Hillsborough County Citizen Board Recruiting

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. The deadline for applying is Thursday, June 3. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in June or July.

CHILDREN’S SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD–advises Children’s Services Department management on the development and operation of programs that treat children with special needs. The Board also advises on parent training programs, emergency shelter services, homeless and runaway youth programs, domestic violence programs, child care licensing, clinical outreach, and residential treatment programs for children in Hillsborough County. It also assures the coordination of Head Start and Early Head Start services with all other children’s services offered by the County.

Three terms are expiring. Terms are for four years. Nominees are to have a demonstrated interest in the welfare of children. Appointment to this Board is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. Meeting schedule: At least six times annually.

CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD–has jurisdiction to hear violations of all codes and ordinances of Hillsborough County. Most cases arise out of violations of the County’s housing, building, zoning and sign codes and ordinances created to maintain minimum health and safety standards.

One position is vacant due to resignation. Position is for remainder of unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2011. Consideration for membership will be given to representatives from the following fields: an engineer, an architect, a general contractor, a subcontractor, or a Realtor. Citizen appointed to this Board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure and must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.

ENTERPRISE ZONE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY BOARD–implements a strategic economic development plan for the state-approved University Area Enterprise Zone. The University Area Enterprise Zone is generally described as being located north of the City of Tampa boundary along Fowler Avenue, south of Bearss Avenue/Skipper Road, and between I-275 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

One term is expiring. Term is for four years. Position is specified as a representative of a non-profit community-based organization operating within the Zone. Meeting schedule: Every other month, at least annually.

FAMILY CHILD CARE HOME ADVISORY BOARD–annually reviews and advises the Board of County Commissioners on recommended amendments to the Family Child Care Homes Licensing Ordinance or the Rules and Regulations Handbook. This includes 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, procedure and priorities; and proposes additional rules and regulations regarding the intent and purpose of the ordinance.

Two positions are vacant. Terms are for three years. Positions are specified as a parent who has a child enrolled in a licensed family day care home. Please specify this on your application. Appointment to this Board is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. Meeting schedule: Quarterly, third Thursday, 7 p.m.

GAS BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, APPEALS & EXAMINERS–governs the certification of gas contractors doing work in Hillsborough County and enforces adherence to the standards set by the Gas Code.

Two positions are vacant. Terms are for four years. Positions are specified as 1) a master gas fitter, and 2) a liquid petroleum installer. Citizen appointed to this Board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure. Meeting schedule: Quarterly, third Thursday, 11 a.m.

HEALTH CARE ADVISORY BOARD–improves accessibility and efficiency of care for medically-poor residents of Hillsborough County through recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on fund allocation, coordination, planning and monitoring of health care delivery systems.

Two terms are expiring. Terms are for four years. Positions are specified as 1) a community health care provider who is not a physician, and 2) an at-large representative. Meeting schedule: Monthly, third Thursday, 3 p.m.

HILLSBOROUGH RIVER TECHNICAL ADVISORY COUNCIL–advises and makes recommendations to the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board with respect to the development of the Hillsborough River Corridor. Also makes recommendations regarding the monitoring of activities within the Hillsborough River Corridor, as they relate to the local comprehensive plan policies.

One term is expiring. Term is for four years. Members must have a demonstrated interest in the protection of the Hillsborough River. Meeting schedule: Monthly, third Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.

HISTORICAL RESOURCES REVIEW 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 terms are expiring. Terms are for three years. Positions are specified as 1) an anthropologist or archaeologist, and 2) a historian. Citizen appointed to this Board 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, third Tuesday, 3 p.m.

HOSPITAL AUTHORITY–monitors the lease with Florida Health Sciences Center, Inc. that permits the organization to occupy and operate the Authority’s Davis Island property and Tampa General Hospital. The Authority’s monitoring obligations include campus maintenance, provision of indigent care, and Minority Business/Enterprise (MBE) participation.

Two terms are expiring. Terms are for four years. Citizens appointed to this Authority will be required to file an annual financial disclosure. Meeting schedule: Quarterly, generally fourth Monday, 9 a.m.

MECHANICAL BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, APPEALS & EXAMINERS–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 term is for four years. Alternate terms are for two years. Positions are specified as 1) a mechanical trade representative, 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, third Thursday, 10 a.m.

PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD–works with the Board of County Commissioners regarding the operation of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System, including future planning and policy developments.

Five terms are expiring. Terms are for three years. Positions are specified as residents from Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4. Appointment to this Board is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. Meeting schedule: Monthly, fourth Thursday, 4 p.m.

VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD –created by Florida Statute 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 hear public comment and act on these recommendations.

One term is expiring. One alternate position is being created. Terms are for one year. Positions are specified as citizens who own homesteaded property in Hillsborough County. Citizen may not be a member or an employee of any Taxing Authority and may not be a person who represents property owners in any administrative or judicial review of property taxes. Meeting schedule: Three to six times per year.

You can check throughout the year to see if your local county or city government is recruiting for any citizen advisory boards.  Hernando County is a also recruiting for several citizen advisory boards.  Applications for the Hernando County citizen advisory boards are due May 17,2010.  These are unpaid positions, but they do give you an opportunity to have your opinions contribute to changes in your local community.

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