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Public Meeting Notice - South Wabash Avenue Extension

The City of Lakeland has scheduled a public meeting regarding the proposed South Wabash Avenue Extension Project. The meeting will be held Monday, August 17th, 2015 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 and 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 30% design plans for the South Wabash Avenue Extension and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. 

The meeting will be conducted in an open-house format beginning at 6:00 pm. 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.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Ms. Francey Halbert at (863) 834-6001 or Frances.halbert@lakelandgov.net.

Design related information may also 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.

Follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw .

 


Public Meeting Notice for Proposed Seawall at Lake Hollingsworth

The City of Lakeland will conduct a Public Meeting to receive citizens’ comments on a proposed seawall installation at Lake Hollingsworth. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Room A, located at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland 33801.

The proposed location of the seawall is immediately adjacent to the public boat ramp on Lake Hollingsworth and will extend westward to the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club and eastward to the public concrete dock. The intent of the project is to stabilize the shoreline area adjacent to the boat ramp and prevent further erosion of the lake’s banks.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in an open-house format, where City staff and representatives from the project team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting. The public meeting is being conducted to present the enhancement alternatives and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Curtis Porterfield at curtis.porterfield@lakelandgov.net at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

Project-related information may also be obtained by calling (863) 834-8439, or by following the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw .

 


LAKELAND MAYOR HOWARD WIGGS AND THE LAKELAND FLYING TIGERS TEAM UP 
TO HOST FREE YOUTH CLINIC ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 
Event Supports Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball” Initiative


Lakeland, FL – The Lakeland Flying Tigers have teamed up with Lakeland Mayor Howard Wiggs and the City of Lakeland to host local youth during a free baseball clinic as part of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) support of Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball” initiative, which focuses on the fun nature of baseball and encourages widespread participation in related activities. During the month of August 2015, or “Play Ball Month,” mayors are implementing the initiative throughout cities with the goal of strengthening the connection between communities and the National Pastime. 
The free clinic will take place at Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday, August 8 from 
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and is open to kids ages 5-12.  Kids will learn fundamentals from Flying Tigers players and participate in skills challenges on the field.  Lunch will be provided following the clinic compliments of the Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida. 
        Mayors across the country are hosting similar activities to engage citizens, families, and city departments to organize individual and community events (such as playing catch, running bases in the backyard, family gatherings, park and recreation activities, business-supported activities, etc.). These activities will be focused on strengthening bonds between families and communities with baseball through baseball-related activities. 
“The National Play Ball program has enormous value for our community and represents some of the best things in our country: Our national past-time–baseball, cooperation between many groups to serve citizens, and a focus on healthy family fun,” Mayor Wiggs said.  “I believe that this will be the first of many years for a great community event. My thanks to Ron Myers and The Tigers, and to Bob Donahay and his team.” 
This component of the Play Ball initiative focuses on recruiting a minimum of one city in as many of the 50 states as possible to promote and support “Play Ball Month” through baseball related activities. Primary targets are cities with Major League and Minor League Baseball clubs, although the initiative toolkit and self-reporting strategy will be electronically distributed to hundreds of cities across the country, with the assistance of Major League Baseball. Local leaders and citizens will report their activities to PlayBall.org via usmayors.org. PlayBall. org serves as the initiative’s online home and is accessible via MLB.com, USABaseball.com and other partner websites. Coaching tips and video demonstrations will be a prominent component of the site. PlayBall.org also provides parents, coaches and kids with information on how to get involved with Play Ball activities, links to youth-related news and events, and searchable maps with links on how to join community baseball leagues. Health and safety information, including the Pitch Smart initiative, also will be available. 
        The Flying Tigers are a Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.  For more information please visit the Flying Tigers online atwww.LakelandFlyingTigers.com or call 863-686-8075. 
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Lakeland Electric General Manager Elected Secretary-Treasurer of FMEA Board of Directors

(Tallahassee, FL) – Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected Joel Ivy, General Manager for Lakeland Electric, as secretary-treasurer of the organization’s board of directors. 

FMEA represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provides electricity to nearly 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers. 

“Board members participate in regular meetings held across the state and are charged with setting the overall direction of the organization,” said Barry Moline, FMEA’s executive director.  “Joel has established himself as a strong leader on utility issues not only in Lakeland, but throughout the state of Florida.  We’re honored to have him serve as our secretary-treasurer.”

“I am pleased to be chosen to serve as an elected member on FMEA’s board.  This organization is helping our state’s electric industry stay at the forefront of the nation by keeping its members informed on legislative issues and providing safety, training and customer service resources,” said Ivy.

He added, “Vince Lombardi once said, ‘The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.’  Through FMEA, individual municipal utilities located across Florida are working together to assure that our priorities remain focused on the consumer.”

Mr. Ivy has an extensive professional career in the power industry that began almost 30 years ago when he started as a lineman in 1983.  He has had a steady career path that includes climbing utility poles to managing multi-hundred million dollar operations with start-ups, investor owned and publicly owned utilities. Past experience includes his tenure as Chief Operating Officer at Visible Light Solar Technologies and Vice President of New Mexico Operations for Public Service Company of New Mexico, an investor owned utility with almost 500,000 customers. Mr. Ivy has been General Manager for Lakeland Electric for the last three years.

Other officers elected to the FMEA board include President Mike New of Newberry; President-Elect Clay Lindstrom of Fort Pierce; and Vice President Chip Merriam of Orlando. 

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provides electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.