February 29, 2008 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

“In the Shadow of Plantations” debuting on Community 12
Groundbreaking held for new EMS #1 “Green” Fire/Rescue Station
Citizens can participate in the Evaluation and Appraisal Report to assess the Comprehensive Plan
Channel 12 update
Stop throwing junk mail in the garbage
Waldo Road Design Workshop to be held March 6
Extension Office offers class in Organic Square Foot Gardening
County employee saves maintenance costs
SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class seeks volunteers
County Event and Meeting Reminder
Commission Meeting Highlights
Alachua County Advisory Boards


“In the Shadow of Plantations” debuting on Community 12

The program “In the Shadow of Plantations” will premiere on Friday February 29, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. on Community 12. It will be rebroadcast at 10:00 p.m. The program will air multiple times during the month of March. The show will also be available on the County’s Video on Demand site for viewing at anytime.

The show, based on the research and writings of Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn, chronicles the history of enslaved African Americans in Alachua County. Dr. Hilliard-Nunn hosts the program, which was produced by the Alachua County Manager’s Communications Office.

In speaking of the program Dr. Hilliard-Nunn said, “African Americans have an old and rich history in Alachua County. The enslaved laborers represent just one aspect of that history, and it is important that we continue to uncover multiple aspects of their story because they were directly responsible for the growth and development of Alachua County during the 1800s. Their sweat, their blood and their tears are in the earth and their story should not be forgotten.”

Of her work on the television project she said, “I have appreciated having the opportunity to work with the Alachua County Communications Office to complete this important project. It is based on my “In the Shadow of Plantations and Farms: Enslaved Laborors in Alachua County” power point presentation which has been shared at a few locations. A pamphlet with the same title will be completed in May of 2008.”

Dr. Hilliard-Nunn earned her B.A. in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University in, her M.F.A. in Film Production from Howard University, and her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Florida State University. She is an adjunct instructor for the African American Studies Program and the University of Florida. She has also taught Black Women & Film as an adjunct instructor in the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at the University of Florida. Her article, Representing African Women in Movies was published in the book “Afrocentric Visions: Studies in Culture and Communication.” She has presented numerous lectures and workshops for schools, prisons, churches, civic organizations, museums, social service agencies, university organizations and others on Africa and African American history and culture, youth development, women’s and girl’s issues, media representation and interpersonal communications.

Click here for a complete bio of Dr. Hilliard-Nunn.

Contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5226 for more information.

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Groundbreaking held for new EMS #1 “Green” Fire/Rescue Station

The official groundbreaking for the first “Green” Fire/Rescue Station in Alachua County, EMS #1, will take place on Tuesday February 26, 2008 at 1:30 P.M. at 931 SE 4th Street, Gainesville, across the street from the existing County Fire Rescue Headquarters.

In 2005, the County hired CH2M Hill to design Fire Rescue Station # 1. In 2006, the Alachua County Commission approved the funding for the construction of a 5,521 sq ft Fire Rescue Station #1. On February 12, 2008, the County Commission hired Oelrich Construction Company to build the Fire Rescue Station. The total project cost is approximately $1,825,066.00 and is scheduled to be completed in the February/March 2009 time period.

The benefits of building to “Green” standards include:

Reduce operating cost over the life of the building

Minimizes water consumption

Lowers utilities costs

Offer recycling opportunities

Produces a healthy building

Provide opportunities to use native plants for landscaping

In speaking of the station, Chief Will Gray May Jr. said, “This new Rescue Station will provide adequate space for the existing Fire Rescue crew that is currently operating from space inside the County Fire Rescue Headquarters. Building this facility will provide critical space to house staffing and equipment enhancing fire rescue and medical services to citizens in this portion of Alachua County.”

Contact Mark Sexton at 352-374-5226 for more information.

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Citizens can participate in the Evaluation and Appraisal Report to assess the Comprehensive Plan

Alachua County Growth Management Department invites all citizens to attend the second of a series of community workshops being held throughout the County on the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) for the Comprehensive Plan. This workshop will be held on Thursday, March 6 at 4:30 p.m. at Kanapaha Middle School, located at 5005 SW 75th Street, Gainesville, FL.

The EAR is the community’s opportunity to evaluate the success of the Comprehensive Plan in addressing major community issues and will be the foundation for the next update and revision of the Plan. The agenda for the meeting includes a presentation on the EAR process followed by a group exercise to identify potential issues, with additional time for questions and discussion.

The State of Florida requires all local governments (counties and municipalities) to adopt Local Government Comprehensive Plans that guide future growth and development. The State’s Growth Management Act (Chapter 163, Part II, F.S.) also requires each local government to adopt an Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) once every seven years to assess progress in implementing the local government’s Comprehensive Plan and identify recommendations for update of the Plan.

Go to www.alachuacounty.us/ear or call 352-374-5249 for more information.

