June 2021
City of Lakeland Launches New & Improved Mobile App

The City of Lakeland has launched an updated mobile app as just another way to connect with citizens. The app is now available in the Apple iTunes app store and the Android Google Play store. The app is full of features allowing citizens to access the City to find the latest news, information on events, report an issue and view live meetings with the touch of a button. The newest feature allows citizens to submit an idea on ways to improve City services. Users can easily find the app by searching lakelandgov in the app stores.

The City of Lakeland is currently offering a rebate up to $100 toward the purchase of an efficient, water- saving toilet. Older toilets use more than 3.5 gallons per flush and newer units use a water conserving 1.28 gallons per flush. Switching to a newer, low-flush unit will help meet water conservation needs. Using less water ultimately results in lower water bills. 
To find out more about the rebate program, or to apply for the rebate, click below!
The T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Saturday, July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. with the 60 West Band entertaining the crowd before a dazzling fireworks display launches at 9:00 p.m.
City of Lakeland Division of Solid Waste Starts "Recycling Superstar" Program

 The City of Lakeland’s Division of Solid Waste is starting a new program where a Recycling Superstar will be named each quarter. Starting later this month, recycling truck drivers will get together to identify a specific household on their route that does everything right with their recycling. 
Lakeland Police Department
Welcomes Four New K-9 Teams!
 
On Friday, June 4, 2021, the Lakeland Police Department officially welcomed four new teams to their elite K-9 unit. Officer Javier Perez and K-9 Dunn, Officer Alex Rethwisch and K-9 Kodiak, Officer Zach Simmons and K-9 Jeff, and Officer John Skillman and K-9 Mako completed the last of their certifications to become certified K-9 officers. The new teams began their journey in January of this year, filling four open slots on the team. In 2020, the department had four members leave the unit; two retired, and two were promoted to Sergeants within the agency. With the guidance of the unit trainers, new canine partners were selected through a rigorous vetting process and matched to each of the officers. Over the last six months, the officers and canines have trained side-by-side, completing over 880 hours of training and successfully certifying in patrol operations and detection work. All of the new K-9s are trained in drug detection, as the team has two K-9s already certified in explosives detection. 
 
We wish the new teams all the best!