May 28th edition of:

Community Update - Earth Day Edition
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

New E.O. Manager Hired
Memorial Day Waste Collection
Supervisor Of Elections Register Over 300 High School Students To Vote
Family and Consumer Sciences Programs
County Update on Channel 12
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Senior Safety Summit

ASPCA Visits No More Homeless Pets
Second Joint BOCC/LPA Workshop on Comp. Plan Update
National Drug Court Month Update
Commission Meeting Highlights


New E.O. Manager Hired

Betty M. Baker, Alachua County Administrative Services Director, is pleased to announce the selection of Jacqueline Chung as the Equal Opportunity Manager for the County. She began the position Monday, May 17, 2010.

According to Randall H. Reid, County Manager, Ms. Chung brings to the position a wealth of experience in equal opportunity, diversity and accessibility for persons with disabilities. “Ms. Chung was recommended by Betty Baker, Administrative Services Director as the candidate of choice and I support her recommendation.”

Selection of Ms. Chung came after a national search and a rigorous competitive interview process that included a panel of community leaders and a panel of employee representatives. According to Baker, A former Equal Employment Opportunity Director in another city, “Jackie understands the delicate balance a person in this position needs to achieve equity and fairness for employees, while at the same time investigating her peers and colleagues to determine if any violations of equal opportunity laws have occurred.”

Ms. Chung began her career with Alachua County in September 1998, as an Equal Opportunity Program Specialist. She was promoted to Equal Opportunity Supervisor in 2002, and has served as Interim Equal Opportunity Manager since November 2008, following the retirement of Ida Rawls. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and is a Certified Public Manager.

Ms. Chung has a family background in public service. Her father is a retired minister and educator, and she spent the early years of her marriage as a military spouse during her husband’s career in the Air Force. Their older son Nicholas is currently on active duty in the Air Force. She says, “It was through my experience as a military family that I began to truly appreciate the value of diversity. We were able to form friendships in new communities with people of varied backgrounds, by focusing on what we had in common - the military - and not on our many differences.” She continued saying, “ I am committed to the mission and goals of the Board of County Commissioners Equal Opportunity policies and I will advocate for the fair and equitable treatment of all individuals.

For more information, contact Jackie Chung at 352-374-5275.

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Memorial Day Waste Collection

Residential curbside collection service for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will be delayed by one day due to the Memorial Day holiday. The regular schedule for these services will not occur on Memorial Day, Monday May 31, 2010. Monday’s regular collection will occur on Tuesday, and so on through the week ending with Thursday’s collection on Friday. Regular collection schedules will resume on Monday June 8th.

The five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station and the Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st and will return to regular hours on Tuesday June 1st.

For more information, contact Milton Towns, Alachua County Office of Waste Collection at 352-338-3233.

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Supervisor Of Elections Register Over 300 High School Students To Vote

Over 300 high school students registered to vote through the High School Voter Registration and Education Program. This program is a partnership between the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office and Alachua County high schools which allows hands on voting experience while encouraging students to exercise their right to vote once they become eligible.

The Elections Office recently visited the County’s high schools registering and pre-registering eligible students to vote and educating students on the importance of their participation in democracy. Students also learned about the electoral process and were provided an opportunity to practice their new voting skills by using demonstration ballots and the optical scan voting equipment used in County elections. Students were provided voter education materials along with “I Registered to Vote” and “Future Voter” stickers.
Over 45 students elected to become even more involved by signing up to serve as poll workers on Election Day.

Schools visited during this campaign include Buchholz, Eastside, Gainesville, P.K. Yonge, Cornerstone Academy, Santa Fe, Hawthorne, Newberry and the Professional Academies Magnet at Loften School.

or more information on this program or to become a poll worker, contact the Supervisor of Elections at 352-374-5252.

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Environmental Horticulture Program

The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Environmental Horticulture Program. Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent, offers this program.

Growing Fruit in North Central Florida – June 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Tower Road Branch Library (3020 SW 25 Street).

