Mayor and City Council Meeting
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Agenda

1. Agenda Items

A. Bid Recommendation - Department of Information Technology - Purchase of Desktop Computers

B. Ordinance No. 1960 - Text Amendment No. 256, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland amending Laurel City Code, Chapter 20 "Land Development and Subdivision Regulations,” Article I “Zoning,” §20-1.7 “Definitions” to update the definitions for various terms used in Chapter 20; §20-6.13 “Table of Residential Uses”, §20-6.35 “Swimming Pools”, §20-7.8 “Table of Commercial Uses,” §20-8.3 “Table of Office Building Uses”, §20-9.5 “Table of Industrial Uses”, §20-12.3 “Table of Mixed Use – Transportation Oriented Uses”, §20-22.13 “Automobile Filling Station”, §20-22.14 “Automobile Laundry”, §20-22.28 “Congregate Living Facilities”, §20-22.47 “Housing for Senior and Handicapped Persons”, and §20-22.58 “Recreation Establishments of a Commercial Nature”, §20-22.74 “Group Home, Adult”, to update the uses permitted in various zones in the City; Article IV “Floodplain Management ,” §20-38.2 “Subdivision Proposals and Development Proposals,” §20-38.11 “Gas or Liquid Storage Tanks,” §20-40.3 “Considerations for Variances”; and providing for an effective date.

C. An ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the Laurel Unified Land Development Code; Chapter 20 Land Development and Subdivision, Article I Zoning, Division 5 Zoning Districts, Section 20-6.14.(d)(1) and create Section 20-6.14.(d)(2) of the City Code to allow for the housing of backyard chickens in certain residential zones as an accessory use; and providing an effective date.

Minutes

Present: Craig A. Moe, Mayor; Keith R. Sydnor, Council President; Carl DeWalt, Councilmember; Valerie M A Nicholas, Councilmember; Michael R. Leszcz, Councilmember; Brencis Smith, Councilmember; William Goddard, City Administrator; LouAnn Crook, MMC, Deputy City Administrator; Sara Green, CMC, Mayor’s Chief of Staff; Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology; S. Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services; Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications; Chief Russel Hamill, Police Department; Steve Allen, Fire Marshal; Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works; Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation; Larry Taub, City Solicitor and Kimberley Rau, MMC, Clerk.

 

1. Agenda Items

 

A. Bid Recommendation – Department of Information Technology, Purchase of (85) Desktop Computers.

 

Kevin Frost, Director of Information Technology, presented the bid recommendation, outlined in a memorandum dated September 15, 2020. Teleworking has created a significant cyber-security threat for the City. As part of the response to this threat, the City is upgrading eighty-five (85) desktop computers. The cost of this purchase is $73,060.00 under the State of Maryland 2012 hardware contract through Daly Computing Inc., of Rockville, Md. Funding for forty (40) of the computers is found in the current IT operating budget and the remaining 45 will be funded through the CARES Act. Councilmembers agreed to award the purchase at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

 

B. Bid Recommendation - Department of Public Works - Purchase of Four (4) Pick-up Trucks

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works, presented the bid recommendation to purchase four (4) pick-up trucks, as outlined in a memorandum dated October 2, 2020. The recommendation is to purchase four (4) pick-up trucks which are designated as follows: one (1) ½ ton pick-up truck for Parks and Recreation; two (2) ¾ ton 4x4 pick-up trucks with snow plows for Parks and Recreation and one (1) ¾ ton 4x4 with snow plow for the Department of Public Works. Funding for these vehicles is provided in the FY2019 and FY2020 CIP Fleet Replacement Program for a total cost of $147,559.00 under the State of Maryland contract through Apple Ford, Columbia, Md., and Hetrich Fleet Services, Milford, De. Councilmembers agreed to award this purchase at the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
 

C. Ordinance No. 1960, Text Amendment No. 256, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland amending Laurel City Code, Chapter 20 "Land Development and Subdivision Regulations,” Article I “Zoning,” §20-1.7 “Definitions” to update the definitions for various terms used in Chapter 20; §20-6.13 “Table of Residential Uses”, §20-6.35 “Swimming Pools”, §20-7.8 “Table of Commercial Uses,” §20-8.3 “Table of Office Building Uses”, §20-9.5 “Table of Industrial Uses”, §20-12.3 “Table of Mixed Use – Transportation Oriented Uses”, §20-22.13 “Automobile Filling Station”, §20-22.14 “Automobile Laundry”, §20-22.28 “Congregate Living Facilities”, §20-22.47 “Housing for Senior and Handicapped Persons”, and §20-22.58 “Recreation Establishments of a Commercial Nature”, §20-22.74 “Group Home, Adult”, to update the uses permitted in various zones in the City; Article IV “Floodplain Management ,” §20-38.2 “Subdivision Proposals and Development Proposals,” §20-38.11 “Gas or Liquid Storage Tanks,” §20-40.3 “Considerations for Variances”; and providing for an effective date.

 

Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, presented the ordinance, as is required by the City of Laurel Code to mend the Unified Land Development Code. This is the first part of the comprehensive update that will come before the City Council over the next several months. It was last updated in 2011. Since that time the Master Plan was revised and updated in 2016. Both are guiding tools that shape the community and economic development for a cohesive and well-balanced city. City is the only in municipality in Prince George’s County to have its own zoning authority; therefore, it is vital for planning staff to conduct thorough reviews from time to remain current with trends and state legislation.

 

D. An ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend the Laurel Unified Land Development Code; Chapter 20 Land Development and Subdivision, Article I Zoning, Division 5 Zoning Districts, Section 20-6.14.(d)(1) and create Section 20-6.14.(d)(2) of the City Code to allow for the housing of backyard chickens in certain residential zones as an accessory use; and providing an effective date.

 

Mayor Moe presented the draft legislation saying several residents had asked about having backyard chickens. He said this is a first step and that the City needs to Prince George’s County Animal Control. Allows a single-family detached dwelling to have one rooster, up to 4 female chickens, housed in a covered coop. with permission from the abutting neighbors.

 

Larry Taub, City Solicitor, commented on a recent notice he received from the CDC regarding an outbreak of salmonella linked to backyard poultry.

 

Mayor asked that the Councilmembers forward any comments or amendment to the Administration from the Clerk.

Council President Sydnor said he would like the Mayor and City Council to consider changing the name of the Columbus Day Holiday to Indigenous/Native American Day, noting that several jurisdictions in this area have made the change (Prince George’s County, Washington D.C., and Howard County).

 

Mayor Moe said he has been getting a lot of phone calls about Halloween. The City is preparing information that will be distributed to the public strongly discouraging residents from allowing children to go out and Trick-or-Treat. Parks and Recreation has planned some Halloween Events that are safe.

Joanne Barr, Director of Parks and Recreation said her staff is excited about the alternative program a week-long celebration following CDC guidelines. She encouraged residents to go the City’s website for the list of activities.

 

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the Work Session was adjourned at 6:34 p.m.

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: October 14, 2020

 

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