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City Staff Ask Commissioners to Eliminate Code Enforcement and Appeals Boards, Hire Lawyers to Serve as Special Magistrates


Last updated 1/6/2020 at 3:16pm

Assistant City Manager Kathy Bangley

Lake Wales Assistant City Manager Kathy Bangley is asking city commissioners to eliminate the citizen-staffed Code Enforcement Board and Board of Appeals and turn their duties over to a special magistrate.

The change would require two public hearings to change city ordinances related to the boards. The first public hearing will be at the Jan. 7 commission meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. in the city municipal building.

The current ordinance calls for a Code Enforcement Board made up of seven city residents and says whenever possible the membership should include an architect, a business pers...

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Reader Comments(1)

Sirvine writes:

Lake Hamilton only used Polk County for Code Enforcement Official services. The town council approved the switch to Special Magistrate for hearings in 2016, due to the lack of volunteers and they felt it would be a more effective and efficient method for code enforcement. It sure has been.


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