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City Commission Highlights for Meeting Held on April 2, 2012

At the City Commission meeting held April 2, 2012 the Lakeland City Commission presented Beautification Awards to the residence at 3304 Innisbrook Dr. and the commercial property at 719 N. Massachusetts.

Employee Service Awards were presented to:

  • Jacquelyn Adkinson, Chad Hotchkiss, Christopher Leggett, Heath Seeber, James Tanner Jr. for 10 Years of service.
  • Timothy Keeney, and Melinda Morris for 20 years.
  • David Brice, David Doty, Tracy Grice, Robert Guion Jr., Terry Hamilton, Valerie Highsmith, Lloyd Holmes, Robert Jaroszeski, Michael Platt, Douglas Riley and David Smith for 25 years.
  • William LePere for 30 Years.

Proclamations were presented in recognition of :

Child Abuse Prevention Month, Community Development Week, Donate Life Month, Fair Housing Month, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, National Volunteer Week. Sertoma Month, Volunteer Appreciation Month and Water Conservation Month.

Michael Simms and Richard Vick were appointed to the Beautification Board.

Todd Baylis was appointed to the Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency Board.

An amendment to the city code establishing fees for reviewing petition signatures was defeated.

An amendment to the city code affecting the police officers’ defined benefit retirement fund was postponed.

The section of Providence Road which is on the North side of I-4, just east of the Sports Authority, was renamed Betz Place.

The one year action plan for CDBG and HOME grant programs was approved.

A total of $27,348.80 in assessments for Lot Clearings at 93 properties throughout the city were approved.

Properties at 609 and 613 N. Vermont Avenue and 728 Peachtree Street which are owned by the City Community Redevelopment Agency were conveyed to Parker Street Ministries, Inc. for rehabilitation and sale as single family affordable housing.

The voluntary annexation of 24.33 acres located north and east of the current city limit line, south of Old Tampa Highway and west of Wilkerson Road was postponed.

Public Hearings were scheduled for the April 16th City Commission meeting for a daycare on property located at 1030 Olive Street , a Banquet Hall and an Alcoholic Beverage License on Property Located at 215 East Main Street, conditional use for the Boys & Girls club at 950 Pinewood Avenue, and at Girls Incorporated at 1220 West Highland Street and amendments to the Land Development Regulations for building bulk, fences and walls, and landscaping.

In final action a portion of Crevasse Street, east of N. Rd 98 was renamed “Lakeland Park Center Drive”.

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