May 16, 2008 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Community Agency Partnership Program seeks applications from community organizations
Countywide burn ban in effect
County solicits input on roadway corridor alternatives
EPD’s John Mousa interviewed on Koppers/Cabot Superfund site
Environmental Protection Department presents fluorescent light handling/recycling tips
Alachua County Announces Winners in 2008 National Tourism Week Lodging Beautification Awards
NW 39th Ave. and NW 51st St. milling and resurfacing
What’s on Alachua County Talks?
Animal Services installs adoption kiosks in libraries
Newberry opts into law enforcement MSTU
$10,000 grant awarded to Animal Services for spay/neuter of pit bull breed dogs
35 area students participate in All Across Alachua County Student Internship Program
“Red Flag Warning!” for wildfire awareness is defined
Haile Homestead mentioned in Smithsonian Magazine
Tax Collector’s online Tax Certificate Sale going on now
County Update TV on Community 12
County Event and Meeting Reminder
Commission Meeting Highlights
Alachua County Advisory Boards

 

Community Agency Partnership Program seeks applications from community organizations

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations for the Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) funding program. Agencies must have a physical location in Alachua County and have current 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

There are 2 categories of funding. One category is called “Poverty Reduction” and is for programs that serve to reduce poverty among Alachua County residents.

The other category is called the “Underserved” category. Programs in this category must introduce or educate underserved residents of Alachua County in the arts, culture, history or environment. Underserved persons are those who have limited access due to geography, economics, disability or other conditions.

Applicants may apply for funding for a maximum of 2 programs. The maximum amount that can be requested per program is $75,000. Applicants may not apply in both categories for the same program, but they may apply for funding in one category for one program and the other category for a second program.

The funding fiscal year is October 1 - September 30.

The deadline for submitting applications is 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2008. No applications past 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 will be accepted. Applications are time-stamped upon submission. Applicants are encouraged to allow time for limited downtown parking. There will be no exceptions.

All applicants are required to attend one of the following pre-bid workshops. If a workshop is not attended by a representative of the organization, the organization is not eligible to apply for funding. No RSVP is required or requested. Only one workshop must be attended:

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 10 am - 2 pm

Friday, May 30, 2008, 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Both workshops will take place at:

Florida Department of Transportation

State Materials Office

5007 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609

The CAPP application can be obtained by following these links:

CAPP Application 2009.pdf

CAPP Application 2009.doc

For more information, please visit www.alachuacounty.us/government/depts/css/capp/ or contact Alachua County’s Community Agency Partnership Program at 352-264-6707.

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Countywide burn ban in effect

After reviewing Alachua County’s current wildland fire conditions and the area weather forecast, Chief Will Gray May, Jr., Director of Alachua County Emergency Services, recommended a mandatory Countywide burn ban to the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners. The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners subsequently instituted by County proclamation a mandatory Countywide burn ban, effective May 9, 2008, until formally terminated by a majority of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners.

Click here to view the proclamation:

State of Emergency Order and Proclamation

Due to the combination of an extended period without precipitation, daily weather conditions contributing to the potential for extreme wildland fire behavior, and an abundance of easily ignitable fuel (abundant freeze and frost-killed vegetation), Alachua County is imposing a countywide ban on all outdoor fire activity.

The mandatory burn ban affects all of Alachua County, including rural and municipal areas. The Florida Division of Forestry will also be withholding burn permits on a case-by-case basis, as issued under their jurisdiction within the County.

The Countywide mandatory burn ban prohibits all of the following:

All outdoor burning that has not been specifically permitted by the Florida Division of forestry is prohibited.*

The use of any fireworks, sparklers, flares, or other pyrotechnic devices except as provided by law for public displays requiring a permit is prohibited.

*Please note that the ban does not affect agricultural burning permitted by the Florida Division of Forestry for land clearing or prescribed burning purposes.

Although the use of LPG/LNG grills and charcoal grills is permitted, the public is encouraged to keep a constant watch for any stray sparks or embers while cooking outdoors. Additionally, due to the potential for accidental ignitions, the use of motorized equipment such as ATVs and dirt bikes is not suggested during times of high wildfire risk. Please bear in mind that lawnmowers, both push and riding, also pose accidental ignition risks.

