This Week in Largo
NOVEMBER 16, 2018
The City of Largo welcomes you to LARGO TODAY , News from the City Manager. Stay up-to-date on the superior services Largo aims to offer our residents, businesses and homeowners each week.
The City of Largo wishes you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving! As a reminder, all City facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday. Highland and Southwest Recreation Centers as well as the Largo Community Center will be closing at 6:30pm on Wednesday, November 21st.
HOLIDAY SOLID WASTE SCHEDULE
There is no trash or recycling collection on Thursday, November 22nd. Thursday residential collection moves to Wednesday and Thursday commercial moves to Friday. There is no change to residential collection on Friday, and Friday commercial collection moves to Saturday. View the Collection Schedule to find your pick-up day.

- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN
With stops at Largo High School and many of the City's elementary schools, Mayor Woody Brown, Commissioner Jamie Robinson and members of city staff from various departments were happy to spend time participating in this year's Great American Teach-In. Area students were able to design their own painted sidewalk projects, play a fun money game, dive into water safety, take real fingerprints, learn about the importance of volunteering and inclusiveness in government and so much more! Visit Largo.com/Connect and invite us to visit your school, office or organization. 

- Brenda Clark
Community Outreach Coordinator I 586-7630 I bclark@largo.com
LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE REVEAL PARTY
The Largo Public Library Bookmobile Reveal Party opened to great fanfare on November 15th.   The Largo High School Band of Gold marched to the library to give a rousing welcome to the new Bookmobile and the many individuals and groups who contributed to its becoming a reality.
 
The Bookmobile will bring library services to under served populations. Areas of Largo will begin regularly scheduled operations in January. Customers of all ages will find a variety of materials on board from which to choose. The Bookmobile can carry approximately 2,500 items. Children and teens will see a mix of classics and new books, and adults will have access to current bestsellers and some perennial favorites. The latest DVD releases will be available for checkout as well as audio books and CDs.
 
Library staff will provide programs at some scheduled stops in order to build a community of readers. Programs may include story times, book talks, book club support, and informational programs about services available at the library. Visit Bookmobile Stop Guidelines to learn more about requesting Bookmobile stops.
 
Three Bookmobile Open Houses will be held in December: Dec. 3, 9:00 am to noon; Dec. 17, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and Dec. 20 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The public is invited to come to the library during these events and see the new Bookmobile!

-Nancy Coleman-Romanos
Marketing and Special Events Librarian I 587-6715 I ncoleman@largo.com
ZERO WASTE PICNIC
The City of Largo completed another Largo Environmental Action Plan (LEAP) indicator as it held its first zero-waste event for the City's employee picnic on November 8th. In celebration of the City's strategic focus on sustainability, staff replaced disposable decor with reusable tablecloths, water bottles and biodegradable potato chip bags. Suncoast Compost attended the event as well, educating employees on waste elimination and providing composting stations. As an added treat, guests enjoyed a live performance from The Garbage Men, a local band promoting recycling and reuse, on their up-cycled instruments. Due to these successful partnerships, the nearly 350 staff members in attendance only created six pounds of trash at the event, with the rest being either recyclable or compostable. Visit Largo.com/LEAP to learn more about  LEAP .

- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
PROJECT UPDATES
CLEARWATER-LARGO ROAD DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
As part of the Clearwater-Largo Road District Improvement project, the City’s contractor, Kaminga & Roodvoets, Inc., will be milling and paving Clearwater/Largo Road from Mehlenbacher Road to West Bay Drive at night, starting November 18th.

Night work hours are from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am to avoid interference with heavy daytime traffic. The night work is scheduled for Sunday night, November 18th; Monday night, November 19th; and Tuesday night, November 20th. Work will halt Wednesday morning for the Thanksgiving holiday and resume the week of November 27th. Door notices are being distributed to property owners within two blocks east and west of this paving corridor.

- Nancy Biesinger
Construction Project Supervisor I 587-6713 I nbiesing@largo.com
MEETING UPDATES
PINELLAS COUNTY HOMELESS LEADERSHIP BOARD CHARRETTE
On November 9th, the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board (HLB) held a one-day charrette at the SPC Collaborative Labs to develop a plan to establish a medical respite system for the homeless population. This topic was identified through the HLB’s sub-committees due to data showing a trend in hospital discharges to homeless shelters not suited to handle medical care. Consequently, there are frequent emergency service calls to serve the homeless population, often for repeat clients. Commission Holck, Assistant City Manager Staffopoulos, and Housing Grant Specialist Woodard participated in the event. The charrette also involved representatives from homeless agencies, area hospitals, and the primary jurisdictions in Pinellas County. By the end of the charrette, through collaboration of all of the attendees, a vision, mission, goals, strategies, and timeline were developed. All of the information will be compiled into a final report, which will be shared with the main boards of the HLB (Executive, Funder’s Council and Provider’s Council). A majority of the goals and strategies focused on public-private partnerships in order to improve health outcomes and better utilize medical resources.

- Karen Catalioto
Office Specialist I 586-7490 I kcatalio@largo.com
UPCOMING EVENTS
HOLIDAY STROLL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!
Holiday Stroll is back for two nights of fun on December 1st and 15th from 6:30 pm-9:00 pm. Kick off the holiday season in Largo Central Park on December 1st with the Rockin’ Lights Family Fun Night. Enjoy music, food and strolling through the million of lights in the park. The tree lighting will take place at 7:00 pm. “Let it Snow” is the theme for the December 15th event. Enjoy the snow slide, music and food during this night. Santa will grace us with his presence on both nights. On-site parking is $10 and limited or you can park and walk from Largo Middle School or at the former Everest University site.

- Kara Piehl
Special Events Coordinator I 587-6740 I kpiehl@largo.com