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Hillsborough Commissioners Seek Applications for Citizen Boards and Councils

Applications due by close of business on May 4, 2021.

***Updated Tampa Sports Authority description on April 15***

Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 9, 2021) - 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. 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 on the County's website on the Boards and Councils Forms page. The forms can be filled out and printed, then scanned and emailed, faxed, 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 May 4, 2021. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in May or June 2021.

Forms can be mailed to: P.O. Box 1110, Tampa, FL 33601
Faxed to: 813-239-3916
Emailed to: finleyl@hillsboroughcounty.org

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings may be held virtually via Communications Technology. Meeting dates and times are subject to change.

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: 1) a representative from a child welfare advocacy organization such as Guardian Ad Litem, Parent Teacher Association, Parent Teacher Organization, Boys and Girls Club, Joshua House, YMCA, YWCA, or other such organization.

This Committee is subject to F.S. 286.011 - also known as the Sunshine Law.

Appointment to this Committee 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 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.

One position is vacant due to resignation. Position is for the remainder of term which expires 3/31/22. Position is specified as a building trades representative.
Citizen appointed to this Board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.
Meeting schedule: Generally 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.

Sixteen terms will expire. Terms are for two years.

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:
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:
Workforce sector nominees shall be representatives of: 1) labor organizations nominated by a local labor federation; 2) a registered apprenticeship program; 3) community-based organizations that address the employment needs of individuals with barriers to employment or disabilities; 4) community-based organizations that serve veterans; 5) organizations that address employment, training or education needs of eligible youth.

Education and Training:
Education and training sector nominees shall be representatives of entities administering education and training activities in Hillsborough County, including: 1) adult education and literacy training under Title II of WIOA; 2) institutions of higher education providing workforce investments activities; and 3) private education providers.

Government, Economic/Community Development:
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 LICENSING ADVISORY BOARD
The purpose of this Board is to provide advice to the Local Licensing Agency on Child Care Matters.

Eight positions are vacant. Terms are for three years. Positions are specified as: 1) the president or representative of a Child Care Provider's Association; 2) one parent from the public-at-large who has a child enrolled in a licensed family child care home; 3 & 4) two operators from licensed family child care homes representing all segments of the community; 5) an operator from a licensed public/private child care facility that works primarily with migrant children; 6 & 7) two parents from the public who have a child enrolled in a child care facility in Hillsborough County; and 8) an operator from a licensed child care facility that serves at-risk or special needs children.

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, 1:30 p.m.

CHILD CARE LICENSING HEARING OFFICER
Pursuant to the Hillsborough County Child Care Homes Licensing Ordinance 19-6, and the Hillsborough County Child Care Facilities Ordinance 19-5, 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.

Two positions are vacant. Positions are for the remainder of terms which expires 6/30/22. 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 SPECIAL MAGISTRATE
These Special Magistrates have jurisdiction to hear violations of all code 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 alarm ordinances and natural resources regulations; the water restriction ordinance; red light camera appeals; and vehicle for hire and trespass towing ordinances.

One position is vacant due to resignation. Position is for the remainder of term which expires 1/31/24. 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.

Applicant must have experience in one of the following: law, code enforcement, construction and land use; water resource ordinances; burglar false alarm ordinances and land development program; zoning signs and minimum standards ordinances. Consideration for membership shall be given to the following fields: an architect; a businessperson; an engineer; a general contractor; a subcontractor; and a realtor.

Citizen appointed to this Board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure. Citizen appointed to this Board must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.

Meeting schedule: Generally 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; Vehicle for Hire & Trespass Towing - generally 4th Thursday, 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 BOCC.

The Cultural Assets Program is designed to strengthen and promote cultural assets throughout Hillsborough County that encourage placemaking and community-building outcomes aligned with the County's uniqueness, personality and character. A quality community celebrating its unique culture and seeking to celebrate its diverse personality is widely recognized as an integral part of an overarching economic development strategy, attracting talented workforce, business capital, and of course growing job opportunities.

One position is vacant. Term is for three years. Position is specified as a representative of a community-based philanthropic organization and/or private foundation.

Meeting schedule: 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.

One position is vacant. Term is for two years. Position is specified as an alternate. Alternate members must be knowledgeable and experienced in the technical codes of this board.

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

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 3rd Thursday, 9:00 AM

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.

One position is vacant, and two terms will expire. Terms are 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) at-large representative; and 3) a health care business or professional representative.

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 3rd Thursday, 3 PM

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.

Three positions are vacant. Terms are for two years. Positions are specified as: 1) a purchaser - an individual of 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 & 3) health care providers.

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

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.

Two positions are vacant. 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.

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.

Two positions are vacant, and one term will expire. Terms are for three years. Positions are specified as: 1) an architect, licensed to practice in the state of Florida or an architectural historian; 2) a lay person with demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge in historic preservation; and 3) an alternate with 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 PM

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. 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.

All members shall possess expertise in significant and relevant historical matters.

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 4:30 p.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.

One position is vacant. Term is 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. There shall always be on the Board, a person with a disability or a person representing persons with disabilities.

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

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 2nd Tuesday, Noon

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 term will expire. Term is 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 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 a business in Hillsborough County.

Citizen appointed to this Board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure. Citizen appointed to this Board must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 1st Friday, 1:30 PM, 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 AM

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.

One position is vacant. Term is for two years. Position is specified as an alternate with knowledge and experience in the technical codes of this board.

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

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 3rd Tuesday, 1 PM

TAMPA SPORTS AUTHORITY
This Authority was created by the Florida Legislature in 1965 to plan, develop, and maintain sports and recreational facilities for residents of Tampa and Hillsborough County.  It operates Raymond James Stadium, the home of the NFL franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the University of South Florida Bulls football team.  Additionally, the Authority manages the Hillsborough County Tournament Sportsplex and the three City of Tampa public golf courses: Babe Zaharias, Rogers Park and Rocky Point.  The Authority acts as the landlord for Amalie Arena and George M. Steinbrenner Field on behalf of Hillsborough County.  

One position is vacant, and one term will expire.  Terms are for four years. Members appointed by the BOCC are limited to residents who do not live in the City of Tampa limits.  This requirement may be waived by the BOCC, and anyone can apply.

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

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 4th Tuesday, 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 of 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. Position is specified as a citizen of Hillsborough County who owns homesteaded property in Hillsborough County.

Citizen members must not be a member or employee of a 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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