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CITY OF LAKELAND TO LAUNCH TRAKiT

Users can track building permits, inspections, site plans, land use/zoning applications

 

LAKELAND, FL (October 29, 2013) -- The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce the launch of TRAKiT, a comprehensive and centralized software solution that allows unparalleled flexibility in automating and coordinating the construction permitting process.  TRAKiT will go live Thursday, November 14, 2013 after more than a year of planning and implementation.

 

The Building Inspection, Business Tax and Code Enforcement offices will be CLOSED Wednesday, November 13th to ensure a seamless transition for customers.  All offices will reopen to the public at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday the 14th.

 

The customer friendly web based system tracks all building permits, inspections, business tax receipts, site plan reviews as well as annexation/land use/zoning applications allowing users to manage projects more efficiently. TRAKiT also allows users to track and review code enforcement violations. 

 

Once live, TRAKiT’s web-based eTRAKiT module will allow citizens, business owners, contractors, architects, and engineers to apply for select permits, view the status of projects, permits, and code cases, and request permit inspections.  Customers will also have the ability to pay permit, planning through eTRAKiT, and in-person via credit card, a payment method which was previously unavailable.

 

 As with any project of this magnitude, there could be unanticipated challenges during the transition to the new software and while staff will be working diligently to minimize impacts, customer patience and indulgence are appreciated as the City moves to this enhanced customer service solution.

 

 


LAKE WIRE HYDRILLA REMOVAL

PROJECT SCHEDULED TO START NOVEMBER 18TH

 

LAKELAND,FL (November 7, 2013) - The City of Lakeland has partnered with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Illinois Tool Works (ITW) to remove the hydrilla in Lake Wire.  Hydrilla is an invasive water plant that found its way into Florida waterways following release from aquariums in the 1960’s.

 

The contractor working for the City of Lakeland, Texas Aquatic Harvesting will be on site at Lake Wire November 15th with actual hyrdrilla removal starting the week of November 18th.   The work is expected to take up to 30 days from the start of the project. 

 

Roadways around Lake Wire will not be blocked during the project.  Sidewalks will remain open with very minimal impact as hydrilla is hauled away.  ITW was the owner of the former Florida Tile property located on the west side of Lake Wire. The hydrilla harvesting program and work plan for Lake Wire recently received approval from the FDEP and incorporates an agreement between ITW and the City. ITW will pay $22,500 each year for the next three years to have the invasive water plant harvested from Lake Wire as a mandated lake clean-up effort.

 

Hydrilla has not been removed from Lake Wire since 2004. The invasive species is a great water filtering plant but it has a tendency to choke water ways with its rapid growth. As an invasive species, hydrilla has become the most serious aquatic weed problem for Florida and one of the most serious for most of the United States.

 

The City of Lakeland’s Division of Lakes & Stormwater will be overseeing the hydrilla harvesting project.  For more information, call Curtis Porterfield, Manager of Lakes & Stormwater at 863-834-8439.

 


POST ELECTION AUDIT NOTICE

 

 

Notice is hereby given that the City of Lakeland Canvassing Board will convene on the following dates:


November 8, 2013, in the City Commission Conference Room at Lakeland City Hall, 228 S Massachusetts Av, Lakeland at 8:30 a.m. to select a race and precinct for the Post Election Audit.


November 12, 2013, in Bartow at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 250 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow FL at 3 p.m. to conduct the Post Election Audit.

 

Anyone deciding to appeal a decision by the Canvassing Board on the above subject matter at these meetings will need a record of the proceedings and for purposes of that appeal, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Manager’s Office no later than two (2) days prior to the proceeding at (863) 834-6006, for assistance. The City Manager’s office is located in City Hall, 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801-5086. If HEARING impaired, please contact TDD (TDD-Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) at Local - (863) 834-8333 – or 1-800-955-8771. If VOICE impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770, for assistance.

City ClerkKelly S. Koos, MMC

863-834-6210

 


VETERAN’S DAY CELEBRATION

EVENTS INCLUDE MOVIE, PARADE & DISPLAYS

 

 

LAKELAND, FL  (November 6, 2013) – The City of Lakeland will observe Veteran’s Day with festivities beginning Friday, November 8th at 6 p.m. with a free movie, the Glenn Miller Story at Lake Mirror. The movie is part of the Pics on the Promenade series and the night will include a rededication of the Frances Langford Promenade. The promenade was originally dedicated in 1946 with Langford in attendance.  Langford grew up in Lakeland and attended Lakeland High School before capturing the hearts of many entertaining the troops with Bob Hope during WWII. Langford actually plays a part in the Glenn Miller Story.  The Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror is located at 121 S. Lake Avenue, Lakeland, FL.

 

The celebration will continue on Saturday, November 9th at 10 a.m. with a ceremony honoring all those that have served in the armed forces. The annual Veterans Day Parade will immediately follow the honor ceremony. The parade begins at 11 a.m. from The Lakeland Center and will end in Munn Park.  Munn Park will be the highlight of activity immediately following the parade with military displays, memorabilia, camaraderie and refreshments.  Park events will conclude at 3 p.m.

 

Honor Flight Mission #15 launches from Lakeland Linder Airport on Tuesday, November 12th taking 80 WWII veterans and their guardians to Washington DC to visit the WWII Memorial.  Join in the Welcome Home Celebration at 8:00 p.m. at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Terminal that evening.  Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. The organization transports US veteran heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

 

The public is encouraged to attend all events celebrating the sacrifice and dedication of all veterans. Veterans groups wishing to participate in the parade are invited to contact Gary Clark at (863) 688-1725 or through email at gary@cpalliance.com.  Please visit the Polk County Veteran’s Council website atwww.polkveteranscouncil.com for information regarding veteran affairs and www.picsonthepromenade.com for more information regarding the Pics on the Promenade movie series.