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Hillsborough County News

DATE: March 21, 2019

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

 

Hillsborough Commissioners Seek Applications for Citizen Boards and Councils – Applications due April 18, 2019.

 

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.  Additional requirements are in the information that follows.

 

If you apply to a board that requires a background check, you must also submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization form. *You will be contacted by our Human Resources Department with further instructions regarding the online portion of the background check.  A response within 36 hours is required.

 

The application due date to apply by is April 18, 2019. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in May or June 2019.

 

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: HCFLGov.net. Click on the “Government” link on the top of the page, then the “Boards and Committees” link. 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 all questions must be answered in entirety to be eligible.  Additional directions for submission are listed on the questionnaire.

 

The boards and councils that have openings are:

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD

This Board advises and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners and Affordable Housing Officer on issues affecting affordable housing development, and to assist the County in developing new programs and policies in order to foster the development and preservation of attainable housing for those County residents who desire to live in safe, decent, and affordable housing.

 

One term will expire.  Term is for three years.  Position is specified as a citizen actively engaged as a for-profit provider of Affordable Housing.

 

Meeting schedule: Every other month, 1st Monday, 11:00 a.m.

 

ANTI-BULLYING ADVISORY COMMITTEE

This Committee was created to provide advice and recommendations to curb and eliminate all forms of bullying throughout Hillsborough County, Florida.

 

One term has expired.  Term is for three years.  Position is specified as a representative from an organization that works directly with troubled youth.  This board is subject to F.S. 286.011 – also known as the Sunshine Law.

 

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: Every other month, 4th Thursday, 10:00 a.m.

 

BUILDING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, APPEALS & EXAMINERS

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

 

One position is vacant due to resignation.  Position is for the remainder of term which expires 12/31/21.  Position is specified as a Florida registered architect.

 

Citizen appointed to this board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 3rd Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.

 

CAREERSOURCE TAMPA BAY

This Board provides policy guidance and oversight for workforce development activities for CareerSource Florida Region 15 (Hillsborough County) in partnership with the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), including activities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); development of an annual budget subject to the approval of the BOCC; developing, ratifying and submitting or amending the local workforce plan subject to the approval of the BOCC; establishing and adopting policy for governance, administration and operation of the CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) Board of Directors; oversight of the CSTB budget, programs, administrative costs and performance outcomes; identifying and selecting providers of training services, intensive services, youth providers and One Stop Operators as necessary and applicable.

 

Seventeen terms will expire.  Terms are for two years and will begin July 1, 2019.

 

The membership of this board shall be comprised to represent the required composition and percentage of representation required by current workforce development legislation. Consideration for appointment will be given to representatives from the following categories:

 

Business: (9 positions)

Business sector nominees must be located in Hillsborough County and include with their application, a letter of nomination from a local business organization or business trade association that they will represent. Business sector nominees must represent a minimum of 51% of the total Board.

 

Workforce: (3 positions)

Workforce sector nominees shall be representatives of: 1) community-based organizations that address the employment needs of individuals with barriers to employment or disabilities; and 2) community-based organizations that serve veterans.

 

Education and Training: (2 positions)

Education and training sector nominees shall be representatives of entities administering education and training activities in Hillsborough County, including: 1) institutions of higher education providing workforce investment activities; and 2) private education providers.

 

Government, Economic/Community Development: (3 positions)

Government, economic/community development nominees shall be representatives of entities serving Hillsborough County including: 1) economic development; 2) vocational rehabilitation; 3) may include representatives of agencies or entities relating to transportation, housing, public assistance and philanthropic organizations; or 4) may include others as the BOCC determines to be appropriate.

 

The BOCC has established a general residency requirement that members of this Board shall reside in and be registered voters of Hillsborough County. However, the BOCC has the authority to waive its residency requirement that, notwithstanding residency status, all citizens may apply. Waiver will be considered only for the Workforce, Education and Training, and Government, Economic/Community Development entities categories.

 

Citizens appointed to this board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.

 

Meeting schedule: Bi-Monthly, 3rd Thursday, 11:00 a.m.

 

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.

