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CITY OF LAKELAND SEEKS CITIZEN INPUT

LAKELAND VALUES SURVEY AND COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

 

LAKELAND, FL (January 30, 2014) - The City of Lakeland is seeking input from Citizens on values and priorities of the community with an online survey at www.lakelandvalues.com.

SURVEY

Visit lakelandvalues.com and spend 5-10 minutes of your time in taking the survey.  Citizen opinion is very important and the City is going to use the information gathered from the survey to help with City of Lakeland strategic and budgeting initiatives.  The survey is available online now through Feb 24th.

WORKSHOPS

Two Workshops are currently scheduled.  The Workshops are intended to receive further input from the Community regarding City services.  The first Workshop will be held on February 19th from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the Tiger Town Administrative Building (formerly the Jaycee Building) with a continental breakfast being served.  Call 834-SWAN to RSVP as seating is limited.  A second Workshop is being held on February 20th beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The Community can participate in one of three ways; in person at City Hall Commission Chambers; online via webcast by logging on to www.lakelandvalues.com and following the prompts; or by viewing the event on LGN.  Please note that an electronic device (Smart Phones, ipads or laptops) is required to participate.  A limited amount of electronic devices will be available at the City Hall Commission Chambers for those attending in person who do not have an electronic device.  Both Workshops will be Facilitated by Dr. Lawrence Ross.

Please take the time to participate in the online survey.  Citizen input will help plan for Lakeland’s future.  Those that participate in the Community Values Survey or Workshops are eligible to win one of many prizes, including a golf package at Cleveland Heights, Tickets to a Lakeland Center event, or Kelly Recreation Complex/Gandy Pool passes. Visit
www.lakelandvalues.com or call 834-SWAN for more information. 

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Lakeland Electric has nearly finished all utility pole work in the Dixieland Neighborhood. During the remaining last phase of construction, customers may encounter brief outages as transformers and service cables are relocated. Residents will be properly notified whenever possible and workers will restore power as soon and safely as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Mark Musser at 863-834-6496.

(photo: Lineman Will Lemmard working in Lincoln Ave area)


SCAM ALERT:


Lakeland Electric Customers please be aware that there is a scam currently taking place where a company is impersonating Lakeland Electric.  The scam involves contacting individuals and companies looking for information and asking for quotes through emails or faxed messages.  The messages utilize a pirated Lakeland Electric logo - However, this company is in no way affiliated with Lakeland Electric.  The return email to rderrick@lakelandelectrics.com is not an official email and the individual does not work for Lakeland Electric.  Local law enforcement is currently investigating the scam.  If you are contacted through an email or a fax asking you for information, do not provide it and disregard.  This is not the way we normally contact our customers.

 


LAKELAND, FL (January 30, 2014) - Late this afternoon I was provided a copy of the Investigative Summary from the State Attorney’s Office regarding their review of the hiring practices used for a 2012 Lakeland Police Department Public Safety Aide position.  The report raises serious allegations against Police Chief Lisa Womack regarding potential violations of Florida Statutesinvolving Official Misconduct, in addition to alleged deviations from Lakeland Civil Service and Personnel Policies and Procedures.  It is my understanding from a review of the Investigative Summary, that the State Attorney’s Office has closed its review of the matter and is not pursuing any further actions. 

In response to the State Attorney’s report, and consistent with City of Lakeland Personnel Policies, I have placed Chief Womack on paid Administrative Leave, pending further review of the report, including appropriate background documentation and statements which may have been used in reaching their findings.  In the interim, I have appointed Assistant Chief Larry Giddens as Acting Chief of Police pending the outcome of the City’s review on the matter.

Given that many of the allegations in the report concern administrative City of Lakeland Policies and Procedures, it is appropriate that the City review the matter further to determine if any violations of policies have occurred.  Any subsequent actions if indicated will be taken following the results of that review.

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