Developing and maintaining a successful home orchard requires special horticultural skills. A well-designed and well-managed home orchard can furnish both fine fruit and pleasant hours of gardening. This class describes the various types of orchard fruits, their suitability to the Florida home orchard, and the process involved in raising a home orchard. Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209. There is no cost to attend this class.

For more information about Alachua County Extension Office programs, call 352-955-2402.

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Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Family & Consumer Sciences Programs, for June 2010. Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, offers these programs. The programs are held at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville)

Before You Tie the Knot – June 7 & 8, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Before You Tie the Knot is a premarital preparation course.

Topics include:

Completion of this course is required to receive a $32.50 reduction of marriage license fee and a waiver of the three-day waiting period. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion and a copy for the Clerk of the Court. There is no cost to attend this two evening class. Pre-register by June 1 by calling 352-337-6209.

Building Your Financial Future (A Personal Financial Management Program) – June 9, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Attendees will learn four basic concepts that will aid in handling financial resources responsibly and building a financially secure future. This program has been approved to issue certificates evidencing completion of a personal financial management instructional course in compliance with the Bankruptcy Code.

Topics include:

Cost to attend this class is $10.00 (for course materials). Pre-register by June 7 by calling 352-337-6209. For alternate class dates, or view the complete brochure, visit http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml

For more information about these and other programs, call 352-955-2402 or visit http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml.

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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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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 Veterans Services Director Jim Lynch talks about his retirement and accomplishments.

Click here to watch Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Director Don Goodman provide an overview of the founding, funding, and future of the botanical gardens.

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Senior Safety Summit

On Friday, June 18, 2010, the Alachua County Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Council (SALT) is holding “Senior Safety Summit 2010” at the Thelma Boltin Center at 516 NE 2nd Ave. in Gainesville, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Participants will get timely information on crime prevention, safety, and wellness issues that affect older adults. Topics include Preventing Frauds and Scams, Domestic Violence, and Adult Protective Services. Speakers from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Peaceful Paths, the Department of Children and Families and the Social Security Administration will attend. This free event includes refreshments, door prizes and is open to the public.

SALT is an advisory council comprised of older adults in the community, people that work with seniors, and law enforcement. In close collaboration with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville Police Department, SALT focuses on the crime and safety related needs of older adults in the community.

SALT meets once monthly on the first Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are currently at Pine Grove Apartments at 1901 NE 2nd Street in Gainesville. Anyone is welcome to become a member of SALT and participation of seniors is encouraged. There are no membership fees or dues.

Seating is limited at the event so citizens are encouraged to call Elder Options at 352-378-6649, extension 146. If voicemail picks up please leave a message with your name and the number attending

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ASPCA Visits No More Homeless Pets

No More Homeless Pets in Alachua County is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the euthanasia of companion animals and feral cats through sterilization, education and community involvement. It is partners with the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, Humane Alliance, Maddies Pet Rescue Project, PetSmart Charities, the University of Florida, the Veterinary Medical Association, and compassionate volunteers in our community.

No More Homeless Pets in Alachua County is expecting a visit from the ASPCA on June 6 - 7, 2010. The group will observe Alachua County’s own feral cat spay/neuter program, Operation Catnip, which has been successful for 12 years. They will also stop by the Big Fix Rig to observe Operation PetSnip, a high volume, high quality, low cost, spay/neuter for dogs and cats in North Central Florida. The two No More Homeless Pets programs will offer the ASPCA ideas about the various ways that communities can utilize volunteers and staff to end the euthanasia of companion animals and feral cats.

The ASPCA is launching a new National Spay/Neuter Tour program, aimed at “working with organizations in small cities and towns across the country, training them to utilize alternative methods of delivery such as mobile clinics, MASH style clinics, and in-clinic clinics, to provide spay/neuter for their communities.” The ASPCA and Tour Communities Manager, Aurora Piacentino, “hope to fill the gap for those communities who have a need for high volume spay/neuter but whose population likely could not sustain an actual brick and mortal spay/neuter clinic.”

