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CityWatch Weekly Update – Qnet

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Gerry Burditt, Editor
Qnetcola@bellsouth.net

What's Inside?

  • Support Lakeland - Shop Lakeland.
  • Lakeland Land Development Regulations Meeting is Tomorrow.
  • Lakeland Parks & Recreation Program Recertified.

  • Nextdoor.com Useful Tool for Neighborhoods.

  • Political Sign Rules.

  • July "Get Caught Recycling" Winners Announced.

  • Wednesday's Municipal Planning Commission Special Meeting will be held tomorrow, 6:30 p.m., Lakeland City Hall.
  • Natural Resources Board Meeting Agenda for Thursday, Aug. 8, 6:30 p.m., Lakeland City Hall.
  • Men's Doubles Tennis League continues, is open to the public and all skill levels are welcome.
  • YMCA Fall Soccer Registration continues through Aug. 9.
  • Lakeland Fitness classes for Ages 35+ are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at IH Clubhouse.
  • Lakeland Dance is Saturday, August 10, 7 - 10:30 p.m., IH Clubhouse. Food Theme is "Country Sideboard"--bring a dish to share.
  • August Activities, Programs and Presentations at the Lakeland Senior Center.
  • Weekly Senior Activities.
  • Third Quarter 2013 Art in City Hall Exhibits features Oil Paintings by Sandy Scruggs.
  • IH Clubhouse is Available for Rent.

IH Clubhouse located at 4523 Canada Rd. Senior Center Located at 4527 Canada Rd.

SUPPORT LAKELAND -- SHOP LAKELAND

Automotive & Vehicle Related
AutoZone, 9760 Highway 64
Car Wash USA, 9122 Highway 64
Citgo / Flash Market, 9108 Highway 64
Express Oil Change, 9106 Highway 64
Exxon 3548, Canada Road
Galleria Car Wash, 8890 Highway 64
Gateway Tire & Service Center, 9750 Highway 64
J & M Parts and ATV Store, 9875 Huff N Puff Road
Lakeland BP, 3665 Canada Road
Shell - American Travel Center, 3660 Canada Road
Valvoline, 8972 Highway 64
Contractors:
Bartlett Gutter Company, Inc., 10360 US Highway 70
Driveways, Inc. / Gibson Paving, 10056 US Highway 70
Ellendale Heating & AC, 10360 US Highway 70
Rental & Leasing:
Cruise America RV's, 10230 US Highway 70
Enterprise Rent-a-Car, 9160 Highway 64, #1
U-Haul Co., 10230 US Highway 70

Have you picked up your free Shop Lakeland First Shoppers Card? If not you can pick one up at Lakeland City Hall, 10001 Highway 70, or email Ginny Dunn at 4ginnydunn@comcast.net. To view all current offers, go to www.mylakelandchamber.org and click on Shop Lakeland First at the top of the page.

LAKELAND LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS

New Land Development Regulations, to replace existing regulations, have been underway since 2007. This includes, but is not limited to, neighborhood development, open space, street design, storm water design, building design, zoning and land use, and tree protection, and eliminates some known conflicts in existing codes.

The first meeting for this project is at the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC special meeting) on August 7. Then, MPC will meet for potential action on part of the regulations on August 19. Later that night, the Board of Commissioners will meet, where they potentially could do the initial reading for portions of the regulations. This would proceed to at least two additional meetings in coming weeks before full adoption could occur. Please be a part of these meetings.

Documents are posted at the City Website at www.lakelandtn.gov Look for “Lakeland, Tennessee Spotlight”. Contact J. Higbee or Jim Atkinson at the Community Development Dept. for more information. 867-2717.

LAKELAND MAYOR SCOTT CARMICHAEL ADVISED OF
RECERTIFICATION OF LAKELAND PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAM
Robert Wherry, City Manager
Lakeland Mayor Scott Carmichael was recently advised by the Tennessee Parks and Recreation Benchmarking Program that the Lakeland Parks and Recreation Program Tier I Benchmarking Status was successfully renewed.
Executive Coordinator Thad Jablonski successfully applied for recertification for Tier I Level Benchmarking status, which recognizes the ongoing achievements in recreation/leisure services and by demonstrating compliance among a range of benchmarked performance standards. Retired Parks and Recreation Director Brenda Lockhart successfully prepared the original certification.
In announcing the recertification, Mayor Carmichael recognized the efforts of Thad Jablonski and Brenda Lockhart in this significant achievement for the Lakeland Parks and Recreation Program.
The Tier I Benchmarked status will allow the City of Lakeland to streamline grant applications in upcoming grant cycles as well as earn additional points during scoring of grant proposals. The recertification is in effect for five years, the certificate valid until June 2018.

