July 4th, 2017 Holiday Collection Schedule

County – Unincorporated Residents
Monday 3rd garbage, recycle, bulk and yard waste will be serviced as a normal service day. Tuesday July 4, 2017 Garbage, Recycle and Yard waste will be collected Wednesday July 5, Wednesday will be collected Thursday July 6, Thursdays will be collected Friday July 7, Friday’s will be collected Saturday July 8.

City of Polk City – Residents
Monday July 3rd garbage, recycle and bulk will be collected as a normal service day. Wednesday July 5th yard waste will be collected Thursday July 6, 2017. NOTE: Polk City claw truck service day is on Monday and will be serviced on Monday July 3rd.

Haines City – Residents
Monday July 3, 2017 garbage, recycle, yard waste and bulk will be collected as a normal service day. Tuesday July 4th, will be collected Wednesday July 5th, Wednesdays will be collected Thursday July 6th, Thursdays will be collected Friday July 7th, Friday’s will be collected Saturday July 8th, 2016. NOTE: Haines City claw truck service day is normally on Wednesday, due to July 4th holiday the claw truck service day will be Thursday July 6th.

Fort Meade – Residents
Monday July 3, 2017 garbage and recycle will be collected as a normal service day. July 4th is on Tuesday. Tuesday garbage and recycling will be collected Wednesday July 5, Wednesdays bulk and yard waste will be collected Thursday July 6, Thursdays garbage will be collected Friday July 7, and Fridays garbage will be collected Saturday July 8, 2017. NOTE: Fort Meade claw truck service day is normally on Friday, due to July 4th holiday the claw truck service day will be Saturday July 8th.

Lake Wales – Residents
Monday July 3rd garbage, yard waste and bulk will be collected as a normal service day. Tuesday July 4th be collected Wednesday July 5th, Wednesdays will be collected Thursday July 6th, Thursdays garbage, recycle, yard waste and bulk will be collected Friday July 7th, Fridays garbage, recycle, yard waste and bulk will be collected Saturday July 8t, 2017. NOTE: Lake Wales claw truck service day is normally on Thursday, due to July 4th holiday the claw truck service day will be Friday July 7th.

Lake Hamilton – Residents
Due to July 4th holiday collection services will move out one day this week. Wednesday July 5th bulk will be collected Thursday July 6, Thursdays garbage and recycle will be collected Friday, July 7th, 2017.

City of Davenport – Residents
Due to July 4th holiday collection service will move out one day. Tuesday July 4th bulk and recycle will be collected on Wednesday July 5th. Wednesday July 5th garbage and yard waste will be collected Thursday July 6th, 2017. NOTE: Davenport claw truck service day is normally on Wednesday, due to July 4th holiday the claw truck service day will be Thursday July 6th.

Frostproof- Residents
Due to July 4th holiday all service will move out one day. Garbage, recycling, yard waste, and bulk will be collected on Saturday July 8th. NOTE: Frostproof claw truck service day is normally on Friday, due to July 4th holiday the claw truck service day will be Saturday July 8th.

City of Mulberry- Residents
Monday July 3rd garbage, recycle, bulk, yard waste, and claw truck will be collected as a normal service day.

City of Avon Park-Recycle Resident
Due to July 4th holiday, recycle collection will move out one day. Wednesday July 5th Recycle will be collected Thursday July 6, 2017.

Watermelon Festival – Sat July 22, 11am to 7:30pm

Saturday, July 22nd from 11:00 am-7:30 pm

Join us for a family friendly event featuring live music, food, fun and games, watermelon eating & seed spitting contests, cake walk, arts & craft vendors and more!

Portion of Proceeds Benefiting Polk City Elementary

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

www.PolkCityEvents.com

Special Appearance by the 2017 Florida Watermelon Queen Miss Savannah Christensen

Presented by: Polk City BBQ Company

Burn Ban in Polk County To Be Repealed Friday

Bartow, Fla. (June 7, 2017) — Thanks to recent rains, the Polk County burn ban will be repealed Friday. The Polk County fire chief declared a burn ban March 31 due to dangerous fire conditions throughout the county.

