The Moe Gram
Volume  12       Issue  1       January  2018
City's New EOC Ready For Show
Grand Re-Opening and Dedication of the City of Laurel’s Emergency Operations Center, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 starting at 11am and runs to 1pm. After a yearlong, top to bottom upgrade, The City of Laurel’s Emergency Operations Center is up and running and we want to share the center with you.  Please feel free to stop by and see and hear all aobut the new EOC and what it does during emergencies.
Laurel's Community Health Fair
With a recent rash of fires being reported,  Laurel Fire Marshal Dave Cope want residents to know they must be compliant with the updated Smoke Alarm Law that goes into effect on January 1, 2018. 
WHAT:  The Smoke Alarm Law will require the replacement of an expired battery-only or hard-wired smoke alarm with a 10-year, sealed unit that has lithium-ion batteries and a silence/hust button feature. 
WHY: The updated law will help achieve a more reliable smoke alarm coverage in older buildings. Smoke alarm requirements for existing homes are based on when the home was constructed, which necessitates smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and one on each level of the home. But if you do have a wired smoke alarm in your home, understand it is NEVER acceptable to remove the wired smoke alarms and replace them with any type of battery-only operated device. 
If you are purchasing a newly, constructed home, Maryland requires an AC powered, battery back-up smoke alarm IN every bedroom, in the common area outside of the bedrooms and on every other level of the dwelling unit.
The cost of the 10-Year Smoke Alarm is more expensive, but it will pay for itself since you will not have to purchase and replace batteries every 6 months. And a reminder that, though you won’t have to replace the batteries, remember to vacuum the dust from the vents on a regular basis. 
I am asking us all to be proactive in deterring property damage, injuries and deaths due to fire and update your smoke alarms today! It’s not only for the protection you and your family, but it’s the law!   For more information, contact Dave Cope, Laurel Fire Marshal, at 301-725-5300 ext. 2250     
Mike Mondy's Community Project 
I wanted include mention of the work Mike Mondy's community project, Warm for the Winter - Laurel, MD.  You can read more about the project at the website  at and there was  a write-up done recently in the Laurel Leader that can be found at
So far Mike has collected around $6,400 which is awesome!  With the goal being to raise $10,500 by February.  If you would like to learn more please click on the link about, and if you can donate to the cause that would be welcome news to Mikie and all his efforts.  Keep up the good work Mike!
Mayor Opposes MAGLEV 
I have sent a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan opposing the MAGLEV Project. Please click here to read my letter to the Governor.  
Mike Leszcz Appointed
Council President Mike Leszcz has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 Transportation and Infrastructure Services (TIS) federal advocacy committee. 
Click here to read more about his appointment.
Mayor Appoints New City Solicitor
The City Council has unanimously approved the appointment of Lawrence N. Taub as City Solicitor, effective January 1, 2018.
Mr. Taub is a Principal with the firm of O’Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.  He has been representing local and national developers, builders, businesses and property owner in land use and zoning matters for over 30 years.   Notable projects include FedEx field and the University Town Center at the Prince George’s County Metro Center.
Mr. Taub is a participant in the Prince George’s Liaison Committee of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association, and past President of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, and former Board member for the Laurel Advocacy and Referral Service.
He is replacing City Solicitor Karen Ruff who will be taking a new position in New Carrollton, Maryland.
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