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TEMPORARY SOUTHWEST LAKELAND FIRE STATION OFFICIALLY OPENS

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TEMPORARY SOUTHWEST LAKELAND FIRE STATION OFFICIALLY OPENS

 

WHO: Lakeland Fire Department

WHAT: Unveiling of new Fire Engine 71 at the Temporary Southwest Lakeland Fire Station located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

WHY: To provide fire and rescue service to Southwest Lakeland residents and businesses

WHEN: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 9 a.m.

WHERE:  In front of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Terminal at 3900 Don Emerson Drive

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 7, 2013) – The Lakeland Fire Department will officially open the temporary fire facility at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Monday, June 10th at 9 a.m. with an unveiling of the new Fire Engine 71.  The temporary station will house Engine 71 and the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) unit that is dedicated to public safety inside airport property.    The temporary station will house six personnel on a 24-hour rotation with four dedicated to Engine 71 and two dedicated to the ARFF unit.

 

Engine 71 will be dedicated to serving residents and business in the Southwest Lakeland area.  The unit was delivered to the Lakeland Fire Department in early May and then it was outfitted with equipment to get ready for service.  Engine 71 was built in Appleton, Wisconsin by Pierce Manufacturing, a global leader in custom fire trucks and fire apparatus.  The unit is equipped with a 55’ sky boom to assist in elevated aerial firefighting and it will be staffed with at least one paramedic for rescue response.

 

The permanent Fire Station 7 is estimated to be completed summer 2014.  Once the facility is built it will house an additional fire fighting apparatus and 10 personnel on a 24-hour rotation.  Lakeland Fire Chief Gary Ballard said, “Our design team is preparing the bid documents for Station 7 and we expect those packets to be ready later this summer.  We hope to break ground for the new facility by early fall of this year.”  He added, “We are very eager to start providing much needed service to the citizens in Southwest Lakeland and our temporary station will do that until we get our permanent facility built.”

 

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Road Construction Update

Message updated Thursday June 6th 2013

Let them work – let them live. The City of Lakeland Public Works Construction and Maintenance Division wants you to be safe. Speeding through construction and work zones puts you and the workers at risk, so please slow down. The workers might be your family, friends, or neighbors.

City of Lakeland Construction crews will be constructing new sidewalk along the South side of McDonald Street from Johnson Ave to Ingraham Ave.  No major delays anticipated, however, temporary lane closures might be encountered; flagmen will be available to direct traffic if needed. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate route if possible. Construction is scheduled for approximately four weeks.

Public works construction crews will be constructing a recreational path along the South side of Edgewood Drive between Buckingham Ave and Southington Ave. Construction will last approximately three weeks. No major delays are anticipated however, motorist should approach the work zone with caution. 


Crews will be removing the asphalt from Buckingham Ave between Edgewood Blvd and Demington Street and returning it to a brick street. Motorist can expect closures and detours between intersections. This project is expected to last approximately three weeks.

Contact Michael Whigham at 834-3300 with questions and continue to check this number (834-ROAD) for updated information.Contractors working for the City of Lakeland will begin work on Prado Street. Milling of roadway will begin on Monday June 10, 2013. This work will take approximately one week to complete.

 


LAKELAND ELECTRIC BILLING CYCLES WILL CHANGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook

Director of Communications

City of Lakeland

863/834-6264

Twitter @lakelandgov

 

LAKELAND ELECTRIC BILLING CYCLES WILL CHANGE

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 5, 2013) -- Some Lakeland Electric customers will see a change in the date meters are read beginning with bills issued July 1, 2013. Approximately 20% of customers will experience a change in their billing cycle resulting in a new due date for payment.

 

Lakeland Electric General Manager Joel Ivy said, “This change is necessary because Lakeland Electric is modifying its meter reading schedule to accommodate the elimination of manual electric meter reads.”  He added, “This is a direct benefit of the Smart Meter program. However, we will continue reading water meters manually.”

 

Assistant Water Utilities Director Bob Conner said, “We are slowly changing out mechanical water meters with smart technology as older meters fail so at this time we are still conducting manual reads for water meters.”

 

In order to streamline operations and to make water meter routes more efficient, some customers will experience a change from their present read date. Most of the affected customer’s read/bill date will change by as little as four days.  However, a few hundred customers will see changes ranging from 10 to 14 days.

 

For those customers that may have a bill that exceeds a 30 day period and if this bill requires payment assistance, please contact the Lakeland Electric Customer Service Call Center at 863-834-9535. Ivy said, “Staff has the ability to assist customers to help make sure that this one-time change does not adversely affect accounts.”

 

Lakeland Electric is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida.  The utility is also one of the first utilities established in Florida having started operation in 1889.  Today, power is generated at Lakeland Electric’s two main power plants, the 941-megawatt McIntosh Power Plant and the 176-megawatt Larsen Power Plant.  For more information about Lakeland Electric and the services offered, please visit www.lakelandelectric.com.

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Buckingham Ave Brick Street Restoration Project

On June 10th, 2013 City crews will be starting the Buckingham brick street restoration project. Crews will be removing the asphalt from the underlying brick, adjusting driveway elevations and replacing missing areas of brick between Edgewood Blvd and Demington Street. Motorist can expect closures between intersections and detours. This project is expected to last approximately Three weeks.