The ASPCA, famous for their successful programs in New York City, recognizes that how they function in a large city is probably largely different from how clinics would function in the majority of cities in the U.S. Their visit will give them the opportunity to observe two spay/neuter clinics actively working towards this lofty goal.

Contact No More Homeless Pets at 352-376-6647 for more information on Operation PetSnip’s low cost, spay/neuter clinic for cats and dogs and 352-380-0940 for more information on Operation Catnip’s June 6th free spay/neuter clinic for feral cats in Alachua County.

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Second Joint BOCC/LPA Workshop on Comp. Plan Update

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is holding the second joint special meeting with the Local Planning Agency to review draft amendments to the County’s Comprehensive Plan to implement the recommendations adopted by the County Commission in the Evaluation and Appraisal Report last August. The meeting is scheduled for June 1, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in the Jack Durrance Auditorium on the second floor of the County Administration Building (12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville) and may also be viewed live on Cable Channel 12 or on the County’s Video on Demand website live or any time thereafter. A third meeting is scheduled for June 15th at 5:30 p.m. if needed.

Several topics were covered at the first joint meeting on May 18th. Remaining topics for discussion on June 1st include a new Energy Element, policies on air quality, agriculture and local food systems, standards for Activity Centers, open space for mixed used development in the Urban Cluster, update of the Economic Element and related policies for Industrial uses and economic development and environmental stewardship in East Gainesville. 

Draft materials and background information for update of the Comprehensive Plan are posted on the County’s Evaluation and Appraisal Report website at http://www.alachuacounty.us/ear.

For more information or to provide comments on the drafts and sign up for email updates, email the Comprehensive Planning Division in the County’s Growth Management Department at ear@alachuacounty.us, call 352-374-5249, or visit the planning office on the third floor of the County Administration Annex Building at 10 SW 2nd Avenue.


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National Drug Court Month Update

In celebration of National Drug Court Month (May), Alachua County Drug Court participants collected 262 pounds of non-perishable food items for Bread of the Mighty Food Bank. Participants conducted the food-drive locally as part of Florida’s statewide “Drug Court goes Food Court” initiative. Drug Court staff thanks participants for their efforts and Bread of the Mighty Food Bank for their assistance with the food drive.

The Drug Court Program is a supervision and treatment program serving third degree, non-violent felony drug offenders. There are both pretrial diversion and post plea components to the program. Services include substance abuse evaluation and treatment, intensive legal case management, acupuncture , random urinalysis and a life skills program; as well as weekly judicial monitoring. Participants must seek and obtain full time employment or enroll in an educational /vocational program while participating in the program.

“National Drug Court Month provides for special recognition of drug court efforts,” Drug Court Supervisor Frank Owens stated. “But the work we all accomplish and the success our participants achieve are daily events.”

For more information click here, or contact Frank Owens at 352-384-3199.

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Commission Highlights

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

Jim Lynch Day
The Board proclaimed May 25, 2010 as “Jim Lynch Day” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Jim Lynch Day1.pdf

Emergency Room Diversion Program
The Board heard a presentation on the Emergency Room Diversion Program at the Alachua County Health Department by Diane D’imperio

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
The Board heard a presentation of Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.’s Annual Report.  They instructed the County Attorney to look into the possibility of using CHOICES dollars as a funding source.
Attachment: 
Community Report FYE2009 Alachua.pdf

Self Insurance Committee
The Board approved the Self Insurance Committee’s recommendation to offer one self funded health insurance plan for FY10/11, Blue Options 3766, with a 5% blended rate increase and to authorize the use of health insurance fund retained earnings as determined by an actuarial analysis to financially stabilize the program for FY10/11
Amount: $720,000.00

Attachment: Estimated Employer Cos allocations for health ins FY1011.pdf
Attachment: 
Benefits comparison.pdf

