Mayor and City Council Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

1. Call to order

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

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

2. Minutes

A. Approval of Minutes of the Seventeenth Meeting of Monday, October 26, 2020 - Regular

B. Approval of Minutes of the Eighteenth Meeting on Thursday, October 29, 2020 - Special

C. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session on Thursday, October 29, 2020

D. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - Regular

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

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

4. Mayoral Appointments

A. Appointment of Roy P. Gilmore, Emergency Services Commission; Reappointment: Marlene Collins, Board of Appeals; Gloria Arnold, Youth Services Commission; Marlene Frazier, Historic District Commission and Martin Mitchell, Board of Appeals.

5. 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.

6. Recommendations

A. Consideration of Bid Recommendation - Department of Public Works Recycling Toters

B. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Department of Public Works - Street Sweeper

C. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Department of Parks and Recreation Maintenance Facility Roof Replacement

D. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Leasing of Laurel Police Department Vehicles

E. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Department of Information Technology - Laurel Police Department In Car Cameras

7. Legislation

A. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 17-20, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to adopt the 2020 FEMA Region III Patuxent River Flood Study as the City's Official Flood Study.

B. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1963, an ordinance of the Mayor and City council of Laurel, Maryland, to amend the Laurel City Code, Article I, In General, Sec. 2-1 - Legal Holidays, to change Columbus Day Holiday to "Indigenous People's Day".

C. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1961, an ordinance 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, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

D. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1962, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Chapter 11 Planning and Development, Article III "Affordable Housing Program" of the Laurel City Code; and providing an effective date.

E. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1964, an ordinance amending the City of Laurel Code, Election Laws.

F. Introduction and first public hearing on Charter Resolution No. 172, a resolution amending the Charter of the City of Laurel Election Laws.

8. Adjournment

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. Call to order

 

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

 

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

 

2. Minutes

 

A. Approval of Minutes of the Seventeenth Meeting of Monday, October 26, 2020 - Regular

 

B. Approval of Minutes of the Eighteenth Meeting on Thursday, October 29, 2020 - Special

 

C. Approval of Minutes of the Closed Session on Thursday, October 29, 2020

 

D. Approval of Minutes of the Work Session on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - Regular

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the Minutes listed above were approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

3. Report of the Mayor and City Council

 

Councilmember Smith had the pleasure of working the polls along with the 21st Delegation and members of the council.

 

Councilmember DeWalt assisted with placing American Flags on the graves of all the veterans at Ivy Hill Cemetery on Sunday. Lisa Wright, Coordinator for Wreaths Across American also coordinates this event. He said there were 300 flags placed on Sunday. He was also able to clean up the Laurel Police Memorial and the grave of Sgt. James Harris.

 

Councilmember Nicholas expressed her appreciation to all the Veteran's for their service to the country and reminded everyone to social distance and wear masks.

 

Councilmember Leszcz read the following statement: As I came from a family of hard core Republicans headed by a father that was a good friend of Democrat Senator Carper, and I along with a fellow Black student had to represent Delaware State College in 1970 and meet with Governor Terry after the students threw Governor Terry off a stage at the school and the Governor called in the National Guard to shut the school down, I learned firsthand about compromise as a result of the meeting: we got the thousands of dollars I asked Governor Terry for to restart the school paper, the Hornet, and compromised by running Governor Terry’s campaign ad free. As my father advised me, argue like hell to make your points, but at 5 pm, it is Martini time and time to compromise. We are a Democracy, not a socialist or communist country — we need to look to the middle and learn how to compromise again so that we can govern all and move our society forward.

 

 

Councilmember Sydnor thanked the Department of Parks and Recreation for their creative thinking with the planning the Hallo-Week events during the pandemic. He also thanked all the veterans for their service, especially all city employees and elected officials. This year he will be visiting the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

 

Mayor Moe extended his condolences to Kevin Frost on the passing of his father; the Red Cross held a Blood Drive Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at Partnership Hall. He extended his appreciation to Joanne Barr and her staff for the Hallow-Week events saying they were very creative, and the residents were very appreciative. The City has presented some checks to local organizations for their efforts distributing food during the pandemic. The funds were provided for through the CARES Act. 50th Anniversary Memorial Brick program is still underway, with the bricks being placed in the Memorial Garden at the Municipal Center. November 11, 2020, City offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. Wreaths Across American will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2020, this year’s event will be different due to the pandemic. Congratulated President-elect Biden and Vice-President-Elect Harris.

