April 29, 2016 - 9:30am

Neighborhood Enhancement, Audit 16-01

Neighborhood Enhancement (NE) is a division of the City of Tampa (COT)’s Neighborhood Empowerment Department. Its mission is to enforce all non-criminal City ordinances, codes, and regulations and to improve the quality of life for Tampa residents. Pursuant to the mission, most of the division’s activities include enforcement of property maintenance and structural standards, zoning and land use, and monitoring property on the foreclosure registry. Its responsibilities also include graffiti abatement, removal of illegal dumping and illegal signs, and monitoring retailer compliance with the ordinance prohibiting the sale of certain fertilizers during the summer.


NE was formed in February 2013 by a departmental reorganization that consolidated two divisions, namely Code Enforcement and Clean City, into one. This consolidation improved the linkage between their related missions of enforcement of ordinances and cleaning up of city neighborhoods. During the last quarter of 2015, the division had 76 employees, including 31 code inspectors, 14 service crew supervisors, 10 auto equipment operators, 10 service attendants, two tree trimmers, and a fleet control technician. The division receives administrative support from two office support specialists and is led by a division manager.


The division has adopted metrics to help measure how it meets its objectives. Some of the metrics are specified in COT’s FY 2015 Recommended Operating and Capital Budget. The table below shows the division’s performance in some of those areas.


Table 1:

Performance Metrics for Neighborhood Enhancement Division

Performance Measure

FY 2015 Estimate

FY 2015 Actual Performance

Number of Code Inspections



Community Service Man-Hours



Tree Service Requests Responses



Illegal Dumping Sites Cleaned



Tonnage of Litter or Debris Hauled[1]




Source: Estimates came from COT’s Recommended Operating Budget and Actual Performance from Accela and WebTMA systems.


To better achieve its goals, NE works with other entities, including city departments and divisions, in areas of common operational interest. It works with the Police Department in general safety issues, with the Business Tax Division in matters concerning the Foreclosure Registry, with Solid Waste to deal with heavy debris accumulation, and with the Legal Department in code enforcement hearings and/or civil court proceedings. The division also works with the Building Bureau, Fire Marshall, and Historic Preservation when handling demolitions of unsafe structures.

Among other information technology systems, NE utilizes Accela, an application designed to track and manage all land use and community development activities, including property maintenance and inspections, investigations, and code enforcement. Accela was implemented in September 2014, and the division continues to receive technical assistance from COT’s Technology & Innovation Department to leverage more of the system’s capabilities.

The report in its entirety can be viewed on TampaGov.net.

[1] This tonnage is not exactly for FY 2015 (10/01/2014 through 09/30/2015) but rather for the duration 01/05/2015 through 11/30/2015.

April 28, 2016 - 11:30am

Tampa Police Department Training, Audit 16-05

The Tampa Police Department (TPD) as an authorized law enforcement agency in the State of Florida is required to ensure that all active officers and instructors comply with the training requirements set by both the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and TPD themselves.  For TPD, the responsibility of meeting this requirement falls largely to the Training Unit.  The Training Unit staff consists of four Training Specialists, one Range Master, and one police officer.  This staff reports to a Corporal assigned on a full-time basis to training. The Corporal reports to a Sergeant who splits his duties overseeing both the Personnel Unit and the Training Unit.  The Training Unit reports ultimately through the Support Services Division and to the Chief of Police.


Initial officer certification requirements are set by FDLE and largely take place outside of the domain of TPD.  These requirements include meeting minimum physical qualifications, completing required training programs and courses at a Training School certified by the state’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC), passing the State Officer Certification Exam, and then being hired by TPD.  Once hired as an active officer by TPD, an individual must meet mandatory retraining requirements. These include completing 40 hours of in-service, advanced, specialized, or career development training every 4 years including retraining in use of force and firearms qualification.  Retraining also covers subjects such as human diversity, domestic violence, juvenile sexual offender investigations, discriminatory profiling, and professional traffic stops.  TPD further requires that all officers attend mandatory in-service training for the department each year as well as meet annual firearm qualifications standards set by the department beyond the bi-annual FDLE requirement.


Similarly, initial instructor certification requirements are set by FDLE and largely take places outside the domain of TPD.  The requirements are different for the general instruction certification and high-liability areas instruction certifications. Generally, the requirements include completing required training and license certification courses, completing a required internship and student evaluation requirements, and becoming affiliated with a CJSTC-certified training school or criminal justice employing agency such as TPD.  Once certified, instructors must meet maintenance requirements every four years including teaching a CJSTC-approved course in the area where the instructor is certified once within the four year period and submitting related documentation.

The report in its entirety can be viewed on TampaGov.net.

