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Mayor Gow Fields invites local residents to attend the next Mornings with the Mayor event at 7 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2011 at Fred’s Southern Kitchen (2120 Harden Boulevard Lakeland, FL).  Mayor Fields will make his remarks and take questions from the audience around 7:30 a.m. after they have had a chance to go through the breakfast buffet.

Mayor Fields said, “Accessibility is one of the keys to local government and Mornings with the Mayor provides the opportunity for our citizens to share their views, ask questions and provide feedback on issues that are directly affecting them.” He added, “These events have been very successful and they allow me to spend valuable face to face time with our residents.”

Mornings with the Mayor allows residents an informal and comfortable forum in which to meet with the Mayor to talk about issues, ask questions, voice concerns and offer comments or suggestions.  Mayor Fields said, “It’s also an excellent way for us to gather candid feedback about how people feel things are going in our City; what amenities they particularly enjoy, areas they feel could use improvement, or what they’d like to see in the future.”

Fred’s Southern Kitchen has reserved a private dining area for the event.  The restaurant features a breakfast buffet as well as menu items.  Those wishing to partake in breakfast are responsible for the cost of their own meal.


LAKELAND, FL (November 9, 2011)  - The City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department has made special arrangements this year for Santa to phone local children from his workshop. Santa and his long distance operators will be calling elementary school-aged children on Tuesday, December 6th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please complete a Santa’s Calling form to ensure your child doesn’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Forms can also be picked up at any of the following facilities:

·         Kelly Recreation Complex – 404 Imperial Blvd.

·         Simpson Park Community Center – 1725 MLK Jr. Blvd.

·         City Hall – 228 S. Massachusetts Ave

·         Coleman-Bush Building – 1104 MLK Jr. Blvd.

All forms must be submitted by Monday, December 5th. Those wanting to participate can fax forms to 863-834-1310 or drop it off at any of the locations mentioned above.


At the Lakeland City Commission meeting held November 7th the Public Works Department presented an update of the efforts to make the city buildings more energy efficient.

Beautification awards were presented to the owners of the residence at 5804 Macaw Pl. and the church at 2045 W. Parker St.

The Spring Obsession Committee presented a $2,000 check to the city for Munn Park maintenance and bike racks at the museum of art.

Employee service awards were presented to the following for their years of service to the city:

Ramiro Gonzalez, Michael Grimm, James McHenry, Jerri Odom, Brenda Parsons, Emanuel Rivers III and Sakhoeun Sun for 10 years, Raymond Smith for 20 years,  Jimmy Platt for 25 years and Mark Craig, Mickey Kader, and Debra Henson for 30 years.

Proclamations were presented for Big Brothers Big Sisters Week, National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Polk County Family Week, and Veteran’s Week.

Gary Ralston was appointed to the Central Florida Development Council, Inc. Board.

Grant Miller, Ken Brower, and Andrew Snyder were appointed to the Historic Preservation Board.

Michael Pimentel and Kyle Vreeland were appointed to the Lakeland Housing Authority Board.

Paul Staes, was appointed to the Polk TPO Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

The commission approved a Lease Agreement with Foster’s Aircraft Refinishing, Inc. for additional lease space at, Lakeland Linder Airport, to enable Foster’s to service larger aircraft.

Twenty –eight thousand dollars worth of assessments for lot clearings performed by the city on properties throughout the city were approved.

A $91,305 expenditure from the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency to the city for median landscape maintenance throughout the CRA  was approved.

The Schedule of Public Meetings and Hearings for Program Plan 38th Year CDBG and 18th Year HOME Programs for 2012-13 was approved for Monday, January 23, 2012, Monday, February 2, 2012, Monday, March 5, 2012, Monday, April 2, 2012, and Friday, April 13, 2012.

Engineering and bid phase consultation for parking area expansion at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport was approved.

Public hearings were scheduled for the Commission meeting to be held November 22nd concerning, sidewalk cafes, a duplex on property located at 718 West Pear Street, an amendment to Ordinance 5272 related to Business Tax Receipts and conditional use approval to allow a church on property located at 240 Fernery Road.

The Commission approved an appropriation of $65,000 payable over three years as local participation In the Polk County bonus incentive program; to attract a food manufacturer, securing a 168,400 s.f. facility in northwest Lakeland which plans to create 133 new jobs, with an average wage of over $29,000.

The Commission approved a resolution emphasizing its commitment to the success of the proposed University of South Florida Polytechnic in its ultimate form.

Four items concerning the Lake Parker Southwest Basin Alternative Stormwater Project were approved.

In final action the Commission approved a voluntary program for testing time of use rates

in relation to the smart grid project and an agreement appointing designated representatives and responsible officials pursuant to Clean Air Act requirements.



Notice is hereby given that the City of Lakeland Canvassing Board will convene on the following dates:

November 10, 2011, in the City Commission Conference Room at Lakeland City Hall, 228 S Massachusetts Av, Lakeland at 8:30 a.m. to select a race and precinct for the Post Election Audit.

November 15, 2011, in Bartow at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 250 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow FL at 10 a.m. to conduct the post election audit.

Anyone deciding to appeal a decision by the Canvassing Board on the above subject matter at these meetings will need a record of the proceedings and for purposes of that appeal, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made.

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 should contact the City Manager’s Office no later than two (2) days prior to the proceeding at (863) 834-6006, for assistance. The City Manager’s office is located in City Hall, 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801-5086.  If HEARING impaired, please contact TDD (TDD-Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) at Local - (863) 834-8333 – or 1-800-955-8771. If VOICE impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770, for assistance.