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 (January 14, 2015) – Rick Lilyquist, Director of Public Works, is pleased to announce thatEugene “Gene” Ginn will serve as the City of Lakeland’s next Manager of Solid Waste.  Ginn’s official first day with the City of Lakeland will be January 26, 2015.


Lilyquist said, “After a thorough search and recruitment effort to find someone to oversee our solid waste and recycling collection operations, we are very pleased to have Gene joining our team.  He has extensive knowledge of the solid waste industry having worked his way up through the system in a neighboring municipality.”


Ginn has been employed with the City of Largo since 1996, initially serving as a heavy equipment mechanic through 2001.  He then was promoted to a Solid Waste Foreman where he served from 2001 to 2008.  Ginn was promoted to Largo’s Assistant Solid Waste Manager in 2008 where he manages 53 employees responsible for the collection of solid waste and recyclables.  


Ginn said, “I’m very excited to be the City of Lakeland’s next Manager of Solid Waste.  I’ve been a public servant who is constantly mindful of being a good steward of the taxpayers money and customer service is a top priority.” He added, “I look forward to bringing my experience and skills to Lakeland.”


He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Eckerd College and he recently acquired his Master of Public Administration from Barry University.  His annual salary will be $85,716.



LAKELAND, FL (January 8, 2015) — The City of Lakeland is offering its 14th Annual Citizens Academy to area residents starting February 26, 2015.  The Citizens Academy is a free, hands-on, interactive public information program that familiarizes citizens with City services and the functions of City Departments.
The Lakeland Citizens Academy allows residents to get a behind the scenes look of how City government operates and it provides an outlet for citizen input. The program consists of six (6), two (2) hour evening sessions. 

2015 Session Dates

February 26 History & Finance

March 5          Police Department

March 12        Fire Department

March 19        Public Works & Planning

March 26            Utility Services

April 9          Parks & Recreation           

The program is limited to 30 citizens aged 16 or older.  Enrollment in the class is based on a first-come-first-served basis.  All participants interested in the Citizens Academy are encouraged to attend all of the sessions in order to get the most from the program.
All sessions, unless otherwise noted, are from 6-8 p.m. The first session will take place in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue (a light dinner is served at 5:45 p.m. during all sessions).  At least half of the sessions will meet away from City Hall and directions will be given for each City building or facility that hosts a Citizen Academy session.
The class will graduate with a certificate in “Governmentology”  at the end of the last session and a catered meal will be served.  Those interested in participating should contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264 or to secure a spot on the roster.


On Saturday, April 4th, 2015 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the City of Lakeland’s Solid Waste in coordination with the Polk County Solid Waste Division is sponsoring a FREE Household Hazardous Waste and End-Of-Life Electronics Collection Event, located at the Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime Street, in the south parking lot west of WONN Radio Station. This Mobile Collection Event is intended to make it more convenient for our community to safely dispose of their waste and discarded electronic equipment.

Household Hazardous Waste - Accepted Materials
Paints, paint thinners, florescent light bulbs, motor oil, drain cleaners, pool chemicals, insecticides, household batteries, etc.
No biohazard (medical) waste or business waste will be accepted.

End-Of-Life Electronics – Accepted Materials
Computers, monitors, keyboards, terminals, televisions, stereos, printers, fax machines, video games consoles, wireless devices, etc. No more than five items per household please.

Should you have any questions, please call Debbie Almon, Solid Waste Supervisor @ 834-8778.

City crews will begin construction on a Multi-use trail on New Jersey Road between Edgewood Drive and Crystal Lake Drive on January 5th. Periodic lane closures with flaggers may create temporary delays.

Beginning January 12th New Jersey Road/ Sylvester Road intersection will be closed to thru traffic for approximately two weeks.

Detours will be clearly marked.