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CITY OF LAKELAND HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD

HISTORIC HOME WORKSHOP

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 26, 2013) –  The Eleventh Biennial Historic Home Workshop will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Ordway Building at Florida Southern College.  Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:00 a.m.  The one-hour workshops will start at 8:30 a.m. and will be conducted by local experts. 

 

Workshops will be offered on a variety of topics, including:

  • The Challenge Obtaining A Green Thumb: Landscaping Battles – John King, King Landscaping
  • Wood Window Woes: Wood Window Rehabilitation – Steven Quillian, Wood Window Makeovers
  • Code Enforcement: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (But Mainly The Good) – Brian Rewis, Lakeland Code Enforcement
  • Inviting Entrances: HLI’s Front Porch Grant – Jean Bunch, Historic Lakeland, Inc.
  • Plugged In: Home Energy Efficiency – Kevin Jones and Rico Dunsmore, Energy Analysts, Lakeland Electric
  • Paint It Right: Exterior Preparation & Painting – Gary Witte; Walt Witte & Sons, Inc.
  • Don’t Be A Slum Lord: Landlord Management, Applicant Screening & Evictions – Gene Lord; DART Coordinator, Lakeland Police Department
  • Walls Not Needed: Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch – Dr. Gregory Robinson; Supervisor, Lakeland Police Department Community Services
  • Learn To Love ‘Em: The Historic Preservation Design Guidelines – Troy Salisbury; Historic Preservation Planner, City of Lakeland
  • Engaged Neighborhood Associations: How To Keep Your Group From Turning Historic – Mary Smith; President, Dixieland Neighborhood Association
  • Landlord Management – Crime Prevention & Illegal Activity – Dr. Gregory Robinson; Supervisor, Lakeland Police Department Community Services
  • Got Money? Redesigning A Commercial Corridor – Tamara Sakagawa, CRA Director
  • Let’s Build Something! The Building Permitting Process & Why To Love It! – Dan Gargas, Chief Building Official
  • Sheds Can Have Design Elements Too – Jo-Anne Peck & Craig Derrin, Preservation Resource, Inc./ Historic Shed

A tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on the Florida Southern College campus will be offered at the conclusion of the Workshop.

Trade groups and companies that provide services and supplies for the maintenance and renovation of older homes may be represented in the Exhibit Area.  Other exhibitors will include City agencies, neighborhood associations, and various organizations devoted to historic preservation.

No pre-registration is required.  The workshop is free, and open to all interested residents.  This is a great opportunity to learn about home renovations and to meet other people involved in preserving the architectural heritage of Lakeland.  This event is sponsored by the City of Lakeland Historic Preservation Board; Historic Lakeland, Inc.; Florida Southern College; and BB&T Bank.

 

For more information call Troy Salisbury in the Community Development Department (863) 834-6011 or visit our website athttp://www.lakelandgov.net.


DON SELVAGE ANNOUNCES HIS DECISION TO RUN

FOR RE-ELECTION TO LAKELAND CITY COMMISSION SEAT

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 25, 2013) – Don Selvage has filed paperwork with the City of Lakeland’s Clerk, officially announcing his decision to run for a second term on the Lakeland City Commission representing the Southwest District.

 

Selvage is President of SHR Human Resources, LLC, offering consulting and professional recruiting services in the Central Florida area.  Selvage stated: “It has been a profound honor and privilege to serve the residents of Lakeland and I am excited about the future of this great city.  I am asking our citizens to return me to office so that I can continue my focus on: 1) Sustaining open communications and dialogue among citizens, the city commission, and city management; 2) Facilitating job growth by supporting business development; 3) Building safe, livable, and engaged neighborhoods; 4) Advocating for our seniors’ quality of life to support independent living and aging in place; and 5) Building awareness of veterans issues.”

 

Selvage holds a BA Degree in Political Science from Ohio State University as well as Masters’ Degrees in Administration from Central Michigan University and in National Security Affairs from Salve Regina College.  Following graduation from Ohio State University, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years as an infantry officer and he is a veteran of the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars.  Before retiring as a Colonel, he held several command and staff positions overseas and in the continental United States.

 

Actively involved in several civic and professional organizations, he currently serves as Vice Chairman, Polk County Veterans Council and is Past President of the Polk County Military Officers Association, Mid-Florida Society of Human Resource Managers, and the Lakeland Rotary Club.  He is a board member of the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. As a city commissioner, he serves on the boards of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, Lakeland Mass Transit District, Polk Transit Authority, Transportation Planning Organization, the Central Florida Development Council’s Arts and Culture Committee, and  the Sun n’ Fun Fly-In.  

 

Selvage is married to his wife Rita, a teacher at Dixieland Elementary.  They have been married for 43 years.

 



LAKELAND, FL (February 8, 2013) – Michael S. Folsom filed papers today to become a candidate for the Lakeland City Commission, At Large #1. Michael is the first to file paperwork for the At Large seat being vacated by Howard Wiggs due to term limits and his campaign for Mayor. Michael states, “I was born and raised in Lakeland, it is the place I call home, and I feel a strong urge to serve the citizens of this dynamic city as a City Commissioner. I will bring hard work and integrity to the city commission.”

