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Lake City Report - Jan 22, 2010

Lake City Airport Terminal moving ahead
Blanche Hotel and Bond Debt remain on City Manager's docket

From City Manager Wendell Johnson

Lake City Airport Terminal Project - City looking for 95% funding from FAA

With the Assistance of Passero Associates, an application was submitted early this week to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requesting grant funding for Airport site improvements, security fence upgrades, access road improvements, and a 14,860 SF Apron expansion.

These improvements are associated with the new terminal project and the application to FAA is to fund 95% of the construction costs of $884,503.20.  

The Staff anticipates a favorable response to be received from FAA before the end of April 2010.

If approved, Staff will formulate a construction budget for presentation to Council along with a recommendation for contract award during April.

Blanche Hotel - structural evaluation getting closer

A site visit from Jones Edmunds Engineering (JE) representatives is scheduled to finalize arrangements for a structural assessment of the Blanche.  

The JE Engineer will perform the preliminary site assessment on January 28, 2010 in conjunction with another evaluation by the City Fire Marshall and Building Official.

A formal services proposal will be prepared by JE for City Council consideration and action on February 15, 2010.

Bond Debt - staff review continues

As I reported last week, the Staff continues the evaluation of the City’s bond refunding opportunities and capital financing needs.

As of this report, current market conditions and upcoming early redemption provisions of the City’s existing bonds allow the option to refund and restructure most existing debt, while facilitating the issuance of new money debt to fund need capital needs within the general fund and sewer utilities system.

A proposal will be made to the City Council for consideration on February 15, 2010.

Annual Employee Awards Banquet getting closer

The City awards banquet will be held this coming Friday, January 29th, at the Country Club from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. 

The City Staff Report is available in pdf format here.


This week's staff report features  highlighted weekly police statistics from Police Chief Gilmore on page no. 4.


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.


City Staff Report
 • January 22, 2010

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