Monday, April 23, 2012
The council meets for a work session at 6:45 p.m.
Laurel could be following other jurisdictions in boosting opportunities for women and minority business contractors. Laurel City Council members will hold a second public hearing tonight on a resolution to encourage more projects from women and minority contractors in the city. This has been a concern in other jurisdictions as well. Prince George's County created the Minority Business Development Division to help promote contract opportunities. The division encourages the private sector and local government to partner with minority businesses as an economic engine for the county. The division acts as a conduit to help contracts reach minority business owners. Howard County also has a registry to promote contract opportunities for small …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Patch is checking in as the Laurel Council and mayor will be meeting tonight at 7 p.m.
The Laurel Council will be meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Municipal Center. It's looking to be a busy meeting tonight as the council will introduce several new resolutions.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Sarich to focus on economic development, engaging residents.
After a five-year break from elected office, former Laurel Council member Michael Sarich is aiming to get back into city politics by making a run for mayor. Sarich, 38, served as a council member for Ward 2 from 2002 to 2008 but left office to pursue a law degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In that time he has gotten married and is expecting his first child next year, and he says his commitment and engagement with the community never waivered. “I have a vision and a plan for the community that’s realistic and achievable,” he said. His vision includes aggressively expanding the commercial tax base along Main Street, an area he said does not capitalize on its proximity to a MARC station and I-95. He said he wants to attract …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Board of Election clears path for former Prince George's County Council candidate to run for mayoral office.
The Laurel Board of Election Supervisors voted today to allow former Prince George’s County Council candidate Valerie Cunningham to enter the mayoral election race. While Cunningham must still clear final approval, a formality, when the Board of Election meets in October, Wednesday’s vote will now allow her to campaign as a candidate. Cunningham technically filed before the 5 p.m. Sept. 6 deadline, but her name did not appear on the final candidate list because city officials had difficulty verifying the names on her application. Officials could not verify all names before the deadline. The city requires that candidates have at least 30 residents sign a petition endorsing a candidate before their application is deemed valid. Kim Rau, clerk…