Sidewalk Advisory Committee

The Sidewalk Advisory Committee evaluates new sidewalk needs throughout Polk County and prioritizes projects for funding that are recommended to the Board of County Commissioners as part of the annual budgeting process.

Sidewalk Advisory Committee meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month beginning in January and continue until the prioritized list of new sidewalk projects is finalized for submission to the Board, usually in July or August.

Board Members

  • John Hansen, Commissioner District 1
  • Anthony Lawrence, Commissioner District 2
  • Edwin Vetter, Commissioner District 3
  • Charlotte Thomas, Commissioner District 3
  • Shannon Dwyer, Commissioner District 5
  • Wade Allen, Polk County Roads & Drainage
  • Amy Gregory, Polk County Roads & Drainage
  • Joe Montoya, Polk County Roads & Drainage
  • Greg Hentschel, Polk CountyLand Development
  • Julia Davis, Transportation Planning Organization (TPO)
  • Larry Hermes, Polk County School Board
  • Sgt. Michael Bissett, Polk County Sherriff's Office

Non-Member Liaison

  • Bill Skelton, Polk County Roads & Drainage

  • For more information, contact Bill Skelton at BillSkelton@polk-county.net, or at (863) 535-2200.

    Qualifications for Board Members / How to Apply

    The Sidewalk Advisory Committee includes five public members appointed by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners; as well as four Roads & Drainage Division staff, and one representative each from the Polk Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), the Polk County School Board, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

    Each Commissioner of the Board shall appoint one member to the Committee. All appointments to the Sidewalk Advisory Committee are repealed and replaced with the appointments and terms of membership adopted by resolution. The Committee elects a chair and vice-chair from its membership annually, and the chair and vice-chair may serve successive terms. Members appointed to the Committee shall serve a term of three years. Reappointments for additional terms are permitted.

    Meeting schedules and agenda

    Sidewalk Advisory Committee meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. in Room 413 on the fourth floor of the Combee Administration Building located at 330 West Church Street in Bartow, Florida. Meetings are open to the public.

    2017 Meeting Schedule
    Date Agenda Presentations Minutes
    January 2017 View Candidate Projects - Street Lighting View
    February 2017 View Candidate Projects - Street Lighting View
    March 2017 View Candidate Projects - Street Lighting View
    April 2017 View Candidate Projects - Street Lighting View
    May 2017 View Candidate Projects - Street Lighting View
    June 2017 View Candidate Projects View
    July 2017 View Candidate Projects -  Candidate Ratings View
    October 2017 View Candidate Projects -  Street Lighting View
    November 2017 View Candidate Projects -  Street Lighting View
    December 2017 View Street Lighting
    Past Meetings

    Exhibits and Project Data

    2018 Sidewalk Advisory Committee Schedule
    FY 17-18 SAC Priority Chart
    FY 16-17 SAC Priority Chart
    FY 15-16 SAC Priority Chart
    2017 Sidewalk Rating Form
    Street Lighting Rating Form
    Polk County Sidewalk Advisory Committee Resolution
    Polk County Sidewalk Advisory Committee Roster
    Clubhouse Road Safety Summary Report

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