January 2012 Access Lakeland
Access Lakeland is the City of Lakeland's citizen newsletter that is distributed each month with Lakeland Electric utility bills.
City of Lakeland’s Monthly Newsletter • January 2012 30290-I-0106 IN THIS ISSUE G Lakeland Electric’s Solar Farm: Phase One Ready for Operation ow M er as ritt, orthe N Looking For Great Lifeguards lv t ag e, Southwes D i st rict Meet Cheryl Edwards: LFD Fire Inspector us tin L Troller, At istrict ar ge t Di stric t o Fields, May LPD Shows Off Its New Look e W w alk er, North involved involved in several organizations including Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross and various others. w ard tL Wiggs, A 228 S. Massachusetts Ave Lakeland, FL 33801 863.834.6000 www.lakelandgov.net Ya te s, D st Southea For bios of all City Leadership, please visit: www.lakelandgov.net Lakeland City Commissioners encourage residents to continue to play an active role by staying informed and engaged in your local government. City Commission meetings allows citizens to see their government at work and to participate in the process. Regular meetings are generally held at Lakeland City Hall on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 9:00 a.m. An agenda study meeting is held on the Friday before a regular meeting in the commission conference room at 8:30 a.m. Meeting agendas are available online at www.lakelandgov.net. All regular meetings are broadcast live on LGN channel 615 (Bright House Networks) and channel 43 (Verizon FiOS). A live web stream is also available at lgn.lakelandgov.net. ist rict ar ge MEET YOUR 2012 CITY COMMISSION The City of Lakeland operates under a Commission-Manager form of government. The City Commission is elected by residents and in turn, the Commission hires a City Manager to oversee the daily operations of the municipality. The City Commission makes policy decisions, passes ordinances and resolutions, sets tax rates and approves the City’s budget among other matters required by state or federal law. The City Commission accommodates to the needs and wants of its citizens by enacting local legislation based on the necessities of the citizens. The City Commission consists of seven (7) electors: the mayor, four district commissioners and two at-large commissioners. Each member serves a four-year term. The City of Lakeland has three City Commissioners that will begin their new terms this month after participating in the November 2011 City-wide election. Incumbents Justin Troller and Phillip Walker were re-elected in their districts. New to the Commission this year is Keith Merritt who represents the Northeast quadrant of the City. A graduate of Lakeland High School, Merritt has been a part of the Lakeland community for 36 years. Most recently, he served on the Lakeland Planning and Zoning Board. He is owner of Merritt Law Offices, P.A., a consumer law firm. Commissioner Merritt is r th Kei st D Don Se J Phi l li p ie Ed o H