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[Update of the 10-4-2016 Notice] 

The City of Lakeland’s Wastewater Utility reports an air relief valve on the pipeline connecting Glendale Wastewater Plant to the Wetlands Treatment System has failed.  The location of the leak was in the vicinity of 6150 Lakeland Highlands Road.

It is important to note this pipeline does not carry raw wastewater.  The flow is treated and disinfected water being moved from Glendale Wastewater Plant to the Wetlands Treatment System for final removal of nitrogen and phosphorous before reuse or discharge.

The rate of flow was estimated at 10 to 15 gallons per minute for a duration of 1.5 to 2 hours.  The quantity could range from 900 to 1800 gallons.  The most likely estimate of 1,125 gallons was reported to DEP and the State Warning Point on Tuesday.  The failed valve is now isolated and will be replaced shortly.  The pipeline remains in service.

From the point of release, the water flowed into a County-owned storm drain and was conveyed to a retention pond in the vicinity of 2300 E. County Road 540A.

The waters released were treated to more than secondary standards and disinfected prior to entering the pipeline.  Waters of this quality have been routinely discharged under permit across Florida.  This, coupled with the small volume involved, makes this event of no risk to the general public and of minuscule environmental impact.

RULE 62ER16-01

Any owner or operator of any installation who has knowledge of any pollution at such installation shall provide notice of the pollution as follows:

(1) Within 24 hours of the occurrence of any incident at an installation resulting in pollution, or the discovery of pollution, the owner or operator shall notify the Department and the following persons, in writing, of such pollution: 

(a) The mayor, the chair of the county commission, or the comparable senior elected official representing the affected area.

(b) The city manager, the county administrator, or the comparable senior official representing the affected area.

(c) The general public by providing notice to local broadcast television affiliates and a newspaper of general circulation in the area of the contamination.

(2) Within 48 hours of the occurrence of any incident at an installation resulting in pollution, or the discovery of pollution, the owner or operator shall notify the Department and persons identified in (1)(a) through (1)(c), in writing, of any potentially affected areas beyond the property boundaries of the installation, and the potential risk to the public health, safety, or welfare.

(3) Within 24 hours of becoming aware of pollution from an installation that has affected areas beyond the property boundaries of the installation, the owner or operator shall notify, in writing, the property owner of any affected area, the Department, and the persons identified in (1)(a) through (1)(b).

(4) Such notification to the Department shall be accomplished by submitting an email to pollution.notice@dep.state.fl.us.

(5) Failure to provide this notification shall be considered a violation and subject to penalties for purposes of Section 403.161, Florida Statutes.


Original Post:

Per new state guidelines any owner or operator of any installation that has knowledge of any pollution shall provide notice of the pollution and contact the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The new rule (62ER16-01) took effect this past week and is detailed below. 

Based on the rule, the City of Lakeland Wastewater Utility is reporting that an air relief valve on the pipeline connecting Glendale Wastewater Plant to the wetlands final treatment facility has failed. A yet to be determined amount of treated and disinfected wastewater was released to storm sewers on Lakeland Highland Road. The City was first made aware of the situation at approximately 09:45 am. City crews were able to close an isolation valve on the ARV assembly once we were able to take the pressure off of the line. The release of treated effluent was at a rate of approximately 10 to 15 gallons per minute for about one hour. At 10:50 am the DEP was notified of the issue as required by permit. 


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