NEXTDOOR.COM USEFUL TOOL FOR NEIGHBORHOODS

Robert Wherry, City Manager


“Nextdoor.Com” is a web site currently used by over 16,000 neighborhoods for communication within neighborhoods. It is used for neighborhood watch, keeping up with neighbors and events, finding someone to assist in a small task, checking references, etc.

“Groups” can even be set up within the network (such as runners, golfers, walkers etc.) and items and services wanted or for sale can listed.

Nextdoor.com can be set up as a private neighborhood communication website so ONLY neighborhood residents can access the network. In addition, it can be set up to allow limited access by designated persons outside of the network.

I have received calls from residents asking about this and my research indicates “Nextdoor.Com” is wonderful for community and neighborhood development.

I encourage Lakeland residents to check this out at “Nextdoor.Com” and say “yes” when asked if you wish to join the “Nextdoor.Com” network for your neighborhood. A demo of an the Nextdoor.Com network is available at http://demo.trynextdoor.com/news_feed/
POLITICAL SIGN RULES
Robert Wherry, City Manager

Residents are encouraged to participate in the political process, including posting of Political Signs on private property (no political signs are allowed on any public property, including street right of ways.)
Political signs are allowed under the following circumstances:
-One sign per candidate or issue on an occupied lot (with permission of the owner).
-Placed no closer than 15 feet to the edge of the pavement (or 5 feet behind the sidewalk), whichever is greater.
-Cannot be erected more than 30 days before Early Voting and must be removed within three days after the election. Political signs for the Board of Commissioners election may be posted on or after July 29, 2013. The dates for the election for the Lakeland Municipal School Board will be announced after the dates are officially confirmed.
-Signs cannot exceed 5 square feet in area per side and cannot exceed 48” in height.
For specific information on the Lakeland sign ordinances, contact Neighborhood Services (Code Enforcement) at City Hall, 867-2717.
We appreciate the cooperation of all residents in observing these sign regulations. Lakeland residents are welcome to express their opinion by political signs. In fairness to all candidates and all issues these regulations are enforced on a regular basis. Signs on public property are immediately picked up as traffic hazards. www.Lakelandtn.gov

JULY "GET CAUGHT RECYCLING" WINNERS


AND THE WINNERS ARE . . . . . . CONGRATULATIONS to the following, who each won $50 for recycling:

July Winners

Bryan W. and Lisa J. Ruoff, Matwood Oak Drive, Oakwood

Debra K. Thompson, Colts Neck Cove, Stonebridge

Hieu C. and Jennifer T. Do, Country Bridge Road, Woodbridge

Carole Gadd, Woodland Grove Drive, Woodland Park

 

Lakeland's “Get Caught Recycling” program is to encourage the people who haven't taken the time to recycle in the past, and to reduce the total amount of material that is hauled off to the landfill. Each month, 4 lucky residents that have at least three different types of recycle material in their bins are awarded $50--recycling literally pays off in Lakeland! Thanks to all the awesome folks who make the effort to recycle.

Household addresses are selected in a random drawing and a City representative checks the bins at the houses in the order of the draw. The winners "caught recycling" are invited to the Lakeland Board of Commissioners meeting the following month for recognition by the Board, and to receive their checks. Items that can be recycled and qualify for the contest are glass, metal cans, aluminum cans, plastics (remove caps and leave labels attached), newspapers, and cardboard boxes broken down to fit inside the recycle bin. Recycle and you have a chance to win $50.

LAKELAND CITY HALL
10001 Highway 70, Lakeland, TN 38002
Telephone: 867-2717
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

2013 LAKELAND MEETINGS:

BOC - Regular Meeting, First Thursday of the Month

NRB - Second Thursday of the Month

PRB - Second Monday of the Month

DRC - Second Tuesday of the Month

BOA - Third Thursday of the Month (If needed)

MPC - Third Monday of the Month

BOC - Work Session Tuesday (week before Regular Meeting)

EDC - Fourth Thursday of the Month

MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION SPECIAL MEETING

Wednesday, August 7, 6:30 p.m., Lakeland City Hall


On July 29, 2013, Chairman Susan Mitchell, called this Special Meeting of the Lakeland Municipal Planning Commission as the welfare of the City demands it.

The character of the business to be discussed at such meeting shall be as follows:
  • Discussion on pending land development regulations.

NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD MEETING AGENDA
Thursday, August 8, 6:30 p.m., Lakeland City Hall

I. CALL TO ORDER:

II. ROLL CALL:

III. CONSENT AGENDA:
1. Approval of June 13, 2013 Regular Meeting Minutes

IV. CONSIDERATION & POSSIBLE ACTION ON ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA:
V. PUBLIC DISCUSSION:

VI. REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES, MEMBERS & OFFICERS:

VII. CITY BEAUTIFICATION BUSINESS:
1. Discussion and/or action on an Adopt-a-Street program for Seed Tick Road.
2. Discussion and/or action on a Keep TN Beautiful program

VIII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

IX. NEW BUSINESS:
1. Discussion and/or action on a public tree care workshop for fall 2013.
2. Discussion and/or action on a Lakeland Outdoors 2014 invitation list.

