Recording division to close early on Friday, May 20th due to upgrade in system
Monday, May 16, 2016— The Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court’s Recording division will be closing at noon on Friday, May 20th due to an upgrade in the official records recording system. Manatee County citizens that have items needing to be recorded may drop them off in the Cashiering division, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and they will be processed the following business day. The Clerk’s office Recording division will resume regular business hours on Monday, May 23, 2016.
The downtime will allow for the conversion to an upgraded Office Records Indexing (ORI) application by Civitek. During this time, over 3.7 million previously recorded records will be converted into this new ORI system. The Clerk’s office continually strives to make our office processes more efficient for Manatee County citizens. This significant upgrade in the recording system will allow for increased efficiencies and better workflow by streamlining the recording process and making the recorded documents available on our website sooner.
In addition to the upgrading of the recording system and processing workflow, the Official Records page on the Clerk’s website will also receive a facelift. The primary enhancements add the flexibility that will allow for customers to search and access official records using either the case or instrument numbers, in addition to the currently available searches.
National Peace Officers Memorial Day 2016Friday, May 13, 2016—Florida’s Clerks of Court respect, honor and remember the service of our law enforcement officers and their fallen partners during National Peace Officers Memorial Day and throughout the year.
Clerk Warns of Recorded Deed and Property Assessment Solicitation Letter
Monday, May 09, 2016—Some Manatee County homeowners are receiving letters from companies offering to sell them a copy of their deed and property assessment profile. These copies are being offered for prices ranging from $50 to $100 per deed. The letters periodically appear in Manatee County and are often concentrated in a specific zip code or neighborhood, so that neighbors receive the letters at the same time.
“Your deed is a public record and is permanently maintained and preserved by the Manatee Clerk of Circuit Court and County Comptroller’s Office,” says Clerk Angelina “Angel” Colonneso. “You do not have to pay a private company for a copy. You can view and print, for free, a non-certified copy of your deed from our website: www.ManateeClerk.com. Should you ever need a certified copy, the cost is $1.00 per page and $2.00 for the certification. In most cases, the total cost will be between $3.00 and $5.00.”
There does not appear to be anything illegal about this offering, but it is an unnecessary expense for a homeowner to incur.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Clerk’s Recording/Official Records Department at 941-741-4040 or email clerkscopycenter@ManateeClerk.com.
Powel Crosley, Jr. Community Exhibition: His Life. His Work. His ImpactWednesday, April 27, 2016—With the support of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau as primary sponsor, the South Florida Museum, Manatee Village Historical Park, the Manatee County Historical Records Library, the Manatee County Agricultural Museum, the Palmetto Historical Park and the Manatee County Central Library, Eaton Florida History Room will present a community exhibition on Powel Crosley, Jr. entitled, “Powel Crosley, Jr. Community Exhibition: His Life. His Work. His Impact.”
Thursday, April 07, 2016— Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, has two improvements to her office’s website, www.ManateeClerk.com, and mobile applications that will expand the number of customers served and improve the quality of their experience on the Clerk’s website.
ManateeClerk.com can now be translated easily and effortlessly into 90 different languages using Google’s translator application. At the top of the Clerk’s website, there is a dropdown box to “select language” which instantly translates the site into the language requested.
The second enhancement to the site is the addition of a button that centralizes all of the Clerk’s online payment options. By selecting “Pay Online” at the top of the page, customers can choose to make child support payments, pay traffic tickets and order certified copies of official records from any Florida county online. Free access to Manatee County Clerk documents is always available at ManateeClerk.com.
“My goal is to provide the highest level of customer service possible,” says Colonneso, “I plan to continue to raise the bar for our customer service by reaching the greatest number of customers and visitors possible. By empowering my employees and finding innovative ways to use technology, I will carry on our long standing tradition of excellence in customer service.”
Manatee County Teen Court/Teen Court Too Volunteer Attorney Training
Monday, March 28, 2016—Teen Court and Teen Court Too are real Courtroom experiences for first-time juvenile offenders. Youths between the ages of 10-17, who admit that they are guilty of selected misdemeanor offenses and some Court-Ordered, non-violent felony cases are heard by a jury of their peers instead of going before a Juvenile Court Judge.
Youth volunteers are needed to fill the crucial roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys. No legal studies background is needed; although an interest in the judicial system and the role of attorneys is a a plus.
During this training, youths who are interested in becoming Teen Court and Teen Court Too attorneys will receive training from practicing attorneys on courtroom decorum, questioning, objecting and code of conduct.
For more information or to sign up for this attorney volunteer training series, please contact Sue Lockliear or Rina Madrid at (941) 742-4027, or visit the website of the Clerk of the Circuit Court at https://www.manateeclerk.com/Departments/TeenCourt.aspx
Lunch and refreshments will be provided; Volunteer hours will be earned upon completion.
Type of event: Youth volunteer attorney training, free and open to students ages 12-17
Date & time: April 30, 2016; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Event location & address: Palmetto Historical Park, 516 10th Avenue West, Palmetto
Reservation deadline: April 27, 2016
Manatee County Clerk’s office first in State to use AgileJury to enhance juror experience
Monday, March 28, 2016—Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, Angelina “Angel” Colonneso is proud to announce that since its implementation in January 2016, eJuror has seen an increase in use by citizens summoned by 30%.
The introduction of the new AgileJury/eJuror web application earlier this year allows jurors to complete and submit the juror questionnaire, enter required demographic information, request jury duty postponements and deferrals online. Jurors who use the online eJuror system also have the option of receiving updates via email and/or text. The software provides jurors the option to complete the majority of the check-in process online and in advance, therefore, speeding up the process for the actual day of check-in.
Instructions on how to access and use the eJuror web application are included in the jury summons. The eJuror web application can be found at https://ejuror.manateeclerk.com
Jurors already using the system have commented on how easy it is to use.
Being first in the State to implement the service allows for other clerk’s offices in Florida to take advantage of the groundwork already completed. “I’m excited to offer these enhanced services to our community. This will streamline the jury summons process for citizens and make for a more cost effective and efficient process for staff,” says Angel Colonneso.
Clerk Receives Highest Award for Financial Reporting
Tuesday, March 22, 2016—For the 36th consecutive year, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, has been awarded with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the County’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. This Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by government and its management.
The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
“It’s rewarding to be recognized by the GFOA for our reporting. We strive to make our financial reports clear and easy to understand. It’s imperative that taxpayers know how and where their money is being spent and that they feel comfortable with our service and transparency. This report fully discloses the financial decisions and operations of our local government and I’m extremely proud of the Finance team’s work,” says Angel Colonneso.
This report is available on the Internet on the Finance page of the Clerk’s web site, CAFR.