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Posted August 18, 2017 | 1:50 PM

County Seeks Applications for Citizen Boards and Councils

Applications due September 13, 2017

Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 18, 2017) - Hillsborough County is 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 September 13, 2017. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in September or October 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 Boards and Committees Forms page. 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. 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. You will be contacted by our Human Resources Department with further instructions regarding the online portion of the background check. A response within 24 hours is required.

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.

As a result of the adoption of Resolution R17-061, consistent with changes to Section 420.9076, Florida Statutes, changing the makeup of this Board, three positions are vacant. Terms are for three years. Positions are specified as: 1) a citizen advocate for low income persons in connection with Affordable Housing; 2 & 3) at-large residents of Hillsborough County.

Meeting schedule: Every other month, 1st Monday, 9:00 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.

Three positions are vacant and one term is expiring. 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) a licensed religiously affiliated child care facility operator; and 4) a parent of a child in a child care facility in Hillsborough County. Appointment to this board is contingent upon passing a criminal background check.Applicants must submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization Formwith the application. 

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 1st Thursday, 1:30 p.m.

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 alarm ordinances and natural resources regulations; the water restriction ordinance, and red light camera appeals.

One new position has been created. Term is for three years. Nominees should have experience in one or more of the following: law, codes, enforcement, constructions, and land use; water resource ordinances; burglar false alarm ordinances and land development program; or zoning signs and minimum standards ordinances. Citizens appointed as a Special Magistrate will be required to file an annual financial disclosure. Citizens appointed as a Special Magistrate must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County. 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, 9:00 a.m.
Community Codes - generally 2nd Monday; Red Light Camera Appeals - generally 2nd Thursday; Burglar False Alarms, Water Resources, & Natural Resources Regulations - generally 1st Monday.

COUNTY INTERNAL AUDIT COMMITTEE
This Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and to the County Internal Audit Department, on issues presented to the Audit Committee related to monitoring audit activities for the BOCC. The Audit Committee also serves as an intermediary between the BOCC and the County Internal Auditor upon request from the BOCC or the County Internal Auditor. The Audit Committee shall be subject at all times to Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law, codified in Florida Statutes 286.011.

One position is vacant. Members may not serve more than two full consecutive terms. Position is specified as a general position (no audit experience or certifications/licenses required). Consideration for membership shall be given to nominees who possess the following attributes: the ability to encourage openness and transparency; the ability to ask relevant questions, evaluate the answer, and continue to probe for information until completely satisfied with the answers provided; the ability to work with the County Internal Auditor and work cohesively with other Audit Committee members in fulfilling the Audit Committee's purpose. 

Members shall not have a direct financial interest in County business and must have an impartial, unbiased attitude and no conflicts of interest. Any applicant or Audit Committee member who has an independence or objectivity impairment in fact or in appearance, must promptly report the details to the County's Boards and Councils Coordinator, County Internal Auditor, and Committee Chair. The nature of the disclosure will depend upon the impairment. Each member should have an understanding of good management and business practices. Please also provide a current resume. 

Meeting schedule: Quarterly.

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 COUNCIL OF WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA, INC. (District VI)
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.

Two positions are vacant and two terms are expiring. Terms are for two years. Positions are specified as: 1) 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; 2) a health care provider; 3) a health care consumer under the age of 60; and 4) a health care consumer over the age of 60. This council meets in rotating counties of the 5-county planning district.

Meeting schedule: 2nd Thursday, every other month, 3:30 p.m.

HILLSBOROUGH AREA REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY (HART)
The mission of the Hillsborough Transit Authority (HART) is to provide safe, innovative, and cost-effective public transportation services that enhance the quality of life in our community.

Three terms are expiring. Terms are for three years. 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 Monday, 9:00 a.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.

Two positions are vacant and two terms are expiring. Two terms are for three years. Positions are specified as: 1) an Historian; 2) one architect, licensed to practice in the state of Florida or one architectural historian; 3) a real estate broker, licensed to practice in the state of Florida; and 3) a lay person with a demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge in historic preservation. All members shall 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 Board of County Commissioners with support that complements the goals of historical preservation and education in Hillsborough County.

Two positions are 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.

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 position is vacant. 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 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 position is for four years. Alternate positions are for two years. Positions are specified as: 1) a mechanical contractor; and 2 & 3) 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 Thursday, 10:00 a.m.

PLANNING COMMISSION / HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CITY-COUNTY
The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission is an independent consolidated planning agency, lead by appointed citizens, which serves all the citizens of Hillsborough County by providing a vision for improving the quality of life. The Planning Commission and its staff serve as agents within the community to promote and coordinate the involvement of all people in comprehensive long-range planning, growth management, transportation, and environmental protection. The Planning Commission makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners, Tampa City Council, Plant City Commission, and Temple Terrace City Council regarding land use, community planning, capital improvements, urban design, and other comprehensive issues.

One term is expiring. Term is for four years. 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. Members of this board will be required to take an Oath of Office.

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 2nd Monday, 2:00 p.m.

PLUMBING & GAS BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, APPEALS AND 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.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION:
MAIL TO: 

Boards & Councils Coordinator 
P. O. Box 1110 
Tampa, FL 33601 

DELIVER/MAIL TO:
Boards & Councils Coordinator
2nd Floor, County Center
601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

FAX TO: 
(813) 307-3237

SCAN AND E-MAIL TO:
FinleyL@HCFLGov.net

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