June 13, 2008 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Commission approves updated priority list for unpaved roads receiving new surface treatment
County Manager presents results of Sustainable Workplace Action Plan at conference
County Update TV on Community 12
Commission selects plan for new County Fairgrounds
Public Safety Dept. warns of two fire hazard recalls
Free programming of weather alert radios offered
Public Safety Dept. to hold safe ATV riding workshop
Hazardous Waste Collection Program receives award
Boy Scouts Hike ACF’s Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve
Free HIV testing during National HIV Testing Day
What’s on Alachua County Talks?
Extension Office offers marital and financial classes
Be aware of heat danger as County temperatures rise
County Event and Meeting Reminder
Commission Meeting Highlights
Alachua County Advisory Boards

 

Commission approves updated priority list for unpaved roads receiving new surface treatment

On Tuesday, June 10, during the evening portion of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, the Board heard a presentation on the updated prioritization list for the Unpaved Roads Surface Treatment Program. Many citizens attended and provided their input to the Commission.

The purpose of the Unpaved Roads Surface Treatment Program is to provide a higher level of service to residents on unpaved roads and to lower maintenance costs. Currently, the County has 4 motor graders that grade 239 miles of road on a 2-4 week cycle. County crews add about 29,000 tons of limerock every year to those graded roads. The program is a response to a number of citizen complaints about the dusty conditions, pot-holing, and washboarding on County-maintained unpaved roads. The surface treatment will provide a greater level of service at similar costs to roadway grading.

The two surface treatments the County will employ are sand seal and chip seal. Sand seal is sand mixed with asphalt emulsion and has a 5-10 year life span. Chip seal is granite stone on asphalt emulsion and has a 10-15 year life span.

During the meeting, the Commission adopted the unpaved road prioritization list that can be viewed here .

View the PowerPoint presentation here.

Roads were qualified for the program according to a number of factors that the Commission considered important such as traffic volumes, public health, life-cycle maintenance cost, safety, environment, roadway functional classification, and available right-of-way. For a road to qualify for the program, the life-cycle cost of the treatment must be less than the current maintenance costs for the roadway. The prioritization list of roads is based on an assignment of scores associated with the factors.

Road treatments will start within weeks.

The meeting can be viewed on the County’s Video On Demand website .

For a history of the Unpaved Road Improvement Program and additional documentation, visit the program web page.

For more information, contact Alachua County Public Works representative Sylvia Torres at 352-374-5245 ext. 289 or storres@alachuacounty.us.

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County Manager presents results of Sustainable Workplace Action Plan at conference

Alachua County Manager Randall H. Reid is attending an invitation only focus group on community building presented by the Anne E. Casey Foundation. The focus group is part of the 2008 Transforming Local Government (TLG) Conference.

In speaking of the Manager’s participation, County Commissioner Cynthia Moore Chestnut said, “It is a great honor for Manager Reid to be invited to this focus group put on by the Casey Foundation. The Casey Foundation is renowned for its support of children and families, building supportive communities, and reforming public systems.”

Manager Reid is a featured speaker at the TLG Conference. He will speak on sustainability efforts in local governments.

Joining Manager Reid in representing Alachua County are Sustainable Workplace Action Team (SWAT) leaders Administrative Services Director Betty Baker and Grants/Contracts Administrator John Johnson. They will join other SWAT members in presenting results of the Sustainable Workplace Action Plan (SWAP) recently formulated for Alachua County Government.

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

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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

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Commission selects plan for new County Fairgrounds

On April 16, 2008, Alachua County staff, in collaboration with representatives of the engineering firm of Causseux, Hewett, & Walpole, and the architectural firm of HOK/Smith Forkner, held a Fairgrounds Development Workshop at the Alachua County Health Department. The workshop discussed component design elements and placement on the new fairgrounds site.

As a follow-up to the Fairgrounds Development Workshop, at the June 10, 2008 Board meeting, County staff, Causseux, Hewett, & Walpole, and HOK/Smith Forkner made a presentation concerning the new fairgrounds and industrial park to the Board of County Commissioners. County staff asked the Board to provide specific direction in moving forward with the detailed master site plan for the new fairgrounds as well as approve, in concept, the site components presented and the phased development plan.

