Official Agenda
September 2, 2020
3:00 p.m.

City Administration Building
Commission Chambers
201 W. Central Avenue
Lake Wales, FL 33853

This will be a hybrid virtual tele-conference meeting.

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 20-69, issued by the Office of Governor Ron Desantis on March 20, 2020, and extended by Executive Order No. 20-112, and extended further by Executive Orders No. 20-114, 20-150, and 20-179 municipalities may conduct meetings of their governing boards without having a quorum of its members present physically or at any specific location, and utilizing communications media technology such as telephonic or video conferencing, as provided by Section 120.54(5)(b)2, Florida Statutes. 
Some members of the Commission, Staff and public will be welcome to attend in the Commission Chambers.
Everyone is welcome to attend virtually.
Virtual public meetings will continue to be broadcast live, locally, on Comcast channel 6 and on the City’s web site. A link to the live stream can be found in the left-most menu of the City’s home page and is labeled “Live Meeting Stream”.

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City Manager Comments


Presentation - Impact Fee Study


Ordinance 2020-22 Impact Fee Study 1st Reading

Impact fees are charged by the City to cover the capital costs of services to new development. Impact fees must be updated periodically to reflect the most recent and localized data used as a basis for the fees. Fees were last updated in 2011. The “Development Impact Fee Study” completed by Raftelis recommends increases in some impact fees, and reductions in others, as shown in the attached presentation prepared by Raftelis. Passage of the ordinance will adopt the impact fee study including the fee changes. Recommended adjustments in fees will be effective 90 days following notification requirements of state law.


Resolution 2020-32 CDBG Enabling Resolution

The City of Lake Wales is applying for a CDBG Housing Grant. Resolution 2020-32 authorizes the City to apply for the grant and for the Mayor and City Manager to sign necessary documentation as appropriate. 

Resolution 2020-34 Match for CDBG Grant

The City has the option of providing up to $50,000 to the CDBG project as local match which helps to make the grant application more competitive.

CDBG Housing Assistance Plan (HAP)

The Housing Assistance Plan (HAP) must be adopted to submit the CDBG Grant Application for Housing Rehabilitation.

ORDINANCE 2020-16 Candidate Qualifying

Ordinance 2020-16 modifies language in our Code of Ordinances to comply with Florida State Statutes concerning when a potential candidate may begin their campaign. 

ORDINANCE 2020-11 Millage Rate FY 2020-21

The Commissioners will consider adopting a millage rate of 6.7974 mills for Fiscal Year 2020-21.
The Commissioners will also consider adopting the proposed operating budget.


ORDINANCE 2020-12 Budget FY 2020-21

The Commissioners will consider adopting a millage rate of 6.7974 mills for Fiscal Year 2020-21.
The Commissioners will also consider adopting the proposed operating budget.


Ordinance 2020-13 CIP FY2020-21

The Commissioners will consider adopting the Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal years 2020/21 through 2024/25.

Resolution 2020-31 Final Assessment Resolution for Fire Protection Assessments

Adoption of Resolution 2020-31 will set the final fire assessment rates.

Resolution 2020-30 - Final Rate Resolution Brookshire Street Lighting District

Final Rate Resolution for the Brookshire Street Lighting District

Resolution 2020-27 Invocation Policy

The City Commission will consider establishing a policy regarding invocations at meetings of the City Commission.

RESOLUTION 2020-33 Extending the Declared State of Emergency

Resolution 2020-33 declares a State of Emergency for Lake Wales in response to concerns related to COVID-19. This will be in effect from September 9, 2020 until October 9, 2020. 

Board Appointments: Historic District Regulatory Board and Planning and Zoning

Appointment to fill a vacancy on the Historic District Regulatory Board and Planning and Zoning Board.

Polk County Fleet Maintenance Services Agreement





(The full staff memo will be incorporated into the official record)

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In accordance with Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact the office of the City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the meeting.