Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Vander Poel today delivered his 2013 State of the County Address with the theme of “Improving Life in Tulare County.”
Chairman Vander Poel pledged to maintain funding for several public safety programs, pushed residents and employees to live healthier lifestyles, highlighted major “community building” infrastructure projects, and announced an effort to plan and implement a project that would address nuisance properties in unincorporated communities.
“Tulare County, like many Counties, faces challenges during these difficult times and our residents have shown their desire to improve life here,” Chairman Vander Poel said during his address. “Like the residents of Tulare County, I too see these challenges, but I also see an opportunity to improve and be proactive in 2013.”
Tulare County is expected to experience temperatures over 100 degrees this weekend, with the high predicted to reach 108 on Saturday in some areas of the county.
Tulare County and incorporated cities offer Cooling Centers during the hot daytime hours.
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday night to send a letter to State legislators opposing Assembly Bill 604.
The letter states AB 604 “proposes the commercial, for-profit legalization of the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, storage, transportation, and sale of medical marijuana which constitutes a sweeping change from existing law and interpretations of the Compassionate Use Act.”
Read the rest of the letter.
Influenza is a respiratory infection that produces fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, and cough lasting a week or more and Tulare County residents are urged to get the flu vaccination.
"Receiving a flu vaccine this fall season is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself and those around you to keep you healthy,” said County Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught. “There are several formulations of the vaccine available this year and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) does not recommend one over the other but recommends that everyone receive a vaccine."
Tulare County residents are strongly encouraged to get their flu vaccinations, as the influenza infection is on the rise, and the H1N1 strain, the pandemic influenza strain, has been detected. This influenza strain is a component of the current seasonal flu vaccine, so vaccination of everyone over six months of age and particularly anyone with high-risk health conditions is critically important.
"Receiving a flu vaccine this season is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself to stay healthy,” said County Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught. Influenza is a respiratory infection that produces fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, and cough lasting a week or more.
Vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of six months, and the vaccination is available at physicians’ offices and local clinics, at many local pharmacies, or through the Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) immunization program. HHSA immunization program staff can be reached at 559/685-5725. At this time, the vaccine is widely available in the community.
The Tulare County District Attorney's Office is partnering with farmers and ranchers to help prevent theft of farm equipment, commodities, fuel and metals through a "number stamping" tracking system.
The number stamping, known as Owner-Applied Number (OAN), helps law enforcement track and recover stolen goods and acts as a deterrent to theives. The District Attorney’s Office will issue OANs to farmers and ranchers and maintain these designated numbers in a statewide database.
"Crime should not be a factor in the cost of doing business, especially when that business feeds the world," said Tim Ward, Tulare County District Attorney.
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors and senior staff today will begin a series of meetings with Federal officials in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday’s meetings will include the following topics: Lake Success, potential federal budget impacts to Tulare County, marijuana cultivation on public lands, Secure Rural Schools, and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. All full list of topics and requests are listed below.
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Pete Vander Poel said past visits to Washington, D.C. have proven to be beneficial and have helped obtain federal funding for Tulare County.
“It’s important that Tulare County provides its representatives in Congress with local input,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “This annual visit helps Federal officials understand Tulare County’s issues, as well as prepare them to advocate for our priority requests.”
During this week’s visit to Washington, D.C., the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet with the offices of Congressmen Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy and David Valadao. In addition, meetings with staff of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water, the Senate Committee of the Budget, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior & Environment, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice, and the United States Forest Service have been scheduled.
Earlimart residents and patrons passing through south Tulare County on Highway 99 will soon have new shopping options.
Tulare County officials and project developers today broke ground on a new commercial center in Earlimart that plans to include an AutoZone and Dollar General, a supermarket, national fast food restaurants and other food and retail businesses. The White River Plaza site is located at the northeast corner of Ave. 56 and Highway 99 interchange.
"The White River Plaza project represents the largest retail commercial development ever built within the community of Earlimart," said Chairman Pete Vander Poel, who represents the Earlimart area on the Tulare County Board of Supervisors. "The jobs that will be created are welcome in Tulare County. The established national businesses associated with it will provide the residents of Earlimart and the surrounding area with quality services that will sustain and improve the community's economic well-being and quality of life."
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.