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Channel 12 update

Community 12 staff is working diligently to repair station equipment damaged by a pipe break and flood at City Hall. We thank viewers for their patience as this work is finalized. Station Programming will be limited while new equipment is installed. We expect a full programming schedule to be restored by the end of the first week of March. Live County meetings and some limited replays of meetings are currently airing on the station. Current installments of County Update, Alachua County Talks, and the County Communications Office special “In the Shadow of the Plantations” will also air over the weekend. Programming is also available online at www.alachuacounty.us/video .

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Stop throwing junk mail in the garbage

Junk mail and mixed office paper can now be recycled in residents’ orange curbside bins alongside newspaper, magazines, catalogs, brown paper bags and corrugated cardboard.

This expansion of the curbside recycling program is the result of a partnership between the Alachua County Office of Waste Collection, the City of Gainesville, Waste Management, Inc. and SP Recycling Corp.

“We didn’t have a viable option before,” said Milton Towns, Waste Collection Manager. “Our processor couldn’t handle the plastic panes, and glues were a problem. SP Recycling Corp. purchased new machinery and can now handle this material.”

Yogurt and butter tubs were also added to the curbside program. They should be rinsed and placed in the blue bin alongside plastic, metal and glass bottles and jars.

“It’s a market issue,” Towns said. “SP recycling can market those plastics now.”

There will be no additional cost to residents as a result of the recycling program expansion.

Call 352-338-3233 for more information.

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Waldo Road Design Workshop to be held March 6

The Florida Community Design Center, in partnership with the City of Gainesville, Alachua County, and the University of Florida, will conduct a public workshop on March 6, 2008 at 5:30 pm to seek input from the community regarding the redevelopment of Waldo Road.

“The project will give our community more tools in the toolbox,” Alachua County Commission Chairman Rodney Long, a key leader of the initiative, commented, “It will create economic development strategies and inevitably bring redevelopment to northeast Gainesville in the area surrounding the corridor.”

The Florida Community Design Center has spent the last year conducting research and design studios focused on new possibilities for target areas along Waldo Road. The project team is currently analyzing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to key locations along the corridor including the Waldo Road and NE 39th Ave. intersection, Citizen’s Field, the NE 8th Ave. district, and the Waldo Road and SE 2nd Ave. intersection.

In speaking of the project, Florida Community Design Center Executive Martin Gold said, “The study will encourage redevelopment in accordance with Plan East Gainesville and past related studies and initiatives. Through the engagement of citizens and community stakeholders, Gainesville and Alachua County will foster a citizen-endorsed, unified vision for the future of Waldo Road. Community members will be integral to the development of specific implementation tools and tactics to enhance the urban design, promote sustainable planning, and support economic development in the Waldo Road Corridor.”

The Waldo Road project invites the community to exchange ideas, collaborate, and influence design alternatives for Waldo Road at 5:30 pm on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 5:30 pm at the Florida Community Design Center at 300 E. University Ave.

Contact Program Manager Naomi Whiteley naomi@flcdc.org or Executive Director Martin Gold martin@flcdc.org at 352-334-7111 for more information.

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Extension Office offers class in Organic Square Foot Gardening

This class will be conducted Saturday, March 1, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at Indigo Green Store, 322 SW 4th Ave., Gainesville. Wendy Wilber, UF/IFAS Alachua County Horticulture Agent will teach participants how to build organic square foot gardens for vegetable gardening in small spaces. There is no charge for this class. Class size is limited.

RSVP to educationdept@indigogreenstore.com , or call 352-378-2285.

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County employee saves maintenance costs

Building Mechanic Glenn Coonradt in Alachua County’s Facilities Maintenance Division of Administrative Services recently implemented a new technology that restores old water pipes, saving the County over $30,000 in repair costs.

The Fire Rescue Services Headquarters is a very old County building and the potable water piping system required replacing. The original estimated cost was $195,414.00.

Glenn learned about a pipe replacement alternative, CuraFlo, at a national facilities conference. The CuraFlo process diagnoses, dries, and cleans the existing pipes and then seals and protects the pipes with a layer of epoxy. The lining process is performed quickly with minimal disturbance.

Glenn found a local company to administer the CuraFlo process for $28,900.00. This saved the County’s taxpayers over $160,000.00, while getting the job done without any interruption in service.

Contact Alachua County Facilities Maintenance Division at 352-374-5226 for more information.

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SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class seeks volunteers

Alachua County Emergency Management, in cooperation with the National Weather Service Jacksonville, will be sponsoring a Basic and Advanced SKYWARN Storm Spotter class on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.. The class will be held at Room 286 in the Reitz Union on the campus of the University of Florida.

As severe weather is a fact of life in Florida, Alachua County is looking for volunteers to become their eyes and ears on the ground to provide better weather watch and warning services . The mission of the National Weather Service and local Emergency Management is to protect lives and property during severe weather incidents. Even with advancements in technology, such as Doppler radar, government officials must rely on a network of trained volunteers.

Contact acem@alachuacounty.us or 352-264-6500 for more information.

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New Animal Services Director hired

Alachua County has hired David Flagler as the new Animal Services Director. Mr. Flagler comes to the County with 24 years of animal service experience. He is married with grown children and an Eagle Scout. His starting salary is $79,676.36.

