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The Lunch and Learn Gardening Series 
October 14, 2011

This Month’s Topic is Composting
Time: Noon to 1:00PM
Location: 501 East Lemon Street Conference Rooms 1A & 1B  

At this workshop participants will:
Learn about reusing and recycling waste and what composting methods work best for them
Compost bins will be available for purchase for $40.  Kitchen scrap buckets will be available for purchase for $7.  Cash or check only.  Checks need to be made out to the City of Lakeland, Lakes and Stormwater Division. 

Workshop held in cooperation with Polk County Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program, City of Lakeland Water Utilities and Public Works Lakes and Stormwater Division.

The Lakeland City Commission addressed the following actions at their meeting held Tuesday October 03, 2011.

The Fire Department made a presentation on their recent evaluation which dictates fire insurance rates for home and business owners.

Beautification awards were presented to the residence at 3902 Cheverly Dr. W. owned by Dr. E. Hartog and the Lakeland Cancer Center 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd.

A check for $565.00 dollars was presented by the City to the Patrick Mimms of the Chow 4 Now charity, who then passed it on to V.I.S.T.E. The money comes from leftover funds from the 2011 Red White and Kaboom celebration.

The following employees were recognized for their years of service:

  • Richard Grube, Elaine Watkins, and Rachel Taylor for ten years.
  • Patricia Haynes, Marilyn Lawton, and Daniel Lester for 20 years.
  • Sapho Hay, Keith Peddeycoart, Mark Poteat, Phillip Wayne Ritter, Ngeck Ngo, and Ly Kim Sok for 25 years.
  • Joseph Hayes, Brenda Williamson and Jeff Wharton for 30 years.


Jill Hall was appointed to the Civil Service Board.

William Haskell was appointed to the Dixieland Community Redevelopment Area Board.

Carole Philipson was appointed to the Police Officer Retirement Fund – Board of Trustees.

New business tax fees were established.

The form of the ballot for the November 8 city commission election was approved.

Liens were approved for over $25,500 of lot clearing activities at 74 properties throughout the city.

The award of the bid for the Annual Cemetery Maintenance and Interment Services contract to Eagle Professional Landscaping and Lawn Maintenance in the annual amount of $47,700 was approved.

Public Hearings were scheduled for October 10th for ordinances to take the following actions :

Vacating a Public Right-of-Way Located North of East Myrtle Street, South of East Parker Street, East of North Massachusetts Avenue and West of North Iowa Avenue.

Vacating a Portion of Callahan Court Public Right-of-Way Located North of Lake Hollingsworth Drive, South of McDonald Street, East of Harvard Road and West of Hollingsworth Road.

Vacating a Portion of Palmetto Street Right-of-Way Located South of Palmetto Street, North of the Lake Morton Apartments, East of South Florida Avenue and West of Lake Morton (175 Lake Morton Drive)

Eminent Domain Proceedings were authorized for the northwest corner of Kathleen Road and Duff Road in connection with Kathleen Road widening project.

An agreement with Online Information Services, Inc. for collection of delinquent miscellaneous receivable city accounts was approved.

An equipment lease purchase agreement with Leasing 2, Inc. for Elgin street sweepers was approved.

A task authorization with CivilSurv for construction engineering and inspection services on SR 33 widening project was approved.

A settlement agreement in the Fisher vs City of Lakeland Red Light Camera case was approved.

A coal supply agreement with Peabody CoalSales, LLC. and associated rail transportation agreement with CSX transportation were approved.

An interruptible service transition agreement with Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. was approved as the Commission’s final action. 

Come to Munn Park on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for the Munn Park Extravaganza gardening show presented by the Garden Club of Lakeland, Inc. 

Enjoy a Free family day of activities while exploring the many flowers and plants for sale, attend garden presentations, browse garden related crafts and see the juried flower show at Arts in the Park.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and there is soil testing for those wanting the perfect garden soil.  City of Lakeland Horticulturist, Bill Koen will present on new plant introduction.

There will be over 50 vendors selling a variety of patio and garden items for all your fall plant needs including: flowering plants for house and garden, outdoor plants for your landscaping, and garden art and accessories to spice up your lawn or patio. 

Please call 863-370-4065 to sign up as a vendor or for more information regarding this event.

On Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Sandra Trattner and Steve Wolfson generously announced that they are donating a bronze sculpture in honor of their parents Elaine and Wil Wolfson that will be placed at Main Street Overlook Park.  The bronze sculpture titled Mute Swan Protecting Her Cygnets will be placed in the nest where Main Street overlooks Lake Mirror Promenade.

Steve Wolfson said, “This piece of art tells our family story with the mother swan protecting her young and it will rest near the place where my grandfather stood when he first came to Lakeland in 1909.”  He added, “My sister and I are grateful to dedicate the sculpture in honor of our mom and dad.  Although we don’t live in Lakeland, the City has been such a huge part of our lives.”

The Wolfson family has a rich history that starts in Europe with Cy Wolfson emigrating from Russia to Ellis Island, NY and eventually settling in Lakeland as an early pioneer.  He became one of the very first retail shop owners in downtown. In the 1920’s Cy and Frances Wolfson owned and operated the Famous Department Store on the south side of Munn Park.

Wil is one of the four Wolfson children who grew up in Lakeland.  He attended the University of Florida Pharmacy School and served his country during WWII.  Wil and his two brothers fought in the South Pacific and had a battlefield reunion at Guadalcanal in 1944.  Wil married Elaine in 1946 and they had two children Sandra and Steve Wolfson.  Wil opened his first pharmacy in 1953, followed by two others before he retired in 1999. Today, he is 94 years old.

As a way of honoring their parents, Steve and Sandra are dedicating the larger than life bronze swan sculpture by renowned artist Ian G. Brennan.  Brennan has been a contemporary sculptor and woodcarver to the British Royal Household since 1989.  Mute Swan Protecting Her Cygnets is an original piece of art carved from a single English Lime Wood log.  It will be commissioned as an 8’ tall bronze piece of art that will nest overlooking Lake Mirror Promenade.  In the early 1950’s The Queen of England gifted a pair of Mute Swans from the Royal Flock to the City of Lakeland.  The descendent swan population remains a treasure to the community today.

The 8’piece of art will be cast in Sanford, Florida by the American Bronze Foundry.  The foundry is the largest of its kind in the Southeast specializing in fine art bronze sculpture castings.  The finished piece is planned find its permanent home overlooking Lake Mirror before the end of the year.