October 29st edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Responds to Sheriff's Appeal
Station 25 Enhances Life Support
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Strike Out Hunger Food Drive
County Job Opportunities
County Update on Channel 12
Alachua County's Credit Report
Food Security Summit
2010 Election Information
Cooperative Extension Programs
Commission Meeting Highlights


County Responds to Sheriff's Appeal


Alachua County has responded to Sheriff Sadie Darnell's Fiscal Year 2010/2011 budget appeal within the required five-day response time deadline.

To view the cover letter and the County's response to the Sheriff's appeal, click on the links below.

http://media.alachuacounty.us/comm/LettertoJerryMcDaniel.pdf

http://media.alachuacounty.us/comm/ReplytoSheriffsPetition.pdf

For more information, contact Alachua County Communications Coordinator Mark Sexton at 352-374-5204.

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Station 25 Enhances Life Support

The Alachua County Department of Public Safety (ACDPS) Station 25 (Grove Park/Hawthorne Area) has enhanced engine 25 from a Basic Life Support (BLS) Engine to an Advance Cardiac Life Support Engine (ACLS).

Due to ACDPS's recent department wide upgrading of their cardiac technology with the Zoll Cardiac Monitors and the Cardiac Science Advance Electrical Defibrillator (AED), ACLS care is accessible to everyone, even when the ambulance is out of the area. This maintains ACLS care in the area at all times, and improves service to the community.

With these enhancements, ACDPS has reached a milestone of the Fire/EMS Services Master Plan of 2004, a vision of the Alachua County Board of County Commission.

For more information, contact ACDPS Assistant Fire Rescue Chief (Operations Branch Director) Harry A. Collins, Jr. at 352-384-3130.

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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 Growth Management Director Steve Lachnicht discuss the Growth Management Department, its duties, programs, and the services it provides.

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Strike Out Hunger Food Drive

Alachua County Commissioner Rodney J. Long is spearheading the annual "Strike Out Hunger" Food Drive to help fill the shelves of food pantries of local community agencies who in turn give to those citizens needing help. The food drive takes place on Monday, November 8, 2010, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Citizen Field parking area (on the corner of Waldo Road and 8th Avenue, in Gainesville).

Commissioner Long stated, "The downturn in the economy has hit many of our citizens hard and those that were teetering on the brink of disaster are in dire need. We are asking citizens throughout Alachua County to give to help others survive through these hard times."
Alachua County has over 51,000 citizens living in poverty and 8,000 of those are children. Many of these families depend on our local pantries to help keep hunger from their door.

Click here to view the event flyer.

For more information, contact Alachua County Community Support Services Assistant Director Minnie Rolark at 352-264-6717.

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County Job Opportunities

Alachua County is hiring a ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR- Must Apply by 11/12/10

Click here for job details.

Click here for other County job opportunities


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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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Alachua County's Credit Report

Moody's credit rating agency has released Alachua County's rating report and affirmed all of the County's bond ratings. The affirmed ratings will allow the County to enter debt markets, when needed and obtain very competitive interest rates on future borrowings.
County Manager Randall H. Reid commented, "We can be proud that we have continued to be recognized by rating agencies for following sound fiscal practices and policies during this historic economic down turn and have made prudent and necessary fiscal decisions in the midst of a multi-year trend of diminished operating revenues."

Alachua County Finance Director Todd Hutchison said of the rating, "During these turbulent times many public sector entities & corporate entities are having their credit ratings downgraded or put on negative outlook because of the overall downturn in the economy. The fact Moody's affirmed all of the County's credit ratings is very positive news."

Click here to view the Moody's report.

For more information, contact Alachua County Finance Director Todd Hutchison at 352-374-3605.

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Food Security Summit

The public is invited to attend the Alachua County – City of Gainesville Food Security Summit on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church (4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville). The summit is free and open to the public. Lunch with organic, local foods will be provided for attendees who register before the event.

The Summit will feature an update on the implementation of the 2009 Gainesville-Alachua County Hunger Abatement Plan (click here to view), a presentation by the Alachua County Healthy Communities Committee, and a presentation of the recently completed report by Florida Organic Growers entitled "Community Vision for Food System Development in Gainesville-Alachua County: A Local Food Action Plan" (click here to view). Following these presentations will be a discussion of the creation of a food policy council.
Julie Paradis, Administrator for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, is the keynote speaker at the Summit's stakeholders' luncheon.

The Summit is co-sponsored by Alachua County and the City of Gainesville. Partners in organizing and supporting the Summit include the Alachua County Healthy Communities Initiative, Alachua County Medical Society, Alachua County Nutrition Alliance, Florida Farm Bureau, Florida Institute for Workforce Innovation, Florida Organic Growers, Inc., School Board of Alachua County, the University of Florida Office of Sustainability, and United Way of North Central Florida.

Attendees of the Food Security Summit should RSVP by November 8th. Click here to RSVP.

For more information click here, or contact John Skelly, Director, Alachua County Poverty Reduction Program at 352-264-6749 or jskelly@alachuacounty.us.

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2010 Election Information

EARLY VOTING
Early Voting for the 2010 General Election ends Saturday. All early voting sites will close at 5 p.m.

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

ABSENTEE BALLOT PICKUP AVAILABLE
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.

On Election Day, 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 7:00PM Election Day.

VOTE AT YOUR PRECINCT ON ELECTION DAY
All precincts will be open on Election Day between 7:00AM and 7:00PM. 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 and click on MY VIP (My Voter Information Page) or from the left side of the home page, click on the Vote Information menu, and then click on Precinct Finder. No Early Voting sites will be open on Election Day. 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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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®) – November 22, 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) – November 10, 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.

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 – November 29 & 30, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Before You Tie the Knot is a premarital preparation course.

