November 12th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Commission Says Good Bye to Cynthia Moore Chestnut
Special Meeting - Swearing In
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Food Security Summit
Basic and Advanced Storm Spotter Class
County Update on Channel 12
Health Department Offers Haiti Travel Guidance
Cooperative Extension Programs
Commission Meeting Highlights


County Commission Says Good Bye to Cynthia Moore Chestnut

At the November 9, 2010 County Commission meeting, Board members and staff took the opportunity to say goodbye to departing County Commissioner Cynthia Moore Chestnut.

Commissioners Delaney, Long, Byerly, and Pinkoson each express their admiration for Commissioner Chestnut's many accomplishments and contributions during her long tenure as an elected official. Community Support Services Director Elmira Warren presented Commissioner Chestnut with a plaque acknowledging her support of the CHOICES program. County Manager Randall H. Reid presented Commissioner Chestnut with a plaque, acknowledging her service as chair during the previous year, and a gift from her fellow Board members and County staff.

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Special Meeting - Swearing In

On Tuesday November 16, 2010, the Alachua County Commission will hold a special meeting at 1:30 p.m. The meeting is in the Jack Durrance Auditorium on the second floor of the County Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st Street, downtown Gainesville.

The purpose of the meeting is to swear in new Commissioner Susan Baird and to elect the Chair and Vice-Chair for the upcoming year.

As always, the public is invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.

The meetings can be viewed live on Cox Ch. 12 or on the County's Video on Demand site. To go to that site click here.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5204.

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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.

Click here to watch Alachua County Environmental Protection Director Chris Bird discuss the Environmental Protection Department, its duties, programs, and the services it provides.

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Food Security Summit

On November 10, the Alachua County - City of Gainesville Food Security Summit was held. The event took place at Trinity United Methodist Church, and was open to the public.

The Summit featured 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 was a discussion of the creation of a food policy council.

Julie Paradis, Administrator for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, was the keynote speaker at the Summit's stakeholders' luncheon.

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

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Basic and Advanced Storm Spotter Class

Alachua County Emergency Management, in cooperation with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, is sponsoring a Basic and Advanced Storm Spotter class on Thursday, December 9, 2010, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The class is held at the Alachua County Public Health Auditorium (224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville).

According to Emergency Management Director, David Donnelly, "Severe weather is a fact of life in Florida and Alachua County is looking for a few good volunteers. The mission of the National Weather Service and local Emergency Management is to protect lives and property during severe weather incidents." He continued by saying, "Even with advancements in technology, such as Doppler radar, government officials still must rely on a network of trained volunteers to become their eyes and ears on the ground to provide better weather watch and warning services. You can be the one to make a difference and be an asset to our community."

For more information or to register, contact Alachua County Emergency Management at call 352-264-6500 or email acem@alachuacounty.us.


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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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Health Department Offers Haiti Travel Guidance

Relief workers and other travelers to Haiti are advised to contact their medical providers and foreign travel clinics for information related to communicable disease threats in that country. "Recent events in Haiti have resulted in increased public health concerns to travelers." stated Paul Myers, Assistant Director of the Alachua County Health Department. "Minimizing adverse health impacts associated with travel to Haiti can be achieved by consulting with medical providers and foreign travel clinics".

After the devastating Haiti earthquake in January of this year, significant numbers of relief workers including those from North Central Florida responded to the country's public health needs. Hurricane Tomas recently worsened already poor sanitary conditions. Risks to travelers include but are not limited to mosquito borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, and the recent epidemic of cholera, an acute bacterial disease that has sickened thousands and killed hundreds.

Travelers to Haiti are encouraged to contact the Alachua County Health Department's Foreign Travel Clinic well in advance of their trip at 352-334-8849.

For more information about the Alachua County Health Department, click here.

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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.

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 calling 352-337-6209.

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402.

