May 25 , 2007 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Property Tax Reform Debate
County Update TV on Channel 12
National S.O.S. (sick of signs) Week
Alachua County/Gainesville Partnership Award
Garbage collection on Memorial Day
Foster Grandparent Volunteers Needed
Commission Meeting Highlights
Let’s All Get Involved - Alachua County Advisory Boards

 

Property tax system - Not all disasters are natural

On the latest edition of Alachua County Talks, County Manager Randall H. Reid discusses property taxes and the potential effects changes in tax laws could have on local government budgets. More information about property taxes, click http://www.alachuacounty.us/government/depts/comm/pressreleases.aspx?pr_id=5137

To view show times click here: http://www.alachuacounty.us/government/depts/comm/schedule.aspx


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County Update TV on Channel 12

This month, County Update features Alachua County Legislative Day, Yom Hashoah (Holocaust remembrance) in Alachua County, the Barr Hammock Ledwith Prairie Preserve, County Fire/Rescue tips for the upcoming hurricane season, and Waste Watcher tips from County Waste Management.

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National S.O.S. (sick of signs) Week

The American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) has declared May 19-25 as National S.O.S. (sick of signs) Week.
Alachua County Codes enforcement joined the American Association of Code Enforcement in its national campaign to rid our neighborhoods and business districts of illegally posted signs.
Hundreds of code enforcement jurisdictions have found that a common violation irritant shared by most communities is illegally posted signs on public property. The illegal signs are normally found clustered at busy intersections and along main thoroughfares. Code enforcement personnel spend an enormous amount of time removing and destroying these illegal signs, pulling them away from other, more serious issues in their neighborhoods. It can also be dangerous to remove these signs, given the heavy traffic along main thoroughfares and at busy intersections.

AACE has requested nationwide participation of Code Enforcement entities to focus attention on illegal signs posted in the right-of-way, on utility poles, light poles, medians, tree lawns, parkways and on other public property. AACE further requested that Code Enforcement Officers take the lead in organizing sign removal sweeps in a national coordinated effort to remove signs and, if the code authorizes, identify and site violators. Code personnel will remove illegally placed signs, keeping track of the number of signs and the amount of time spent removing them. The County will collect the information from their code enforcement staff and email AACE with the results. AACE will tabulate the results and produce a further national media release for use by all contributing cities.
For more information, please contact the Alachua County Codes Enforcement Office at (352)374-5243.

Any sign placed in the public rights-of-way in unincorporated Alachua County is in violation and shall be deemed to be abandoned and may be removed by a code enforcement officer, law enforcement officer, or other authorized County personnel. Any sign so removed may be disposed of without notice or compensation.

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Alachua County/Gainesville Partnership Award

On May 18, 2007, Alachua County and the City of Gainesville received honors at the Florida City and County Management Association Annual Conference. At the awards luncheon the two governments received the “Program Excellence Award for Community Partnerships” in the population over 50,000 category.

The award heralded the Alachua County, City of Gainesville partnership in the creation of the “10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.”
On hand to receive the award were Alachua County Manager Randall H. Reid and Gainesville Communications and Marketing Manager Bob Woods.
In speaking of the award Reid said, “Beginning with Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan and Commission Rodney J. Long agreeing to co-chair the project, this partnership has been a model cooperation between the two entities. Each of our Commissions and staffs have worked diligently to tackle this difficult challenge.” Reid continued, “Since this effort was launched the partnership has grown geometrically. Both citizens and other non-profits have contributed time and energy to understanding and ending homelessness in our community.”

For information on the “10 Year Plan to End Homelessness”contact Alachua County Poverty Reduction Program Director, John Skelly at (352) 264-6700.


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Garbage collection on Memorial Day

Residential curbside collection service for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will not be affected by the Memorial Day holiday. The regular schedule for these services will occur on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. The five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers and the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station will also be open during regular hours on Monday.
For more information, please contact Alachua County Office of Waste Collection, Milton Towns at (352) 338-3233.

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Foster Grandparent Volunteers Needed

The Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program is currently seeking interested seniors to serve special-needs children in our community, especially in local foster homes, daycare centers, and after-school programs. The next training session for new volunteers will begin on June 18. Alachua County residents ages 60 and over who live on a limited income are encouraged to apply.

Volunteers serve 15-40 hours per week, working one-on-one with special-needs children in schools, child care centers, foster homes, after-school programs, and other nonprofit organizations throughout the County. In return for their service, volunteers receive an hourly stipend of $2.65, a daily meal, assistance with transportation, an annual physical examination and supplemental insurance.

For more information, please call (352) 264-6757.

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Commission Meeting Highlights

Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions

Constitutional Officers/Other Governmental Units

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Let’s All Get Involved - Alachua County Advisory Boards

The Alachua County Commission is committed to citizen involvement on its 33 advisory boards and is soliciting applications for the following vacancies:

Get Involved - Click here for an application: http://www.alachuacounty.us/government/bocc/advisoryboard.aspx

Applications are also available at the County Manager’s Office on the Second Floor of the County Administration Building, 12 SE 1st St., Gainesville. For more information, call (352) 264-6904.

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