X. ANNOUNCEMENTS:

XI. ADJOURNMENT:

MEN'S DOUBLES TENNIS LEAGUE

The Lakeland Men’s Doubles Tennis League will continue to play until further notice. The League is open to the public and all skill levels are welcome. Matches are scheduled for Saturdays from 9 - 11:30 a.m. at Windward Slopes Park, 9822 Beverle Rivera Drive.

For more information, contact City Commissioner Randy Nicholson at 521-0558, ext. 23 or brn@attorneynicholson.com.


YMCA FALL SOCCER IN LAKELAND
Registration: through Aug. 9 (Late registrations will be placed on waiting list.)
Deadline for registration and entry fee is Aug. 9.
The YMCA fall soccer fee is $90, which includes game and practice jerseys, socks, shorts and end-of-season award.
All practices begin the week of Aug. 26, and start at 5:45 p.m. The schedule is as follows: 4-5 year olds on Mondays; 6 year olds Tuesdays; 7-8 year olds Tuesdays and Fridays; and 9-11 year olds Mondays and Thursdays. Games are on Saturdays from Sept.14-Nov. 2.
To register, go to www.lakelandtn.gov (sports page) for a form. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Moore at the Millington Family YMCA, phone 873-1434; email mmoore@ymcamemphis.org, or Joy Cloud at 867-5414, jcloud@lakelandtn.org.

LAKELAND DANCE

Saturday, August 10, 7 - 10:30 p.m., IH Clubhouse

Dance to the music of Eddie Richardson

Food Theme is Country Sideboard -- Bring a dish to share.

If you're looking for a fun and easy way to get some exercise, get out of the house or just to meet NEW people, how about dancing!!! Join your Lakeland neighbors and River City Bop Club members Saturday, July 13 for some fun. Cost for admission to the dance is $4 for members and Lakeland residents and $7 for non-members.

LAKELAND FITNESS CLASS FOR AGES 35+ AT IH CLUBHOUSE

Morning Classes are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Your first class is FREE
$5 for a single class, or purchase a 10-class card for $30

A mat is required.

Lakeland Fitness is a fun way to beat boredom when it comes to exercise. The class incorporates yoga, pilates, dance, general aerobics, and calisthenics to improve muscle strength, stamina, coordination, balance, flexibility and cardio. The first half of class is similar to a zumba gold and/or aerobics, however there is no need worry about keeping up with every move because as long as you are moving and having fun that is the goal! The class is low impact, but most movements and/or exercises can be adapted to make them more intense or less demanding to accommodate your fitness level. You will need a mat for the second half of the class.

NEW ACTIVITIES, PROGRAMS AND PRESENTATIONS

IN JULY/AUGUST AT THE LAKELAND SENIOR CENTER

Do you know what's “In the News” about our Center?

For Online Updates Get Details, Click HERE to get caught up!! http://www.lakelandtn.gov/index.aspx?NID=190

Or search for "Just for Seniors" at www.Lakelandtn.gov.

SENIOR TALENT NEEDED!

Do you have computer training, musical or other talents? If so, the Lakeland Senior Center Staff wants to hear from you! To volunteer to host an instructional class, program, special event or volunteer at the Center as a greeter, please contact Joy Cloud.

GAMES GALORE
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from Noon - 3 p.m.

Join us the second and fourth Tuesday for games that include playing cards, Skip-Bo, Spicy Farkel, chess, and dominos, among others. If you have questions or to express your interest, please contact Bobbi Cornett at 372-3244.

BOOK CLUB

Are you an avid reader, and looking for someone to discuss the latest book with? Join Jeannine Dillard and Lakeland neighbors the first Wednesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss the books below:
August 7
The Watchers by Dean Koontz
September 4

Suspect by Robert Crais

New members welcome. For questions or more information, please contact Jeannine at 331-2839 or jdillard@bigriver.net.


AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS

Thursday, Aug. 8, and Friday, Aug. 9

12:30-4:30 p.m. Two-day class, 4 hours each day

AARP will offer a driver safety class that will include new driving strategies, understanding the effects of aging on driving, and how to reduce your chances of having a crash, among other related topics. Upon completion of the course, participants are entitled to a discount on their auto insurance under Tennessee state law.

The cost for the two-day class is $12 for AARP Members, $14 for nonmembers. Contact Joy Cloud for an application or George Coleman at 384-3581 for more information.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH CLASS

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m.


