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CITY COMMISSION CHAMBER CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
MEETINGS HISTORICALLY HELD IN CHAMBERS WILL NOW TAKE PLACE IN LAKELAND ELECTRIC BUILDING CONFERENCE ROOM 1A/1B


LAKELAND, FL (January 12, 2017 - The Lakeland City Commission Chamber located at City Hall (228 S. Massachusetts Avenue) is currently closed in preparation for a renovation project that is part of an overall compliance plan to meet ADA requirements. All meetings historically held in the City Commission Chambers will now take place in the Lakeland Electric Building in Conference Room 1A/1B. The Lakeland Electric Building located at 502 E Lemon Street is directly across from City Hall. The meetings that will be impacted during the construction project include:

  • Code Enforcement Board 
  • Code Enforcement Hearing Officer 
  • Planning and Zoning Board
  • Utility Committee 
  • Board of Adjustments 
  • City Commission Meetings 
  • Agenda Study Meetings 
  • Commission Workshops 
  • Task Force Meetings 

During the construction project these meetings will take place in Conference Room 1A/1B located on the first floor in the Lakeland Electric Building. The impacted meetings will still be broadcast on Charter/Spectrum channel 643, Frontier FiOS channel 43 and streamed live on www.lakelandgov.net.

The Commission Chamber located at City Hall is currently noncompliant with current ADA codes and possess other safety related deficiencies which has left the City in need of correcting these issues. The necessary remodel project will address these deficiencies as well as upgrade antiquated audio and visual components in the Chamber. The project will include ADA access to the dais platform and allow ADA access to areas at and around the dais with ramps and handrails which will be added for access and safety. New public presentation areas will be added as well as upgraded television monitors and TV broadcasting equipment. Additionally, the project will address safety issues and personal protection related to City Commissioner and City Staff. The scope of this work with Henkelman Construction includes: Demo of the existing Dais area; Installation of ramps and handicap railing; Removal and replacement of the dais for ADA and safety modifications; Electrical and Mechanical modifications; Additional ADA seating areas; and Installation of new audio/visual components and TV broadcasting equipment.

Funding for this project is provided for in FY 2017 Public Improvement Fund under ADA projects. The project work is scheduled to begin on January 30th and is estimated to be completed within three months. Cost for the project is $182,281.

The following list are ADA projects that the City of Lakeland has completed over the past two years:

  • New ADA Specialist position approved by City Administration
  • Formal development of ADA Transition Plan ($55,000)*
  • Inventory and evaluation of 15 signalized intersections and 8 miles of sidewalk ($50,000)
  • 388 linear feet of sidewalk replaced to address ADA compliance ($13,700)
  • 235 curb ramps rebuilt to ADA compliance ($292,000)
  • Handicap accessible seating at Bryant Stadium South End Zone ($15,000)
  • Handicap accessible improvements at Lakeland Electric Customer Service ($20,000)
  • Lake Mirror Auditorium Stage Lift ($20,000)
  • Glendale Admin and Warehouse Restrooms ($30,000)
  • City Hall Bathrooms retrofit on 1st Floor ($25,000)
  • City Hall Department Reception Counters ($15,000)
  • Handicap accessible improvements at Iowa Garage Parking ($50,000)

CONTACT:


Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264


LAKELAND ELECTRIC FUEL DECREASE EFFECTIVE JULY 2016

LAKELAND, FL (June 6, 2016) - The Lakeland City Commission voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $2.75 per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after July 1, 2016.  The new fuel charge will be $34.25 per 1,000 kWh. After listening to a presentation at the Monday, June 6th Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended a decrease to the current fuel charge based on fuel forecasts in both the natural gas and coal markets.  With the fuel decrease, Lakeland Electric will have the lowest residential utility rates in the state based on the average use per household calculated at 1,200 kWh per month.

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             $  37.00                     $  34.25 (includes fuel decrease)

TOTAL:                      $100.02                     $ 97.27

 

Base Rate

Customer Charge    $  9.50/month

Energy & Smart charges   $50.99/1000 kWh

Environmental Charge      $  2.53/1000 kWh           

Total Base Charge         $63.02/ 1000 kWh


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.


Public Meeting to discuss My Lakeland Electric Transmission Line Replacement Project - Edgewood Drive to Glendale Street

View Project Overview

Lakeland Electric will be replacing utility poles along three roads in three phases.


Phase One will start at the substation on Glendale Street to New Jersey Road. 

Phase Two will continue on New Jersey Road from Glendale
Street to Edgewood Drive. Phase One and Two construction should be completed between March 2016 to May 2016.

Phase Three will start on Edgewood Drive from South Florida Avenue to New Jersey Road to accommodate the school schedule at Cleveland Court Elementary School. Phase Three construction should be completed between June 2016 to December 2016.

Lakeland Electric will be replacing wood utility poles with steel poles. Wood poles typically have a life expectancy of 30 years. These poles were installed in 1969. Replacing wood poles with steel poles will:

Improve strength of poles, protecting against damage due to future severe storms

Allow the use of larger wires to increase the flow of electricity

Improve reliability

The project requires heavy equipment. Traffic control is required to ensure the public’s and work crew’s safety. During the project, there will be lane and road closures which will cause some detours. Residents and business owners along the detour routes will be allowed to access their homes/businesses during the closures. Message boards and temporary road signs will be used to help inform the public.

If you have questions regarding the project, please contact Dale Tanner at 863.834.6462 or by email at dale.tanner@lakelandelectric.com