July 11, 2008 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Sweetwater Preserve grand opening July 19
Elections Office: 2008 is a busy year for elections
91st Street public meeting to discuss resurfacing
SW 8th Avenue milling & resurfacing to last 90 days
Animal Services’ animal cruelty conviction rate is 100%
American With Disabilities Act Expo
What’s on Alachua County Talks?
Pre-existing animal illnesses are on the rise
Clean Water Mobile Learning Center comes to County
NIGP to hold 6th Annual Reverse Trade Show
Santa Fe Hills Drinking Water Report available
Skywarn Spotter Program is seeking volunteers
Recall of HP fax machines
Recall of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
County Event and Meeting Reminder
Commission Meeting Highlights
Alachua County Advisory Boards

 

Sweetwater Preserve grand opening July 19

The public is invited to attend the grand opening and ceremonial ribbon/vine cutting of the Sweetwater Preserve, the fifth Alachua County Forever property to open, on Saturday, July 19, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The preserve is a 114 acre area adjacent to the north edge of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Boulware Springs City Park, Evergreen Cemetery, and the Downtown Connector portion of the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail. Events will also include a brief introductory talk and a 1.25 mile nature walk through 7 different natural communities.

The Sweetwater Preserve is a short 2 mile bike ride from downtown Gainesville on the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail. Attendees driving to the ceremony should park at the Gainesville Hawthorn Trailhead Parking Area at Boulware Springs Park and walk 1200 feet north to the Sweetwater Preserve Trailhead. See map below.

Sandra Vardaman, Land Conservation Biologist for Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, commented, “Sweetwater Preserve has a great diversity of natural communities and lies on the interface between urban Gainesville and and a significant area of preserved lands including Paynes Prairie, Boulware Springs, Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area, Phifer Flatwoods, and Prairie Creek equaling about 50,000 areas, and it’s only a short bike ride from Gainesville on the rail-trail.”

The Sweetwater Preserve was acquired by Alachua County with funds from the Alachua County Forever Bond and a Florida Communities Trust grant on March 24, 2006. Since this date, staff, partners and volunteers have been managing the natural and cultural resources and working toward opening the Preserve to the public.

The preserve will be open from sunrise to sunset for hiking and biking on established paths.

For more information, click here or call the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department at 352-264-6800.

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Elections Office: 2008 is a busy year for elections

2008 Elections Schedule

Primary Election - August 26, 2008

Register to vote or change your party affiliation by July 28, 2008

Early Voting starts August 11, 2008

General Election - November 4, 2008

Register to vote by October 6, 2008

Early Voting starts October 20, 2008

 

Online Registration and Updates

Florida Law requires voters to keep their legal residence address current with the Elections Office and that they vote in the precinct of their legal residence.

The form for registering to vote, updating your voter information or updating your signature is available online at www.VoteAlachua.com, at Supervisor of Elections Office at 111 S.E. 1st Avenue, at any Public library or by contacting the Supervisor of Elections Office for sites were voter registration applications might be obtained. All mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked no later than the July 28th deadline.

 

VOTE! It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3

(3 ways to cast a ballot)

1. VOTE BY MAIL

Any registered voter may Vote by Mail. Vote by Mail is simple and convenient. A voter may request to have their ballot mailed to them for all elections through the next two General Elections. Requests can be made online at www.VoteAlachua.com , in person, by mail, by fax, or by telephone. All requests for ballots to be mailed must be made no later than 5:00 PM on the sixth day prior to an election. If your signature has changed, it is very important that you update it on file with the Supervisor of Elections Office. You may update your signature in person at the Supervisor of Elections Office or online. Your mail ballot may not count if the signature does not match the signature on your voter record. The Supervisor of Elections must receive signature updates for use in verifying mail ballots and provisional ballots no later than the start of canvassing of mail ballots by the Canvassing Board. All mail ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7:00 PM Election Day.

 

2. VOTE EARLY

Any registered voter may vote early. Florida Law requires that you present picture and signature identification in order to vote, or vote a provisional ballot.

Early Voting for the August 26, 2008 Primary Election will start Monday, August 11, 2008.

Early Voting for the November 4, 2008 General Election will start Monday, October 20, 2008.

