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POST ELECTION AUDIT NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the City of Lakeland Canvassing Board will convene on the following dates:

November 6, 2015, in the City Commission Conference Room at Lakeland City Hall, 228 S Massachusetts Av, Lakeland
8:30 a.m. to select a precinct for the Post Election Audit.

November 10, 2015, in Bartow at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 250
S. Broadway Ave., Bartow FL at 4 p.m. to conduct the Post Election Audit.

 

Anyone deciding to appeal a decision by the Canvassing Board on the above subject matter at these meetings will need a record of the proceedings and for purposes of that appeal, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Manager’s Office no later than two (2) days prior to the proceeding at (863) 834-6006, for assistance. The City Manager’s office is located in City Hall, 228 S.
Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801-5086. If HEARING impaired, please contact TDD (TDD-Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) at Local - (863) 834-8333 – or 1-800-955-8771. If VOICE impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770, for assistance.

Kelly S. Koos, MMC
City Clerk
863-834-6210

NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH – WESTSIDE PARK
REFUSE TO LOSE – ANTI GANG INITIATIVE


LAKELAND, FL (October 29, 2014) - On Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. the City of Lakeland will join volunteers from a variety of organizations and churches to hold a community outreach event at Westside Park (1800 Oakhill Street, Lakeland FL 33801).

Commissioner Phillip Walker, “This is an area that recently experienced violent activity associated with gangs and unsupervised youth. This event is part of our Refuse to Lose anti-gang initiative as we work together to address this problem.  We are working with our faith based partners, the Polk County School Board, area law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens as we continue to move forward.”  He added, “We must all work together to solve the growing gang issue that has plagued our larger Cities but is now making its way into our neighborhoods. As a community, we will not tolerate this behavior and we will use our resources to seek the maximum penalty allowed for those involved in gang activity.”

The neighborhood outreach event will include neighborhood cleanup with volunteers stopping by every residence in the area with gift bags of food inviting them to the focal event at Westside Park.  Activities in the park will include:
·      Kids Activities
·      Sports Camp
·      Grilled Hotdogs and refreshments
 
Pastor Mike Cooper from the Dream Center said, “We spend a great deal of time in these neighborhoods and this outreach event is just one way that we as a community can show support for residents and let them know that we care.  We will be assisting those in the neighborhood by cutting their grass, doing clean-up activities and we have a fun day planned at the park."

Parking is available at Westside Park. For additional information or to volunteer for the event, please contact the Dream Center at 863-413-0088 or email shill@dreamcenterlakeland.org.
 
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NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH – 7TH STREET PARK

LAKELAND, FL (June 18, 2014) - On Saturday, June 21st from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. the City of Lakeland will join volunteers from a variety of organizations and churches to hold a community outreach event at 7th Street Park (1500 W. 7th Street, Lakeland FL 33805). 

Commissioner Phillip Walker, “This is an area that has recently experienced a number of gang involved shootings and the events is part of our Refuse to Lose anti-gang initiative as we work together to address this problem and keep our fingers on the pulse of this whole issue.  We will work with our faith based partners, the Polk County School Board, area law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens as we continue to move forward.”  He added, “We must all work together and let those know that we will not tolerate this behavior and we will use our resources to seek the maximum penalty allowed for those involved in gang activity." 

The outreach event will include neighborhood cleanup with volunteers stopping by every residence in the area with gift bags of food inviting them to the focal event at 7th Street Park.  Activities in the park will include:

·      Bounce Houses

·      Sports Camp hosted by Simpson Park

·      Kids Club hosted by Dream Center

·      Face Painting hosted by Southeastern University

·      Grilled Hotdogs hosted by Lakeland Fire Department

Pastor Mike Cooper from the Dream Center said, “We spend a great deal of time in these neighborhoods and this outreach event is just one way that we as a community can show support for residents and let them know that we care.  We will be assisting those in the neighborhood by cutting their grass, doing clean-up activities and we have a fun day planned at the park. 

Parking is available at 1121 Atlantic Road and/or 1430 Atline Road.

For additional information contact the Dream Center at 863-413-0088 or email shill@dreamcenterlakeland.org.


A TIME TO PRAY

LAKELAND CITY COMMISSIONER PHILLIP WALKER ESTABLISHES PRAYER VIGIL

 

LAKELAND, FL (July 19, 2013) -- Commissioner Phillip Walker has reached out to the faith community and has put together a prayer vigil with area pastors called A Time to Pray that will take place in Munn Park on Thursday, July 25th at 7:30 a.m. RAIN OR SHINE. Walker said, “I am asking that we come together as a community as we seek guidance through these critical situations that have been brought to the surface. We need to pray for our City and for our citizens as we work together to heal our community.”

A Time to Pray will be lead by Commissioner Walker and will feature area places of worship who have been contacted to appear at the event.  Several places of worship were contacted and at this time three have confirmed their participation with more expected.  Those that have confirmed include:

  • Pastor David McEntire from First United Church of Lakeland
  • Pastor E.T. PickettIII of Word Alive Ministries inLakeland
  • Richard Richardson of New Bethel A.M.E.
  • Steve Davis, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church at the Mall
  • Mike Cooper, Executive Director The Dream Center
  • Father Caulfield, Retired Parish Leader for St. Joseph Catholic Church
  • Representative from both Temple Emmanuel 

Walker said, “We are all questioning the issues facing the Lakeland Police Department and I can tell you that we have some great people working for us who put their life on the line every day for our safety.  We are working through the issues and we are determined to let those go who have disgraced our City.  He added, “I invite the community to meet us in Munn Park even if you don’t believe in the power of prayer as we embrace unity and guidance for our City.” 

 

For more information, please contact Commissioner Phillip Walker at 863/698-8094.

 

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