October 1st edition of:

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

 

This Issues Features:

Small Millage Increase Still Spells Tax Cut
Pink Heals Initiative
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan Update
Main Street Update
County Update on Channel 12
Cooperative Extension Programs
2010 Election Information
Commission Meeting Highlights


Small Millage Increase Still Spells Tax Cut

The County Commission finalized the Fiscal Year11 budget, at the second and final Public Hearing last Tuesday night. Working within the confines of the economic downturn, reduced property values, and revenue generation impediments from the state legislature, the County Commission approved a balanced budget.

To view the final tier 1 PDF, which explains in detail the $3.9 million reductions made in the FY11 budget click here.

Budget Details:

Click here to see a FY10-FY11 budget comparison.

To view the final Budget Public Hearing click here. When the video plays, go to the numbered items below the screen and click on item #27 to jump to the Budget Public Hearing item. Due to agenda changes the item are not in ascending order.

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Pink Heals Initiative

To help celebrate the Alachua County Pink Heals Initiative events, The Guardians of the Ribbon, a fleet of pink fire trucks that tour America in support of the Pink Heals Tour, were in Gainesville on Thursday, September 30, 2010. The Alachua County Pink Heals Initiative event included live entertainment, informational booths, and guest speakers. The events was in two locations; 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Downtown Community Plaza, and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Butler Plaza West next to the Ale House.

Firefighters and Law Enforcement officers throughout north central Florida have joined the Alachua County Pink Heals Initiative. The Initiative is part of a national event to raise awareness and funding to support women suffering from any form of cancer.  All money raised are donated to the Southeastern Healthcare Foundation, a local foundation to help women obtain cancer treatment.  Firefighters, paramedics and police officers will be wearing pink uniforms on October 25 – 27, 2010, to show their support for women with cancer. 

Locally, the primary members are The Fire Rescue Professionals of Alachua L3852, Gainesville Professional Firefighters L2157, Alachua County Fire Rescue, and Gainesville Fire Rescue.  Additional members include the University of Florida Police Department, the High Springs Fire Department, the Newberry Fire Department, the LaCrosse Fire Department, the Melrose Fire Department, Gilchrist County EMS, Bradford County EMS, Putnam County Fire Rescue, Putnam County Professional Firefighters L3529, Starke Fire Department, The Professional Firefighters of Starke L3120, and Bradford County EMS Association L4315. 

"Our local Firefighters, Paramedics, and Police officers have come together wearing pink uniform shirts, to show our support for the women in our lives who are battling cancer." said Kevin Rulapaugh, Alachua County Pink Heals Coordinator. "We believe we can help cure cancer by simply wearing pink, because 'Pink Heals'."

Click here to make an online donation.

Click here to view the Alachua County Pink Heals Initiative Facebook group.

For more information click here, or contact Kevin Rulapaugh at 352-215-9712 or PinkHeals@local3852.com.

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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 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.

Click here to watch lachua County Purchasing Manager Larry Sapp discuss County purchasing philosophy, policy and procedures, including discussions on how businesses can learn about and compete for County contracts.

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Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan Update

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the update of the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan to implement the recommendations adopted by the Board in the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR). The Commission will take comments from the public and provide direction on transmittal of the Comprehensive Plan amendments to the Florida Department of Community Affairs for review. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at 5 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 on the County's Video on Demand website live or any time thereafter.

A new Community Health Element and new Energy Element are proposed for inclusion in the Comprehensive Plan. Several Comprehensive Plan Elements are also proposed for update and revision including Future Land Use, Potable Water and Sanitary Sewer, Housing, Solid Waste, Stormwater, Conservation and Open Space, Recreation, Economic, Capital Improvements and Intergovernmental Coordination. Draft materials and background information for the update of the Comprehensive Plan are posted on online at http://www.alachuacounty.us/ear.

Final adoption of amendments to the Comprehensive Plan is required by April, 2011, as provided in the schedule established by the State of Florida.

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 (10 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville). Any comments received prior to the public hearing will be compiled and distributed to the County Commission for consideration

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Main Street Update

Main Street between Depot Avenue and North Eighth Avenue is being reconstructed into a two-lane road with a center turn lane, bicycle lanes, bus bays and on-street parking. Underground utilities and traffi c signals are also being upgraded.

Click here to view the complete October 2010, Main Street Update.


