on the passing of his daughter; he thanked the Islamic Center of Laurel and St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church for their efforts distributing food and water; Stands for Justice held a March on Saturday, June 6, 2020. He thanked the organizers for working with the City to keep those in attendance safe; he acknowledged that the Chief is reviewing all policies for the police. He noted the City has not used the “choke hold” since the early 1990’s. He concluded his remarks by congratulating his niece Alex Flowers on the birth of her twins Abigail Joe and Devon Mark born on June 5, 2020.

3. Presentation

A. Homelessness Task Force Report

Mr. Donald Whitehead, Chairman of the Laurel’s Task Force on Homelessness, presented a PowerPoint presentation on the finding of the Task Force.

Mayor Moe thanked Mr. Whitehead and the members of the Task Force saying he looks forward to additional discussion in the future on this project.

4. Recommendations

A. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - IT HP Servers

 

Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, presented the recommendation for the purchase of HP Servers, as outlined in a memorandum dated May 29, 2020. The current servers have been in service around the clock for five years and are no longer under warranty. Cost of the Servers is $71,937.15, includes a five-year support and maintenance. Funding is included in the CIP. The purchase will be made on a State of Maryland contract with ePlus of Fulton, Maryland.

 

On motion by Councilmember DeWalt, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the recommendation for the purchase of HP Servers, as presented, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

5. General Public Hearing

 

President Sydnor opened the General Public Hearing at 6:36 p.m.

 

Amy Knox, Prince George Street, Laurel, considering the current situation in the Country, she asked what the citizens can do to make sure the community and police are moving forward. She asked if there was a Citizen Review Board to look at police policies?

 

President Sydnor closed the public hearing at 6:38 p.m.

6. Agenda Items

 

A. President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1956, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:39 p.m.

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services, said this is the first amendment to the FY2020 Operating Budget of $465,000, due to financial activities of the 4th of July Committee and the 150 Anniversary; savings in expenditure budgets of the Office of the Mayor, Vehicle Maintenance, Street Lighting Maintenance, and Snow and ice Removal; a reduction in revenue in the Admissions and Amusement Tax and Racetrack Impact Aid due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders; grant for Census 2020 outreach; additional funding for Information Technology and Fleet Acquisition projects for a total budget of $3,460,500.

Public hearing closed at 6:51 p.m.

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, ORDINANCE NO. 1956, AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND TO AMEND THE GENERAL OPERATING BUDGET AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2019 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

B. President Sydnor read the title of Resolution No. 12-20, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to adopt/City of Laurel Appendix 1: City of Laurel, Maryland, Flood Hazard Addendum to the Prince George's County /City of Laurel Hazard Mitigation Plan, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:52 p.m.

 

Steve Allen, Emergency Manager, said the resolution effectively adopts the addendum to the 5 year a Hazard Mitigation Plan. This updates the Flood Mitigation Projects within the City and is needed to clarify for the Maryland Emergency Management Association (MEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), to document the projects in the Flood Mitigation Pan.

President Sydnor closed the public hearing at 6:53 p.m.

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, RESOLUTION NO. 12-2020, A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND TO ADOPT/CITY OF LAUREL APPENDIX 1: CITY OF LAUREL, MARYLAND, FLOOD HAZARD ADDENDUM TO THE PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY /CITY OF LAUREL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

7. Adjournment

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

 

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: September 28, 2020

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