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Lake City Report - Sept 2, 2011
City Budget and Franklin Street on tap

From City Manager Wendell Johnson*

2012 City Budget

The FY 2012 Draft Budget is now posted on the City’s web site.  The budget will be presented to Council on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm for the “tentative” public hearing along with the FY12 Millage Resolution and the FY12 non-advalorem Fire Assessment Resolution.    A summary of the City’s FY 12 Revenues and Expenditures follows.

The proposed budget expenditures of the City for FY12 are 32.72% more than FY11 total expenditure. The reason is the impending construction of the Kicklighter Waste Water Plant during FY12. The projected cost is $18 million.  The Tax Rate remains the same at 3.9816 mills.

 Project and Activities Report

The monthly Projects and Activities Report will be changing to Quarterly.  Informational updates of each project and/or activity will be made in the Weekly Report.

The Quarterly Projects and Activities Reports will be prepared and posted on Oct 1, Jan 1, Apr 1, and Jul 1. The next report will be October 1, 2011.

Franklin Street Improvement Project

 On May 2, 2011, Lake City's Community Redevelopment Agency appropriated $21,800 from its funds to pay GTC Design Group, LLC for the cost to perform design and engineering services for the Franklin Street Improvement Project.

GTC was contracted to provide a topographic survey, a drainage plan, site plan, grading plan, profile sheets, stormwater calculations and construction drawings.

The engineering design was completed on September 1, 2011.  Council will be requested at their regular meeting on September 6, 2011 to authorize the project and to approve construction costs with Series 2011 Sales Tax Bond revenues not to exceed $200,000. Once approved, construction will begin immediately.

Other Streets Projects

The City has approved $900,000 in construction work which will include paving, speed control, and stormwater for the following streets:

SE Pearce Lane
SE Brown Street
SE McCray Avenue
SE Evergreen Drive
NE Aberdeen Avenue
NE Broadway Avenue
NE Jenkins Lane
NE Chestnut Avenue
SW Knox Street

SW Florida Gateway Drive
SW Biscayne Glynn
SW Laural Lane
SW Montgomery Street
SW Grandview Avenue
NW Hendrick Way
NW Long Street
NW Early Street
St. Margaret’s Street

The City Staff Report is available in pdf format here

This week from the staff report

Recreation Director Little Reports:

• We have a great start to our school year for 2011-2012. For this month’s focus activity is “All About Me’’ the kids did a cardboard cutout of themselves and decorated it. It will be on display at the center starting in September. We will also have signups for art club and cooking club soon. A new course is being offered this year Coed Ball Room Dancing that will be taking place at our center on Monday nights from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Our center also has homework help for the after school children. This helps both the parents and children.

• We started our after school program on a good note. We have 65 enrolled with more expecting to register. On Monday, August 22, 2011 we had orientation. On Tuesday, the girls participated in an arts and crafts activity. On Wednesday, the girls had a free play and had popsicles for their afternoon snack. On Thursday, the girls played kickball. On Friday, the girls watched a movie to end the week. Girls Club offers homework help to all the girls who come to the after school program. This has always been a great help in the past years to the parents and students because the children have their homework completed before they get home and are able to enjoy family time.

• Go to the Staff Report to read more from Director Little

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


City Staff Report
 • Week ending Sept 26, 2011