November 30, 2007 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County’s Aligning for Success Program highlighted in new managmenet book
Special meeting to be held on realigning SW 75th Street through Brytan Development
What’s on Alachua County Talks?
Special workshop to be held on Transfer of Development Rights Workshop
County Update TV on Community 12
Health Department Urges Citizens to Obtain Influenza Vaccination
Foster Grandparents Recognition Luncheon
County Event and Meeting Reminder
Commission Meeting Highlights
Let’s All Get Involved - Alachua County Advisory Boards

 

County’s Aligning for Success Program highlighted in new managmenet book

A recently published book highlights the County’s first phase of our Aligning for Success Program dealing with performance management: “Get in the Game: The Power of Optimum Performance, Seven Steps to Better Results for Your Organization” by Dan Beeman Ph.D. and Jim Coy.

The book focuses two chapters (5 and 6) on describing the County’s efforts to:

Comprehensively identify our customers

Structure functional groups used by Alachua County to improve communications and coordination between departments in delivery of services

County Manager Randall H. Reid commented, “It makes all of us at the County very proud that our hard work in these areas is receiving this national exposure.”

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Special meeting to be held on realigning SW 75th Street through Brytan Development

A special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners will be held on December 4, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.. The meeting will be held in Room 209 of the County Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss options relating to the alignment of SW 75th Street within the Brytan Development south of Archer Road.

On September 11, 2007, the Board of County Commissioners heard a staff presentation on the realigning of SW 75th Street south of Archer through the Brytan development. After hearing the presentation and comments from citizens the Commission directed staff to look at options to restore traffic flow to a condition similar to the previous configuration. Staff will be presenting several options that were developed after meetings with citizens and the developer. The presentation will cover the aspects of costs and other potential impacts.

For more information, please contact David Cerlanek , County Engineer, Alachua County Public Works Department at 352-374-5245 ext. 214.

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What’s on Alachua County Talks?

A public workshop to review the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) draft report will be conducted on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grace Knight Conference Room on the second floor of the County Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st St. Gainesville. The report provides an explanation and analysis of TDR programs in general, as well as additional analysis of some specific program alternatives for Alachua County.

To read the draft report, click the link below:

http://growth-management.alachua.fl.us/tdr/TDR_DraftReport.pdf .

Following circulation of this report and input from interested parties, the staff will make revisions and form a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners including the necessary steps for implementation should the Commission move forward with a TDR program.

For more information, call Alachua County Growth Management Planner, Holly Banner at (352)374-5249 or e-mail hbanner@alachuacounty.us

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Special workshop to be held on Transfer of Development Rights Workshop

A public workshop to review the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) draft report will be conducted on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grace Knight Conference Room on the second floor of the County Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st St. Gainesville. The report provides an explanation and analysis of TDR programs in general, as well as additional analysis of some specific program alternatives for Alachua County.

To read the draft report, click the link below:

http://growth-management.alachua.fl.us/tdr/TDR_DraftReport.pdf .

Following circulation of this report and input from interested parties, the staff will make revisions and form a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners including the necessary steps for implementation should the Commission move forward with a TDR program.

For more information, call Alachua County Growth Management Planner, Holly Banner at (352)374-5249 or e-mail hbanner@alachuacounty.us

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County Update TV on Community 12

This month’s County Update include features on the The City of Gainesville/Alachua County Office on Homelessness 3rd Annual Homeless Night Out, The 9th Annual Trashformations Recycled Art Competition, County news, fire safety tips for the holiday season from Alachua County Fire Rescue, a visit with Alachua County veterans of World War II, and a recap of recent County Commission meetings.

The episode will premier on Community 12 on Friday, November 30.

Channel 12 Show Schedule

County Update Video Archive

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Health Department Urges Citizens to Obtain Influenza Vaccination

Officials at the Florida Department of Health - Alachua County Health Department wish to reinforce that there still is time to combat influenza through vaccination. While the influenza numbers in the area have been low, the season is very early and runs through April. In addition, we are now going to experience two major influxes of persons that may be infected: 1) the seasonal travel of residents and students alike to areas of the country or the world where influenza rates may be higher; and 2) the influx of winter residents that may be stopping in Gainesville on their way to other areas of the state.

Health Department officials have supplies of both the injectable vaccine as well as the nasal spray for purchase. Those with Medicare Part B can present their card and any supplemental insurance they may have and the Health Department will bill for the service. For all others, the cost is $20 for either vaccination. Health Director Tom Belcuore advised, “Each year in the U.S., Influenza is associated with approximately 36,000 deaths and causes hospitalizations of up to three times that number. Vaccination against this disease has been shown to be the most cost effective way of reducing both morbidity and mortality.”

