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LPD CHIEF GIDDENS COMPLAINTS BY RETIRED OFFICER MOCK DETERMINED TO BE UNFOUNDED – GIDDENS EXONERATED

LAKELAND, FL (April 10, 2014) - City Manager Doug Thomas recently completed the internal investigation associated with retired Police Officer Jimmy Mock’s complaint against Chief Giddens and Lisa Womack.   The allegations made by Mr. Mock against Chief Giddens were determined to be unfounded in two instances and Chief Giddens was exonerated in the third allegation.  Lisa Womack was exonerated in the sole allegation made against her by Mr. Mock.   

Thomas said, “We fully investigated the allegations made by Mr. Mock through the Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards and after complete review, the findings prove to be unfounded on two of the allegations and Chief Giddens was exonerated in the third allegation.”  He added, “We take these allegations very seriously and we continue to push the Department to be the best that they can be.  We are in the final stages of completing the other internal investigation involving a complaint against Chief Giddens and that investigation is expected to be concluded and released to the media next week.” 

Please find attached a copy of the Investigative Report Summary, as well as the related Findings and Recommended Action Forms to Chief Giddens and Lisa Womack.  Also attached is a copy of the transmittal letter to Mr. Mock informing him of the findings of the investigation. 

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LAKELAND ELECTRIC FUEL CHARGE INCREASE EFFECTIVE MAY 2014  

 

LAKELAND, FL (April 7, 2014) - The Lakeland City Commission voted to increase the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $2.50 cents per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after May 1, 2014.  The new fuel charge will be $43.35 per 1,000 kWh. 

 

After listening to a presentation at the Monday, April 7th Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended an increase to the current fuel charge based on fuel forecasts that indicates growing natural gas prices for the upcoming year. 

 

 

RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh

 

Current                        New Rates – Effective May 1, 2014

Base Charge    $  59.64                       $  59.64 (includes environmental charges)

Fuel Charge     $  40.85                       $  43.35 (includes fuel increase)

TOTAL:             $100.49                       $102.99

 

The base rate includes environmental compliance charges that are directly related to federal and state initiatives regarding clean air and water mandates. Most of the expenses are related to energy production and include air emission controls, water quality monitoring and capital spending for equipment necessary to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act. 

 

Lakeland Electric bills are broken out for customer convenience in detail to show the base charge, fuel charge and appropriate taxes and service charges.  The fuel charge on a utility bill is exactly that, the actual costs for fuel used to generate the amount of electricity used within your residence.  Most utilities subscribe to the same billing practice and break out the base rate and the fuel charge for their customers. There is no mark-up in fuel.  In fact, fuel is a straight pass-through charge to customers. 

 

Based on Florida Municipal Electric Association data, Lakeland Electric’s residential rates after the May 1, 2014 fuel charge increase will be the continue to be the lowest in the state. Visit www.lakelandelectric.com for more information and to see a residential rate comparison.

 

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Two officers with the Lakeland Police Department are gearing up to participate in the 2014 Police Unity Tour. On May 9th, Lieutenant Mike Moran, a 23-year veteran and Sergeant Mike Lewis, a 14-year veteran, will once again set out on a bike ride that will span three days and 250 miles from Portsmouth, VA to Washington, DC. The annual event’s primary purpose is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. The tour also raises funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum in Washington, D.C.  This year’s ride will be the 3rd for Lt. Moran and the 2nd for Sgt. Lewis. The pair of riders have been training all year for the ride.


“I am an avid cyclist and also passionate about law enforcement and recognizing the officers that have given their lives for this career,” said Lewis.

Close to their minds and hearts will be fallen officers. Lt. Moran will be riding in memory of Master Deputy Shane Robbins, from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.  The 15-year veteran died in the line of duty on April 26, 2013 when he was involved in a single-vehicle crash.  Sgt. Lewis will be riding to honor the memory of Officer Michael Crain, an 11-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department in California.  Officer Crain was shot and killed in the line of duty after being ambushed at a red light on February 3, 2013. Both Moran and Lewis will wear a metal bracelet with the fallen officer’s name engraved in it. Once arriving at the memorial site, they will present the family members with the bracelets.  

“When you ride into the police memorial in Washington, DC and see the faces of the family that you are riding for, it’s heart wrenching,” said Moran.  “But it’s also amazing when you get to meet the family and see how thankful they are for us remembering their loved one. It’s one of the most gratifying things I’ve done in my life.”

Both will also wear a small memento in honor of their own fallen comrade, Officer Arnulfo Crispin. Crispin was shot in the line of duty on December 18, 2011 and succumbed to his injuries three days later.  “The reason I joined the tour in 2012 was to honor the memory of Arnie,” said Moran. Officer Crispin’s family will be there in Washington to greet Moran, Lewis and the other riders participating in the tour.

Riders in the Unity Tours are either police officers or family members of fallen officers. Officer Lewis shared a memory from his first Unity Tour where a woman who was riding in memory of her husband. The woman began to struggle after about 70 miles into the ride. He watched as another officer whom she had never met put his hand on her back and pushed her for the next 40 miles so that she would not be dropped from the ride. “Riding a bike for 110 miles is impressive, but to push another rider for that distance was simply amazing to witness and truly in the spirit of the tour,” said Lewis.

Started in 1997 with only 18 riders, the event has grown to include over 1,700 riders from all over the United States. In total the event has raised almost $14 million for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  Each year the ride culminates at during National Police Memorial week in Washington, DC.  Riders all converge at the same time at the National Law Enforcement memorial where thousands of family members of fallen officers and law enforcement supporters are waiting.

For each officer to participate they must raise $2,000.  Half of the money covers the expenses of the ride and the other half goes directly to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.  If you would like to support these two officers, you can make a donation through their fundraising websites.

Sgt. Lewis’ fundraising website:  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/MLewis/2014

 

Lt. Moran’s fundraising website:  https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/moranpoliceunitytour/2014

 

 

 

 





SIGN UP FOR LAKELAND ELECTRIC eSERVICES

VIEW CONSUMPTION, PAY ONLINE & RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS

 

LAKELAND, FL (April 3, 2014) - Lakeland Electric’s website has recently undergone a facelift. The site features an eServices Portal that allows users to conduct a number of business functions and monitor usage from any convenient location. 

 

Signing-up for eServices is really as easy as 1, 2, 3 on lakelandelectric.com.  

1.    Customers will need their Lakeland Electric account number listed on their utility statement.

2.    Provide the last four digits of your social security number or if the account is related to a business, then the Federal ID number.

3.    Lastly, select the correct picture from the prompt and then you are ready to start discovering the eServices portal.

 

Customers who sign-up for eServices can review their utility bill details and pay online. They can view their current statement, previous balance and transaction history.  Users can check their monthly carbon footprint and conduct business like disconnect service, transfer service to another address and for our winter visitors, they can restart their service all online.

 

Because of the integration with smart meters, eService users can view real time consumption (kWh and estimated dollar levels) at monthly, daily and hourly intervals. Lakeland Electric customers can also enroll in a new notification program through eServices.  Customers can receive text messages, emails or even voice mail messages on their devices about outages and restoration efforts.

 

 

Storm season is fast approaching and customers are encouraged to sign-up for Lakeland Electric notifications today so they will know if their power is out due to weather related issues.  Right now the customer notifications include outage messages that will let customers know that the power is out and when their power is restored. In the very near future, customers will be able to receive additional messages that will help them manage their electric service.  Customers can choose to have their notifications in either English or Spanish and they can receive notifications on multiple devices. 

 

Sign-up for eServices today to make your life easier and monitor your energy consumption because smarter power is in your hands. 

 

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