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CITY OF LAKELAND TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETING ON GANG ISSUES

CITY OF LAKELAND TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETING ON GANG ISSUES

 

LAKELAND, FL (October 31, 2013) - On Monday, November 18th the City of Lakeland will host a Community Meeting addressing gang related issues. The meeting will take place at the Coleman Busch Building from 6 - 8:30 p.m.  There have been a number of gang related shootings in the last few months and the purpose of the meeting is to identify the steps needed to curb gang membership within the community.

 

Mayor Gow Fields said, “We need to have an approach to identify and reduce the number of individuals who look at gangs as the answer to their problems.  Many of the youth today are migrating to this kind of activity and sadly they recognize gangs as a type of family.” 

 

The Community Meeting will include the following:

·         An overview of gangs by the Lakeland Police Department.  This overview will include the changing gang demographics and membership activity. 

·         Community understanding of what to look for to identify gang behavior.

·         Identifying community resources and understanding positive community based programs.

·         Identify the gaps of what is missing in community programs as well as listing alternatives.

·         Start a plan and dialogue needed to move forward.

Assistant Chief of Police Mike Link said, “In Lakeland we have 260 documented gang members and associates. Right now we have 46 listed gangs.  Nine of those are considered more active and pop-up on our radar much more frequently that the others.”

 

Fields said, “This is a war and we don’t have enough soldiers of good influence on the street.  Hopefully, this meeting will be a start so the community can see the seriousness of the issue.” He added, “We need to work together in solving this problem.”

 

The City of Lakeland asks the community to attend this important meeting as we work toward solutions to curb gang membership and identify resources needed to help reduce gang violence.  For more information on gang activity in Florida, please visit www.floridagangreduction.com

 

 


Lake Beulah Public Meeting - Monday, June 24, 2013

The Florida Department of Transportation and Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) are funding improvements around Lake Beulah in order to beautify this gateway into Lakeland and the surrounding neighborhoods and to improve conditions for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit patrons. Through this project, the existing five-foot wide concrete sidewalk will be replaced with an eight- to ten-foot wide asphalt multi use trail. This project also includes the installation of decorative lighting along the trail, landscaping and transit stop improvements including the construction of a new transit shelter at the Hartsell Avenue intersection. 

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT view meeting notice

The City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency will conduct a public information meeting on Monday, June 24, 2013, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District (Citrus Connection) Offices located at 1212 George Jenkins Boulevard, Lakeland. The City of Lakeland 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 upcoming 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 and project schedule. City staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns. 

Display boards of this project will also be made available beginning June 17th in the lobby of Lakeland City Hall located at 228 South Massachusetts Avenue. 

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 Chuck Barmby at 863-834-6011, at least seven days before the meeting. 

PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS 

Lake Beulah is an important public space for the surrounding neighborhood, serves as a gateway to the Downtown Lakeland area and is a component of the Lake-to-Lake Bikeway Network. The Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to implement the following project that is intended to beautify and improve transportation facilities around Lake Beulah:

  • Replacement of existing five-foot wide sidewalk with an eight- to ten-foot wide asphalt bicycle and pedestrian trail. 
  • Installation of decorative lighting along the new trail, around the entire lake. 
  • Construction of new transit stops, including the installation of a new transit shelter on the south side of Lake Beulah Drive just west of the Hartsell Avenue intersection. Each stop will include decorative benches and trash receptacles. Bicycle racks will also be installed as part of this project. 
  • Traffic signal and pedestrian crossing improvements at the “Five Points” intersection and a new crosswalk at Veterans Park. 
  • Planting of “Trees of Military Significance”, descendants of trees from important battlefields in American history. 

City Commission Meeting Recap - January 22, 2013

At the City Commission Meeting held Tuesday January 22nd the following decisions were made.

The appointments of Cora Rankins to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Jack Strollo, to the Code Enforcement Board, Brian Waller to the Historic Preservation Board and Deborah Boynton to the Midtown Community Redevelopment Area Board were approved.

A recommendation that Penny McAuley  be eligible for reappointment to a second full term at the end of her current term on The Planning & Zoning Board was approved.

A Lease Agreement with RDI, LLC for hangar space located in the Airside Center was approved.

An appeal of Denial of Conditional Use at 215 East Main St. was denied.

Large scale future land use map amendment from county residential low and linear commercial corridor to city residential medium, mixed commercial corridor, and conservation on 56.77 acres located north of  U.S. Highway 92, West of Fairway Avenue and East of Lake Parker was approved

A text amendment to the Future Land Use Element of the Lakeland Comprehensive Plan to provide consistency with 2012 state legislation related to Green Swamp Policies was approved

A proposed large scale future land use map amendment on 26.8 acres, from regional activity center (rac) to residential medium (rm) on property located at 1020 South Parkway Frontage Road east of Harden Boulevard, south of the South Frontage Road to the Polk Parkway Was approved.

Text Amendment #T-12-013 to the Future Land Use Element of the Lakeland Comprehensive Plan Amending the Office Center Land Use Designation was approved.

Authorization to enter into two engineering Task Authorizations in the amounts not to exceed $289,468 and $248,023 respectively, to provide for engineering services, for the airport, related to the Runway 9/27 rehabilitation and the South Ramp, with Amherst Consulting for the design through bidding phase was approved.

A Task Authorization for a not to exceed amount of $34,980 for an engineering contract with Atkins and execution of a construction contract with Ox Construction and Company for $127,000 for capital improvements at the Airside Center for construction of a shipping and receiving area and office area in northern Bays 2 and 3 was approved

Authorization for City officials to commence negotiations with the top ranked firm of, Lunz Prebor Fowler, Architects for Fire Station #7 project  architectural and engineering services was approved .

Proposed resolution no. 13-003 A resolution relating to Lakeland Electric; repealing resolution 4855; designating certain individuals and corporations as authorized representatives of the City of Lakeland, Florida, for the purpose of executing one or more fuel contracts was approved.

Award of Bid No. 2318 to Econolite Control Products, Inc. for advanced  traffic Management system center upgrades was approved in the amount of $297,560.00.

Amendment One to The Fire Protection Agreement with Polk County adding additional territory and increasing the dollar Amount by $5,650 was approved.

An agreement with Florida Department of Economic Opportunity extending the deadline for filing annual certification for the current calendar year to   May 31, 2013 was approved.

Task Authorization with CH2M Hill, Inc. for Water Quality Sampling on Lake Parker Copper Translator-McIntosh Power Plant Unit 1 Not-To-Exceed: $49,619 was approved.

A Task Authorization with Chastain Skillman for HVAC design for McIntosh Unit 5 control room building not-to-exceed: $26,400.00 was approved.

To find out more in depth information you can view the City Commission agendas online at: www.lakelandgov.net/cityclerk/Agendas.aspx click on the item numbers highlighted in blue for all background materials.