March 27 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Manager Randall H. Reid’s Budget Presentation
Alachua County Acquires Levy Prairie
Paws On Parole
Billboards Coming Down
What’s on Alachua County Talks?
County Update TV on Channel 12
It’s All About Kids
Cover the Uninsured Week
Prescribed Fire Objectives
Youth Fair & Livestock Show
Proposed Fertilizer Ordinance
Earth Machine Sale
Pet waste
Solar Array Gets Switched On
County Energy Consumption Down
Work Release Program
Canning Workshop
Community Support Services’ Annual Report
BOCC/LPA Special Meeting
Commission Meeting Highlights

 

Manager Randall H. Reid’s Budget Presentation

At a recent ACCESS (Alachua County’s Citizen Academy Class), County Manager Randall H. Reid gave a presentation that included information about budgeting during these difficult economic times.  To view the power point presentation click here.
As part of the County’s citizen outreach effort, Manager Reid recently held two citizen workshops.  Citizens responded to questions and engaged in a budget exercise that asked them to be County Commissioners for a day.  The exercise asked them to decide how to cut 10% from the county budget.  To view a County Update video story on these workshops click here
When the view screen opens there are links to the show’s stories below.  Scroll down to story #8, entitled “Creating Respect for People and Place: Alternative Futures.


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Alachua County Acquires Levy Prairie

Alachua County and the Department of Community Affairs today announced that together they had acquired Levy Prairie through the assistance of Florida Forever funds provided by Florida Communities Trust (FCT). The County’s share came from the last of the Alachua County Forever funds. The 3,309-acre property expands the county’s “Emerald Necklace” initiative, an ecological corridor of trails, greenways and open spaces that include several previously acquired FCT and County projects.
 “Levy Prairie will greatly enhance an already excellent network of conservation lands in Alachua County and provide even more recreational opportunities for residents and visitors,” said DCA Secretary Tom Pelham. “I am pleased for the county’s continued success in preserving its local treasures through its ongoing partnership with Florida Communities Trust.”
Levy Prairie is adjacent to Paynes Prairie State Preserve in south central Alachua County and it forms the entire northern boundary of the Barr Hammock Preserve, which was previously acquired by Alachua County through the assistance of FCT. These two properties create more than 5,000 acres of contiguous publicly-owned conservation land, further enhancing the “Emerald Necklace” corridor. The proposed recreational facilities for Levy Prairie include a hiking trails and wildlife observation platforms. Florida Communities Trust awarded more than $2.9 million in Florida Forever funds to the project. The Alachua County Commission, through the Alachua County Forever Land Conservation Program, contributed $100,000. The Federal Government, through the North American Wetland Conservation Act contributed $1 million and the sellers generously donated the final $800,000 in land value towards the acquisition.
“Levy Prairie is one of the largest, most beautiful, and ecologically intact pieces of land left unprotected in Alachua County,” said Alachua County Commission Chairman Mike Byerly. “With the landowner’s and FCT’s assistance we will be able to provide an important connection between Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and the county’s Barr Hammock Preserve.”
Alachua County has been a strong partner with Florida Communities Trust in preserving green space and recreational opportunities. Starting with the Mill Creek Nature Preserve in 2002, FCT has now awarded more than $13 million in Florida Forever funds to Alachua County projects. Additionally, more than $9 million in local matching funds have been provided, resulting in more than 6,900 acres preserved for open space and recreational purposes.
Florida Communities Trust is a state land acquisition grant program that has provided more than $752 million to local communities to preserve parks and recreational space with $63 million of Florida Forever funds available each year through its Parks and Open Space grant program.
The Alachua County Forever program is a voter-approved bond-funded conservation land acquisition program passed in 2000 to acquire, improve and manage environmentally sensitive lands. This project is the last project funded by the original Alachua County Forever Bond. Future projects will be funded by the ½-cent Wild Spaces Public Places Surtax passed by the voters in 2008.
For more information on Florida Communities Trust or the Department of Community Affairs, please visit www.dca.state.fl.us.
For more information about Alachua County Forever, click here, call 352-264-6800, or email landconservation@alachuacounty.us.


