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Welcome to the conversation

Community. Civic engagement. Citizenship.

If you find something to care – or worry – about, show up on Monday, at a regular commission meeting, and say so. Or at the least, send an email to the commissioners and staff.


Or write a letter to the editor of The Ledger, post your concern on Facebook, or Twitter, or send me a note for this blog. Community government is three-legged stool consisting of the city commission, the city’s professional staff, and us: the citizenship. If we don’t hold up our end it will wobble and fail. So get on board and help us row.

We adhere to the charge from American poet, W.H. Auden who said "You owe it to all of us to get on with what you're good at."

E-mail the commissioners

But one at a time, please!


For the most part, when recipients open an email that includes others they are less inclined to take it personally. Make sure your message resonates by sending it to each commissioner separately.

Scott Franklin - Stephanie Madden -  Sara McCarley - Chad Mcleod

Bill Mutz - Bill Read - Phillip Walker

Each of these noble citizens represents all the rest of us. The four geographic designations - Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast, etc. - apply only to the residency requirements for commissioners, not to their constituents. Bill Read, for instance, lives in the city's northeast quadrant and is likely to be more in tune with the businesses and neighborhoods in that area, but serves us all as our representative to the city management and staff.

It will always help to send your message to City Manager Shawn Sherouse  because it's his job to implement whatever projects, resolutions, and ordinances the Commission proposes in response to our communication.


State legislators representing Lakeland

Representative Colleen Burton

Senator Kelli Stargell