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LAKELAND, FL (February 14, 2012) – City Manager Doug Thomas announced that Bob Donahay is the City of Lakeland’s new Director of Parks & Recreation with the retirement of Bill Tinsley who has been appointed to a newly established part-time position as Special Liaison to the Detroit Tigers / Manager of Community Resources Development. Donahay has been the Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation since 2006. 

Donahay said, “I am so pleased to be given the opportunity to lead the department where I have spent the last 34 years. We have a dedicated group of employees that love their jobs and enjoy what they do; we are like a big family.”   He added, “The Parks & Recreation Department has been blessed to have strong, dedicated leadership over the years and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

City Manager, Doug Thomas said, “We had two very talented internal candidates for this position and we felt that Bob’s years of experience and associated institutional knowledge of the various Parks & Recreation divisions, coupled with his vision for the future of the Department contributed to him being chosen for the job.”

In conjunction with the restructuring of the senior leadership of the Parks & Recreation Department, Pam Page will transition from her current responsibilities as Assistant Parks & Recreation Director-Administration & Planning to Deputy Director of the Department.  Thomas said, “Lakeland is extremely fortunate to have the talents and passion that both Bob and Pam have for our Parks & Recreation operations.  I have the utmost confidence that their leadership will successfully build upon the rich tradition of providing outstanding public spaces, quality recreational programs and award winning parks as they guide the Department in the coming years.”

Donahay started with the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department in 1977.  He was promoted to Superintendent of Parks in 1998 and served at that position until 2006 when he was promoted to Assistant Director of Parks.  Donahay graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Recreation Administration and he is a Certified Public Manager. 

Donahay started as the City of Lakelands Parks & Recreation Director on February 14, 2012 with an annual salary of $100,640.   He is 54 years old.

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LAKELAND, Fla. –The Lakeland Raiders Professional Indoor Football team is hosting their inaugural Lakeland Raiders Fan Fest on Saturday, February 11th from 10:00am-3:00pm in Jenkins Arena at The Lakeland Center. Fans will have the chance to see their Lakeland Raiders for the first time on the new indoor field.   

Admission is free and the first 1,500 fans will receive a Lakeland Raiders commemorative season poster provided by the Ledger Media Group. Families will enjoy a Kids Activity Zone, face painting and games along with multiple giveaways including the #1 Fan Contest.  Fans will also receive 25% off season ticket package purchases during the event. All new Lakeland Raiders merchandise will be available for purchase.

While enjoying the festivities, fans can meet the coaches, dancers and players while enjoying exciting football drills.  There will also be Raider4Kids Youth team/Junior Dancer sign-ups and refreshment specials. Aspiring performers can also audition to sing the National Anthem or become The Voice of the Lakeland Raiders. 

The Raiders’ season kicks off Saturday March 10th at 7:15pm against the Rome Rampage at The Lakeland Center.  For additional ticket information and game dates, call (863) 834-7511 or visit us online at www.lakelandraiders.com

The Lakeland Center offers a full variety of sporting events, concerts and shows. Located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street, The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm and two hours prior to most events. For ticket information, call the Box Office at (863)834-8111 or visit our website at www.thelakelandcenter.com.

 

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LAKELAND, FLFebruary 8, 2012 (Lakeland, FL) – The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department is hosting its Annual Black History Festival this Saturday, February 11th from 10:00am – 1:30pm at the Coleman-Bush Building, 1104 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.  This year’s festival features the theme, “The Bridges That Brought Us Here” and will have several new elements of celebration and education, including various activities for all ages focused on heritage and black inventors.  The day will conclude with a program highlighting historical figures, in addition to present-day dance class performances and oratorical contest winners.  Come out and enjoy a fun and educational day with the Parks & Recreation Department.

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At the Lakeland City Commission meeting held February 6th The beautification Committee presented landscape awards to John Radabaugh, owner of the a residence at 839 Mississippi Ave. and Lanier Upshaw Inc. the business at 1115 US 98 South.

