April 16 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

CAPP Funding Process Opens
Community Conversations Begin this Week
New CHOICES Director, Robert Bailey
Special Earth Day Edition of Community Update
Community Support Services Annual Report
RSVP Volunteers Needed
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Birth Certificates Available at Drivers License Office

County Update on Channel 12
Denim Day USA on April 21st
Commission Meeting Highlights

 

CAPP Funding Process Opens

Alachua County is pleased to announce the opening of the 2010/11 Alachua County Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) funding process, Request for Application ( RFA) 11-198.  Funding is an estimated $800,000 - $1 million.  You may obtain all related documents online at http://www.alachuacounty.us/government/depts/css/capp/apply.aspx or from the County Purchasing Office (County Administration Building, 3rd floor, 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville), or call 352-374-5202.  Applications are due by Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at 5 p.m. at the County Purchasing Office.  Applications may be turned in before then, but not before the last addendum to be issued.  In addition to answers to questions, addenda can also contain corrections, additional instructions and changes to the process and/or application. 

There will be three poverty reduction funding categories:  Food, Health Care and Housing/Utilities.  All program applications must fit into one of the three categories.  All programs must also serve to reduce poverty among Alachua County residents.   Be sure to read the category descriptions and criteria contained in the Information & Instructions packet.  Pre-application training is mandatory, but you have the choice to meet that requirement by either attending the April 23, 2010 workshop, or viewing the online instructional video.  Either way, applicants are responsible for adhering to the information contained in the RFA documents, including  all information contained in the addenda. 

Workshop:  Friday, April 23, 2010 from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Alachua County Health Dept, 224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville.  If you choose to attend the workshop, you will need to bring a copy of the Application, Information & Instructions packet, and the Excel worksheets to the workshop with you.  Lunch will NOT be served.

The instructional video is posted. Go to www.alachuacounty.us , scroll to “Items of Interest” in the middle of the page, click on the CAPP link. 

From this point forward, except for the live workshop, all questions must be submitted in writing to either Lee Roberts, CAPP Manager ldroberts@alachuacounty.us, or Darryl Kight, Purchasing Agent dkight@alachuacounty.us.

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Community Conversations Begin this Week

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners invites all Alachua County citizens to attend “Community Conversations 2010.”  Community Conversations is a series of wide ranging discussions of ideas and realities confronting our community in light of fiscal restraints and challenges that face our County.  

The meetings will feature a brief presentation of the County’s budget and financial condition, followed by an interactive simulated budget activity, where participants will step into the role of commissioner in recommending service priorities.  
In speaking about citizen engagement, County Manager Randall H. Reid said, “When policies are grounded in citizen preferences, the result is cooperation between sectors of the community and the overcoming of community problems.”  

Citizens who attended last year’s Community Conversations 2009 events are encouraged to take part in the conversation again this year. 

Light refreshments will be served. 

Meeting dates and times are listed below.  Please RSVP by clicking the link for the session that you would like to attend or to sign up by phone, call the Office of Management and Budget at 352-374-5262, and ask for Elaine Jordan or Donna Bradbrook.  

Saturday April 17, 2010
Tower Road Branch Library 
3020 SW 75th Street
Gainesville, Florida 32607
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Click here to sign up

Monday April 19, 2010
Alachua Branch Library 
14913 NW 140 Street
Alachua, Florida 32615
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Click here to sign up 

Monday April 26, 2010
Alachua County Health Department
224 SE 24th Street
Gainesville, Florida 32641
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Click here to sign up

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New CHOICES Director, Robert Bailey

Alachua County’s Department of Community Support Services is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Robert Bailey as the new Director of The CHOICES Health Service Program.  His starting salary is $66,146.00, and he begins working today, March 29, 2010.
Mr. Bailey has a Master of Science Degree in Health Administration and Planning and spent 22 years with Humana, Inc.  During his tenure there he served as CEO of three hospitals and set up hospital networks in fifty markets. 

Mr. Bailey also has experience in behavioral care management. He directed clinical operations, finance, claims, information systems, provider services and network development serving over 125,000 Medicaid recipients in the Philadelphia area. He also served over 40 companies and 85,000 beneficiaries in a national employee assistance program.

“We feel fortunate to have hired someone with his background in healthcare services and believe he will be an asset to the CHOICES Program.” says Alachua County Community Support Services Assistant Director, Lanard Perry.

CHOICES is a health services program offered by the Alachua County Board of Commissioners. The program is designed to help working uninsured residents of Alachua County stay healthy. Through partnerships with local medical and dental care providers, CHOICES provides access to services that many people need, but may put off due to a lack of adequate health coverage.

For more information about the CHOICES Health Program, visit www.acCHOICES.com, or call 352-264-6772.


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Special Earth Day Edition of Community Update

Driven by the County Commission’s Guiding Vision, everyday is Earth Day in Alachua County. In April, each day leading up to Earth Day (April 22), the County is highlighting programs, services, and strategies designed to lead Alachua County into a more sustainable future.

On Earth Day, a special edition of Community Update will be published with all of the Countdown Press Releases.

If you would like to view all of the “Earth Day Countdown” press releases before the special edition is published, they are available on the County’s Facebook page, click here and click on the Earth Day tab at the top of the page.


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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 2009 Annual Report. 

In the Message from the Director section of the report Department Director Elmira K. Warren states, “Our vision for the future is: To be recognized as a community partner and leader in program innovation by providing unparalleled access to premier health and human services, which support the sustainable well-being of all citizens. Our Annual Report highlights the accomplishments and services provided by the ten divisions within the Department of Community Support during Fiscal Year 2009.”

To view the publication click here.

Tips for viewing the electronic document:

If the booklet does not open, click the following link to download Adobe Shockwave Flash:
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5226.

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RSVP Volunteers Needed

The Alachua County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) staff are seeking volunteers aged 55+ to serve in the following potential new positions. All volunteer positions include benefits and supplemental reimbursement for mileage to and from volunteer sites.

Potential positions include:

RSVP is looking for additional community partnerships where RSVP volunteers can address unmet, high priority community needs.

For more information, contact RSVP Program Specialist, Ruth O’Conner at 352-264-6752.


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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center kicked-off Sexual Assault Awareness Month at the beginning of April with the Respect Your Date Contest in public high schools. The Contest was an awareness event that took place in all high schools the week before Spring Break vacation and during April which is sexual assault awareness month.

“This was a fun, interactive event that brings awareness to sexual assault and things students can do to reduce their risk.” says Alachua County Victim Advocate Counselor, Laura Kalt.

In addition to the Respect Your Date Contest, Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center will be hosting other public events throughout the month, including:

For more information, contact Laura Kalt at 352-334-3208 or lkalt@alachuacounty.us.

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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 Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (EPD) Director Chris Bird provide an overview of Alachua County EPD services and initiatives, including water quality and conservation, land and habitat preservation, and pollution prevention.

Click here to watch Alachua County Sustainability Program Manager Sean McLendon give an in depth look at sustainability issues facing Alachua County and looks at efforts to address those issues, including the work of the County’s innovative Energy Conservation Strategies Commission (ECSC) and efforts to locate a resource recovery park in Alachua County to attract businesses which create products from recycled materials.

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Birth Certificates Available at Drivers License Office

Effective January 1, 2010, residents applying for a State of Florida drivers’ license or I.D. card have to comply with new identification requirements. For office visits, you must bring original documents that prove your identity, social security number and residential address. One of the accepted identification documents is a Certified United States Birth Certificate. The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) has partnered with the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide certified birth certificates at the drivers’ license office located at 5830 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, phone number 352-955-2111.

“We are pleased to provide this service to Alachua County residents.” stated Jean Munden, Administrator of the ACHD. “Being able to issue a certified birth certificate at the driver’s license office is convenient and efficient.”

Birth certificates cost $15 for a certified copy and $7 for each additional copy. The Alachua County Health Department, Office of Vital Statistics, can access birth records for anyone born within the State of Florida from 1930 to the present.

Any individual 18 years of age and older may obtain their own birth certificates and parents or guardians (who present court documents showing legal custody) can obtain one for their dependants.

In order to obtain a birth certificate, please provide the following:

You will also need to provide the person’s:

For general media inquiries, please contact Shirley Allen at 352-334-7970.

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

The goal of the Alachua County Health Department is to promote, protect, maintain and improve the health and safety of all citizens and visitors.


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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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Denim Day USA on April 21st

On April 21, 2010, the Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center staff will join thousands nationwide in making a social statement with their fashion statement. They will wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault, and they invite others in the community to do the same.

Denim Day USA was created in response to the highest courts in Italy overturning a conviction of sexual assault because the victim wore tight jeans. Enraged by the verdict the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action spread around the world and motivated Patricia Giggans, Executive Director of Peace Over Violence in California, to create Denim Day.

One goal of the event is to dispel these common myths and misconceptions about sexual assault:

1) Myth: Only girls or women can be sexually assaulted.
Reality: Although the majority of rape victims are females, many males are still victims of rape every year.

2) Myth: Someone who does not fight back has not been raped.
Reality: A victim may not fight back for any number of reasons. The victim may feel it is not safe to do so. That fighting back would elicit more aggression by the offender. The victim may be in shock and “freeze”. Just because she/he did not put up a fight doesn’t mean that the victim is consenting. Rape has still occurred.

3) Myth: If someone is really raped they will have visible physical injuries.
Reality: It is a misconception that “real” rapes will produce serious physical injury. The majority of rape victims reported no physical injury. However, almost 50% of these victims describe being fearful of serious injury or death during the rape.

Anyone can sign-up to participate in Denim Day USA. Businesses and individuals can learn more by visiting the national website www.denimdayinla.org, or by contacting Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center at 352-264-6760. In addition to this project, free education and risk reduction programs are offered year round by Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center.

To schedule a program for your business or group, contact Laura Kalt, Education & Risk Reduction Project Coordinator at 352-334-3208.


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Commission Highlights

Announcements
The Board heard Announcements by Mark Sexton Communications Coordinator
Attachment:
Announcements

Administrative Professionals Day
The Board proclaimed April 23, 2010 as “Administrative Professionals Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Administrative Professionals Week1.pdf

Creation Care Week
The Board proclaimed April 17 - 25 as “Creation Care Week” in Alachua County, Florida.Attachment: 
Creation Care Week.pdf

Fair Housing Month
The Board proclaimed April, 2010 as “Fair Housing Month” in Alachua County, Florida.Attachment: 
Fair Housing Month1.pdf

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week
The Board proclaimed April 11- 17, 2010 as “National Public Safety Telecommunications Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
National Telecommunications Week.pdf

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The Board proclaimedApril as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Sexual Assault Awarness Month2.pdf

Children’s Week
The Board proclaimed April 11 - 17, 2010 as “Children’s Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Childrens Week.pdf

The 31st Annual Fifth Avenue Arts Festival Celebration
The Board proclaimed April 17 - 19, 2010 as “The 31st Annual Fifth Avenue Arts Festival Celebration” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Fifth Avenue Art Festival 2010 proclaimation.pdf

National Rebuilding Day
The Board proclaimed April 24th, 2010 as “National Rebuilding Day” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
NATIONAL REBUILDING DAY.pdf

Solid Waste Issue
The Board decided to bring up the solid waste issue at the joint County/City of Gainesville meeting on April 29, 2010 at 1 p.m. in the County Commission Boardroom.  The approved hiring solid waste consultant David Dee and ask that he present the following at that meeting:

a. Exclusive Franchise agreement,
b. Nonexclusive commercial franchise agreement
c. Public Private partnership
d. any other models available

All options shall include continued development of Resource Recovery Park, Organics Recycling Facility and comply with state mandates of 75% recycling. The Board also asked to be provided with the impacts on our contract with New River under all options presented; Attachment: 
SW_exclusive_commercial_franchise2.pptx

Comprehensive Plan Amendments
The Board authorized Staff to initiate Comprehensive Plan Amendments to: 1) Designate an Urban Service Area / TCEA for a portion of the Urban Cluster as provided in Chapter 163.3164 F.S. and 163.3180 F.S. 2) Establish Transportation Concurrency Backlog Areas and a Backlog Plan in accordance with Chapter 163.3182 FS
Attachment: 
USATCEA_MAP.pdf
Attachment: 
Backlog_Auth_and_other_funding.pdf
Attachment: 
SB1742.pdf
Attachment: 
Transportation_Concurrency_Backlog_statute.pdf
Attachment: 
USA_TCEA_BACKLOG.pdf
Attachment: 
FloridaStatute_excerpts.pdf
Attachment: 
TaxableValue_Tod_vs_Existing.pdf

Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP)

The Board heard a request from the UF College of Nursing Faculty Practice Assn., Inc. to modify the Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) program requirements. The request was denied and the Board gave direction to proceed with existing CAPP contract that requires all awarded agencies to indemnify the County for incidents that arise out of the CAPP contract.

Attachment: CAPP 2011 Contract 50000 and over.pdf

Land Development Regulation Committee (LDRC)
The Board
convened as the Land Development Regulation Committee (LDRC) and adopted Ordinance 10-xx to amend the ULDC to allow automotive rental as an accessory use in the Business highway zoning district.
Attachment: 
ULDC Enterprise Car Rental Background.pdf
Attachment: 
Automotive ULDC Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
Automotive ULDC Presentation.pptx
Attachment: 
Auto Rental Ordinance.pdf

Resolution Z-10-05
The Board adopted Resolution Z-10-05 approving the request.
Attachment: 
Public Comment ZOM0310.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0310 Background.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0310 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0310.pptx
Attachment: 
ZOM0310 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0310Resolution.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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