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Hillsborough County News

DATE: March 30, 2017

Contact: Luann Finley, Director of Board Services, (813) 272-5826

 

Hillsborough Commissioners Seek Applications for Citizen Boards and Councils – Applications due April 27, 2017

 

Hillsborough County Commissioners are seeking residents to serve on several County citizen advisory boards and councils. Residents interested in seeking appointment must reside in and be registered voters in Hillsborough County. These are voluntary positions and members serve without compensation. Applicants may apply to more than one board but may only serve on one board at a time unless specifically approved by the BOCC. All applicants must submit a completed Questionnaire for County Appointments and a Standards of Conduct form.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Other requirements are in the information that follows.

 

The deadline to apply is April 27, 2017. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in May or June 2017.

 

The forms are available in the Commissioners’ reception area on the second floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa; by calling the Boards and Councils Coordinator at 813-272-5826; or on the County’s website at: www.HillsboroughCounty.org. Click on the “Government” link on the top of the page, then the “Boards and Committees” sublink. The forms can be filled out and printed, then scanned and emailed, faxed, hand-delivered, or mailed. All forms must be signed and dated and completed in entirety to be eligible.  Both forms must be submitted in order for the application package to be complete.  Additional directions for submission are listed on the questionnaire.

If you apply to a board that requires a background check, you must also submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization form, which is also on the webpage listed above.

The boards and councils that have openings are:

 

CHILD CARE FACILITIES ADVISORY BOARD

This Board advises the Board of County Commissioners on recommended amendments to the Child Care Facilities Ordinance; proposes additional rules and regulations to the Board of County Commissioners which effectuate the intent and purpose of the Ordinance; recommends and assists the Hillsborough County Office of Child Care Licensing in the development and implementation of training materials for child care personnel.  It also advises the Hillsborough County Office of Child Care Licensing on all matters pertaining to child care facilities.

 

Five positions are vacant.  Terms are for three years.  Positions are specified as: 1) a licensed private for-profit child care facility operator, 2) a licensed private for-profit child care facility operator from the African American community, 3) an operator of a licensed child care facility that serves at risk/special needs children, 4) a parent of a child enrolled in a child care facility in the County, and 5) a licensed religiously affiliated child care facility operator.  Appointment to this board is contingent upon passing a criminal background check.  Applicants must submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization Form with the application.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 1st Thursday, 1:00 p.m.

CHILD CARE LICENSING HEARING OFFICER

Pursuant to the Hillsborough County Family Child Care Homes Licensing Ordinance 14-40, and the Hillsborough County Child Care Facilities Ordinance 14-39, an applicant for a license or a current licensee, under these ordinances, may request a hearing whenever an application for a license is denied, or whenever a license has been placed on probation, suspended, revoked, or an administrative fine has been imposed by the Office of Child Care Licensing.  These hearings are conducted by a hearing officer who makes findings and recommendations with respect to the matters considered at the hearing.

 

One position is vacant.  Term is for three years.  Hearing Officers must be members in good standing of the Florida Bar and may not be employees of the County Attorney’s Office. Appointment as a Hearing Officer is contingent upon passing a criminal background check.  Applicants must submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization Form with the application.

 

Meeting schedule: When requested.

 

CHILDREN’S SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD

This Board examines and advises division management on the development and operation of programs that treat children with special needs.  The Board also advises on training programs, homeless and runaway youth programs, domestic violence programs, child care licensing, clinical outreach, and residential treatment programs for children in Hillsborough County.

 

Three terms are expiring.  Terms are for four years and will begin on July 1st. Nominees are to provide proof of a demonstrated interest in the welfare of children.  Appointment to this board is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. Applicants must submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization Form with the application.

 

Meeting schedule: At least 12 times annually.

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD

This Board has jurisdiction to hear violations of all codes and ordinances of Hillsborough County with most cases arising out of violations of the County’s housing, building, zoning and sign codes and ordinances to maintain minimum health and safety standards.

 

Three positions are vacant.  Two positions are for remainder of terms which expire 12/31/18. One alternate position is for three years.  Positions are specified as one member and two are alternates. Consideration for appointment shall be given to representatives from the following fields: an architect; a businessperson; an engineer; a general contractor; a subcontractor; and a realtor. Citizens appointed to this board must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.  Citizens appointed to this board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.  After two consecutive terms, a member shall not be eligible for reappointment until one calendar year has elapsed from date of termination of the second term.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, generally 3rd or 4th Friday, 9:00 a.m.

