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.

  1. 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.

South Florida Avenue
Watch where you're going!
Public Art
The "buy" of the beholders
Homelessness
The government IS the community
Economic Development
Mirrorton on The10-Acres
Munn Park
What next?
Historic Districts
Looking forth and back
Gigabit Lakeland
Trolling for support
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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 Tony Delgado  because it's his job to implement whatever projects, resolutions, and ordinances the Commission proposes in response to our communication.

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State legislators representing Lakeland

Representative Colleen Burton

Senator Kelli Stargell