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The latest happenings in your city government.

At the City Commission meeting held on Tuesday April 18th :

The Police Department made a presentation on hiring, recruitment and training of police officers.

The Hollis family made a contribution of $10,000 to be used towards Lake Mirror Theater renovations.

Proclamations were presented for : Administrative Professionals Week, Arbor Day and Occupational Nursing Week.

Randy Mathews and Cory Petcoff were appointed to the Dixieland Community Redevelopment Area Board.

As part of the Consent Agenda the Commission approved a change order to task authorization with CivilSurv Design for preliminary design - Crevasse - Lakeland Park Connection Project  funded by transportation impact fees in the Transportation Fund. The initial fee approved for this task authorization was $245,408.00. This change order will add an additional $35,015.00.

Joe Mawhinney, LDDA Chairman made a presentation concerning the establishment of the Munn Park Perpetual Care Fund.

The Commission approved a conditional use to allow a private school in an existing building located at 1129 N. Missouri Avenue - Head of the Class Learning Center. A conditional use was also granted for a concrete aggregate, yard waste and construction debris recycling facility on 19 acres located South of the Intersection of Fairbanks Street and Bella Vista Street and West of the CSX Railroad.

The Commission approved a conditional use to allow an internally illuminated ground sign on the  property located at 4450 Harden Boulevard, but retained the prohibition of the electronic messaging sign requested by St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Text and Large Scale amendments to the Comprehensive Plan along with Institutional Land use and a planned unit development (PUD) zoning to allow for Salvation Army ancillary facilities on 49.21 acres located west of Kathleen Road, South of Sleepy Hill Road were discussed and scheduled for public hearings at the next City Commission meeting.

A voluntary annexation of 113.8 acres located North of Medulla Road, South of Drane Field Road, East of Hamilton Road and West of the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport had First Reading.

In final action, Lake Crago Drive was approved as the name of a road intersecting Lakeland Hills Blvd. between Lake Parker and Lake Crago.

To view the full discussion of any of these agenda items please visit the videos on demand section of the LGN page.

Ingraham Avenue Multimodal Enhancement Project

From East Main Street to East Memorial Boulevard

The Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) is funding improvements to Ingraham Avenue between East Main Street and East Memorial Boulevard in order to beautify this corridor and improve conditions for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit patrons. The changes include milling and resurfacing, and installation of raised landscape medians at strategic locations.

Project Information


The Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency will conduct a public information meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at First Baptist Church at the Mall in the NOW Center. First Baptist Church at the Mall is located at 1010 East Memorial Boulevard in Lakeland, Florida. The Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency is hosting this meeting to inform the public about the project scope and schedule, and provide the public and adjacent property owners with an opportunity to ask questions concerning the planned improvements. The meeting is an open-house format with no formal presentation, allowing you to view the displays at your convenience. Materials on display will include illustrations of the proposed improvements the proposed schedule. City staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns.

We invite and encourage you to attend this meeting. If you have any questions about this meeting or the project or may require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act contact Tamara Sakagawa at 863-834-6011, at least seven days before the meeting.

Display boards of this project will also be made available beginning April 15, 2011 in the lobby of Lakeland City Hall located at 228 South Massachusetts Avenue in Lakeland, Florida. PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS AND SCHEDULE

Planning studies have identified Ingraham Avenue as a collector street that could benefit from enhancements that will improve mobility for neighborhood residents and connectivity to future bicycle/pedestrian facilities such as the Fort Fraser Trail. It should be noted that Ingraham Avenue connects to Parker Street, a component of the Lake-to-Lake Bikeway network. Sidewalk improvements related to this project have already been completed.

Remaining improvements include milling and resurfacing of the roadways as well as the construction of landscape medians to guide turning movements on Ingraham Avenue and beautify the project corridor. Construction to begin May 2, 2011 and will continue for approximately one month.

Questions about design should be directed to Charles Barmby, Community Development at 863-834-6011. For questions during construction, please contact Matt Glenn, Supervisor of Construction at 863-834-3300

In early 2009, the City of Lakeland and Tampa Electric Company (TECO) entered into an agreement whereby the City of Lakeland will supply TECO with water from our Wetland Treatment System.  TECO will use this water to augment the cooling reservoir at their Polk Power Station located in southwest Polk County.   This agreement was a fundamental consideration in Lakeland’s securing of a twenty year Water Use Permit from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Since entering into that agreement, the City has supplied TECO and their consultant AECOM with twenty years’ worth of water quality and water quantity data from our Wetland system.  TECO and AECOM used that data to design a treatment system for the water being supplied by Lakeland.

In order to test the effectiveness of the design, AECOM built a temporary, small scale, treatment system at the City’s Wetland site in December of 2010.  They anticipate completing the pilot treatment system evaluation by the end of April.

The pilot treatment system is composed of three elements.  First, the raw water from the Wetland Cell 7 is pumped into a clarifier.  Using Ferric Chloride as a coagulant, the clarifier removes the majority of the larger solids from the water.  Following the clarifier, the water is then pumped through a multimedia sand filtration system which increases clarity to nearly 100%.    Finally, the water is directed through a reverse osmosis system which removes any remaining minute contaminates.  After the daily test results have been recorded, the clean water is then pumped back into the Wetland system.  The solids removed are stored on site and transported to the Glendale Wastewater treatment facility for disposal.

AECOM has been treating approximately 70,000 gallons per day with this system. The results of the tests have been outstanding and will provide valuable information regarding specifications for the treatment facility that will be built by TECO at their power plant.

According to the Lakeland-TECO agreement, TECO will initially have access to 5.2 million gallons of our water per day with additional quantities possible in future years. 

This represents a significant beneficial reuse of our water while alleviating potential treatment and discharge costs for the City of Lakeland. It insures available drinking water supplies for the citizen’s of Lakeland in the future and it allows TECO to meet their cooling water needs while drastically reducing their impact on ground water supplies.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the City of Lakeland Lakes & Stormwater division, and Keep Winter Haven Beautiful are hosting the 19th annual Project E.A.G.L.E. (Enhancing a Great Living Environment) community shoreline and litter cleanup event on April 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  The City of Lakeland staging area will be at Lake Parker’s Sertoma Park (1800 E. Memorial Blvd.)  Volunteers may help clean the shoreline of Lake Parker, or clean the lake of their choice.  Volunteers will receive a Project E.A.G.L.E. t-shirt, and are invited to Lake Shipp Park for a hamburger lunch, provided by the Texas Cattle Company, and family fun activities from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Call 863-834-8429 or email to register.