For more information on this project, contact Tim Mayer, Environmental Health Director, or Jill Weinischke, PACE EH Coordinator at the Polk County Health Department.
POLK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
July PACE-EH Update
Date: August 15,
Assistant Division Director, Division of Environmental Health
From: Jill Weinischke
Community Assistance Specialist
Subject: North Combee and Skyview Community-PACE-EH Updates
Polk County Health Department, Environmental Health Division
August 3rd ? attended monthly meeting and introduced myself to the
August 10th ? attended President?s Alliance meeting through Polk
Neighborhood Partnership Office
Work plan and
|Task 13: Evaluate
Progress and Plan for the Future
On August 3,
2006, Tim Mayer and I visited the North Combee ? Combee Area
Revitalization Effort (CARE) meeting. The group?s president
is a great supporter of PACE EH and is currently the
President of the Polk County President?s Alliance which
represents 65 communities in the county. He is our ?biggest
fan? and praises us at every opportunity. We will continue
to monitor their progress particularly as it pertains to the
street lights project scheduled for 2007 for the west side
of Combee Road.
Polk County Environmental Health, through our FEHA group,
plan to assist CARE by providing manpower for an
Adopt-a-Road clean-up scheduled for September 23rd.
Sept. 23, 2006
Being new to this position (just one month), I have been working to
re-establish contact with the organization?s leaders. On Monday,
August 7, 2006, I attended their monthly meeting. On August 14th the
organization?s president asked me to present PACE EH as their
monthly interest topic for the September meeting. Tim Mayer and I
have discussed this and will accept this opportunity to make the
initial PACE EH presentation.
We also plan to be part of their community-wide Health
Fair scheduled for Saturday, September 9th. For the next 3 weeks I will
focus on preparing for this initial meeting.
Work plan and Process Update
|Task 1: Determine
Partnership with the
county government including support from Board of County
Commissioners, Office of Neighborhood Partnership, Code
Enforcement, Natural Resources, Solid Waste, Utilities, Parks
and Recreation Divisions
||Aug. 22, 2006
Partnership with the Skyview community group
Keep Polk County Beautiful
||Aug. 18, 2006
Polk County Sheriff?s Office
||Aug. 25, 2006
other Polk County Health Department divisions
and weaknesses of community outlined.
||Sept. 9, 2006
||Sept. 11, 2006
|Task 2: Define and Characterize
||The area for this
project is known as the Skyview Community. The area is in an
unincorporated part of the county directly adjacent to the City
of Lakeland. *With an area of approximately five square miles,
it has a population of around 5,000. The population is estimated
to be 72% white, 8% black, and 20% Hispanic/Mexican. The
percentage of citizens over 55 years of age is 40% which is very
Residents primarily live in mobile homes although there are
small percentage of older block homes including duplexes and
other rental properties. There is a high concentration of vacant
properties and homes for sale which has led to hazardous and
There are extreme problems with the sewer system as it been in
receivership through the county and finally turned over to the
city of Lakeland (which provides the drinking water) which has
plans to assess the homeowners to hook up to their system. Many
homeowners cannot afford this assessment.
This area has a high concentration of septic systems. Many of
the roads are private, unpaved and in disrepair. Lighting and
sidewalks are an issue.
There are some pockets of crime ? mostly drug related. Crime
statistics forthcoming from the Polk County Sheriff?s Office.
Roaming animals are a nuisance.
The Polk County Code Enforcement division is undergoing a
county-wide makeover which will hopefully help this and other
communities address nuisance properties in their area in a more
*approximate numbers as of 8/15/06
Outline some of the challenges you face in implementing PACE EH in your
selected community. Express any difficulties, challenges or
opportunities you may have encountered with other Government Agencies,
business entities and/or Community organizations, during this reporting
period. Elaborate on how you plan to address these emerging issues.
The community group is very excited about PACE EH and ready for the
process to begin. During the lapse of time due to the position vacancy,
the community may have become discouraged; however, the individuals
present at the August meeting did not indicate any frustrations to
me?they were just happy I was there.
Challenges: I have observed during my conversations
both in person and on the phone with the community president, that she
appears to do all the work herself or with the help of a very small
group (2-3 others and her vice president is in a wheelchair). Together
they have gone door to door. She needs to delegate and involve a much
larger group for this to be successful. I will work with her to develop
some delegation skills and perhaps provide board training.
In addition, my notes indicate that in the 3 years that this community
has been informally monitored, attendance at meetings has gone from
about 60 people to 20. Much work is to be done to attract new members.
The upcoming Health Fair will be a prime opportunity for this.
It is still early in the process to identify other challenges.
Below please find pictures indicative of the Skyview community in its
current state. Next month I will provide pictures from the Health Fair
(September 9) and the PACE EH presentation (September 11).
Media Coverage (.pdf files)
June 13, 2004 -
Groups Can Make A Big Difference
January 13, 2004 -
OKs Help for Combee Residents
December 2, 2003 -
Deluged With Funding Pleas
October 10, 2003 -
Residents Rank Local Concerns
August 3, 2003 -
Asks for Help to Fix Area's Problems
May 4, 2003 -
of Polk community of Combee looking to clean up
April 21, 2003 -
wins grant for health study
April 17, 2003 -
Set to Improve Lakeland's East Side