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Water, Wings and Wild Things Nature Fest

Date:  Saturday, October 8, 2011

Location: Polk's Nature Discovery Center

Starts at: 10:00 AM

Ends at: 2:00 PM

Polk’s Nature Fest 2011 continues! Come out and enjoy a day in the oak hammock at Circle B Bar Reserve with the whole family. There will be over thirty vendors present on this day with a wealth of information concerning nature, hands on crafts for all ages, and the kids won’t want to miss the obstacle course this year! The event is FREE of charge, but don’t forget your pocket change to buy an event T-shirt and food! We expect a crowd so be patient!

Polk’s Nature Discovery Center is located in the Circle B Bar Reserve at 4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, FL.

For more information, call 863-668-4673.

The Lunch and Learn Gardening Series 
October 14, 2011

This Month’s Topic is Composting
Time: Noon to 1:00PM
Location: 501 East Lemon Street Conference Rooms 1A & 1B  

At this workshop participants will:
Learn about reusing and recycling waste and what composting methods work best for them
Compost bins will be available for purchase for $40.  Kitchen scrap buckets will be available for purchase for $7.  Cash or check only.  Checks need to be made out to the City of Lakeland, Lakes and Stormwater Division. 

Workshop held in cooperation with Polk County Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program, City of Lakeland Water Utilities and Public Works Lakes and Stormwater Division.

The Lakeland City Commission addressed the following actions at their meeting held Tuesday October 03, 2011.

The Fire Department made a presentation on their recent evaluation which dictates fire insurance rates for home and business owners.

Beautification awards were presented to the residence at 3902 Cheverly Dr. W. owned by Dr. E. Hartog and the Lakeland Cancer Center 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd.

A check for $565.00 dollars was presented by the City to the Patrick Mimms of the Chow 4 Now charity, who then passed it on to V.I.S.T.E. The money comes from leftover funds from the 2011 Red White and Kaboom celebration.

The following employees were recognized for their years of service:

  • Richard Grube, Elaine Watkins, and Rachel Taylor for ten years.
  • Patricia Haynes, Marilyn Lawton, and Daniel Lester for 20 years.
  • Sapho Hay, Keith Peddeycoart, Mark Poteat, Phillip Wayne Ritter, Ngeck Ngo, and Ly Kim Sok for 25 years.
  • Joseph Hayes, Brenda Williamson and Jeff Wharton for 30 years.


Jill Hall was appointed to the Civil Service Board.

William Haskell was appointed to the Dixieland Community Redevelopment Area Board.

Carole Philipson was appointed to the Police Officer Retirement Fund – Board of Trustees.

New business tax fees were established.

The form of the ballot for the November 8 city commission election was approved.

Liens were approved for over $25,500 of lot clearing activities at 74 properties throughout the city.

The award of the bid for the Annual Cemetery Maintenance and Interment Services contract to Eagle Professional Landscaping and Lawn Maintenance in the annual amount of $47,700 was approved.

Public Hearings were scheduled for October 10th for ordinances to take the following actions :

Vacating a Public Right-of-Way Located North of East Myrtle Street, South of East Parker Street, East of North Massachusetts Avenue and West of North Iowa Avenue.

Vacating a Portion of Callahan Court Public Right-of-Way Located North of Lake Hollingsworth Drive, South of McDonald Street, East of Harvard Road and West of Hollingsworth Road.

Vacating a Portion of Palmetto Street Right-of-Way Located South of Palmetto Street, North of the Lake Morton Apartments, East of South Florida Avenue and West of Lake Morton (175 Lake Morton Drive)

Eminent Domain Proceedings were authorized for the northwest corner of Kathleen Road and Duff Road in connection with Kathleen Road widening project.

An agreement with Online Information Services, Inc. for collection of delinquent miscellaneous receivable city accounts was approved.

An equipment lease purchase agreement with Leasing 2, Inc. for Elgin street sweepers was approved.

A task authorization with CivilSurv for construction engineering and inspection services on SR 33 widening project was approved.

A settlement agreement in the Fisher vs City of Lakeland Red Light Camera case was approved.

A coal supply agreement with Peabody CoalSales, LLC. and associated rail transportation agreement with CSX transportation were approved.

An interruptible service transition agreement with Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. was approved as the Commission’s final action.