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Downtown CSX Rail Crossings to Close Week of April 19th for Maintenance Work

 

CSX Transportation will be conducting maintenance work on its rail line through Downtown Lakeland that will require the closure of the following crossings, starting on Tuesday afternoon, April 19th:

· Ingraham Avenue
· Massachusetts Avenue
· Kentucky Avenue
· Missouri Avenue

These crossings will be closed at the same time, with construction planned to be completed by Friday, April 22nd.

 


FREDERICK HIRED AS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

 


LAKELAND, FL (April 13, 2016) — The City of Lakeland is

pleased to announce Christopher Heath Frederick as the newly appointed Director of Public Works. Frederick succeeds Rick Lilyquist who retired from the City of Lakeland early November 2015 after serving 17 years in the position. 

 

City Manager Tony Delgado said, “We are very glad to have Heath join our City of Lakeland Team.  He has been the Public Works Director with the City of Deland for the past six years.”  He added, “The City conducted a national search and the selection team was very pleased with the quality of the pool of applicants.  A selection committee that included several City of Lakeland senior staff in addition to key members from the community all came to the same conclusion that Heath is the right fit to continue moving the City’s Public Works Department into the future. Heath is coming into a nationally accredited Public Works organization that has an incredible amount of talent and we believe his vision and philosophy is a strong match going forward.”

 

Frederick has over 15 years of experience in public works and construction management.  He began his career as a quality control manager overseeing construction projects in 1999.  He then worked for Orange County as an Engineer Inspector II before becoming the Public Works Director the for the City of Tavares where he served for five years before becoming the Traffic Operations Manger for the City of Medford, Oregon.  He was named the Director of Public Works for the City of Deland in 2010.  

 

Frederick said, “I am extremely excited to be joining such a visionary and professional team at the City of Lakeland as Director of Public Works. I am looking forward to becoming actively involved in the community and continueing the high level of customer service and vision that the Public Works team demonstrates daily.”

 

Frederick has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Faulkner University.  When not working, Frederick enjoys spending time with family and friends, and watching his children play sports.  He has a goal of running a half marathon in every state and he has completed 10 so far with another race scheduled in Nashville at the end of the month.  Frederick also hikes a section of the Appalachian Trail every year.  Frederick said, “I am thankful to have been blessed with three children who are my world, a daughter who is 13 and twin 11-year-old sons.”

 

Frederick will officially start on May 9, 2016 and will be paid an annual salary of $121,288.44.



Portion of Main Street to Close for Storm Pipe Installation

Beginning Monday April 25th City of Lakeland crews will be installing a new storm pipe across Main Street east of West Lake Bonny Drive. Main Street will be closed to thru traffic between West Lake Bonny Drive and Interlachen Pkwy for approximately 4 days. Detours will be clearly marked.


For Immediate Release                                                                          March 16, 2016

 

In remembrance of the 32 Polk County law enforcement and corrections officers who were killed or died in the line of duty dating back to 1886, the 29th Annual Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016, beginning at 10:00 AM.

The Memorial Service is presented by the Polk County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Inc.

The annual memorial service will be at the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial located at Veterans Memorial Park along Lake Beulah Drive on the west side of The Lakeland Center.

Family members of fallen officers, representatives from various municipal, county and state law enforcement and corrections agencies in Polk County, as well as local government agencies will be attending. The public is cordially invited to attend the memorial service.

All Polk County law enforcement and corrections officers who made the “supreme sacrifice while serving their community” will be honored during the Roll Call of Heroes. Fortunately, no new names will be added to the Memorial this year.

Immediately following the service, the 29th Annual Memorial Luncheon will take place at the Polk County FOP Lodge #46 building located at 125 West Brannen Road in Lakeland. The public is also invited to attend the luncheon.

For more information, please contact Bill LePere, Chair of the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Inc., at 863-834-8911.