In a decision that represents a mile marker in the marathon of deciding if Lakeland will adopt a strong mayor form of government, city commissioners this afternoon voted 7-0 to proceed toward placing the issue on an election ballot.
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Step-by-Step Approach to Mayor Vote Churns Along
City commissioners are continuing to follow a cautious, step-by-step approach in dealing with a request to put the strong mayor issue to a public vote.
Group Forms to Oppose Strong Mayor Initiative
The organization, No Boss Mayor, wants to preserve the city of Lakeland’s council-manager form of government. Organizers include two former city commissioners, Larry Durrence and Frank O’Reilly, former City Manager Gene Strickland and Cindy Petterson, a member of the committee suggesting updates to the city charter. Source: The Ledger
Candidate Mutz Says He Wants to Be a Strong Leader, Not a ‘Strong Mayor’
It sounds counterintuitive, but Bill Mutz says he’s running for mayor to demonstrate that you don’t have to have a strong mayor to have strong leadership at City Hall.
Video Shows Restoration of 1938 Fire Vehicle
A video documenting the restoration of the 1938 fire engine Leaping Lena was shown to city commissioners today as they honored Jonathan Beale and Matthew Warner, the Fire Department employees who restored the vehicle. Source: Facebook: Lakeland Fire Department
LPD Communications Workers Take First Step to Unionize
Source: The Ledger
Troller Snapchat Investigation Ends With No Charges
Justin Troller, a city commissioner and Lakeland High School athletic director, lied to his principal and did not cooperate with investigators looking into his Snapchat communications with a student, according to a report from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors decided not to file charges, saying there’s insufficient evidence of improper communication. ALSO: Ledger coverage Source: ABC […]
Three Business Executives File to Run for City Offices
Bill Mutz, former owner of Lakeland Automall, is running for may0r. C. Scott Franklin, president and CEO of Lanier Upshaw insurance is running for the City Commission southeast district. And Michael Dunn, owner of Vet’s Surplus, is running for City Commission southwest district. Source: The Ledger
City Strives to Streamline Development Review
When Tony Delgado became Lakeland city manager last January, he knew there was a notion among some that it’s hard to do business with the city, that uncaring bureaucrats at City Hall enforce regulations to the letter, often halting or delaying new businesses or construction projects. It’s a notion that doesn’t fit with Delgado’s drive to […]
Lakeland Electric Debuts Newest Solar Farm
By the numbers: 5th for Lakeland | 3rd on Lakeland Linder Airport property | 1st in Florida for NRG Energy of Houston Source: The Ledger