POWER POLE DISPUTE: Lakeland Electric leaders say it’s cheaper and more efficient to hire an outside company rather than new employees to get caught up on replacing power poles. But a labor union says the city is opening itself to a $2.6 million legal judgment if it goes ahead. City commissioners Monday delayed a decision on contracting with Pike Electric (view the contract) in order to see if their attorney can get from 80 percent to 100 percent sure they’re on solid legal ground.

IRMA FLOODING: Property owners along Pineville Lane northwest of Lakeland (map) are still tearing out wallboard with black mold after homes were flooded when Winston Creek swelled during Hurricane Irma.

Source: The Ledger

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