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LAKELAND, FL (September 28, 2016) | The City of Lakeland Parks Division will be on Lake Morton at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18th for the 36th Annual Swan Roundup. Parks & Recreation employees will be carefully gathering the swans to get them ready for their annual veterinary check-up. The swans will be confined in large holding pens on the south side of the lake for their annual wellness examinations that will start the morning of October 19th at 7:30 a.m. with Patricia Mattson, DVM. The Annual Swan Round-Up allows the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to closely monitor the health and vitality of Lakeland’s swan population.
The original swans on Lake Morton were donated by Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom in 1957. As Lakeland’s swan flock grew, it became paramount to give the regal birds an annual health check so the Swan Roundup began in 1980 and has continued every year since then. The swans were first cared for by veterinarian (emeritus) and original "Swanvet" W.G. Gardner. His dedication to the flock carries on with Dr. Mattson.

Dr. Mattson has 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine. She the owner of Companion Animal Hospital a full service facility that provides general medical care, preventive medical care, vaccinations, health certificates, caesarean section, diagnostic services, on-site kennel, on-site laboratory testing, flea control, dietary counseling, spay/neuter, declawing, radiology, general surgery, dentistry, emergency services, microchipping, pharmacy services and boarding.

Dr. Patricia Mattson who donates her time as Lakeland’s official swan veterinarian recently shared her report on Lake Morton’s swans after their last annual physical. Mattson said, “The swans are consuming too much white bread and the heavy gluten diet with very little nutritional value is taking a toll on Lakeland’s swan population.” She added, “Many of the swans have a calcium deficiency because they feast on bleached white bread and this is just one of the items that will be reviewed during the swans annual health checkup.”

Bob Donahay, Director of Parks & Recreation said, “The Lake Morton swans are a community icon and families have been interacting with the birds for decades. It is very important to us to make sure our Lakeland flock is doing well so we schedule the Swan Roundup each year with the primary purpose to check on the health of our birds.” He added, “People may not realize but the Parks Department actually has a line item in our budget for swan food and upkeep. It costs about $10,000 per year to feed and care for Lakeland’s domestic swans and we really appreciate Dr. Mattson donating her time to care for our flock.”

 

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264


The City of Lakeland has scheduled a Public Meeting regarding a proposed cycle track along New York Avenue, from W Main Street to W Lime Street. This project will include the following elements as part of the project design: 

  1. Modification of New York Avenue to include a two-way “cycle track” in the existing southbound lane, limiting vehicular traffic on New York Avenue to one-way northbound only
  2. Construction of a traffic separator between the bicycle lanes and northbound vehicular traffic
  3. Construction of streetscape, to include paver sidewalk and decorative street lighting along the west side of New York Avenue between W Main Street and W Orange Street.
  4. Conversion of the New York Avenue at W Lemon Street and New York Avenue at W Orange Street intersections from North-South stop-control to East-West stop-control
  5. Construction of an eight-foot wide pathway on the north side of Lime Street between Sikes Boulevard and S New York Avenue
  6. Enhanced landscaping along the north side of W Orange Street between the Sikes Boulevard on-ramp and S New York Avenue

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the City of Lakeland Commissioners' Chambers, located at 228 S Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803.

This public meeting is being conducted to present the 60% design and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. It will be conducted in an open-house format beginning at 6:00 pm. City Planners and Engineering Staff will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting the project will be available.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or family status. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, or those requiring language assistance (free of charge) should contact the City of Lakeland ADA Coordinator, no later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the proceeding, at (863) 834-8447, Email: david.uria@lakelandgov.net. If hearing impaired, please contact the TDD numbers: Local – (863) 834-8333 or (800) 955-8771 (TDD – Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or the Florida Relay Service Number (800) 955-8770 (VOICE), for assistance.

Please visit the City of Lakeland Public Works website at lakelandgov.net/publicworks/public-works/projects for more information regarding this project. Design-related information may be obtained by contacting the City of Lakeland Project Manager, Ron Laubach, P.E., at the contact information below.

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CONTACT:

Ron Laubach, P.E. | 863/834-6031 | ron.laubach@lakelandgov.net


The City of Lakeland has scheduled a public meeting regarding the proposed South Wabash Avenue Extension Project. The meeting will be held Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Legacy Christian Church located at 901 West Beacon Road, Lakeland, FL 33803.

This project includes a new two-lane divided roadway with pedestrian and bicycle facilities. It begins at the intersection of Beaker Boulevard and Harden Boulevard, extends north along the Beaker Boulevard alignment under the Polk Parkway, along the west side of the Lakeside Village Shopping Center and Grasslands Subdivision, and ends at the intersection of Wabash Avenue and Ariana Street.

The public meeting is being conducted to present the 90% design plans and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. City staff and representatives from the design team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting the project will be available throughout the meeting. The latest schedule includes construction starting in Fiscal Year 2020.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, or those requiring language assistance (free of charge) should contact the City of Lakeland ADA Coordinator, no later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the proceeding, at (863) 834-8447, or david.uria@lakelandgov.net. If hearing impaired, please contact the TDD numbers: Local – (863) 834-8333 or 1-800-955-8771 (TDD – Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or the Florida Relay Service Number (800) 955-8770 (VOICE), for assistance.

Design-related information may be obtained by contacting the City of Lakeland Project Manager, Joseph Baan, P.E., at the contact information above or by contacting the City’s consultant, James Hunt, P.E. with Cardno, at (727) 431-1593 or james.hunt@cardno.com.

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PROJECT CONTACT:

Joseph R. Baan, P.E. | Manager of Engineering | 863/834-6041 | joe.baan@lakelandgov.net




Lakeland, FL - The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) is excited to announce that it will be accepting applications to fill vacant firefighter positions starting September 30, 2016 through October 15, 2016. The firefighters to be hired will fill positions created by recent promotions and retirements. At minimum, ten firefighters will be hired.

The Lakeland Fire Department offers competitive pay and benefits, extensive professional development, and is an established public safety leader in the region. As a result, it is a highly desirable fire department to work for, often receiving hundreds of applications in a short window of time when vacancies are opened.

More information about necessary qualifications, how to apply, and pay and benefits is available at lakelandgov.net/lfd. An employment brochure and a 25-minute video production “Fully Involved: What it means to be a Lakeland Firefighter” is also available at the Lakeland Fire Department website to provide prospective applicants more information about why they should apply.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply at lakelandgov.net/employmentservices.

Applications are only accepted online.  Diverse applicants representative of Lakeland’s community, that meet the firefighter employment requirements, are strongly encouraged to apply.

LFD utilizes the National Testing Network (NTN) and requires a Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) of all applicants. The City of Lakeland is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer.

More about the Lakeland Fire Department:

Established in 1916, the Lakeland Fire Department has a rich history and celebrated its centennial as a career fire department in August 2016. The department has seven stations serving approximately 100,000 people in the City of Lakeland. The department has 170 employees, of which 150 are emergency response personnel. In 2015, the department responded to over 22,000 service calls in its 84 square-mile response area, which includes the city limits as well as portions of unincorporated Lakeland.

The department offers a wide range of services which includes heavy rescue, technical rescue, fire prevention, fire code enforcement, fire investigation, aircraft rescue and firefighting, and in-house fleet maintenance; all in addition to fire suppression and emergency medical response. The Lakeland Fire Department is also passionate about being an active participant in its community and consistently giving back through philanthropic efforts and through non-emergency services such as community outreach and preventative public education.

CONTACT:

Janel Vasallo, MPH | Public Relations / Information Manager | Lakeland Fire Department | 863/834-8219