April 11, 2008 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

CHOICES to hold Community Health Expo
Mill Creek Preserve opens
Ecopassage & Scenic Highway Master Plan Workshop
Jean Munden named Health Department Administrator
What’s on Alachua County Talks?
Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway May 3rd
April is STD Awareness Month
County Update TV on Community 12
Online Sexual Assault Hotline
Earth Day Sustainable Living Event
Survivors’ Art Exhibit opens in May
Fire Rescue teaches youth ATV safe riding course
County Event and Meeting Reminder
Commission Meeting Highlights
Alachua County Advisory Boards


CHOICES to hold Community Health Expo

“Cover the Uninsured Week” is April 27, 2008 through May 3, 2008. In recognition of this important initiative, Alachua County’s CHOICES Health Services Program will host its 1st annual CHOICES Community Health Expo, Saturday, May 3, 2008, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center, located at 1028 NE 14th St.

Forty-seven million Americans, including more than 9 million children, are living without healthcare coverage. CHOICES is pleased to be able to provide resources to address the national crisis of the uninsured.

“This event will allow us to bring community partners together to provide valuable information and services to residents,” said Lorraine Austin, CHOICES Health Services Director

The CHOICES Community Health Expo will include information and resources on a variety of topics, free health screenings, and fun activities for children. CHOICES representatives will be available on-site to take applications for the program. CHOICES has partnered with Florida KidCare, who will also attend the event so that parents can apply for healthcare coverage for their children. Other participants include the Alachua County Health Department and Shands Eastside

CHOICES Health Services is committed to providing quality healthcare to Alachua County’s working uninsured. To date, the program has provided services to more than 1500 Alachua County residents. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event or to apply for CHOICES, call 352-264-6772 or visit www.acCHOICES.com . For more information about Cover the Uninsured Week, visit www.covertheuninsured.org .

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Mill Creek Preserve opens

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce the opening of Alachua County Forever’s Mill Creek Preserve. A ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open the preserve will be held on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the preserve entrance on CR 236, one-half mile west of the CR 241 junction in northwest Alachua County.

Commissioners will be joined by County Manager Randall H Reid and staff of the Environmental Protection Department. There will be an opportunity for interviews and photos. Attendees may hike the trails after the opening ceremony.

Mill Creek Preserve was the first acquisition of the Alachua County Forever Program and will be the first preserve managed by the County. Alachua County Forever is the $29 million local land conservation program approved by the voters in 2000. To date, it has conserved over 13,000 acres.

If any accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 or 352-374-5284 TDD.

For more information, please go to www.alachuacounty.us/government/depts/epd/land/ or call Ramesh Buch at 352-264-6800.

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Ecopassage & Scenic Highway Master Plan Workshop

A public workshop at the Paynes Prairie Visitors Center on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 starting at 5:30 p.m. will discuss the Scenic Highway Master Plan, including the US 441 Ecopassage (a wildlife passage under the highway). All persons are welcome to share ideas for the Old Florida Heritage Highway.

The Old Florida Heritage Highway is a nearly 50 mile roadway corridor in southeast Alachua County designated a Florida Department of Transportation state scenic highway in 2001. The corridor includes the historic communities of Micanopy, Evinston, Cross Creek, Rochelle, and Island Grove, and traverses Paynes Prairie.

The Scenic Highway Master Plan design process is nearing completion. All reports are online at www.scenicus441.com or may be reviewed at the County Growth Management office.

For more info, contact Kathleen Pagan at Alachua County Growth Management at 352-374-5249 or kpagan@alachuacounty.us .

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Jean Munden named Health Department Administrator

At a recent County Commission meeting, Ms. Jean Munden, RN MPH, MPA was congratulated by the Board for her appointment as the new Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department.

Ms. Munden has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing obtained from The University of Mississippi, a Masters in Public Administration from Nova University, and a Masters in Public Health from The University of South Florida. She is active with community organizations such as the Alachua County Heart Association, Alachua County Head Start Advisory Committee, and Healthy Start. She is also an active member of the American Public Health Association.

Ms. Munden has been working in public health for over 35 years. She has been employed by the Alachua County Health Department since 1971 where she began employment as a public health nurse. She has since been promoted to Nursing Supervisor, Assistant Nursing Director, Director of Nursing, and most currently, Assistant Director; a position she has held for nine years.

In speaking of the appointment, Alachua County Commission Chairman Rodney J. Long said, “We are very pleased to have someone of Ms. Munden’s experience on board and look forward to working with her on health issues important to the citizens of Alachua County.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the Alachua County Health Department staff and community partners in fulfilling our mission to promote, protect and improve the health of the community,” said Ms. Munden.

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What’s on Alachua County Talks?

