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Monday, December 5, 2011 City Commission Meeting Highlights

At the Tuesday, December  5th Lakeland City Commission meeting  Beautification Awards were presented to : Wells Fargo Bank, 2150 Edgewood Drive and Timothy Roundtree, 614 Brunnell Parkway.

Employee service awards were presented for 10 years, to Cory Bowling, Douglas Brown Jr. Jeremiah Chaparro, Palmer Davis, Joshua Goddard, Tiffany Stilwell, Gina  Wallace, Monica Yzaguirre, Christina Camp,  Michael Collins, Kathy Davis, Lawrence Griffin, Adria Holmes, Mary Jane Spetman, Sandra Winek.

John Zuercher was recognized for 20 years of service .  Jacqueline Hayes and Denise Steele were recognized for 25 years and Jerry Knowles for 30 years.

A modification to lease agreement with Blue Marlin Solutions LLC at the airport to allow for Earhart’s restaurant to service customers in the departure area was approved.

The amendment to the lease and transfer agreement with Lakeland Regional Medical Center was approved.

John Leenhouts, Rick Garcia and Regino Medina were appointed to the Airport Advisory Board.

Tom Waller and Kristin LaMonte were appointed to the Dixieland Community Redevelopment Area Board.

Jeffrey Stearns was appointed to the Employees’ Pension Board.

Naomi Tillett was appointed to the Nuisance Abatement Board.

Lynn Schindler was appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustments & Appeals.

Sylvia Blackmon-Roberts was appointed to the Civil Service Board.

An ordinance Authorizing the Issuance of the City’s Water and Wastewater Revenue Refunding and Improvement Bonds, in an amounts Not Exceeding $54,000,000 and $12,000,000 was approved.

$22,551.19 in lot clearing liens were approved .

An agreement between the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency and the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority for Fiscal Year 2012 Services was approved.

This agreement provides for management and maintenance of the Downtown container gardens program, and downtown way finding signage.

CRA Medical District Conceptual Planning by AECom  priced at $49,500.00 and estimated to take three (3) months to complete was approved.

An agreement with West Lake Management, LLC for management of Lincoln Square Apartments was approved.

A task authorization with the project engineer, Amherst Consulting, under the current City of Lakeland Continuing Contract for Airport Engineering to complete the Environmental Assessment for the not-to-exceed fee of $82,500 in reference to the Instrument Landing System was approved.

A task authorization in the amount of $62,350 related to the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport taxiway, apron, and pond project was approved.

Public hearings were announced for the December 19th City Commission meeting reference the Capital Improvements Element of the Lakeland Comprehensive Plan, Conditional Use for a low turnover restaurant on property located at 1037 Dixieland Mall Lane, The City of Lakeland Employees Pension Plan and inclusion of certain lands located within the City of Lakeland within the boundaries of the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District.

The award of a bid to QGS Development, Inc. for the Edgewood Drive extension project construction services was approved.

Task Authorization with Cardno TBE for construction engineering inspection services Edgewood Drive extension project was approved.

A one and one-half percent (1.5%) across the board raise for all regular non-union employees was approved.

In final action an agreement with Centurion, Inc. for a call center integrated voice response system purchase and extended maintenance agreement was approved. This will allow Lakeland Electric Customers to have a more integrated customer service phone experience that will include additional payment and service options through the phone.



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