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At the City Commission Meeting held Tuesday January 22nd the following decisions were made.

The appointments of Cora Rankins to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Jack Strollo, to the Code Enforcement Board, Brian Waller to the Historic Preservation Board and Deborah Boynton to the Midtown Community Redevelopment Area Board were approved.

A recommendation that Penny McAuley  be eligible for reappointment to a second full term at the end of her current term on The Planning & Zoning Board was approved.

A Lease Agreement with RDI, LLC for hangar space located in the Airside Center was approved.

An appeal of Denial of Conditional Use at 215 East Main St. was denied.

Large scale future land use map amendment from county residential low and linear commercial corridor to city residential medium, mixed commercial corridor, and conservation on 56.77 acres located north of  U.S. Highway 92, West of Fairway Avenue and East of Lake Parker was approved

A text amendment to the Future Land Use Element of the Lakeland Comprehensive Plan to provide consistency with 2012 state legislation related to Green Swamp Policies was approved

A proposed large scale future land use map amendment on 26.8 acres, from regional activity center (rac) to residential medium (rm) on property located at 1020 South Parkway Frontage Road east of Harden Boulevard, south of the South Frontage Road to the Polk Parkway Was approved.

Text Amendment #T-12-013 to the Future Land Use Element of the Lakeland Comprehensive Plan Amending the Office Center Land Use Designation was approved.

Authorization to enter into two engineering Task Authorizations in the amounts not to exceed $289,468 and $248,023 respectively, to provide for engineering services, for the airport, related to the Runway 9/27 rehabilitation and the South Ramp, with Amherst Consulting for the design through bidding phase was approved.

A Task Authorization for a not to exceed amount of $34,980 for an engineering contract with Atkins and execution of a construction contract with Ox Construction and Company for $127,000 for capital improvements at the Airside Center for construction of a shipping and receiving area and office area in northern Bays 2 and 3 was approved

Authorization for City officials to commence negotiations with the top ranked firm of, Lunz Prebor Fowler, Architects for Fire Station #7 project  architectural and engineering services was approved .

Proposed resolution no. 13-003 A resolution relating to Lakeland Electric; repealing resolution 4855; designating certain individuals and corporations as authorized representatives of the City of Lakeland, Florida, for the purpose of executing one or more fuel contracts was approved.

Award of Bid No. 2318 to Econolite Control Products, Inc. for advanced  traffic Management system center upgrades was approved in the amount of $297,560.00.

Amendment One to The Fire Protection Agreement with Polk County adding additional territory and increasing the dollar Amount by $5,650 was approved.

An agreement with Florida Department of Economic Opportunity extending the deadline for filing annual certification for the current calendar year to   May 31, 2013 was approved.

Task Authorization with CH2M Hill, Inc. for Water Quality Sampling on Lake Parker Copper Translator-McIntosh Power Plant Unit 1 Not-To-Exceed: $49,619 was approved.

A Task Authorization with Chastain Skillman for HVAC design for McIntosh Unit 5 control room building not-to-exceed: $26,400.00 was approved.

To find out more in depth information you can view the City Commission agendas online at: www.lakelandgov.net/cityclerk/Agendas.aspx click on the item numbers highlighted in blue for all background materials.



Have you ever seen a camellia bloom?  If you have, then you know its beauty is the best kept secret in the flower world.  If you have not seen this spectacular porcelain-like flower, you have an opportunity to see for yourself literally hundreds of camellia blooms in an amazing array of different colors, sizes, and varieties at the Lakeland Camellia Society’s 31th Annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale.

The Lakeland Camellia Society will hold their annual one-day Camellia Show at North Lakeland Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall, 6725 N. Socrum Loop Rd, Lakeland, Florida on Saturday, January 26, 2013.  It is open to the public for leisurely viewing from 1 to 5 pm. Mark your calendar now to come see the world’s best-kept flower secret.

The Fellowship Hall has ample free parking. Admission is free and the building is wheelchair accessible. 