Check out the latest editions of Alachua County Talks on Community 12 TV by viewing the Channel 12 Show Schedule, or click on the images below to view streaming video of the episodes.

Click above to watch Cindy Sanders, Cooperative Extension Director, discuss the County’s Cooperative Extension.

Click above to watch Angela Pate, Exectuive Director of the Florida Works Board discuss the Florida Works Program.

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Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway May 3rd

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department will hold the 14th Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway on Saturday, May 3, 2008. Recycled paint will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8am at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center, located at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station, 5125 NE 63rd Ave., just off of Waldo Road, 2 miles north of 39th Avenue.

The County will distribute 3,600 gallons of 75% post consumer recycled latex paint, free of charge, to community organizations, civic groups, and people with special needs. This paint is for homeowners and business owners who cannot afford the cost of new paint. It is available in 5-gallon pails with six colors to choose from: off-white, beige, gray, terra cotta, green and blue. Residents are limited to 10 gallons.

Latex paint, collected throughout the year by the Hazardous Waste Program, is shipped to a paint manufacturer where it is blended and repackaged into a 75% post consumer paint that is suitable for either interior or exterior usage. The cost to recycle the paint is only slightly more than the cost to stabilize the hazardous sludge (solidification) and dispose of it in the landfill.

“A total of over 42,000 gallons of recycled paint has been provided to Alachua County residents since the inception of the program in 1994,” said Kurt Seaburg, Hazardous Waste Coordinator for the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department. “The program began as a means of assisting homeowners and businesses beautify their property while recycling a product that still has value.”

Importantly, residents may always pick up free non-recycled paint of varying quality and quantity and other household products, dropped off by residents for disposal at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s recycle/reuse area during normal business hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

For more information about the Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway, call the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center at 352-334-0440.

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April is STD Awareness Month

The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD ) will be highlighting the health impacts of sexually transmitted disease (STD) during this month during the month of April

Approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the United States, says Alachua County Health Department Administrator Jean Munden. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of new cases are among younger adults, 15 to 24 years old.

“STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are major causes of infertility among women,” Munden said. “These and other common STDs can increase the risk of HIV transmission for both women and men.” STDs pose a serious public health threat to Americans, particularly young women, men who have sex with men (MSM), African Americans, and individuals living in poverty or who have limited access to healthcare. STDs cost the national health care system as much as $15.5 billion annually.

Munden continued saying, “There are many effective ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat STDs. STD screening and early diagnoses are vital to prevent serious health consequences and increased transmission. Screening is particularly important since many STDs often have no signs or symptoms.”

ACHD recommends annual chlamydia screening for sexually active women under the age of 26. For sexually active MSM, ACHD recommends annual HIV and syphilis blood testing, annual chlamydia testing, as well as annual gonorrhea testing.”

Alachua County Health Department will be doing several community screenings, educational presentations and other public health activities. Please see the attached calendar for specific event information. Free STD clinics are held regularly every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.; call the ACHD at 352-334-7900 for more information.

More information about STDs is available at: www.cdcnpin.org/stdawareness/index.htm , www.doh.state.fl.us/chdalachua/index.htm , or www.cdc.gov/std or by calling the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7900.

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County Update TV on Community 12

This month’s County Update includes a feature on Frank Towers, a veteran of the Allied invasion of France as a member of the U.S. Army 30th Infantry Division, and the recipient of the first Jim McCawley Veterans Service Award for (in 2006) for his work in creating Les Fleurs de la Memoire (the Flowers of Memory) program which allows French families and individuals to adopt the gravesites of American serviceman buried in Normandy and Brittany cemeteries. Frank lives in LaCrosse.

Other features include a Groundbreaking at new green Fire/EMS stations, green landscaping with EPD and Cooperative extension, 39th Ave. signalization, the recent mental health grant press conference. Channel 12 Schdule

Click here to link to the video.

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Online Sexual Assault Hotline

The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) RAINN is launching its National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, which can be accessed at www.rainn.org . Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center is a founding partner of the hotline, and county staff and volunteers provide counseling and information via a secure instant messaging format to rainn.org visitors across the U.S.

The online hotline is the first secure, web-based hotline to provide support from trained crisis volunteers to sexual assault victims and their loved ones. In 1994, RAINN created the original National Sexual Assault Hotline which can be reached by phone at 800-656-HOPE (4673). Since then, RAINN has helped transform more than 1 million victims into survivors.

“This April, more young people now use the web to find health information than to download music,” said Scott Berkowitz, president and founder of RAINN. “To adequately serve younger victims of sexual assault, the online hotline combines the services they need with the technology they embrace.”

RAINN statistics state that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime. Forty-four percent of sexual assault victims are under the age of 18.

