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Lake City Report - April 9, 2010
Demolition and Redevelopment top the list

From City Manager Wendell Johnson

Old City Hall Demolition

The City Council  approved a contract with A & A [Trucking and] Excavating to perform the work for $49,794.

It is anticipated that demolition of the building will be completed no later than May 15, 2010.

Community Redevelopment Plan

The IBI Group, Inc. was chosen by the CRA as the top ranked firm to prepare the Plan Update. The City Staff has completed negotiations with IBI representatives for a not-to-exceed fee of $94,100 and the contract was approved by the Community Redevelopment Agency and City Council on April 5, 2010.

The work will begin on or about April 12, 2010 and the plan update process will take approximately six (6) months.

This project will require substantial public input and notices of community meetings will be coming soon.

Fleet Management Services

The City has a general purpose vehicle fleet of over 100 vehicles which serve the needs of all Departments with exception of public safety. The average age of the fleet is 10.5 years with many vehicles in excess of 15 years old.

The City is evaluating the feasibility of a structured Fleet Leasing and Management Program designed to enhance annual operating and maintenance costs and to improve the overall fleet image.

The City solicited proposals from qualified Fleet Leasing and Management Firms during the period February and March 2010. Three proposals were received by the March 18, 2010 deadline and considered by the Evaluation Committee.  Enterprise Fleet Services was ranked as the top firm and will make a public presentation for consideration of the City Council on April 19, 2010.

City Water and Sewer Utility Rates

Notifications of rate adjustments to affected customers were distributed with utility bills during February and March.

City Ordinance 2010-1199 was adopted on first reading by the City Council on April 5, 2010 and will be presented during the second public hearing on April 19, 2010.

If the Ordinance is approved, new rates will go into effect June 2010.

City Budget for FY 2011

Read the City Manager's 2010 Budget and Administrative Report • here.

The City Council initiated the budget review process for Fiscal Year 2011 with a workshop on March 29, 2010.

An array of operating cost reduction and revenue enhancement options were presented and discussed by the Council and Staff during the workshop.

In continuing the FY 2011 budget process, the Council agreed to meet at three-week intervals during the coming months and the next workshop is “tentatively” scheduled for April 19, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

 During the next workshop the City Staff will present a mid-year report of the current FY 2010 Budget and provide preliminary revenue and expense projections for FY 2011 for Council discussion.

Correction: At 12:25 pm on April 10, 2010 the Observer added the words [Trucking and] in the first par, which were missing from Mr. Johnson's report.

The City Staff Report is available in pdf format here.

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City Staff Report
 • Week ending April 9, 2010