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Paws On Parole

On March 20, 2009, Alachua County Animal Services and the Gainesville Work Camp began their “Paws On Parole” program.
Paws on Parole is a program that teaches and allows prison inmates to train adoptable dogs. The inmates learn the methods and train the dogs in the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizens Course. At the end of the training course, the dogs are available for adoption.
The Canine Good Citizen training course includes 8 weeks of training, consisting of 2 sessions per week and 2 hours each training session. At the end of the training, the dogs will take a 10-part test. Dogs passing the test will get a certificate from the American Kennel Club.
The families adopting these dogs will have the benefit of having what the American Kennel Club considers a “good social companion dog”. The adopting families will take the Canine Good Citizen Course, in order to better understand their new family pet.
Paws on Parole includes an After Care Network. The After Care Network is a group that will work with families and their dogs to help with the training integration.
For more information about Paws on Parole, click here or call Hilary Hynes (Public Education Program Coordinator, Alachua County Animal Services) at 352-264-6881.
For more information about the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen certification, click here.


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Billboards Coming Down

The I-75 Corridor in Alachua County will soon see the removal of some billboards as part of a $15 million, five year mitigation project by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
The project is the outcome of a settlement between FDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), resulting from the 2004 hurricanes that swept the state. After those storms, approximately 268 non-conforming highway signs across the state were destroyed. By law, those signs should not have been replaced. Sign owners, faced with a loss of revenue, threatened to sue the state if they were not allowed to erect new signs. Rather than face litigation, the state allowed some of these signs to be replaced. The FHA subsequently found the FDOT in non-compliance with federal highway regulations and threatened to withhold funding, unless an appropriate mitigation program was offered by the state.
The result is a $15 million sign removal program that will take five years to complete. In that time, the FDOT will remove up to 200 signs along the scenic I-75 corridor from the Florida/Georgia border to the I-75/Turnpike Interchange at Wildwood. An FDOT study identified almost 1,000 non-conforming signs along this corridor and prioritized ones which have the greatest impact on historic or scenic viewsheds. 28 of these ‘priority 1’ signs reside in Alachua County. If the FDOT can successfully negotiate with individual sign owners/lessees, the FDOT will purchase the leases and remove the signs.
For more information regarding this program, please write Jerry Brewington (Senior Planner) with the Alachua County Growth Management Department at glb@alachuacounty.us

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What’s on Alachua County Talks?

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

Click here to watch Clif Copeland, Cooperative Extension Director, discuss the County’s Cooperative Extension.

Check out the latest editions of Alachua County Talks on Community 12 TV by viewing the Channel 12 Show Schedule.

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County Update TV on Channel 12

County Update is a half hour news program providing in-depth information on County programs, services and initiatives. County Update airs on Community 12 and the Video On Demand website. Click here to view this month’s show.

Features This Month

2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Fire Station 10 Ribbon Cutting

New Recreational Facilities

San Felasco Park

Solar Power On! Ceremony

Foster Grandparents Recognition Luncheon

Creating Respect for People and Place: Alternative Futures


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It’s All About Kids

The Public is invited to join distinguished dignitaries and the proclamation of Children’s Week by Alachua County Board of County Commissioners’ Vice Chair Cynthia Moore Chestnut, at “It’s All About Kids”, this Sunday (March 29, 2009). The event is being hosted by The Alachua County Public Library and The Early Learning Coalition. It’s All About Kids will be held at the Alachua County Main Library (401 East University Avenue, Gainesville) from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The event will feature various games and activities, speakers on children’s issues, Alachua County Volunteer Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) enrollment, and appearances by Curious George, and Beauregard the Bloodhound.
“Children’s Week activities put a much-needed spotlight on issues facing our children,’’ said Children’s Week organizer Jason Zaborske. “This is a great opportunity to bring thousands of parents, children, professionals, advocates, community leaders and concerned citizens together to share valuable knowledge and information about children’s issues across the state. Non-profit organizations across 67 counties are hosting community events to promote Children’s Week.”
For more information, click here or call The Early Learning Coalition at 352-375-4110.

