January 2012 Access Lakeland
Access Lakeland is the City of Lakeland's citizen newsletter that is distributed each month with Lakeland Electric utility bills.
FEBRUARY 18 • 9AM-1PM 30290-I-0106 t Di stric t lv t ag e, Southwes J us Meet Cheryl Edwards: LFD Fire Inspector Power or Water Outages 863.834.4248 PAYING YOUR UTILITY BILL ONLINE www.lakelandelectric.com as ritt, orthe N tin L Troller, At o H BY PHONE 863-834-9535 w ard IN PERSON Lakeland Electric has partnered with over 50 local businesses including area AMSCOT offices to accept your utility payment. 228 S. Massachusetts Ave Lakeland, FL 33801 863.834.6000 www.lakelandgov.net involved involved in several organizations including Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross and various others. e W w alk er, North LPD Shows Off Its New Look Ya te s, 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 MEET YOUR 2012 CITY COMMISSION IMPORTANT NUMBERS City Hall 863.834.6000 ie Ed Accessibility is key to local government and the Mornings with the Mayor program allows residents to communicate with the Mayor in a valuable, face-to-face, setting. This program provides residents with an informal and comfortable forum in which to meet with the Mayor to talk about issues, ask questions, voice concerns and offer comments or suggestions. Mayor Fields said, “It’s also an excellent way for us to gather candid feedback about how people feel things are going in our City; what amenities they particularly enjoy, areas they feel could use improvement, or what they’d like to see in the future.” Looking For Great Lifeguards er ar ge UTILITY COMMITTEE 1:00 p.m. p Lakeland Electric and City Hall offices will be closed on Monday, January 16th for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday *** ALL DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE*** M l li DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. March 15TH June 8TH September 13TH December 6TH Lakeland Electric’s Solar Farm: Phase One Ready for Operation Phi HOLIDAY CLOSINGS 2012 Dates: o Fields, May CITY COMMISSION 9:00 a.m. Lakeland Electric Customer Service 863.834.9535 The New Look of LPD The Lakeland Police Department just unveiled a new black and white color scheme for their patrol vehicles. Initially, 26 newly purchased Ford Crown Victorias, seven Chevrolet Tahoes and three Chevrolet Impalas will sport the bolder graphics. Police Chief Lisa Womack said, “It’s a good practice to change up the color scheme for police vehicles every 10 years or so to increase visibility and make the community more aware of a police presence.” Money seized in drug cases will be used to convert to the new color scheme. The new look will be gradual with additional cars converted to the new black and white paint job each year. ow Se 2 N D G Don LPD GETS A NEW LOOK Check It on the IN THIS ISSUE th Kei The Spring 2012 PLAYMAKER is now available in print and online @ www.lakelandgov.net PICK UP YOUR COPY TODAY! PUBLIC MEETINGS City Commission and Utility Committee meetings occur the first and third Monday of every month. The public is invited to attend or watch live on Channel 615 (Brighthouse) or Channel 43 (Verizon FiOS) ar ge NEW YEAR - NEW LOOK One of the most important fire safety devices for the home is the smoke alarm. However, only a working smoke alarm can save your life. Studies have shown that 70% of building fire victims are killed by smoke not by fire.The Lakeland Fire Department would like to remind you the importance of testing your smoke alarms each month to ensure they are working properly. To help you remember the fire department has kicked off a new campaign called Check It on the Second. On the second of each month you should conduct a simple test by pushing the alarm test button on your detector. If you have difficulty reaching your alarms, use a broom handle or a cane to gently press the test button for 30 seconds. If the alarm doesn’t sound, replace smoke detectors the batteries or the save lives! detector immediately. IN PERSON City Hall is open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday istrict LAKELAND FIRE DEPARTMENT REMINDS YOU TO “CHECK IT ON THE SECOND” r Y- APRIL JANUAR i st rict 2012 ONLINE www.lakelandgov.net D SPRING On February 18th, Kelly Recreational Complex will hold its Third-Annual open house. Featuring Kid’s Activities, Class Demonstrations, Food, Prizes, and a Raffle, this event is a great way for you and your family to get a hands on feel of all of the activities you can enjoy at Kelly Rec. Whether you’re looking for a healthier lifestyle, a new hobby or just something fun to do, come check out one of the City’s great facilities. st D Y OF R DIRECTO ENTS PECIAL EV S AND S OGRAM PARKS, PR City of Lakeland’s Monthly Newsletter • January 2012 STAY CONNECTED tL Wiggs, A ist rict R E K A M Y A L P KELLY REC OPEN HOUSE 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.