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POLK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
March PACE-EH Update
Assistant Director, Division of Environmental Health
From: Jill Weinischke
Community Assistance Specialist
Subject: Skyview PACE-EH Updates
The attendance at each monthly Skyview Neighborhood
Association meeting continues to increase. The community business
meeting is very short allowing time for guest speakers and PACE
During March, three beautification projects were
conducted. The first, Operation Clean Sweep was held on Saturday, March
3rd. This was a FREE curbside pick up of large bulky items and tires.
The residents expressed their thanks to the county for doing this pick
up. The communication plan to residents was multi-tiered and included a
resident mailing by the Office of Neighborhood Partnerships and a door
to door campaign targeted at residents with visible code enforcement
violations. During the door to door campaign, we received feedback from
residents that they did not receive the mail out. In addition, the
nearly 700 residents who reside in area mobile home communities did not
receive notices either as they were all sent to the MHP managers with
little to no distribution. The PACE coordinated door to door campaign
was what made the clean up a success. The second project was held on
March 10th and was the communitys Great American Cleanup activity.
Keep Polk County Beautiful had to order a second tire roll-off as we
filled the first one in 2 hours (we were aggressive with targeting tire
recycling notices). Skyviews third beautification project was a KIDZ
CLUB planting project held Saturday, March 24th. Close to 70 youngsters
and a few parents assisted with planting trees, flowers, and shrubs
along side streets off Skyview Drive, Reynolds Road and a 39 circle
along Goodyear and Jupiter streets. Volunteers and local businesses
supported the project through donations and preparing food for the
Work plan and Process Update
|Task 1: Determine
partnerships with the various city and county governments as
well as supporting non-profit agencies which serve the area
Potential strengths and weaknesses of community outlined.
community meeting conducted.
||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. There is a higher than average (for Polk
County) population of seniors aged 55 and older.
Staff have photo documented the area and identified areas
with significant code enforcement concerns.
||Dec. 22, 2006
Assemble a Community-based Environmental Health Assessment Team
currently has a technical advisory committee which will serve in
this capacity. As partners surface, they will be included in the
Task 4: Define the Goals, Objectives, and Scope of the
survey will help us better define the community assessment.
April 30, 2007
Task 5: Generate a list of Environmental Health Issues
1st, our Environmental Health office is scheduled to
mail a survey to 500 randomly selected residents. This survey
was used in the past with 2 other communities in our county so
it only had to be revised slightly. We will coordinate with
local businesses to supply gift certificates and prizes to send
to residents who complete the survey.
Phase I completed
(Phase II is
going door to door)
February 1, 2007
April 30, 2007
beginning of our involvement with Skyview, residents have
indicated that Cleaning Up their neighborhoods is a priority.
See task 11 for more details.
||May 7, 2007
Set Priorities for Action
Representatives from Code Enforcement, Office of Neighborhood
Partnerships in conjunction with Keep Polk County Beautiful, the
Sheriffs Dept and PACE EH have all been involved with education
as it relates to how residents can take back their community and
address sanitary nuisances, trash, overgrown lots, tires, etc.
which litter the neighborhoods represented in this community.
Operation Clean Sweep
March 3, 2007
May 7th mtg.
Survey: With regard to the survey we are optimistic
that 20% of our 500 randomly selected residents will return the
surveys. Our efforts are ongoing with a Phase II planned with
college students to boost the survey results. Dr. Estevez and
Southeastern University Social Work students will meet with PACE
coordinator during first week of April to discuss plan of action for
Camera malfunction. We are hoping to retrieve pictures.
Also, a media representative took lots of pix and interviewed PACE
coordinator and kids at length. We anticipate the good news issue to
come out in the near future and will attach at that time.
Media Coverage (.pdf files)
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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