 

Early Voting Sites:

Supervisor of Elections Office

County Administration Building Location

12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville

 

Millhopper Branch Library

3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville

 

Tower Road Branch Library

3020 SW 75th Street, Gainesville

 

3. VOTE AT YOUR PRECINCT

Any Voter may vote in the precinct of their residence, between 7:00AM and 7:00PM on Election Day. Florida Law requires that you present picture and signature identification in order to vote, or vote a provisional ballot. If you need to locate your precinct, go to www.VoteAlachua.com/voter-registration/Precincts/precinct_finder.html .

 

Florida is a closed primary state

Because Florida is a closed Primary State, this can be confusing to some voters. In a Primary Election, voters may only vote for candidates of the political party in which they are registered.

If all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the General Election, all voters may vote. This is called a Universal Primary. All registered voters may vote in non-partisan elections, on issues and for any candidate in the General Election.

If a voter is unsure of what is on their voter record such as their party affiliation or their address, they should contact the Elections Office to verify or change their information. All new registrations and party changes must be made by the July 28th deadline for the Primary Election.

 

Accesible voting equipment

One audio enhanced, accessible voting machine is available in every polling place and each early voting site. This equipment enables voters with low vision, voters who are blind, or otherwise unable to cast a paper ballot to vote without assistance. The voter is able to listen to the ballot and vote independently using a keypad or by touching the screen.

All other Alachua County voters will continue to use the Optical Scan (fill in the bubble) equipment they are accustomed to.

 

Become a part of our team — be a poll worker

The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections is recruiting registered voters to work the August 26th and November 4th, 2008 Elections. These are paid positions and training is required. If you are interested and want further information, please call the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252 or you may fill in the form on online at www.VoteAlachua.com/poll-workers/poll-worker_online_application_form.html .

For more info, contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.

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91st Street public meeting to discuss resurfacing

The Alachua County Public Works Department will be hosting a Public Meeting for Northwest/Southwest 91st Street resurfacing from Southwest 8th Avenue to State Road 26. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 6 p.m. at the Tower Road Branch Library located at 3020 S.W. 75th St.

The purpose of the meeting will be to update the public on the status of the resurfacing project as well as to provide the results of the corridor study that was completed in November 2007. An informational presentation will be given followed by a period of public comment.

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

For additional information, please contact Chris Zeigler, Alachua County Public Works Department, at 352-374-5245 ext. 271.

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SW 8th Avenue milling & resurfacing to last 90 days

As part of the ongoing and concerted effort to make much needed improvements to the County’s transportation infrastructure, on May 27, 2008, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners awarded a contract to John C. Hipp Construction Equipment Co., Inc. for the milling and resurfacing of SW 8th Avenue.

The milling and resurfacing of SW 8th Avenue will be from SW 122nd Street (Parker Rd) to SW 75th Street, and the addition of four feet wide, paved shoulders is included.

The estimated cost of the project is $2.0 million. Funding for this project comes from the Transportation Trust Fund and was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in February of 2005.

The Alachua County Public Works Department is pleased to announce that work is expected to begin on July 8, 2008 and will last approximately 90 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, please call Alachua County Public Works Department at 352-374-5245.

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Animal Services’ animal cruelty conviction rate is 100%

Over the course of the past year, animal cruelty has occupied a large portion of the national spotlight, with highly publicized crackdowns on puppy mills and the high profile dog-fighting arrest and conviction of NFL star Michael Vick. Bringing the plight of animals into the national public conscious has lead to a more concentrated effort against animal cruelty nationwide, and Alachua County is following suit.

In 2007, Alachua County Animal Services (ACAS) began investigating cases of criminal animal cruelty in addition to the usual civil cruelty cases, dog bites and aggressive/dangerous dog investigations. Investigators Lin Santerfeit and Jennifer Ritchey have a combined 20 years of animal services experience, and have spearheaded the effort to crack down on and end criminal cruelty in Alachua County.

Prior to 2007, there was not much of a concentrated effort aimed at investigating or prosecuting cases of criminal animal cruelty. In 2007 however, of the approximately 170 investigations undertaken by Santerfeit and Ritchey, more than 70 were criminal cruelty cases that have since been fully prosecuted or are currently making their way through the judicial system.

“Some of these criminal cruelty cases can take anywhere from six months to a year to prosecute,” Ritchey explained. “But so far, our conviction rate is 100-percent!”

According to Santerfeit, that success rate is the result of a newly developed relationship between Animal Services and the State Attorney’s Office. By working together, the two agencies have been better able to combat animal cruelty.

“[We] have worked together in educating each other about prosecuting animal cruelty offenders,” said Santerfeit. “We are [also] currently working with all Alachua County law enforcement agencies to develop consistent enforcement of animal laws.”

In Florida, animal cruelty can be prosecuted as a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. The current state law, on the books since 1989, applies to all animals and includes a minimum fine of $2,500 for offenders convicted of “intentional cruelty.”

According to Santerfeit and Ritchey, success is not necessarily measured in convictions and fines levied. Educating animal owners to ensure the animals are safe and treated humanely can be its own reward.

“The best success in our business is working with an animal owner and gaining complete compliance without the need for civil or criminal charges,” Santerfeit explained. “If that fails, success means permanently removing the animals from inhumane treatment and bringing the responsible party to justice through fines, court appointments and/or criminal prosecution, which includes jail or prison incarceration.”

As Santerfeit and Ritchey will tell you, they cannot even begin to eliminate the threat of animal cruelty on their own. They look for citizens in the communities of Alachua County to assist Animal Services by becoming their eyes and ears and assist them in ensuring that all animals (not just common household pets) are treated humanely. To that end, they invite and encourage anyone to immediately report to Animal Services any questionable behavior or cruelty violations that they observe.

We may not have Oprah Winfrey available to expose another puppy mill and we may not have the high profile defendants like Michael Vick to raise public awareness. But with the help of the community, and the continued efforts of the local law enforcement and the State Attorney’s office, Santerfeit and Ritchey may continue to enjoy their 100% conviction rate and inch ever closer to ridding Alachua County of animal cruelty.

For more information contact Alachua County Animal Services at 352-264-6870.

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American With Disabilities Act Expo

The Fourth Annual American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Expo will take place Thursday, July 24, 2008 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sidney Lanier School, 312 NW 16th Ave., Gainesville, FL.

The purpose of the Expo is to bring together individuals with disabilities with those agencies, vendors, support groups and organizations they need in their daily life. The theme is “Towards Independence: Ending the Segregation of People with Disabilities”

The keynote speaker will be Dale Dileo, author of “Raymond’s Room: Ending the Segregation of People with Disabilities.” Expo highlights include exhibits, vendors, informational groups and support groups on site.

“I’m excited about our keynote speaker,” says Jackie Hart-Williams, Equal Opportunity Intake/Program Specialist for Alachua County. “He possesses invaluable knowledge and experience that is beneficial to all institutions, support groups, organizations, and individuals working with individuals with disabilities. He takes a giant step in the struggle to end disability discrimination. I’m passionate in this battle to help people with disabilities gain their independence. To borrow a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ This year’s Expo promises to be the best one yet!”

The Expo is produced in partnership between the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office, the City of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity, and the Alachua County Public Schools, in cooperation with the Center for Independent Living. Transportation is provided by MV Transportation.

Transportation is free for all holders of an ADA Paratransit card. Call 352-375-2784 to make a ride reservation.

To RSVP and/or to make and accommodations request, call the Equal Opportunity Offices of Alachua County, 352-374-5275 or Gainesville, 352-334-5051.

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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 to the right to view streaming video of the episodes.

Click to watch Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter discuss the current elections cycle.

Click to watch Dr. Stephen Mulkey discuss carbon sequestration, a technique for mitigating carbon in the atmosphere.

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Pre-existing animal illnesses are on the rise

Officials with Alachua County Animal Services (ACAS) and the Alachua County Humane Society (ACHS) are warning pet owners about an alarming trend related to proper veterinary care. The number of pre-existing illnesses in the animals brought to the shelter or the Humane Society is drastically climbing.

Dr. Randy Caligiuri, staff veterinarian for ACAS indicated a high rate of animals coming into the shelter that test negative for antibodies that would routinely be present after typical vaccinations. On the rise are incidents of pre-existing upper respiratory infections, kennel cough, distemper (in cats and dogs) and parvovirus. All of these maladies are extremely contagious, and are in many cases fatal for the infected animals (particularly in kittens and puppies).

According to Caligiuri, this trend has been a problem for some time but recently has gotten particularly high, and infected animals are spreading the disease to otherwise healthy animals. At one point in 2007, a University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine study by Dr. Cynda Crawford showed that as much as 60% of the animals coming into the shelter arrived with no vaccination protection against disease other than the mandatory booster shot each dog and cat receives upon intake. Caligiuri says he believes that figure is across-the-board higher right now.

“These animals may have already been exposed to these deadly diseases and are harboring them before they get here,” Caligiuri explained. “They appear healthy at first but then the symptoms start showing up, and by that point, other animals in the shelter may have been exposed.”

Intake vaccinations are given to each dog and cat when they arrive that are intended to provide protection against many of these deadly illnesses. Unfortunately, these vaccinations can take several days to become a part of the animal’s immune system, which may be too late for some animals.

“The problem is that the previous owners of these animals have never taken their pets to the veterinarian to keep them current on their vaccinations,” said David Flagler, Director of Alachua County Animal Services. “We need to remind pet owners that part of being a responsible owner is maintaining basic veterinary care - which includes keeping your pets’ up to date on their vaccinations.”

This increasing trend is not confined to Animal Services. The Alachua County Humane Society is also seeing a high incidence of pre-existing illness in the animals that arrive there. ACHS Director Kirk Eppenstein agrees with Flagler that the problem is rooted in responsible pet ownership.

“Because it’s not legally required, a lot of people assume that it’s ok to let these vaccinations slide,” Eppenstein added. “But we’re seeing the proof everyday that it really does matter, and the problem isn’t going to go away until pet owners start taking this problem seriously.”

As we get further into Hurricane season, maintaining your pets’ shot records takes on even greater importance. For example, in the event of an evacuation, up-to-date vaccinations will be key in protecting your animal from disease should you have to board them at a shelter, and in many cases, pet-friendly evacuation shelters may require proof of vaccinations.

For more information about proper veterinary care and responsible pet ownership, please contact the Alachua County Humane Society at (352)373-5855 or Alachua County Animal Services at (352)264-6870.

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Clean Water Mobile Learning Center comes to County

Gainesville youth and their families are invited to visit a state-of-the-art, interactive water resource center this summer that was developed by the marine artist Wyland, best known for his Whaling Wall murals throughout the world.

“The basis of life as we know it depends on water,” says Wyland, “but few people are aware of the impact they have on local watersheds and habitats.”

The Gainesville Clean Water Partnership is partnering with the Wyland Foundation to bring the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center to two Gainesville locations. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Thursday, July 24

Alachua County Boys and Girls Club

2700 NW 51st Place, Gainesville.

Friday, July 25

Martin Luther King Center

1024 NE 14th Street, Gainesville.

The Gainesville Clean Water Partnership is a collaboration of the City of Gainesville, Alachua County and the Florida Department of Transportation dedicated to working with the Gainesville community for healthy waterways.

The exhibit on wheels includes a theater that uses sensory controls to simulate the transformation of visitors into a drop of water.

A “please touch” approach encourages interaction with a running river and with computer models that demonstrate the impacts of human activities on lakes. Another interactive demonstration explores the function of wetlands and estuaries.

The exhibits are housed in a 48-foot expandable trailer hauled by a custom bio-diesel ready tractor and decorated with the artist’s colorful marine habitats and creatures.

“This addresses water resources, nature, and conservation in a completely new, unique way,” says Wyland. “It is designed to go everywhere and touch people from every walk of life, and hopefully we can begin to change the way we look at caring for our planet’s water systems and habitats.”

There is no charge to visit the center and reservations are not needed.

For more information, click here for an online brochure or call the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department at 352-264-6800.

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NIGP to hold 6th Annual Reverse Trade Show

North Central Florida businesses have a chance to turn the tables on local governments. The North Central Florida Chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.(NIGP) 6th Annual Reverse Trade Show will be held at Central FL Community College on Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

Instead of setting appointments and spending days to travel to each of the government agencies represented, businesses will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and meet with purchasing representatives from all the agencies in one room during a four-hour period. They will be able to get pointers on dealing with the government and ascertain which entities may have need for their services and/or products.

“The government agencies participating in the reverse trade show are eager to tap the largest possible pool of vendors when they make purchases,” Alachua County Purchasing Manager Larry M. Sapp, CPPB, said. “We’re especially interested in reaching small business enterprises (SBE’S).”

Last year, approximately 250 visitors took advantage of the opportunity to meet with purchasing professionals representing 20 government agencies including cities, counties, state agencies, US GSA, community colleges and universities, water districts, school boards, and utilities. The NIGP heard many positive comments from vendors who are delighted to be able to meet with so many agencies at one place and at one time.

Visit the website of the North Central Florida Chapter of NIGP at http://www.ncfcnigp.org to pre-register.

Participating governmental agencies:

For additional information, contact Darryl R. Kight, CPPB, or Matt Stevens, Alachua County Purchasing Division at 352-374-5202.

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Santa Fe Hills Drinking Water Report available

The 2007 annual Santa Fe Hills drinking water quality report from the Alachua County Department of Public Works is now available to the public. The report is a consumer confidence report that must be submitted every year to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and made available to customers of the water system. The report was mailed to customers on June 11, 2008.

The report states that all possible contaminants are within normal ranges. The Alachua County Health Department conducted the assessment and routinely monitors for drinking water contaminants according to Federal and State laws, rules, and regulations. Except where indicated otherwise, this report is based on the results of monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2007.

Santa Fe Hills is a subdivison of approximately 60 residents just west of the city of Alachua, and its water system is the only water system owned and operated by Alachua County.

Follow this link to view the report:

http://www.alachuacounty.us/assets/uploads/images/pw/Santa_Fe_Hills_Water_Quality_Report_2007.pdf

For more information, contact Kenneth Fair, Alachua County Public Works at 352-374-5245.

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Skywarn Spotter Program is seeking volunteers

Alachua County Emergency Management is launching a new Skywarn Spotter Program. Skywarn Spotters are individuals who are trained by the local National Weather service office to spot severe weather conditions before severe weather strikes. Weather Spotters act as the eyes and ears of the National Weather Service and local Emergency Management by helping verify weather conditions that are indicated on radar.

Participants will learn about the atmospheric conditions that occur before severe weather strikes. They will also learn what to report, when to report, and correct reporting procedures when calling in severe weather events to the local National Weather Office.

The first organizational meeting will be on Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center.

For more information or to register for the meeting, please contact Alachua County Emergency Management at acem@alachuacounty.us or call 352-264-6500.

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Recall of HP fax machines

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), today announced a voluntary recall of the HP Fax 1010 and HP Fax 1010xi models manufactured from November 2002 through September 2004. The HP logo and the model name and number are printed on the front of the fax machine. Consumers should immediately disconnect the recalled fax machine from the electrical power source and contact HP to receive a rebate.

An internal electrical component failure can cause overheating of the product posing a risk of burn or fire. Hewlett-Packard has received three reports of overheating including two in the U.S. resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The recall affects about 367,000 units. The fax machines were sold at electronic, computer and camera stores nationwide, as well as web retailers from November 2002 through December 2004 for between $130 and $150.

For additional information, contact HP toll-free at 888-654-9296 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit HP’s Web site at www.hp.com/go/fax1010recall .

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Recall of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with the Maple Chase Co. of Plain City Ohio has announced a voluntary recall of FireX Branded 10000 Series Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms and 12000 Series CO/Smoke Combo Alarms. The recall affects about 280,000 units.

The recalled alarms can sound a “double chirp”/fault alarm in the presence of CO, prior to going into full alarm. Upon hearing a double chirp, the owner’s manual instructions recommend a consumer take the alarm out of service, which could expose consumers to hazardous levels of CO and suffer injury or death. No injuries have been reported.

The recall includes FireX branded 10000 and 12000 series alarms with item numbers: 10000, 12000, 12000C, 12000-6, 12200, 12220, 12400, 12400C manufactured between June 1, 2007 and February 1, 2008. The date code appears on the back of the unit with a four digit year, three digit month followed by the day (ex: 2007JUN1 for June 1, 2007). Units with a manufacture date code prior to June 1, 2007 are not included in this recall.

Consumers should contact Maple Chase Co. toll-free at 888- 879-3906 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or go to the firm’s website www.firexsafety.com immediately to receive a free comparable replacement alarm and make arrangements to return their recalled alarms. Consumers should not take the recalled alarms out of service until they receive the replacement alarm. Upon receiving their replacement alarm, consumers should place it immediately in service, and take the recalled alarm immediately out of service.

For more information, contact Maple Chase Co. toll-free at 888- 879-3906

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County Event and Meeting Reminder

Heatwave Summer Youth Basketball League

 

NIGP 6th Annual Reverse Trade Show

 

Sweetwater Preserve grand opening July 19

 

American With Disabilities Act Expo

 

Clean Water Mobile Learning Center

 

Springs Celebration

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Commission Meeting Highlights June 24, 2008

Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions

Announcements - Mark Sexton, Communications Coordinator

 

The Board recognized County Employees that have reached a Length of Service or Career Milestone in June, 2008 and employees who have completed the Effective Supervisory Skill Building 12 week series workshop.

June 08 emp.pdf
2008 ESSB _2_x.pdf

 

The Board proclaimed July as "Disability Awareness Month" in Alachua County, Florida.

Disability Awareness Month 2008.pdf

 

The Board accepted the Alachua County Citizens Disability Advisory Committee FY 2007 report as presented.

C FY07annual rptfor08.pdf

 

The Board heard a presentation on the Heart of Florida Funding by Ron Barnwell

 

The Board approved the Discounts, Errors, Insolvencies and Double Assessments for the 2007 Tax Roll.

ei report.pdf

 

The board approved the advertisement of a public hearing on an ordinance on a referendum for protection of county-owned lands for conservation, recreation, and cultural purposes

ForeverReallyAd.pdf
ForeverReally.pdf

 

The Board approved advertisement of a public hearing for an ordinance on a referendum for infrastructure sales tax to fund conservation lands, parks, and recreation.

QualityofLifeLtr.pdf
QualityofLifeSurtax2.pdf
QualityofLifeAd.pdf

 

The Board directed the County Attorney to not assert the out-of-scope of employment defense as to the County employee in the lawsuit of Felix Lopex v. Alachua County; authorized Attorney to hire a Miami attorney to assist in the case.

 

The Board set the proposed millage rates for General County, Unincorporated MSTU, Fire MSTU, Law Enforcement MSTU and Alachua County Forever Debt Service. Adopt related resolution.

FY 09 Establish Millage Resolution Final.pdf

 

The Board heard a staff presentation, provided comments and approved the transmittal of a letter to FDOC regarding Comprehensive Plan consistency of placing a correctional facility on NE 39th Avenue.

DOC Powerpoint.pdf
FDOC Determination Letter.pdf

 

The Board approved the engineering services contract amendment with HNTB, for Additional Services to Complete PD&E Study on all four viable alternatives identified in the Corridor Study for the 62nd Boulevard Connector Project.

alternative maps.pdf
1st Amend HNTB Corp Final.pdf

 

The Board approved the Chair letter to the Gainesville Mayor concerning Plum Creek Timberlands, LP Petition to Amend City of Gainesville Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Plan and map.

Exhibit 1 Draft Chair Letter to Mayor on Plum Creek Final.pdf
Exhibit 2 Chair letter to Mayor 091107.pdf
Exhibit 3 Henderson letters 121807 and 053008.pdf
Exhibit 5 Draft City ordinance.pdf
Exhibit 4 City staff report.pdf
ADV June 19 Plum Creek.pdf
ADV June 24 Plum Creek.pdf

 

The Board approved the 2008 Poe Springs Park Management Scope of Services and provided direction to staff.

POE 2008 vs 2004 RFP Scope of Services.pdf
POE 2008 RFP Scope of Services Business Model.pdf

 

The Board approved the interlocal agreement between Alachua County and Gainesville Housing Authority to support a program that will provide activities and life coaching for youths of Alachua County and run July and August 2008 and will include a basketball league for youth from the ages of 14-20

 

The Board requested an update on Jail Population

 

The Board approved and exercised the option to purchase the conservation easement on the Santa Fe River- Camp Kulaqua Tract; execute the conservation easement and authorize staff to execute documents as necessary to close the transaction.

Exhibit 4 SFR7thday adventist Evaluation.pdf
Exhibit 6 BoCC080708 ACF Camp K.pdf
ADV June 24 Camp Kulaqua.pdf
Exhibit 2 Camp Kalaqua Conservation Easement Deed Final.pdf
Exhibit 1 Assignment and Option Final.pdf
Exhibit 3 Map.pdf
Exhibit 5 Camp K Costs.pdf

 

The Board adopted an ordinance to amend the Future Land Use Map CPA 08 04 redesignating a privately owned property incorrectly identified as Preservation.

CPA0408_Powerpoint.pdf
CPA_Locator04_08.pdf
ADV July8CPA0208 0308 0408 0807.pdf
CPA0408.ppt
CPA 04 08 adoption.pdf
Ordinance 08 xx CPA 04 08.pdf

 

The Board adopted an ordinance to amend the Future Land Use Map CPA 03 08 redesignating a privately owned parcel from Preservation to Rural Agriculture.