An Officer from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will hold a workshop on neighborhood watch. The presentation will focus on community involvement in discouraging preventable crime by organizing awareness meetings to help neighbors to get to know one another and look out for each other. Learn how to secure your property and how to recognize and report suspicious activity.

 

 

SENIOR CENTER OPEN HOUSE AND DISCUSSION FORUM

Thursday, August 15 at 2 p.m.

Join City Staff at the Open House and Discussion Forum. The City of Lakeland is committed to working with and for senior citizens. Drop in for coffee and light refreshments and share your ideas for future programs, activities, services and resources that will benefit and interest YOU. Everyone's input is important.

 

DAVIES MANOR PLANTATION PRESENTATION
Thursday, Aug. 22 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Mandi Pitt-Reed, museum assistant at Davies Manor Plantation, will give a short presentation on the history of the home and the Davies family. Located in Bartlett, the Manor is the oldest log home in Shelby County open to the public. The grounds include thirty-two acres of plantation land and numerous outbuildings as well as gardens and trails.

WEEKLY SENIOR ACTIVITIES

Tuesdays:

YMCA Silver Sneakers Muscular Strength & Range of Movement Class 10-11 a.m., IH Clubhouse.

Beginner's Duplicate bridge class, 6 – 7:30 p.m., through August. An instructor fee of $5 will be charged to participants. If interested in attending, please contact Brian Cummins at 634-5527.

Thursdays:

YMCA Silver Sneakers Muscular Strength & Range of Movement Class 10-11 a.m., IH Clubhouse.

Saturdays:

"Kings and Queens" Bridge Game/Class - Bridge is played from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; and the Lesson at 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch. There is a $5 fee for game/class or both. For more information, contact ACBL Instructor Judy Knox at 737-8087 jknox7@bellsouth.net.

THIRD QUARTER 2013 “ART IN CITY HALL” EXHIBIT

Featuring Oil Paintings by Sandy Scruggs

Sandy Scruggs is the City of Lakeland’s featured artist for the July-September Quarterly “Art at City Hall” exhibit.

Sandy was first introduced to oil painting in 1979. Her first instructor was Jewel Armstrong, whom she spent 3 ½ years learning the style and techniques of the old masters. From there she attended various workshops and began focusing more on the works of the Impressionists and their use of color. Sandy was part of a local group of artists who went to France to study art history by touring Paris and the surrounding area, and with classroom instruction at the College of Art in Angers, France.

Since 1999, Sandy has devoted much of her creative energy to instruction and encouraging others who share her love of art. She enjoys capturing the beauty of nature in her landscapes and still-life's. Her true love is the challenge of painting animals. Her works may currently be seen at Market Central and Fountain Art Gallery, of which she has been a member for 15 years in Memphis, TN. Visit her website at www.sandyspaintings.com.

Artists interested in being considered for future exhibits may contact Joy Cloud at 867-2717 or jcloud@lakelandtn.org.

IH CLUBHOUSE AVAILABLE FOR RENT

High-quality, low-cost rental space!

Located at 4523 Canada Road, Lakeland, TN

The IH Managerial Clubhouse is currently available to rent, and the City is accepting reservations at this time. The newly renovated Clubhouse is perfect for retreats, conferences, business meetings, parties, weddings, reunions, or other gatherings, and features high-quality rental space.

$500 (up to eight hours) Sunday-Thursday
$700 (up to twelve hours) Friday and Saturday

There is a $300 refundable deposit on all rentals.

For viewing, reservations, or for more information, please contact Lakeland City Hall, 901-867-2717, or visit http://www.lakelandtn.gov/index.aspx?NID=124 to view photos and facility features.

Visit Lakeland's Web Sites:
www.groups.yahoo.com/group/lakelandcola
www.lakelandtn.gov
www.mylakelandchamber.org (Lakeland Chamber of Commerce)
http://mylakelandchamber.org/shoplakelandfirst.html (Shop Lakeland First)

www.eshoa.com (East Shores)
www.garnerlake.com (Garner Lake Association)
www.heronsridgehoa.com (Herons Ridge Subdivision)
www.oakwoodlakeland.com (Oakwood Subdivision)

www.plantationhills.org (Plantation Hills Subdivision)
www.windwardslopes.org (Windward Slope Subdivision)
www.woodbridgehoa.com (Woodbridge Homeowners Association)
www.wphoa.net (Woodland Park Homeowners Association)
www.lakelandcitymgr.blogspot.com (City Manager's Blog)
www.Amsptsa.com (Arlington Middle school PTSA)

http://arlingtonhighptsa.org/ Arlington High School PTSA

www.scsk12.org/SCS/middle/Arlington_Mid/Home.html (Arlington Middle school)

www.lakelandpta.com Lakeland Elementary PTA
www.scsk12.org/SCS/elementary/Lakeland

www.partnershiplakeland.org (Partnership Lakeland)