November 13 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Commissioner Chestnut Appointed Chair
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
County Wildfires Research Study
CHOICES Health Walk
Commission Considers Airboat Curfew Ordinance
County Water Conservation Website
Animal Services Open House
County Update on Channel 12
November Gardening Classes
Rain Barrel Sale
NW 16th Ave/NW 23rd Avenue Public Meeting
Commission Meeting Highlights

 

Commissioner Chestnut Appointed Chair

During the Regular Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, a special meeting was held to choose the Chair and Vice Chair for the year. Commissioner Cynthia Moore Chestnut was chosen as the incoming Chair and Lee Pinkoson is the new Vice Chair. The change in Commission seats is immediate and will remain until the second Tuesday of November, 2010.

Commissioner Chestnut was sworn in by the Honorable Chief Judge of the Eighth Circuit, Martha Lott. After the swearing in Commissioner Chestnut made a presentation about the upcoming goals for the year.

To view the Powerpoint presentation, click here.                               

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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.

Click here to watch Gretchen McIntyre, co-founder of the “Food Co-op Project” in Alachua County and Maya Garner, co-founder of the “Kitchen Incubator Project” in Alachua County discuss the benefits of these projects to local food growers and producers, small businesses, and the community at large.

Click here to watch Alachua County Pretrial Services Manager Gerie Crawford discuss pretrial services, including community supervision and case management services provided to defendants to ensure compliance with release and court appearance orders.

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County Wildfires Research Study

Alachua County homeowners may receive mail from Cornerstone Strategies, Incorporated concerning a study of residents’ opinions and responses to the risk posed by wildfires. The Alachua County Department of Public Safety and International Association of Fire Chiefs are studying homeowner perceptions of wildfire protection in Alachua County.

“It’s important that we consult with residents in high-risk wildfire areas so that we have a better understanding of how our citizens view the fire risk,” said Chief Will May, Director of the Alachua County Department of Public Safety. “This survey is an efficient way to involve many local residents in our efforts to develop public education programs that are both informative and effective.”

Sarah McCaffrey, U.S. Forest Service social scientist who is advising on this research hopes for a high response rate. “It’s important that we hear from everyone who receives this survey whether they feel they are knowledgeable or not about the issue of wildfires and how people should prepare for them. The more people who respond, the more accurately this survey will reflect the views of the whole community.” Approximately 1,500 homeowners have been randomly selected to participate in a survey, which takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. They will arrive by mail during the month of November. Reminder mailings will be sent to people who do not respond to the first mailing within two weeks.

For more information, please contact Chief Will May, 352-384-3110 or Sarah McCaffrey, 847-866-9311 ext. 20.

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CHOICES Health Walk

Alachua County’s CHOICES Health Services will hold a Community Health Walk on Saturday, November 14, 2009. The 1.2-mile walk begins at the Alachua County School District’s Kirby Smith Building (620 East University Avenue, Gainesville). Registration and activities begin at 7:30 a.m. The inaugural Community Health Walk will kick off “Alachua County on the Move” to begin in January.

This Community Health Initiative aims to raise awareness about the County’s high rates of death and disability from diabetes and other preventable chronic diseases. “Alachua County on the Move” will feature activities and information to help citizens understand that the risks of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and asthma can be reduced with simple lifestyle changes: increased activity, improved diet, avoiding tobacco and preventative health care. The intention is to help residents take the first steps toward being part of a healthier community.

In partnership with the University of Florida Diabetes Center of Excellence, the walk is being held on World Diabetes Day to highlight the importance of prevention and early detection of diabetes.

Those who wish to participate in the walk may pre-register by calling 352-334-8889, or visiting www.acCHOICES.com.

Activities will include events for kids, free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings, free chair massages and Zumba and Salsa instruction. The walk begins at 9 a.m. and ends at the Downtown Fall Arts Festival, only a few blocks from the event start.

For more information or to apply for CHOICES Health Services, call 352-264-6772 or visit www.acCHOICES.com. Click here for more information about the CHOICES Health Education & Wellness Program.

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Commission Considers Airboat Curfew Ordinance

The Alachua County Commission will hold a public hearing after 5 p.m. on November 24, 2009 to consider an airboat curfew ordinance. The proposed ordinance would restrict the use of airboats on all lakes and waterways in unincorporated Alachua County between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The public hearing will be held in the Jack Durrance Auditorium (Rm. 209), on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building (12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville)

All interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate in the public hearing.

For more information, contact Alachua County Parks Superintendent Robert Avery at 352-374-5245 ext. 247 or ravery@alachuacounty.us.

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County Water Conservation Website

Alachua County has launched a new website that promotes water conservation and will provide updates on their current Water Conservation Initiative. This initiative is in response to a Board of County Commissioners request for a comprehensive inventory of effective strategies and techniques to achieve more water conservation, and less water consumption, in Alachua County.

