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April 20th City Commission Agenda at a Glance

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LAKELAND, FL (April 16, 2020) | The Agenda at a Glance includes highlights for the upcoming April 20th City Commission Meeting Agenda.  The agenda and backup materials are available to view and download at LakelandGov.net/agendas. The Lakeland City Commission will discuss agenda items in detail at the Agenda Study session on Friday, April 17th starting at 8:30 a.m.  The public can watch Agenda Study Sessions, City Commission Meetings as well as Committee Meetings live on Spectrum 643, FiOS 43 and streamed on LakelandGov.net/TV.

Live Meetings Broadcast Schedule

Public Hearings – Ordinances for 2nd Reading

This is when the public is invited to share opinions and concerns about agenda items. Second Reading of an ordinance includes a chance for public testimony and requires a vote.  There is one item on the agenda for a second reading.

Item One is an ordinance relating to a change in zoning from low impact office to pedestrian commercial on 1.78 acres located at 2111 Lakeland Hills Boulevard. The Planning and Zoning Board approved the zoning change on March 17, 2020, and recommended the change to the City Commission. This will allow an existing memory care facility to conform to regulations and expand with 10 additional beds.

Resolutions do not require a first and second reading. Resolutions are typically voted on when they are brought before the City Commission. There are no resolutions on the April 20th City Commission Agenda 

City Manager

There is one agenda item under the City Manager’s portion of the agenda.

Item One is a recommendation to award Ranger Fire, Inc. for the fire sprinkler system updates at the Youkey Theater located at the RP Funding Center. The project includes modification of the existing fire sprinkler system in the basement and back of house areas of the Youkey Theatre, as well as a new fire sprinkler system for the seating area of the theatre. This item is required as pursuant to the life safety codes as part of the upgrades to the facility but the project was waiting to be scheduled. Given the current COVID-19 circumstances, the project was advanced and the work will be performed using an accelerated schedule. This measure will minimize downtime for the existing system and avoid impacts to the theatre’s performance schedule. The work will bring all fire codes, requirements, and regulations into compliance.  Ranger Fire, Inc. won the bid at $293,006.

City Attorney – Ordinances 1st Reading

This portion of the agenda includes items for first reading. This is the initial introduction of an ordinance to the City Commission. Ordinances must be read once during a City Commission meeting before the meeting that they will be voted on. During the first reading of an ordinance, there is no testimony and no votes are taken. There are two items for first reading on the April 20th City Commission agenda. 

Item One is an ordinance relating to a small-scale amendment to the future land use map to change a parcel currently marked for recreational use to residential low. There is a proposal for single-family residential development as part of the Village at Bridgewater on 7.5 acres located just south of I-4 in the Bridgewater Development. The Planning & Zoning Board approved and recommended the change at their March 17, 2020 meeting.

Item Two is the zoning change to allow the single-family projects at the Villages of Bridgewater that changes the zoning from recreation to suburban neighborhood on the 7.5-acre parcel. The Planning & Zoning Board held a public hearing on February 18, 2020 to consider the request modify Planned Unit Development (PUD). The request was approved and now the recommendation is before the City Commission.

Resolutions do not require a first and second reading. Resolutions are typically voted on when they are brought before the City Commission. There are no resolutions under the City Attorney portion of the agenda.

There are five Miscellaneous Reports on the agenda.

Item One is a hearing waiver. During the month of May, the Community & Economic Development Department will be presenting the Commission with a Proposed Text Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan which will require at least one hearing after 5:00 p.m. It is requested that the Commission waive the statutory requirement that at least one of the hearings on these matters be held after 5:00 p.m. because of the impacts of COVID-19.

Item Two is a modification of the Parking License Agreement with FEDEX Corporation to terminate the use of parking spaces in the Main Street Parking Garage located at 314 East Main Street.  FEDEX has been leasing spaces since 1994 and the agreement has been modified a few times since that initial lease.  Since 2001, FedEx has subleased 75 of their 100 leased parking spaces to MidFlorida Credit Union. With the opening of the Heritage Plaza Garage, FedEx is seeking to terminate its license to use the 100 spaces in the Main Street Facility and enter into a new agreement with the City to lease 30 spaces in the Heritage Plaza Garage at a monthly rate of $70.00 per space.

Item Three is a modification to the contract with Tetra Tech, Inc. The City Commission previously approved an engineering services agreement with Tetra Tech, Inc. for design services related to the replacement of the existing clearwell at the TB Williams Water Treatment Plant, which is beyond its useful life and must be replaced. A clearwell is a structure where finished water is stored to be pumped to the distribution system or storage tanks. The TB Williams Water Treatment Plant has a hydraulic capacity of 51 million-gallons-per-day and the City is constructing a new clearwell with new pumps and variable frequency drives.  In 2019, the City Commission approved an agreement with Wharton-Smith for Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) services. Numerous comments from the CMAR resulted in the need for Tetra Tech to perform additional work. Tetra Tech was also required to make submittals to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection State Revolving Fund which resulted in additional work for Tetra Tech. As compensation for this additional work, an increase of $39,347 has been negotiated.

Item Four also involves the clearwell project at TB Williams Water Treatment Plant that establishes the guaranteed maximum price for the construction project at $17,301,164. The existing clearwell will be abandoned and modified to no longer be a danger to the structures above it. The Project is funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which is a low-interest loan program available to local governments to maintain drinking water facilities.

Item Five is a parking agreement with VS Lakeland, LLC for 15 parking spaces at the Tigertown parking lot for the Grand Villa assisted living facility. The initial term of the Agreement is for five years with an extension. VS Lakeland will pay $10.00 per space per month for the right to use the parking spaces.


During the Agenda Study session, the City Commission will discuss each agenda item in detail for the upcoming April 20th City Commission Meeting. This Agenda Study session will be done remotely due to the coronavirus.  The public is invited to view the meeting live on Spectrum 643, FiOS 43 and streamed on LakelandGov.net/TV and YouTube.com/LakelandGov. Audience participation can be done through phone with a number and access code that will be published at the beginning of the Lakeland City Commission meeting on Monday, April 20th. There is no audience participation during the agenda study session.  There will be a policy workshop immediately following the agenda study session to discuss the Lakeland History and Cultural Center. 


Kevin Cook
Director of Communications
City of Lakeland

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.



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