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Lake City Report - August 26, 2011
City Budget and NFBA on tap

From City Manager Wendell Johnson*

2012 City Budget

Staff is in the process of printing the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012.  Interested parties can view the 2012 Proposed Budget on the City’s website beginning Monday, August 29, 2011.  The budget will be presented to Council on September 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm. for the “tentative” public hearing.

On September 19, 2011 Council will hold the “final” public hearing and the new budget will go into effect October 1, 2011. We are pleased to announce to the Citizens of Lake City that the City’s tax rate remains the same for 2012 as noted in the recently received TRIM notices.

North Florida Broadband Authority (NFBA)

As the City’s representative on the NFBA, this was a tense and very busy week.

In addition to the monthly Board meeting on August 23d, a special workshop was held on August 24 & 25 in Tallahassee.  In addition, the NFBA Operations Committee convened in a special meeting on August 25.  The purpose of the workshop was to meet with National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) representatives and subject matter experts and address concerns   pertaining to Project schedule and performance baselines, in-kind match status, and sustainability assumptions.

All As the City’s representative on the NFBA, this was a tense and very busy week.

The City Staff Report is available in pdf format here

This week from the staff report

Airport GM Tom Sawyer Reported:

• Weekly fuel sales totaled 2,765 gallons producing $12,960 in gross revenues.  Ascent Aviation has retrieved the two jet fuel trucks leased to support U.S. Forestry operations. Ascent is also arranging transportation to retrieve the leased avgas fuel truck.  The City avgas and jet fuel trucks are fully operational.

• The Columbia County Health Department will inspect the airport fuel storage facility on August 25, 2011.  The Department inspects for compliance with Florida DEP storage tank regulations.

• The FDOT Aviation Office will conduct an annual licensing inspection on September 30th, 2011.  Staff expects a positive report and FDOT’s reissuance of a State Airport License for calendar year 2012.

• Terminal construction crews completed asphalt paving and installation of parking lot curbing and lighting fixtures during the week.  Inside work included cabinet installations and final painting in office spaces and hallways.  The terminal project completion date remains October 7, 2011.

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City Staff Report
 • Week ending August 26, 2011