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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


PUBLIC NOTICE

CITY OF LAKELAND WASTE WATER UTILITY REPORTS
APPROXIMATELY 1200 GALLONS OF UNTREATED WASTE WATER SPILLED

LAKELAND, FL (December 21, 2016) - The City of Lakeland Waste Water Utility in accordance with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is reporting that approximately 1,200 gallons of untreated waste water spilled at 3242 New Tampa Highway because of a broken check valve at the pump station. The incident was discovered at 8 p.m. on December 20th. The event was terminated at 10:05 p.m. The area around the site was washed down and the wash water was vacuumed. No property damage reported. Sheet flow from pump station does enter storm drains. It is unknown but these drains could flow to an unnamed ditch which feeds the Itechapackasassa River. Public should refrain from swimming in the affected waters until testing can be completed. City of Lakeland will be doing the testing.

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION REPORT

Name of reporting party: Richard Ruede

Installation Name: Lakeland Water Utilities

Installation Address: 1825 Glendale Street

Installation Location: Lakeland, Florida

Contact person for further information: Robert Conner, Rick Ruede

Permit Number (if facility/installation holds a permit): FL0039772

Date and time of the incident or discovery: 8:00 PM, 20 December, 2016

Location of the incident or discovery: 
3242 New Tampa Highway

Suspected source and cause of incident or discovery: 
Broken (Hole in side of valve) Check Valve at Pump Station.

Type of pollution, including substance or contaminant name(s): Untreated Wastewater

Amount of pollution, including substance or contaminant name(s): 1,200 Gallons

Medium (e.g. land, water, air) affected by pollution: 
Water

Potentially affected areas beyond installation property boundary:
 Sheet flow from station across parking lot entering storm drains. Unknown but believe these drains flow to an unnamed ditch which feeds the Itechapackasassa river - US Waters.

Potential risk to the public health, safety, or welfare:
 People should refrain from swimming in the affected waters until testing can be completed. City of Lakeland will be doing the testing.

Identification of other parties notified of incident and time notification occurred: State Warning Point Incident # 2016-9433, Katie Castor – FDEP and Laurie Smith – COL Lakes and Stormwater via this e-mail


LAKELAND, FL (November 4, 2016) - A Parking for Heroes initiative will bring a dedicated combat wounded parking space to downtown Lakeland. The idea was borne by Downtown Lakeland Partnership Director Ellen Simms and has received the support from the Polk County Veterans Council. After the initial discussion, a number of veteran advocates started working closely with City of Lakeland staff to make the idea become a reality.

The combat wounded reserved parking space will be adjacent to Munn Park on the corner of Main Street and Kentucky Avenue (Diagram attached). The City of Lakeland Traffic Division approved of the concept and then set the plan in motion.

Gary Clark, Retired US Air Force Colonel and Chairman of the Polk Veterans Council said, “Less than 1% of the US population serve in military uniform. The sacrifices these service members make deserve to be recognized. A dedicated parking space for those who have suffered life long combat injuries is just one way the community can show that they appreciate the service for those that were wounded defending our freedoms.”

The dedicated combat wounded parking space will be clearly marked with a reserved combat wounded sign and unlike many of the spaces downtown, it will not have a two hour time limit. The sign will be installed on Thursday, November 10th and then covered. The sign will be unveiled as part of the Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, November 12th at approximately 12:30 p.m.


 

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264



LAKELAND, FL (October 21, 2016) - A grease blockage caused a manhole to fill up and weep approximately 350 gallons of raw wastewater around the cover at 95 Lake Hunter Drive. The incident was discovered at 12:58 p.m. and reported to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The potentially affected area does drain toward a storm drain that leads to Lake Hunter and the City of Lakeland is testing the water at Lake Hunter. The grease blockage was cleared at approximately 1:35 p.m.

INCIDENT REPORT

Name of Reporting Party:
Richard Ruede

Installation Name: Lakeland Water Utilities

Installation Address:
1825 Glendale Street

Installation Location:
Lakeland, Florida

Contact person for further information: Robert Conner, Rick Ruede

Permit Number (if facility/installation holds a permit): FL0039772

Date and time of the incident or discovery: 12:58 PM, 21 October, 2016

Location of the incident or discovery: 95 Lake Hunter Drive

Suspected source and cause of incident or discovery: Grease blockage that cause manhole to fill up and weep around the cover.

Type of pollution, including substance or contaminant name(s): Raw Wastewater

Amount of pollution, including substance or contaminant name(s): 350 Gallons

Medium (e.g. land, water, air) affected by pollution: Water

Potentially affected areas beyond installation property boundary: Grassy area around manhole flowing towardsStorm Drain leading to Lake Hunter

Potential risk to the public health, safety, or welfare: People should refrain from swimming in the affected waters until testing can be completed. City of Lakeland will be doing the testing.

Identification of other parties notified of incident and time notification occurred: Catherine Lemonius – FDEP and Laurie Smith – COL Lakes and Stormwater via this e-mail

Any other information that may be helpful: Event terminated at 1:35 PM. City crews vactored out the manhole and cleared blockage. Area around site was washed down and the wash water vactored up as well. No property damage reported.