To support this initiative, County staff is currently drafting a detailed report that will evaluate best available practices for promoting water conservation including landscaping, land use, water pricing, reuse/reclaimed water, and other residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural uses. Beginning in 2010, Alachua County will be hosting a series of interactive opportunities for citizens and other stakeholders to provide ideas and strategies for improving local water conservation and reducing local water consumption.

To learn more about this local initiative and follow Alachua County’s progress, visit www.alachuacountywater.org. Updated drafts of the report will be posted as they become available for public review and comment. Topic specific staff contact information is listed on the website for citizens with a particular water conservation interest.

For more information, contact Gus Olmos at 352-264-6806 or Gus@alachuacounty.us.

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Animal Services Open House

Alachua County Animal Services is hosting an Open House on Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at their headquarters (3400 NE 53rd Ave., Gainesville).
During the event, all animals will be at special event prices. Trainers will be on hand to answer questions, and food will be provided.

“Come bring a new four legged friend home for the holidays,” says Hilary Hynes, Public Education Program Coordinator.

For more information, contact Alachua County Animal Services Public Education Program Coordinator, Hilary Hynes at 352-264-6881 or heh@alachuacounty.us.

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County Update 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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November Gardening Classes

The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to offer the following free gardening classes in November, 2009. All classes are presented by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent at the Alachua County Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville).

November classes include:

For a complete list of fall classes, click here.

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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Rain Barrel Sale

Alachua County Public Works, and the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives, in partnership with The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, Master Gardeners, and the Gainesville Clean Water Partnership are sponsoring a one-day-only rain barrel distribution event. This event takes place Saturday, November 21, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the parking lot of the Home Depot (#270) located at 7101 NW 4th Blvd. in Gainesville (off of Tower Road).

The new SYSTERN Rain Barrel by Norseman Plastics will be for sale on a first come, first serve basis. The rain barrels cost $45.00 (tax included). Cash, checks and Visa are accepted. Various organizations will be at the event with information on how to conserve water.

Jennifer Seitz, Alachua County Waste Alternatives Public Education Coordinator says, “Harvesting rain water with a rain barrel is a great start, but you can also save water (and money) by simply changing your behaviors. For example, you can save thousands of gallons a month by only watering your lawn as needed. Rainwater harvesting with a SYSTERN Rain Barrel is also a great compliment to your gardening and backyard composting needs.”

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

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NW 16th Ave/NW 23rd Avenue Public Meeting

Alachua County Public Works invites citizens to a public meeting to get information about an upcoming rehabilitation project along NW 16th Ave. The meeting is Monday, November 16, 2009, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Westwood Middle School Media Center (3215 NW 15th Ave, Gainesville).

The project scope includes the resurfacing and rehabilitation of the existing pavement, upgrading the existing pedestrian facilities to meet current ADA requirements, addressing safety and operational issues through intersection and median opening modifications, and stabilizing the retaining walls along NW 16th Ave.  The project length is 4.0 miles.  The resurfacing of the intersection of NW 34th Street and NW 16th Avenue is excluded from the project, as it was recently resurfaced by the Florida Department of Transportation. 

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information regarding the upcoming project to interested residents, property owners and business owners along the corridor.  This will be an open house format with display boards and knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions. A Powerpoint presentation will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Comment cards will be provided at the meeting.

Click here to view the event invitation.

For more information, click here, or contact Ha Nguyen, Alachua County Public Works at 352-374-5245 or hnguyen@alachuacounty.us.

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Commission Highlights

Announcements
Announcements by Mark Sexton Communications Coordinator
Attachments:
Announcements

Friendship Month
The Board  proclaimed November as “Friendship Month” in Alachua County.
Attachment: 
Friendship Month 2009.pdf

Hospice Month
The Board  proclaimed November 2009 as “Hospice Month” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Hospice Month.pdf

Muscular Dystrophy Association Firefighter Appreciation Month
The Board  proclaimed November 2009 as “Muscular Dystrophy Association Firefighter Appreciation Month” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
MDA Firefighters Apprec.pdf

National Family Week
The Board proclaimed November 22 - 28 as “National Family Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
National Family Week.pdf

Commission Chair Nomination
Pursuant to County Commission Rule No. 29, Clerk J.K. “Buddy” Irby will call for nominations for Chair for fiscal year 2009-2010, followed by Commission comments from Outgoing Chair, Incoming Chair and/or other Commissioners.  Cynthia Moore Chestnut was nominated and unanimously approved as the new Chair.  Lee Pinkoson was nominated and unanimously approved as the new Vice-Chair

EAR-Based Plan
The Board approved the Workplan/Public Participation Plan for EAR-Based Plan Amendments.
Attachment: 
Work Plan and Public Participation Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
DCA Sufficiency Determination Letter.pdf
Attachment: Work Plan by EAR Recommendation.pdf