Citizens are asked to exercise extreme caution during the burn ban. Working together, Alachua County’s citizens and local fire suppression agencies may avoid a repeat of the 1998 wildfires which scorched 7,100 acres locally.

Any burning within the County will be in violation of Alachua County ordinance 86-1, section 10.08 and 10.09 and section 252.50 of Florida Statutes. It will be considered a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to a 60-day imprisonment and up to a $500.00 fine. All County and municipal law enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce the ordinance.

For more information, contact Alachua County Fire Rescue at 352-384-3101.

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County solicits input on roadway corridor alternatives

In response to recent changes in state statute and the existing and near-term level of service deficiencies on roadways in the western portion of the County’s urban area, County staff has drafted a Long Term Concurrency Management System (LTCMS) for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners. The ultimate goal of this process is the adoption of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment, which creates the LTCMS to address concurrency management within the County.

The adoption of a LTCMS would allow development to address transportation concurrency through contributing a proportionate share of the cost to construct new roadway capacity.

Staff is also developing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network and Transit Oriented Design (TOD) policies as part of the LTCMS. Supporting documents are available for download and viewing on the Growth Management Website at http://growth-management.alachuacounty.us/TPIF/cm_docs.php

To assist citizens in giving input regarding various roadway corridor alternatives, a LTCMS Public Comment Form has been created. This form allows users to check a box next to the roadway project they wish to prioritize.

A map of the various roadway corridors and Corridor Alternatives Map is provided on the website. Further detail for each roadway corridor and the alternatives listed is included in the document titled Alternatives and Priorities Analysis .

A detailed presentation Long Term Concurrency Management System is available for download.

This Public Comments Form is a PDF file that can be filled out and once finished, you can simply select submit form, the application will them prompt you to select what type of email service you use, and once you select the service, it will email the form directly to growth management transportation planning staff. You can also save the form, fill it in and email it the same way you would email an attachment. If you elect to email as an attachment, we request that you use one of the following in the subject line: Long Term Concurrency Management System or LTCMS.

For more information, contact Jonathan B. Paul at jbpaul@alachuacounty.us or Jeffrey L. Hays at jhays@alachaucounty.us or call Alachua County Growth Management at 352-374-5249.

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EPD’s John Mousa interviewed on Koppers/Cabot Superfund site

An “Alachua County Talks” interview of Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Pollution Prevention Manager Dr.John Mousa, concerning the Koppers/Cabot Superfund Site, will premiere on Friday May 9, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. on Community 12 television. Citizens wishing to broaden their understanding of this complicated issue are urged to tune in.

The show will air multiple times over the next month. Click here to view the Community 12 schedule: http://www.alachuacounty.us/government/depts/comm/schedule.aspx

Citizens can view this edition of “Alachua County Talks” at their convenience at the County’s Video on Demand site. Click here to view the interview now: http://alachua.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=698

A public update on the Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site was provided on May 1, 2008 at 5 p.m. at a special joint meeting of the City of Gainesville and Alachua County Commissions. An update was given by representatives of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 4. The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department and Gainesville Regional Utilities also presented a brief overview of site issues of local interest. The purpose of the UESPA presentation was update the Commissioners and the general public on the status of ongoing investigation activities and the progress and schedule for developing a remedial plan for the Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site.

This meeting is being replayed on Community 12 and can be watch anytime on the Video on Demand site on the Alachua County website. Click here to view the meeting: http://alachua.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=690

For more information, contact Alachua County EPD Pollution Prevention Manager Dr. John Mousa at 352-264-6800.

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Environmental Protection Department presents fluorescent light handling/recycling tips

The use of energy efficient fluorescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) is increasing due to their ability to reduce energy usage. These fluorescent lamps should be properly handled and recycled due to the small amount of mercury they contain in order to help protect the environment.

It is important to know what to do if a fluorescent lamp breaks. If a fluorescent lamp should break in your home, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department recommends the following guidelines for cleanup:

Open a window, leave the room and restrict access for at least 30 minutes.

Pick up all the material that you can, wearing disposable gloves. Carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with cardboard or paper. Tape can be used to pick up small pieces and powder. Wipe the area clean with damp paper towel or disposable wet wipes.

