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Lake City Report - Aug. 27, 2010
Jefferson wins - Ward is back - LC is rolling along

From City Manager Wendell Johnson


Congratulations to Councilman Eugene Jefferson on his win in the Primary Election and to Councilman George Ward's return to Council for another 4-year term. 

Utility System Construction Revenue

The City Financial Team completed the “Build America Bond” closing this week and all went as expected. The utility system construction funds ($18 million) were deposited in the City’s account on August 25th.

The Council has approved the engineering services contract with Hatch Mott MacDonald Inc. for final design of the new Kicklighter Road Waste Water Treatment Plant and the engineering work is underway. The design work should take approximately six to seven months and a construction contract should be awarded during March or April 2011.

Health Insurance

The Staff continues to coordinate with the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust (FMIT) to finalize the Rate Quote for Medical and Prescription Drug Benefit Coverage. The City’s current Blue Cross Blue Shield annual premium is $1.987 million and a rate increase of 12% - 18% is proposed beginning January 2011. These increases would add an additional $241,000 at 12% and $362,000 at 18% respectively.

FMIT has tentatively proposed nearly identical coverage with no rate increase. The potential benefit of the Employee “Opt Out” Program is also being assessed for added savings.

Any health insurance increase is not currently reflected in the FY 2010/2011 budget.

Services Contracts

Following action by the City Council at its last meeting on August 16th, the following engineering and construction services agreements were authorized and are moving forward:

Mandese-White, Inc. Construction Services Agreement for the City’s new $2.8 million airport terminal.  Construction will begin within a few days.

Hatch Mott MacDonald Engineering Services Agreement for the new $16 million Kicklighter Road Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Enterprise Car Rental Master Services Agreement for the City’s new fleet management program. The first 30 vehicles will be delivered during the month of October 2010. 

The City Staff Report is available in pdf format here.

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City Staff Report
 • Week ending August 27, 2010