County News 2011

July 18, 2011
Child Care Group Seeks Nominations for Businesses with Child-Friendly Employment Practices

July 18, 2011

The Tulare County Child Care Planning Council wants to recognize Tulare County businesses that have child-friendly employment practices.  The Council is currently seeking nominations for the Business and Children Award. The award recognizes a Tulare County business with progressive programs such as "flextime" or job-sharing options, company-provided child care benefits, or an on-site child care center.

July 13, 2011
County Urges Residents to Use Alternative Parking Lots During Construction Project

July 13, 2011

Residents who need to use Tulare County services located in the VIsalia Courthouse will not be able to use Parking Lot VI, located at the corner of Main Street and Woodland Drive, from mid-July to mid-September due to a construction project.

Tulare County Capital Projects Manager Brian Summers said the Parking Lot VI construction project is slated to begin on Monday, July 18 and will end in mid-September barring construction delays.  During the project, there are five alternative parking lots residents and employees may use.  The alternative parking lots provide more than 600 spaces.

July 13, 2011
Map of Alternative Parking Options during Parking Lot VI Construction
July 12, 2011
Tulare County Reopens the Kings River

July 12, 2011

 
Today the conditions of the Kings River were carefully reviewed by Tulare County Sheriff's Department and General Services Staff.  The river water levels have returned to a reasonable level to allow the reopening of the river on Tuesday July 12, 2011.
 
July 1, 2011
Kings River in Tulare County Closed Through July 4 Weekend

July 1, 2011

Tulare County’s General Services and Sheriff’s Departments wants to remind the public that the Kings River in Tulare County will remain closed through the Fourth of July weekend to all recreational use due to dangerous conditions. Recreational uses include swimming, tubing, rafting, and boating. The Kings River in Tulare County has been closed since June 16.

“The Kings River is closed to recreational use due to extreme rapid currents and cold water,” said Neil Pilegard, Tulare County Parks Manager. “By no means should residents attempt to enter the river. These conditions pose a great concern for public safety.”
 

June 30, 2011
Tulare County Appoints Purchasing Agent

June 30, 2011

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors Tuesday appointed Lori Looney as the Tulare County Purchasing Agent.

Looney has more than 20 years of procurement experience in private and public sectors, where she has worked for Unisource, Caskey Paper Company, and Tulare County.

June 28, 2011
Tulare County 2010 Employee of the Year: Mike Dickerson

June 28, 2011

Mike Dickerson, a Tulare County Capital Projects/Facilities Division facilities specialist, has been selected as the 2010 Tulare County Employee of the Year, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Mike Ennis said more than 125 County of Tulare employees were nominated from 16 departments. The Capital Projects/Facilities Division is a branch of the Tulare County Administrative Office.

“Being recognized as the employee of the year of an organization that employs thousands of people is an outstanding honor,” Chairman Ennis said. “I commend Mike and all other nominees for making a difference and taking pride in their work.”

June 28, 2011
Tulare County Intoduces Online Request Form and Speakers Bureau

 June 28, 2011

Tulare County introduced two new web-based customer service tools at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting - an online request form and speakers bureau.

“Our mission is to make constituents more aware of the programs, services, and issues impacting local government and their communities,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Mike Ennis. “Tulare County government employees are an excellent resource in that they have many stories to share and are capable of providing answers to important questions about services.”
 

June 22, 2011
National Weather Service issues weather advisories for Tulare County

Download list of cooling centers

June 22, 2011

The National Weather Service has recently issued several weather products for areas within Tulare County.

June 21, 2011
Tulare County HHSA Issues Heat Safety Advisory

Download list of cooling centers

June 21, 2011

Tulare County is experiencing a sharp increase in daytime high temperatures coinciding with the beginning of summer.  Forecast highs on Wednesday, 6/22, are predicted to reach 106 degrees in some areas of the County, with a high of 104 possible on Thursday, 6/23.  This event will have good overnight temperature recovery, with lows in the 70’s each night.  Temperatures are forecasted return to the 90s by the end of the week.
 
Tulare County and the incorporated cities continue to offer their facilities as Cooling Centers during the hot daytime hours.  The most recent list of Cooling Centers county-wide can be found on-line by visiting http://oes.tularehhsa.org/.