TAVARES – The Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Lake County, in a partnership with the Lake County Board of County Commissioners (BCC), was part of a group of statewide employees credited with saving government a total of $558 million.
Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera joined Florida TaxWatch in announcing the 2014 Prudential Productivity Award winners at the Florida Capitol last week, which included employees of the DOH in Lake County and the BCC.
One program that received recognition is Lake’s online septic system permitting initiative, the only of its kind in the state. The County’s Growth Management Department webpage at www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/growth_management/building_services was created to help streamline the permitting process by assigning a Lake County planner to help residents file their permits with the state. Thanks to this program, customers no longer have to apply for a zoning or building permit with the county and then file additional applications with the DOH.
“Allowing the permitting process to transition online in its entirety for our residents and businesses was a crucial step in our economic development efforts,” said Commissioner Sean Parks. “The staff from the BCC and the Health Department worked hand-in-hand to make the online permitting process work smoothly, and we have received several calls from other counties around the state inquiring as to how we made it work between the two agencies.”
The Lake County honorees were Amye King, Elias Christ, Diane Fox, Mike Cates, Anita Greiner, Erikk Ross, Carmen Carroll and Skip Nemecek for their work on the septic system and online permitting initiative.
The 26th annual awards honored 432 people and teams of state employees for creating and implementing innovative solutions and productivity improvements in cost savings, cost avoidances, and increased revenue for state government. Of the 432 award winners, 195 will receive cash or plaques during the regional awards ceremonies this summer.
“Congratulations to a great group of county and state government professionals working together,” said Paul D. Butler Jr., Senior Public Health Service Manager for the DOH in Lake County.