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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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Cooperative Extension Programs

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

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – October 6, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This program is dedicated to providing training which enables food managers and staff to offer Florida consumer's food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment. For further information and to register, please visit http://foodsafety.ifas.ufl.edu, or call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723.

Building Your Financial Future (A Personal Financial Management Program) – October 7, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Attendees will learn 4 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 October 4 by calling 352-337-6209. For alternate class dates, or view the complete brochure, visit http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml

Before You Tie the Knot – October 11 & 12, 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 October 5 by calling 352-337-6209.

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Environmental Horticulture Programs, for October 2010. These programs are offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

Fruit & Vegetables for Your Backyard – October 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).
Developing and maintaining a successful home orchard requires special horticultural skills. Challenges include insects, diseases, poor soil conditions and weather conditions. This class teaches how to plan a home garden and orchard and how to make corrections in existing gardens.

Plants for Your Florida Friendly Landscape – October 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).
Learn landscaping techniques to save water, and spend less on fertilizers and sprays. The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program is considered the "green building" landscaping program because it saves water, energy and protects natural resources.

There is no cost to attend these classes. Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209. For more information about any of these programs, call the Extension Office at 352-955-2402.

All Extension Programs and Services are open to all without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin or handicap.  For persons requiring special accommodations, please contact the Extension office at (352) 955-2402 (voice) or TDD/TYY (352) 955-2406 or at the Alachua County Extension Service, 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL  32609.  Please contact the Extension Office at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request.

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2010 Election Information

General Election - November 2, 2010
Register to vote by October 4, 2010
Early Voting starts October 18, 2010

Voters are encouraged to verify and update their registration status online at VoteAlachua.com and clicking on the link, "Check Your Voter Registration Status Through My VIP (Voter Information Page)." The Supervisor of Elections Office will be open from 8:30 AM until 5 PM to accept voter registration applications. The Supervisor of Elections Office located at 111 S.E. 1st Avenue has an after-hours drop slot located at the main entrance. Voter registration applications received through the drop slot will be accepted up until midnight on the 4th.

Registration forms are available online at VoteAlachua.com. You may use the application form to register to vote, update your voter information, or to update your signature by downloading the application. You may also register to vote in person at the Supervisor of Elections Office or by mail. For a list of other facilities in the county where voter registration application forms may be obtained, please visit our website or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252. To vote in the General Election, mail-in applications must be postmarked no later than the October 4th deadline.

Voter Registration Drive Locations:
Saturday, October 2, 2010 and Sunday, October 3, 2010
Arts in Thornebrook Festival
Thornebrook Village, 2441 NW 43 Street, Gainesville
10AM – 5PM Sunday & Sunday

Saturday, October 2, 2010
White Cane Walk, City of Alachua
At Old City Hall Parking Lot (State Road 232 & US Hwy 441 North)
10AM – 12 NOON

Saturday, October 2, 2010
Alachua County Literacy Festival, Gainesville
Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Avenue
10AM – 12 NOON

VOTE BY MAIL

Any registered voter may Vote by Mail. To request a ballot and Vote by Mail, voters may make their request online at VoteAlachua.com or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252. Voters will need to make sure their address and signature on file with the Supervisor of Elections is current. Your mail ballot may not count if the signature does not match the signature on your voter record. The last day to request your ballot be mailed is Wednesday, October 27, 2010 by 5 PM.

To request a ballot for another voter, you must be a designated member of the voter's immediate family or a legal guardian. Requests can be made online, in person, by mail, by telephone or by fax. All requests must include the voter's name, residence address, and date of birth. The request must also include the requestor's name, residence address, relationship to the voter and driver's license number if available. Mail or fax request must also include the requestor's signature.

A voter may designate in writing another person to pick up an absentee ballot starting Thursday, October 28, 2010. The designee must have a note signed by the voter, a picture identification of the designee and must complete an affidavit. The affidavit is available for download at VoteAlachua.com. The designee may not pick up more than two absentee ballots per election, not including the designee's own ballot and ballots for members of his or her immediate family.

Absentee ballots are available at the Supervisor of Elections Office for voters who may have emergencies that will not allow them to go to their polling place to vote.

All absentee ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 PM Election Day.

VOTE EARLY

Any registered voter may vote early. Florida Law requires voters to present picture and signature identification in order to vote, or vote a provisional ballot. Early Voting for the General Election will be available starting Monday, October 18, 2010 - Saturday, October 30, 2010.

