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

November 6, 2015, in the City Commission Conference Room at Lakeland City Hall, 228 S Massachusetts Av, Lakeland
8:30 a.m. to select a precinct for the Post Election Audit.

November 10, 2015, in Bartow at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 250
S. Broadway Ave., Bartow FL at 4 p.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.

Kelly S. Koos, MMC
City Clerk

Polk TPO to Host Complete Streets Stakeholder Meeting
The Polk TPO has prioritized funding to improve mobility on eight corridors. These corridors will be enhanced using a “complete streets” approach to increase safety and encourage increased multi-modal activity and vitality.

Complete streets enhancements will benefit the entire community by making the area more attractive for businesses and improving the quality of life. Corridors being targeted for complete streets improvements include:
• Massachusetts Avenue/Lakeland Hills Boulevard,
• Wabash Avenue,
• Highland Street/Greenwood Street,
• Combee Road/SR 659

Improvements you might see on a complete streets corridor include:
• Enhanced Sidewalks and Sidewalk Connectivity
• Bicycle Lanes
• Safety Improvements at Intersections
• Safety Improvements Along the Roadway
• Landscaping
• Aesthetic Street Lighting

Please plan to attend the stakeholder outreach meeting to guide the selection of corridor enhancements.

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Lakeland PD Community Room
219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland

For additional information contact:
Xiomara Meeks 863.534.6486

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff In Honor of Oregon Shooting Victims

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff In Honor of Oregon Shooting Victims

A memo from Governor Scott was issued today that states:
In honor and remembrance of the victims of the Oregon shooting and pursuant to a Presidential Proclamation, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local, state and federal buildings, installations and grounds throughout the State of Florida. The flags shall be lowered immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset, Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

Please note that this lowering of the flags will coincide with the lowering of the flags today in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

Phase II of Utility Undergrounding in Downtown Lakeland Begins Monday, October 5th

Phase II of Utility Undergrounding in Downtown Lakeland Begins Monday, October 5th

On Monday, October 5th, Lakeland Electric will commence Phase II of its Oak Street Utility Undergrounding project by opening the Oak Street/Tennessee Avenue intersection to through-traffic and closing the Oak Street/Kentucky Avenue intersection for a period of 30 days. During this phase of construction, McKeel Academy parents will be asked to enter the drop-off/pick-up car line on Peachtree Street from North Florida and Massachusetts Avenue. Periodic lane closures can still be expected at the Oak/Tennessee intersection outside of McKeel Academy's drop-off/pick-up times.

The construction project is scheduled for completion this fall. During and following construction, Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring traffic conditions and motorist blocking intersections and driveways will be subject to citation.

For information on this project, please contact Michael Vann at 834-6311 or