County News

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.

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.

March 1, 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.

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.”

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 is 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.”

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.