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Cover the Uninsured Week

Alachua County’s CHOICES Health Service has joined organizations across the Country to recognize that this week (March 22-28, 2009) is “Cover the Uninsured Week”.
Today, forty-six million Americans are uninsured. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created the Cover the Uninsured initiative to promote awareness of this growing health care crisis. Through Cover the Uninsured, policy-makers, health care professionals, grassroots organizers, faith leaders, business communities and active citizens work to amplify the voices of Americans who live without access to needed health care services. The initiative also promotes national, state and local initiatives that endeavor to expand access to health care.
CHOICES Health Services remains dedicated to providing affordable quality healthcare to Alachua County’s working uninsured. CHOICES also supports the University of Florida Equal Access Clinic and Helping Hands in their efforts to expand access to County residents.
For more information about Cover the Uninsured, click here.
For more information about CHOICES, click here, or call 352-264-6772.

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Prescribed Fire Objectives

Since early December, 2008, twelve prescribed fires have been successfully conducted on nearly 325 acres at Lake Alto Preserve, Balu Forest, San Felasco County Park, and Phifer Flatwoods Preserve. These were among several prescribed fires planned for County lands during the winter burning season. The fires were prescribed to improve the ecological condition of pine forests within the Preserves and Park, and to reduce wildfire risk to neighboring residential and agricultural areas. Land managers from Alachua County Environmental Protection Department’s Land Conservation Program assisted with the operations of the prescribed fires under the leadership of Alachua County Public Safety Wildfire Mitigation Team.
Historically most of Florida’s landscape was fire-maintained. Over time as Florida’s population increased, natural fires were suppressed leading to an interruption in the natural fire regime. Natural areas became overgrown and more susceptible to severe wildfires. Prescribed fire, planned and carried out under very specific weather conditions, is a cost-effective tool used to restore the native vegetation, improve wildlife habitat, and decrease the risk of severe wildfires on the wildland-urban interface.

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Youth Fair & Livestock Show

The 2009 Alachua County Youth Fair (ACYF) and Livestock Show dates are from March 27 to March 31, 2009, at the Alachua County Fairgrounds. On Monday, March 30, the Alachua County Youth Fair will host school tours for elementary schools. Alachua County 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) youth age 8 to 18 may participate.
“ACYF helps youth learn through hands-on projects and educational experiences,” said Cindy Sanders, Alachua County Extension Director/IFAS, “The youth fair benefits agriculture and the local community by providing an educational opportunity for youth to learn about production agriculture.” Sanders continued saying, “Working with livestock and other agriculture events through the youth fair prepares our young citizens of Alachua County to be knowledgeable about agriculture production and land use. The experience also teaches leadership, responsibility, self-confidence, good sportsmanship and the importance and value of hard work.”
Livestock included in events include steer, swine, rabbits, horses, and chickens. Non-livestock events include a bike rodeo, muffin bake-off, rocket launch, dog show, and pet show.
For a complete schedule of events, click here.
The Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show Association is a non-profit organization that conducts and operates public fairs and expositions pertaining to agricultural matters and more particularly to the exhibitions of livestock, poultry, crafts, youth projects, and farm products.
For more information and/or to schedule an elementary school tour, contact Cindy Sanders at 352-955-2402.
Bicycle Safety Rodeo
The Department of Public Safety Reserves is hosting a bicycle rodeo for youth, ages 5-13, at the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show, this Saturday, March 28, at 9 a.m., at the Alachua County Fairgrounds (2900 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).
Children need to bring their bicycle, helmet (free helmets will be available while supplies last), and wear appropriate riding clothes (including closed-toe shoes). Each participant will receive a certificate and a chance for to win door-prizes.
“March is Florida’s Bicycle Safety Month and a good time to reinforce safety on the road”, says Lorraine S. Williams (Alachua County Department of Public Safety, Fire Rescue Public Education).
Please pre-register at 352-384-3106, or email Lorraine S. Williams lsw@alachuacounty.us with name and age of youth.

