By Paul Myers
tulare county – Tulare County covers quite a bit of space in the heart of the Central Valley, a total 4,839 square miles. And it is not hard to imagine how some county residents cannot make it all the way to Visalia where the Board of Supervisors holds their 9 a.m. meetings. That is why current chairman of the board, Supervisor Pete Vander Poel is bringing their meetings to the public.
“We’re doing this to make it a little easier for people to come out and make these meetings,” stated the board chairman. “I know not everyone can make it out to the chambers on Tuesday’s at 9 a.m.”
This is the second year that board is finding ways to reach out to the citizens of the county, although not consecutively. The last time the board of supervisors made their tour around each of the five districts was when Vander Poel was last chairman in 2013.
“It’s a new thing but it’s the second time around for me. It went well then and I think it’ll go well this time too,” stated Vander Poel.
The board’s first meeting outside of the their normal chambers will be on March 7, in Lindsay at Lindsay City Hall at 251 E. Honolulu Street at 7 p.m. That is District 1, represented by Kuyler Crocker, who lives in Strathmore.
The second meeting will be held in the City of Tulare at the Tulare Public Library and council chambers at 491 N. M St. at 7 p.m. Tulare is encompassed in District 2, represented by chairman Vander Poel.
District 3’s board meeting will actually be held at the regular chambers at the Administration Building, 2800 W. Burrel Avenue as Visalia, the County’s seat, makes up the majority of the district represented by new board member Amy Shuklian. Despite being in their normal chambers the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on June 6.
District four’s board meeting will be held at Woodlake City Hall at 350 N. Valencia St. at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. District four is represented by long time board member Steve Worthley.
The board meeting tour will wrap up in District 5 on Nov. 14 at the Porterville council chamber located at 291 N. Main St. at 7 p.m. Last year’s chairman and now current board member Mike Ennis represents District 5 which encompasses the largest geographical swath of the county