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The City Commission meeting held on October 17th began with a report by the Information Technologies Department on the timetable for the replacement of the city’s two way radio system.

A check was presented by The Synthetic Turf Council, for the Real Field of Dreams National Finalist Award for Sunflower Preschool Playground .

Another check was received from FITniche for Hollingsworth Restroom Fund .

Proclamations were presented in recognition of Community Planning Month, Let’s Talk Month, and Pro Bono Week.

Eugene Strickland was appointed to the Firefighters’ Pension Trust – Board of Trustees.

Terry Borglund was appointed as an alternate to the Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals.

A  lease agreement with JDI Holdings, LLC at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport was approved.

An amendment to land lease agreement with Publix for jet fuel storage at  Lakeland Linder Regional Airport was approved.

Sale of Neighborhood Services Program Property to Alice Williams and Willie Hargarett was approved.

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 was approved.

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 was approved.

Vacating a Portion of Palmetto Street Right-of-Way located at 175 Lake Morton Drive was approved.

The Northside Christian Church’s Request for a Conditional Use Permit for a Church at 240 Fernery Road was continued to allow time for the church  representatives to provide updated sight plans and staff to formulate an ordinance to set conditions for the conditional use.

Semi-automated collection of garbage in areas serviced by alley was approved with no additional “premium service” charge.

Agreements with the FDOT for the multiyear phased grant in the amount of $1,508,250 for continued infrastructure improvements for the Runway 9-27 Instrument Landing System. Additionally, a request for authorization to enter into an engineering contract with Atkins Engineering for $280,140.00 and the reimbursable agreement with the FAA for $84,599, with both contracts subject to the final approval of FDOT, were approved.

Approval to negotiate and finalize standard agreements with shortlisted firms for planning, design and development professional services was granted.

A rail transportation agreement with CSX Transportation, Inc. and Indiana Rail Road Corporation for transportation of coal for the electric plant was approved.

In final action, an agreement with Coulomb Technologies, Inc. to provide an electric vehicle charging station, for installation in the Main St. garage, for use by the public, initially for free on a first come basis, was approved.




            For more information contact: 
Sal Capra



Lakeland Florida area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on October 29th 2011 as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation.  Since the program was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.6 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Sal Capra, spokesman for the event.  “We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”

Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.

Following the flight, each young person, will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle.  Their name will then be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI.  The Logbook is also accessible on the web at

Those attending the flight rally on October 29th are asked to come to area west of AeroMech and east of the National Flight Hangers starting at 8:00 AM to register for their flight.

(This area will have signage just behind and to the right (west) of the blue roof airport terminal.  Flights will begin at 8:30 AM, with registration closing at 2:00 pm.    

Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the Internet.  Access to EAA’s Home Page is available at  The Young Eagles web page is

Special thanks go to the local pilots, the staff of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Woodmen of the World Life insurance Society and to Columbia Air Services for their help and support.


Contact: Grace Hardy


LAKELAND, Fla , October 13, 2011—The Lakeland Branch NAACP will host a Political Forum, Monday, October 24, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at  the Coleman Bush building, 1104 MLK Ave, Lakeland , FL 33805. The political forum is an opportunity for voters to learn more about the candidates vying for their support before the City of Lakeland Municipal election on November 8, 2011.

The panel of candidates participating in the forum will be Christopher Dobson (NW District), Elliott Dorsch (NE District), Keith Merritt (NE District), Ricky Shirah (NW District), and Phillip Walker (NW District). The forum is open and free to the public, and questions for candidates can be submitted prior to October 23, 2011 via email (, or phone (863-682-8879). Questions will also be accepted during the forum as time permits.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. The NAACP is a non-partisan organization.

The energy was flowing at the Lakeland Electric Power Academy Open House on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Tenoroc High School.

It was four years ago (Fall 2008) that the Power Academy, a partnership between Lakeland Electric and the Polk County School Board, had its first class of students.

The launch of the program coincided with the opening of the new Tenoroc High School. Since its inception, 35 students have graduated from the program with key insights into many positions throughout the utility. Four program participants have gone on to begin their careers with Lakeland Electric.

There are currently 100 students enrolled in the Power Academy, many of them were on hand during the Open House with their families. Betsy Levingston, Director of Director of Training and Work Force Development for Lakeland Electric, said she was very pleased with the turnout this year and that it showed an increased interest and support for the program.

“It was great to have two of the four graduates who work for us now attend as well as an alumnus who have taken advantage of a turbine generator maintenance program that we introduced to students last year.”

The turnout could also be attributed to the fact that Lakeland Electric and Polk school officials are excited about a milestone that the Power Academy will reach at the end of this school year. Students who entered the Academy as a freshman four years ago are now seniors and will be recognized as the inaugural graduating class.

The many Lakeland Electric employees who support the program through job shadowing, conducting tours, speaking to classes, etc. were also present to celebrate this accomplishment.

The Lakeland Electric Power Academy is one of two power-related academies in the State of Florida that offers the Energy Industry Fundamentals curriculum. Lakeland Electric, a member of the Florida Energy Workforce Consortium, helped to develop that curriculum. Completion of the course and passing the assessment will earn students a nationally recognized industry certificate along with their NCCER industry certifications they currently earn.

Employees who have participated in activities for The Lakeland Electric Power Academy:

John Adkinson

Bennie Baucom

Rick Bibby

Bret Galbraith

Leah Borunda

David Brice

Ronnie Brooks

Scott Brooks

Greg Brown

Gary Cissell

Jeff Curry

Joey Curry

Randy Dotson

Rico Dunsmore

Dwayne Goostree

Jane Gschwender

Michael Harmeling

Jackie Hayes

Bobby Holliday

Antwan Key

Betsy Levingston

Grisel Martin

Mike Mustard

Steve Nichols

Lien Nguyen

Robert Padgett

Paul Page

Kaye Parker

Steve Perkins

David Quinto

Ken Riddle

Bianca Roszell

Charlie Russell

Bruce Sanders

Alan Shaffer

Kenny Smith

Jim Stanfield

Joey Tamondong

Faye Tarpley

Karen Thompson

Robin Tillett

Larry Watt

Andrea Whittington