BoCC seeking residents to serve on Contractor Licensing Board

Bartow, Fla. (March 16, 2018) — Polk County is seeking interested residents to fill vacancies for consumer representative seats on the Contractor Licensing Board.

The Contractor Licensing Board hears complaints against licensed contractors and is authorized to take disciplinary action. This includes license suspension or revocation for locally licensed contractors, but is limited to suspension of permitting privileges in Polk County for state-certified contractors. This eleven-member board consists of eight construction-industry professionals and three consumer representatives. Contractor Licensing Board members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve three year terms with no term limits.

To be considered, you must be a resident of Polk County for at least one year.  Consumer Representatives cannot be or ever have been a member or practitioner of a profession regulated by the Contractor Licensing Board or a member of any closely related profession.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Contractor Licensing Board, please email a letter of interest and a resume of qualifications to by close of business on Friday, March 30, 2018.


Open burning discouraged during dry and windy weather

 Bartow, Fla. (March 17, 2018) —  Polk County Fire Rescue has seen an increase in fire calls this week, with several outdoor fires. Dry weather conditions and high winds have contributed to more brush fires.

On Thursday, the Division of Forestry released an announcement encouraging no open burning. While Polk County has not issued a burn ban, the Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) indicates that Polk remains in the 400-499 range countywide; the average is 431.

Large burn piles, greater than eight feet in diameter, require authorization from the Florida Forest Service. Yard waste, such as grass clippings, brush, leaves, tree limbs and palm fronds, may be burned if you meet required setbacks in your community. Yard waste fires must fit in an eight-foot diameter pile or be burned in a non-combustible container.

PCFR urges you to use caution while burning and to keep fire suppression equipment on hand as you observe your burn pile.