January 2014 - Access Lakeland
Access Lakeland is the City of Lakeland's citizen newsletter that is distributed each month with Lakeland Electric utility bills.
lakelandgov.net lakelandgov.net lakelandgov.net 30290-I-0140 City of Lakeland’s Monthly Newsletter January 2014 –a vibrant, innovative, culturally-inclusive, world-class community. LAKELAND VISION MEET MISSION A community working together to achieve an exceptional quality of life. PHILIP WALKER, NORTHWEST KEITH MERRITT, NORTHEAST JUSTIN TROLLER, AT-LARGE DON SELVAGE, SOUTHWEST JIM MALLESS, AT-LARGE HOWARD WIGGS, MAYOR Social Responsibility Leadership • Integrity Commitment to Excellence Empowered Workforce Diversity VALUES 228 S. Massachusetts Ave. Lakeland, FL 33801 863.834.6000 www.lakelandgov.net The City of Lakeland operates under a Commission-Manager form of government. City Commissioners are elected by residents and in turn, they hire a City Manager to oversee the daily operations of the municipality. The City Commission makes policy decisions, passes ordinances and resolutions, sets tax rates and approves the City’s budget among other matters required by state or federal law. The City Commission accommodates to the needs of its citizens by enacting local legislation based on the necessities of the citizens. The City Commission consists of seven (7) electors: the mayor, four district commissioners and two at-large commissioners. Each member serves a four-year term. The City of Lakeland has a new City Commissioner that will begin his new term this month after participating in the November 2013 City-wide election and a run-off election December 3, 2013. Please welcome Jim Malless as Lakeland’s newest City Commissioner. Lakeland also has a new Mayor starting this month with Howard Wiggs being elected during the November 2013 City-wide election. Howard has served as a member of the Lakeland City Commission for the past 19 years. Please welcome Mayor Howard Wiggs. Lakeland City Commissioners encourage residents to continue to play an active role by staying informed and engaged in local government. City Commission meetings allow citizens to see their government at work and to participate in the process. Regular meetings are generally held at Lakeland City Hall on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 9:00 a.m. An agenda study meeting is held on the Friday before a regular meeting in the Commission conference room at 8:30 a.m. Meeting agendas are available online at www.lakelandgov.net. All regular meetings are broadcast live on LGN channel 615 (Bright House Networks) and channel 43 (Verizon FiOS). A live web stream is also available at lgn.lakelandgov.net. The City also invites citizens to stay engaged through social media. The City maintains a Facebook page that can be easily found by searching City of Lakeland, FL and we have a very strong Twitter presence for those that want to receive information in 140 characters or less. You can find our Twitter feed by searching @lakelandgov. The City hopes that all residents have a very happy and prosperous New Year! EDIE YATES, SOUTHEAST ➢ CITY COMMISSIONERS YOUR • • ➢ important City of Lakeland Mailing Address Lakeland City Hall 228 S. Massachusetts Ave. Lakeland, FL 33801 MAIN SWITCHBOARD budget REVENUE SOURCES numbers (863) AREA CODE brief FISCAL YEAR 2014 834-6000 EMERGENCY 911 Airport 834-3298 Beerman Family Tennis Complex 834-2374 Box Office (The Lakeland Center) 834-8111 Building Inspections 834-6012 Business Tax Receipts 834-6025 Cemeteries 834-3287 City Attorney 834-6010 City Clerk 834-6210 City Commission 834-6005 City Manager 834-6006 Civil Service - Human Resources 834-8790 Cleveland Heights Golf Course 834-4653 Code Enforcement 834-6251 Coleman-Bush Building 834-3350 Communications 834-6264 Community Development 834-6011 Customer Billing/Finance 834-8276 Downtown Development Authority 687-8910 Finance 834-6200 Fire Department NON-EMERGENCY 834-8200 Fire Inspector/Fire Marshall 834-8201 Gandy Pool 834-3157 Kelly Recreation 834-3284 Lake Mirror Complex 834-2280 Lakeland Center Box Office 834-8111 Lakeland Electric Customer Service 834-9535 Lakeland Vision 682-9660 Lakes & Stormwater 834-6276 Library - Main 834-4280 Library - Jackson Branch 834-4288 Neighborhood Services 834-6251 Parking Systems (Main Office) 834-6303 Parks & Recreation 834-6035 Police Department NON-EMERGENCY 834-6900 Public Works 834-6040 Purchasing 834-6780 Risk Management 834-8781 Simpson Park 834-2577 Simpson Pool 834-2286 Solid Waste 834-8773 The Lakeland Center 834-8100 Tigertown Complex 834-2233 Water Utilities 834-8316 Charges For Services All Other Revenue Public Service, Communication and Gasoline Taxes Intergovernmental Property Taxes Licenses and Permits Prior Year Surplus TOTAL REVENUES $ 418,180,292 38,222,449 28,054,207 10,925,892 22,184,170 3,185,350 16,431,775 $ 537,184,135 EXPENSE BY ACCOUNT Fuel & Purchased Power $ Personnel Capital Outlay Debt Service All Other Operations and Maintenance Internal Service Charges Professional and Contractual Utilities Insurance and Fixed Charges TOTAL EXPENDITURES $ 154,192,919 144,749,346 55,400,865 64,758,549 14,313,686 45,595,048 39,255,205 12,466,133 6,452,384 537,184,135 