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Proposed Fertilizer Ordinance

Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is proposing a Fertilizer Ordinance to reduce the impacts of nutrients on Alachua County’s surface and ground waters. Elevated nutrient concentrations have been documented within the Orange Creek Basin and the Santa Fe River Basin. There are many sources for these nutrients, and one of them is fertilizer runoff from residential and commercial lawns. Grass fertilizers contain phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium in various degrees and combinations. When applied in excess or inappropriately, these nutrients flow directly into waterways and stormwater systems or penetrate the aquifer through rainfall or excessive irrigation.
The ordinance will be based on the Florida Friendly Fertilizer Use on Urban Landscapes Model Ordinance developed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) Fertilizer Task Force. Adopted ordinances from Duval, Lee, Marion, and Sarasota counties will also be considered. The proposed Ordinance will be an addition to the Water Quality Code and implemented countywide.
Exemptions are proposed for Golf courses and athletic fields (following Best Management Practices), Bona fide farm operations as defined in the Florida Right to Farm Act (Section 823.14), Vegetable gardens and edible fruit and nut trees, and turf or landscape plants that have received damage.
Over 40 professionals from the landscaping industry attended a public meeting to discuss the ordinance on February 24, 2009. To view the presentation with public comments inserted in the notes visit www.AlachuaCountyWater.org. To learn more or to send us your comments, contact Gus Olmos at 352-264-6806 or gus@alachuacounty.us.
The ordinance will likely include standards for:
Timing of fertilizer application
Training and licensing requirements
Fertilizer application rates
Fertilizer-free zones

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Earth Machine Sale

The Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives and the Florida Master Gardeners are hosting a truckload sale of Earth Machine home composters and SYSTERN rain barrels this Saturday, March 28, 2009.
The sale takes place at the Home Depot (5150 NW 13th St., Gainesville), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Earth Machine home compost bin is on sale for $39 with tax included. Home composting is a great way to keep organic waste out of the landfill and make your own organic fertilizer for your garden. The Earth Machine usually sells for $100.
The SYSTERN rain barrels are available for $45 with tax included. Rain Barrels use your roof and gutters to collect rainwater for use on your lawn and garden instead of turning on your tap. The SYSTERN usually sells for $120.
This is a one-day sale on a first come, first served basis. Cash or check only please.
For more information, please call 352-374-5245 or visit www.earthmachine.com.

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Pet waste

Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (ACEPD) wants citizens to clean up after their pets. ACEPD has begun a public outreach campaign (funded by the Gainesville Clean Water Partnership) to teach citizens how to address pet waste at home and around the community. The campaign’s slogan is “scoop it, bag it, trash it”.
Pet waste can harm waterbodies, human health, and the health of pets. Chris Bird, Alachua County Environmental Protection Director explains, “Rainfall can carry harmful bacteria and nutrients from pet waste, polluting our creeks, lakes, and groundwater. We are finding that pet waste pollution can be a major source of water contamination, especially in urban areas.”
Anthony Dennis, Alachua County Environmental Health Director states, “Prompt removal of pet waste can greatly reduce the possible risk of infection from the protozoan Cryptosporidium and Giardia and the bacteria Campylobacter and E.coli. These pathogenic organisms can contaminate both surface and drinking water resulting in gastrointestinal illness if incidentally consumed. Roundworms and hookworms are intestinal parasites that can present a risk of infection if soil becomes contaminated”.
Dr. Ellis Greiner with the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine stresses that, “If we pick up and dispose of the feces passed by our dogs and cats we will reduce the risk of dog and cat parasite infections.”
ACEPD is participating in community events with an information booth. Citizens can sign the Scoop Pledge, and get a free bag dispenser to take along as you walk your dog.
For more information, visit www.AlachuaCountyWater.org or call ACEPD at 352-264-6800.

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Solar Array Gets Switched On

On March 3, 2009, the Alachua County Division of Waste Management, at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station were joined by County Commissioners Mike Byerly, Lee Pinkoson, Paula DeLaney, Rodney Long, and eighty citizens for the “Power On” ceremony at the facility’s new solar array.
County Manager Randall H. Reid and project leader Ron Bishop spoke about the solar project and how it fits in with the county’s sustainability plans. Former County Commissioners Leveda Brown and Penny Wheat, Alachua County Clerk of Courts J.K. “Buddy” Irby and GRU managers Robert Hunzinger and Ed Regan were all in attendance for the ceremony.
The array should produce an average of 150 kilowatt hours per day, which represents around 15 percent of the transfer station’s power usage. Gainesville Regional Utilities will pay 32 cents per kilowatt hour produced as part of the utility’s new feed-in tariff.
With the tariff and possible rebates from the State of Florida the array could pay for itself in as little as 14 years.

