Local activist donates new door for sound stage

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005

At Laurel’s Fourth of July celebration this year, Russett Community Association President Tim Reyburn made a rash sort of promise, but he kept it, and showed the result at Monday night’s Laurel City Council meeting.

Reyburn designed and had a stainless steel door made to replace the worn, rusted utility door on the newly renovated sound stage at Granville Gude Park.

He told city officials Monday he had been ‘‘feeling pretty good” to be back in Laurel on July 4.

Just the day before, his car had broken down in the fast lane during rush hour on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in New York City, and he had barely made it home.

‘‘That’s why I made the promise,” he said.

The high-grade stainless steel door is etched in the center with a grayscale duplication of the city of Laurel’s seal, accompanied by the words ‘‘To the City of Laurel, Oct. 10, 2005, From Tim Reyburn, Ticoscen Inc.,” naming Reyburn’s company.

‘‘It’ll never fade,” Reyburn said. ‘‘It’ll never rust, like the city of Laurel, I hope. My hope is that this door serves the city of Laurel well.”

Reyburn did the design work himself, and had the door made and the design laser-etched for a total cost to him of about $1,400, he said.

He has lived in Russett in the Laurel area for 12 years, and this year his company celebrated its 10th anniversary. He said Laurel has been a good home to his family as well as his business.

‘‘[My wife] Angie and I hope everyone will enjoy this door for many years to come,” he said.

Laurel Mayor Craig Moe said the city truly appreciated Reyburn’s donation.

‘‘This is going to be very beneficial,” he said, recalling how he had often seen the poor condition of the old door and wanted to see something done about it. ‘‘We very much appreciate this.”

E-mail Ayesha Ahmad at aahmad@gazette.net.