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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.

 

 


Lakeland Firefighters Respond to Lake Bentley Shores Condominium Fire
Four Injured, Including One Firefighter

Lakeland --- At approximately 1:10 AM, on Friday, November 8, 2013, the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) responded to a structure fire at Lake Bentley Shores Condominiums located at 1920 E. Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, FL. The fire effected building L, a two story building that housed eight apartment units.

Upon arrival, Lakeland Firefighters found heavy black smoke showing on both the lower and upper level of building L. Firefighters entered building L, quickly extinguishing the fire and evacuating residents. The fire originated in a back bedroom of unit 7 in building L. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation but investigators believe that it was not intentionally set.

Resident Lamarcus Carter, 58, resident of unit L7 where the fire originated sustained smoke inhalation and was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC). A relative of Lamarcus and additional resident of Unit L7, Ross Carter, 23, was transported by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital for burns and smoke inhalation. Their current medical conditions are unknown to LFD. Fred Cottonjim, 77, a neighbor of the Carters sustained unknown non-fire related injuries while trying to evacuate and was also transported to LRMC for treatment.

In addition to the three residents injured and transported, Firefighter Alex Sanchez, 32, displayed signs of heat exhaustion as a result of fighting the blaze. He was transported to and treated at LRMC where he was released soon after at approximately 5:00 AM. Sanchez was one of several firefighters that entered the structure to both extinguish the fire and evacuate residents.

The Lakeland Fire Department responded with eight apparatuses and 18 personnel. The scene was cleared by 6:30 AM.


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