 

Michael Folsom is a 4th generation Lakeland resident and is the proud father of a four year old daughter, Lyla. He has strong business and community ties. Michael is an honors graduate of the University of North Florida with a degree in Building Construction Management and is the President of Folsom Construction Management, LLC. He has been actively involved in the Lakeland community through his service on various boards and committees, including:

·         City of Lakeland Planning and Zoning Board

·         Leadership Lakeland Class 27

·         The Lakeland Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow and Former Board Member

·         Learning Resource Center of Polk County Inc., Immediate Past President Board of Directors

·         Platform Art, President Board of Directors

·         Sheriffs Commendation Award

·         Leadership Polk Class 5

·         Ducks Unlimited Lakeland Chapter, Past Chairman

·         Ducks Unlimited State Chairman Elect

 

“As a small business owner, it is extremely important to me that we are able to attract new businesses to Lakeland that will provide jobs to our citizens and create a more diverse economic base. As an entrepreneur and a young professional, it is a goal of mine to foster and support programs designed to compel our graduates to continue to call Lakeland home and immerse themselves in our community. I look forward to the opportunity to serve in a leadership position within our City and to provide continued support for the growth of existing businesses, attracting new businesses and enhancing the quality of life we all enjoy as ‘Lakelanders’.”

 

Michael Folsom is honored that Mr. Michael Carter of Lakeland has agreed to serve as his Campaign Treasurer.

 



 LAKELAND, FL (February 13, 2013) – Eddie Hall filed papers on Monday, February 11th to become a candidate for the Lakeland City Commission, At Large # 1 position.   Hall is the second person to file paperwork for the At Large seat being vacated by Howard Wiggs. Mr. Wiggs is not seeking re-election due to term limits and his campaign for Mayor.  Hall states, “I love Lakeland!   I have lived, worked and been involved with many activities in the Lakeland area for the past 41 years.   I have seen the City of Lakeland grow over this time period, having lived in the north Lakeland area for 27 years and in the south area for the past 14.” He added,  “Lakeland has a very diverse community and I want to serve as a representative for ALL the citizens of Lakeland.   I will bring the same drive and determination I have always had to the office of City Commissioner when representing the people of our community.”

 

Hall was born in Kalkaska, Michigan in 1964 and raised on his family’s farm until age 8 when they moved to north Lakeland.   Several weeks after moving to the Lake Gibson area, Hall was struck by a car traveling approximately 70 mph, leaving him a paraplegic for life.   Hall said, “The doctors were amazed that I survived the accident and declared it a miracle.”   Having multiple fractures and concussions, he went through several operations after the accident and was able to return home, even though the doctors felt there was no hope for a normal future.  

 

Hall returned to the Polk County School system at Padgett Elementary as the first wheelchair bound student and participated with all the other children.  Determined not to allow his disability to prevent him from leading a normal life, Hall learned to become quite proficient with his wheel chair.  His determination helped him to earn letters in three sports (football, basketball and track) at Lake Gibson Senior High (LGSH) while serving as team manager.  He became known as “Fast Eddie” for his ability to respond quickly to player requests.  After graduating from LGHS, he went on to Polk Community College where he obtained his Associates of Science degree in Computer Engineering and was an equipment manager with the basketball team.  

 

One of Hall’s goals was to work for Publix Supermarkets.  In 1984, his dream came true when he started a successful career with Publix in the Dispatch Department.  Upon completing 10 years of service working in Lakeland Dispatch, he was promoted to the Corporate Distribution and Warehousing Division working as a Systems Administrator for the Transportation Routing system.   In this capacity, he served all Publix distribution centers in the southeast United States and traveled to Miami, Atlanta, Tennessee and other locations. 

 

He participated in a number of committees for Publix during this time as well as representing Publix on the Orlando and Tampa Bay Regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Polk County Transportation Planning Organization. In 2000, he was promoted to Inventory Control Manager for Publix Dairy processing where he was responsible for the purchasing of ALL products for the Plant.   Hall is the first wheelchair employee employed at Publix.  He has spent his entire adult life as an advocate for the disabled and mobility impaired.  Hall said, “It is an Honor and Privilege to be a part of the Publix Family.”  

 

He retired with distinction from Publix in 2010 after 26 years of service and is now employed part-time as a Lead Sales Generator with the South Lakeland Home Depot store.  After many years as a local pioneer and advocate, Hall wants to continue serving the local community.  He will use his many years of experience of working in the corporate world and on issues for persons with disabilities to serve ALL of the citizens of Lakeland.  Hall is married and has two children, Evert and Edilson.  His wife Katty is from Babahoyo, Ecuador.

 

Eddie Hall Volunteer activities in Lakeland and Polk County:

 

Lakeland Sister Cities International – Chairman, Babahoyo, Ecuador Committee
Polk County Transportation Planning Organization – Board Member, Disabled Representative

Polk County Transportation Planning Organization- Citizen Advisory Council, City of Lakeland Representative
Lakeland Housing Authority - Commissioner
Polk County Council Parent Teacher Association - Treasurer
Polk County Schools – Exceptional Student Education – Executive Board and Advisory Council
Polk County Schools - Jesse Keene Elementary School Student Advisory Council

Home Depot Diversity Committee

Lakeland Physically Handicap Club, former President

Lakeland Handicap Bowling Club, former President

Lakeland Jaycees, former Director

 

 

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