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

Agenda

**Virtual Meeting Agenda - Zoom**

 

1. Call to order

A. Call to order - Council President Keith R. Sydnor

B. Roll call - Clerk Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

2. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

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 and to register for the Zoom meeting information.

A. Second public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1955, Revitalization Overlay Application B Street Redevelopment Application.

B. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1957, and ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, amending the Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

5. Adjournment

Minutes

Present: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Keith R. Sydnor, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; Valerie M.A. Nicholas, Councilmember; Brencis Smith, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; LouAnn Crook, MMC, Deputy City Administrator; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development; Robert Love, Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development Joanne Barr; Sara Green, Chief of Staff to the Mayor; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; James Cornwell-Shiel, Deputy Director of information Technology; Chief Russ Hamill, Police Department; Joanne Barr Director of Parks and Recreation; Larry Taub, City Solicitor, Kenya Barno, Administrative Specialist and Kimberley A. Rau, MMC, Clerk.

 

A. Call to Order – Council President Keith R. Sydnor

 

B. Roll Call – Clerk Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

2. Report of the Mayor and City Council
 

Councilmember Leszcz – Reminded residents to practice social distancing and wear masks. Condolences extended to the family of Gail Turney.

 

Councilmember DeWalt - Attended a community forum sponsored by County Executive Stuart Pittman, which is the Anne Arundel County Executive.

 

President Sydnor - Remembered two Civil Rights Icons - The Reverend C.T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis. Both were instrumental in the voting rights movement in 1960. The Reverend C.T. Vivian has been fighting for Civil Rights since 1947, he was a member of the Executive Leadership Staff for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Congressman John Lewis was also instrumental in getting the “Voting Rights Act” passed in 1965. Congressman Lewis was almost beat to death by the Alabama State Troopers during a civil rights march across the Emma Pettus Bridge. He participated in the Freedom Ride to Mississippi and was the youngest person to speak along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the March on Washington. President Sydnor noted that the fight for voting rights continue today in 2020. He reminded everyone to get out and vote and noted the last day to register to vote is October 13, 2020.

 

Mayor Moe – Condolences to the family and friends of former Wicomico County Executive, Bob Kohler who passed away yesterday. Had the opportunity to meet him several times at the Maryland Municipal League Convention in Ocean City and worked with him when I was President of the Maryland League. Also, Congressman John Lewis. Mayor had the opportunity to meet him twice down at the Capitol and during Laurel Day, he was a fine outstanding individual. Always took time to stop and talk with us and ask questions and to find out a little about Laurel.

Mayoral Appointments/Reappointments: Dove Robinson to the Public safety and Transportation; Richard Kluckhuhn, Public Safety and Transportation; Vicki Rambow, Public Safety and Transportation; Roy Smith, Public Safety and Transportation; Clyde Williams, Public Safety and Transportation; Dennis Whitley to the Board of Appeals; Kyla Clark, Persons with Disabilities; Erin McLaughlin, Persons with Disabilities; Michael McLaughlin, Persons with Disabilities; Katherine Grice to the Board of Trustees; and Melissa Holland Arts Council.

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the mayoral appointments/reappointments were confirmed on a unanimous roll call vote.

3. 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 6:13 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

4. Legislation

 

A. Second public hearing with possible action on Ordinance No. 1955, Revitalization overlay Application B Street Redevelopment Application.

 

President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1955, Revitalization overlay Application B Street Redevelopment Application, into the record for the second reading.

 

Robert Love, Deputy Director of Economics and Community Development, presented Ordinance No. 1955, Revitalization Overlay Application B Street Redevelopment Application. The ordinance was filed on May 12, 2020, by Laurel Legacy LLC seeking a revitalization overlay concept plan approval for the proposed walkable Laurel Development. On June 4, 2020, a letter explaining the nature of the project and the schedule of this public hearing was advertising of the schedule public hearings on the application before the Planning Commission was sent by certified mailed to property owners. A memorandum from the City of Laurel Planning Commission to the Mayor and Laurel City Councilmembers dated July 15, 2020.

 

President Sydnor opened the public hearing at 6:42 p.m. and closed it with no one present who wished to speak.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, ORDINANCE NO. 1955, REVITALIZATION OVERLAY APPLICATION B STREET REDEVELOPMENT APPLICATION, with Councilmember DeWalt ABSTAINING, was approved on a roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1957, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, amending the Operation budget and Capital improvement Program for Fiscal Year July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

 

President Sydnor open the public hearing at 6:46 p.m.

 

S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personal Services, presented Ordinance No. 1957. She said as was discussed at work session before this meeting this is the final ordinance for FY2020. There is an overall increase to the Operating budget is $925,000.00 for a total of $4,385,500.00.

 

President Sydnor closed the public hearing at 6:47 p.m.

 

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

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, to suspend the ORDINANCE NO. 1957, AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL, MARYLAND, AMENDING THE OPERATION BUDGET AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2019, THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020, was adopted on a unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Moe concurred with this action.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

 

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: September 28, 2020

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