County News 2012

September 4, 2012
Applicants Sought for Indian Gaming Committee

Tulare County’s Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee (TCLCBC) is seeking interested residents to fill three vacancies.

The purpose of the committee is to facilitate the distribution of grant funds made from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund. Last year, more than $263,000 was appropriated to the seven-member committee for distribution to eligible entities. Funding allocated for the TCLCBC to administer is mandated by Senate Bill 621 (2003), which makes grant funding available to counties, cities and special districts impacted by tribal gaming from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund.

August 29, 2012
Supervisors Approve General Plan Update

Tulare County now has an updated general plan.

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously voted to approve the Tulare County General Plan 2030 Update. In addition, the Supervisors certified the Final Environmental Impact Report and adopted a Climate Action Plan, a document that outlines how to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions as new development occurs.

“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I would like to thank staff for years of hard work and dedication,” said Allen Ishida, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “I would also like to thank the residents who participated in the process, especially those who were opposed to the County’s General Plan Update. They were instrumental in helping the County formulate a sound and good General Plan Update.”

August 29, 2012
Tulare County Public Health Offers Flu Clinics

Flu season is approaching, and the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency Department of Public Health wants to remind all citizens that the best way to protect against influenza is to get a flu vaccine every flu season.

Clinics will be conveniently located throughout the County.  Dates and locations for September clinics include:

August 29, 2012
County Approves Measures to Bridge Projected $5.1 Million Solid Waste Enterprise Fund Deficit

Various measures were approved on Tuesday by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors to help bridge a projected $5.1 million deficit to the County’s Solid Waste Enterprise Fund for Fiscal Year 2012-13.

August 27, 2012
County to Consider Landfill Fee Increases, Transfer Station Closures to Bridge $5.1 Million Deficit

Tulare County’s Solid Waste Enterprise Fund is projected to operate at a $5.1 million deficit for Fiscal Year 2012-13. The Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a number of staff recommendations that would close the deficit.

County officials say the operating deficit to the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund can be attributed to dated landfill fees, a reduction in material received, low interest rates, and a reduction in reserves that earn interest.

To bridge the deficit, staff will recommend measures that include closing four transfer stations and modifying hours at a landfill near Porterville, requiring licensed haulers to dump their waste at County landfills, and comprehensive landfill fee reforms through a public hearing process.

August 14, 2012
Schools Invited to Participate In Step Up Youth Challenge

Middle and high schools from throughout Tulare County have a chance to participate in a program that seeks to decrease gang activity and support positive options for youth.

There are a total of 20 spots available for middle schools and 10 spots available for high schools to participate in the Step Up Youth Challenge, a seven-month program designed to engage a diverse group of students in a service learning-based Challenge Project that impacts their school culture and community.  Participating schools will have the opportunity to show how their projects made a positive difference at school or in the community in a competition for grants totaling $15,000.

“The value of the Challenge is that students take the lead in creating a program unique to the needs of their school,” said Jim Vidak, Superintendent of Schools. “The range of projects we saw last year was impressive – from gang prevention and anti-bullying campaigns to community service and nutrition/fitness programs. It’s a powerful program for building leadership skills and transforming young lives.”

August 10, 2012
Unsecured Tax Bills Are Due

Rita A. Woodard, Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector, would like to remind taxpayers that Unsecured Tax bills are now due.  Please note that the delinquent date is August 31st.  If your payment is not received or postmarked by the delinquent date, a 10% penalty will be added to your bill.

August 6, 2012
Tulare County to Conduct Photography Contest

Tulare County’s Information & Communications Technology Department (TCiCT) is partnering with the Tulare County Fair to put on a digital photography contest. The purpose of the contest is to ask the public to help showcase the beauty of Tulare County in a variety of ways.

“We are excited to partner with the County of Tulare on this exciting project,” said Geoff Hinds, CEO of the Tulare County Fair. “The creation of this digital photography division, and the methods we will utilize to showcase these works, is an exciting step for this fair.”

There will be seven different classes of photography: Animal, Barn, Landscape, Photojournalism, Sunrise/Sunset, Events in Tulare County, and Images of Tulare County.

August 1, 2012
Tulare County Urges Residents to Stay Out of Kings River

The Tulare County Public Health Department Tuesday evening issued a notice for the portion of the Kings River that flows through Tulare County. This notice is in response to a spill of untreated sewage from the City of Reedley Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The spill from the City of Reedley Wastewater Treatment Plant, located in Fresno County, involved approximately 63,000 gallons of sewage and occurred at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2012. At this time, Tulare County Public Health has been informed that a portion of the untreated sewage flowed directly into the Kings River. As a result, known recreational areas have been posted with health and safety warnings, alerting the public to avoid all contact with the water until sample results indicate the water is safe for recreational use. At this time, no humans or animals should have contact with the contaminated water, and the water should not be used for crop irrigation or similar use.

July 30, 2012
Tulare County Speakers Bureau Revamped

A web-based tool that brings County experts right to your door has been revamped.

More than a dozen new topics has been added to the Tulare County Speakers Bureau, a county program which is designed to provide public speakers, covering government issues, to local clubs, civic groups, neighborhood associations, community organizations and schools.

At the July 31 Board of Supervisors meeting, county staff will provide an update regarding all the new topics, the success of the program, and provide recognition to those departments who have participated.