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Tampa, Florida --Hillsborough County Commissioners are seeking residents to serve on several County citizen advisory boards and councils.

Residents interested in seeking appointment for the voluntary positions must be registered voters in Hillsborough County.

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 October 10, 2013. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in November or December 2013.

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 here.

The ApplicationQuestionnaire 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 also is available on the webpage listed above.

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 assists 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.

Four positions are vacant and one term is expiring. Terms are for three years. Positions are specified as: 1) a mortgage lending industry representative; 2) a citizen representing essential services personnel as defined in the local Housing Assistance Plan; 3) a citizen representing employers in the jurisdiction; 4) a citizen representing those areas of labor actively engaged in home building in connection with affordable housing; and 5) an apartment industry representative.

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

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.

One position is vacant due to resignation. Term is for four years. Position is specified as a building trade representative. Citizen appointed to this Board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 3rd Tuesday, 9 a.m.

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.

One position is vacant due to resignation. Term is for three years. Consideration for membership shall be given to representatives from the following fields: a businessperson; an architect; a general contractor; a subcontractor; or a realtor. 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. 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 2nd or 3rd Friday, 9 a.m.

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 matters relating to the quality of life of older adults.

One position is vacant. Term is for two years. Position is specified as a faith based community representative. Appointment to this Council is contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

Meeting schedule: To be determined.

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.

One position is vacant. Term is for four years. Position is specified as an electrical utility company representative. Citizens appointed to this Board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 3rd Thursday, 8:30 a.m.

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 is generally described as 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 non-profit community-based organization operating within the Zone.

Meeting schedule: Every other month, at least annually.

FAMILY DAY 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.

Four 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 childcare home; and 3) & 4) a licensed family childcare home operator representing all segments of the community. Appointment to this Board is contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.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.

Five positions are vacant due to resignation. Four positions are for the remainder of terms, which expire 6/30/14, two on 9/30/15, and 6/30/16. One term is for four years. Positions are specified as: 1) a community health care provider who is not a physician; 2) a health insurance industry representative; 3) & 4) participants in the Hillsborough County Indigent Health Care Plan; and 5) an at-large representative.

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

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.

Three positions are vacant. Terms are for two years. Positions are specified as: 1) a health care consumer over 60 years of age; 2) 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; and 3) a health care provider.

Meeting schedule: 2nd Wednesday, every other month, 8 a.m., in St. Petersburg.

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 in both incorporated and unincorporated areas.

One position is vacant due to resignation. Position is for the remainder of term, which expires 3/01/14. No member shall serve more than three successive terms. Member should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: historic preservation, architecture, heritage tourism, destination marketing, marketing and economic development, landscape architecture, or 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.

One position is vacant. Term is for three years. Position is specified as a historian. Citizens appointed to this Board must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 3rd 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 Plant City, Tampa 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 term is expiring. 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.

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 practicing in Hillsborough County with at least five years of experience and 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 civil or environmental engineer registered to practice in 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. 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 p.m., and as needed.

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.

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, 3rd Thursday, 10 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 jurisdiction that chooses to use the County's Boards and enter into an interlocal agreement with Hillsborough County.

One position is vacant due to resignation. Position is for the remainder of term, which expires 12/31/14. 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 Tuesday, 1 p.m.

PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD--This 12 member 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.

One term has expired. Term is for three years. Position is specified as a resident from District 1. Appointment to this Board is contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

Meeting schedule: Monthly, 4th Thursday, 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Luann Finley, Director of Board Services, at 813-272-5826.

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