EARLY VOTING HOURS:
Weekdays, Monday – Friday (9AM to 5PM)
October 18th through October 22nd
October 25th through October 29th
Saturday, October 23rd (9AM to 1PM)
Sunday, October 24th (1PM to 5PM)
EARLY VOTING SITES
Supervisor of Elections Office
County Administration Building Location
12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville
Millhopper Branch Library
3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville
Tower Road Branch Library
3020 SW 75th Street, Gainesville

VOTE AT YOUR PRECINCT

Any voter may vote in the precinct of their residence between 7 AM and 7 PM on Election Day. Florida Law requires voters to present picture and signature ID in order to vote, or vote a provisional ballot. If you need to locate your precinct, go to VoteAlachua.com.

If you have any questions or need further information please visit our website at VoteAlachua.com or contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252.

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Commission Highlights

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

Fire Prevention Week
The Board proclaimed October 3 - 9 as “Fire Prevention Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Fire Prevention Week 2010 V2.pdf

Constitution Week
The Board proclaimed September 17 through 23 as “Constitution Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Constitution Week 2010.pdf

American Airlines Day
The Board proclaimed October 1, 2010 as “American Airlines Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
American Airlines Day V1.pdf

Reichert House
The Board heard a presentation by Ken Van Nortwick, of the Reichert House.

Guardian Ad Litem Pay Plans
The Board heard a presentation on the Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Executive Service, Non-Bargaining and Guardian Ad Litem Pay Plans. They chose to:

Approve the Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Executive Service, Non-Bargaining and Guardian Ad Litem Pay Plans.

Approve a pay grade realignment of the Energy Management Supervisor classification from pay grade 14 (annual salary range $37,779.66 - $60,447.30) to pay grade 17 (annual salary range $44,110.77 - $70,577.10).

Approve the addition of a new classification, Wellness Coordinator (Pay grade 14, annual salary $37,779.66 - $60,447.30), to the Non-Bargaining Pay Plan.

Approve pay rates for employees appointed to Temporary and Unclassified Service to be set at the minimum rate of the appropriate salary range.

Not approve the current pay rate for Interns: Undergraduate Interns at $7.50 per hour; Graduate Interns at $10.00 per hour; Management Interns at $15.00 per hour.  Instead, the Commission chose to eliminate paid internships altogether.

Attachment: FY2011 Executive Service Pay Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
FY 2011 GAL Pay Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
Energy Mgt Supervisor.pdf
Attachment: 
Wellnes Coordinator.pdf
Attachment: 
FY2011 NON BARGAINING PAY PLAN.pdf

General Fund Reserves
The Board approved the budget amendment using General Fund Reserves to increase the inmate medical care budget for anticipated expenses incurred in FY10.
Amount: $913,032.00

Attachment: Reserve adjustments for FY10.pdf
Attachment: 
im 9 28 10.pdf

Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site
The Board heard the Local Intergovernmental Team (LIT) Recommendations on the USEPA Superfund Proposed Plan for Clean-up of Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site.  The Board chose to:

Authorize LIT staff to compile electronic file of relevant docs requested to be included in Admin Record and submit to USEPA with Final County Recommendation by Oct. 15, 2010 (or sooner)

Authorize the Chair to transmit the County’s recommendations including modifications and supporting comments to USEPA before Oct. 15, 2010 (or sooner)

Authorize the Chair to send a letter to the CDC requesting investigation of resident health concerns

Replace the word consider with utilization

Attachment: Final LIT Sept 2010 Presentation to City and County USEPA Proposed Plan REV 9172010.pdf
Attachment: 
Combined LIT Comments to EPA Proposed Plan Version 2 Final REV1 Sept 2010.pdf

30 Percent Design Plans for CR 236
The Board approved the 30 percent design plans for CR 236 as proposed and direct staff to proceed with the design stage and return to the Board of County Commissioners at 90 percent.  The Board ask staff to come back with the cost savings of using a two foot shoulder instead of a four foot.  They also want to see the savings og ten foot lanes instead of eleven foot.
Attachment: 
cr236plans.pdf
Attachment: 
CR 236 Presentation.ppt

Next Generation 911 Emergency Telephone System

The Board approved the Agreement between Alachua County and Kraus Associates, Inc. to purchase Next Generation 911 Emergency Telephone System.
Amount: $1,961,518.58