Double bag and recycle; place the broken lamp and cleanup materials in double plastic bags and seal the bags. Take the materials to the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center (HWCC) for proper disposal. The HWCC is located at 5125 NE 63rd Avenue, (2 miles N. of 39th Ave. off Waldo Rd.), in Gainesville. The phone number is 352-334-0440.

Wash your hands after clean-up to prevent contamination.

Alachua County provides free fluorescent light recycling for County residents. Burned out fluorescent and CFLs can be taken to the following locations for free recycling. Businesses are limited to disposing lamps only at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center for a small fee.

The Lighting Gallery, 2430 NW 6th Street, (352)-377-8147

George’s Hardware, 3424 W University Avenue, (352)-372-6842

Zell’s Ace Hardware, 3727 W University Avenue, (352)-378-4650

Hawthorne Ace Hardware, 6910 SE 221st Street, Hawthorne, (352)-481-9928

High Springs Ace Hardware, 40 S. Main St., High Springs, (386)-454-0622

Newberry Ace Hardware, 25155 W. Newberry, (352)-472-2525

Alachua Ace Hardware, 14838 Main St, Alachua (386)-462-1201

Indigo Green Store, 322 SW 4th Avenue, (352)-378-2285

Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center, 5125 NE 63rd Avenue (2 miles N. of 39th Ave. off Waldo Rd.)

Five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers

 

For more information contact Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Coordinator, Kurt Seaburg at 352-334-0440.

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Alachua County Announces Winners in 2008 National Tourism Week Lodging Beautification Awards

VisitGainesville and Keep Alachua County Beautiful (KACB) today announced the recipients of this year’s National Tourism Week Annual Lodging Beautification Awards.

The winners were formally announced by Mickie MacKenzie, executive director of KACB at the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, May 13 at 9 a.m. The proclamation officially recognizing May 10-18 as National Tourism Week was accepted read by Bill Richards, chair of the Alachua County Tourist Development Council is also on the same BOCC meeting agenda.

The 2008 Lodging Beautification Awards were given to the: Hilton University of Florida Hotel and Conference Center for The Best of the Best; The Best Bed & Breakfast was won by the Magnolia Plantation; the Extended Stay America won for Best Use of Space; Best Use of Color was presented to the Herlong Mansion Bed and Breakfast; Most Improved was given to the Camellia Rose Inn. The Comfort Inn on 13th Street was awarded the Superior Small Lodging (60 rooms or less) and three Awards of Excellence were given to the: Best Western Gateway Grand; Residence Inn By Marriott and Country Inn and Suites. Representatives from each of the winning lodging facilities will be presented a plaque at the National Tourism Luncheon Wednesday, May 14 at the Herlong Mansion.

Roland Loog, executive director of VisitGainesville and MacKenzie were the official judges for this annual contest that actually tours, reviews and measures each of the County’s lodging properties on a number of criteria. “We recognize that great customer service and attention to detail starts from the moment you arrive at your hotel. It’s during National Tourism week that provides us the perfect opportunity to recognize and reward our lodging partners for this dedication,” said Loog.

The 25th Annual National Tourism Week is an annual event sponsored by Travel Industry Association and commemorated by states, cities and organizations across the nation. The goal of NTW is to highlight the powerful economic, social and cultural impacts of travel through events and celebrations recognize the incredible job travel as a major U.S. industry that is vital to the economic stability, security and perception of the United States and that contributes substantially to its cultural and social well being.

VisitGainesville is the official tourism sales and marketing organization for Gainesville and Alachua County. For additional information about Gainesville and National Tourism Week activities in Alachua County, visit our website at: www.visitgainesville.com. Keep Alachua County Beautiful mission is to empower citizens to beautify, conserve resources, recycle, educate and preserve Alachua County’s environmental legacy. We accomplish this through beautification activities, environmental action, and small and large restoration projects and through promoting recycling and reducing waste products

For more information, contact Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau at 352-374-5231.

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NW 39th Ave. and NW 51st St. milling and resurfacing

As part of the ongoing and concerted effort to make much needed improvements to the County’s transportation infrastructure, on April 8, 2008, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners awarded a contract to Anderson Columbia Co., Inc. for the milling and resurfacing of parts of NW 39th Avenue and NW 51st Street.

The milling and resurfacing of NW 39th Avenue will be from CR 241 to west of NW 115th Terrace, and the addition of four feet wide, paved shoulders is included.

The milling and resurfacing of NW 51st Street will be from NW 23rd Avenue to NW 39th Avenue. The addition of sidewalk on the west side of NW 51st Street and signal upgrades at NW 23rd Avenue and NW 27th Avenue are included.

The estimated cost of both projects is $2.43 million. Funding for these projects comes from Gas Tax Bond Revenues approved by the Board of County Commissioners in April of 2005.

The Alachua County Public Works Department is pleased to announce that work is expected to begin on May 27, 2008 and will last approximately 150 calendar days. Daily lane closures may be in effect during construction. Travelers through this area should expect delays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information, call Alachua County Public Works Department at 352-374-5245.

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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 below to view streaming video of the episodes.

Click to watch Clif Copeland, Public Affairs Specialist with the district Social Security Office, discuss Social Security issues.

Click to watch John Mousa, Pollution Prevention Manager for the Environmental Protection Department discusses the Koppers/Cabot Superfund site.

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Animal Services installs adoption kiosks in libraries

Alachua County Animal Services (ACAS) is teaming up with the Alachua County Library District to help spread the word about lost pets and animals available for adoption. Two computer kiosks have been installed at the Downtown and Millhopper library branches. The kiosks connect users directly to petharbor.com, which is the website that ACAS uses to list and advertise lost and adoptable pets. Library patrons will be able to browse the listings, search for their lost pet, research field services offered, as well as review the ACAS adoption and reclaim policies free of charge. As a member of the local Maddie’s Pet Rescue partnership, one of ACAS top priorities is the commitment to finding homes for as many animals in the shelter as possible.

“In our mission to protect pets and people, we believe we must do everything in our power to help people find their lost pets as well as allowing people to see the animals that we have available for adoption,” Animal Services Director David Flagler explained of the decision. “The kiosks aid in that mission by making our services more available to the community.”

Alachua County’s ITS department, particularly the work of David Velez, was instrumental in making this happen.

Anyone interested in adopting a pet they see while using the kiosks should contact ACAS or come to the shelter at 3400 NE 53rd Ave. and browse the available pets in person.

For more information about the Animal Services kiosks or pet adoptions, please call the shelter at 352-264-6870.

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Newberry opts into law enforcement MSTU

On May 7, 2008 the City of Newberry City Commission passed Ordinance 09-08, which requests and authorizes the Law Enforcement Municipal Services Taxing Unit (MSTU) to extend Sheriff Services and patrols into the city limits of Newberry, which does not have a municipal police department. This authorizes and requests that the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) impose the MSTU tax within the City of Newberry to cover the costs of the service.

Reacting to this official request by the Newberry City Commission, the BOCC has begun proceedings to pass an ordinance that authorizes the imposition of the Law Enforcement MSTU within the City of Newberry.

At their May 13, 2008 meeting, the BOCC authorized the advertisement of the ordinance, which will be on the May 27, 2008 Commission meeting agenda.

Citizens wishing input into this process are urged to attend the May 27, 2008 Public Hearing. The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in room 209 on the second floor of the County Administration Bldg. located at 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville.

For more information call the Communications Office at 352-374-5226.

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$10,000 grant awarded to Animal Services for spay/neuter of pit bull breed dogs

Alachua County Animal Services (ACAS) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to begin a pilot program offering spay/neuter service to low-income owners of pit bull breed dogs. The award is 100% of ACAS’s request, made last November as part of the PetSmart Charities Fast Track Grant application process.

Originally slated to begin in May, the spay/neuter service is now expected to begin on June 16, 2008.

By the end of the pilot program, Animal Services Director David Flagler estimates that the grant will have funded more than 200 surgeries on pit bulls from low income households in Alachua County. According to Flagler, this grant will allow the division to begin addressing one of the population issues at the shelter and target a major problem breed within our community.

“The pit bull breed is the most common breed that finds its way into the animal shelter,” Flagler explained. “By reducing the reproductive potential of this breed through spay/neuter efforts, we will make great headway into solving the pet overpopulation problem in our community.”

With the funds, the shelter’s veterinary staff will offer 100% subsidized spay/neuter services to owners of pit bull and pit bull mix breeds who qualify under the County’s “low income” status. Those pit bull owners who qualify will be able to bring their dog to the shelter to undergo the surgery free of charge.

Additionally, any animals that qualify for the surgery that are not up-to-date on rabies vaccines or county dog licenses will be updated for free. The up-to-date rabies vaccine and license will be required in order to perform the surgeries, the cost of which was written into the funding request and approved by PetSmart Charities.

“We consider Alachua County Animal Services to be an important partner in our mutual efforts to end euthanasia and provide all pets with a lifelong, loving home,’ explained Barbara Fought, Manager of Emergency Grants for PetSmart Charities, in a letter to ACAS dated March 17, 2008.

PetSmart Charities, Inc., is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has funded more than $70 million in grants and programs benefiting the animal welfare organizations and, through its in-store pet adoption program, has helped save the lives of more than 3.2 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working to help find a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit www.petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

The low-income spay/neuter program funded by the grant is scheduled to begin next month and will continue for one year or until the funding has been exhausted. Over the next several weeks, ACAS will begin marketing the program to the target population, including flyers and “town hall” meetings at some of the subsidized housing projects throughout the county. Any property managers or homeowners associations interested in arranging for a meeting to discuss this important issue should contact Jim Jarrell, ACAS Public Education Program Coordinator, at 352-264-6870.

For more information or if you have questions about eligibility, please contact the shelter at 352-264-6870.

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35 area students participate in All Across Alachua County Student Internship Program

The All Across Alachua County Student Internship Program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to have a meaningful internship in local government. In doing so, Alachua County hopes to bridge the gap between the County and students at both the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College. This program exposes students to career opportunities in local government while allowing them to develop and strengthen professional skills in a work environment conducive to their education. As a result of Alachua County’s efforts to reach out to the two most prominent educational institutions in the area, the program has been developed to give students the opportunity to gain valuable professional public service experience that enhances their skills and competencies while learning how County government works.

There is a great need to attract students to build careers in local government. Under the leadership and guidance of County Manager Randall H. Reid, the All Across Alachua County Student Internship Program was established in August 2007 and currently has over 35 area students participating. From an internship experience with Alachua County, students will be uniquely positioned to take the next important steps toward building a successful career and becoming responsible community leaders.

The All Across Alachua County Student Internship Program grants smaller municipalities in the County, such as the City of Archer, the ability to bring in new energetic talent that is able to provide the city with innovative ideas. The All Across Alachua County Internship Program has enabled the City of Archer to stretch its very limited staffing resources to accomplish imperative tasks.

The internship opportunities that have been offered in Archer to date consist of the following: website development and updating of city ordinances, compilation of election materials, 2010 Census preparation, preparation of annexation referendum materials, and GIS water system mapping. These activities allow students to gain firsthand experience in completing projects relative to their areas of interest, as well as the chance to expand their horizons by discovering the immense rewards in working for a small city. The City of Archer’s efforts to open its doors to students to help complete imperative initiatives is a prime example of the success the internship program has had within the County.

On April 24, 2008, County Manager Randall Reid met with the Alachua County interns at the first “Intern Corps” meeting. The idea behind the Intern Corps is to provide student interns with the opportunity to meet as a group in a roundtable setting. This allows students to not only develop a network, but also grants interns the opportunity to find out about other functions within Alachua County and the many attributes of local government. At the first Intern Corps meeting, County interns shared with each other the unique projects they are working on and heard a presentation on ethics from Manager Reid.

For more information concerning the All Across Alachua County Student Internship Program, please visit the program website at: www.myalachuacounty.us/internships

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“Red Flag Warning!” for wildfire awareness is defined

Florida has two major weather-related seasons: hurricane season from June to November and wildfire season from December to June. While information on how to prepare for hurricane season is plentiful, wildfire season information is scarce.

