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Lake City Monday Night: Awards, Presentations, Advice, A Boost In City Garbage Rates On the Way


Left to right: Deputy Clerk Katy McCrary, Clerk Audrey Sikes, and Mayor Witt

LAKE CITY, FL – Monday night in City Hall was generally uneventful as the City took care of its business. City Clerk Audrey Sikes, one of Lake City's Sunshine Girls and one of the most respected City Clerks in Florida, received a proclamation from Mayor Witt in recognition of Municipal Clerks Week. Deputy Clerk Katy McCrary, Lake City's newest Sunshine Girl, received the proclamation along with Ms. Sikes.

In a somber moment, Police Chief Gilmore encouraged folks to buckle up and drive safely, telling the City Council that the Lake City Police Department takes public safety very seriously.

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Police Chief Gilmore discussed the recent highway injuries and fatalities in the area and said that speeding, and DUI'S are the major contributors in accidents resulting in serious injury and death.

"National statistics attribute over 50% of fatalities to speeding and DUI's," she said. The Chief explained the importance of buckling up, not speeding, and safe driving. She told the City Council that the Lake City Police Department takes safe driving very seriously.

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Chief Gilmore congratulated Police Officer Garrick Register for his efforts in seeing that people use seatbelts and child restraints.

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Waste Pro's Dyana and Frank Miller waited patiently for Waste Pro's request for a garbage rate increase to come before the Council.

Late last year The 5 raised the tippage fees at the County Dump by 24%, without debate. The majority of folks affected by the fee increase were City residents. The increase would have cost Waste Pro $200,000.

Waste Pro's contract has years to run. City residents will be paying for the increase.

The City is planning to raise the garbage rate for residents effective in October. According to City Manager Wendell Johnson, residents can expect to see a 12 dollar a year increase.

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