The Health Department can provide vaccination at their sites in Alachua (15530 NW US Hwy 441), High Springs (245 NW 2nd St.), and the main facility in Gainesville (224 SE 24th St.). Appointments are required at the Alachua and High Spring sites, but walk-ins can be accommodated at the Gainesville site. The Gainesville site hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For further information, please call (352) 334-7950 for Gainesville; (386) 462-2542 for Alachua; and (386) 454-2421 for High Springs.

Media inquiries should be directed to Tom Belcuore at (352) 334-8892.

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Foster Grandparents Recognition Luncheon

Alachua County’s Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) will recognize its volunteers at a luncheon on December 7, 2007 at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville. Disk Jockey Storm Roberts of WKTK will be the Master of Ceremonies.

The FGP, established in Alachua County in 1973, is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners sponsors FGP locally. FGP Volunteers serve throughout the County in childcare centers, elementary schools, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and other sites. In exchange for their service, the volunteers receive a tax-free stipend of $2.65 per hour, meals, assistance with transportation, and supplemental insurance.

FGP is currently accepting applications for new volunteers. Applicants must be Alachua County residents, 60 or over, in relatively good health, enjoy working with children, and meet federal income guidelines.

At the luncheon, winners in the essay contest sponsored by the FGP Advisory Council will read their essays about their Foster Grandparents.

While the luncheon is by invitation only, media representatives covering the event are welcome.

For more information and an application, contact the Foster Grandparent Program Office at (352) 264-6757.

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County Event and Meeting Reminder

SW 75th St. / Brytan Development meeting

Transfer of Development Rights workshop

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Commission Meeting Highlights

Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions

The Board proclaimed Saturday, December 1, 2007 as “Rosa Parks Day” in Alachua County, Florida. Reverend Milford Griner (right), founder and organizer of the Rosa Parks “Quiet Courage” Committee, accepted the procalmation.

The Board proclaimed December 2007 as “Modern Shoe Repair Shop Month” in Alachua County, Florida. Ron Balsamo (right), Owner of the shop, and Amos Lewis (center left), Shoe Shiner, accepted the proclamation.

The Board proclaimed Tuesday, January 15 through Saturday, January 26, 2008 as “King Celebration 2008” in Alachua County, Florida. Marie Small (left), Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida, Inc., accepted the proclamation.

The Board proclaimed Sunday, January 20, 2008 as “Hall of Fame Day” in Alachua County, Florida. Jacquelyn Hart-Williams (right), Executive Director Emeritus of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission of Florida, Inc., accepted the proclamation.

The Board heard a presentation and provided input concerning the Corridor Alternatives and Evaluation Criteria for the 62nd Boulevard Connector Project. They requested that staff examine the four corridors that are not fatally flawed, and bring the results back to the Board.

The Board heard a presentation from FloridaWorks requesting $15,000 to match same amounts from the City of Gainesville and Florida Works to maintain a Homeless Job Placement Program. The Board granted the request.

The County Manager reported on the New River Landfill Legislative Request. The Board authorized the Chairman to sign a letter of support for continued State funding of the New River program to capture methane gas from decomposing garbage.

The Board reviewed, revised, and adopted the 2008 Alachua County State Legislative Program.

 

Commission Comments

Chairman Long asked the Board to send a Resolution of Support to the Florida Association of Counties for their position on the Jan. 29 Tax referendum. He also informed the Board of his plans to hold monthly Chair/Mayor Meetings with Mayors form all of the municipalities.

Commissioner Chestnut asked that letters be sent to the Buchholz Volleyball Team congratulating them on their State Championship and to Monica Bayer for being named the Outstanding Middle School Counselor of the Year.

 

Public Hearings

The Board adopted the Resolution to vacate a portion of Arredonda Park plat.

The Board adopted CPA 14 07 to re-designate privately owned parcels from Preservation to Rural Agriculture.

The Board adopted CPA 15 07 to re-designate privately owned parcels from Preservation to Rural Agriculture.

The Board adopted CPA 16 07 to re-designate privately owned parcels from Preservation to Rural Agriculture.

The Board adopted ordinance for CPA 13-07 to expand the list of uses allowed in the Industrial Land Use Category under certain conditions.

The Board approved 4 to 1 (Byerly dissenting) CPA-02-07 (Tower Rd/24th Ave Activity Center Amendment.

The Board approved 4 to1 (Byerly dissenting) the ordinance for CPA 17-07 adopting the Future Traffic Circulation Corridor Map and revising related policies in the Transportation Mobility Element.

 

Quasi-Judicial/Zoning Items

The Board approved of the Replat for Marmaduke West Lot 20.

The Board approved of the Preliminary Development Plan and Preliminary Certificate of Level of Service Compliance for roads only with deficiencies of the Archer Road Corporate Park Lots 8 through 15.

 

Advisory Board Appointments

Energy Conservation Strategies Commission

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Board

Alachua County Housing Authority Board

Original Florida Tourism Task Force

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Let’s All Get Involved - Alachua County Advisory Boards

The Alachua County Commission is committed to citizen involvement on its 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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