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City Commission Meeting Highlights - November 8, 2011

At the Lakeland City Commission meeting held November 7th the Public Works Department presented an update of the efforts to make the city buildings more energy efficient.

Beautification awards were presented to the owners of the residence at 5804 Macaw Pl. and the church at 2045 W. Parker St.

The Spring Obsession Committee presented a $2,000 check to the city for Munn Park maintenance and bike racks at the museum of art.

Employee service awards were presented to the following for their years of service to the city:

Ramiro Gonzalez, Michael Grimm, James McHenry, Jerri Odom, Brenda Parsons, Emanuel Rivers III and Sakhoeun Sun for 10 years, Raymond Smith for 20 years,  Jimmy Platt for 25 years and Mark Craig, Mickey Kader, and Debra Henson for 30 years.

Proclamations were presented for Big Brothers Big Sisters Week, National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Polk County Family Week, and Veteran’s Week.

Gary Ralston was appointed to the Central Florida Development Council, Inc. Board.

Grant Miller, Ken Brower, and Andrew Snyder were appointed to the Historic Preservation Board.

Michael Pimentel and Kyle Vreeland were appointed to the Lakeland Housing Authority Board.

Paul Staes, was appointed to the Polk TPO Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

The commission approved a Lease Agreement with Foster’s Aircraft Refinishing, Inc. for additional lease space at, Lakeland Linder Airport, to enable Foster’s to service larger aircraft.

Twenty –eight thousand dollars worth of assessments for lot clearings performed by the city on properties throughout the city were approved.

A $91,305 expenditure from the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency to the city for median landscape maintenance throughout the CRA  was approved.

The Schedule of Public Meetings and Hearings for Program Plan 38th Year CDBG and 18th Year HOME Programs for 2012-13 was approved for Monday, January 23, 2012, Monday, February 2, 2012, Monday, March 5, 2012, Monday, April 2, 2012, and Friday, April 13, 2012.

Engineering and bid phase consultation for parking area expansion at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport was approved.

Public hearings were scheduled for the Commission meeting to be held November 22nd concerning, sidewalk cafes, a duplex on property located at 718 West Pear Street, an amendment to Ordinance 5272 related to Business Tax Receipts and conditional use approval to allow a church on property located at 240 Fernery Road.

The Commission approved an appropriation of $65,000 payable over three years as local participation In the Polk County bonus incentive program; to attract a food manufacturer, securing a 168,400 s.f. facility in northwest Lakeland which plans to create 133 new jobs, with an average wage of over $29,000.

The Commission approved a resolution emphasizing its commitment to the success of the proposed University of South Florida Polytechnic in its ultimate form.

Four items concerning the Lake Parker Southwest Basin Alternative Stormwater Project were approved.

In final action the Commission approved a voluntary program for testing time of use rates

in relation to the smart grid project and an agreement appointing designated representatives and responsible officials pursuant to Clean Air Act requirements.

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