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Weekly Roundup | September 1-7, 2018

In case you missed it, here's what happened last week in Lakeland!

Note: Our Weekly Roundups now have a new date format. Starting today, we will be publishing new Weekly Roundups on Fridays and our weeks will run from Saturday - Friday.

Property Tax Rate

With a 5-2 vote on Thursday, September 6th, the Lakeland City Commission approved a property tax rate not to exceed $5.5644 per $1,000 of taxable property value. The property tax rate has remained at $5.5644 since 2016.

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City Commission Proclamations

Each month, Mayor William "Bill" Mutz and the Lakeland City Commission present a variety of proclamations. These proclamations are a great way to help spread awareness for specific local, state and and national causes.

Rally the Spirit College Night - September 13, 2018 | Here to receive the proclamation are representatives from the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce​ and local Colleges and Universities.

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lakeland, FL from Lakeland's many colleges and universities desire to co-host an annual community gathering to welcome college students to Lakeland.

International Day of Peace 2018

International Day of Peace – September 21, 2018 | Here to receive the proclamation is Reverend Dr. Robert Moses with St. David's Episcopal Church.

In 1981, the United Nations proclaimed the International Day of Peace be “devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples”. The observance of the International Day of Peace is intended to affirm a vision of our world at peace and to foster cooperation among individuals, organizations, and nations. We recognize that all people share the essence of our common humanity that transcends race, ethnicity or national origin, binding us together as the family of humankind.

Crystal's World of Dance - Commercial Beautification Award

Commercial Beautification Award

Congrats to Crystal's World of Dance, 801 North Massachusetts Avenue, for being selected as the September Commercial Beautification award winner!

Residential Beautification - Cresap Dr.

Residential Beautification Award

Congrats to Terrence and Stephanie Turner, 310 Cresap Street, for being chosen as the September Residential Beautification Award winner!

Best in Construction Local Agency Program

The Florida Transportation Builder's Association (FTBA) annually recognizes commendable construction performance and awards their member based Contractors for their outstanding work on specific projects, and the City of Lakeland is the recipient of the Florida’s Best in Construction Local Agency Program (LAP) in 2018 for Quality Construction on the Crystal Lake Drive: Bike Lanes and Sidewalks. Congratulations, team! This project was truly a multi-department teamwork effort!

Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark of Central Florida attended this week's City Commission Meeting to say thank you to the City of Lakeland for our partnership and support. Thanks for stopping by (and for the cookies and cinnamon rolls, too!).

Employee Spotlight: Meet Beth Sherling!

Beth Sherling began her career with the City of Lakeland in 1997 as a lifeguard at the City’s two aquatic facilities Gandy Pool and Simpson Park Pool. She worked for the City as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor throughout high school and became a Lead Lifeguard while attending Florida Southern College. As chance would have it, a full-time position in the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department became available as Sherling was graduating from Florida Southern with her Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

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ICYMI: Recent Videos

For all video content, follow the City of Lakeland on Vimeo.

road construction

Public Works Projects

  • Cleveland Heights Blvd and Lake Miriam Drive Intersection
  • Kettles Avenue Sidewalk
  • Lake Parker Trail
  • Lime Street Sidewalk
  • W Lime Street & Orange Street
  • Mall Hill Drive Widening

View All Current & Upcoming Public Works Projects

LakelandGov Podcast: NEW EPISODE

Listen and subscribe on the LakelandGov Podcast Podbean channel or wherever you catch your podcasts by searching for the LakelandGov Podcast.


Lakeland Jobs

Current Job Openings

As of September 7, 2018

  • Accreditation Manager - LPD
  • Assistant City Manager
  • Computer Applications Specialist
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Firefighter EMT/Paramedic
  • GIS Technician I
  • Grounds Maintenance Worker III - Wastewater
  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Irrigation System Technician - Cleveland Heights
  • Lead Lifeguard
  • RP Funding Center Support Staff
  • Show Technician/Stage Hand
  • Solid Waste Collection Driver II
  • Water Utilities Mechanic I

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