Mayor Moe will be issuing two proclamations: Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 28, 2020 in the City of Laurel.

 

4. Mayoral Appointments

 

A. Appointment of Roy P. Gilmore, Emergency Services Commission; Reappointment: Marlene Collins, Board of Appeals; Gloria Arnold, Youth Services Commission; Marlene Frazier, Historic District Commission and Martin Mitchell, Board of Appeals.

 

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

 

5. 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.

 

President Sydnor opened the General Public Hearing at 6:20 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak.

 

6. Recommendations

 

A. Consideration of Bid Recommendation - Department of Public Works Recycling Toters

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works, presented the recommendation to purchase recycling and refuse toters as outlined in a memorandum dated October 20, 2020. Funding for this purchase is provided in the adopted Department of Public Works FY2021 General Operating Budget. It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council approve the purchase of these toters from Rehrig Pacific Company, as itemized in the memorandum, for a total cost of up to $51,781.00.

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember DeWalt, the purchase was approved for the purchase of recycling and refuse toters, as recommended, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

B. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Department of Public Works - Street Sweeper

 

Rob Ferree, Director of Public Works, presented the bid recommendation for the purchase of one (1) Street Sweeper, as outlined in a memorandum dated October 27, 2020. Funding for this vehicle is provided for in the FY2021 Capital Improvement Program. The cost of the Street Sweeper after a $20,000 trade-in is $227,036.00. It was recommended the Mayor and City Council approve this purchase through Maryland Industrial Truck, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, using the Sourcewell Contract Prince for the purchase.

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the purchase of a Street Sweeper was approved, as recommended, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

C. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Department of Parks and Recreation Maintenance Facility Roof Replacement

 

Joanne Hall Barr, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation presented the bid recommendation to replace the roof at the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Complex at 7705 Old Sandy Spring Road, as outlined in a memorandum dated October 13, 2020. Funding for this project is included in the FY2020 Capital Improvement Program Parks and Recreation Maintenance Complex Project. It was recommended the Mayor and City Council award the project to Progressive Roofing of Clinton, Maryland, for a total cost of $159,900.00.

 

On motion by Councilmember Nicholas, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the project was approved for the Roof Replacement at the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Facility, as recommended, on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

D. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Leasing of Laurel Police Department Vehicles

 

Chief Russ Hamill presented the recommendation for the leasing of fleet vehicles for the Laurel Police Department, as outlined in a memorandum dated October 15, 2020. The first phase of the program includes the lease of thirteen (13) Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility vehicles through Enterprise Fleet Management, fully up fitted for immediate deployment upon delivery by Priority Install. Funding for this lease acquisition is included in the Adopted FY2020 and the FY2021 Capital Improvement Program Fleet Acquisition project. It was recommended that the Mayor and City Council approve the lease program for thirteen Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles from Enterprise Fleet Management with an annual lease payment of $158,054.00.

 

On motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Councilmember Smith, the recommendation was approved, as presented, for the leasing of fleet vehicles for the Laurel Police Department on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

E. Consideration of a Bid Recommendation - Department of Information Technology - Laurel Police Department in Car Cameras

 

James Cornwell-Shiel, Deputy Director of the Department of Information Technology presented the bid recommendation for the purchase of Police in Car Camera Systems, as outlined in a memorandum dated October 21, 2020. This is a five (5) year contract that includes hardware warrant, support and the cloud software service. The purchase will be made using the State of Maryland 2012 Technology Hardware Contract with Axon Enterprise Inc. of Scottsdale, Arizona. Funding for this project is included in the FY2021 Capital Improvement Program Information Technology project. The subsequent years of service will be obligated in the annual operating budget of the Laurel Police Department. The annual recurring cost will be $20,124.00. It was recommended the Mayor and City Council approve this contract for a total contract price of $90,168.00.