Ordinance 08 xx CPA 03 08.pdf
ADV July8CPA0208 0308 0408 0807.pdf
CPA_Locator03_08.pdf
CPA 03 08 adoption_rev.pdf
CPA0308.ppt
CPA0308_Powerpoint.pdf

 

The Board adopted CPA 08-07 an ordinance to amend the Future Land Use Map redesignating privately owned parcels from Preservation to Rural Agriculture.

CPA 08 07.pdf
Ordinance 08 xx CPA 08 07.pdf
ADV July8CPA0208 0308 0408 0807.pdf
CPA 08 07 Locator Map.pdf
CPA 08 07.pdf
CPA 08 07.ppt

 

The Board heard CPA 02-08: A request for a large-scale land use change to the Alachua County Future Land Use Map: 2020 from Recreational land use to Medium Density Residential (4-8 du/acre) land use. The Board did

not adopt the proposed large scale land use change noting that the proposed change is inconsistent with numerous comprehensive plan policies as noted in the staff report as well as the DCA ORC Report.

GCC Application.pdf
GCC Attachment.pdf
GCC Citizen Comments 1.pdf
GCC Draft Development Agreement.pdf
Citizen Comments to DCA.pdf
Correspondence Regarding GCC.pdf
CPA0208.ppt
CPA0208 Powerpoint.pdf
CPA0208 Supplemental Staff Report.pdf
ADV July8CPA0208 0308 0408 0807.pdf
GCC DCA ORC Report.pdf
CPA0208 Staff Report.pdf
Agency Comments to DCA.pdf

 

The Board approved the Plat for Oakmont Planned Development Phase 1, Unit 1A.

OakmontUnit1A_BoundarySurvey.pdf
OakmontUnit1A_SHEET1.pdf
OakmontUnit1A_SHEET6.pdf
OakmontRePlat_GMSR.pdf
OakmontRevPlatCHAIRSR.pdf
Adv July8OakmontandZOS0408.pdf
OakmontPh1Unit1aSBAC.pdf
OakmontUnit1A_SHEET2.pdf
OakmontUnit1A_SHEET3.pdf
OakmontUnit1A_SHEET4.pdf
OakmontUnit1A_SHEET5.pdf
Plats07082008.pdf
Plats07082008.ppt

 

The Board approved Resolution Z-08-14 with the bases and amended conditions as noted in the staff report

Renfroe Landfill Master Site Plan.pdf
Renfroe Environmental Assessment 1.pdf
Renfroe Environmental Assessment 2.pdf
Renfroe Traffic.pdf
ZOS0408 Staff Report.pdf
ZOS0408 Powerpoint.pdf
ZOS0408 Public Comments.pdf
ZOS0408.ppt
Adv July8OakmontandZOS0408.pdf
Renfroe Environmental Assessment 3.pdf
Renfroe SUP.pdf
Renfroe UES Report.pdf
ZOS0408 Resolution.pdf

 

Advisory Board Appointments

Board of Adjustments
The board appointed Ms. Dory Rarey as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending June 30, 2011.
The board appointed Ms. Elizabeth Nix as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending January 31, 2012.
The board appointed Mr. Pearse Hayes as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending July 31, 2012.

Environmental Protection Advisory Committee
The board appointed Mr. Vinay Raj as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending June 30, 2009 then June 30, 2012.
The board appointed Mr. Morgan Ellis as an Alternate to a term ending June 30, 2010.
The board appointed Mr. Michael Amish as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending June 30, 2011.
The board appointed Ms. Mary Alford as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending June 30, 2011.
The board appointed Mr. Dave Bruderly as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending June 30, 2010.
The board appointed Mr. Tushar Goswami as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending June 30, 2010.
The board appointed Mr. Bret Whiteley as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending June 30, 2009 then June 30, 2012.

FloridaWorks Board
The board appointed Mr. James Painter as a Private Sector Seat #6 to a term ending June 30, 2011.
The board appointed Mr. Kenneth McGurn as a Private Sector Seat #7 to a term ending June 30, 2011.
The board appointed Ms. Sonia Douglas as an Economic Development Seat #28 to a term ending June 30, 2011.

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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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