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June 2oth City Commission Meeting Highlights

At their meeting of June 20th the Lakeland City Commission took the following actions:

Diretta Wilcox, and Michael Cliggit were reappointed to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.

Christopher McArthur, was appointed to the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Board.

Tim Mitchell was reappointed and Hugh Autry was appointed to the Midtown Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Board.

Terry Dennis was reappointed to the Planning and Zoning Board.

Doug McInnes was appointed to the Police Officer Retirement Fund – Board of Trustees.

John Shelburne was appointed to the Lakeland Housing Authority.

A lease agreement with Florida Modification Specialists, LLC and Termination of a Lease agreement with Watkin’s ground at the Airport were approved.

A request from Scott Gardner representing Explorations V to release a city  lien on their building was referred to the City Attorney’s office.

Land Use and Zoning land located South of Drane Field Road and East of Hamilton Road to allow for a Lakeland Electric solar panel project were approved.

The Reallocation of Industrial, Office and Commercial uses and a development agreement between the City of Lakeland and Doherty Holdings Second, LLC on property located Northwest of Interstate 4, East of Kathleen Road, South of Griffin Rd.                                                                                                

Zoning and Conditional Use to Allow Chemical and Allied Products Manufacturing on Property Located West of North Combee Road Approximately 1,000 Feet North of Saddle Creek Road was approved.

Airport Ground Transportation Regulations setting forth standards for the performance of commercial ground transportation services; establishing permit and privilege fees for operators of commercial ground transportation services were approved.

A public hearing was scheduled for July 5 on proposed changes for Williams Development of Regional Impact and on providing for issuance of not to exceed $90,000,000 aggregate principal amount of hospital revenue refunding bonds for a loan to Lakeland Regional Health Systems, Inc. and Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Inc.

A permit agreement with H&H Shuttle Services of Polk County, Florida to administer passenger shuttle services at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport was approved.

A fuel charge increase of 15 cents per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after June 30th was approved. An agreement with Atlas Tracks, Inc. for Replacement of Turf at Bryant Stadium was approved.

Acceptance of a Justice Assistance Grant Award for a Domestic Abuse Response Team Coordinator for LPD was approved.

The Operating Agreement with Direct Air was approved.

In action taken after the Utility Committee meeting the City Commission approved an Agreement with TeamworkNET, Inc. for an Arc Flash Hazard Analysis Study to better define what type of Personal Protective Equipment must be provided to properly protect employees when working on or near energized electrical equipment .

In final action a proposed Capacity Release Agreement between the City of Lakeland Florida Municipal Power Association (FMPA) to take over a Service agreement with Gulfstream Natural Gas System LLC. For natural gas transportation capacity was approved.

 


Inaugural Direct Air Flight Press Conference scheduled for Thursday, June 23rd

LAKELAND LINDER REGIONAL AIRPORT

INAUGURAL DIRECT AIR FLIGHT PRESS CONFERENCE

LAKELAND, FL (June 21, 2011) – On Thursday, June 23rd at 2:30 p.m. Lakeland Linder Regional Airport will celebrate the first commercial service arrival of Direct Air Flight 7705 from Hagerstown, MD and Myrtle Beach, SC.

WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.; Flight arrives at 2:45 p.m.

WHO:  City of Lakeland, Direct Air, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Central Florida Tourism & Sports Marketing

WHAT:  Celebrating the first arriving Direct Air flight to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

WHERE:  Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Terminal Building, 3900 Don Emerson Drive, Lakeland, FL 33811


Mornings with the Mayor Scheduled for Friday, July 22nd

MORNINGS WITH THE MAYOR

Face to Face Communications Program

“Accessibility is key to local government and the Mornings with the Mayor program allows residents to express their views, ask questions and provide feedback on issues of concern.”

LAKELAND, FL (June 15, 2011) - Mayor Gow Fields invites local residents to attend the next Mornings with the Mayor event that will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, July 22nd at the north side Golden Corral located at 4705 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland.

Citizens that attend these informal breakfast sessions get to hear from the Mayor about key issues and initiatives taking place within the City before he invites questions from the audience.  This is a chance for residents to converse directly with Mayor Fields on a topic of interest or concern.

Mayor Fields said, “Accessibility is one of the keys to local government and Mornings with the Mayor provides the opportunity for our citizens to share their views, ask questions and provide feedback on issues that are directly affecting them.” He added, “We have successful asked for public engagement during these events and I look forward to spending valuable face to face time with our residents listening to the concerns that they feel are facing our community.”

Those attending will have to pay for their own breakfast.  The Golden Corral features a breakfast buffet with a host of items for around $7. The premise behind the Mornings with the Mayor program is to make elected officials more accessible to residents in the community and to promote one-on-one communications.

This program allows residents an informal and comfortable forum in which to meet with the Mayor to talk about issues, ask questions, voice concerns and offer comments or suggestions.  Mayor Fields said, “It’s also an excellent way for us to gather candid feedback about how people feel things are going in our City; what amenities they particularly enjoy, areas they feel could use improvement, or what they’d like to see in the future.”

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Lakeland Electric Increases Fuel Charge 15 Cents

The Lakeland City Commission voted to increase the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers 15 cents per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after June 30th.  The fuel charge increase was due to an 8% raise in the cost of natural gas since March 2011. The new fuel charge will be $50.65 per 1,000 kWh.  As of June 30th, Lakeland Electric residential customers will pay $110.17 for 1,000 kWh of electricity.

After listening to a staff presentation at the June 20, 2011 Utility Committee Meeting, the Lakeland Electric Utility Committee recommended to increase the current fuel charge.  The City Commission reconvened and approved the recommendation. 

RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh

Past                                Effective June 30, 2011

Base Rate        $  59.52                                   $  59.52

Fuel Charge    $  50.50                                   $  50.65

TOTAL:            $110.02                                   $110.17

With the increase in the fuel charge, Lakeland Electric rates remain at the 4th lowest out of the 37 utilities serving Florida residential customers and the 3rd lowest in Florida for large commercial customers. 

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 to customers. 

Visit www.lakelandelectric.com for more information and to see a residential rate comparison.