April 26, 2016 - 9:30pm

REVISED - Road Closure of Westshore Boulevard from West Bay Way Drive to Beachway Drive to begin May 4, 2016

This is a revision to the Traffic Advisory sent out on April 15, 2016.
Westshore Boulevard from West Bay Way Drive to Beachway Drive will be closed from Wednesday, May 4, 2016 and will reopen in July 2016 as part of the Watrous Canal Rehabilitation Project.  The city contractor will be replacing the existing utilities and box culvert.  
Beachway Drive will also be closed between Westshore Boulevard and S. Roxmere Road. 
Pedestrian access will be maintained on one side of Westshore Boulevard at all times. 
The City recommends using alternative northbound and southbound routes.
Traffic Advisory Revised
For additional information, please contact:
Don Cermeno, Construction Engineer
City of Tampa Contract Administration / Construction Management
(813) 635-3411; don.cermeno@tampagov.net
April 25, 2016 - 9:15am

Road closure on Laurel Street from North Boulevard to Doyle Carlton Drive to begin May 2, 2016

A portion of Laurel Street, including the bridge, from North Boulevard to Doyle Carlton Drive will be closed starting Monday, May 2, 2016 and will reopen in early September as part of a Capital Improvement Project.  The City contractor will be replacing damaged steel structures and painting the Laurel Street bridge. 

Pedestrians will not be able to walk over the Laurel Street bridge.  Pedestrians will need to use the Cass Street bridge to access between downtown and the west bank during the construction period.

Laurel Traffic Advisory

April 23, 2016 - 8:30pm

Missing Person

Please be on the look out for Luisa Claudio who is currently missing in the New Tampa area. She has Alzheimer's and was last seen wearing an orange T shirt, white shorts and sandals. Ms. Claudio is 4'11" tall, weighs 170 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen on foot at approximately 4:00 p.m.

April 22, 2016 - 8:00pm


Jocelyn Jackson, the 11-year-old girl who had been missing since Thursday, has been located not far from her home and the park where she was last seen. She appears to be fine.

April 22, 2016 - 9:45am

City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management Recycling Program Expands to Include ALL City Offices

For Immediate Release     

For additional information, please contact: 
Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262

Tampa, Fla. (April 22, 2016)  - In honor of Earth Day 2016,  the City of Tampa’s  Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management is expanding its recycling program and sustainability initiatives to include all City of Tampa government buildings.  This enhancement will also assist the State of Florida with meeting its goal to recycle 75% of all waste generated by the year 2020. 

The service expansion is scheduled to occur in phases from April 27, 2016 through May 25, 2016.  Employees and patrons of City facilities will have the opportunity to recycle office paper, bottles, cans and plastics at many of the City’s municipal buildings, community centers, fire stations, and parks and recreation facilities.

The City of Tampa’s Recycling Team is focused on educating others on how to recycle right!  The City will lead by example to promote the benefits of recycling to Tampa’s local environment and economy.  “Our Department is excited to be able to offer this service to a greater audience.  Each step we take reduces Tampa’s carbon footprint and improves the added value of using post-consumer made products,” said Mark Wilfalk, Department Director

Did you know that approximately, 75% of the material created in the workplace is recyclable?  This and many other interesting recycling facts can be found on the Department’s website at www.tampagov.net/solidwaste .  We encourage others to join us in our effort to

Go Green this Earth Day and Remember to Recycle Right! 

For additional questions or concerns, please call the City of Tampa Utilities Consolidated Call Center at (813) 274-8811, or visit our website at www.tampagov.net/solidwaste.


 Ashley Bauman
Public Affairs Director
City of Tampa
Office: (813) 274-8262
Cell: (813) 390-7455

Visit us on the web at tampagov.net/media

Please note: This e-mail is public record and is intended for official use only.


April 21, 2016 - 7:45pm

Chamberlain High School Gas Leak

Chamberlain High School has been evacuated due to a natural gas leak. Tampa Police are on scene. Tampa Fire Units are on scene as well searching to determine the source. Further inquiries should be directed to the Tampa Fire PIO.

April 19, 2016 - 9:15am

Payroll Process, Audit 16-02

CY2015 was the first year that the City of Tampa (City) processed payroll in Oracle. The Human Resources (HR) Department is responsible for processing new employees, pay rate adjustments and increases, and terminations. They also maintain Kronos, the City’s timekeeping system. Central Payroll, within the Revenue and Finance Department, is responsible for processing payroll citywide. Individual City Supervisors are responsible for posting and approving requested time off and hours worked in Kronos. Once all time is approved by the individual Supervisors in Kronos, HR signs off and then transfers the data to Oracle for Central Payroll to move forward with processing. The City’s total gross payroll for CY2015 was $282,934,625.

The report in its entirety can be viewed on TampaGov.net

April 15, 2016 - 1:15pm

Traffic Advisory - Road Closure at East Tyler Street and North Franklin Street

Beginning Monday April 18, 2016, the southern lane at the intersection of Franklin Street and E. Tyler Street will be closed.  Southbound traffic on Franklin Street will be able to take a right on E. Tyler Street, however, thru traffic at the intersection will be closed. 

Motorists traveling Northbound on N. Franklin Street will need to need to follow detours to access E. Tyler Street.

The public can stay up to date on the project by visiting tampa-ucap.com.  Questions or comments should be directed to the UCAP hotline at (813) 777-9222.

East Tyler Street and North Franklin