The city honored the following employee’s for their years of service to the citizen’s of Lakeland:

  • For 10 years: Joel Adams, Fredrick Barthle, Chelsea Dearie, Samuel Fox, and Shannon Williamson.
  • For 20 years: Mark Ashley, Mindi Fitch, Tim McCausland and Don Nix.
  • For 25years: Jimmy Causey Jr., Lourdes Duncan, Gordon Harper, Alan Lukhauband John Sanders.
  • For 30 years: Robert Sloan.

The Real Estate and Transportation Committee recommended, that the city purchase the property, located at 608 N. Morgan Avenue, which had experienced documented flooding due to the as part of The Lake Parker Southwest Basin Stormwater project.

The Municipal Boards Committee recommended that the following appointments be made:

  • Charlotte Garrison and Lee Thomas, to the Code Enforcement Board.
  • Jeff Brooks to the Historic Preservation Board.
  • Diretta Wilcox, to the Polk TPO Citizen’s Advisory Committee.
  • Dave Curry to the Utility Committee.

 

The commission instructed staff to research for further discussion a request by Billy Townsend reference adding same sex partners to the city's benefits package.

A request for a conditional use to allow a community garden on property located at 1229 East Myrtle Street was approved.

Conditional use to allow beer and wine sales as a complement to an existing retail business on property located at 229 North Kentucky Avenue was approved.

Zoning to allow residential units for the elderly with varying levels of care and support on property located at 5555 N. State Road 33 was approved.

The Commission approved adoption of t he Florida Fire Prevention Code, 2010 Edition.

The Commission approved amending the City of Lakeland Concurrency Management Ordinance.

The Defined Contribution Plan (401a) amendment was approved.

A lease purchase agreement for various energy efficiency improvements in various city facilities was approved.

Public hearings were scheduled for the February 13th Commission meeting for discussion of: standards for Solar Energy Systems, reinstatement of ordinances 3617, 3643, and 3449 and the Deferred Compensation (457) plan amendment.

Assessments in the amount of $30,560.86 for lot clearing activities performed by the city at 95 different properties were approved.

A contract for the sale of 719 N. Massachusetts Avenue to Parker Street Ministries, Inc. in the amount of $1,276,500 was approved. After adjustments for capital investment in the property in the amount of $1,119,048.26. and $25,000 in rent payments the resulting  $132,451.80 mortgage will be held by the Community Redevelopment Agency with a lump sum payment due at the end of the 10 year term.

A $545,000 construction bid for the Lakeland Police Department training center expansion was awarded to Miller Construction Inc.

A task authorization for the design phase of the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport taxiway bravo extension was approved with the understanding that due to FAA fuding the city share for the entire project will be $140,500.

Task Authorization for a Wildlife Hazard Assessment (WHA), development of a wildlife hazard management plan, and conducting wildlife hazard management training at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport was approved. The city share of the cost for this project is expected to be $7,895 subject to final approval of FAA.

An agreement with The Davenport Group for the Installation and use of land management software at an initial cost of $212,517, maintenance costs for years two and three will be $29,026 per year with subsequent years subject to an adjustment for CPI, not to exceed 4%.

In final action the Commission voted to approve favorable recommendations from the Utility Committee regarding an Agreement with Siemens Energy, Inc. for the Purchase and Installation of a High Fidelity Simulator for Lakeland Electric’s McIntosh Power Plant and Agreement with C & C Power Line, Inc. for Replacement of Conductors on Lakeland Electric’s Transmission Line.

The total cost of the agreement, with Siemens, which includes the equipment and installation, is $1,496,548, which includes $199,251 for the personnel training program.

The total cost to complete the work associated with this upgrade to the Transmission Line is $634,110. As part of the overall $3,172,000 project Progress Energy has agreed to reimburse the City 50% of the total estimated cost of the upgrades, the ultimate cost to the City for this C&C agreement will be $317,055.