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The Lakeland Police Department is scheduled for an onsite assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. 

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas; policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. 

As part of the onsite assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City of Lakeland Commission Chambers, located at 228 S. Massachuset
ts Avenue, Lakeland, Fl. 

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency ability to comply with CALEA standards. The local contact is Accreditation Manager Caroline Renew (863) 834-8907. 

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Lakeland Police Department’s ability to comply with standards for accreditation may send them to:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
135 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155
 

Road Work at East Edgewood Drive and South Florida Ave Begins March 21st!

On Monday, March 21 at 11:00 p.m. contractors working for the City of Lakeland will begin milling East Edgewood Drive from South Florida Avenue going east towards Troy Avenue. Work is expected to take 5 hours to complete.

On Tuesday, March 22, City of Lakeland Crews will be constructing a concrete median along E Edgewood Dr. beginning at 8:00 a.m. This work is planned to take a week to complete weather permitting.

On Monday, March 28, contractors working for the City of Lakeland will begin paving the roadway at 8:00 a.m. Delays again are expected. This work is expected to take 8 hours to complete.

Roads will remain open during the process; however delays are likely. Residents are asked to look for alternate routes and if traveling the work zone please use caution.


 

The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce the coming launch of ePlan, a web-based electronic and document workflow solution that allows customers and staff to initiate and complete the plan submission, review, markup, and approval process.  Unlike the current paper-based system, ePlan brings potential savings and efficiencies, including:

  • Submission of plans electronically from the customer's office, 24 hours a day / 365 days a year;
  • Concurrent reviews of plans by all professional and trade disciplines;
  • Reviewer markups made directly on the plans to provide direction and clarity as to any items which require correction;
  • Resubmission of corrected and revised plans electronically, with overlay comparison tools easing subsequent reviews;
  • Real-time return of approved, stamped plans once fees are paid.

When an applicant (architect, engineer, consultant, contractor, etc.) submits an application for a permit or project which requires drawings, ePlan will invite the applicant to upload the electronic plans and all relevant schedules and documents.  City review staff will have simultaneous access to review the plans and mark them with corrections and comments affording clearer communication by and between staff and applicant.  The applicant is notified of the changes requested and once made the plans are electronically resubmitted.


Ready to get started?  So are we.

Beginning Monday, March 14, 2016, applicants for building permits, concept and site plan review, whether application is made in-person or througheTRAKiT, will be invited to upload their plans to ePlan once the application is received.  The invitation will include login information and a link to the specific permit or planning project for which application was made.  A wealth of assistance including step-by-step tutorials has been created and will be accessible through the ePlan system.

HAVE QUESTIONS?  Don't hesitate to contact us!


LAKELAND SKATEPARK WILL CLOSE AT 8 PM STARTING FEBRUARY 29TH

LAKELAND, FL (February 23, 2016) - Starting Monday, February 29th, the Lakeland Skatepark at Fletcher Park on Lake Bonny will close at 8 p.m.  The park’s new hours will be 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

City of Lakeland staff met with members from the Lakeland Skate Alliance on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 to discuss issues that are taking place at the park.  Bob Donahay, Director of Parks & Recreation said, “We have fielded a number of complaints from parents regarding illicit behavior taking place after sundown.  We’ve had staff members that have been threatened when trying to enforce the rules.”  He added, “We met with representatives from the Lakeland Skate Alliance and the group is in concurrence that closing the park at dark is the first step in curbing the behavior.”

The Lakeland Skatepark is owned and operated by the City of Lakeland. It opened on May 18, 2013 at a cost of $1.3 million.  The 22,500-square-foot facility has quickly gained notoriety as being one of the best skateparks in Florida. Donahay said, “We designed the park to be free and user friendly with the idea that it would not have a full-time attendant.  Unfortunately, because of the bad behavior from a few, we are having to modify the hours of operation as a last resort before looking at the possibility of having a full-time attendant at the park.” Donahay elaborated, “With today’s budgeting process, we would have to charge users in order to pay the attendant.  We don’t want to do that and we are hoping the behavior will stop.”

This skate park is unsupervised and all users assume full risk in entering the facility. Helmets are required for all skaters under the age of 18 and on-site adult supervision is required for all skaters under the age of 12. Skaters are asked to adhere to the following rules and guidelines when using the Lakeland Skatepark:

  • Helmets and pads are required for anyone under the age of 18.
  • Be patient and wait for your turn in the park.
  • Be courteous to others.
  • Exercise caution in wet areas they are slippery.
  • Food or drink is not allowed in the skate able areas.
  • Illegal drugs, tobacco or alcohol are NOT allowed in the park.
  • Keep the park free of litter and graffiti.
  • Those using profanity, abusive language, or fighting will be asked to leave.
  • Skating is only allowed during the posted hours of operation. 

 

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