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Updated: 07/10/2014 07:32:50PM

Money to improve Market Street OK’d

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By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

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City commissioners moved along quickly in their Tuesday evening meeting, approving a contract with TB Landmark Construction Inc. for construction services for the Market Street Distribution Upgrades in the amount of $763,489.

The at hand is that the fire flow protection needs to be raised and the city would like to expand the city’s utilities to the west side of the city.

City staff had asked that Atkins North America present biddable plans and specifications to be placed on the open market for bidding for the project. What the project will entail is extending 1600 feet of 12-inch water mains from the corner of First Street and Tillman Avenue south to tie into an 8-inch water main on First Street and Polk Avenue. Staff says the larger water main will help increase the flow to the area provided with service by the 8-inch water main.

According to city plans, the 12-inch water main is also scheduled to turn west on Bullard Avenue and 3,900 feet of 12-inch water main will be installed until the city reaches Sharp Street. Then, the line will continue on Sharp Street until it crosses State Road 60 and then continue on to Oak Avenue until it reaches U.S. 27 and tie into an existing 12-inch line that was installed in 2008 in preparation of this extension.

On May 8 the project was put out to bid, to open on May 22. Two bidders responded, with the lowest “qualified responsible bidder” being TB Landmark Construction Inc.

Additionally, the mayor proclaimed July 2014 as Lakes Appreciation Month, with the director of LEAD, Corine Burgess, on hand to accept.

“I hope you will join us in keeping Polk County beautiful,” she said.

There was no old business and no public comment. The consent agenda passed unanimously.

Under new business, the city approved a lease agreement allowing CareerSource Polk (formerly Polk Works) to continue the Young Leaders program at the James P. Austin, Jr. Community Center until June 30, 2015.

The Young Leaders program gives academic support and employment training to people 16-21 who live in Polk County. For those who qualify, the program is free. The program will operate Monday through Friday, and the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no usage fee presently required of this tenant, according to city records, but fees could be incurred at the regular inside-city rate for any special events by CareerSource that are held at the community center outside regular business hours. The city has kept an annual lease since June 2007.

Commissioners also approved a contract for law enforcement services at the Lake Wales Housing Authority, specifically at Grove Manor public housing complex. This contract has been renewed every year since 2011, since Grove Manor and the Lake Wales Housing Authority is located inside the CRA.

The city approved a contract with Cobb Site Development Inc. of Wauchula for $225,002.89 improvements to Lake Wailes Park.

This will be for repair/resurfacing of the 2.5-mile pedestrian-bike trail and reconstruction/expansion of the trail head parking lot on the south side of Lakeshore Boulevard at Kiwanis Park.


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