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Breakfast with Sheriff Judd

Breakfast with Sheriff Judd

Lakeland, FL -- Join EMERGE for breakfast with Sheriff Grady Judd and tour the new Polk County Sheriff's Office Headquarters.

Emerge members and guests will have a special opportunity for insight to the new operation center as well as the opportunity to have time with our Sheriff to ask questions about what's going on in our County.

Please RSVP by 5 p.m. July 19 on the EMERGE website http://www.emergelakeland.com.

Bartow City Manager: "Make due with less."

Bartow City Manager: "Make due with less."

BARTOW, FL -- Blame the economy.

Bartow's City Manager says continued economic woes will leave the city of Bartow with about five and a half percent less money in its budget this year than last year.

City commissioners received the news from City Manager George Long yesterday, letting them know the city's $60 million budget would be impacted again, even more deeply next year by the economic downturn.

In a letter explaining the situation, Long wrote, in part: "The general fund continues to be impacted by property tax reform, the dismal economy, stagnant state revenues, declining utility sales and the ever-rising cost of maintaining governmental services at existing service levels."

Polk County's 10th Annual School Summit

Polk County's 10th Annual School Summit

Polk County, FL -- Polk County Board of County Commissioners and Polk County School Board will host the 10th Annual School Summit on Thursday, June 30 in Davenport.

The Board of County Commissioners and School Board hold the event as a forum for local government representatives to discuss and learn about the growth management and educational facilities issues. 

As in the past few years, several public school students will emcee the presentations, centered around the theme, “Building Up Steam!”

The agenda includes discussion on livable communities; legislative, growth management and facilities updates; and features on select school programs. All five county commissioners are expected to attend the summit, as well as city and school board officials.

County seeks volunteers for Citizen Board

County seeks volunteers for Citizen Board

Polk County, FL -- Polk County is looking for interested individuals to serve as regular and alternate members on two volunteer citizen boards: the Planning Commission (PC) and the Board of Adjustment (BOA).  Citizen board volunteers must live in Polk County.  All applicants will be considered as positions on each board become available.

The PC reviews applications for planned developments, conditional uses, Comprehensive Plan amendments, district changes and Land Development Code text amendments.  The PC normally meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m.

The BOA reviews applications for variances to setback requirements, special exceptions for commercial truck parking, and temporary special exceptions for mobile homes for medical hardship.  The BOA normally meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

Gov. Scott's (veto) pen is mightier than the legislature

Gov. Scott's (veto) pen is mightier than the legislature

TAMPA BAY, Florida - Educators, contractors, and broadcasters are among the groups anxiously awaiting Thursday afternoon's signing of the Florida budget.

While the $69 billion in allocations are no longer a secret, which items Governor Rick Scott will veto are.  Sources tell 10 News the first-term governor will try to break Charlie Crist's record of $469 million in line-item vetoes in 2007.

Among the most vulnerable projects: $134 million in construction for higher education campuses around the state, including $46 million for USF-Polytechnic in East Lakeland and $7 for New College in Sarasota.

Another project that could be axed by Scott is $7.5 million for public broadcasting (The Florida Channel, WUSF-FM, etc).

Open-land dumping of sewage sludge in Polk will be addressed by BoCC

Open-land dumping of sewage sludge in Polk will be addressed by BoCC

Polk County, FL -- The Polk County Board of County Commissioners will address the issue of open-land dumping of sewage sludge in the Lake Wales and Bartow area at its May 24 regular meeting of the board.

The meeting will take place at the Neil Combee Administration Building, located at 330 West Church Street in Bartow at 9 a.m.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Professor George D. O'Conner, Professor of Soil Chemistry, Department of Soil and Water Sciences, University of Florida.
  • Mr. Maurice Barker, FDEP Biosolids Coordinator – Presentation on state regulatory framework for land application of biosolids.
  • Mrs. Loretta Firis, Environmental Supervisor, Polk County Health Department - Presentation on local Department of Health regulatory requirements.

2011 Centennial Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

2011 Centennial Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Winter Haven, FL -- On the 2011 National Day of Prayer, the public is invited to come together for the Centennial Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, hosted by Winter Haven Mayor Jeff Potter.

The breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m., May 5, in the Poolside Room at the Chain O' Lakes Complex, 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd.

Food will be catered by Fred's Market.