Hillsborough County Commissioners are seeking residents to serve on several County citizen advisory boards and councils. Residents interested in seeking appointment must 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. All applicants must submit a completed Questionnaire for County Appointments and a Standards of Conduct form.
The deadline to apply is February 27, 2014. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in March or April 2014.
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 Application Questionnaire for County Appointments is in the middle of the page, along with the Standards of Conduct form. The forms can be filled out and printed, and then scanned and emailed, faxed, hand-delivered, or mailed. All forms must be signed and dated. 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 available on the webpage listed above.
The Historic Preservation Boards and Councils that have openings are:
HISTORIC PRESERVATION CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM – GRANT REVIEW COMMITTEE
The purpose of this Committee is to promote historic preservation, heritage tourism, and related economic development within Hillsborough County (both incorporated and unincorporated areas.)
Eight terms are expiring. Terms are for two years. No member shall serve more than three successive terms. Members are to have expertise in one or more of the following areas: historic preservation, architecture, heritage tourism, destination marketing, marketing and economic development, landscape architecture, and interior design. This Committee must include residents from unincorporated Hillsborough County and at least one resident from the Cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace. Meeting schedule: To be determined.
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. One term is for three years. One position is for the remainder of term that expires March 1, 2015. Citizens appointed to this board must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County. The positions are specified as:
1) an historian
2) a lay person with demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge in historic preservation
Meeting schedule: Monthly, third Tuesday, 3 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. One position is vacant. Term is for three years. 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. 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.
Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 4:30 p.m.
Other Boards seeking residents:
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.
BUILDING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS, APPEALS AND 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.
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 that 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.
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 parent training programs, homeless and runaway youth programs, domestic violence programs, child care licensing, clinical outreach, and residential treatment programs for children in Hillsborough County.
COUNCIL ON AGING — The purpose of this Council is to advocate on behalf of older adults for the betterment of their well being and to furnish input to the Department of Family and Aging Services – Division of Aging Services, including the Board of County Commissioners, on matter relating to the quality of life of older adults.
ELECTRICAL BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS, 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.
ENTERPRISE ZONE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY BOARD — This advisory Board implements a strategic economic development plan for the Enterprise Zone. The State approved University Area Enterprise Zone now include Palm River, Gibsonton, Riverview and the 56th Street area between Hillsborough Avenue and the Hillsborough River.
FAMILY 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.
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.
HEALTH COUNCIL OF WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA, 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.
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.
MECHANICAL BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS, 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.
PLUMBING AND 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 jurisdiction that choose to use the County’s boards and enter into an interlocal agreement with Hillsborough County.
TAMPA BAY AREA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY – CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE — This Committee provides region-oriented advice to TBARTA regarding the development and implementation of a multi-modal transportation master plan; to promote public awareness and participation in the master planning process; and to help disseminate information to local citizens groups.
For more information, contact Luann Finley, Director of Board Services, at 813-272-5826.