Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District 

Special Meeting

March 30, 2021 

John Brennaman Center, Bartow FL 


  • The meeting was called to order at 5:40 by Joe Garrison. He led the Pledge of Allegiance and called roll. 

  •  Joe Garrison, Daniel Lanier, Katie Smith and Brett Upthagrove were present. 

  • Daniel Lanier motioned to approve the January minutes, Katie Smith seconded, motion passed. 

  • Joe Garrison started the conversation for appointing a new supervisor since AmyLee Lawrence stepped down from her position. Brett Upthagrove discussed some points for possibly advertising. Katie Smith stated that she had this conversation with Angela Weeks and that advertising pertains to hiring employees, not board appointment. 

  • Katie Smith nominated Stephanie Stidham. She is an analyst at Publix. 

  •  Daniel Lanier nominated David Lawson Jr. He is a local businessman that owns citrus groves, a well and pump service and citrus hedging company. 

  •  There were some discussion and questions from the board for the nominees. 

  •  The board is in a tie vote. Brett Upthagrove and Katie Smith voted for Stephanie Stidham. Daniel Lanier and Joe Garrison voted for David Lawson Jr. 

  • Leah Mears said that she would reach out for guidance in the event of a tie. 

  •  Joe Garrison motioned to adjourn, Katie Smith seconded. Motion passed and the meeting was adjourned at 6:15.