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Lake City Report - May 21, 2010
Bonds - Grants - Wastewater - Engineers

From City Manager Wendell Johnson

Capital Improvements:

The City's Series 2000 Sales Tax Bond refunding process was completed this week. $2,000,000 in new revenue for general fund capital projects is available.

The Staff will move aggressively to develop the capital improvement schedule for streets, curbing, sidewalks and storm water upgrades and intends to begin work within the next 90 – 120 days. 

These funds will be dedicated to those areas of the City having the most critical need and will be prioritized for Council consideration.

Neighborhood Revitalization Block Grant

To supplement this effort the Staff has initiated discussion with the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council representatives to discuss application for a Community Development “Neighborhood Revitalization” Block Grant.  The initial meeting is scheduled for next week. This would be a $750,000 grant.

Kicklighter Waste Water Treatment Plant: 

The City Finance Team and Raymond James & Associates, Inc. continue the refunding process for the Series 1998A and 2000 Utilities Revenue Bonds.

$18,000,000 of new money is expected for the Kicklighter Treatment Plant and various improvements to the St. Margaret’s Street Plant. Funding arrangements should be completed during of July 2010.

The City has received eight responses to the Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for professional engineering services. The request, RFQ-017-2010, is available here.

Proposals were submitted by:

1. Jones Edmunds – Gainesville, FL.
2. CPH Engineers – Jacksonville, FL
3. URS – Lake City, FL
4. Chastain – Skillman – Lakeland, FL
5. Hatch Mott – Jacksonville, FL
6. Eutaw Utilities – Tallahassee, FL
7. Mittalier & Associates – Orange Park, FL.
8. WET Engineering – Jacksonville, FL

A Staff committee will complete the evaluation of these proposals and make a recommendation at the June 21, 2010 Council meeting to award the contract.

The design process will take about six months and we hope to begin construction in the first quarter of 2011.

The City Staff Report is available in pdf format here.

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City Staff Report
 • Week ending May 21, 2010