Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, July 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

11th Meeting of the Mayor and City Council at 6:00pm

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

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1. Call to order

A. Call 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. Approval of Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes.

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. General Public Hearing

A. Due to 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.

5. Recommendations

A. Consideration of a recommendation for Contract Extension - F.C. McColm Consulting, LLC.

B. Consideration of a recommendation for Workers Compensation Insurance.

6. Agenda Items

A. Motion to ratify Executive Orders No. 2020-14, 2020-15, 2020-16, 2020-17, 2020-18, 2020-19 and 2020-20 issued by Mayor Craig A. Moe.

B. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1955, Revitalization Overlay Application B Street Redevelopment Application.

C. Introduction and first public hearing on 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.

7. Closed Session

A. Possible adjournment to Closed Session to consul to consult with counsel to obtain legal advice. The authority for this Closed Session is contained in the General Provisions Article Subsection 3-305 (b) (7).

8. Adjournment

A. Motion to adjourn the meeting.

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; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator and Kimberley A. Rau, MMC, Clerk to the Council.

 

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. Call to order

 

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

 

3. General Public Hearing

 

A. Due to 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 opened the public hearing at 7:10 p.m.

Brian Coyle, Co-Chair of Laurel Friends for Patuxent River, called to express his view about the proposed development on B Street being so close to the river. He would like to see the City take a pause on future re-development. He expressed his disappointment to hear the responses from the Legacy Group and suggested the City should not allow the developer to just do the minimum to protect the river.

 

President Sydnor closed the public hearing at 7:16 p.m.

 

4. Recommendations

 

A. Consideration of a recommendation for Contract Extension - 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.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, the extension to the contract for Frank McColm was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

B. Consideration of a recommendation for 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.

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the recommendation to award the FY2021 Workers Compensation Insurance was approved, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

5. Agenda Items

 

A. Motion to ratify Executive Orders No. 2020-17, Outdoor Dining Temporary Use Permit for Restaurants, 2020-19 Creation of City of Laurel Clergy Advisory Council and 2020-20 Expanding Reopening of Certain Businesses and Facilities with Restrictions.

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Smith, Executive Orders No. 2020-17, Outdoor Dining Temporary Use Permit for Restaurants, 2020-19 Creation of City of Laurel Clergy Advisory Council and 2020-20 Expanding Reopening of Certain Businesses and Facilities with Restrictions, were ratified on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

B. Introduction and first public hearing 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.

 

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

 

President Sydnor opened the public hearing at 7:19 p.m.

 

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.

7:22 p.m. Second public hearing with possible action on Monday, July 27, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

 

C. Introduction and first public hearing on 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.

 

President Sydnor read the title into the record for the first reading. 7:23 p.m.

 

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.

 

President Sydnor closed the public hearing at 7:24 p.m. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for Monday, July 27, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

 

6. Closed Session

 

President Sydnor read the following statement: This statement is made regarding the adjournment of the Mayor and City Council to Closed Session on this date. The reason for adjourning to a Closed Session is to consult with counsel to obtain legal advice. The authority for this Closed Session is contained in the General Provisions Article Subsection 3-305 (b) (7).

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the Mayor and City Council adjourned to Closed Session at 7:25 p.m.

 

Mayor Moe and all five councilmembers reconvened the regular meeting of the Mayor and City Council at 8:24 p.m.

 

7. Adjournment

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 8:24 p.m.

 

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: September 28, 2020

 

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