Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Parks and Recreation Month

Mayor Lake proclaimed July as Parks and Recreation Month and urged all citizens to experience the benefits by visiting our community parks and recreation resources.  He presented the proclamation to Richard Weed the Parks and Recreation Director.  

Employee of the Quarter – Vitas

Mayor Lake presented the Employee of the Quarter award to Vitas Karaliunas.  He stated that Vitas began his career with the City of Lake Alfred in September 2014.  Vitas works in the Streets Division and is a hardworking, dedicated employee … Continue reading

First on Scene

In case you missed it in the Sunday paper… check out The Ledger’s special edition magazine on first responders, titled “First on Scene“. The magazine features Lake Alfred Police and Firefighters on pages 42-45. Group photos of the departments are … Continue reading

Collection of Code Enforcement Special Assessments

Notice of Hearing Providing for Collection of Code Enforcement Special Assessments   NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Commission of the City of Lake Alfred, Florida at a regular meeting to be held on Monday, July 11, 2016 at … Continue reading

Police Recognitions

May 2nd, at the City Commission meeting, Police Chief Bodenheimer accepted the proclamation for National Police Week. Next he introduced two new Officers. Officer Carlos Diaz and Officer Adam Leatherberry gave their oath and received their badges. Police Chaplain Pastor … Continue reading

Bike Safety

The Lake Alfred Police Department recently donated and fitted students at Karen M. Siegel Academy with bicycle helmets.  The helmets were distributed to students to encourage safe riding practices.

Historic Marker Dedication – The Lake Alfred Hotel

Following the celebration of the Lake Alfred Centennial, the City of Lake Alfred and Lake Alfred Historical Society, Inc. have partnered together to recognize historic buildings within the community. Today, Southern Gardens was recognized. Previously the Lake Alfred Hotel, the … Continue reading

Employee of the Quarter – Danny Clewis

Joining the Lake Alfred team in 2012, Danny brought over 20 years of experience in building code inspection and code enforcement as well as direct knowledge working as a licensed general contractor. As the City’s only part-time code enforcement officer, … Continue reading

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities at the City currently include Service Worker II positions, Police Officers, and Summer recreation positions! Check out the Employment Opportunities Page for more details.

Polk Regional Water Cooperative

The City of Lake Alfred has been heavily involved with the formation of the Polk Regional Water Cooperative.   The Commission and Staff advocated for the City during the Formation Committee meetings.  Pictured is Mayor Lake and City Manager Leavengood during … Continue reading

Historical Society Building Marker Dedication

The Centennial Celebration continues in 2016 with the recognition of historic buildings around the City of Lake Alfred. Continue reading

Polk County Water School

Mayor Lake, City Manager Leavengood and Community Development Director Ferrell recently attended Water School.  Water School is produced in partnership by the  Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD),  University of Florida/IFAS Polk County Extension, and Polk County.  The program provides … Continue reading

Employee of the Year

City Manager Ryan Leavengood recognized Officer Juan “Tony” Lopez as the 2015 Employee of the Year at the employee Christmas Celebration.  The Employee of the Year was chosen from the 2015 Associates of the Quarter and received two days off … Continue reading

Employee of the 4th Quarter

Capt. Brian Beasley has worked for the City for over 16 years. For several years, he has worked with Lake Alfred Elementary and Karen Siegel Academy on fire education programs at the schools and to coordinate station visits for students. … Continue reading

Library Improvements

The City Commission and City Manager Leavengood recognized and thanked the Lake Alfred Friends of the Library Inc. at the Nov. 16 City Commission. Through donations and the Lake Alfred Friends of the Library Bookstore the Friends have raised money … Continue reading

Tino Villarreal – 5 Years

Mayor Charles Lake and City Manager Leavengood recognized Valentine Villarreal for 5 years with the City at the Nov 16 Commission Meeting. Villarreal, better known as Tino, has been employed with the City since 2010. During that time Tino has … Continue reading

Certificate of Achievement for financial reporting

The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the City of Lake Alfred’s Finance Department the Certificate of Achievement for excellence in financial reporting. This is presented to for the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending September … Continue reading

Employee of the Quarter

Pat Esposito has been with the City of Lake Alfred since February 2014. Pat works in the Public Works Utility/Service Department. Pat is responsible for meter reading, customer service and meter change outs. He also recently completed his Water Treatment … Continue reading

Deborah Olson – 5 Years

On September 23rd Mayor Lake recognized Ms. Olson for 5th year anniversary with the City.  He stated that Ms. Olson started her career with the Lake Alfred Police Department on August 16, 2010. Ms. Olson is currently assigned as the … Continue reading

Final Budget 2015/16

On September 23rd the City Commission approved the new reduced millage rate and 2015-2016 budget.  The millage rate was reduced from 7.589 to 7.489 per $1,000 taxable value for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  The Executive Budget  and previous budgets can … Continue reading

Art Competition at City Hall

Small Town Charm A Juried Art Competition Inside Lake Alfred City Hall October 22, 2014– September 20, 2016 Only original drawings, oils, watercolors, acrylics, graphics, photography, mixed media, fiber, and sculpture completed within the last three years may be submitted.