If any accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at (352) 374-5275 or (352) 374-5284 TDD.

For more information, visit www.rainn.org or contact Rita Lawrence, Alachua County Victim Services and Rape and Crisis Center, at 352-264-6760.

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Earth Day Sustainable Living Event

In celebration of Earth Day, the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives is partnering with the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum to teach Alachua County residents about sustainable living practices. The free event will take place Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Hull Road and NW 34th Sreet in Gainesville, FL.

Waste Alternatives staff will be on site with games and crafts for children and information about recycling, composting and other waste reduction activities that individuals can implement to reduce their environmental impact.

For more info about how to Embrace Zero Waste, contact the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives at 352-374-5213, or visit www.thewastewatcher.com .

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Survivors’ Art Exhibit opens in May

The opening reception for the Twelfth Annual Survivors’ Art Exhibit will take place Friday, May 16, 2008, 7 - 9 pm in the gallery of the J. Wayne Reitz Union at the University of Florida. The Survivors’ Art Exhibit is a unique event that underscores survivors’ journeys from initial victimization to resolution. Over 375 artists have participated in the show over the past twelve years.

Both female and male artists in the community and on campus, who have used art in their healing process, will share their work. Through a variety of media such as painting, drawing, watercolor, photography, poetry and sculpture, survivors create personal stories of domestic violence, family violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault, child abuse, spiritual abuse and other forms of interpersonal violence.

The Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center, the Sexual Battery Committee of the Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women, the UF Counseling Center, and the UF Arts & Crafts Center sponsor this exhibit. In conjunction, the Sexual Battery Committee will hold 27th Annual Conference, “Pathways to Healing: From Trauma to Recovery,” Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Trinity United Methodist Church.

The Survivor’s exhibit is free and open to the general public. It will be displayed in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Gallery May 11-23. Gallery hours are Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Call 352-336-8414 for more information.

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Fire Rescue teaches youth ATV safe riding course

Statistics from the www.atvsafety.gov show that nationwide, in 2006, there were 111 youth deaths and 39,300 youth emergency room treated injuries. Many of these accidents could be lessened or avoided with appropriate education and safety practices.

Alachua County Fire Rescue and Alachua County 4-H have received a $3000 grant from the National 4-H Council to provide All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) safe riding education to youth. Using the 4-H ATV Safety curriculum, the partnership team will plan and conduct multiple ATV safety education workshops over the next 8 months. These workshops will include interactive, hands-on and “heads-on” activities to build critical thinking and life skills, not actual ATV riding. An educational session for parents will be included to inform them of the latest research on injury prevention and safe riding practices.

A teen-adult partnership team is being formed now! Interested teens, minimum age of 14 by August 1, and adults should contact Lorraine S. Williams, Alachua County Fire Rescue Public Education Coordinator, at 352-384-3106 or lsw@alachuacounty.us for more information.

Families with ATV’s are urged to supervise their children while riding on an ATV, provide helmets and appropriate clothing, not allow on-road riding, and make sure the ATV is the right size for the youth.

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County Event and Meeting Reminder

Fairgrounds Development Workshop


Scenic Highway Master Plan Workshop


CHOICES Community Health Expo


Mill Creek Preserve Opening


14th Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway


Earth Day Sustainable Living Event


Community Emergency Response Team


Homebuyer Education Clinic

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Commission Meeting Highlights

Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions

Announcements - Mark Sexton, Communications Coordinator


The Board proclaimed April 2008 as "Fair Housing Month" in Alachua County, Florida.

Fair Housing2008 Proclamation.pdf


The Board proclaimed "Administrative Professionals Day and Week" in Alachua County, Florida.

Alachua County IAAP 2008.pdf


The Board proclaimed the week of April 13-19, 2008 as "National Public Safety Telecommunications Week" in Alachua County, Florida.

National Public Safety Telecomm Wk.pdf


The Board proclaimed Thursday, April 10, 2008 as "Alachua County Employee Recognition and Appreciation Day" in Alachua County, Florida.

Emp Recog during County Govt Week.pdf


The Board proclaimed April 2008 as "Child Abuse Prevention Month" in Alachua County, Florida.

Child Abuse Prev Month 2008.pdf


The Board proclaimed April 2008 as "Jazz Appreciation Month" in Alachua County, Florida.

Jazz Month Proclamation 08.pdf


The Board heard a presentation by the Council for Economic Outreach Special Task Force - Space/Land and directed the County Manager to work with CEO on the development of a proposal regarding how the Commission might address the need for space/land for economic development and return within 60-90 days.



