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Road Work at East Edgewood Drive and South Florida Ave Begins March 21st!

On Monday, March 21 at 11:00 p.m. contractors working for the City of Lakeland will begin milling East Edgewood Drive from South Florida Avenue going east towards Troy Avenue. Work is expected to take 5 hours to complete.

On Tuesday, March 22, City of Lakeland Crews will be constructing a concrete median along E Edgewood Dr. beginning at 8:00 a.m. This work is planned to take a week to complete weather permitting.

On Monday, March 28, contractors working for the City of Lakeland will begin paving the roadway at 8:00 a.m. Delays again are expected. This work is expected to take 8 hours to complete.

Roads will remain open during the process; however delays are likely. Residents are asked to look for alternate routes and if traveling the work zone please use caution.


The Lakeland City Commission voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $3.35 per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after April 1, 2016.  The new fuel charge will be $37.00 per 1,000 kWh. After listening to a presentation at the Monday, March 7th Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended a decrease to the current fuel charge based on fuel forecasts in both the natural gas and coal markets. 

RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh

Current                    New Rates – Effective April  1, 2016

Base Charge            $  63.02         $  63.02 (includes environmental charges)

Fuel Charge             $  40.35        $  37.00 (includes fuel decrease)

TOTAL:                      $103.37         $100.02

 

Base Rate

Customer Charge               

$  9.50

Energy & Smart charges   

$50.99/1000 kWh

Environmental Charge         

$  2.53/1000 kWh           

         Total Base Charge         

$63.02/ 1000 kWh 

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 April 2016 fuel charge decrease will continue to be one of the lowest in the state. Visit www.lakelandelectric.com for more information on Lakeland Electric services and visit www.publicpower.com to see residential rate comparisons.


 

The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce the coming launch of ePlan, a web-based electronic and document workflow solution that allows customers and staff to initiate and complete the plan submission, review, markup, and approval process.  Unlike the current paper-based system, ePlan brings potential savings and efficiencies, including:

  • Submission of plans electronically from the customer's office, 24 hours a day / 365 days a year;
  • Concurrent reviews of plans by all professional and trade disciplines;
  • Reviewer markups made directly on the plans to provide direction and clarity as to any items which require correction;
  • Resubmission of corrected and revised plans electronically, with overlay comparison tools easing subsequent reviews;
  • Real-time return of approved, stamped plans once fees are paid.

When an applicant (architect, engineer, consultant, contractor, etc.) submits an application for a permit or project which requires drawings, ePlan will invite the applicant to upload the electronic plans and all relevant schedules and documents.  City review staff will have simultaneous access to review the plans and mark them with corrections and comments affording clearer communication by and between staff and applicant.  The applicant is notified of the changes requested and once made the plans are electronically resubmitted.


Ready to get started?  So are we.

Beginning Monday, March 14, 2016, applicants for building permits, concept and site plan review, whether application is made in-person or througheTRAKiT, will be invited to upload their plans to ePlan once the application is received.  The invitation will include login information and a link to the specific permit or planning project for which application was made.  A wealth of assistance including step-by-step tutorials has been created and will be accessible through the ePlan system.

HAVE QUESTIONS?  Don't hesitate to contact us!


Lakeland Police Participate in Click it or Ticket Safety Belt Enforcement Wave


LAKELAND, FL (March 1, 2016) - The Lakeland Police Department will join with departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs from March 1, 2016 thru March 14, 2016 at midnight.

Officers from the Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring our roadways for safety belt usage and issuing citations during this campaign and citations for failure to wear your seat belt. The fine is $114 .00. It only takes two (2) seconds to “click” your seat/safety.

Florida State Statute 316.614 specifically addresses seat belt usage and the following information is being provided /disseminated in advance of the event to educate the public on seat/safety belt usage. It is unlawful for any person:  To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless each passenger and the Operator of the vehicle under the age of eighteen (18) years are restrained by a safety belt or by a child restraint device pursuant to Florida State Statute 316.613 , if applicable; or To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless the person is restrained by a safety belt. It is unlawful for any person eighteen (18) years of age or older to be a passenger in the front seat of a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt when the vehicle is in motion.

The ”Click it or Ticket” initiative is designed to increase public safety awareness about the us age of seat/safety belt usage and our goal with participating in this campaign is two (2) fold; to gain compliance with State law, and to save lives.