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LAKELAND, FL (January 3, 2017) - Don Selvage will not be seeking re-election for a third term as Lakeland City Commissioner representing the Southwest District. Selvage was first elected to the Lakeland City Commission in 2009. He currently chairs the Aging Task Force and the Broadband Task Force. He is a member of the Utility Committee and Municipal Boards & Committees. He also serves on the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District Board, Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, SUN 'n FUN Board, Polk Transit Authority, and the Transportation Planning Organization.

“It has been a high honor to work for the residents of Lakeland and I’m extremely grateful for the community’s support during my tenure on the commission. I’ve had the privilege of serving with many distinguished elected officials, whose commitment to this City has never been in doubt,” said Selvage. “The dedicated civil servants who work for the City of Lakeland have been supportive of me and exceptionally responsive to constituent issues. It is their passion for excellence that makes Lakeland great.”

Selvage served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years, retiring as a colonel before coming to Lakeland in 1999. He is the owner of SHR Human Resources, LLC. He continues to be active in many civic and professional organizations. Selvage holds a degree in Political Science from Ohio State University and advanced degrees in Administration and National Security Affairs from Central Michigan University and Salve Regina College respectively.

Selvage’s tenure with the Lakeland City Commission will end December 2017 after eight years of dedicated service to the community. Selvage said, “Although I will be leaving elected office, my wife, Rita and I intend to remain engaged in community affairs where we hope to be able to contribute in some way to this vibrant, wonderful City. I will be 70 years old when my term ends with the Lakeland City Commission and that will be a good time to start thinking about a new chapter of my life.” 

CONTACT

Don Selvage, Commissioner | don.selvage@lakelandgov.net


PUBLIC NOTICE

CITY OF LAKELAND WASTE WATER UTILITY REPORTS
APPROXIMATELY 1200 GALLONS OF UNTREATED WASTE WATER SPILLED

LAKELAND, FL (December 21, 2016) - The City of Lakeland Waste Water Utility in accordance with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is reporting that approximately 1,200 gallons of untreated waste water spilled at 3242 New Tampa Highway because of a broken check valve at the pump station. The incident was discovered at 8 p.m. on December 20th. The event was terminated at 10:05 p.m. The area around the site was washed down and the wash water was vacuumed. No property damage reported. Sheet flow from pump station does enter storm drains. It is unknown but these drains could flow to an unnamed ditch which feeds the Itechapackasassa River. Public should refrain from swimming in the affected waters until testing can be completed. City of Lakeland will be doing the testing.

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION REPORT

Name of reporting party: Richard Ruede

Installation Name: Lakeland Water Utilities

Installation Address: 1825 Glendale Street

Installation Location: Lakeland, Florida

Contact person for further information: Robert Conner, Rick Ruede

Permit Number (if facility/installation holds a permit): FL0039772

Date and time of the incident or discovery: 8:00 PM, 20 December, 2016

Location of the incident or discovery: 
3242 New Tampa Highway

Suspected source and cause of incident or discovery: 
Broken (Hole in side of valve) Check Valve at Pump Station.

Type of pollution, including substance or contaminant name(s): Untreated Wastewater

Amount of pollution, including substance or contaminant name(s): 1,200 Gallons

Medium (e.g. land, water, air) affected by pollution: 
Water

Potentially affected areas beyond installation property boundary:
 Sheet flow from station across parking lot entering storm drains. Unknown but believe these drains flow to an unnamed ditch which feeds the Itechapackasassa river - US Waters.

Potential risk to the public health, safety, or welfare:
 People should refrain from swimming in the affected waters until testing can be completed. City of Lakeland will be doing the testing.

Identification of other parties notified of incident and time notification occurred: State Warning Point Incident # 2016-9433, Katie Castor – FDEP and Laurie Smith – COL Lakes and Stormwater via this e-mail


There are six holidays that potentially impact collection schedules:  New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  See below for the upcoming holidays and how the holiday will affect your service.  You can always find the full, up-to-date Holiday collection schedule here.  

Christmas

Saturday, December 24th & Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Offices will be closed Friday, December 23rd & Monday, December 26th.

No changes to normally scheduled collection days.

New Year's Day

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Offices will be closed Monday, January 2nd, 2017.

No changes to normally scheduled collection days.


Photo Opportunity & Media Announcement

Mulberry High School Students and Teachers Sponsor
Eleven Active Shooter Vests for LPD Officers

WHO: Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens, along with several Lakeland Police Officers and representatives from Derringer Firearms, will be guests at Mulberry High School’s Pep Rally to receive a donation for eleven Active Shooter Vests.

WHAT:
Mulberry High School students and teachers set a goal to fundraise and purchase vests for the seven officers who are graduates of Mulberry High School. They have surpassed the goal and will be donating funds for eleven vests through the Shield the Badges 501c3 corporation. The project is special to the school as fallen Officer Arnulfo Crispin was a graduate of Mulberry High School. Officer Crispin’s sister Brenda, who is also an Lakeland Police Officer and graduate of the school, will be in attendance.

WHEN: Thursday, December 15th at 1:00 P.M.

WHERE: 1 Panther Pl, Mulberry, FL 33860

WHY: Shield The Badges (Non-profit 501©3) was developed to buy an additional layer of protective body armor for Lakeland Police Officers. These special carrier vests are designed to help protect law enforcement in active shooter situations with high caliber rifle fire.

Media inquiries should be directed to (863) 583.2357.

CONTACT:

Robin Tillett | Media Relations | Lakeland Police Department
863/834-2963 | Twitter @lakelandpd