 

ELECTRICAL BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, APPEALS AND EXAMINERS

This Board confirms the competency and integrity of applicants applying for electrical certification in the County, and takes disciplinary action against those contractors that fail to comply with the Electrical Code.

 

One position is vacant.  Term is for four years.  Position is specified as an electrical contractor.  Citizens appointed to this board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.

 

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 3rd Thursday, 9:00 a.m.

FAMILY CHILD CARE HOME ADVISORY BOARD

This Board annually reviews and advises the Board of County Commissioners on recommended amendments to the Family Child Care Home’s Licensing Ordinance or the Rules and Regulations Handbook including recommending and assisting the local licensing agency in the development and implementation of training materials for child care personnel; advising the local licensing agency on matters of licensing policy, procedures, and priorities; and proposes additional rules and regulations regarding the intent and purpose of the ordinance.

 

Three positions are vacant.  Terms are for three years.  Positions are specified as: 1 & 2) a parent who has a child enrolled in a licensed family day care home, and 3) a licensed family child care home operator representing all segments of the community.  Appointment to this board is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. Applicants must submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization Form with the application.

 

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

 

HEALTH CARE ADVISORY BOARD

This Board improves accessibility and efficiency of care for medically poor residents of Hillsborough County through recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for fund allocation, coordination, planning, and monitoring of health care delivery systems.

 

Two terms are expiring.  Terms are for four years and will begin on July 1st.  Positions are specified as: 1) an at-large representative, and 2) a health care business or professional representative.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 3rd Thursday, 3:00 p.m.

 

HISTORIC RESOURCES REVIEW BOARD

This Board serves as an architectural review board for the protection of historic resources in unincorporated Hillsborough County.  It recommends archaeological and historical sites to the Board of County Commissioners for landmark designation and reviews alterations and new construction on landmark sites or districts.

 

Four positions are vacant, one due to resignation.  Three terms are for three years.  One position is for the remainder of term which expires 6/30/18. All members shall have a demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge in historic preservation.  Positions are specified as: 1) an Historian, 2) one architect or one architectural historian, 3) an alternate who meets one of the professional criteria for this board: an architect; an architectural historian; historian; anthropologist; archaeologist; planner or landscape architect; real estate broker or developer; one owner of a historic property listed on the Florida Master Site File, and 4) an alternate with demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge in historic preservation.  Citizens appointed to this board must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.

 

Meeting schedule:  Monthly, 3rd Tuesday, 3:00 p.m.

 

HISTORICAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

This Council’s mission is to support and facilitate a uniform historical marker program throughout the County, including the cities of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace as well as organizations and other agencies who request assistance.  It also provides the BOCC with support that complements the goals of historical preservation and education in Hillsborough County.

 

One term is expiring and one position is vacant.  Terms are for three years.  Nominees are to provide proof of expertise in significant and relevant historical matters.  No member shall serve for more than two full consecutive terms. More than one half of a term is deemed to be

 

service for a full term. A member who has served two full consecutive terms shall be eligible for reappointment after at least three years of non-membership. In making appointments, due consideration shall be given to achieving a demographic balance among the appointed.

 

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 4:30 p.m.

 

HOSPITAL AUTHORITY

This Authority monitors the lease entered into in 1997 with Florida Health Sciences Center, Inc., which permits FHSC to occupy the Authority’s Davis Island property and transfers ownership and operation of Tampa General Hospital.  Monitoring the hospital’s overall condition, indigent and charity care reports and MBE contract participation, and reviewing citizen grievances who feel they were denied care due to the inability to pay are the primary obligations of the Authority Board.

 

One position is vacant due to resignation.  Position is for the remainder of term which expires 6/30/20.

 

Meeting schedule:  Quarterly, generally 4th Monday, 9:00 a.m.

 

HUMAN RELATIONS BOARD

This Board encourages equality among all people by reviewing complaints filed under Hillsborough County’s Human Rights Ordinance which promotes fair treatment and equal opportunity for people regardless of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identification or expression.

 

One position is vacant due to resignation.  Position is for the remainder of term which expires 12/31/18.  Consideration for membership shall be given to representatives from the following fields: retail merchandising management; industrial management; real estate sales; property leasing; mortgage financing; law enforcement; and labor council. Members may not be appointed to serve more than two full consecutive terms.  Members appointed to this board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 2nd Tuesday, Noon.

