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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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LPD Sergeant Brian McNabb Reinstated


State Attorney Jerry Hill issued Sgt. Brian McNabb a letter on September 16, 2013 stating that his office would no longer accept testimony from him in the 10th District unless he submitted to a polygraph. The City has reviewed the matter in greater detail and weighed the various options, legal considerations and potential outcomes, and as a result, has reached an agreement to retain him as a certified law enforcement officer with the LPD.


 

In his present capacity, Sgt. McNabb serves as a training officer for the department and coordinates the Mini-Academy, (in which he also provides instruction in the areas of physical fitness, weapons and other related programs, which does not include court testimony. It is very unlikely he would be called upon to testify let alone be the sole officer who would be called upon to testify in a criminal matter.  As such, there is little risk in him having to be called to court which could potentially impact his ability to testify in the 10th District.  


 

The agreement the City of Lakeland has reached with both Sgt. McNabb and the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association  (WCFPBA) is that while he will be returned to normal status, the Department has the right to take into consideration, the effect of the letter to the extent it remains in effect, when and if he becomes eligible for any assignment, transfer or promotion wherein the requirement to testify may be implicated.  While this criteria cannot be exercised arbitrarily or capriciously by the Chief of Police, both McNabb and the WCFPBA have agreed that they will not pursue an administrative appeal of any denial that is made in such a manner.


 

Chief Womack state that the agreement reached with city management, herself and the WCFPBA represents the best possible outcome for all parties involved in light of the particular circumstances.  


 

Attachment:   Letter Agreement signed by Sgt. McNabb, Chief Womack and the WCFPBA and the letter received from the State Attorney’s Office.


 

 

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583-2357.

 


The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) is proud to announce that its Insurance Service Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification score has improved by an entire rating level from its previous score of 3, to a level 2. This increase may have significant influence in reducing insurance rates for Lakeland residents and businesses considering it plays a big role in how insurance companies - including the largest in the nation - figure rates and decision making in regards to who they underwrite.

 

The score, based on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 representing the highest level of fire suppression standards and 10 indicating an unacceptable level of fire suppression, is produced by ISO through an extensive evaluation process. The department’s services, response times, equipment, personnel, training efforts, community outreach, and more were evaluated to develop a final score. That score in turn provides both insurers and the fire department a comprehensive measure to rate the quality of the fire protection they provide. In Lakeland’s case, its new PPC score of 2 indicates a very high level of fire protection.

 

“The men and women of the Lakeland Fire Department worked very hard to achieve this momentous goal. This is the first time in the history of the department, in the ISO era, that we have accomplished such a high level of public protection classification that can have very real and positive outcomes for the citizens of Lakeland.” said Training Chief John Almskog, who was instrumental in coordinating the review.

 

ISO auditors visited in July of 2013, during which Lakeland’s Fire Department, Water Department, and Police Communications Center were evaluated to come up with the final determination. Of the 682 ISO rated communities in Florida, only 40 have a level 2 classification placing Lakeland in the top 7th percentile. The LFD’s score of 2 was very strong, only 2 percentage points below a score of 1. The score is anticipated to become effective on March 1, 2014.



 


WALK LAKELAND WITH COMMISSIONER MERRITT
 
 
 
WHO: Commissioner Keith Merritt and you!
 
WHAT: Walk Lakeland
 
WHY: Walking inspired healthy initiative to get up and get moving while having a good time.
 
WHEN: Monday, January 6th at 6 p.m. (Walkers will meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the Month)
 
WHERE: First walk will be around Lake Mirror.  The group will meet at the Magnolia Building parking lot located at 698 East Orange Street.
 
 
LAKELAND, FL (January 3, 2014) -- Lakeland City Commissioner Keith Merritt is happy to continue his healthy living initiative Walk Lakeland in the upcoming year.  On the first and third Monday of each month Commissioner Merritt will lead a walk around various land marks that will include lakes, paths and parks. 
 
On Monday, January 6th at 6 p.m. the Commissioner will lead a community walk around Lake Mirror.  Those that wish to attend will meet in parking lot of the Magnolia Building located at 698 East Orange Street, Lakeland, FL 33801.
 
Commissioner Merritt said, “On the first and third Monday of each month I plan to meet up with walkers at a destination around Lakeland for a brisk walk. No timers, no medals, just an opportunity to get up, get out and start walking.” All ages and fitness abilities welcome.
 
The first walk of 2014 will be around Lake Mirror along the Francis Langford Promenade.  The distance around the lake is approximately one mile.  Merritt said, “We plan to start small and build up from there and I hope that our walking group grows and grows each month.”  He added, “I’m really looking forward to getting out and exercising while meeting a whole new group of citizens. “
 
For more information about upcoming Walk Lakeland dates and locations, please visit http://www.lakelandgov.net/walklkld.aspx