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Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 6:30pm

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Notes on LAC non-quorum Meeting Nov 9 2022

Attendees – Bill, Cesar, Kayleigh, Bharati, Alonté, Anjali, Melissa


Bill – Laurel Multiservice Center for people experiencing homelessness (run by city)

  • Status: architect’s bid approved ($4.5 + $7 million)  Arium|AE · Columbia, MD
  • Where: next to Home Depot (Sport Fit to R of Home Depot);
  • When: Will break ground Dec 2022: Phase 1 = gym, showers, washers; Ph 2 = short-term living accommodations. Goal: complete facility and open by Nov 2023
  • Design: Metal façade – will stay metal; existing door faces home Depot. Mural is planned to left of door.

LAC will review and decide which mural design. Possibly murals inside.

  • City employee will manage facility (Hayley); work w local non-profits LARS, FISH, Winter Haven; maybe churches do meals there.
  • LAC flash: do a participatory mural with center clients; do arts empowerment.

CesarQuill Lot concerts. Cesar answered LAC Event Committee’s Question: no decent stage at Quill Lot or other facilities in Laurel (?McCullough Field) – maybe use bank or florist; Laurel Towne Center does have stage + sound system . Bill: DPW has portable plywood stages – 4 together can make a stage for small ensemble. DPR has 2 hay wagons for 1-2 performers.

                Time frame – spring or summer?

Traffic Boxes – Kayleigh identified 4 state-owned highway boxes; State of Md. gave her a prelim ok on use of these boxes for art wraps (to qualify, box must be in zone <35-40 ? mph + no road construction planned)  Next step = get cost estimate (how many can we afford to wrap?)

Education outreach  – Bill and Melissa reported on birdhouse event (Gude Lake), which featured new birdhouses including one by Pallotti art students – sponsored by LAC.

                Melissa reached out to Laurel HS visual art teachers about exhibiting student art – waiting to hear back.  She plans in next few days to hit up Laurel HS music dept, Pallotti art and music, local ESs.

Social media – Alonté reported he’s still not on city Instagram for LAC. Bill advised talking with James James Cornwell-Shiel, City IT, and then let Bill know if any further hitches gett

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