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Volunteers sought for County Sidewalk Advisory Committee

Group Expected to Advocate for Better Pedestrian Infrastructure

A general lack of sidewalks on county roads in eastern Polk County may serve as motivation for local residents who would like to become advocates.

Polk County commissioners are looking for volunteers who would like to serve on the county's Sidewalk Advisory Committee. The 12-member advisory committee assists the Board in determining the priority of locations for new sidewalks to be built throughout the county.

Five members of the committee are appointed by the Board, with each board member appointing one member. Five members are county staff selected by the county manager, one member represents the Polk County School Board and the final member is a staff member of the Polk Transportation Planning Organization.

Numerous county roads in the Lake Wales/Frostproof area lack sidewalks, and county budgets are generally underfunded for the purpose.

Terms for members of the Sidewalk Advisory Committee are for three years, with members eligible to be re-appointed for one additional term. Members appointed by a commissioner must be approved by the board prior to serving.

The Sidewalk Advisory Committee generally meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the County Administration Building in Bartow. Those interested in becoming a member of the Polk County Sidewalk Advisory Committee are asked to submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by the close of business on Tuesday, August 15, 2023.


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