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June 6th City Commission Meeting - Highlights

At the City Commission meeting held Monday June 6th the items were addressed.

County Manager, Jim Freeman briefed the commission on the state of the counties budgeting process.

Beautification Awards were presented to:

David and Susan Amann, for, landscaping, their residence at 1065 Clearview Ave. The Commercial award was given to the Andrew M. Reed Law Firm at 1828 S. Florida Ave.

Employee 10 year service awards were presented to:

Steven Moore, Mark Gautney, and Raymond Overmiller

Twenty year service awards went to:

Mike Breen, Walter Dennis Jr. and Gary Bence.

Dorinda Bowen was recognized for 25 years of service.

Elliot Wayne was presented with a 30 year service award.

Proclamations were presented honoring National Garden Club Week and Platform Art Community in Motion Day.

John Burton, President of the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In Inc. was on hand to thank the city and all involved in making this year’s Fly in a success under the worst of circumstances due to the tornado that struck this year.

Several amendments to the Comprehensive Plan as regards Level of Service, Land Use Policies, the Transportation and Infrastructure Elements were approved.

Land use and Zoning were approved on land at Kathleen Rd. and Sleepy Hill Rd. to allow for the relocation of the Salvation Army Church facility and the building of retirement housing and housing for homeless families.

Over $10,000 of special assessments were levied for city maintenance of overgrowth at 25 locations throughout the city.

A $42,000 project to upgrade fencing and security gates under a 100% grant from FDOT was approved.

A project to upgrade several runway and taxiway areas at the airport for $447,000 which is also 95% funded by the state was approved.

Public Hearings were announced for the June 20th Commission Meeting regarding the following:

 Land use and zoning at Drane Field Rd. and Hamilton Rd. for the Lakeland Electric Solar Panel farm.

Zoning at Mall Hill Rd. and Griffin Rd. for auto dealerships and office use.

Land use and zoning at N. Combee Rd. and Saddle Creek Rd. to allow for chemical products manufacturing.

And airport ground transportation regulations.

A resolution to authorize the police chief to enter into police related contracts.

An interlocal agreement, for the distribution of natural gas, with Florida Gas Utility was approved.

It was decided that the at large and resident members of the Lakeland Housing Authority need only be county not city residents.

Construction Bids on the Edgewood Drive Extension Project were approved

Engineering Design and Construction Phase Services Relating to the Completion for the Southwest Wastewater Capacity Project were approved.

A construction agreement for the replacement of the Wastewater Artificial Wetlands Maintenance Building and a task authorization for an Emergency Action Plan for the City’s Artificial Wetland Treatment Facilities were approved.

In final action Commissioner Walker was elected as the voting delegate to the Florida League of Cities annual conference.

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