 

LAND USE APPEALS BOARD

This Board hears appeals of decisions of the Land Use Hearing Officer on special use permits and variances from zoning regulations.

 

One term is expiring.  Term is for three years.  Position is specified as an alternate.  Consideration for membership shall be given to representatives from the following fields: an attorney with at least five years of experience practicing in Hillsborough County who shall have been admitted to the Florida Bar for not less than five years; a landscape architect or architect, registered to practice in the state of Florida; a business owner or operator in unincorporated Hillsborough County; a professional planner with not less than three years of experience in land use planning or zoning in Hillsborough County; a civil or environmental engineer registered to practice in the state of Florida; a member of a civic or neighborhood organization in unincorporated Hillsborough County; a developer active in development in Hillsborough County or a duly licensed general contractor (Class A) active in business in Hillsborough County.  Citizens appointed to this board must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.  Citizens appointed to this board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 1st Friday, 1:00 p.m., as needed.

 

 

MECHANICAL BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, APPEALS AND EXAMINERS

This Board confirms the competency and integrity of applicants applying for electrical certification in the County, and takes disciplinary action against those contractors that fail to comply with the Mechanical Code.

 

Three positions are vacant.  Member terms are for four years.  Alternate positions are for two years.  Positions are specified as: 1) a mechanical contractor or a class “A” HVAC contractor, and 2 & 3) alternates.  Alternate members must be knowledgeable and experienced in the technical codes of this Board.  Citizens appointed to this Board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.

 

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 3rd Thursday, 10:00 a.m.

 

PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD

This Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Library Director regarding the operation of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, including future planning and policy developments.

 

Three terms are expiring and one position is vacant due to resignation.  Expiring terms are for three years and will begin on July 1st.  The vacant position (in District 1) is for the remainder of term which expires 6/30/18.  Positions are specified as one resident each from Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4.  Participation in at least one of the standing committees is required.  Appointment to this board is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. Applicants must submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization Form with the application.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 4th Thursday, 4:00 p.m.

 

TAMPA SPORTS AUTHORITY

This Authority was created by the Florida Legislature in 1965 to plan, develop, and maintain sports and recreational facilities for residents of Tampa and Hillsborough County.  It owns and operates the Raymond James Stadium, the home of the NFL franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the University of South Florida Bulls football team.  In addition, the TSA owned the St. Pete Times Forum until December 20, 2004, when it was conveyed ownership to Hillsborough County.  Also, the TSA manages three public golf courses for the City of Tampa.

 

Two terms are expiring. Terms are for four years and will begin on July 1st.  Members appointed to this Authority will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.  The BOCC has established a general residency requirement that members of the Authority should reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.  However, the BOCC has the authority to waive its unincorporated residency requirement, that, notwithstanding residency status, all citizens may apply; and all names shall be presented to the BOCC for consideration.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 4th Monday, 4:00 p.m.

 

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

This Council prepares a tourist development plan for the Board of County Commissioners, recommends uses for the tourist development tax revenue, and monitors trust fund spending.  It also makes recommendations to the Commissioners for developing tourism in the area.

 

One position is vacant due to resignation.  Position is for the remainder of term which expires 12/31/18.  Position is specified as a tourist industry representative involved in a tourism related business or venue.

 

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 3:00 p.m., as called by Chairman.

 

 

VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD

This Board was created by F.S. 194 to provide citizens a forum to address complaints when they believe the Property Appraiser has over assessed their property or improperly denied an exemption or classification or the Tax Collector improperly denied a tax deferral.  The Board hires qualified attorneys and appraisers to conduct hearings on these complaints and make recommendations.  The Board meets to act on these recommendations.

 

One term is expiring.  Term is for one year and will begin on July 1st.  Member must own homesteaded property in Hillsborough County.  Citizen members shall be appointed in a manner to avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts of interest. (Florida Administrative Code 12D-9.004(1)(c)4)  Citizen members must not be a member or employee of any taxing authority in this state and may not be a person who represents property owners, property appraisers, tax collectors, or taxing authorities in any administrative or judicial review of property taxes.

 

Meeting schedule: Five to seven times per year.

 

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Questionnaire/Application Forms can be –

 

Mailed to:                                                       Delivered/Mailed to:

Boards & Councils Coordinator                   Boards & Councils Coordinator

P.O. Box 1110 2nd Floor County Center

Tampa, FL 33601                                            601 E. Kennedy Blvd.

                                                                        Tampa, FL 33602

 

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