Setting the agenda for Lakeland
On most meeting Mondays, the City Commission chamber has far more empty seats than interested citizens. The plodding details of zoning requests and minor resolutions can weaken the resolve of even the most ardent city government watchdog.
Proposed 17-071; Providing for Small Scale Amendment #LUS17-006 to a Certain Portion of the Future Land Use Map for 1.34 Acres, Generally Located North of George Jenkins Boulevard, South of W. Peachtree Street, East of Peoples Lane and West of Kathleen Road
And one of the city's best investments - its live video feed and subsequent availability on Vimeo - actually makes it unnecessary to attend in person unless you want to address the commissioners.
On the other hand, when the commissioners meet on the Friday prior to the formal public meeting on Monday, they study the prepared agenda, confer casually, and sometimes introduce topics that are not part of the official document. They agree to agree on a subset of the items presented, and the consent agenda, as its called, is approved on Monday without requiring individual item votes.
And sometimes, we get to see the real process of government as our representatives offer ideas and suggestions and arguments for and against whatever issue currently commands the most attention. This space will focus on those issues and seek to collect and connect information that addresses and challenges them.