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LAKELAND, FL (January 3, 2017) - Don Selvage will not be seeking re-election for a third term as Lakeland City Commissioner representing the Southwest District. Selvage was first elected to the Lakeland City Commission in 2009. He currently chairs the Aging Task Force and the Broadband Task Force. He is a member of the Utility Committee and Municipal Boards & Committees. He also serves on the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District Board, Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, SUN 'n FUN Board, Polk Transit Authority, and the Transportation Planning Organization.

“It has been a high honor to work for the residents of Lakeland and I’m extremely grateful for the community’s support during my tenure on the commission. I’ve had the privilege of serving with many distinguished elected officials, whose commitment to this City has never been in doubt,” said Selvage. “The dedicated civil servants who work for the City of Lakeland have been supportive of me and exceptionally responsive to constituent issues. It is their passion for excellence that makes Lakeland great.”

Selvage served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years, retiring as a colonel before coming to Lakeland in 1999. He is the owner of SHR Human Resources, LLC. He continues to be active in many civic and professional organizations. Selvage holds a degree in Political Science from Ohio State University and advanced degrees in Administration and National Security Affairs from Central Michigan University and Salve Regina College respectively.

Selvage’s tenure with the Lakeland City Commission will end December 2017 after eight years of dedicated service to the community. Selvage said, “Although I will be leaving elected office, my wife, Rita and I intend to remain engaged in community affairs where we hope to be able to contribute in some way to this vibrant, wonderful City. I will be 70 years old when my term ends with the Lakeland City Commission and that will be a good time to start thinking about a new chapter of my life.” 

CONTACT

Don Selvage, Commissioner | don.selvage@lakelandgov.net


Wheelchair Challenge - Photo Op

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

WHAT: Wheelchair Challenge – 25th Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act

WHERE: Lakeland City Hall located at 228 South Massachusetts Avenue

WHEN: Monday, October 5th at 8:15 a.m.

WHO: Lakeland City Commission

WHY: To bring awareness to the struggles that those with disabilities face doing everyday activities

LAKELAND, FL (October 2, 2015) - The City of Lakeland is proclaiming October 5th as Disability History and Awareness Day in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 . Mayor Howard Wiggs, Interim City Manager Tony Delgado and commissioners will be using wheelchairs to access City Hall and make their way to the 9 a.m. City Commission meeting. This will give them the opportunity to experience what many of our citizens do everyday. Please share and invite friends to the proclamation being given during the City Commission meeting or stop by to cheer them on as they do their best in this “wheelchair challenge”.  During the photo opportunity, Interim City Manager Tony Delgado will share with the media, upcoming plans to make the City Commission Chambers ADA compliant.  Eddie Hall (pictured with Tony Delgado) will also speak on the importance of the ADA during the event.


Have You Registered to Vote in the November Elections?
Deadline to do so is October 5th!

Residents in the municipalities of Lakeland and Winter Haven who wish to register to vote in the November 3rd Municipal Election must do so on or before Monday, October 5th.

Voter registration forms may be completed online at PolkElections.com, or paper copies are available for pickup at many convenient locations throughout the county including city halls, banks, libraries, and chambers of commerce. Those who are already registered are reminded to notify the Elections Office of any name, address, or signature changes before Election Day.

For more information visit PolkElections.com, or call the Elections Office at 863-534-5888.


Uniform Method of Collection Resolution – Fire Assessment

The City Commission will consider adopting a resolution at its regularly scheduled December 15 meeting relating to the method of billing and collecting any potential fire assessment the Commission may adopt.  State law requires that a local government collecting a non-ad valorem special assessment for the first time adopt a resolution prior to January 1, or March 1 under certain circumstances, if it wishes to collect the assessment utilizing the tax bills issued for property taxes.  The proposed resolution only addresses the method of billing and collection if a fire assessment is adopted and does not constitute the actual adoption of a fire assessment.  

Further action by the City Commission, after a duly noticed public hearing, will be necessary before the official adoption of any fire assessment.

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