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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE Crevasse Street / Lakeland Park Drive Extension

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
Crevasse Street / Lakeland Park Drive Extension

The meeting will be conducted in an open house format from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  An overview presentation will begin at approximately 6:15 pm.The City of Lakeland has scheduled a Public Meeting for the Crevasse Street / Lakeland Park Drive Extension Project. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites located at 4500 Lakeland Park Drive, Lakeland, FL 33809.

The City is reevaluating the potential for a new transportation corridor between US 98 and N. Socrum Loop Road to be located just north of I-4.

The public meeting is being conducted to present the findings of the re-evaluation and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Mr. Greg Moore, Study Team Project Manager, by telephone at (407) 896-0594, or by e-mail to gmoore@drmp.com  at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.  You may also follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw  where project-related information on this and other projects will be posted periodically.


MAYOR WIGGS ESTABLISHES SEVEN NEW TASK FORCES - HE INVITES CITIZENS TO JOIN

MAYOR WIGGS ESTABLISHES SEVEN NEW TASK FORCES

HE INVITES CITIZENS TO JOIN

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 25, 2014) - Mayor Howard Wiggs invites you to become involved with the City of Lakeland by volunteering on one of the seven newly established task forces that have been created to help make Lakeland a better place to live, work and play.  A brief description of each task force is listed below.  Those interested in serving on a Task Force must be a customer of Lakeland Electric.  An easy to use form is on-line at http://www.lakelandgov.net/CityGovernment/MayorsTaskForces.aspx

 

AGING/QUALITY OF LIFE TASK FORCE - The Task Force will serve as a forum to share information and to promote inter-agency understanding.  The group will work together as advocates, educators and legislative activists to address the issues of older adults.

 

ARTS AND CULTURE EVALUATION TASK FORCE - This Task Force will review funding needs to help support arts and cultural programs. There is a great interest in this area and in improving the coordination of the arts in Lakeland and clearly has budgetary implications that will need to be addressed both short and long term.  

 

BUSINESS EVALUATION TASK FORCE - The Task Force will review City regulations and ordinances; they will evaluate processes for permitting and inspections; they will discuss the possible creation of a small business Small Business Liaison and how that position would be used.  The group will discuss what changes might be needed to improve Lakeland’s business friendly environment. 

CODE REVIEW TASK FORCE - This Task Force will undertake a comprehensive review of the City’s Code of Ordinances.  The group will identify and address outdated codes that may no longer be relevant to our community and organization.   

GANG TASK FORCE - This Task Force will explore how our community can respond to the negative impacts of gang-related activities. This group will work with outreach programs and representatives from law enforcement, Community Development and Parks & Recreation Department, the Polk County School Board, faith-based organizations and other community/neighborhood associations.  The group will discuss the current state of affairs and outline a comprehensive strategy in response to the destructive nature of gangs and their related violence to help protect the future of our youth.

NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT TASK FORCE - This Task Force will discuss how the needs of the City’s neighborhoods can be better addressed.  The team will evaluate how Code Enforcement may be more effective in the neighborhoods.  The group will make recommendations as to how the Neighborhood Association Coalition might operate more effectively and if the structure should be modified.  There will be a focus on citizen engagement and ways to improve our neighborhoods.  

SOCIAL MEDIA TASK FORCE - The Task Force will evaluate social media effectiveness to determine ways in which the City of Lakeland might improve current social media programs to enhance citizen engagement.  The group will provide recommendations on social media tools and strategies, assist emerging City agencies on social media, evaluate new social media platforms and update social media guidelines and policies.

For more information regarding the City of Lakeland, please visit our website at www.lakelandgov.net.

 


LPD Makes Arrests in Homicide of Damarco Powell

LPD Homicide Arrest Press Conference - 10:00am

 

On February 22, 2014, at approximately 3:17 a.m. Tiffany Powell Humphries reported her son, Damarco Powell missing to the Lakeland Police Department. On the same date, at approximately 5:07 a.m. Officer Ryan Back located Damarco Powell’s deceased body in the wooded section of the 1300 block of Atline Road. The decedent suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the back of the head and was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. 

 

On February 24th, the Defendant’s Taqiy Lewis and Tyler Knight were arrested in the late evening hours and charged with their involvement in the murder of Damarco Powell:

 

1)    Tyler M. Knight, B/M, 16 yrs old, 324 W. 10th Street, Lakeland, Fla.

Charge – First Degree Murder w/Firearm  View Arrest Affidavit

 

2)    Taqiy Malik Lewis, B/M, 16 yrs old, 2211 Dillie Street, Lakeland, Fla.

Charge – False Reports to Law Enforcement Concerning a Capital Felony  View Arrest Affidavit

 

 

According to witnesses, the decedent and Tyler Knight were part of a gang known as Armed And Dangerous (AAD). The investigation revealed that Knight and another witness allegedly received threats form the decedent that he was going to set them up. Witnesses stated that as they walked through the wooded area off Atline Road with the decedent, Knight pulled a handgun and shot the decedent in the back of the head. During the investigation, Taqiy Lewis provided false information to detectives which results in him being charged with false report to a law enforcement concerning a capital felony.

 


 

 

 

Tyler M. Knight










Taqiy Malik Lewis


LPD CHIEF WOMACK OFFICIALLY SEPARATES FROM THE CITY OF LAKELAND

LPD CHIEF WOMACK OFFICIALLY SEPARATES FROM THE CITY OF LAKELAND

 
LAKELAND, FL (February 21, 2014) -- Lakeland City Manager Doug Thomas has announced that Police Chief Lisa Womack and the City of Lakeland have agreed to accelerate her planned separation from the City from May 1, 2014 to February 17, 2014.  Chief Womack previously tendered her resignation on January 24th, with an effective date of May 1, 2014.  That period was intended to give the City time to prepare for her transition from the department as well as for her to provide support to the City on a number of ongoing personnel and other administrative matters involving the Lakeland Police Department.  Womack was placed on paid administrative leave on January 30th following receipt of a report alleging concerns involving various hiring practices of the Police Department. Assistant Chief Larry Giddens was subsequently appointed as Acting Chief of Police.
 
Under the terms of the agreement, Womack will continue to be available to provide support services to the City as needed through May 1, 2014, but she will do so as an independent consultant.  As such, effective February 17th, Womack no longer holds the title of Chief of Police.  As an independent consultant, she will be paid $5,800.00 every two weeks which includes her professional services, associated taxes as an independent contractor and the costs of benefits that she would have otherwise received should she have remained a City employee through May 1, 2014. 

The scope of services Womack will provide are as follows:  
  • Assist in providing information that may be required in support of defense of any administrative matters.
  • Provide advice, support and information in any collective bargaining matters, and/or any other legal or administrative proceedings regarding employee investigations and related disciplinary matters arising out of the Lakeland Police Department during her tenure as Chief of Police.  These services include, but are not limited to:
    • Assistance in preparing requested background materials and briefings for City administration and legal counsel;
    • Participation in discussions concerning labor and legal strategies;
    • Assistance in grievance processing; depositions and providing testimony as may be required.
  • Be available upon request to address departmental operational questions from City personnel as may be needed to assist in the orderly administration of the Lakeland Police Department.
  • Participate in any internal investigations that may require her testimony through May 1, 2014 or beyond, if required. 
In the event that additional administrative support services may required by the City Manager beyond May 1, 2014, Womack has agreed to be available to the extent reasonably possible on an hourly rate.