Less than 50 percent of Polk County is averaging over 500 on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI). The KBDI index is used as an indicator to determine the likelihood and severity of brush fires. The scale begins at zero, which is no danger and rises to 800, which is extreme danger. As a rule of thumb, fire officials become concerned any time the scale goes above 500 for 50 percent of the county.

The burn ban can be reinstated if conditions get dry once again.

The repeal means residents in all unincorporated Polk and municipalities who chose to participate in the burn ban are allowed to burn yard debris, campfires, bonfires and construction debris.

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About Polk County Fire Rescue

Polk County Fire Rescue provides Advanced Life Support transport to all residents and visitors of Polk County. It also provides fire suppression, rescue services and fire prevention services to all of unincorporated Polk County and several municipalities of Eagle Lake, Polk City, Mulberry, Lake Hamilton and Hillcrest Heights. Polk County Fire Rescue has nearly 600 full-time employees, responds to approximately 90,000 calls for service each year and covers more than 2,000 square miles. Fire rescue operations have oversight of the department’s uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Firefighters. Polk County Fire Rescue operates 51 fire and rescue stations that are equipped with various apparatus.

Kevin Watler
Communications Specialist, PCFR PIO
Polk County Board of County Commissioners
Cell: (863)232-7357
Office: (863) 534-6787
kevinwatler@polk-county.net   www.polk-county.net

WaterWise Expo – June 10, 10am to 1pm

Saturday, June 10, 2017
10:00am to 1:00pm

Join Polk City for a FREE event featuring exhibits, giveaways, and informational presentations on all things water! Let’s learn how to conserve our natural resources while saving money.

Donald Bronson Community Center – 124 Bronson Trail, Polk City, FL 33868

Presentations:

10:15am Conserving Water, One Drop at a Time
presented by: Southwest Florida Water Management District

10:45am It’s Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season
presented by: Polk County

11:15am Why Use Florida Friendly Landscaping?
presented by: UF Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)

11:45am Mosquito Control and Zika Virus Prevention
presented by: Polk County Mosquito Control

12:15pm The Green Swamp
presented by: Central Florida Regional Planning Council

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Florida Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in the proceedings should contact Polk City, 123 Broadway Blvd SE in Polk City, Florida, (863) 984-1375 extension 238, no later than 48 hours prior to the proceedings.

Download/View a printable event flyer

District Tightens Water Restrictions Throughout 16-County Region

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted today to increase water restrictions throughout the region. The modified Phase III water shortage order affects counties throughout the District’s boundaries including Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter.

District hydrologists report a rainfall deficit of 11 inches since the start of the dry season last October. In fact, this is the driest dry season in the past 103 years.

Under the new water shortage order, lawn watering is reduced to once-per-week and allowable watering hours also are reduced. Micro-irrigation and hand watering of non-lawn areas are still allowed any day, if needed. Additionally, there are now limits on car washing and homeowners’ associations may not enforce any deed restrictions which could cause an increase in water use. The restrictions will remain in effect through August 1, 2017. Additional details regarding the watering of new lawns and plants, reclaimed water and other water uses can be found at WaterMatters.org/Restrictions.

The District considers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public supply when deciding to declare a water shortage order. For the past 20 years, the District has worked diligently with its partners to develop alternative water supplies. Even though the region is experiencing drought conditions, there is adequate public water supply available.

Florida’s dry season runs October through May. The District encourages water conservation year-round, and offers many tips to reduce water use and additional information at WaterMatters.org/Conservation.

Community Feedback Survey

Polk County Public Schools is pleased to announce that our new Community Feedback Survey is now open, and we want to hear from you.

Our team has created this survey as a baseline measurement of public perception for the 2016-17 school year. We are asking parents, community members, business partners, chamber organizations and all others to participate in this new survey.

The brief 5-10 minute survey is available at the link below:

Parents & Community: https://www.polk-fl.net/survey

In addition to your personal participation, we encourage you to forward this link to others in order to encourage additional responses.

Each of you plays a critical role in the success of Polk County Public Schools and we appreciate your support. If you have questions about the Community Feedback Survey, please contact the Dept. of Assessment, Accountability & Evaluations at (863) 534-0688.