Laurel City Council approves Boys and Girls Club task force

The City Council approved a resolution at its meeting Monday night that will create a task force to review the finances and operations of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club, according to Council President Fred Smalls.

Before approval, the council voted to amend the resolution to increase the number of people on the task force from nine to 11, Smalls said.

The resolution calls for the task force to be made up of representatives from the club, the business community, city residents and a financial expert.

With the amendment made Monday, four members of the task force will be appointed by the mayor, four appointed by the City Council, two will be members of the Boys and Girls Club and at least one will be a member of the club's board of directors.

Boys and Girls Club President Levet Brown and one member from the Laurel Parks and Recreation Citizen Advisory Committee will serve ex-officio as non-voting members.

The idea for the task force came out of a meeting between Brown and Laurel Mayor Craig Moe earlier this year. Brown said the biggest issue facing the club is the deterioration of the 114-year-old Phelps Center, parts of which are used by Princeton Day Academy high school. Earlier this month, Laurel Police said they found Princeton Day Academy students living at the club as well as numerous safety code violations; club officials were cleared of the code violations Feb. 14.

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