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Lake City Report for December 11th

From the desk of the City Manager

City Manager Wendell JohnsonReclaimed Water System: The City Utility Board met on December 8, 2009 and considered a Staff proposal to withdraw the $1,331,000 from the Water/Sewer Construction Trust Fund to complete Phase Two.  The Board made a unanimous recommendation for approval of the funds as requested and the matter will be considered by the City Council during the next regular meeting on December 21, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. (More on the reclaimed water system is available here)

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Airport Terminal Project:  Construction of the City’s new, 6,000 SF Multi-Use Airport Terminal Building and associated infrastructure is moving forward as planned.  Funding sources for this project will be from FDOT aviation project funds, the FAA Airport Improvement Program, and the City Airport Construction Account.  The projected cost of the project is $1,800,000 and Passero Associates, LLC is the design Architect.

Passero has completed all design work, prepared bid documents and advertised for bids. A mandatory pre-bid meeting was held at the existing airport terminal on November 20, 2009 with bid openings on December 18, 2009 at City Hall.

A staff proposal for construction bid award will be presented to the Council in January 2010 and construction activity is expected to begin in February 2010.

Blanche Hotel:   A letter was recently received on behalf of the Downtown Development Trust which owns the Blanche Hotel.   With the letter, the City and any of its agents, employees, or designated representatives were granted full and complete access to the Hotel.   The authority includes access by structural engineers, architects, appraisers, or other professionals the City wishes to engage in order to evaluate the building acquisition and/or development relationship potential.  The Staff will request Council consideration for services of a structural engineer during the December 21, 2009 meeting.
(More on the Blanche is available here)

CHRISTMAS PARADE:  Thanks to all the staff who contributed to the effort in the Annual Christmas Parade!  Great Job!

The City Staff Report is available in pdf format here.


Lake City Manager Wendell Johnson is on a roll with the Lake City Reports. See what the Lake City government is up to. If you are curious to know how many record requests were handled by the Sunshine Girls, or are interested in how many police calls were handled by the Lake City police department*, or even how many gallons of water Steve Robert's state of the art water plant pumped, the Lake City reports is the place to go.
* There is no  police report for Dec. 11th


City Staff Report
 • December 11, 2009