 

Four positions are vacant.  Terms are for three years.  Positions are specified as: 1) a licensed private for-profit child care facility operator from the African American community; 2) a local non-profit or governmental agency serving the needs of young children and their parents; 3) an operator from a licensed religiously affiliated child care facility; and 4) a non-profit licensed child care facility or organization representative.

 

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, 1st Thursday, 1:30 p.m.

 

CHILD CARE LICENSING HEARING OFFICER

Pursuant to the Hillsborough County 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 and two terms will expire.  Terms are for three years and will begin July 1, 2019.  Hearing Officers must be members in good standing of the Florida Bar and may not be employees of the County Attorney’s Office.

 

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: When requested.

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT SPECIAL MAGISTRATE

These Special Magistrates have 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; burglar false alarms ordinance and natural resources regulations; the water restriction ordinance, and red light camera appeals.

 

One position is vacant and one term has expired.  Terms are for three years.  After two consecutive terms, a member shall not be eligible for reappointment until one calendar year has elapsed from the date of termination of the second term.  Applicant must have experience in one of the following: law, codes, enforcement, construction and land use; water resource ordinances; burglar false alarm ordinances and land development program; zoning signs and minimum standards ordinances.   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 will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.  Citizens appointed to this board must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly; Red Light Cameras – generally 1st or 2nd Thursday at 9:00 am; Burglar False Alarms, Water Resources, & Natural Resources Regulations – generally 1st Friday, 9:00 am.

 

CULTURAL ASSETS COMMISSION

The purpose of this Commission is to provide guidance in the administration of the Cultural Assets Program, to serve as a vetting body to consider merits of proposals, to provide recommendations as to periodic funding and grant awards consistent with solicitation processes, and to provide further advice regarding enhancements to the Program to meet the primary objectives set forth by the Board of County Commissioners.

 

This is a newly created board.  There are seven positions.  Terms are for three years.  Positions are specified as: 3 representatives of a community-based philanthropic organization and/or private foundation; and 4 representatives possessing one or more of the following skill sets: cultural-based organizations and program delivery, event production, corporate giving, natural and recreational assets, fine arts, local history, creative industries, culinary assets, place-making, tourism, marketing, and economic development.

 

Meeting schedule: Quarterly. Time and location to be determined.

 

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.

 

Four positions are vacant.  Terms are for three years.  Positions are specified as: 1 & 2) a licensed family child care home operator representing all segments of the community; and 3 & 4) a parent who has a child enrolled in a licensed family day care home.

 

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 positions are vacant due to resignation.  Positions are for a partial term which expires 2/15/21 and 6/30/22.  Positions are specified as: 1) a participant in the Hillsborough County Indigent Health Care Plan at the time of appointment or any subsequent reappointment; and 2) a health insurance industry representative.

 

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

 

HEALTH COUNCIL OF WEST CENTRAL FL, INC.

This Council works in collaboration with community-based organizations to identify, address, and resolve health care issues of local concern.  The Council collects and analyzes health care data, prepares special reports and publications, and educates the community about special health issues.

 

One position is vacant.  Term is for two years.  Position is specified as a health care purchaser – an individual or an authorized member of an organization or agency who is responsible for the purchase of health services for a group of 25 or more individuals either directly or through acquisition of health insurance coverage.

 

Meeting schedule: 2nd Thursday, every other month, 3:30 p.m.  This council meets in rotating counties of the 5-county planning district.

 

HILLSBOROUGH RIVER TECHNICAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

This Council advises and makes recommendations to the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board with respect to the development of the Hillsborough River Corridor and monitoring of activities within the Hillsborough River corridor as they relate to the local comprehensive plan policies that relate to the river.

 

One term has expired.  Term is for four years.  Member must have a demonstrated interest in the protection of the Hillsborough River.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 3rd Tuesday, 1:30 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.

 

Three positions are vacant and one term will expire.  Terms are for three years and will begin July 1, 2019.  Positions are specified as: 1) an historian; 2) an architect, licensed to practice in the state of Florida; 3) an architect, licensed to practice in the state of Florida or an architectural historian; and 4) an anthropologist or archaeologist.  All members must have a 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.

 

Two terms will expire.  Terms are for three years and will begin July 1, 2019.  No member shall serve 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.