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County Energy Consumption Down

In keeping with the Energy Reduction and Water Conservation Program initiated by the Board of County Commissioners, Alachua County Facilities Management Division has begun the third generation Re-lamping Project. It is estimated that the project will cut energy consumption of building space lighting by approximately 22%.
The Re-lamping Project will replace T-8 32-watt lamps throughout County buildings and replace them with more efficient T-8 24-watt lamps.
Facilities management crews are working to re-lamp all of the County’s buildings. Targeted first are the Administration Building, Health Department, Sherriff’s Office, Community Crisis Center and the County Jail.
“We have already seen a $1,200.00 saving in the utility bill at the partially re-lamped Administration Building. We should see considerably more savings as the re-lamping continues,” said Alachua County Facilities Manager, Charlie Jackson, “Reducing energy costs is the right thing to do.” It results in both cost savings and a reduction of the County’s carbon footprint.”

Some of the features of the new lamps include:
The conservative estimated annual savings is $150,000.00
T8 24 watt lamps operate on standard T8 start systems and provide 22% energy savings over standard 32 watt lamps where slight reductions in light are acceptable.
At $0.10/KWh and 4000 hours of operation per year, the 22% savings translates to a savings of $9.80 per fixture per year for a 4-lamp fixture with a normal ballast factor.
95% lumen maintenance at 8000 hours.

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Work Release Program

Alachua County Work Release program opened its doors 35 years ago, offering an alternative to jail for county jail inmates. The program began by providing program participants an opportunity to find employment or continue their employment while serving their court imposed sentence. Over the years, the program has gone through many changes in order to address the needs of those it served. Today, the program continues to serve male and female inmates, while providing participants with a wide array of therapeutic interventions.
The Balance 360 Program is a DCF licensed Substance Abuse Program. The program provides a cognitive behavioral intervention titled “Substance Abuse and Criminality” that addresses the connection between thinking and behavior. The program’s goal for its participants is for them to re-enter the community with three significant tools in place; employment, a relapse prevention plan, and knowledge of how to connect errors in thinking to behavior.
The program is voluntary. The inmates must submit a request to participate. These requests are forwarded to the sentencing Judge after they have been screened for appropriateness by the Court Services Central Screening Team. The program’s total capacity is 75, and has recently experienced a drop in numbers (similar to the jail). Looking at alternatives to the way the program does business (to increase participation), they examined the possibility of diversifying participant qualification mandates. We have eliminated inmates from program participation whose time remaining on their sentence fell within the range of 31 to 59 days. We found that within this range, there were a number of inmates who could benefit from employability skills, even though they might not have enough time left on their sentence to go out seeking employment (within the programs standard operating procedures). We began to develop participant specific services based on the needs of potential program participants.
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Canning Workshop

The Alachua County Extension Office is offering its annual canning workshop.  Topics covered include pressure canning, boiling water canning, jams and jellies.   
The classes are presented by Brenda Williams of the Alachua County Extension Office and Muriel Turner of the Levy County Extension Office.
There is a $3.00 charge for materials, collected at the door.
Seating is limited. Please call the desired location to register.
The workshop is at the following locations:
 
Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 6 p.m.
Alachua County Extension Office
2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville
Call 352-955-2402 to register.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Gilchrist County Library
105 NE 11th Avenue, Trenton
Call 352-463-3174 to register.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 6 p.m.
Levy County Extension Office
625 N Hathaway Avenue, Bronson
Call 352-486-5131 to register.

Thursday, April 30, 2009, at 6 p.m.
High Springs Library
135 NW 1st Avenue, High Springs
Call 352-955-2402 to register.

Monday, May 12, 2009. 2p.m. & 6 p.m.
Dixie County Library
16328 SE Hwy. 19, Cross City
Call 352-498-1219 to register.

