County News 2011

June 21, 2011
Tulare County Hires New Human Resources Director

June 21, 2011

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today appointed Jeff Cardell as the Human Resources & Development Director.

Cardell has more than 25 years of human resources experience in the public sector, where he has worked with the Fresno Housing Authority, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Westlands Water District, and the City of Madera.

“Jeff’s decades of public service in the San Joaquin Valley make him a great addition to the Tulare County team,” said Mike Ennis, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

June 21, 2011
2010 Tulare County Crop Report
June 17, 2011
Polynesian Paradise Dancers featured at Tulare County Library event

June 17, 2011

The Tulare County Library, as part of its Adult Summer Reading Program Novel Destinations, will feature the Polynesian Paradise Dancers at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Visalia-branch library. The library is located at 200 W. Oak St. in Visalia.

June 16, 2011
Tulare County Announces Kings River Closure

June 16, 2011

Tulare County’s General Services and Sheriff’s Departments announced today the Kings River in Tulare County is closed for at least two weeks to all recreational use due to potentially dangerous conditions. Recreational use includes swimming and boating.
 
The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from Pine Flat Dam, which flows into the Kings River and travels through Fresno and Tulare counties. Currently, the flow at the Kings River is 5,000 cubic feet per second and is anticipated to reach 6,500 cubic feet per second by Saturday.
 
Tulare County officials closed the Kings River in early April, when peak flow exceeded 4,000 cubic feet per second.

June 15, 2011
Input Needed from Tulare County Courthouse Parking Lot Users

Take the survey at http://ow.ly/5iLep

June 15, 2011

Tulare County is asking residents who park near the Tulare County Superior Courthouse in Visalia to take an online survey in order to plan and lessen the impacts of a construction project that will eliminate 312 parking spaces during a two month period.

At least one alternate parking spot - a lot near the Tulare County Administrative Office - has been identified during the construction of the Parking Lot VI construction project. Parking Lot VI is located just north of the Tulare County Main Jail and will add 166 parking spaces for a total of 478 spaces.

Tulare County Capital Projects Manager Brian Summers said transportation will be provided to residents and employees who utilize the alternate parking site. There will be no charge to use the transportation. The online survey will determine when and how frequent transportation will need to be provided. Identifying additional alternate parking is also underway.

June 10, 2011
Five Draft Maps for Supervisorial District Available for Review & Comment

June 10, 2011

Five draft maps that detail possible new Supervisorial district lines have been created for the public to review and provide comments, the Tulare County Redistricting Committee announced.

These draft maps are available for comment and review online as well as during five public meetings scheduled in June.

June 8, 2011
Tulare County Library Offers Summer Reading Programs

June 8, 2011

Summer reading programs for youth and adults will kick off this week at the Tulare County Library Branch in Visalia.

Children and their parents are invited to visit the Tulare County Library – Visalia Branch at 11 a.m. on Thursday for “Wild Child Adventures,” which will kick off the youth-focused Summer Reading Program.

Adults are encouraged to visit the Visalia Branch library at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday for a Chocolate/Cheese Tasting Party, which will kick of the Adult Summer Reading Program.

June 6, 2011
RMA to Improve Efficiency of Planning Process

June 6, 2011

Residents seeking to implement planning projects in Tulare County should have any easier time doing so thanks to a new project review committee, Resource Management Agency (RMA) officials announced.

RMA officials said the purpose of the Tulare County Project Review Committee is to review development project applications prior to formal submittal to help identify potential issues and guide customers through the process.

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted on March 22, 2011 to establish the Project Review Committee, which includes the Public Works Director, Planning Director, County Health Officer, County Fire Chief, the County Building and Housing Manager, and other designees. The Project Review Committee officially began reviewing applications on May 23.

“This committee will help the project review process go more smoothly and save both time and money for the development community,” said Ben Kimball, RMA Chief Planner. “The applicant and their agents will have an opportunity to hear staff’s concerns and suggestions, as well as seek answers to their questions regarding the projects.”

June 3, 2011
Demolition Underway for Parking Lot VI Project

 

June 3, 2011

Demolition of the old Public Health Building, just north of the Tulare County Main Jail in Visalia, will begin today in preparation for a new parking lot construction project that will create an additional 166 new spaces, Tulare County Capital Projects officials announced.

Tulare County Capital Projects Manager Brian Summers said the demolition project will be completed within two weeks so construction crews can begin the “Parking Lot VI” construction project, which is slated to begin in mid-July and end in September. The demolition project will eliminate 40 parking spots immediately adjacent to the building. During the construction project, the 312 parking spots just north of the main jail will not be able available for employees or the public.

“We understand that this construction project will create an inconvenience for users of the parking lot six,” Summers said. “Tulare County is working on an alternative parking plan to lessen the impacts.”

May 27, 2011
Five Redistricting Forums Set for June

(Redistricting Forum Flier)

May 27, 2011

Residents will have five opportunities in June to voice their opinions on how Tulare County’s supervisorial district lines should be drawn.

Tulare County supervisorial districts are reviewed and redrawn every 10 years based upon the United States Census information. These district boundaries define the political representation on the Board of Supervisors. 

Redistricting Committee Chairman Dick Eckhoff said the public is welcome to provide input on the drawing of new district boundaries. The committee is seeking suggestions from residents regarding specific placement of the boundaries. The Board of Supervisors will make the final decision on how the lines will be drawn.

The Tulare County 2011 Advisory Committee on Redistricting will host the public forums at the following locations: