September 25 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Final FY10 Millage & Adopted Budget
New Curbside Collection Contract
Trashformations Recycled Art Competition
Upcoming Gardening Classes
What's on "Alachua County Talks"
Homeless Veteran Stand Down Event
County Update TV on Channel 12
County EPD Offers Cert. Program
The 2010 Census
Alachua County Health Department Extends Hours
Commission Meeting Highlights

 

Final FY10 Millage & Adopted Budget

The Board conducted a public hearing and adopted the final FY10 millage rates and final budgets for the General County, MSTU - Unincorporated Services, MSTU - Law Enforcement Funds, MSTU - Fire Protection Services and Alachua County Forever Debt Service Funds.

The Board also approved the FY10-14 Capital Improvement Program and adoption of the FY10 Schedule of Fees and Charges for Services.

To view this public hearing on Video on Demand, click the link below. When the view screen opens, you will see jump points under it. Click on item 20. Public Hearing to jump to this item in the video. Click here to view.

To view the Alachua County Office of Management and Budget’s PowerPoint presentation click here.

                               

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New Curbside Collection Contract

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The solid waste, recyclable materials and yard trash collection agreement for residential curbside services in Alachua County expires on September 30, 2009. The Alachua County Commission approved of the new contract with Emerald Waste Services (EWS) on September 22, 2009. Significant changes to the County’s curbside collection program will include: a four-day, Monday through Thursday, collection week; additions to recycling collection; bulk and yard trash changes; enhancement to customer service; and an additional holiday.

 

For some residents, collection days and route times will change effective November 1, 2009. Residents whose collection day is changing will receive a sticker on their garbage cart in October to inform them of their new pick up day. As in the past, all residents are reminded to place their garbage, recycling, and other items for pick up at the curb by 7 a.m. on their collection day.

 

Junk mail, office paper, margarine tubs and yogurt cups were added to the recycling program in January of 2009. A new item, Pasteboard, (cereal boxes without the plastic bag, beverage cartons, etc) can now be recycled in the orange bin. Current items that will continue to be collected include: glass and plastic bottles and jars, metal cans, empty aerosol cans, newspaper, corrugated cardboard, magazines, catalogs and brown paper bags. With all the items that can be recycled, many people can save money by recycling more and reducing the size of their garbage cart. For example, County residents who have a 96 gallon cart (the largest one) can save about $100 per year by changing to a 64 gallon cart. In addition to saving money, by recycling more you will help Alachua County meet the new State requirement to recycle 75% of our waste by 2020.

 

As of October 1, 2009, residents will no longer need to call for collection of bulk items, such as unusable furniture, exercise equipment, and large toys. Whenever practical, the regular garbage truck will collect these items at the same time as the garbage. Otherwise it will be collected within 24 hours. White Goods such as refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers will still have to be scheduled for pick-up by the customer due to the special handling they require.

 

Beginning November 1, 2009, yard trash will not be collected in plastic bags. Leaves, grass clippings, and small cuttings must be set out in brown paper lawn and leaf bags (available at local retailers or online) or in a re-usable container such as a plastic or metal trash can in order to be collected. In addition to being more environmentally friendly, this change significantly reduces the processing costs.

 

Customer service will be enhanced with the addition of a web-based complaint tracking system that will be accessible by Alachua County staff, the hauler, and residents. Residents will be able to enter a service request or complaint on-line, receive an individual tracking number, and track the complaint’s progress to resolution. This system will be available to the public by November 1, 2009.

 

Due to repeated requests by residents, Memorial Day has been added to the list of holiday closures, which include New Years Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. With the new four day collection week, holiday week collections will be completed on Friday instead of Saturday. This will keep garbage trucks out of neighborhoods on weekends.

 

For more information, contact Karen Deeter, Asst. Public Works Director/Waste Management at 352-374-5245 or Milton Towns, Waste Collection Manager at 352-338-3233.

 

For any questions or to order a new recycling bin or to change your cart size, please call Alachua County Office of Waste Collection at 352-338-3233.

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Trashformations Recycled Art Competition

From an egret made of milk jugs to a copper butterfly, reused and recyclable materials are finding their way to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives and the Florida Museum of Natural History are hosting “Trashformations,” a juried student recycled art show and competition. The competition begins at 5:30 p.m. on November 20, 2009 at the Florida Museum of Natural History (in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, SW 34th Street and Hull Road, Gainesville).

All artwork entered in the contest must be comprised of 70% or more recycled/recyclable/reused materials. Cash prizes will be awarded for winning entries in middle school, high school and college categories. There will also be The Waste Watcher and Museum awards.

Applications (to participate) must be submitted by November 6, at 5 p.m. Click here for a printable application/brochure.

The Trashformations exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information, click here, or contact the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives at 352-374-5213.

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Upcoming Gardening Classes

The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to offer the following free gardening classes in October 2009. All classes are presented by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent at either: the Alachua County Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville), or the Tower Road Branch Library (3020 SW 75th Street, Gainesville).

Gardening classes include:

To pre-register, leave a message at 352-337-6209.

For more information, call the Alachua County Extension Office at 352-955-2402.

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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 here to watch Sol Hirsch, Library Director of the Alachua County Library District discuss Library District’s services, volunteer organizations, expansion projects, and how libraries are using new and emerging technologies to better serve citizens.

 

Click here to watch Alachua County Public Health Unit Administrator Jean Munden & Dr. Glenn Morris, Director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida discuss the coming flu season, vaccinations, swine flu, & extended hours at the County Health Department.

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Homeless Veteran Stand Down Event

The 2009 Homeless Veteran Stand Down Committee is pleased to announce this year’s 2 day event. The Stand Down/Resource Fair will be held at the C.R. Layton Army Reserve Center (1125 NE 8th Avenue, Gainesville) on October 23 and 24, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days. Service providers wanting to participate may contact Mary Jane Deedrick at the Alachua County Veteran Services Office at 352-264-6740.

The annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down/Resource Fair offers services including: medical screening, dental screening, haircuts, VA enrollment, VA claim assistance, Food Stamp information/application assistance, Social Service assistance, job information, veterans’ organizations and volunteers, VA Homeless Program, food and clothing. Lunch will be provided.

“Stand Down” is a term initiated in the military for soldiers to return to the rear from the front lines for personal care and relaxation.

For more information, contact Alachua County Poverty Reduction Program Director, John Skelly at 352-264-6749, or Florida Works Veterans Employment Representative, James Mash at 352-244-5102.

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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

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County EPD Offers Cert. Program

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (ACEPD) is offering the Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training and Certification Program on October 13 and 14, 2009 at the Alachua County Public Works Ready Room in Gainesville, FL. Participants will learn why it is important to prevent construction site erosion from polluting our local water bodies and will become familiar with techniques to minimize erosion and sedimentation.

This certification program was developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and will be team taught by staff from FDEP, ACEPD, Alachua County Public Works, City of Gainesville, and Jones Edmunds & Associates. This class is co-sponsored by the Gainesville Clean Water Partnership.

Qualifying participants can earn eight Continuing Education Units for their contractor’s license and/or eight Professional Development Hours for their Florida Professional Engineer’s license.

This class is free of charge, but interested parties must register by contacting Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829 or sgreco@alachuacounty.us.

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The 2010 Census

The 2010 Census will be a snapshot of our nation’s population – capturing our changing and diverse America in a fleeting moment in time. But this historic event will do more than tell us who we are a a nation today. It will affect your community’s future – your country’s future – your future.

The federal government distributes more than $400 billion annually to state, local and tribal governments based on census data. One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Completing your census for is easy, important and safe. Your participation is vital.

Click here to view an introductory video to the 2010 Census, and how it will affect Alachua County.


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Alachua County Health Department Extends Hours

The Alachua County Health Department announces extension of its hours beginning Monday September 21, 2009. “We are excited and pleased to offer after-hour medical options to our citizens.” stated Jean Munden, Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department. “The services available to citizens will be for non-emergent care, such as ear infections, minor cuts and burns.”

The new hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. These extended hours affect the main clinic site located at 224, SE 24th Street, Gainesville. Walk-ins and appointments will be accepted. For an appointment, please call 352-334-7910.

For more information, click here or contact Jean Munden at 352-334-7902.