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Community Support Services’ Annual Report

The Alachua County Department of Community Support Services is proud to announce the release of its 2008 Annual Report.
In the Message from the Director section of the report Department Director Elmira K. Warren states, “I am very pleased to present the first annual report of the Alachua County Department of Community Support Services (DCSS). It is our desire to increase your awareness and understanding of the department and the services we provide. A summary of our accomplishments, adopted budget, and the services we provided over the past year are included in this publication.”
For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5226.     

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BOCC/LPA Special Meeting

The public is invited to attend the last of a series of joint special meetings with the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and Local Planning Agency (LPA) on the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) on March 31. The purpose of the meeting is to review the Urban Area/Energy/Housing subject area, the potential options and strategies identified in the EAR process for the Comprehensive Plan, and to receive direction from the BOCC and LPA for Public Hearings expected to begin in April. The meeting will be held at the Jack Durrance Auditorium, Room 209 of the County Administration Building (12 SE 1st Street) and will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The meeting will be followed by public hearings in the spring and summer to adopt the Evaluation and Appraisal Report by September 2009, including recommendations for update of the County’s Comprehensive Plan in 2009/2010.
A full schedule of meeting dates with the County Commission and Local Planning Agency are posted on the County’s EAR website at http://www.alachuacounty.us/ear. A series of Issue Papers and a summary of all major issues and their identified options are also posted.
For more information, please call the Growth Management Department at 374-5249 or send an email to ear@alachuacounty.us.

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Commission Highlights

Announcements

Mark Sexton, Communications Coordinator
Attachment: Announcements


Children’s Week

The Board proclaimed March 29 - April 5, 2009 as “Children’s Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Childrens Week.pdf


Cover the Uninsured Week

The Board proclaimed declaring March 22 - March 28, 2009 as “Cover the Uninsured Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Cover the Uninsured Week CHOICES 2009.pdf

 

Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Board proclaimed April 2009 as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Children Abuse Prevention Month 2009.pdf


National Medal of Honor Day

The Board proclaimed Wednesday March 25, 2009 as “National Medal of Honor Day” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
national medal of honor day 2009.pdf


Comprehensive Financial Report

The Board accepted the audit reports from the County’s independent Certified Public Accountants, Davis Monk and Co. as well as the FY2008 Comprehensive Financial Report (CAFR), and the Florida State Comptrollers Annual Financial Report (AFR).  The Board authorized the Chair to sign the Management response letter and to certify the AFR to the State, authorized the Clerk to transmit the completed CAFR and Single Audit Report to the Auditor General.
Attachment: 
Alachua County CAFR FY08.pdf
Attachment: AFR Certification Letter.pdf
Attachment: Comptrollers Annual Financial Report.pdf
Attachment: Management Response Letter.pdf
Attachment: Auditors Letter to BOCC.pdf


Wild Spaces Public Places

The Board approved the Resolution authorizing the issuance of $15 million Alachua County, Florida Wild Spaces Public Places Revenue Bonds, Series 2009 and authorized the Chair and the Clerk to execute the closing documents.
Amount: $15,000,000.00
Attachment: 
WildSpacesResolution EX.pdf
Attachment: WSPP Memo from PFM.pdf
Attachment: WSPP RFP decision matrix and reports.pdf

 

Historic Properties

The Board adopted six Resolutions 09-xx through 09-xx to provide for ad valorem tax exemptions for historic properties in the City of Gainesville (708 Northeast Boulevard; 11 SE 2nd Avenue; 224 NW 2nd Avenue; 318 NE 10th Avenue; 512 NE 10th Avenue; 615 SE 2nd Place), and signed the associated historic preservation covenants attached to the Resolution and direct that these be filed with the Property Appraiser once executed.
Attachment: 
512 NE 10th Avenue Covenant.pdf
Attachment: 318 NE 10th Avenue Resolution.pdf
Attachment: 
708 Northeast Boulevard Covenant.pdf
Attachment: 
708 Northeast Boulevard Resolution.pdf
Attachment: 11 SE 2nd Avenue Covenant.pdf
Attachment: 224 NW 2nd Avenue Covenant.pdf
Attachment: 
224 NW 2nd Avenue Resolution.pdf
Attachment: 615 SE 2nd Place Resolution.pdf
Attachment: 615 SE 2nd Place Covenant.pdf
Attachment: 318 NE 10th Avenue Covenant.pdf
Attachment: 11 SE 2nd Avenue Resolution.pdf
Attachment: 512 NE 10th Avenue Resolution.pdf


