County News 2011

April 13, 2011
Tulare County to Designate Clean Up Weeks

April 13, 2011

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors designates clean up weeks each year to give Tulare County residents the opportunity to clean up, or beautify their communities. During these designated clean up weeks, County residents receive reduced disposal fees at the County landfills and designated transfer stations.  Residents will pay only half of the posted disposal fee.

April 7, 2011
County and CSET partner to host community cleanup days in April

April 7, 2011

Tulare County and Community Services and Employment Training (CSET) are partnering to assist residents of three unincorporated communities to host cleanup days. These events are being held in conjunction with Earth Day Celebration Month.

Cutler-Orosi will be the first cleanup site from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the corner of Rd. 128 and Ave. 408. Cleanups in Goshen and Pixley will take place April 16 and April 23.

“CSET is a tremendous organization and an important partner in serving the county’s unincorporated residents, particularly with community cleanups,” said Laurie Mercer, Tulare County Community Development Manager. “Residents should take advantage of this important opportunity. The goal is to reduce visual blight and any possible health and safety issues.”

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April 7, 2011
Closure of Kings River Issued in Tulare County

April 7, 2011

Tulare County’s Resource Management Agency and Sheriff’s Departments announced today the Kings River in Tulare County is closed 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 5,100 cubic feet per second and is anticipated to reach 5,600 cubic feet per second by midnight.

“The Kings River is closed to recreational use due to rapid currents, a great deal of debris present, 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.”

April 4, 2011
District Attorney to host Victims' Memorial Quilt Unveiling Ceremony

April 4, 2011

District Attorney Phil Cline announces the Victims’ Memorial Quilt Unveiling Ceremony, held in conjunction with Victims Rights Week and Child Abuse Prevention Month, will be on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 6 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, 9000 W. Airport Drive, in Visalia.
 
Each year, families, who have lost a family member through homicide or drunk driving, submit a quilt square commemorating the life of their loved one.  The squares are then crafted together to form a memorial quilt, which provides a dramatic and moving memorial to the victims.  The memorial quilt is unveiled each year during Victims’ Rights Week in a special program which includes music, spoken testimonials and words of comfort from various public officials.

March 31, 2011
Three Seats Open on County Assessment Appeals Board

March 31, 2011

The County of Tulare Clerk of the Board Office is accepting applications from interested and qualified District One, District Two and District Four residents to fill three vacancies on the Tulare County Assessment Appeals Board.

The purpose of the appeals board is to determine the full value of property or to determine other matters of property tax assessment over which the appeals board has jurisdiction.

March 25, 2011
EOC Director Issues Statement Regarding Flood Conditions

March 25, 2011

Tulare County Emergency Operations Center Director Jean Rousseau issued the following statement regarding impacts of storms this past week and going into the weekend:

“Tulare County staff worked diligently this week to allocate resources and monitor impacts of the series of storms that passed through the area this week. Fortunately, impacts were minimal.

One issue of note involved a levee along Cottonwood Creek, just north of the County’s juvenile facility. County road crews fixed damages on Monday by firming up the levee with dirt. On Thursday, County crews went back to firm up the levee with asphalt. County facilities were not damaged.

March 23, 2011
Alpaugh & Tipton libraries close for construction projects

March 23, 2011

Tulare County’s Alpaugh Branch Library will be closed from Mar. 25 – Apr. 1 due to a new roof construction project.

This marks the second new roof construction project in the past month. The Tipton Branch Library is currently closed through Mar. 25 for new roof construction.

“The two roofing projects will provide for a safer experience for patrons of our Alpaugh and Tipton branches,” said Jeff Scott, Tulare County Deputy Librarian.  “The new roofing is needed at these facilities and will continue to upgrade the buildings in our library system.”

 

 

March 23, 2011
Storms prompt Tulare County's EOC to activate

March 23, 2011

Due to the recent storm activity and potential impacts to residents, Tulare County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been soft activated, County Administrative Officer Jean Rousseau announced Wednesday.

Rousseau, who also serves as EOC Director, called for this soft activation at 9 a.m. A soft activation is a precautionary measure which prompts county Office of Emergency Services staff to monitor existing flooding issues and impacts from current storm systems.

“Keeping a close eye on potential impacts is important to ensure the safety of Tulare County’s residents,” Rousseau said. “Should there be any impacts, we will send important resources in a timely manner.”

March 22, 2011
Tulare County hires public relations firm to conduct outreach for redistricting process

March 22, 2011

A Visalia-based public relations firm has been hired by the Board of Supervisors to conduct community outreach regarding meetings for Tulare County’s redrawing of supervisorial district lines.

District Three Supervisor Phil Cox said Lali Moheno & Associates has been hired because of its expertise in reaching all Tulare County residents, both in incorporated cities and unincorporated areas. Lali Moheno, a former County supervisor and community advocate, is the owner of the firm.

“Lali has an uncanny ability to reach all residents throughout Tulare County,” Supervisor Cox said. “It’s in Tulare County’s best interest to hire a firm with a broad base of connections throughout the County to ensure residents are aware of the redistricting process.”

Lali Moheno & Associates will inform the community of the process, encourage participation, meet with residents to listen to their concerns, and ensure participation from all segments of the community during the redistricting process.

March 22, 2011
Kurt Kilburn promoted to Deputy Ag Commissioner

March 22, 2011

Kurt Kilburn has been promoted to the position of Deputy Agricultural Commissioner by Tulare's Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer, Marilyn Kinoshita. He assumed his new position March 13, 2011.

As the Deputy Ag Commissioner in charge of our Pesticide Use Enforcement Division, Kurt will direct monitoring activities which aid the safe use of agricultural use pesticides and protect farm workers. 

"My goal is to have Kurt play a key role in grower education and modernizing our website pesticide use reporting system." Kinoshita said. "We congratulate Kurt and are confident that he will continue to serve our growers and the public with dedication."