COMPARATIVE ANNUAL COST OF SERVICES WE WANT OPINION! YOUR project 2013 Fiscal Year $38,570 if every residential account “rounded up” the max amount ($11.88/year), we could collect CARE 2013 STAY CONNECTED ONLINE www.lakelandgov.net donations collected which would go a long way to help more elderly and disabled customers with their utility bills. $1,212,520 would you consider IN PERSON City Hall is open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday PUBLIC MEETINGS City Commission Meetings First and Third Monday 9:00 a.m. Utility Committee Meetings First Monday 1:00 p.m. Watch the live broadcast on: l l l The City of Lakeland is seeking input from citizens on City services & programs. Your feedback will become part of the Strategic Planning Workshops with City oﬃcials and Commissioners. rounding lakelandelectric.com find out more @ up? Channel 615 (Bright House) or Channel 43 (Verizon FiOS) IMPORTANT NUMBERS City Hall 863.834.6000 Take our online survey January 23rd - February 24th COMMUNITY VALUES SURVEY For further information please call (863) 834-SWAN (7926) UPCOMING EVENTS JANUARY 24 • 3-10PM JANUARY 25 • 10AM-5PM JOKER MARCHANT STADIUM www.lakelandpigfest.org Lakeland Electric Customer Service 863.834.9535 Power or Water Outages 863.834.4248 Stormwater Hotline 863.834.3300 PAYING YOUR UTILITY BILL ONLINE www.lakelandelectric.com BY PHONE 863.834.9535 IN PERSON Lakeland Electric has partnered with over 50 local businesses including area AMSCOT offices to accept your utility payment. pigfest LAKELANDVALUES.COM Participate and You Could Win Prizes! CITY OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED For The Observance of MLK Monday, January 20 chalkforcharity FEBRUARY 1 • 11AM-11PM DOWNTOWN LAKELAND 863.688.8787 kiwanis pancakefestival FEBRUARY 8 • 7AM-3PM TIGERTOWN HANGER #2 THE DEDICATED EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF LAKELAND WORKED HARD IN 2013 TO PROVIDE EACH OF THE CITIZENS OF LAKELAND AN EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE. THE CITY OF LAKELAND WAS IN THE NEWS A LOT THIS YEAR. THESE ARE SOME OF THE FACTS THAT MAY HAVE GONE UNNOTICED. AS WE ENTER IN TO 2014, WE ARE PLEASED THAT WE ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THIS GREAT COMMUNITY! HAPPY NEW YEAR! SWAN COUNT=85 56 9 2 2 16 MUTE BLACK BLACKNECKED MERLE CYGNETS IN 2013 EVERY DAY THAT'S LIKE EATING A 40,820lbs 22PLAYGROUNDS OF SWAN FOOD WITH In May 2013, the City of Lakeland's Parks & Recreation Department unveiled the brand new Lakeland Skatepark. Constructed on the grounds of Lake Bonny Park, this new facility was designed and built by the world-renowned Team Pain. The park features a deep bowl, flow course, snake run and freestyle/street course. 111YEARS MILES THAT'S THE DISTANCE FROM LAKELAND TO KEY WEST. FOR THE NEXT 16oz Ribeye PLAYGROUND PIECES 525 GARBAGE COLLECTED MILES 381.5 6,283,359 DRIVEN BY ENTIRE FLEET PAVED STREET MAINTAINED OR YOU COULD DRIVE TO THE MOON AND BACK 70 LINE WORKERS In 2013, Lakeland Electric was designated by the American Public Power Association as a Diamond-Level Reliable Public Power Provider. Lakeland Electric was one of only six utilities throughout the nation to receive this accolade. Also, Unit 5 at McIntosh power plant continues to hold its "best in class performance" status in all of North America. 71 2,060MILES 1 FEMALE 13x TONS 83,074 THAT'S LIKE THROWING AWAY THE DISNEY MAGIC CRUISE SHIP. MALE MAINTAINED TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION LINES 6.4 T MINU ES OUTAGE REPAIR TIME AVERAGE 400 MILES OF TREELINE TRIMMED 17,902 155 62 RESPONDED TO CERTIFIED FIREFIGHTERS CERTIFIED PARAMEDICS ARE ALSO SERVICE CALLS 12,850MEDICAL 358FIRE 4,694OTHER THAT’S 1 CALL EVERY 29 MINUTES. 4,096 1 HYDRANT FOR EVERY 24 CITIZENS AND THEIR DOGS! :-) FIRE HYDRANTS In November 2013, Lakeland Fire Department broke ground on Station 7 that will service the citizens in Southwest Lakeland and Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Station 7 is due for completion Summer, 2014. In 2013, the Lakeland Police Department received national reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) after meeting requirements for 480 internationally accepted standards for the operation of police organizations. The Commission on Florida Accreditation (CFA) also awarded reaccreditation to the department as a testament to the agency's professionalism. 215 SWORN POLICE OFFICERS 1,990 ARRESTS MADE SWAT TEAM 10 YEARS IN A ROW TOP 10 NATIONALLY #1 K-9 TEAM IN THE NATION 2 YEARS RUNNING 85,000 700,000 TAKE OFFS/LANDINGS GALLONS OF FUEL SOLD t* During -In r o p r i A t s e i s ly SUN 'n FUN F World's Bu Lakeland Linder Regional Airport sits on over 1,700 acres and leases/operates over 1 million square feet of facilities. Seventy-five businesses and organizations employ over 1,000 people. 490,250 84.68 $69.5M 1,223 11,237 WITH IN ATTENDANCE EVENTS 510 % COMPLIANCE PRIVATE CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN NEW BUSINESS NEWJOBS CODE ENFORCEMENT CASES FEMALE S C I H P A R G DEMO MEDIAN AGE 19,074,434 39.8 616,158 262,288 Polk County (2012) Lakeland Electric Service Area (2012) State of Florida (2012) RACIAL COMPOSITION 53.1% 46.9% MALE