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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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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.


Road Construction Updates: May 23, 2013

1. City crews will be installing new sidewalk along North New York Ave between 5th Street and 10th Street. No major delays anticipated however, motorist should approach work zones with caution.

2. 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 may 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 4 weeks.

3. Public works construction crews are continuing to work on constructing a recreational path along the South side of Edgewood Drive between Buckingham Ave and Southington Ave. No major delays are anticipated however motorist should approach the work zone with caution.

Contact Michael Whigham at 834-3300 with questions and continue to check this number (834-ROAD) for updated information.

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