One tool for keeping wildfire awareness in the public eye is the “Red Flag Warning!”. It is used on radio weather updates, television news show, in the newspaper, and on internet weather sites. It is important to understand the meaning of this phrase. A “Red Flag Warning!” means that conditions are right for fires to get started easily and quickly. Causes may be the careless disposal of cigarettes, the unattended and improperly put out campfire, sparks or heat from a lawnmower or other vehicle in dry grass, debris burning, or arson.

Even when conditions have not escalated to the “Burn Ban” level, the “Red Flag Warning!” reminds us to be diligent in the prevention of wildfires.

Most of Florida, Alachua County included, has sandy soils, which means that rain quickly soaks into the ground, leaving the topsoil and vegetation dry in a matter of hours or days. With ground water at lower levels, due to years of dryer than normal weather and increased human demand for water, the soils drain even more quickly than in decades past.

This sets the stage for unintentional fires to start easily and to get out of hand suddenly. Alachua County Fire/Rescue urges citizens to be extremely cautious using fire outside, to dispose of cigarette butts properly, and to put off mowing until after a good rain.

For more information, contact Alachua County Fire Rescue Public Education at 352-384-3101 or the Division of Forestry website at www.fl-dof.com .

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Haile Homestead mentioned in Smithsonian Magazine

The Haile Homestead, the plantation house in west Alachua County built in 1854, has been singled out in Smithsonian Magazine’s Destination Hunters—Florida. Follow the link below to read the article.

www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/destination-hunter/florida-landmarks-points-of-interest.html

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Tax Collector’s online Tax Certificate Sale going on now

Alachua County Tax Collector, Von Fraser is pleased to announce that the 2008 Tax Certificate Sale for the 2007 delinquent real estate taxes will be held online. Since there will not be a live auction, all bids will be placed by registered bidders on the certificate sale website http://alachua.taxsale.com . This site is jointly hosted by the Alachua County Tax Collector and Bid4assets. The bidding began Wednesday, May 14, 2008 and will continue until the sale closes Friday, May 30, 2008 at 9 a.m. EDST. Certificates will be awarded to those bidders entering the lowest bids. Our office will provide computers for registered bidders who do not have internet access and want to participate in the tax certificate sale.

The tax certificate sale process ensures that a majority of the 2007 unpaid property taxes are collected and distributed to the various taxing authorities, allowing for the continuation of services. Last year’s sale netted $7,511,110.02 from the sale of 4,325 individual certificates.

Please note the internet tax certificate sale will have a mandatory bidder deposit requirement. Since bidders will not be physically present the day of the auction, we are requiring a 10% pre-deposit of your total intended purchases. Please see our website or attend training for detailed information regarding deposits and bidding.

The delinquent real estate advertisement will be published in The Gainesville Sun on May 20 and 27. The advertising list is also available for download on the Tax Collector’s website.

To avoid a certificate being issued, property owners with delinquent taxes are advised to pay at any of our three locations before 5:30 p.m. May 29, 2008. Cash or certified funds are required.

For additional information, please visit the internet sale website at http://alachua.taxsale.com , the Tax Collector’s website www.actcfl.org , or call (352) 374-5236.

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County Update TV on Community 12

County Update is a half hour news program providing citizens in-depth information on County programs, services and initiatives. County Update airs on Community 12 and the Video On Demand website.

Features This Month

SW 8th Ave Sidewalk Construction

$10,000 Pet Smart Grant to Animal Services

EPD Paint Giveaway

VCB Bed making Contest

Animal Services ride along with Hilary Hynes

Opening of Mill Creek

Negro Baseball League stars in Alachua County

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County Event and Meeting Reminder

2008 Tax Certificate Sale online

 

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale

 

Lawn Boot Camp

 

Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) application deadline

 

NW 39th Ave. and NW 51st St. milling and resurfacing

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Commission Meeting Highlights

Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions

Announcements - Mark Sexton, Communications Coordinator

 

The Board proclaimed Monday, May 26, 2008 as "Memorial Day" in Alachua County, Florida.

Memorial Day 2008.pdf

 

The Board proclaimed May 18-24, 2008 as "Emergency Medical Services Week" in Alachua County, Florida.

EMSWeek2008.pdf

 

The Board proclaimed May 10-18 as "National Tourism Week" in Alachua County, Florida.

National Tourism Week.pdf

 

The Board proclaimed June 2008 as "Black Music Month" in Alachua County, Florida.