For detailed information click on the links below:

Alachua County Fairgrounds May Final.pdf

Fairgrounds Conceptual Construction Costs.pdf

The Board instructed staff to proceed with Option D; directed staff to construct the buildings using LEEDS process/green campus concept with focus on energy and water efficiencies for the parking lot, including the ‘dark sky’ concept.

Replays of the meeting will air on Channel 12 and on the County’s Video on Demand website. Watch the video immediately here.

For more information, contact Rick Drummond, Assistant County Manager, or Laura Kane at 352-374-5204.

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Public Safety Dept. warns of two fire hazard recalls

The Alachua County Public Safety Department is making citizens aware of two important national product recalls announced by The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The products are the Sky Champion Wireless Indoor Helicopter sold at Walgreens and the Candlesense warmer sold at WalMart. Both products are potential fire hazards. To view the details of the recalls click on the documents below.

Sky_Champion_Wireless_Indoor_Helicopters_Recall.pdf

Candlesense_Warmers_Recall.pdf

For more information, contact Alachua County Fire Marshall Mark Smith at 352-384-3107.

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Free programming of weather alert radios offered

Severe weather can happen at anytime and having a properly functioning weather alert radio may save your life. Local ham radio operators (hams) have teamed up with Publix Supermarkets and Alachua County Emergency Management to provide free programming for weather alert radios. On Saturday June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., hams will be at all Gainesville area Publix stores to program weather radios for anyone needing this service. The public is invited to attend and talk with the hams.

The 2008 Atlantic Hurricane season started June 1. Hurricane preparedness publications will be available to assist people in getting prepared for any hurricanes that may impact Alachua County this year. Publications will include information on hurricanes, shelters, storm kits, supplies, and checklists for home preparation.

David Donnelly, Director of Alachua County Emergency Management Division, stated, “Every home should have a weather alert radio; it’s the best way to get weather alert information. Additionally, Emergency Management can utilize them to release non-weather related bulletins such as wild fires or hazardous materials advisories. We encourage everyone in Alachua County to purchase a weather alert radio, have it programmed by the ham radio operators, and utilize it all year round.”

The event is sponsored by the Gainesville Amateur Radio Society, the Gator Amateur Radio Club, Publix Supermarkets, and Alachua County Emergency Management.

For more information, please contact Alachua County Emergency Management Division at 352-264-6500.

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Public Safety Dept. to hold safe ATV riding workshop

Riding an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) is an increasingly common activity in Florida. Injuries are also common. Education is the key to preventing injuries and deaths. The American Safety Institute recommends every ATV rider, of any age, take an approved ASI ATV Rider Course. Since these courses are not available locally, the Alachua County Department of Public Safety and 4-H are offering two, one-day “Safe ATV Riding” workshops for youth, ages 8 -16. Youth will learn ATV safety knowledge and skills in a fun, safe, and fast-paced classroom atmosphere. The first workshop will be June 23, 2008, at the Cooperative Extension Office located at 2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second workshop will be July 18, 2008, at the Christian Life Fellowship Church located at 19817 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A free 45-minute parents/caregivers orientation will be given at 9 a.m. each day. A registration fee of $ 5 is payable at the workshop.

For more information, or to register call Alachua County Public Safety Public Education Coordinator, Lorraine S. Williams at 352-384-3106 or email lsw@alachuacounty.us.

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Hazardous Waste Collection Program receives award

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department’s Hazardous Waste Collection program was awarded the “The Public/Private Partnership Award” at the annual Florida Chapter of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association’s (NAHMMA) Workshop in Daytona Beach on May 29, 2008. The award recognizes companies, government agencies, non-profits groups, and political entities that have worked together successfully to accomplish a goal that is supportive of NAHMMA’s mission and its Florida Chapter to promote pollution prevention and reduce the toxicity of municipal waste streams.

The Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Program was recognized for two outstanding projects: the Unwanted Pharmaceuticals/Medicines collection and disposal project which provides Alachua County residents with an environmentally responsible service for the disposal of unwanted medicines through local pharmacies and the partnering efforts with local retailers to collecting fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps for recycling.

Since 2005 local pharmacies have distributed information to residents and have made available collection container locations for unwanted medications. When the collection containers are full they are collected and transported by County staff to the Hazardous Waste Collection Center at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station on N.E. Waldo Road for proper disposal.

