The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. They are:
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has three vacancies: one representing Labor Actively Engaged in Home Building (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), one representing For-Profit Provider of Affordable Housing (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), and one representing Advocate for Low Income Persons (term expires Oct. 1, 2017). This committee was created to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, and the goals, objectives, and policies of the housing elements of the County’s Growth Management Plan and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The committee also determines the effect of proposed ordinances of affordable housing, and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners and the Naples City Council; and investigates any other relevant areas so directed by the Board of County Commissioners. The committee meets at 3 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. Terms are three years.
The Animal Services Advisory Board has two vacancies in the Law Enforcement and Animal Activist Group categories. This seven member board was created on Jan. 27, 2004, by Ordinance No. 2004-06. It is tasked to make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on programs, services, classes and special events that will further assist Collier County Domestic Animal Services in providing the best possible service to the community. They will also analyze and review construction and improvements to Domestic Animal Services facilities and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding such facilities. The committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. Terms are four years.
The Bayshore/Gateway Triangle CRA Board has two seats expiring on May 22, 2015, in the at-large category and a vacancy in the category Davis Boulevard Business Owner for a term expiring on May 22, 2018. This nine member board assists in the implementation of the redevelopment plan for the Bayshore/Gateway Triangle area. The committee meets at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Terms are three years.
The Black Affairs Advisory Board has two current vacancies, and two seats expiring on June 25, 2015. This nine member committee identifies and evaluates problems unique to the black community, reviews and recommends ways to ensure open communication between minorities and Collier County Government and provides periodic reports to the Board of County Commissioners. The committee meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. Terms are four years.
The Coastal Advisory Committee has three seats expiring on May 22, 2015, two for representatives from unincorporated Collier County and one for a representative of the City of Marco Island. This nine member committee assists the Board of County Commissioners with its establishment of unified beach erosion control and inlet management programs within the unincorporated and incorporated areas of Collier County, and advises the Board of County Commissioners and the Tourist Development Council (TDC) of project priorities with respect to funding sources that are available to Collier County for restoration and protection of its shoreline. The committee is composed of three members from the unincorporated area of Collier County, three members from the City of Naples and three members from the City of Marco Island. Appointments of members from the City of Naples and the City of Marco Island shall be appointed from a list containing one or more qualified applicants submitted by the respective governing bodies of those cities. Selection for membership on this committee will be based upon the applicant’s familiarity with coastal processes, inlet dynamics, coastal management programs, or demonstrated interest in such programs; relevant education and experience; leadership and involvement in community affairs; and willingness to attend meetings and to undertake and complete assignments. The committee meets at 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.
The Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Advisory Committee has one vacancy for a term expiring on Feb. 11, 2017. This committee’s primary responsibility is to recommend to the BCC an Active Properties Acquisition List with qualified purchase recommendations of environmentally sensitive lands consistent with the goals of the Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Program. Membership of the committee shall comprise broad and balanced representation including environmental and conservation interests, agricultural and business interests, educational interests, and general civic and citizen interests within the County. Members shall have expertise, knowledge or interest in ecology, conservation of natural resources, real estate or land acquisition, land appraisal, land management, eco-tourism or environmental education. The committee meets at 9 a.m. on the second Monday of the month. Terms are three years.
The Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) has two vacancies for terms expiring on Dec. 1, 2015, and Dec.1, 2016. This board was created for the purpose of hearing any appeals from adverse administrative decisions regarding a public vehicle license permit. They will also hear all public consumer issues. No member of the CAB shall be a current motor vehicle for hire owner or operator, nor shall they be a family member of the same household of a current motor vehicle for hire owner or operator. The Board meets as needed to hear appeals. Terms are four years. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.
The Contractor Licensing Board has three contractor seats expiring on June 30, 2015. Applicants should be either a licensed architect, a licensed general contractor, a licensed engineer, a licensed electrical contractor, a licensed plumbing contractor, a licensed mechanical contractor, a licensed roofing contractor, a licensed residential or a licensed building contractor. This nine member board was created to determine the qualifications of applicants for the various categories of the contractors’ Certificates of Competency. They also hold hearings to determine if a certificate of competency of any contractor, master or journeyman should be revoked. The Board meets at 9 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. Terms are three years. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.
The Development Services Advisory Committee has one vacancy for a term expiring on Dec. 14, 2016, for a utility, plumbing, or electrical contractor. This 15 member committee represents the various aspects of the development industry. The purpose of this committee is to provide reports and recommendations to the BCC to assist in the enhancement of operational efficiency and budgetary accountability within the Growth Management Department and to serve as a primary communication link between the Growth Management Department, the development industry and the citizens of Collier County. The committee meets at 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. Terms are 4 years.
The Educational Facilities Authority has one seat expiring on June 12, 2015, for a trustee, director, officer or employee of an institution for higher education located in Collier County. The purpose of this five member authority is to assist institutions for higher education in the construction, financing and refinancing of projects. One member shall be a trustee, director, officer or employee of an institution for higher education located in Collier County. Terms are five years.