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Commission Highlights

Announcements
Announcements by Mark Sexton Communications Coordinator
Attachment:
Announcements

Bryan D Berky Day
The Board proclaimed Tuesday, September 12, 2009 as “Bryan D. Berky Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment:
Bryan D. Berky Day.pdf

 

Fire Prevention Week
The Board proclaimed October 4 through 10, 2009 as “Fire Prevention Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Fire Prevention Week 2009.pdf

White Cane Safety Month
The Board proclaimed October 2009 as “White Cane Safety Month” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
White Cane Safety Month.pdf

Indigent Inmate Medical Care
The Board
approved the invoice and budget amendment for indigent inmate medical care for the quarter ending June 30, 2009.
Amount: $629,587.00

Attachment: inmate medical 3rd qtr 09.pdf
Attachment: Alachua PBC June 09 Qtr Invoice PHS6244.pdf
Attachment: Reserve adjustments for FY09 Sep 22 2009 GF.pdf

Inter-fund Loan

The Board approved an inter-fund loan as detailed below to comply with the bond resolutions. 

1) Inter-fund loan from the Self Insurance Fund to the 08 Gas Tax Bond Debt Service Reserve Fund in semi-annual installments of $174,377 over a 5 year period until total required cash reserve of $1,743,769 is funded. 

2) Inter-fund loan from the Self Insurance Fund to the 07 Sales Tax Bond Debt Service Reserve Fund in semi-annual installments of $515,815 over a 5 year period until total required cash reserve of $5,158,149 is funded.

3) Inter-fund loan from the Solid Waste Fund to the 06 Gas Tax Bond Debt Service Reserve Fund in the total amount of $1,384,450.  The inter-fund loans will be automatically repaid if the respective insurer’s rating is upgraded to AAA.  If either the Self-Insurance Fund or Solid Waste Fund experience an extraordinary event (hurricane, etc.), the loan will be re-paid, if needed, and a new action item will be brought back to the board to obtain other financing or insurance to meet the legal cash reserve requirement.
Attachment: 
Insurer Ratings Report 082709.pdf

Solid Waste, Recyclable Material and Yard Trash Collection Agreement

The Board approved the Solid Waste, Recyclable Materials and Yard Trash Collection Agreement between Alachua County and EWS Central Florida Hauling, LLC
Amount: $3,150,200.00

Attachment: EWS Cent Fla Final.pdf
Attachment: Additional_Background_Info_for_AgendaItemSummary.pdf

Final FY10 Budget & Millage Rates
The Board conducted a public hearing and adopted the final FY10 millage rates and final budgets for the General County, MSTU - Unincorporated Services, MSTU - Law Enforcement Funds, MSTU - Fire Protection Services and Alachua County Forever Debt Service Funds. Approve the FY10-14 Capital Improvement Program and adoption of the FY10 Schedule of Fees and Charges for Services.
Attachment: 
2 Reso 10 for Final General County Millage.pdf
Attachment: 3 Resol 10 for Final General County Budget.pdf
Attachment: 5 Resol 10 for Final MSTU Unincorporated Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
6 Resol 10 for Final MSTU Law Enforc Millage.pdf
Attachment: 7 Resol 10 for Final MSTU Law Enforc Budget.pdf
Attachment: 8 Resol 10 for Final MSTU Fire Service Millage.pdf
Attachment: 12 Binder FY10 5 Year CIP Ongoing and Unfunded.pdf
Attachment: 1 Agenda for Final FY10 2nd budget hearing.pdf
Attachment: 4 Resol 10 for Final MSTU Unincorporated Millage.pdf
Attachment: 9 Resol 10 for Final MSTU Fire Services Budget.pdf
Attachment: 13 FY10 Fee Schedule REVISED Format FY10 Sept 15.pdf
Attachment: 10 09 XX Reso Fee Schedule Final PH.pdf
Attachment: 11 FY10 Final Budget Expenditures Revenues FTE.pdf

Fertilizer Standards & Management Practices

The Board adopted the proposed Fertilizer Standards and Management Practices ordinance adopting the Florida Department Environmental Protection’s Model Ordinance for
Florida -Friendly Fertilizer Use on Urban Landscapes
Attachment: 
FertilizerCodePresentation.ppt
Attachment: SenateBill494.pdf
Attachment: Fertilizer81309.pdf

 

Irrigation Standards and Management Practices Ordinance
The Board
adopted the proposed Irrigation Standards and Management Practices Ordinance incorporating the St. Johns River Management Districts watering restriction rules.
Attachment:
 IrrigationCodePresentation.ppt
Attachment: IrrigationCode091409.pdf

 

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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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