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FREDERICK HIRED AS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

 


LAKELAND, FL (April 13, 2016) — The City of Lakeland is

pleased to announce Christopher Heath Frederick as the newly appointed Director of Public Works. Frederick succeeds Rick Lilyquist who retired from the City of Lakeland early November 2015 after serving 17 years in the position. 

 

City Manager Tony Delgado said, “We are very glad to have Heath join our City of Lakeland Team.  He has been the Public Works Director with the City of Deland for the past six years.”  He added, “The City conducted a national search and the selection team was very pleased with the quality of the pool of applicants.  A selection committee that included several City of Lakeland senior staff in addition to key members from the community all came to the same conclusion that Heath is the right fit to continue moving the City’s Public Works Department into the future. Heath is coming into a nationally accredited Public Works organization that has an incredible amount of talent and we believe his vision and philosophy is a strong match going forward.”

 

Frederick has over 15 years of experience in public works and construction management.  He began his career as a quality control manager overseeing construction projects in 1999.  He then worked for Orange County as an Engineer Inspector II before becoming the Public Works Director the for the City of Tavares where he served for five years before becoming the Traffic Operations Manger for the City of Medford, Oregon.  He was named the Director of Public Works for the City of Deland in 2010.  

 

Frederick said, “I am extremely excited to be joining such a visionary and professional team at the City of Lakeland as Director of Public Works. I am looking forward to becoming actively involved in the community and continueing the high level of customer service and vision that the Public Works team demonstrates daily.”

 

Frederick has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Faulkner University.  When not working, Frederick enjoys spending time with family and friends, and watching his children play sports.  He has a goal of running a half marathon in every state and he has completed 10 so far with another race scheduled in Nashville at the end of the month.  Frederick also hikes a section of the Appalachian Trail every year.  Frederick said, “I am thankful to have been blessed with three children who are my world, a daughter who is 13 and twin 11-year-old sons.”

 

Frederick will officially start on May 9, 2016 and will be paid an annual salary of $121,288.44.



Portion of Main Street to Close for Storm Pipe Installation

Beginning Monday April 25th City of Lakeland crews will be installing a new storm pipe across Main Street east of West Lake Bonny Drive. Main Street will be closed to thru traffic between West Lake Bonny Drive and Interlachen Pkwy for approximately 4 days. Detours will be clearly marked.


PUBLIC NOTICE - LAKELAND HIGHLANDS ROAD LANE CLOSURE

UPDATE:  Due to recent weather conditions and forecasted rainfall, a decision has been made to delay the repair work until Monday, April 18th. We are hope to re-open traffic lanes to normal operations by the end of the day, Thursday, April 21. Thank You!

LAKELAND, FL (April 8, 2016) - The City of Lakeland’s Water Utilities Department is monitoring a slow leak on an effluent force main pipe along CR 37B Lakeland Highlands Road in the vicinity of Magnolia Avenue.  The inside northbound travel lane of Lakeland Highlands Road has been closed between Clubhouse Road and Sean Lane to facilitate work crews access on a 24 hour round the clock basis.  This lane closure is necessary to ensure the safety of both the traveling public and our crews.  

The City is making preparations for repair to the force main.  Due to the limits of excavation required in order to work on the pipe, crews will need to close both northbound travel lanes of Lakeland Highlands Road between Clubhouse Road and Lake Miriam Drive.  During the period of northbound lane closure, the southbound travel lanes will be converted to two-way travel.  The lane diversion will start Tuesday, April 12th.   The contractor, Kamminga & Roodvoets, plans to start their mobilization efforts as soon as the northbound travel lanes are closed.  Potentially, the closure may last 7-10 days as there will be extensive roadway restoration to accomplish once the pipe repair is complete and the force main is back in service.  All traffic is encouraged to avoid this area if at all possible during the lane closures.  For more information, contact City of Lakeland Wastewater Division at 863-834-8277.


Additional CSX Work to Begin on April 18th!

 

CSX plans to close two intersections along the US 98 Corridor to perform maintenance and repair work on railroad wood ties. The intersection at Ingraham Road will be closed beginning April 18th for approximately one week. The following week, beginning on April 25th, the intersection at South Crystal Lake Drive will close for approximately one week. 

All traffic detours are being coordinated by CSX as City personnel are not involved in the repair work.