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On Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the City of Lakeland’s Solid Waste in coordination with the Polk County Solid Waste Division is sponsoring a FREE Household Hazardous Waste and End-Of-Life Electronics Collection Event, located at the Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime Street, in the south parking lot west of WONN Radio Station. This Mobile Collection Event is intended to make it more convenient for our community to safely dispose of their waste and discarded electronic equipment.

Household Hazardous Waste - Accepted Materials

Paints, paint thinners, florescent light bulbs, motor oil, drain cleaners, pool chemicals, insecticides, household batteries, etc.  No biohazard (medical) waste or business waste will be accepted.

End-Of-Life Electronics – Accepted Materials

Computers, monitors, keyboards, terminals, televisions, stereos, printers, fax machines, video games consoles, wireless devices, etc.   No more than five items per household please.

Should you have any questions, please call Debbie Almon, Field Supervisor @ 834-8778.

The harvest has begun in the northeast well field property.  Approximately 200 acres of pine trees originally planted in 1997 and 1998 are being removed.  In December of 2008, the State of Florida advised the City of Lakeland that rehydration of the well field was required.  Rehydration is the process of removing all non-native vegetation.

As a result of the well field improvement plan, the trees will be removed during the spring of 2011. They will be cut, stripped and transported to be converted into pine mulch and lumber. The timber values will be used to help offset a portion of the project expense.

Prior to the project beginning, an environmental expert spent several weeks surveying, locating and marking the nearly 50 gopher tortoise burrows throughout the area. Great care will be taken to avoid disturbing these habitats as the tree removal continues.

Site observations indicate that the pine tree forests are drier than other open land areas.  The dry conditions are attributed to the effects of a multiple year drought which has had a significant impact on Florida’s water resources.

The current pine tree forest will be replaced with a Bahia grass pasture which will reduce overall plant water demands, improve site hydrologic conditions, enhance surface water recharge of surface groundwater and  improve wetland functions. 

Bid prices ranged from $595,600 to $1,292,730 with Marcobay Construction’s proposal for $595,600 being below the engineer’s estimate of $904,104.  The City Commission approved the construction agreement with Marcobay Construction Inc. of Lakeland, Florida on December 6, 2010.

The 860 acre Northeast Well Field serving the Combee Water Treatment Plant provides 4 million gallons of raw water per day.

Lakeland Police will hold a swearing in ceremony for Chief Lisa Womack on Friday, March 11, 2011, at City Hall Commission Chambers, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Florida at 1:00 p.m. Chief Womack will be introduced by City Manager Doug Thomas and Lieutenant John Thomason will preside as Master of Ceremonies. Mayor Gow Fields will also be in attendance.

The swearing in ceremony will be streaming live on the City of Lakeland website and televised live on our Lakeland Government Network, Channel 43 for Verizon FiOS and 615 for Brighthouse. The public and media are invited to attend. Due to limited space in City Hall we may need to utilize a pool camera if there is a large media attendance.

There will be a Meet and Greet reception for City of Lakeland employees following the swearing in ceremony at 2:30 p.m. to be held at the First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive in Lakeland.

The media is invited to attend. Chief Womack will be available to answer media questions at the beginning of the reception. Time allowed for formal media questions will be limited as this event is designed to be a casual and warm welcome for our new Chief.

Media inquiries should be directed to Sergeant Terri Smith, PIO, 863-834-6917. This information is also available on

At the March 7th 2011 City Commission meeting, the Risk Management Department explained the City’s purchasing procedures and operation.


25-year employee service awards were presented to Greg Brown, Jay Ellis, Bobbie Jackson, and Julian Thelen. 20 year service awards went to: Michael Moran, Shelley Ray Smith, Richard Wade and Eric Watson. 10 year awards went to: Eric Bryant, Aaron Jensen, Robert King, Richard Platt, and Joshua Stalvey.


Proclamations were presented honoring Purchasing Month, Girl Scout Week, and Red Cross Month.


Colleen Burton, Executive Director of Polk Vision, Inc. presented the “Refreshed” Vision for Polk County. More information is available at


The Proposed 2011-2012 One Year Action Plan and Projected Use of Funds - 37th Year CDBG and 17th Year HOME. $841,806 for CDBG and

$472,097 for HOME. Were approved.


The Commission approved for submittal to the state the annual monitoring report for the State Local Government Comprehensive Plan Certification Program. The report has an Executive Summary with highlights of this year’s report; the report is followed by three key attachments:

• a statistical & narrative summary of all Plan Amendments adopted since the last report;

• a status of required monitoring indices; and

• a status of items outlined in the Work Program required for certification.


The Commission approved assessments for lot clearings at: 1245 George Jenkins Blvd., 1008 W. Marjorie St., 10026 Mesa Madera Dr. and 1705 Bush Ave.


A request for expansion of a church at East Parker Street, East and North Massachusetts Avenue was approved.


612,203 Square feet of additional warehouse and distribution space for Publix Super Markets on property located at 2600 County Line Road was approved.


An amended boundary description of the certified area contained in the  Lakeland Local Government Comprehensive Planning Certification Program Agreement was approved.


A resolution of the City Commission of the City of Lakeland, approving and adopting minimum standards for commercial aeronautical activities at the Lakeland Linder regional airport was passed.


The Commission approved a resolution relating to elections and election

campaigning; stating the policy of the city commission for fair, open and responsible campaign practices; endorsing activity intended to increase citizen participation in municipal elections and to foster an informed citizenry.


The Commission approved an agreement with Starboard Consulting LLC for consulting services related to the Maximo 6.3 Upgrade. IBM Maximo software provides management tools to maximize the value of critical business and IT assets over their lifecycles with workflows by enforcing best practices to yield benefits for such things as transportation, production, delivery, facilities, communications and IT. A number of City departments, including Lakeland Electric, use Maximo and are in the process of upgrading to newer versions of the software.