LAUREL — The Laurel City Council approved proclamations including Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Economic Development week as well as received updates from Police Chief Russell Hamill and City Administrator William Goddard during their meeting on Sept. 23.
Laurel Mayor Craig Moe announced the designation of several proclamations during the short meeting for Domestic Violence Awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Community Media Day, National Arts and Humanities Month, Walk Maryland Day and Economic Development Week.
“The City of Laurel recognizes that the arts and humanities enhance and enrich the lives of its citizens and, whereas, the arts and humanities play a unique role in the lives of our families, our communities and our country,” Moe said as he announced the proclamation for National Arts and Humanities Month.
With each proclamation, Moe encouraged all residents to participate in either bringing about awareness to other city residents about such issues or actively participate in activities, such as the arts and humanities or utilizing media in a responsible and community building way, to enrich their lives and the lives of others.
“I have proclamation 2019-17 whereas Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is encouraging Marylanders of all ages to take the steps to the streets, trails and parks throughout the day on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, for Walk Maryland Day to promote walking as a daily activity,” Moe said.
Following the issuing of proclamations, Goddard and Hamill each had the opportunity to give a report on happenings within the city and the city’s police department.
According to Goddard, the city has improved immensely on waste collection. Recycling and yard debris collection has increased, and the city had disposed of two tons of compost over the last month.
From July through September the Department of Public Works collected 1,160 tons of trash, 258 tons of recycling and 50 tons of yard debris. Within just the first month of the new collection program, the department was able to collect 1.78 tons of compost.
“Nearly two tons of compost has been collected with the program that we put together through public works; the mayor has been focused on that for some time. I’m tremendously excited about where that’s going,” Goddard said.
The city’s census kickoff event was held on Sept. 19, Goddard said as he recognized Laurel Director of Economic and Community Development Christian Pulley, who is serving on the Prince George’s County census 2020 municipality subcommittee, for her efforts in census outreach efforts throughout the city.
Additionally, the city has made much-needed repairs, with an extra emphasis on crosswalks and pedestrian safety. That includes brick repairs on First Street and Main Street and installing a crosswalk on Parkview Way and Nicholas Lane as well as on Main Street and Sixth Street. Going forward, city officials will have further discussions on evaluating other crosswalks in the city and making improvements in those areas.
The new Laurel app has been a success, Goddard said, as the city has responded to 804 voicemails and emails as well as 518 public requests.