The collection of fluorescent lamps at retail locations began in 2000 and since then the program has grown to include eight retail locations throughout Alachua County. The locations distribute information about recycling the mercury containing lamps and how to properly manage broken lamps. Alachua County provides the collection containers and picks them up when full.

As stated during the award presentation, “These two public/private partnerships offer residents more convenient options for pharmaceutical and fluorescent lamp recycling and disposal. Also, they show that when public and private entities work together, everyone wins.”

Both of these services are funded by Alachua County and the pharmacies and retailers incur no cost in providing these outstanding services to the residents of Alachua County.

For more information, please contact the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Center at 352-334-0440.

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Boy Scouts hike ACF’s Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

On Saturday, May 24, Senior Environmental Specialist Susie Hetrick of Alachua County’s Environmental Protection Department led a 4-mile hike through one of Alachua County’s largest preserves—Lochloosa Flatwoods Reserve. Accompanying her were 22 members of Boy Scout Troop 476 and some of their family members. Despite the hot and humid morning, all account were that they enjoyed their day in the woods.

Scout Master Dave Parrish said, “We had a great time at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve. I, along with all who came, have a whole new appreciation for the Alachua County Forever (ACF) Program. I want to thank you for bringing this program and its resources to my attention.”

Lochloosa Reserve is one of the keystone tracts in the Lochloosa Connector Project, nominated by Conservation Trust for Florida. It contains some of the best longleaf pine flatwoods and sandhill habitat remaining in Alachua County and is surrounded by 27,000 acres of protected timberland and recreational areas around Lochloosa Lake. This area—the Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area—connects Lake Lochloosa, Paynes Prairie Preserve, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historical State Park and Newnan’s Lake Conservation area.

The Reserve provides habitat for Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, Wood Stork, Fox Squirrel, Black Bear and a variety of amphibians and reptiles. The St. Johns River Water Management District provided 33% of the acquisition for the Reserve and will manage the site as a refuge within the Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area to enhance its natural resource values and provide a nature-based passive recreation for residents and visitors. ACF will provide technical assistance and cooperation. Recreational opportunities may include primitive hiking trails, interpretive exhibits and wildlife observation.

Mr. Parrish commented, “I can’t say enough about our appreciation of Susie. Her preparation and guidance along the roughly 4 miles of trail we hiked was an experience we will never be able to get enough of. Susie’s willingness to stop along the way to share her knowledge of the flatwoods and tell us about how nature and man can work together to conserve such an environment was the crowning jewel of the hike. I am also very grateful of the patience she demonstrated in answering all the questions asked as well as allowing those a little ill prepared to catch a break along the way.”

Alachua County Forever was created by the voters in 2000. It is funded through a 0.25 mill property tax. To date, the County has used $24 million of these local dollars to leverage $45 million of federal, State and private funds to protect13,004 acres of property, with 3,399 acres currently under contract. The value of all land protected and under contract is $69 million.

More information on the Alachua County Forever Program, sites, and recreational opportunities can be found at http://www.alachuacounty.us/government/depts/epd/land/ and http://www.sjrwmd.com/recreationguide/w05/index.html.

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Free HIV testing during National HIV Testing Day

The Alachua County Health Department will be observing National HIV Testing Day with two consecutive days of free HIV testing. This year’s theme is “Take the Test, Take Control.”

On Thursday, June 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in support of this important public health initiative, the Alachua County Health Department will be providing free HIV/STD testing in addition to offering free and confidential HIV counseling. The free tests utilize the OraQuick Advance finger stick test, and citizens will only have to wait 20 minutes for their HIV results. The Health Department is located at 224 SE 24th St., Gainesville. Please call 352-334-7960 to schedule a free and confidential HIV OraQuick test. Other Sexually Transmitted Disease information and screening will also be available.

On Friday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Alachua County Health Department will observe National HIV Testing Day by providing free HIV testing to visitors at the Alachua County Jail, located at 333 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville. The test used will be the OraQuick Advance finger stick test and results will be available in 20 minutes. Other Sexually Transmitted Disease information will also be available.

For more information, please contact the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7900

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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 to watch Codes Enforcement Director Rick Wolf discuss issues surrounding codes enforcement in Alachua County.

Click to watch Gretchen Howard, Program Manager of the States Attorneys’ “Project Payback Program,” discuss the correlation between juvenile crime and truancy and the program’s efforts.

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Extension Office offers marital and financial classes

Alachua County’s Cooperative Extension Office will be offering the following two educational classes a number of times for the rest of year. All classes will be held at the UF/IFAS Alachua County Extension Office located at 2800 N.E. 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL. Pre-registration is required. Call 352-955-2402 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to register.

Before You Tie the Knot

This free premarital class provides participants with a certificate worth a reduction of $32.50 on marriage licenses obtained in Alachua County. The class covers topics including communication, conflict management & resolution, financial responsibility & spending plans, and children & parenting responsibilities. The class consists of two workshops, each lasting 2 hours. Participants must attend both sessions to receive a certificate of completion. Classes are 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Below is the class schedule:

Financial Management Class

This financial management class for adults of all ages is designed to help participants learn to better manage their available resources. This class will help participants develop a budget, learn money management skills, use credit responsibly, and learn about consumer rights. This program meets the bankruptcy law education requirement. Cost is $10 per person. Classes are 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Below is the class schedule:

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 call the Alachua County Extension Office at 352-955-2402.

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Be aware of heat danger as County temperatures rise

The Alachua County Health Department is alerting citizens to monitor their health and limit direct sun exposure as the temperature starts to rise. Florida is expected to have temperatures in the 90s, with some counties nearing record numbers, and sporadic rain throughout the next week.

“The high temperature and humidity that we are experiencing as we head into the summer months make heat-related illness more likely,” said Jean Munden, Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department. “Citizens should monitor their health and contact their medical provider if they start to feel ill due to the heat.”

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are the primary heat related-illnesses people suffer when the body’s temperature is overloaded, so citizens are urged to stay inside air-conditioned rooms or out of the sun when possible and drink plenty of light-colored fluids. Citizens should limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours, wear light clothing, and if exercising try to rest often in shady areas.

Along with staying inside an air-conditioned room, citizens should not leave children or pets in vehicles, as the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 134 to 154 degrees Fahrenheit, and can cause severe injury or death.

Warning signs of heat stroke:

 

Warning signs of heat exhaustion:

Victims of heat stroke must receive immediate treatment. Get the victim to a shady area, remove clothing, apply cool or tepid water to the skin, fan the victim to promote sweating and evaporation, and place ice packs under armpits and groins. And always notify emergency services (911) immediately.

For more information, please contact the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7900.

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County Event and Meeting Reminder

Free programming of weather alert radios

 

Pit Bull Spay/Neuter Program

 

Safe ATV Riding Workshop

 

Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) application deadline

 

Free HIV testing during National HIV Testing Day

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Commission Meeting Highlights

Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions

Announcements

Announcements - Mark Sexton, Communications Coordinator

 

The Board proclaimed Sunday, June 15, 2008 as "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day" in Alachua County, Florida.

Elder Abuse Awareness 2008.pdf

 

The Board approved the easement with the Greater Monteocha-Gordon Community Development Association, Inc. The Board also approved the Electrical use Agreement with the Greater Monteocha-Gordon Community Development Association, Inc. Approve the agreement with Oelrich Construction Inc.

Amount: $489,712.00

MonteochaEasementFinal.pdf
MonteochaElecFinal.pdf
OelrichPArksRRFinal.pdf

 

The Board provided County staff with specific direction in moving forward with the detailed master site plan for the new Fairgrounds; approved in concept the site components presented and develop a tentative agreement of the components to be included in the detailed master site plan; approved in concept the phased development plan for the new Fairgrounds. The Board instructed staff to proceed with Option D; directed staff to constuct using LEEDS process/green campus concept with focus on energy and water efficiencies for the parking lot, including the 'dark sky' concept.

Alachua County Fairgrounds May Final.pdf
Fairgrounds Conceptual Construction Costs.pdf

 

The Board authorized an add service order with DLR Group to develop strategies, focusing on water and energy conservation ideas first, to achieve a high performance building and determine the additional project cost, project payback, and the impact to the design/construction timeline.

The Board authorized Public Works to proceed with the deconstruction of the Scott-Phifer House historical ruins; partnering with UF and the Alachua County Historical Commission for the preservation of the historically significant materials at the site at a cost of not to exceed $5,943.