Girl Scouts recognize City

Aubrie Lake from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida presented Mayor Lake with a Certificate of Appreciation at the September 9th City Commission meeting.  She thanked the City for their support and stated that the Girl Scouts look forward … Continue reading

Citizen Recognition

Hal and Trudie Kirkland were recognized at the City Commission meeting last night (September 9, 2015). Mayor Lake and Commissioner Dearmin  presented them with a certificate of appreciation, centennial hat and pin for their landscaping project along the trail. Thank … Continue reading

Congressional Meetings

Last week the City Manager and Commissioners met with State Representative Neil Combee to discuss Legislative issues and the were visited by Congressman Daniel Webster who stopped by  to present the the City with a Congressional Record recognizing the City … Continue reading

Juan Lopez – 5 Years

Mayor Lake and City Manager Ryan Leavengood presented the Employee Service Recognition for Juan Lopez at the Aug 17th City Commission Meeting. Officer Lopez began his career with the Lake Alfred Police Department on August 30, 2010 and worked street … Continue reading

Budget Hearings

The City Commission meeting dates have been changed in September in order to to meet the Florida Statue requirement for the annual budget hearings. The revised dates are the 2nd and 4th Wednesday in September (September 9th and 23rd).

Lake Alfred in the News

Several businesses have been highlighted lately in industry magazines. Gary’s Oyster Bar in the Polk Life Magazine Ron’s Tackle Box in the Fishing Tackle Retailer ICAST-July 2015 on page 88 Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in the Florida Trend … Continue reading

Flags at half-staff

Florida Governor Rick Scott orders flags at half-staff, effective immediately, in honor and remembrance of the five military members who lost their lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The flags will remain lowered until the interment date of the final soldier.

Jennifer Gillett – 20 Years

Sgt. Jennifer Gillett started her law enforcement career with the City of Lake Alfred on April 24, 1995 as a patrol officer and then became the school resource officer in 1997. On April 18th 2005, she was promoted to Police … Continue reading

Grant Received

The City of Lake Alfred Parks and Recreation Department recently received a Small Matching Historic Preservation (50/50) Grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources.  The $100,000 project will support Phase II of the renovations to the … Continue reading

Employee of the Quarter

Derrick Eady was named as the 2015 Employee of the Second Quarter and received a certificate, pin, gift certificate from citizen donation, and a day off with pay. Derrick Eady started with the City of Lake Alfred through the Alpi … Continue reading

Thad Brunk – 15 Years

Thad Brunk became an employee at the City of Lake Alfred Public Works Department on July 8, 2000. Thad began his career with the City on the Sanitation crew as a Lightning Loader operator. Thad comes to work every morning … Continue reading

Centennial Celebration and Time Capsule

Please visit the Photo Gallery to see pictures from the event or visit the Facebook Page.    

Lake Alfred Little League

Tony Renner, President of Lake Alfred Little League presented the City with a plaque and thanked the city for the team sponsorship and staff for facility improvements. He was also appreciative of the efforts staff made after the break-ins at … Continue reading

National Safety Month

On June 15th Mayor Lake proclaimed June 2015 as National Safety Month in conjunction with the National Safety Council with the goal to draw attention to safe practices that will decrease the likelihood of accidents and urged all citizens to … Continue reading

8th Consecutive Distinguished Budget Award

The City of Lake Alfred has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current budget from the Government Finance Officers Association. This award is the highest form of recognition in government budgeting and represents a significant achievement by the … Continue reading

Gardner Park Re-dedicated

Frank C. Gardner Park was re-dedicated this morning (June 10, 2015) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the park and the 100th anniversary of the City of Lake Alfred. The ceremony was led by Mayor Lake. Those in attendance included … Continue reading

BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grant received

The Lake Alfred Public Library has been awarded the Libri Foundation’s Books for Children grant.  The Libri Foundation is a nonprofit organization which donates new, quality hardcover books to small rural, libraries through its Books for Children program.  The $1,050 … Continue reading

New City Clerk

The new City Clerk, Ameé Bailey became official on Monday June 1st.  Mayor Lake led her through the Oath of Office at the City Commission meeting.