The Board accepted the FY07 Annual Report of the Alachua County Fair Housing Human Rights Board. The County Manager was directed to implement the vehicle needed to partner with those agencies that are involved when a complaint is referred to external agencies so that the county can obtain the final report/results of the investigation.



The Board approved the Construction Contract with Anderson Columbia Co., Inc. for Bid 08-361 County Project No. 6352 Mill and Resurface of NW 39th Avenue from CR 241 to west of NW 115th Terrace and County Project No. 6353 Mill and Resurface of NW 51st Street from NW 23rd Avenue to NW 39th Avenue. Amount: $2,434,308.64



The Board directed the County Manager to review the issues concerning the Children’s Garden @ Kanapaha and speak with Don Goodman and Mr. Bowen about the project and Mr. Roland Loog about the TDC funding and the project authorized by the TDC. Bring back to next meeting. BCC received an email.


The Board directed the County Manager look into a Lake Santa Fe issue. What can residents do with their property pursuant to the LDR’s? EPD sent a letter to a resident indicating that if the resident must obtain EPD approval prior to doing work on their property. Provide the response either in an email to the Commission or a presentation to the Commission.


The Board directed the County Attorney to draft an ordinance allowing all people to solicit in public streets beginning 7:00 am Friday prior to the Monday, Labor Day and continuing through Labor Day.


The Board directed the County Manager to appoint staff to work with Office of Greenways and Trails to create a new opportunity segment between Gainesville/Hawthorne Rail Trail and Prices Scrub via US 441 and to work with the Office to prepare a grant for US441 and Archer Braid segment for the upcoming budget year.


The Board directed the County Manager to present an executive summary/overview of the DROP program and address how the program works, is it established by law, do all entities/agencies administer DROP the same way, what are the legal requirements of DROP; what are the program costs, how does DROP work with FRS; how does Alachua County’s program work

The County Manager reported that the County’s Fire Service ISO Rating, which helps determine insurance rates, had improved. He also brought forward a request for funding of an Annexation Survey with the City of Gainesville. The request was to participate on 20% of survey costs not to exceed $10,000. The Board declined. The Manager introduced CAPP Coordinator Lee Roberts who reported on three updates to the program, all of which were approved by the Board.


Commission Comments to include information brought back from Chairman Long's trip to Tallahassee at the FAC Executive Committee Meeting, Legislative day & 2009 Strategic Planning. (Amended)

Amount: N/A

Recommended Action: Commission Comments


Public Hearings

The Board adopted the proposed small-scale land use amendment; CPA 09-08.

CPA0908 Survey.pdf
CPA0908 mailout.pdf
CPA0908 background.pdf
CPA0908 Powerpoint.pdf
CPA0908 Staff Report.pdf
Adv compCPA4808.pdf
CPA0908 Ordinance.pdf


The Board approved of the plat for Bayhill East and West Rural/Agriculture Clustered Subdivision.

Adv bayhillZOSZOM4808.pdf


The Board approved Resolution Z-08-08 a request to amend an existing special use permit for D and S Landfill.

ZOS0607 Comments.pdf
Vested Rights Documents.pdf
D&S Borrow Pit Plans.pdf
ZOS0607 Powerpoint.pdf
ZOS0607 Resolution.pdf
ZOS0607 Resolution Maps.pdf
Adv bayhillZOSZOM4808.pdf
Borrow Pit Submittal(3 of 4).pdf
ZOS0607 Staff Report.pdf
Borrow Pit Submittal(1 of 4).pdf
Borrow Pit Submittal(2 of 4).pdf
Borrow Pit Submittal(4 of 4).pdf


The Board approve the request to amend the permitted uses on Lots 1 & 2 in the Tower Hill Business Park planned Development

Amount: NA

Recommended Action: Staff recommends that the BoCC hearing the staff presentation and approve Resolution Z-09-08

Adv bayhillZOSZOM4808.pdf
ZOM0408 Resolution Map.pdf
ZOM0408 Resolution.pdf
ZOM0408 Powerpoint.pdf
Tower Hill PD Application.pdf
ZOM0408 Staff Report.pdf
Tower Hill ZMP.pdf


The Board approved the "Agreement Between the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, the Board of County Commissioners of Alachua County, Florida and Santa Fe Healthcare, Inc. regarding the Affordable Housing Analysis for an Application for Development Approval for the Santa Fe Village (formerly known as the Santa Fe Healthpark) Development of Regional Impact Substantial Deviation."

Santa _Fe_DRI_Afford_Housing_Agmt.pdf


The Board approved a resolution opposing the transfer of water from the Oklawaha River and the St. Johns River to water utilities in Central Florida and authorized the Chairman to sign a letter transmitting copies of the resolution to the Alachua County Legislative Delegation, Governor Crist, and the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing 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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