The Board approved Alachua County School Board resolution directing the BCC to place a measure on the November ballet in regards to an additional one mill ad valorem tax for four years. This was a formality and did not imply Board support of the ballet measure.

 

The Board approved the updated unimproved Road Surface Treatment Program prioritization list to be included in the Capital Improvement Program.

$432,000.00 per year

Draft GRIP TIP.pdf
ProjectRankingWorksheet.pdf
UnimprovedRoadsUpdateJune08.pdf

 

Public Hearings

The Board adopted CPA-18-08 and the associated ordinance 08-xx, for small scale map amendment to change the land use from Office to Commercial.

CPA1808 PowerPoint.ppt
CPA1808 StaffReport.pdf
CPA1808 PowerPoint.pdf
CPA1808 BackgroundInfo.pdf
CPA1808Ordinance.pdf

 

The Board approved the Compliance Agreement and corresponding Comprehensive Plan amendments for the Newberry Village Comprehensive Plan Amendments and second hearing to approve the remedial comprehensive plan amendments that will render CPA--08-06 "in compliance" with State Statutes.

NewberryVillageRevisedComplianceAgreement.pdf
CPA0806.ppt
CPA0806 PowerPoint.pdf
OrdinanceCPA0806.pdf

 

The Boardapproved the Plat for Arbor Greens Planned Development, Phase 1, Unit 2.

ArborGrnsUnitII 5of5.pdf
Plats06102008.ppt
ArborGrnsUnitII 1of5.pdf
ArborGrnsUnitII 2of5.pdf
Plats06102008.pdf
ArborGrnsUnitII 3of5.pdf
ArborGrnsUnitII 4of5.pdf
Phase1Unit2PlatSRDRC Chair.pdf
Phase1Unit2PlatSR GM.pdf

 

The Board approved the Replat of Lot 29, The Retreat, Phase One at Fletcher's Mill.

Plats06102008.pdf
Plats06102008.ppt
RetreatPhase1Fletchers MillReplat Lot29.pdf
RetreatP1FletchersMill SR DCR.pdf
RetreatP1 FletchersMillLot29 SR GM.pdf

 

The Board approved the Replat of Lot 33, Farms of Kanapaha Planned Development.

FarmsOfKanapaha_ReplatL33_SR_DRC_Chair.pdf
Plats06102008.pdf
Plats06102008.ppt
Kanapaha replat.pdf
FarmsOfKanapaha_ReplatL33_SR_GM.pdf

 

The Board adopted Resolution Z-12-08, to amend an existing Planned Development District (Jonesville Business Park) to allow financila institutions and amendments to the zoning master plan.

ZOM0608.ppt
Jonesville BP Background.pdf
ZOM0608 Staff Report.pdf
ZOM0608 Powerpoint.pdf
Jonesville BP ZMP.pdf
ZOM0608 Resolution.pdf

 

The Board adopted Resolution Z-08-13 a request to amend an existing Tower/24th Activity Center PD district to allow additional uses and 37,000 square of commercial development.

ZOM0708 Staff Report.pdf
ZOM0708 Resolution.pdf
ZOM0708.ppt
Bellamay ZMP.pdf
ZOM0708 Public Comments.pdf
Bellamay Plantation PD.pdf
ZOM0708 Powerpoint.pdf

 

Advisory Board Appointments

Victim Services Advisory Board
The Board appointed Ms. Norma Charles as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending May, 2010.
The Board appointed Ms. Michele Cripe as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending May, 2010.
The Board appointed Ms. Sheila Dickison as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending May, 2010.
The Board appointed Ms. Mikki McDougall as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending May, 2010.
The Board appointed Ms. Kenya Walker as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending May, 2010.

Poverty Reduction Advisory Board
The Board appointed Mr. Marion Ashley as a Low-Income Citizen to a term ending January, 2010.
The Board appointed Ms. Amanda Cole as a Citizen with a disability to a term ending January, 2010.
The Board appointed Ms. LaShanta Harris as a Alternate to a term ending Jan. 2009, then Jan. 2013.
The Board appointed Ms. Elizabeth O’Brien as a Representative – DCF.

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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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