 

On motion by Councilmember DeWalt, seconded by Councilmember Nicholas, the purchase of Police In-Car Camera Systems, as recommended, was approved on a unanimous roll call vote.

 

7. Legislation

 

A. Introduction and first public hearing on Resolution No. 17-20, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to adopt the 2020 FEMA Region III Patuxent River Flood Study as the City's Official Flood Study.

 

President Sydnor read the title of Resolution No. 17-20, a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to adopt the 2020 FEMA Region III Patuxent River Flood Study as the City's Official Flood Study, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:40 p.m.

 

Chrissy Cornwell, Emergency Manager presented Resolution No. 17-20, to adopt the 2020 FEMA Region III Patuxent River Flood Study as the City's Official Flood Study.

 

President Sydnor closed the public hearing at 6:41 p.m. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, November 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

 

B. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1963, an ordinance of the Mayor and City council of Laurel, Maryland, to amend the Laurel City Code, Article I, In General, Sec. 2-1 - Legal Holidays, to change Columbus Day Holiday to "Indigenous People's Day".

 

President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1963, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland, to amend the Laurel City Code, Article I, In General, Sec. 2-1 - Legal Holidays, to change Columbus Day Holiday to "Indigenous People's Day", into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:42 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, November 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

 

C. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1961, an ordinance 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, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

 

President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1961, an ordinance 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, 2020 through June 30, 2021, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:44 p.m.

 

Michele Saylor, Director of Budget and Personnel Services presented Ordinance No. 1961, to transfer funds from the Unassigned Fund Balance to the Capital Improvement Program for the purpose of real property acquisition. The proposed transfer will still allow the City to maintain the recommended accounting principles and City-required balance in the Unassigned Fund Balance of at least three months of the current operating expenditures and at least ten percent of current operating expenditures, respectively.

 

President Sydnor closed the public hearing at 6:45 p.m. with one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, November 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

 

D. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1962, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Chapter 11 Planning and Development, Article III "Affordable Housing Program" of the Laurel City Code; and providing an effective date.

 

President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1962, an ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Laurel, Maryland to amend Chapter 11 Planning and Development, Article III "Affordable Housing Program" of the Laurel City Code; and providing an effective date, into the record for the first reading. President Sydnor opened the public hearing at 6:46 p.m.

 

Christian Pulley, Director of the Department of Economic and Community Development presented Ordinance No. 1962 to amend the Affordable Housing Program, to assure that Moderately Priced Housing and Work Force Housing are dispersed within the City as affordable housing continues to be needed throughout the region. The amendment provides that new multi-family dwellings under one hundred (100) will provide 3% workforce housing and 3% moderately priced housing; Multi-family dwellings over one hundred (100) will provide 4% for workforce housing, 4% moderately priced housing and 4% age restricted.

 

President Sydnor closed the public hearing at 6:47 p.m. with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing with possible action is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, November 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

 

E. Introduction and first public hearing on Ordinance No. 1964, an ordinance amending the City of Laurel Code, Election Laws.

 

President Sydnor read the title of Ordinance No. 1964, an ordinance amending the City of Laurel Code, Election Laws, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:47 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, November 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. with additional discussion at the Work Session on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

 

 

F. Introduction and first public hearing on Charter Resolution No. 172, a resolution amending the Charter of the City of Laurel Election Laws.

 

President Sydnor read the title of Charter Resolution No. 172, a resolution amending the Charter of the City of Laurel Election Laws, into the record for the first reading. The public hearing was opened at 6:49 p.m. and closed with no one present who wished to speak. A second public hearing is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council Meeting on Monday, November 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. with additional discussion at the Work Session on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

There being no further business to come before the Mayor and City Council the meeting was adjourned at 6:52 p.m.

 

8. Adjournment

 

 

 

Kimberley A. Rau, MMC

Clerk to the Council

 

Approved: November 23, 2020

 

 

 

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