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.

Personal Financial Management Series
Getting Financially Organized – November 1, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Topics include: Important Papers—what to keep, where and for how long. Preparing a household inventory and net worth statement. Building a spending plan. How and where to establish a family business center.

Making Credit Work For You – November 8, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Topics include: Obtaining your free credit reports. Reading the fine print in credit offers. Improving your credit score and guarding against identity theft.

Basic Estate Planning – November 15, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Topics include: Planning for health care issues including long-term care insurance and disability insurance. Getting your assets where you want them to go.

There is no cost to attend these classes. Pre-register one week in advance 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.

November Environmental Horticulture Programs
The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Environmental Horticulture Program for November 2010. This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent along with Art Shriver of SEM Nursery.

Growing Shitake and Oyster Mushrooms – November 13, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).
Learn the basics of shitake mushroom and oyster mushroom growing for the home garden. Shitake mushrooms are grown on oak logs. Attendees will learn how to prepare and inoculate the logs for shitake mushroom production.

There is no cost to attend this class. Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209. For more information, call the Extension Office at 352-955-2402.
November Commercial Horticulture Programs

The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Commercial Horticulture Programs, for November 2010. These programs are offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent. All of these programs are held at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Workshop November 3, from 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Registration fee is $50.00 per person for full day certification program/$20.00 per person for half day re-certification program. Registration deadline is October 27, 2010. Program flyer and registration form can be downloaded from: http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml

Worker Protection Standard – Train the Trainer Workshop November 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost to attend this class is $5.00. Pre-register by November 3 by calling 352-337-6209. For more information call 352-955-2402. A complete brochure with registration form can be found at: http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml.

Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop November 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost $25.00 (includes materials and lunch). Please pre-register by calling 352-337-6209.

For more information about these and other programs, contact Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent, 352-955-2402.

Fall Small Ruminant Workshop
The Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office is pleased to announce the "2010 Fall Small Ruminant Workshop" on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville), beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Registration fee is $5.00, and includes meal. Participants must register by November 12 by calling 352-955-2402 or e-mail cbsanders@alachuacounty.us.

For more information, contact Cindy Sanders, Alachua County Cooperative Extension Director/Livestock Agent at 352-955-2402.


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Commission Highlights

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

The Arc of Alachua County
The Board received a recognition from The Arc of Alachua County, Inc. in appreciation of the CAPP funding they received.

Children’s Alliance Celebration Day
The Board proclaimed November 7, 2010 as “Children’s Alliance Celebration Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
100 Best 2009-2010.pdf

Historical Commission’s Annual Report
The Board heard a presentation of the Historical Commission’s Annual Report and Work Plan 2010-2011

Attachment: 2011workplanformFinal.pdf
Attachment: 
Historic commission2010.pdf
Attachment: 
Historic commission2010.pptx

Kanapaha Park Community Center
The Board approved, with modifications, the schematic design for the Kanapaha Park Community Center so the project can move on to the next phase, which is Design Development
Attachment: 
KANAPAHA_COMMUNITY_CENTER_PRESENTATION.pdf

CR 337 Widening and Resurfacing
The Board approved the 60 percent Design Plans for CR 337 Widening and Resurfacing from Levy County line to 700 feet South of SW 30th Ave and proceed to 90 percent Design Plans.
Attachment: 
County Project 6328 60 Design Presentation.pdf
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60 Design Plans 3 of 3.pdf
Attachment: 
60 Design Plans 1 of 3.pdf
Attachment: 
60 Design Plans 2 of 3.pdf

Emerald Waste Services

The Board approved the commercial franchise application agreement with Emerald Waste Services, LLC.
Amount: $215,000.00 Revenue

Attachment: EWS Franchise Final.pdf

County Manager’s Report
The County Manager’s reported on two items:

Organics Project/Grant Archer sludge issue 
The County will be working with GRU at Gainesville Joint Meeting

Sheriff budget appeal received, County will provide response by 10-29-10

Landscape Fertilizer and Irrigation Codes
The Board adopted the proposed Ordinance, which Opts-In Gainesville and Hawthorne to Alachua County’s Landscape Fertilizer and Irrigation Codes.
Attachment: 
Hawthorne201018.pdf
Attachment: 
AmendmentFertilizerIrrigationCode.pdf
Attachment: 
AmendmentFertilizerIrrigationCodePresentation.pdf
Attachment: 
Gainesville090896.pdf
Attachment: 
Gainesville090813.pdf
Attachment: 
Hawthorne201019.pdf

Comprehensive Plan
The Board
approved the Ordinance adopting CPA-06-10 into the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan 2020 with the following bases:

1. The proposed amendment is consistent with the Goals, Objectives, and Policies of the Future Land Use Element.

2. The proposed amendment is consistent with the Goals, Objectives, and Policies of the Transportation Mobility Element.

3. The proposed amendment is consistent with the Goals, Objectives, and Policies of the Capital Improvements Element.
Attachment: 
Attch4CPA 0610_Supp Data.pdf
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CPA_06_10_PP_Adoption.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA0610_SR_BOCC_Adopt.pdf
Attachment: 
Attch2_Flu_2020.pdf
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Attch3_TCBA_SWBacklog.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA_06_10_PP_Adoption.pptx
Attachment: 
Attch1_OrdinanceandPolicies.pdf

Ammended Land Use

The Board adopted CPA-10-10 amending the land use on parcel 6902-004-000 from Institutional to Heavy Industrial
Attachment: 
CPA_10_10_Ordinance.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA_10_10_Staff_Report.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA1010Application.pdf
Attachment: 
WhatsHappeningSurvey.pdf
Attachment: 
Administrative_Rezoning_Map.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA1010WorkshopNoticeMailing.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA1010_Presentation.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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