Those wishing to enter blooms need not be members of any club or society.  Just bring your blooms to North Lakeland Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall between 7 and 9:30 am. The show is held under the rules of The American Camellia Society, which certifies the judges and establishes the categories so amateur and professional growers compete equally. Members of the Lakeland Camellia Society will be on hand to assist in placing blooms for judging, identifying blooms and answering any questions about Camellias, Lakeland Camellia Society, and The American Camellia Society.

The plant sale is scheduled from 12 pm to 5 pm unless sold out. There will be many different varieties of camellia plants on sale to help people get started or just add to their collections of camellias. 

LCS meets at 7:00 pm the second Tuesday of each month October through April in the City of Lakeland Tigertown Complex at Parks Field offices 2220 North Lake Avenue, Lakeland FL. 33805.

For more information, call John Shirah (863) 858-3789.

Mail inquiries should be sent to:

Lakeland Camellia Society
8220 Walt Williams Rd.
Lakeland, Florida 33809-0822.

Brian S. Dick
Show Chairman                              
863-834-2237
Email – brian.dick@lakelandgov.net

 



CITIZENS ACADEMY

CITY OF LAKELAND OFFERS HANDS ON CLASS IN GOVERNMENTOLOGY

 

LAKELAND, FL (January 10, 2013) -- The City of Lakeland is offering its 12th  Citizens Academy to area residents starting February 28, 2013.  The Citizens Academy is a free, hands-on, interactive public information program that familiarizes citizens with City services and the functions of City Departments.

 

The Lakeland Citizens Academy allows residents to get a behind the scenes look of how City government operates and it provides an outlet for citizen input. The program consists of six (6), two (2) hour evening sessions. 

 

2013 Session Dates

 

February 28     History & Finance

March 7          Police Department

March 14        Fire Department

March 21        Public Works & Planning

April 4             Utility Services

April 11           Parks & Recreation                

 

 

The program is limited to 30 citizens aged 16 or older.  Enrollment in the class is based on a first-come-first-served basis.  All participants interested in the Citizens Academy are encouraged to attend all of the sessions in order to get the most from the program.

 

All sessions, unless otherwise noted, are from 6-8 p.m. and will be held in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue (a light dinner is served at 5:45 p.m. during all sessions).  Three sessions will meet away from City Hall and directions will be given for each City building or facility that houses a Citizen Academy session.

 

The class will graduate with a certificate in “Governmentology”  at the end of the last session.  Those interested in participating should contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264 or kevin.cook@lakelandgov.net to secure a spot on the roster.

 

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LAKELAND, FL (January 9, 2013) -- The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce that Shane Reynolds has been named Rescue Chief at the Lakeland Fire Department.  Reynolds first started in fire service in 1994 when he served as a volunteer for Polk County Fire Rescue.  He has been with the Lakeland Fire Department since 1995 and he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004.  Reynolds continued his medical training and became a paramedic in 2005.  Since then, he developed a leadership training program for the Fire Department and has instructed in various locations around the state of Florida. 

 

As Rescue Chief, he will be responsible for administrative work that ensures the readiness of medical personnel assigned to the Fire Department’s emergency medical units. His duties will include the coordination of Fire Fighter physicals and infection control; the management of quality assurance and improvement standards; and he will oversee the Department’s Advanced Life Saving program and all associated supervisory activities.

 

Reynolds said, “This is very exciting and I’m truly honored to be entrusted with this great opportunity.  I have been working toward this goal for a long time and I’m looking forward to advancing the Department’s rescue services.”  Fire Chief Gary Ballard said, “Reynolds is our obvious choice for this position.  He has a great passion for Fire Rescue Services and his continued leadership around the Department is evident.”

 

Reynolds is currently completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration at Polk State College.  He holds Associate Degrees in Fire Science Technologies and Emergency Medical Services.  He is also certified as a Life Safety Inspector I, Instructor II and Fire Officer I.  He is married to his wife Rachel and they have a three-year-old daughter.  He is 38 years-old and he volunteers at Jerry’s Kid Camp for children with muscular dystrophy.