Inclusionary Housing

The Board received the report providing an update on inclusionary housing.
Attachment: 
2007 DCA Affordable Housing Report Chapter VIII.pdf
Attachment: Update Inclusionary Housing 3 24 09x.pdf
Attachment: Housing Study.pdf
Attachment: Update Inclusionary Housing 3 24 09.pptx
Attachment: Update on Inclusionary Housingx.pdf
Attachment: Housing Study Addendum BoCC.pdf


Bicycle & Pedestrian Work Program

The Board discussed the project priorities and provided direction to staff concerning the Bicycle and Pedestrian Work Program Discussion.

Attachment: ADOPTEDbikepedwrkprgm101408.pdf

 

Kanapaha Park

The Board directed staff to install landscaping in the right of way along Tower Road in front of Kanapaha Park.
Amount: $3,790.00
Attachment: 
parks_presentation.pptx

 

Main Street Milling & Resurfacing

The Board approved the Main Street Milling and resurfacing Project from N 8th Avenue to N 23rd Avenue. The Board:

 1.  Directed staff to complete plans and coordinate with FDOT

 2.  Directed staff to enter bid phase upon completion of FDOT project


Attachment: 
Main Street.ppt
Attachment: Main Signing.pdf
Attachment: Main Roadway.pdf
Attachment: Main Signal.pdf

 

Letter to Governor Charlie Crist

The Board approved a letter to Governor Charlie Crist addressing budget concerns and his comments.
Attachment: 
chr09071 Gov Crist.pdf

FY09 Budget

The Board conducted a Public Hearing and approved amendments to the FY09 Budget for Changes in Fund Balances and Other Revenue


Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)

Concerning the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Public Hearing (Amended)
The Board instructed staff to:

 conduct a fair housing workshop as required by Community Development Block Grant regulations
conduct a public hearing to identify target areas and to select NSP eligible strategies for the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs Neighborhood Stabilization Program application
authorize the Chair to sign the NSP application and CDBG Housing Assistance Plan as amended by staff.
Amount: $2.9 million
Attachment: GuidanceOnNSPEligibleUses.pdf
Attachment: 
Neighborhood Stabilization Program Summary.pdf

Alachua County Traffic Safety Enforcement Act

The Board conducted a Public Hearing on creating and ordinance creating the Alachua County Traffic Safety Enforcement Act.  This would allow the Sheriffs Dept. to hire a vendor to mount video cameras at certain intersections in the unincorporated area of the County for the purpose of viewing and ticketing red light runners.  The Board chose to monitor the City of Gainesville’s effort and reconsider this at a time deemed reasonable by the Sheriff.
Attachment: 
redlightattachment.pdf
Attachment: 
RedLight.pdf


Waterways Master Plan Status Report

The Board heard the presentation on the Waterways Master Plan Status Report, and accepted the report and directed staff to return with language for an ordinance to institute a 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew on airboat operation.  Four out of five Commissioners will need to vote for the ordinance to pass due to the specific mentioning of airboats.
Attachment: 
Waterways Master Plan Status Report.pdf


NW/SW 91st Street Resurfacing & Traffic Calming Project

Concerning the NW/SW 91st Street Resurfacing and Traffic Calming Project, the Board rejected the 60 percent design plans as presented.  They directed staff to come back with new plans that focused on three key points:
Reconstruct NW/SW 91st Street keeping the travel lanes at their current width
Keep power lines in their current alignment
Create a multi-use path that is 8ft wide – measured from the outside edge of the right-of-way – but laid out (moving or narrowing)  in such a way as to insure no trees are damaged and maximizing new tree plantings.

 Attachment: corridor study.pdf
Attachment: 
SW 91st resurfacing plans.pdf
Attachment: 
SW 91st Street march24th.ppt

 

 


 

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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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