County News 2011

March 17, 2011
Tulare County to Begin Construction on Four Miles of Road 80

March 17, 2011

Construction will soon begin on a four mile stretch of Road 80 between Avenue 384 and Avenue 416, Tulare County officials announced. The contract was awarded at the March 15, 2011 Board of Supervisors meeting.

March 15, 2011
Eleven Residents Nominated to Serve on Redistricting Committee

March 15, 2011

Eleven residents were nominated Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors to serve on an advisory group to make recommendations on how to redraw Tulare County’s Supervisorial district boundaries.

March 15, 2011
Denise Akins Hired as County Water Analyst

March 15, 2011

District One Supervisor Allen Ishida announced today Denise Akins has been hired to fill the newly-formed water analyst position in Tulare County’s Administrative Office.

“Tulare County is please to have hired someone with extensive knowledge on groundwater quality and supply,” Supervisor Ishida said. “This position is unique to County government. I believe that we have made a very important step in devoting time and staff energy to look at water issues in Tulare County.”

The analyst is charged with oversight of clean-water projects in unincorporated areas and seeking additional water-related grants for Tulare County, among other duties.

March 11, 2011
Tulare County Library to Offer Free Homework Assistance Sessions

March 11, 2011

The Visalia Branch of the Tulare County Library will be offering free homework assistance sessions for students beginning Tuesday, March 15th. The study center will offer academic assistance to students from 1st grade through 12th grade that attend school in Visalia Unified School District.

March 11, 2011
Supervisors to Nominate/Randomly Select Members for Redistricting Committee

March 11, 2011

Twenty six residents submitted applications to be either nominated or randomly selected for appointment at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to an 11-member advisory group to make recommendations on how to draw Tulare County’s Supervisorial district boundaries.

Supervisorial districts are redrawn every ten years based on population counts collected by the United States Census. The 2010 Census data was released March 8, 2011.

The Redistricting Advisory Committee is charged with developing criteria to be applied during the redistricting process and developing proposals to be presented to the Board of Supervisors.  The committee will also conduct outreach meetings in various parts of Tulare County to solicit public input.  The Redistricting Advisory Committee will present their final report to the Board of Supervisors by August 1, 2011.

“We are pleased with the countywide interest to participate in this important process,” said Mike Ennis, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

March 3, 2011
Two Tulare County LIbrary Branches Temporarily Closed for Renovations

March 3, 2011

The Earlimart and Ivanhoe branches of the Tulare County Library will be closed for renovations through April 30, 2011.

The Tulare County Library is making significant improvements to the Earlimart and Ivanhoe branches. The buildings will receive new roofs, new carpeting and new paint. Additionally, each branch will receive new furniture, book shelving and computers.

March 3, 2011
Update from day three of Tulare County Supervisors meetings in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tulare County Administrative Officer Jean Rousseau provided the following update on Tulare County's meetings with federal officials.

Supervisors Ennis, Worthley and CAO Jean Rousseau met with Mike Holland, Counsel and staff from Congressman Nunes’ office and had a very productive meeting on a number of key issues.  Information gathered from Supervisors’ meetings with ONDCP, Dept. of Agriculture and USFS was shared with Nunes staff who expressed interest, made valuable suggestions as to next steps, and offered assistance with follow up in the area of marijuana eradication efforts. 

March 2, 2011
Update from day two of Tulare County Supervisors meetings in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tulare County Administrative Officer Jean Rousseau provided the following update on Tulare County's meetings with federal officials.

Supervisors Ennis, Ishida, Vander Poel and Worthley and CAO Jean Rousseau, along with a representative from Congressman Nunes office, participated in a meeting with Benjamin Tucker, Deputy Director, and several members of his staff, in the Office of National Drug Control Policy Wednesday morning.

March 2, 2011
Update from day one of Tulare County Supervisors meetings in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Supervisors Ennis, Ishida, and Worthley and CAO Jean Rousseau met with Roger Cockrell, Senate Appropriations to urge that the appropriations committee retain the $18 million for Lake Success projects included in the President’s budget.  Board members explained the intended use of the $18 million ($15 million for property acquisition and $3 million for design) and highlighted the necessity of purchasing the properties below the dam in order to alleviate the potential risks to residents. 

March 1, 2011
New Tulare County Planning Commission and Agricultural Advisory Committee Public Meeting Locations

March 1, 2011

The Tulare County Planning Commission and Agricultural Advisory Committee meetings will no longer be held at the Resource Management Agency located at 5961 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA.