January 29 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

New Public Safety Director, Edwin C. Bailey
County Update on Channel 12
ACCESS Spring Classes
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Building Your Financial Future
Free Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening Class
2010 Census Jobs: Your Help isn’t Just Wanted, it’s Needed
New Floridan Aquifer Recharge Map in the County’s Comprehensive Plan
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Feb. 7th)
2010 Alachua County Needs Assessment Visioning Event
Milling and Resurfacing of CR241 – Phase II
Commission Meeting Highlights


New Public Safety Director, Edwin C. Bailey

On January 26, 2010, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners confirmed the appointment of Mr. Edwin C. Bailey as Public Safety Director of the Alachua County Department of Public Safety. The position was made available by the retirement of long time Public Safety Director Will Gray May Jr., effective January 31, 2010. The appointment of Chief Bailey will be effective February 1, 2010. The salary has been set at $119,000.

The appointment was initiated by Alachua County Manager Randall H. Reid, and confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Board of County Commissioners on January 26, 2010.

In speaking of the appointment, Manager Reid said, “Chief Bailey has the ideal combination of experience and leadership abilities to guide the department into the future, particularly during these difficult economic times.”

Chief Bailey has an extensive background and vast amounts of experience in the fire fighting profession. He is a third generation Floridian and second-generation firefighter. Chief Bailey was born and raised in Jacksonville where his father retired as a Lieutenant with the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department.

Chief Bailey began his professional career in 1974 with the Orange Park Fire Department (OPFD), where he volunteered for a year before being hired as a firefighter in June 1975. While with OPFD, Chief Bailey obtained his firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Paramedic certifications. Chief Bailey was among the first group of individuals certified in 1979 as paramedics in the State of Florida.

Chief Bailey began his career with Alachua County as a paramedic attendant in October 1980. He was also the first certified firefighter hired by Alachua County. In 1981, he was promoted to a newly created shift supervisory position with the Department. Chief Bailey has promoted to District Chief, Assistant Chief of Operations, Deputy Chief/Deputy Director, and most recently Chief of Fire Rescue.

Chief Bailey has been instrumental in the construction of all of the Department’s eleven stations, implementation of fire rescue services, first response advance life support, fire prevention and life safety services. Most recently, he led the Department with the mergers of Archer, Hawthorne, and Waldo fire departments with Alachua County.

Chief Bailey is a graduate of Central Florida Community College with degrees in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services. He is a Certified Public Manager and State Certified Fire Safety Inspector.
For more information, contact Carol Davis at 352-384-3110.

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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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ACCESS Spring Classes

The public is invited to participate in the annual Alachua County Civic Education SerieS (ACCESS) classes, which will begin this spring. Alachua County Government invites you to learn about local government issues and gain access to County operations that most citizens never see. Each ACCESS graduating class will produce a group of citizens equipped to engage in ways that help Alachua County become more representative of its citizenry’s needs.

County Manager Randall H. Reid said of ACCESS, “Thomas Jefferson believed an informed citizenry was democracy’s greatest safeguard and we agree. Where do you go if you want to make a difference in your community ... ACCESS is the key.”

ACCESS begins March 22, and runs for seven sessions. ACCESS is free but space is limited. For a complete schedule of classes, visit www.alachuacounty.us/ACCESS.

To watch a short video about the 2010 ACCESS Program, click here.

To reserve your seat, or for more information, call 352-374-5219.

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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 Maggie Labarta, President and CEO of Meridian Behavior Healthcare, Inc., give an overview of the institution and its long history of providing mental illness and addiction treatment in Alachua and surrounding counties.

Click here to watch Neil Seldman, President of the Institute for Local Self Reliance , give an overview of Resouce Recovery Parks and the benefits of potentially locating a resource recovery park in Alachua County.

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Building Your Financial Future

The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to offer the following financial class. This class is at the Alachua County Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville).

For alternate dates, and a downloadable registration form, click here.

To register call 352-955-2402. A fee of $10.00 is charged for the course to pay for educational materials and supplies.

For more information, contact Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, at 352-955-2402 or at bjcw@ufl.edu.

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Free Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening Class

The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to offer the following free Gardening Program. This class will be presented by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent, at the Alachua County Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Ave., in Gainesville).

Pre-register by leaving voicemail at 352-337-6209.

For information on upcoming gardening programs, click here.

For more information contact Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent, at 352-955-2402 or wlw@alachuacounty.us.

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2010 Census Jobs: Your Help isn’t Just Wanted, it’s Needed

Preparations are underway at the U.S. Census Bureau to conduct the 2010 Census. Once every ten years an effort is made to count every person living in the United States and its territories. In order to complete this huge undertaking, the Census Bureau will be hiring hundreds of thousands of census takers in support of peak census operations. If that seems like a lot, consider that those census takers, also known as Enumerators, will be counting millions of people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.

The Census Bureau is currently looking for friendly and outgoing people to conduct in-person interviews with community residents who do not return their 2010 Census questionnaire. These temporary, part-time positions offer good pay and flexible hours, and you will mostly work in your own community.

Making an Impact on Your Community

There’s also the satisfaction of contributing to this important task. The Census Bureau is mobilizing such a large force to insure that every person is counted. The census data collected are used as vital information for community improvements, transportation planning, educational services, and emergency preparedness.

It’s also used to determine your community’s representation in government and to direct hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding, allocated for local projects, such as highways and bridges, public health, and community based programs. It’s important to make sure your community is accurately counted to ensure that it receives all it deserves. The Census Bureau is counting on people just like you to help get the job done.

Good Pay Working in Your Own Neighborhood

The Census Bureau goes to great lengths to make sure that its workers are paid well. They examine current hourly wages across the nation and assign pay rates by Local Census Office to ensure that census jobs are among the best paying part-time positions in the area. Surveys of past census takers have found that the good pay is consistently the number one reason why people have liked their jobs with the Census.

They also like the fact that they work in and around their own community. It’s a lot easier for someone familiar with an area to navigate around it, so census takers usually work close to home.

Qualifying For a 2010 Census Job

2010 Census job applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be able to pass a background check and take a 30 minute, multiple-choice test that measures knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform a variety of census jobs. In most cases, workers will be required to have a valid driver’s license and have use of a vehicle.

While U.S. citizenship is required for census jobs, exceptions are possible in areas where bilingual abilities are needed, and no U.S. citizens are available.
All temporary census employees will attend specialized job training. Training sessions can be conducted on weekdays, evenings, and weekends and, of course, all trainees will be paid their regular hourly rate for their time.

For additional information about 2010 Census jobs, or to take a practice employment test, please visit their web site at www.2010censusjobs.gov. To schedule an appointment to take the employment test, call 352-224-1420. TTY callers: please use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

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New Floridan Aquifer Recharge Map in the County’s Comprehensive Plan

The Board of County Commissioners adopted an updated map of Floridan aquifer high recharge areas into the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan on January 26, 2010. This new map replaces the familiar yellow, brown, and green “three color map” that was adopted in 1988. The new “Floridan Aquifer High Recharge Areas” map utilizes more recent data and technology to define the vulnerability of the aquifer.

“This new map gives our community a better tool for guiding our aquifer, springs, and watershed protection efforts” said Chris Bird, Alachua County Environmental Protection Director.

The new map shows how vulnerable or susceptible to pollution the Floridan aquifer in the western and central portions of Alachua County is. These areas are typically high and dry and have many karst features, such as sinkholes. Rain water quickly soaks deep into the ground here because there is no clay confining layer above the aquifer. Pollutants on the land’s surface can travel through the sand and into the Floridan aquifer, which is considered unconfined in much of this region. This means the aquifer in western Alachua County has a “high vulnerability” to pollutants. We also call this area a high recharge area, since rain water can rapidly soak into the ground and replenish the aquifer.

The eastern part of the County is generally wetter on the surface because there is a clay confining layer between the land surface and the Floridan aquifer. Water can’t penetrate through the clay, so it stays close to the surface. The Floridan aquifer is called confined in these areas and is labeled as having a “lower vulnerability” to contamination and pollutants since the clay layer keeps pollutants out of the Floridan aquifer.

Abundant use or misuse of products such as fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and uncontrolled by-products such as sewage, and oils can contaminate the aquifer by soaking through the ground or via run-off to our creeks. Many of the creeks in Alachua County (Sweetwater Branch, Hogtown Creek, and Mill Creek- to name a few) eventually end up entering the aquifer via sinkholes. We refer to these systems as “stream to sink” basins. This direct path to the aquifer is just one more reason why we need to think about what we do on the land surface and minimize our personal, pointless pollution.

This new map will affect the location of new high risk hazardous materials facilities and the design of stormwater basins in the unincorporated area of Alachua County. However, regardless of the vulnerability of the aquifer beneath you- it is always important to do your part to minimize pollution, as it is inevitably going to end up in our groundwater or surface waters.

To learn more visit www.AlachuaCountyWater.org.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

United Way is teaming up with the East Gainesville Redevelopment Corporation and the UF Levin College of Law to bring area-residents volunteer income tax assistance, made possible through an IRS grant. Volunteer tax preparers will work to award eligible citizens with an Earned Income Tax Credit, a government initiative that has funneled millions of dollars back into communities around the nation.

For more information, contact United Way of North Central Florida at 352-331-2800 or visit www.unitedwayncfl.org.

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Feb. 7th)

February 1st through February 5th, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Alachua County Health Department will be observing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7th).  The theme for this year is “HIV/AIDS Prevention-A Choice and a Lifestyle!” In support of this important public health initiative, the Alachua County Health Department (224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville) will be providing free and confidential HIV counseling and testing. The free test utilizes the OraQuick Advance finger stick test and citizens will only have to wait 20 minutes for their HIV results. 

Call 352-334-7960 to schedule a free and confidential HIV OraQuick test. 

For general media inquiries, contact Bobby Davis at 352-334-7964.

For more information, visit http://www.alachuacountyhealth.com/.

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2010 Alachua County Needs Assessment Visioning Event

On Friday, February 19, 2010, the community is coming together to review the preliminary results from the “2010 Alachua County Health Needs Assessment.” Following an overview of the needs assessment information, participants will join in a facilitated discussion to help establish the vision of health and healthcare in Alachua County.

The event will be held in the main auditorium at the Alachua County Health Department (224 S.E. 24th Street, Gainesville). Registration and refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m. and the event will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and last until noon.

A detailed agenda and the data presentation will be available to review prior to the event. Beginning on Wednesday, February 17, you may visit www.wellflorida.org and click on “2010 Alachua County Health Needs Assessment Visioning Event” to download the materials.

Please join us as we begin the journey to shape the future of health and healthcare in Alachua County.

For more information, contact Jeff Feller at 352-313-6500, ext. 115 or jfeller@wellflorida.org.

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Milling and Resurfacing of CR241 – Phase II

On January 19, 2009 the Alachua County Public Works Department will begin milling and resurfacing CR 241-Phase II (NW 140th St) from CR 236 to SR . 235. Construction will consist of 2 bike lanes (4 feet wide), striping, turn lane and drainage of the road.

Construction is expected to last 90 calendar days. Daily lane closures may be in effect during this time period. Anyone traveling through this area should expect delays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The milling and resurfacing is being funded from Gas Tax Bond Revenues approved by the Board of County Commissioners in April, 2005.

For more information, click here or contact Antonio Vergara at the Alachua County Public Works Department at 352-374-5245 ext. 308.

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Commission Highlights

Announcements by Mark Sexton, Communications Coordinator

City of Waldo/GRU Wastewater System
Concerning a request that the County Commission find the proposed City of Waldo/GRU wastewater system interconnection project is consistent with the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan, the Board agreed to:

1. Find that the proposed City of Waldo/GRU wastewater system interconnection project is consistent with the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan based on the finding that “the absence of such facilities would result in a threat to public health or safety”

2. Direct staff to coordinate with the City of Waldo, GRU, and City of Gainesville to prepare an interlocal agreement which provides that any future connections to the proposed wastewater force main in the unincorporated area outside the Urban Cluster shall be subject to review and approval by the County Commission for consistency with the County’s Comprehensive Plan

3. Authorize the Chair’s signature and transmittal of a letter of support for the project to the City of Waldo for inclusion in the City’s federal funding application.
Letter from County Manager Dec182009.pdf
Attachment: Original FDEP Consent Order.pdf
Attachment: Preliminary Engineering Report.pdf
Attachment: Letter from County Manager Jan122010.pdf
Attachment: FDEP Consent Order First Modification.pdf
Attachment: Force Main Location Map.pdf
Attachment: Waldo Application for Federal Funding.pdf
Attachment: Comp Plan Policies on Utility Extension.pdf
Attachment: Chair Letter of Support Jan262010.pdf

Sales Tax Discussion
The Board heard a Sales Tax Discussion by Robert Hutchinson

Capital Projects Seeking Tourism Funds
Concerning Letters of Interest for capital projects seeking tourism funds from municipalities and other public entities in Alachua County the Board agreed to:

1) Schedule public hearing for March 2nd 5 PM to adopt the full 2 percent of the bedtax and prepare ordinances to impose 4th and 6th percent individually

2) Ask TDC to evaluate all the projects and report to BCC, including a matrix

3) Identify peak bedtax year and use to project payback period for each of the projects under consideration

4) Identify potential public infrastructure enhancements that could feasibly and legally be incorporated into each project under consideration

5) Direct County Manager to study traffic impacts of the Newberry Baseball Project

6) Eliminate Barr Hammock Project from consideration (also consider a non-compete clause of several states or 600 miles)
Attachment: City_cade_museum.pdf
Attachment: City_mlk_expansion.pdf
Attachment: County_fairground.pdf
Attachment: requestforinterestdocument.pdf
Attachment: City_conference_center.pdf
Attachment: County_barrhammock_naturecenter.pdf

County Manager’s Report
During the County Manager’s report, the Board heard an update Alachua County Legislative Affairs Director Rick Mills concerning events in Tallahassee.

N’Kwanda Jah Day
The Board proclaimed Tuesday, January 26, 2010 as “N’Kwanda Jah Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Nkwanda Jah Day.pdf

Michael Blachly and the University of Florida Performing Arts Day
The Board proclaimed Tuesday, January 26, 2010 as “Michael Blachly and the University of Florida Performing Arts Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Michael Blachly and UF Perf Arts Ctr.pdf

Eleanor Blair Day
The Board proclaimed Tuesday, January 26, 2010 as “Eleanor Blair Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Eleanor Blair Day.pdf

Austin Cary Altomare
Concerning CPA 04-09: County Comp Plan Future Land Use Map 2020 for Austin Cary Altomare CPA 04 09 Rural Agriculture to Preservation (Amended), the Board approved the adoption of Ordinance 10-xx, CPA 04 09, publicly owned parcels to be identified as Preservation on the Future Land Use Map 2020.

Attachment: ORC with Agency Comments_10302009.pdf
Attachment: CPA 04 09 Austin Cary F 1_26_2010.pdf
Attachment: draft ORD 10_xx Austin CaryF 1_26_10.pdf
Attachment: CPA 04 09 Locator map Austin Cary1.pdf
Attachment: CPA 04 09 Austin_Cary1_26_10 3.pptx
Attachment: CPA 04 09 Austin_Cary1_26_10.pdf

Phifer Flatwoods

Concerning CPA 05-09: County Comp Plan Future Land Use Map 2020 Phifer Flatwoods CPA 05 09 Rural Agriculture to Preservation (Amended), The Board approved the adoption of Ordinance 10-xx, CPA 05 09 to designate publicly owned parcels as Preservation on the Future Land Use map 2020.

Attachment: ORC with Agency Comments_10302009.pdf
Attachment: draft ORD 10_xx Phifer Flatwoods 1_26_10.pdf
Attachment: CPA 05 09 PhiferFlatwoods 1_26_2010.pdf
Attachment: Locator map CPA 05 09 Phifer Fl.pdf
Attachment: CPA 05 09 Phifer_Flatwoods1_26_10 3.pptx
Attachment: CPA 05 09 Phifer_Flatwoods1_26_10 3.pdf

Barr Hammock Rural Agriculture to Preservation

Concerning CPA 06-09: County Comp Plan Future Land Use Map 2020 Barr Hammock Rural Agriculture to Preservation (Amended), The Board approved the adoption of Ordinance 10-xx, CPA 06 09 to designate publicly owned parcels as Preservation on the Future Land Use Map 2020.

Attachment: draft ORD 10_xx Barr Hammock 1_26_10.pdf
Attachment: CPA 06 09 BarrHammock 1_26_2010.pdf
Attachment: Barr_Hammock presentation 1_26_10wl.pptx
Attachment: Locator map CPA 06 09 Barr Hammock.pdf
Attachment: ORC with Agency Comments_10302009.pdf
Attachment: Barr Hammock presentation 1_26_10wl.pdf

High Aquifer Recharge Area

Concerning amending the County Comp Plan High Aquifer Recharge Area map, related policies and definitions. (Amended), the Board adopted  Ordinance 10-xx, CPA 03 09 to replace Degree of Confinement of the Floridan Aquifer System map, amend COSE Policy 4.5.3 regarding the use and applicability of new Floridan Aquifer High Recharge Area map, amend the definition of High Aquifer Recharge Areas, and related Policies 4.5.4;; 4.5.19; and 5.7.8 referring to the new map and zones.

Attachment: draft ORD 10_xx Aquifer Map 1_26_10.pdf
Attachment: CPA 03 09 HighRechargeArea map.pdf
Attachment: ORC with Agency Comments_10302009.pdf
Attachment: Recharge Map presentation 1_26_10.pptx
Attachment: Recharge Map presentation 1_26_10.pdf

Mobility Plan
The Board adopted CPA-01-09 into the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan 2001-2020, Alachua County Mobility Plan.
Attachment: Ex2 TODTNDAnalysis.pdf
Attachment: Ex9 RapidTransitMap.pdf
Attachment: Ex4 ExistDevMap.pdf
Attachment: Ex8 ExTransitMap.pdf
Attachment: Ex12 ITETRIPGenHandout.pdf
Attachment: Ex13 2009 RoadLOSReport.pdf
Attachment: Ex17 DCA_ORC.pdf
Attachment: Ex1 DRAFTORD_SLsigned.pdf
Attachment: PlanB_CIP_ NO4LANES.pdf
Attachment: Ex18 ORCResponse.pdf
Attachment: Adoption SR.pdf
Attachment: Ex3 TransMobDistMap.pdf
Attachment: Ex5 DetExistDevMap.pdf
Attachment: Ex6 SIS_Mit_Report.pdf
Attachment: Ex7 InfrastructureMap.pdf
Attachment: Ex10 BikePed Map.pdf
Attachment: Ex11 I75 Analysis.pdf
Attachment: Ex14 GRUemail.pdf
Attachment: Ex15 ExsitingIFOrd.pdf
Attachment: Ex16 Combined.pdf
Attachment: MobilityAdoptionPP.pptx

Willow Oak Plantation
The Board  approved the Replat of Lots 202 and 203, Willow Oak Plantation
Attachment: WOP202_203GMSR.pdf
Attachment: WOP202_203ReP.pdf
Attachment: WOPPlats01262010.ppt
Attachment: WOPPlats01262010.pdf

Countryside Forest Unit 6
The Board approved the Replat of Lot 107, Countryside Forest Unit 6
Attachment: CFPlats01262010.ppt
Attachment: CFU6L107CSR.pdf
Attachment: CFU6L107GMSR.pdf
Attachment: CFRepLot107.pdf

Change in zoning from ‘MP’ to ‘PD’

Concerning 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 (Amended), the Board approved Resolution Z-10-02

Attachment: ZOM0409 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: ZOM0409CitizenComment1.pdf
Attachment: ZOM0409.pptx
Attachment: ZOM0409 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: ZOM0409 Application Package.pdf
Attachment: Fairgrounds Conservation Management Plan.pdf
Attachment: Fairgrounds Zoning Master Plan.pdf
Attachment: Resolution for ZOM0409.pdf

Preliminary Development Plan
The Board approved the Preliminary Development Plan, Preliminary Certificate of Level of Service Compliance, and Section Line Setback Waiver for the Alachua County Fairgrounds and Resource Recovery Park, project number 2009052601.
Attachment: ACFRRP_Present.pdf
Attachment: ACFRRP_Present.pptx
Attachment: ACFRRP_CMAMP.pdf
Attachment: Prelim_OpenSpace.pdf
Attachment: Prelim_Dev_Plan.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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