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Lake City Report - July 1, 2011
Energy conservation pays dividends

From City Manager Wendell Johnson

Florida Power and Light Customer Service Report

The City received its annual FPL Account Summary update which reveals a continuation of reduced energy and billed costs for the period June 2010 through May 2011.

This is really good news and the efforts of the City Staff toward energy conservation is paying off with big savings.

From June 2009 when the cost was $1,191,152, until June 2011 when the cost was $861,396, it’s easy to see the City has reduced energy costs by a whopping $329,756.

Although the City’s Muni-tax and Franchise revenue declined by $92,874 during this same period, the real savings of $236,882 is still impressive.

The big players in this energy reduction effort are the City Public Works/Utilities Department with a 33% reduction, the Water Plant with a 16% reduction, City Hall with a 16% reduction and Police/Fire Departments with a 14% reduction.

On behalf of the Mayor and City Council, the efforts of the City Staff are greatly appreciated.

The Account Report is available in the City Manager’s office for review.

This week from the staff reports. Some interesting facts.

Airport General Manager Sawyer Reports:

Fuel sales were lower than past weeks as U.S. Forestry aircraft flew a reduced number of fire support missions.  Weekly sales totaled 6,050 gallons producing $29,150 in gross revenues. Staff continues to utilize two auxiliary fuel trucks funded by the U.S. Forestry Service.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor Parsons Technology has published a report of an inspection for “ammunition waste” at three WW II shooting range areas on Lake City Gateway Airport properties. The report states that an explosive safety risk is not considered present at any of the three shooting range sites. A review meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 7th at the Airport Administrative Offices.

Terminal construction crews continued roofing installation and grading in the parking lot and entrance road areas during the week. On June 20th the City Council approved an extension of the construction contract completion date through August 19, 2011.

The City Staff Report is available in pdf format here

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