UPDATE: If you’re going to Lakeland City Hall to meet with an individual, plan to arrive a few minutes early. New security measures that take effect April 30 will require visitors to sign in, receive a visitor pass and wait for an escort for individual meetings. No check-in or escort will be required to attend public meetings.
Sixty percent of Lakeland Electric’s residential customers are subsidizing the other 40 percent, a member of the city’s Utility Committee contends. Those 60 percent are the customers who live outside city limits, and Joe Childs, their one official representative on the 13-member committee, pushed unsuccessfully for a plan to bring more equity in billing when the committee met today.
Michael Maguire analyzes spending in last year’s city of Lakeland elections in his blog, The City Zen Ship, and concludes that money didn’t always dictate the outcome. If money had been the deciding factor, he notes, Jorge Fonseca would have been in a runoff with Larry Durrence for the southwest seat on the City Commission instead of Michael Dunn. Instead, Dunn made it into the runoff and, with a supercharged fund-raising effort in the final sprint, was able to get elected.
City commissioners are preparing for the 2019 fiscal year in a two-day planning retreat that ends today in the Hollingsworth Room of the RP Funding Center. (Agenda | Watch it live beginning at 8:15 a.m. | Download the staff presentations for Tuesday and today.)
Tuesday’s topics included the results of a citizen’s survey, efficiency, the local economy and downtown development. Today’s topics include quality of life, growth management and economic opportunity. Here are some of Tuesday’s highlights posted to social media:
Lakeland Electric General Manager Joel Ivy said the city would get “more bang for the buck” with the used turbine and its $26 million installation cost over repairing McIntosh Unit 2 or buying power from other utilities for peak demand times. The vote was 5-2, with Commissioners Dunn and Troller dissenting.
City commissioners said red-light cameras improve safety by changing driver behavior as they voted 6-1 to extend the city’s contract with camera provider American Traffic Solution of Arizona for five years. Commissioner Michael Dunn dissented. | The contract | Data map: yearly collisions at red-light camera intersections