Community Development Block Grant
The Board
approved and authorized the Chair to sign the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Grant Contract.
Amount: $475,822.00

Attachment: Disaster Recovery Grant Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
Disaster Recovery Grant Presentation.pptx
Attachment: 
DCA Disaster Recovery Final.pdf
Attachment: 
DCA Disaster Recovery Sig Authority Final.pdf

The Board authorized staff to:

Proceed with addressing four (4) key issues using remaining project fees: -

Stormwater Management    

Design Alternatives for two Intersections

Right of Way Requirements

Project Costs

2. Present key issue results and recommendations and discuss the projects final course of action with the Commission.
Attachment: 
PRES_100223_Tower_Road_BOCC_presentation_ver_14.pptx

Florida Certified Organic Growers
The Board decided refuse the offer provided by Mr. Marty Mesh, Director of Florida Certified Organic Growers, and Consumers, to purchase a 2004 Ford F250 pickup for $1,500, which is below fair market price.  By not accepting the offer, the vehicle will be disposed of according to past practices. Based on experience the truck should sell for $2,500 to $4,000 at auction. 
Attachment: 
MartMeshEMail05122010.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution10MartyMesh05122010.pdf

CHOICES Health Services Program
The Board accepted the CHOICES Health Services Program Enrollment Update
Attachment: 
CHOICES Health Services Enrollment Update May 2010 _2_.pdf

Stimulus Jobs
The Board chose not to sign the TempForce contract for Stimulus Jobs program due to the indemnification clause putting the County at too much risk.

Unified Land Development Code
The Board conducted the first Public Hearing for a Text Amendment to the Unified Land Development Code for Indoor Sports Training Facilities ordinance and directed staff to conduct the second public hearing at the next available Board meeting.  As the Land Development Regulation Commission, they found the proposed ordinance consistent with the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan: 2001-2020.

Attachment: StaffPresentation_052510.pptx
Attachment: 
ULDCOrdinance052510_DRAFT.pdf
Attachment: 
Ordinance_ExhibitA.pdf
Attachment: 
full_impact_sportsIntro.pdf
Attachment: 
StaffPresentation_052510.pdf
Attachment: 
ISTF_ReferencedPolicies.pdf
Attachment: 
ZON_ULDC_Text_Appl.pdf

Clean Debris Landfill
The Board approved ZOS-01-10: A request to amend an existing special use permit to extend the renewal date on a clean debris landfill on 572 acres in the Agricultural-zoning district. 
Attachment: 
ZOS0110 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOS0110.PDF
Attachment: 
ZOS0110 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOS0110 Background Materials.pdf

Lennox Mill Subdivision
The Board denied a request by Walter Jarvis of Jarvis & Folsom, Inc., agent, for G & A Lloyd, LLC, owners, to rezone the Lennox Mill Subdivision from ‘RE-1’ (Residential Estate) district to ‘R-1AA’ (Single Family Residential) district on approximately 42.38 acres located at 9926 SW 8th Avenue on Tax Parcel Numbers 06663-001-000; 06663-002-000 and 06663-003-000.
Attachment: 
ZOM0210.pptx
Attachment: 
ZOM0210 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit D.pdf
Attachment: 
Revised Zoning Application.pdf
Attachment: 
Survey.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOM0210.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0210 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
Public Comments ZOM0210a.pdf
Attachment: 
Revised Rezoning Information Report.pdf

Lennox Mill Preliminary Development Plan
The request to approve the Lennox Mill Preliminary Development Plan and Issuance of a Preliminary CLSC for Roads and Schools Only was withdrawn by the applicant.

Attachment: LennoxAerial.pdf
Attachment: 
LMPrelCover.pdf
Attachment: 
LMPrelOSP.pdf
Attachment: 
LennoxPrelSR2010.pdf
Attachment: 
LennoxMap.pdf
Attachment: 
LMPrelDevPlan.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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