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At the City Commission meeting held December 19th the Commission took the following action:

  • The updated adopted Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Master Plan was approved .
  • Land use was assigned for land located at the end of the City’s Airport Runway 9-27 .
  • The Five Year Schedule of Capital Improvements of the Lakeland Comprehensive Plan was approved.
  • A Low Turnover Restaurant on Property Located at 1037 Dixieland Mall Lane was approved.
  • Revisions and Requirements for elective plan options for the Employees Pension Plan was approved.
  • Changes to the boundaries of the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District were approved.
  • The uniform method of collection to collect all unpaid Non-Ad Valorem assessments imposed in calendar year 2011 and prior years was approved.
  • Assessments in the amount of $13,899.00 for demolitions at 1106 N.& Vermont Av. 1117 Anderson Av. were approved.
  • An agreement with West Lake Management, LLC for tenant relocation services for Lincoln Square Apartments was approved.
  • Renewal of City Health Plan Reinsurance policy was approved.
  • Award of Bid #1319 to Rodda Construction Inc. in the amount of $879,540.00 for the Solid Waste building renovation and addition was approved.
  • The City Manager and City Attorney and their assistants compensation increase of 1.5% was approved.
  • An ordinance creating the City of Lakeland firefighters’ retirement system was scheduled for a public hearing at the January 3rd commission meeting.
  • A maintenance agreement with FDOT for upkeep of roadside areas and median strips at various locations was approved .
  • Naming unnamed private streets within Beacon Hill Colony mobile home park were approved.
  • Resolution 4192, excepting certain positions from Civil Service was approved.
  • The employer contribution of 15.39% of compensation on behalf of each member of the City of Lakeland defined contribution plan was approved.
  • Extension of equipment lease purchase agreement for Elgin Street Sweepers with 1st Source Bank was approved.
  • The Mid-Florida Credit Union development and disposition agreement for the renovation of the Federal Building located at the corner of Lemon and Tennessee Avenues was approved.
  • The discussion of an employment agreement with City Attorney was postponed.
  • An equipment lease purchase agreement with Leasing 2, Inc. for Elgin street sweepers.
  • The authorization to implement 2.5% increase for eligible regular full-time non-union employees in conjunction with pension plan reform initiatives was approved.
  • A decrease in the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers of $5.70 per 1,000 kWh effective for residential customers’ meters read on or after January 3, 2012 was approved .


In final action, an agreement for consulting services for support of electric system North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Florida Reliability Coordination Council (FRCC) compliance was approved.
















LAKELAND, FL (December 20, 2011) – Chabad Jewish Center invites members of the Polk County community at large to participate in the second annual public Menorah lighting in downtown Lakeland. The fun starts Tuesday at 5:00pm at Kryger Overlook Park, which is located at 108 S Massachusetts Ave, corner Main St in Lakeland.

Attendees will enjoy lively Chanukah music, chocolate Chanukah Gelt (coins), a Menorah kit and Dreidel to take home, and activities such as face painting, balloons, guess the Dreidels game, arts & crafts and a raffle. Hot, delicious homemade Latkes (potato pancakes) with applesauce and warm beverages will be served, compliments of Chabad. Hot dogs, Sufganiyot (Israeli-style jelly donuts), cotton candy and beverages will be available for sale.

At 6:00 p.m. the giant 9-foot Menorah will be kindled, overlooking beautiful Lake Mirror, followed by a few words from our honored guests, Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

This is a community-wide public event and admission is free.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to volunteer to help at the event, please contact Chabad Jewish Center at (863) 510-5968.

LAKELAND, FL (December 19, 2011) - The Lakeland City Commission voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $5.70 per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after January 3, 2012.  The new fuel charge will be $44.20 per 1,000 kWh.  Starting January 3, 2012 Lakeland Electric residential customers will pay $103.72 for 1,000 kWh of electricity.

After listening to a staff presentation at the December 19, 2011 Utility Committee Meeting, the Lakeland Electric Utility Committee recommended to decrease the current fuel charge based on favorable fuel prices.  The City Commission reconvened and unanimously approved the recommendation. 



Current               New Rates – Effective January 3, 2012

Base Rate        $ 59.52                                   $ 59.52

Fuel Charge    $ 49.90                                   $ 44.20

TOTAL:            $109.42                                  $103.72


As of January 3, 2012, Lakeland Electric’s residential rates will be the second lowest in the state and the utility’s larger commercial customers will experience the lowest rates in Florida.

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 for more information on the utility including programs such as eBill paperless billing, Re-Energize Lakeland appliance rebates and Project Care.





Monday, December 12th, 6:30 – 8:00pm


The City of Lakeland’s Coleman-Bush Building will be celebrating their 36th year serving the community on Monday, December 12th. Doors will open at 6:30 PM for the Holiday Extravaganza, showcasing the various programming and activities available at the facility. The public is invited to stop by and celebrate the holiday season through performances, raffles and various class demonstrations. Enjoy refreshments and a fun evening recognizing the Coleman-Bush Building’s rich history and all of the many services it provides to the Lakeland community. 

Members from the Parks & Recreation Department will be there to answer any questions you might have.  Call the Coleman-Bush office for more information at (863) 834-3350.