Black Music Month2008.pdf

 

The Board proclaimed May 2008 as "Foster Care Month" in Alachua County, Florida.

Foster Care Month 2008.pdf

 

The Board proclaimed Tuesday, May 13, 2008 as "Dollars and Sense Awareness Day" in Alachua County, Florida.

Dollars and Sense Awareness Day 2008.pdf

 

The board heard a presentation on the Archer Community Center update by Roberta Lopez, City of Archer Recreation Development Chairperson. The Board referred the issue to the TDC to see if they know of any funding sources and to the Manager to see about in kind help from Alachua County. Mark Sexton will provide contact information for Coni Gesualdi Cultural Affairs, City of Gainesville.

 

The Board approved the advertisement of an ordinance amending Ordinance 07-16 to authorize all persons to conduct solicitation activities on public streets in the unincorporated area of Alachua County during the period from 7:00 a.m. on the Friday before Labor Day through 12:00 p.m. (midnight) on Labor Day of each year.

PanhandlingAmendment.pdf
PanhandlingAmendmentAd.pdf

 

Public Hearings

The Board approved for transmittal to the Department of Community Affairs CPA 16-08 to redesignate privately owned parcels from Preservation to Rural Agriculture.

CPA 16 08 Chapter 403 Zoning Districts.pdf
CPA1608 presentation.pdf
ADV 051308 legislative items.pdf
CPA 16 08.pdf
CPA1608 presentation.ppt

 

The Board approved CPA 13-08 (Eastside Activity Center Master Plan) for transmittal to the Florida Department of Community Affairs for review.

Exhibit 3 Adopted Future Land Use Map.pdf
Presentation CPA 1308.ppt
Exhibit 5 Proposed Community Facilities Map.pdf
Presentation CPA 1308.pdf
Exhibit 4 Proposed Future Land Use Map.pdf
Exhibit 1 Data and Analysis.pdf
Staff Report CPA 1308.pdf
Exhibit 2 Proposed Text Amendments.pdf
ADV 051308 legislative items.pdf

 

The Board approved Transmittal of the County-initiated Large Scale Text Amendment CPA 14-08 to the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

CPA1408_ppt.pdf
CPA1408_SR.pdf
CPA1408.ppt
ADV 051308 legislative items.pdf

 

The Board conducted the public hearing and moved to transmit the large scale amendment 12-08, to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The LPA recommends that this not be transmitted to DCA (5-1).

ADV 051308 legislative items.pdf
CPA1208 Maps.pdf
CPA1208.ppt
CPA1208 Powerpoint.pdf
CPA1208 Staff Report.pdf
CPA1208 Application.pdf

 

The Board approved the transmittal of CPA-11-08 to the Department of Community Affairs for review. A request to amend the text of Comprehensive Plan Policy 2.5.1 Activity Center Plan for Springhills to increase the Floor Area Ration.

CPA1108_StaffReport.pdf
CPA1108_Application.pdf
CPA1108_PowerPoint.ppt
CPA1108_PowerPoint.pdf
ADV 051308 legislative items.pdf

 

The Board approved ZOM-03-08: A request to rezone from MS (Manufacturing Services) district to BP (Business Professional) district on approximately 2.24 acres

ZOM0308 Resolution.pdf
ZOM0308.ppt
ZOM0308 Powerpoint.pdf
ZOM0308 Application.pdf
ZOM0308 Background.pdf
ZOM0308 Market Study.pdf
ZOM0308 Public Comment.pdf
Adv 051308 zoning items.pdf
ZOM0308 Staff Report.pdf

 

The Board approved ZOM-05-08: A request to rezone from MS (Manufacturing Services) district to BH (Business Highway) district on approximately 1.88 acres

ZOM0508 Resolution.pdf
ZOM0508 Application.pdf
ZOM0508 Public Comment.pdf
ZOM0508 Staff Report.pdf
ZOM0508.ppt
Adv 051308 zoning items.pdf
ZOM0508 Powerpoint.pdf

 

Advisory Board Appointments

The Board of County Commissioners appointed Patti Breedlove to the Private Sector Seat #10 of the FloridaWorks Board. Her term ends June of 2010.

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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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