Flag Day and National Flag Week

On June 1st Mayor Lake proclaimed Flag Day (June 14) and National Flag Week and called upon each citizen to observe with pride and all due ceremony those days from Flag Day through Independence Day, as a time to honor … Continue reading

Fire Fighter Pinning

A new commemorative centennial badge was designed and issued to all current Fire Fighters to celebrate the 100th Centennial of the City of Lake Alfred. The ceremony was held on May 18th. Friends and Family attended this event and participated … Continue reading

Community Action Month

On May 18th Mayor Lake proclaimed May as Community Action Month. Al Miller from The Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc. (ALPI) accepted the proclamation.  ALPI is a Community Action Group whose mission is to propose, implement, and advocate development and human service … Continue reading

LAAMS Leadership Team visits City Officials

Yesterday students from the Lake Alfred Addair Middle School Leadership Team visited City Administration. They were given a tour and met with City Manager Leavengood to discuss city operations.

Representative Daniel Webster

US House of Representatives, Representative Daniel Webster visited Lake Alfred this week.  He participated in the original dedication of the Veterans Memorial and wanted to see the new Purple Hear Memorial.  While here he also visited the Lake Alfred Chamber of … Continue reading

New City Mayor and Vice Mayor

Last night the City Commission adjourned as the 2014-2015 Commission and began the 2015-2016 Commission.  Re-elected Commissioner Albertus Maultsby and Commissioner John Duncan gave their oath of office.  Then Commissioner Maultsby nominated Commissioner Charles Lake for Mayor and Commissioner Nancy Daley … Continue reading

Stephanie Ludden – 5 Year Recognition

Mayor Daley recognized Stephanie Ludden for her 5 years of service to the City of Lake Alfred.  She stated that Stephanie  Ludden started with the City in May of 2010.  She has a great attitude, and is always willing to … Continue reading

Police Week and Officer Pinning

On May 4th Mayor Daley proclaimed May 10-16 as National Police Week.  Chief Art Bodenheimer accepted the Police Week Proclamation. In addition, a new commemorative centennial badge was designed and issued to all current Police Officers to celebrate the 100th … Continue reading

Michael Sims – 10 Year Recognition

Mayor Daley recognized Michael Sims for 10 years of Service to the City of Lake Alfred.  She stated Mike Sims became an employee at the City of Lake Alfred Public Works Department on April 26, 2005 with the City on … Continue reading

Passing of Mr. Dame – former City Commissioner

The City of  Lake Alfred is deeply saddened by the loss of a former City Commissioner retired U. S. Army Colonel John Dame Sr.  Mr. John Dame passed away on Easter evening. He filled so many volunteer positions within our city and … Continue reading

UNOFFICIAL Election Results

The following are the unofficial results from the election today.  The Canvassing Board will meet on Thursday at City Hall to certify the election results.  There are 2,853 registered voters within the city limits and 548 votes were cast during … Continue reading

Employee of the Quarter

The Lake Alfred Employee of the Quarter was awarded by Mayor Daley at the April 6th City Commission. The award was presented to Officer Juan Lopez and his K-9 partner Wil. Officer Lopez began his career with the Lake Alfred … Continue reading

Operation GREEN Light

If you have a traffic, criminal or dependency fine that has been sent to an outside collection agency, Polk County Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield is offering a ONE TIME opportunity to pay the fine without having to pay the collection … Continue reading

TPO request public comment on transportation issues

Are you fed up with the congestion on your daily commute through Polk County. Do you have access to trails or maybe your access to essential services like medical facilities, grocery stores, churches and/or schools needs improved so the little things … Continue reading

Now Open – Angie’s Roadside Café

Mayor Nancy Daley, Vice Mayor Lake, and Commissioner Maultsby attended the ribbon cutting this morning for Angie’s Roadside Café located at 5570 Hwy 17-92. They are open from 6am to 4pm for breakfast and dinner. Please welcome this new family … Continue reading

Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Do you have your summer planned.  We are currently accepting applications for summer camp and will continue Monday thru Friday  8am-4:30pm at the Lake Alfred Administration Office until the start of camp. SPACE IS LIMITED, REGISTER EARLY! Parents/Legal Guardian ID … Continue reading

Top Dog

Congratulations to Lake Alfred Officer Juan Lopez and his K-9 partner Wil. They competed in the United States Police Canine Association – Region 1 field trials which included 50 K-9 teams from around the State of Florida. Officer Lopez and … Continue reading

Lake Alfred Heritage Day

April 11th, 2015 Central Park in Lake Alfred 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Come enjoy over 7 acres of fun for everyone! Lake Alfred Heritage Day has it all. Special events throughout the day Family best citrus dessert contest Touch-A-Truck … Continue reading

Municipal Elections

The Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at City Hall; 120 East Pomelo Street, Lake Alfred from 7:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. Two seats are open (seats one and two) on the City Commission for a term of … Continue reading

Next City Commission Meeting

Monday, March 16, 2015 7:30p.m. 120 East Pomelo Street Lake Alfred, FL  33850   March 16, 2015 Agenda Packet

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