The Lakeland School Board (LSB) meets at 5:45 p.m. tomorrow night (10.2.17) for their business meeting. The October work session was cancelled because of fall break which is Oct. 9-13.
On the agenda are discussions on evaluations, budget amendments and TSBA (Tennessee School Board Association) resolutions.
Link to the agenda: http://lakelandk12.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/10.2.17-Business-Meeting-Agenda.pdf .
The second in a series of special called Board of Commissioner (BOC) meetings will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 5 preceding the October regular meeting which starts at 5:30 p.m.. Again, because of fall break, there will only be one BOC meeting this month.
The first special meeting was Sept. 27 and Mayor Wyatt Bunker announced the sessions would focus on the Lakeland 2020 Strategic Plan including the areas of economic development, fire services, parks and recreation, residential growth and infrastructure and education.
The September session featured Dexter Mueller who is a development consultant to the City. Dennis Wolf with MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service) will present fire services information at the Oct. 5 meeting.
Agenda for the Oct. 5 meeting: http://tn-lakeland.civicplus.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/700 .
The agenda for the regular BOC meeting Oct. 5 has not been posted.
At last week’s special session, Mayor Bunker explained the City’s desire to put goals in place and have a vision for the City. “It’s important to have a vision so citizens know what we’re working towards,” he said.
Mayor Bunker asked Dr. Ted Horrell, Lakeland School System superintendent, if he had cost figures for a Lakeland high school, noting there are rumors in the community about building the school. Dr. Horrell said he had no updated numbers for a new school. He was asked to research the numbers and be ready to present to the BOC in three or four weeks. Vice Mayor Josh Roman added that he’d like to know where the School Board sees the school system going.
Mr. Roman then introduced Mr. Mueller, categorizing him as an expert on economic development, having worked in the field since the early 1970s.
Mr. Mueller explained the “bottom up strategy” of having an available site before recruiting a business to the City. He noted that many businesses don’t own the property where they operate. Thus it is important to have a ready list of available sites when involved in recruiting.
City Manager Jim Atkinson outlined current commercial projects in Lakeland: 12 acres by Corner Shops (Canada Road and U.S. Highway 64) for mixed use; 100 acres by the Paintball Park owned by the Hyneman family, mixed use; Lakeland Commons at Seed Tick and Memphis Arlington Roads, another mixed use area, possibly starting in 30 days; and The Lake District.
He reviewed residential projects and when asked by Commissioner Matt Wright, said four main projects represent 564 lots.