His career began as an Animal Control Field Supervisor and then Division Manager in Multnomah County, Oregon. He went on to serve as Animal Services Director in Fairfax County, Virginia, Salt Lake City Virginia, and Fulton County Georgia. He also served as the PetWhere Director for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). While serving in Salt Lake City he was named, “Policy Maker of the Year” for his efforts in rewriting the Salt Lake County Animal Control Ordinance.

Mr. Flagler’s most recent position was Division Chief, Jacksonville Animal Care, and Control.

Alachua County Public Works Director Richard Hedrick, in speaking of the hire, said, “We are delighted to have someone of Mr. Flagler’s caliber join the County. His wealth of experience will be beneficial in leading this division as it provides these important services. His knowledge of budgeting and data management will be particularly important as we face the uncertain fiscal challenges ahead.”

Contact Mark Sexton at 352-374-5226 for more information.

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County Event and Meeting Reminder

Organic Square Foot Gardening

SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class

Forage Management Basics Workshop

Next EAR Workshop to Evaluate the Comprehensive Plan

Waldo Road Design Workshop

Alachua County Civic Education SerieS (ACCESS)

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Commission Meeting Highlights

Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions

Announcements - Mark Sexton, Communications Coordinator


The Board proclaimed Friday, February 29, 2008 as "Carol Hurst Day" in Alachua County, Florida.

Carol Hurst Day.pdf


The Board proclaimed Tuesday, February 26, 2008 as "Tom Belcuore Day" in Alachua County, Florida.

Tom Belcuore.pdf


The Board proclaimed declaring March 2008 as "Women's History Month" in Alachua County, Florida.

WomensHistoryMonth 2008.pdf


The Board proclaimed March 2008 as "Purchasing Month" in Alachua County, Florida.

Purchasing Month 2008.pdf


The Board decided to defer the Main Street Mill and Resurfacing Project to the March 11, 2008 meeting. Commission Pinkoson requested staff to look to see if a percentage of the funds could come from the CRA funds. Manager Reid requested Elmo be used for visuals on similar future items. Commissioner Byerly requested staff to consult bike road design specialist.



The Board deferred to the March 11, 2008 meeting the Recommended Corridor for the SW 62nd Boulevard Connector Project item. At that meeting they want to 1. Approve interim projects for consideration as priority system enhancements 2. hear from staff why the matrix was designed that reduced the vehicle benefits significantly from the bicycle/pedestrian benefits with assistance from FDOT (analysis)


The Board held a Public Hearing to Amend the FY08 Budget for Changes in Fund Balances and other Revenue. The Board approved the budget amendment.

Resolution for Midyear MSTU Law Enforcement budget.pdf
FY08 Mid Year Narratives.pdf
Resolution for Midyear MSTU Unincorporated budget.pdf
Resolution for Midyear MSTU Fire Protection Services budget.pdf
Consolidated Budget Amendments.pdf
FY08 Mid Year Reserve Adjustments Sheetspdf.pdf
FY08 Mid-Year Adjustments spreadsheet.pdf
Resolution for Midyear General Fund budget.pdf
Resolution for Midyear MSBU Refuse Collection budget.pdf


The Boardauthorized staff to advertise a public hearing on March 25, 2008, to obtain citizen input, review and possibly revise, and adopt a resolution that includes the inventory list of surplus County-owned property for affordable housing.

Notice of Public Hearing.pdf


The Board adopted the Resolution Modifying Various Fees on the FY08 Schedule of Fees and Charges for Services

FY08 Fee Update Resolution.pdf
Exhibit A FY08 Fee Schedule.pdf


The Board conducted the first public hearing and direct staff to prepare for the second public hearing to consider an ordinance with amendments to the land development regulations that will implement both recently adopted Comp Plan Amendments CPA-04-07 and CPA-11-07.

CPA 11 07 Adopted Comprehensive Plan Language.pdf
Draft Ordinance.pdf
Exhibit A for Ordinance.pdf
Summary of CPAs.pdf
CPA 04 07 Adopted Comp Plan Language.pdf


The Board approved the plat for Farnsworth Park PD Phase 1.

Farnsworth Master Open Space Plan.pdf
Farnsworth PD Phase 1 Plat.pdf
Farnsworth Park PD Ph 1 Final SR.pdf
Farnsworth HOA w OSMP.pdf
Farnsworth ACSB.pdf
Farnsworth DRC Chair SR.pdf


The Board approved the plat for The Preserve at Tortoise Hill, a 19 Unit subdivision on approximately 97.96 acres.

Tortoise Hill Master Development Plan.pdf
Tortoise Hill Final SR.pdf
Tortoise Hill Plat Chair SR.pdf
Tortoise Hill Final Plat.pdf
Tortoise Hill Conservation Management Plan.pdf
Tortoise Hill ACSB.pdf


Advisory Board Appointments

Energy Conservation Strategies Commission

Land Conservation Board

Healthcare Board

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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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