Mayor and City Council Work Session
Monday, July 13, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:00pm

Mayor and City Council Work Session at 5:30pm

Comments can be submitted in writing to the Laurel Clerk at [email protected] or call in during the public hearing at 240-294-1308. If you have any questions, contact Clerk Kim Rau at 301-725-5300. 

Agenda

1. Agenda Items

A. Ordinance No. 1955, Revitalization Overlay Application B Street Redevelopment Application.

B. Resolution No. 15-20, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to approve an amendment to the Investment Policy Statement for the City of Laurel Retirement Plans and providing an effective date.

C. Consideration of a recommendation to extend contract for F.C. McColm Consulting, LLC.

D. Consideration of a recommendation to award Workers Compensation Insurance.

Minutes

Present: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Keith R. Sydnor, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Brencis Smith, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator and Kimberley A. Rau, MMC, Clerk.

 

Participating Via Telephone: LouAnn Crook, Deputy City Administrator; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Steve Allen, Emergency Services Manager.

 

1. Agenda Items

 

A. Ordinance No. 1955, an ordinance to approve an application for development within Revitalization Overlay Area No. RO-6, including Conceptual Site and Landscape Plans, subject to conditions, for “Walkable Laurel.” A development within Revitalization Overlay Area No. RO-6; and providing an effective date.

 

Robert Love, Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development, presented proposed Ordinance No. 1955, Revitalization Overlay Application B Street Redevelopment Application. The application proposes a development of six (6) mixed use buildings, to include 73 multifamily rental units and commercial storefronts, along with parking, and open space areas, located at 37 B Street, 41 B Street, 51 B Street, 26 C Street and 32 C Street. Mr. Ron Eichner, New Legacy Partners; Brian Phillips, ISA Architects; Jon Fitch, LAB Landscape Architects were on the phone to answer any questions. Council agreed to introduce and hold first public hearing at regular meeting at 6:00 p.m.

 

B. Resolution No. 15-20, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to approve an amendment to the Investment Policy Statement for the City of Laurel Retirement Plans and providing an effective date.

 

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services, said due to the pandemic and subsequent hit to the stock market, the Administration realized the need to add emergency language, to the Investment Policy State for the City of Laurel Retirement Plans, to allow the investment consultant to act without obtaining the approval of the entire Board. Councilmembers agreed to introduce and hold the first public hearing at the regular meeting at 6:00 p.m.

 

C. Consideration of a recommendation to extend contract for F.C. McColm Consulting, LLC.

 

Steve Allen, Emergency Manager, presented the recommendation to extend the contract for Frank McColm Consulting, outlined in a memorandum dated June 30, 2020. The original contract was approved by the Mayor and City Council on July 8, 2019. Mr. McColm is the lead on the Community Ratings System Program. The project is entering the final phase. Once the City enters the evaluation phase Mr. McColm will work directly with the City and FEMA. After the evaluation is complete the determination will be made what class the City of Laurel will be rated. The contract extension will not exceed $50,000 and is effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Councilmembers agreed to award at the regular meeting of the Mayor and City Council at 6:00 p.m.

 

D. Consideration of a recommendation to award Workers Compensation Insurance.

 

Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services, presented the FY2021 Workers Compensation Insurance Bid Recommendation, as outlined in a memorandum dated July 2, 2020. The City went out for proposal for the award for Workers Compensation Insurance for FY2021. Funding for Workers Compensation Insurance is provided in the FY2021 General Operating Budget under Employee Insurance. It was recommended the Mayor and City Council approve the proposal for Workers Compensation Insurance for $556,082 to Chesapeake Employers Insurance. Councilmembers agreed to award the contract at the Mayor and City Council Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

 

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC
Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: September 28, 2020

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