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City Commission Updates - July 5th Meeting

At the City Commission meeting held Tuesday, July 5, 2011 Airport Director Gene Conrad delivered an update on commercial and general aviation activities.

Beautification awards were presented to: 817 Mississippi Ave. owner Anthony Guinn for his residence and the commercial category went to Boring Business Equipment located at 950 E. Main St.

Former City Commissioner, Jim Verplanck, LSCI President Honored Harrison School of the Arts Graduate Russell Mank. Mank was the National Grand Prize Winner in the Sister Cities International 2011 Young Artists Showcase.

Employee service awards were presented to Richard Carroll, Gary Edwards, Kathie Heltzel and Anita Wells for 10 years of service.

Phillip Copeland was recognized for 20 years of service.

Keith Churchill, Bambi Smith, and James Studiale were acknowledged for 25 years.

Nina Driggers and Tamra Riley were recognized for 30 years and Cynthia Webb for 40 years of service.

The commission approved the issuance by the City of no more than $90,000,000 of its hospital revenue refunding bonds, for a loan or loans by the City to Lakeland Regional Health Systems, Inc. (LRMC) This is in order to reduce debt service obligations of LRMC under the financing agreement, to fund any necessary reserves, and to pay certain costs of issuance of the Bonds, all as provided in the Trust Agreement.

Proposed Changes for the Williams Development of Regional Impact were continued to the July 18th commission meeting.

$15,460.47 in lot clearing liens were approved.

Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LLRA) General Liability Insurance Modification was approved.


Land use and zoning for a church and school at 4210 Lakeland Highlands Road were approved.


Also approved was an agreement with FDOT to provide sidewalks on Lakeland Highlands Road from Deerfield Drive to North of Polk Parkway.


In Lakeland Electric related matters, a task authorization with Chastain Skillman for a fire protection system design, a lease for maintenance and repair of electric distribution facilities with Publix Supermarkets, Inc. and a short list of firms to provide engineering services in support of a management/supervisory control and data acquisition system were all approved in final action.


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