At the March 21st City Commission meeting the commission presented the master municipal clerk certificate to Debbie Cason, the Deputy City Clerk.
Proclamations were presented honoring Boys & Girls Club Week, Children’s Day, Margo McGill Day and Water Conservation Month.
Board member appointments were approved for Beverly O’Neill-Copeland and Bruce Lyon to the Lakeland Housing Authority. Neil Merrill was reappointed to the Code Enforcement Board. On the Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals board, Arthur Chappell will serve an additional term and Greg Brower was appointed as an alternate.
It was decided that members of City Boards and Committees shall be appointed for terms of three years and may not serve more than two consecutive three-year terms; after having served two consecutive three-year terms, members may not be eligible for reappointment to the SAME board until after the expiration of three years. Members could be reappointed to a DIFFERENT board without a delay.
Rabbi Moshe Lazaros explained the Jewish Holiday of Purim and presented the commissioners with traditional food baskets.
Shannon Lanier, Executive Director of Lakeland Vision, introduced the launch of www.LakelandBudget.com a web survey tool available through March 31st that allows participants to express their opinions on budgeting priorities for next year’s City of Lakeland fiscal budget.
The commission voted to schedule a public hearing regarding a request from St. Paul Lutheran Church and School reference a message sign permit application.
Conditional use to allow expansion of church facilities at property located south of east Parker Street, east of north Massachusetts Avenue was approved.
The commission also voted to allow 612,203 square feet of additional warehouse and distribution space for Publix Super Markets on property located at 2600 County Line Road.
Also approved was an amendment to an existing development agreement for Doherty Holdings LLC for Centinel Center at Mall Hill Drive.
The City Manager’s recommendation to enter into a contract with Best Fence Company in the amount of $265,412 for continued security improvements at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for fencing and access controls to be funded with a 100% Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant.
A resolution expanding membership of the Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board to include a representative of the Downtown Lakeland Partnership was approved.
Appointment of owners who are not city residents to the Dixieland and Mid-Town Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Boards was approved.
The Commission authorized the execution of a locally funded agreement with the FDOT for installation of irrigation and landscaping on U.S. 98 between W. 8th Street and Griffin Road.
Agreements with Key Government Finance, Inc. and Tampa Bay Trane for an Energy Efficiency Building Component Upgrade Project for LPD were approved.
A recommendation from the Utility Committee to lower the electric fuel charge by $2.00 to $50.50 per 1,000 kilowatt hours was passed by the City Commission.