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Hillsborough Commissioners Seek Applications for Citizen Boards and Councils

Applications due by close of business on Jan. 30, 2020

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2020) - 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 before the link expires.

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 the Boards and Councils 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.
The application is due by close of business on January 30, 2020. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in February or March 2020.

Forms can be mailed to: P. O. Box 1110, Tampa, FL 33601
Delivered to: 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 2nd Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Faxed to: 813-273-3732
Emailed to: finleyl@hillsboroughcounty.org

The boards and councils that have openings are:

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.

Two terms are expiring. Terms are for three years. Positions are specified as members at-large. 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 term is expiring. Term is for four years. Position is specified as a swimming pool contractor.

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.

Two positions are vacant due to resignation. Positions are for the remainder of terms which expires 6/30/20 and 6/30/21.

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: (2 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.

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 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. 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.

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 terms are expiring. Terms are for three years. After two full 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. 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, generally 3rd or 4th Friday, 9:00 a.m.

COMMISSION ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The purpose of this newly created Commission is to promote public awareness of the existence of human trafficking within Hillsborough County; Establish, through relationship building within the community, educational programming opportunities for the public and key industries to recognize the indicators of human trafficking and learn to report suspected human trafficking; and Advocate strategies, financially and otherwise, to aid rescued victims of human trafficking; and Support local and statewide efforts to identify opportunities for positive impact and improved outcomes for victims and service providers through data collection, sharing, and analysis.

Two positions are open. Terms are for one year; initially staggered, and all subsequent terms are for two years. Positions are specified as individuals representing the following segments of the community: 1) a religious institution, and 2) a human trafficking community advocate.

Meeting schedule: To be determined.

COUNTY INTERNAL AUDIT COMMITTEE

This Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and to the County Internal Auditor, 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 due to resignation. Position is for the remainder of a term which expires 8/31/20. Members may not serve more than two full consecutive terms. Position is specified as a general position with 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 any 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 provide a current resume.

Meeting schedule: Quarterly.

CROSS CONNECTION AND BACKFLOW CONTROL BOARD
This Board assists the plumbing official, the water purveyor, and the health officer in the enforcement of Hillsborough County regulations; hears citizen complaints concerning the Ordinance and associated regulations, and when appropriate, makes recommendations to the BOCC regarding changes to the regulations; and serves as an appeals board from any decision, ruling, or determination of the inspection agency involve in the enforcement of the Ordinance and associated regulations.

Two terms have expired. Terms are for four years. Positions are specified as: 1) a private attorney licensed in the state of Florida, and 2) an industry representative.

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 2nd Monday, 1:00 p.m.

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.

One position is vacant due to resignation. Position is for the remainder of a term which expires 5/31/22. Position is specified as a community-based philanthropic organization and/or private foundation.

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

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.

Two terms will expire. Terms are for four years. Positions are specified as: 1) an electrical trade's representative, and 2) a representative of an electrical utility company.

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

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 3rd Thursday, 9:00 a.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 and one term is expiring. Two positions are for the remainder of terms which expires 2/15/21 and 6/30/22 respectively. One term is for four years. Positions are specified as: 1) a participant in the Hillsborough County Indigent Health Care Plan at the time of appointment or any subsequent reappointment; 2) a health insurance industry representative; and 3) a representative from the community at-large.

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

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.

Nine terms are expiring. Terms are for two years. Members are to have experience in one or more of the following areas: historic preservation; architecture; heritage tourism; 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: Meets annually in June.

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. Terms are for three years. Positions are specified as: 1) an historian; 2) an architect, licensed to practice in the state of Florida or an architectural historian; 3) an architect, licensed to practice in the state of Florida

Citizens appointed to this board must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 3rd Tuesday, 3:00 p.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.
One term is expiring. Term is 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.
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.

Two terms are expiring. Terms are for three years. Members may not be appointed to serve more than two full consecutive terms. 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.

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

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 2nd Tuesday, Noon.

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 and two terms are expiring. Terms are 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.

Two positions are vacant and two terms are expiring. Terms are for three years. Consideration for membership shall be given to representatives of the following: an attorney with at least five years of experience practicing in Hillsborough County who has 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 developer active in development in Hillsborough County or a duly licensed general contractor (Class A) active in a 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 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 terms are for four years. Alternate member 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 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 and one term is expiring. 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 and one term is expiring. Term is for three years. No member shall serve for more than two full three year terms. Position is specified as: 1) an architect, planner, landscape architect, or developer in Hillsborough County, and 2) a private citizen of Hillsborough County with demonstrated knowledge and appreciation for visual art.

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. Position is for the remainder of a term which expires 6/30/20. Position is specified as a resident from County Commission District 2. 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.

TAMPA BAY AREA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY 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.

Two terms are expiring. Terms are for two years. One position is specified as a member and one position is an alternate. Members should be leaders of a recognized group or organization, but may not be a transportation agency staff member. Consideration for membership shall be given to the following criteria: membership in business, civic, and environmental organizations; member of senior, low-income, minority and/or disabled populations; demonstrated interest in transportation or other public policy advocacy; experience in working with local jurisdictions on regional issues; and previous community service.

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 3rd Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT
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 a term which expires 12/31/22. Position is specified as a representative from the tourist related industry who are actively involved in tourism related businesses or venues who demonstrate an interest in tourist development.

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 2:30 p.m., and as called by the Chairman.

 

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