Butler Plaza Comprehensive Plan Amendment
The Board authorized the Chair to sign the attached letter to the Mayor of Gainesville regarding the proposed Butler Plaza Comprehensive Plan Amendment.
Attachment: 
Hanrahan_ltr.pdf
Attachment: COG_update.pdf
Attachment: 
Butler ltr.pdf
Attachment: 
Exh7infrastructure_map.pdf
Attachment: 30_38_crosssection.pdf

Sixty Percent Design Plans
The Board
approved the SW 62ND Blvd. the 60 percent design plans as proposed and directed staff to proceed with the development of the 90 percent plans.

Attachment: Archer_SW40BlvdA.pdf
Attachment: Smart_busbay.pdf
Attachment: 
SW20_SW43C.pdf
Attachment: 
Archer_SW40BlvdB.pdf
Attachment: SW20_SW43A.pdf
Attachment: SW20_SW43B.pdf
Attachment: SW62_presentation.pdf

Bed Tax

The board instructed staff to come back in Jan. 2010 with a business plan and paperwork concerning the Cooperstown Dream Park and details on a process to collect proposals from public entities for additional suggestions on how to use a 2 additional percent increase in the Bed Tax.
Attachment: 
Timeline.pdf
Attachment: Impact_figures.pdf
Attachment: 
Memo_4thand6th_cents.pdf
Attachment: 
projected_growth.pdf
Attachment: 
Finance_optionmemo.pdf

SHIP Funding
The Board
approved Resolution 09-__ supporting full appropriation of housing trust fund monies for affordable housing
Attachment: 
SHIP Resolution for Full Funding.pdf

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Hotline
The Board
heard the presentation by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Hotline Performance.
Attachment: 
FS Assistance Line Final Report.ppt

Energy Conservation Strategies Commission
The Board directed the  Manager to return to the BCC with an implementation plan, including staff referrals for each proposal of the Energy Conservation Strategies Commission, and a timeline.
Attachment: 
Energy Motion.pdf

San Felasco Hammock
The Board exercised its Option to Purchase the San Felasco Hammock Additions Martin and White Tracts, executed the associated lease with the State of Florida to manage the property and authorized staff to execute any additional documents as necessary to close the transactions.
Amount: Acquisition $586,689.00
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 Martin White Evaluation.pdf
Attachment: Exhibit 6 Staff email to TCMOA 090925.pdf
Attachment: Exhibit 2 San Felasco Hammock Add Assessment.pdf
Attachment: Exhibit 3 San Felasco Additions Assignment Final.pdf
Attachment: Exhibit 5 Martin Costs.pdf
Attachment: BoCC091110 ACF Martin Contract.ppt
Attachment: Exhibit 4 San Felasco Hammock Lease Final.pdf

Chapter 37 Alachua County Code
The Board held the Public Hearing and adopted the draft ordinance, amending Chapter 37 Alachua County Code.
Attachment: 
ordinance_presentation.pptx
Attachment: 
Special Assessment Districts_draft_ordinance.pdf

Special Exception to ‘A’ (Agricultural) Zoning
The Board adopted Resolution Z-09-13 a request for a special exception to the ‘A’ (Agricultural) zoning district to allow a landscaping business on approximately 3 acres. (Amended)

Attachment: staff_report.pdf
Attachment: 
resolution.pdf
Attachment: presentation.pdf
Attachment: citizencomments.pdf
Attachment: map.pdf

Sales of Beer and Wine
The Board removed the prohibition on the sales of beer and wine by this planned development, by adopting Resolution Z-09-14 approving the change.
Attachment: 
CVS_app.pdf
Attachment: 
resolution.pdf
Attachment: city_com_ltr.pdf
Attachment: presentation.pdf
Attachment: ZOM0909_staff_report.pdf
Attachment: citizencomments.pdf

Manufacturing Processing Zoning
The Board approved ZOM-04-09 a request for a change in zoning from ‘MP’ (manufacturing processing) district to non-residential ‘PD’ (planned development) district on approximately 260 acres.
  Final approval of the PD as well as preliminary development plan will occur at the December 8, 2009 evening meeting.

Attachment: masterplan.pdf
Attachment: ZOM0400application.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0409presentation.pptx
Attachment: citizencomments.pdf
Attachment: staffreport.pdf
Attachment: 
zom0409presentation.pdf

Public Meeting Scheduled with the City of High Springs
The Board scheduled a joint public meeting with the City of High Springs to discuss the revised zoning resolution conditions for Z-09-05.
Attachment: 
Alachua County proposed amended Resolution.pdf
Attachment: City High Springs proposed amended Resolution.pdf
Attachment: 
comparison of revised conditions.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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