Attachment: Kraus E911 Upgrade Final.pdf
Attachment: 
E911 BA.pdf

CHOICES Surtax Use Plan
The Board approved the changes to the CHOICES Surtax use Plan.
Attachment: 
CHOICES Summary of Services and Benefits with Contact Changes Redline.pdf
Attachment: 
CHOICES Surtax Use Plan for 2011 StudentRevisionsRedline.pdf
Attachment: 
CHOICES Summary of Services and Benefits with Contact Changes.pdf
Attachment: 
CHOICES Surtax Use Plan for 2011 StudentRevisions.pdf

Intergovernmental Radio Communication Program
The Board approved the use of reserves in order to meet obligations of the Intergovernmental Radio Communication Program (IRCP)
Amount: $307,117 Total all funds
Attachment: 
Radio Budget Amendment.pdf
Attachment: 
Reserve adjustments MSTU Public Safety for FY10.pdf
Attachment: 
RADIOS Analysis.pdf
Attachment: 
Reserve adjustments MSTU Law Enforcement for FY10.pdf
Attachment: 
IRCP Revenue Analysis.pdf
Attachment: 
Reserve adjustments General Fund for FY10.pdf
Attachment: 
RadioReserve adjustments for FY10.pdf

Application to Vacate SE 193 Avenue
Deny the application to vacate SE 193 Avenue and instructed staff to bring the item back after the affected parties have reached an agreement.
Attachment: 
SE_193_Ave_LETTERS.pdf
Attachment: 
SE_193_Ave_AD_RESOLUTION_10_62.pdf
Attachment: 
SE_193_Ave_Gville_Sun_AD.pdf
Attachment: 
SE_193_Avenue_MAPS.pdf

Rutledge Community
The Board adopted the Resolution to vacate portions of the un-named streets lying north and east of Lot 17 within the plat of the Rutledge Community. That the Chair be authorized to execute any additional documents approved by the County Attorney, necessary to complete this transaction.
Attachment: 
Rutledge_CD_Walker.pdf
Attachment: 
Rutledge_CD_Showstark.pdf
Attachment: 
Rutledge_Resolution.pdf
Attachment: 
Rutledge_CD_Imperi.pdf
Attachment: 
Rutledge_CD_Smith.pdf

Final FY11 Millage Rates and Final Budgets
The Board
conducted the public hearing and adopted the final FY11 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.
Attachment: 
1 Agenda Final Public Hearing Sept 28 2010.pdf
Attachment: 
3 Resol 11 for Final General County Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
10 FY11 Final Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
2 Reso 11 for Final General County Millage.pdf
Attachment: 
6 Resol 11 for Final MSTU Law Enforc Millage.pdf
Attachment: 
7 Resol 11 for Final MSTU Law Enforc Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
5 Resol 11 for Final MSTU Unincorporated Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
8 Resol 11 for Final MSTU Fire Service Millage.pdf
Attachment: 
4 Resol 11 for Final MSTU Unincorporated Millage.pdf
Attachment: 
11 FY11 Budget Decision Package Tier 1 as of Sept 07 2010.pdf
Attachment: 
9 Resol 11 for Final MSTU Fire Services Budget.pdf

Comprehensive Plan Amendments
The Board adopted the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments for the SantaFe Development of Regional Impact
Attachment: 
Proposed_LandUseMap.pdf
Attachment: 
ORC_Report.pdf
Attachment: 
EnvResourcesChecklist.pdf
Attachment: 
SFV_FDOT_RoadwayMitAnalysis.pdf
Attachment: 
ApplicantDescription_of_Request.pdf
Attachment: 
Signed_Application.pdf
Attachment: 
ApplicantFacilitiesImpactStudy.pdf
Attachment: 
SantaFeAdoptionPresentationPPT.pdf
Attachment: 
SFV_FDOT_IntMitAnalysis.pdf
Attachment: 
Scanned_SantaFeCPA_Ordinance.pdf
Attachment: 
StaffReportCPAAdoption.pdf
Attachment: 
Legal.pdf

SantaFe Village Development of Regional Impact
The Board adopted the Ordinance approving the Development Order for the SantaFe Village Development of Regional Impact
Attachment: 
ADA.pdf
Attachment: 
SantaFeBoardAdoptionPPT.pdf
Attachment: 
SantaFeAdoptionPresentationPPT.pdf
Attachment: 
DRI_DO_StaffReport.pdf
Attachment: 
RPCFinalReport.pdf
Attachment: 
Scanned_SantaFeDO_Resolution.pdf
Attachment: 
DevelopmentOrderOrdinance.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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