 

One position is specified as the County Historian who will serve as an ex-officio member with exhibited leadership, knowledge, and scholarship in the field of local history.  All members shall possess expertise in significant and relevant historical matters.  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.

 

Four terms will expire.  Terms are for four years.  Members who are practitioners of the healing arts may not constitute more than three members of the Authority at any given time.

 

Citizens appointed to this board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.

 

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

 

HOUSING FINANCE AUTHORITY

This Authority was created in 1985 to provide incentives to the private sector to relieve the shortage of affordable housing in Hillsborough County.  Through partnerships with lenders, builders, and developers, the Authority has assisted thousands of first-time home-buyers through mortgage loan programs, which offer below-market mortgage rates and innovative down payment assistance programs.  The Authority has also assisted renters through its Multi-Family Bond programs which feature below-market rental rates to lower income individuals and families.

 

Two terms will expire.  Terms are for four years.  Not less than three of the members shall be knowledgeable in one of the following fields: labor, finance, or commerce.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, generally 2nd Friday, 9:30 a.m.

 

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

This Authority, with the consent of the Board of County Commissioners, provides financing of industrial projects that are beneficial to the community, including manufacturing plants and pollution and waste control facilities.

 

One position is vacant.  Term is for four years.  Member should be knowledgeable in finance, economic development, or the planning and financing of large capital improvements.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 1st Thursday, 8:30 a.m.

 

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.

 

Four terms will expire.  Terms are for three years.  Consideration of membership shall be given to representatives of the following: a business owner or operator in unincorporated Hillsborough County; 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 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 will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.  Citizens appointed to this board must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.

 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 1st Friday, 1:30 p.m., as needed.

 

MECHANICAL BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, APPEALS & EXAMINERS

This Board confirms the competency and integrity of applicants applying for mechanical 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 term is for two years.  Positions are specified as: 1) a Class “A” HVAC contractor; 2) a sheet metal contractor; and 3) an alternate, with knowledge and experience 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.

 

PLUMBING AND GAS BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, APPEALS & EXAMINERS

This Board governs the certification and/or compliance standards for plumbing and gas contractors doing work in Hillsborough County and enforces adherence to the standards set by the Plumbing and Gas Code.  The board members shall be appointed by the governing bodies of the jurisdictions that choose to use the County’s boards and enter into an interlocal agreement with Hillsborough County.

 

Two positions are vacant.  Terms are for two years. Positions are specified as alternates with knowledge and experience 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 Tuesday, 1:00 p.m.

 

PUBLIC ART COMMITTEE

This Committee acts in the public interest on all matters relating to the Public Art Ordinance including the selection, placement, and maintenance of works of public art throughout the County.  The Committee provides public input in the administration and planning of the Public Art Program, and serves as a liaison to the Hillsborough County visual arts community.

 

One position is vacant.  Term is for three years.  No member shall serve for more than two full three year terms.  Position is specified as a private citizen of Hillsborough County with a demonstrated knowledge and appreciation for visual art with at least one member residing in unincorporated Hillsborough County.

 

Meeting schedule: Quarterly.

 

PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD

This 12 member Board, appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, 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.

 

One position is vacant and five terms will expire.  Vacant position, in District 2, is for a partial term which expires 6/30/20. Five terms are for three years and will begin July 1, 2019.  Positions are specified as: 1) two residents from County Commission District 1; 2) two residents from County Commission District 2; 3) one resident from County Commission District 3; and 4) one resident from County Commission District 4.  Successful candidates should have some background/experience in business, law, government or other civic activity and have demonstrated leadership in the community.

 

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.

 

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 will expire. Term is for one year and will begin July 1, 2019.  Position is specified as a citizen who owns homesteaded property in Hillsborough County. 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.

 

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)

 

Meeting schedule: Five to seven times per year.

 

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Questionnaire/Application Forms can be –

 

Mailed to:

Boards & Councils Coordinator                  

P.O. Box 1110 2nd Floor County Center

Tampa, FL 33601       

 

Delivered/Mailed to:

Boards & Councils Coordinator

 601 E. Kennedy Blvd.

 Tampa, FL 33602

 

Faxed to: 813-273-3732                                                    

 

Scanned and e-mailed to:

finleyl@hillsboroughcounty.org

 

 

 

 

 

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