The Golden Gate Beautification Advisory Committee has two vacancies for terms expiring on Oct. 6, 2018. This five member committee advises and recommends as to the beautification and maintenance of landscape improvements within the road right of way as described by ordinance boundaries. The committee shall prepare an itemized budget of the amount of money required to carry out the business of the committee for the next fiscal year. Members must be residents of one of the following precincts: 323, 324, 325, 326, 327 or part of 322. The committee meets at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. Terms are four years.
The Health Facilities Authority has a vacancy for a term expiring on May 10, 2017. The purpose of this five member authority is to assist health facilities in the acquisition, construction, financing and refinancing of projects in any incorporated or unincorporated area within the geographical limits of Collier County. Members must be Collier County residents. Terms are four years.
The Historical/Archaeological Preservation Board has a vacant seat expiring on Oct. 1, 2018, in the citizen-at-large category. This seven member committee is vested with the power, authority and jurisdiction to designate, regulate and administer historical and archaeological resources in Collier County. The committee meets at 9:15 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. Terms are three years.
The Immokalee Enterprise Zone Development Agency, also serving as the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency, has four current vacancies. Applicants should represent local law enforcement, code enforcement, businesses or residents within the nominated area. This 13 member committee was created to induce private investment into distressed areas to create economic opportunities and sustainable economic development for designated areas. Terms are four years.
The Isles of Capri Fire Control District Advisory Committee has one vacancy for a term expiring on Dec. 31, 2015. This five member committee advises the Board of County Commissioners on the budget and operation of the Isles of Capri Fire Control District. Members must reside within the boundaries of the Isle of Capri Municipal Fire Services Taxing District. The committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month October to May, and as needed during the summer. Terms are two years.
The Library Advisory Board has one vacancy for a seat expiring on Dec. 31, 2016. The applicant must reside in Commission District 5. This five member committee, representing the five commission districts, advises the Board of County Commissioners on the operations and proposed budget for the Collier County Library System. The committee meets at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. Terms are four years.
The Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Committee has one vacancy. This five member committee advises the Board of County Commissioners on the budget and operation of the Ochopee Fire Control District. Members must reside within the taxing district. The committee meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. Terms are two years.
The Pelican Bay Services Division Board has one vacancy representing the Commercial/Business category, expiring onMarch 31, 2017. This 11 member board was established by Ordinance 2002-27, as amended, to provide input to the Board of County Commissioners in carrying out the purposes of the Pelican Bay Municipal Taxing and Benefit Unit as set forth in the Ordinance; recommend an itemized budget, work programs and priorities to the BCC; and exercise control of the day to day operational affairs of the Unit to the maximum extent allowed by law. The Board meets at 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.
The Tourist Development Council has two terms expiring on April 21, 2015, in the owner/operator category. One of these seats must be filled upon recommendation of the governing body of Everglades City. This committee makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding uses for tourist development tax revenues, and reviews all expenditures of revenues from the tourist development trust fund. Membership consists of: the Chair or other designated member of the BCC; two elected municipal officials (one each from Naples and Marco Island); two owner/operators – hotel or motel; one owner/operator – RV park or other tourist accommodation, or otherwise qualified; three non-owner/operators who are involved in the tourist industry or have demonstrated an interest in tourist development. The council meets at 9 a.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. Terms are four years.
The Value Adjustment Board has one vacancy for an alternate member in the homestead citizen category. The Clerk of the Circuit Court serves as the Clerk to the VAB, which is the process whereby property owners can appeal their tax assessments. The VAB consists of two County Commissioners, one Collier County School Board member, one Collier County homestead citizen member and one Collier County business citizen member. Collier County’s VAB is required to contract special magistrates, based on population size, to hear the various types of petition appeals including: Exemption/Classifications, Tangible Personal Property, Residential Property Tax Appeals and Commercial Property Tax Appeals.
The Water and Wastewater Authority has two technical seats and one lay member seat expiring on May 21, 2015. This five member authority regulates utility rates and related matters regarding non-exempt water and wastewater utilities in unincorporated Collier County. Three members shall be technical in nature, with expertise in engineering, finance and/or business administration. The remaining two members shall be appointed on the basis of individual civic pride, integrity, and experience in any area of regulation. Members are required to file a Form 1 Statement of Financial Interests each year with the Supervisor of Elections. The committee meets at 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. Terms are four years.
Residents interested in applying for advisory committee positions may easily do so online at Advisory Committee Application. Residents may also receive a hard copy application by visiting colliergov.net or by calling Wanda Rodriguez at (239) 252-8400. Please forward your completed hard copy application to the attention of Wanda Rodriguez, County Attorney’s Office, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Suite 800, Naples, Florida 34112-5746.