County News 2013

 

 

Power Back On at County Facilities
May 7, 2013
Power Back On at County Facilities

Several Tulare County buildings impacted by a power distribution failure on Monday will be powered by generators through the rest of this week.

Crews will work on fixing the infrastructure that provides power to four buildings occupied by several County of Tulare departments and the Tulare County Office of Education. The power failure will be completely fixed prior to next business week.

Tulare County DA to Unveil Victims Memorial Quilt
April 23, 2013
Tulare County DA to Unveil Victims Memorial Quilt

In conjunction with National Victims’ Rights Week, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office will be hosting its 13th annual Victims Memorial Quilt Unveiling at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 24.

The Victims Memorial Quilt is created of quilt squares, each of which commemorates a victim who was murdered or a victim who died as a result of a drunk-driving incident.  The squares are created by family members and loved ones to remember and celebrate the lives of victims who have been lost due to violence.

Kevin Kemmerling Named 2012 Tulare County Employee of the Year
April 23, 2013
Kevin Kemmerling Named 2012 Tulare County Employee of the Year

Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Kevin Kemmerling had a busy year in 2012. He played an important role in the County’s eradication efforts of illegal marijuana grow sites and helped launch an education campaign to prevent people from drowning.

These examples are just a couple of reasons why the Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday that Sgt. Kemmerling is the 2012 Tulare County Employee of the Year.  

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Pete Vander Poel said more than 130 County of Tulare employees were nominated from 18 different departments.

“There are thousands of County employees who are passionate about their jobs and duties, however, only one can be selected each year,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “The thing that separated Kevin from all of the others is his exceptional willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty. I commend Kevin and all other nominees for making a difference and bringing extraordinary efforts to work day-in and day-out.”

Tulare County Maintains 'Stable' Fitch Ratings
April 17, 2013
Tulare County Maintains 'Stable' Fitch Ratings

International credit rating agency Fitch Ratings affirmed stable credit ratings today for Tulare County’s implied general obligation and certificates of participation (COPs) series.

County officials say the stable credit ratings will have positive implications should the County seek to finance future capital projects such as new construction, expansion, renovation, or replacement projects to facilities.

Citing Tulare County’s stable economy, healthy financial position, and manageable long term liabilities, Fitch Ratings affirmed the implied general obligation at AA- and the COPs series at A+. An “A” assignment denotes high credit quality while an “AA” assignment denotes very high credit quality, according to Fitch Ratings.

Healthy Tulare County Week Scheduled Apr. 1-6
March 27, 2013
Healthy Tulare County Week Scheduled Apr. 1-6

Tulare County is encouraging all residents to live healthier lifestyles by hosting a variety of live awareness events and through social media outreach during “Healthy Tulare County Week,” which is scheduled from April 1 – April 6 in conjunction with National Public Health Week.

As part of his State of the County Address, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Pete Vander Poel said health and wellness of Tulare County residents was a priority during his chairmanship. Healthy Tulare County Week is one aspect of heightening health awareness in Tulare County.

“The more we can educate residents about making positive decisions involving their health, the better,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “Overall, the mission of Healthy Tulare County Week is to improve life in Tulare County.”

Supervisors Approve 45-Day Moratorium on Marijuana Dispensaries
March 19, 2013
Supervisors Approve 45-Day Moratorium on Marijuana Dispensaries

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today approved a 45-day moratorium that prohibits the establishment and expansion of any medical marijuana collectives, cooperatives, or dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county.

The moratorium would only impact existing operations if they wanted to expand. Tulare County’s existing ordinance states that marijuana collectives and cooperatives must be located on land zoned for commercial or manufacturing use within the unincorporated county and be in a secured, locked, and fully enclosed structure.

Supervisors Approve Dates for 2013 Night Meetings
March 6, 2013
Supervisors Approve Dates for 2013 Night Meetings

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved dates for five night meetings in 2013.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Pete Vander Poel said the goal of hosting the night meetings is to improve the public’s access to the Board.

“I hope residents respond well and attend these meetings to express their concerns or learn more about Tulare County government,” Chairman Vander Poel said.

The first of five night meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on March 12, 2013 at Farmersville City Hall.

Supervisors to Receive Business License Presentation
February 28, 2013
Supervisors to Receive Business License Presentation

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors will receive a presentation on March 5 regarding efforts to amend the County’s existing Business License Ordinance. After the presentation, the Supervisors are expected to give direction to staff on how to proceed.

Part of the amendment would include a requirement for nearly all businesses with a fixed-placed of business in the unincorporated areas of the County to obtain a $50 business license permit. No official action will take place during the March 5 meeting. County staff plans to conduct community meetings to gather feedback.

Tulare County Administrative Officer Jean Rousseau said the purpose of the $50 business license permit is part of an ongoing effort to enhance public safety efforts.

“Over the past several years, the County has created an independent Fire Department, improved mutual aid delivery for ambulance providers, and increased fire inspections for business sites,” Rousseau said. “A countywide business license ordinance is the next step in continuing this improvement to public safety and enhancing delivery of services for the business community in the County.”

Jeff Scott Appointed County Librarian
February 26, 2013
Jeff Scott Appointed County Librarian

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today that Jeff Scott has been appointed County Librarian.  Scott replaces County Librarian Brian Lewis, who retired on December 29, 2012, after nearly 30 years as the Tulare County Librarian.  

“Jeff’s years of experience with the Tulare County Library, work ethic, and leadership make him a great fit for County Librarian,” said Pete Vander Poel, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We are confident that Jeff will continue to maintain and grow critical library services.”

Supervisors to Host Night Meetings in 2013
February 5, 2013
Supervisors to Host Night Meetings in 2013

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors will host their regularly scheduled meetings during the evening five times this year, it was announced today.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Pete Vander Poel said the goal of hosting the night meetings is to improve the public’s access to the Board.