Personal Financial Management Series
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

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
Attachment:
Announcements

County Attorney’s and County Manager’s Annual Performance Reviews
The Board conducted the  County Attorney’s and County Manager’s annual performance reviews.
Attachment: 
County Manager Evaluation Form.pdf
Attachment: 
County Attorney Evaluation Form.pdf

Support Letter for RTS
The Board approved support letter to allow RTS to apply for the 5311 Grant funds for Alachua County.
Attachment: 
RTS_5311_Grant_Letter.pdf
Attachment: 
RTS_5311_Grant_PowerPoint.pdf

Memorial Markers
The Board received the information regarding the Public Works program for memorial markers on County Rights-of-Way
Attachment: 
Alachua County Mem Marker Sign.pdf

World Diabetes Day
The Board proclaimed November 14, 2010 as “World Diabetes Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
World Diabetes Day2.pdf

Hospice Month
The Board proclaimed November 2010 as “Hospice Month” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Hospice Month November 2010.pdf

Veterans Day
The Board proclaimed “November 11, 2010 as Veterans Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
November 11 2010 as Veterans Day V1.pdf

Budget Amendments
The Board conducted the public hearing, adopted resolutions and approved budget amendments to amend the FY11 budget for carry forward, re-appropriations and other fund balance adjustments.
Attachment: 
6 FY11 CF Consolidated BA.pdf
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5 Resolution for FY11 Carryforward MSTU Fire Protection Services Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
10 Encumbrance SuperFund.pdf
Attachment: 
11 Encumbrance Department.pdf
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12 FY11 PO MASTER LIST BY Superfund .pdf
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9 FY11 Carryfoward Capital Project Information.pdf
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3 Resolution for FY11 Carryfoward MSBU Refuse Collection Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
4 Resolution for FY11 Carryforward Gas Tax Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
7 FY11 Carryforward AD.pdf
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8 FY11 CF Funds w Narratives.pdf
Attachment: 
2 Resolution for FY11 Carryforward MSTU Unincorporated Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
1 Resolution for FY11 Carryfoward General County Budget.pdf

Barr Hammock - Perry Tract
The Board accepted and exercised the Option to Purchase the Alachua County Forever Barr Hammock - Perry Tract, and authorize the Chair’s signature; and authorize staff to execute documents as necessary to close the transactions.
Amount: Acquisition $375,456.  Annual Stewardship $2,900.
Attachment: 
Exhibit 2 Perry Evaluation.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 3 Barr Hammock Assessment.pdf
Attachment: 
BoCC101109 ACF Perry.pptx
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 Assign of Option Perry Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 4 Cost Estimates.pdf

Lochloosa Flatwoods Connector - Crevasse Tracts

Purchase of the Lochloosa Flatwoods Connector - Crevasse Tracts by Alachua County Forever. (Amended)

Recommended Action: Approve and exercise the Option Contracts to Purchase the Alachua County Forever Lochloosa Connector Crevasse “Ranch” Tract and the Option Contract to Purchase the Conservation Easement on the CBI Tract, and authorize the Chair’s signature; and authorize staff to execute documents as necessary to close the transactions. Further, the Board should execute the attached Cooperative Agreement with Alachua Conservation Trust to manage the Crevasse Ranch Tract and authorize the Chair’s signature.
Amount: Acquisition $776,544. Annual Stewardship $1,100.

Attachment: Exhibit 5 Map.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 ACT Crevasse Ranch Option.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 8 Florida Statutes ch 497 270 summary.pdf
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Exhibit 4 Lochloosa Forest Levy Prairie Assessment.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 6 Crevasse Mngt Plan Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 3 Crevasse Tracts Evaluations.pdf
Attachment: 
BoCC101109 ACF Crevasse.pptx
Attachment: 
Exhibit 2 Crevasse Opition Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 7 Cost Estimates.pdf

Update on Other Available Properties

The Board postponed this item to the Nov. 23, 2010 meeting and requested an update on other available properties.  Below is the staff recommendation:

 Accept and execute the Option Contracts to Purchase the Alachua County Forever San Felasco Hammock Additions - Rolling Meadows Tract, and authorize the Chair’s signature; and authorize staff to execute documents as necessary to close the transactions.  Further, the Board should execute the attached Lease Amendment with the State of Florida Division of Recreation and Parks to manage the Rolling Meadows Tract and authorize the Chair’s signature.
Amount: Acquisition $2,793,342.  Annual Stewardship $550.

Attachment: Exhibit 3 San Felasco Hammock Additions Assessment.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 5 Cost Estimates.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 Rolling Meadows Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 4 1st Amend FDEP Lease Rolling Meadow final.pdf
Attachment: 
BoCC101109 ACF Rolling Meadows.pptx
Attachment: 
Exhibit 2 Rolling Meadows Investments Evaluation.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 6 Recorded PD Documents.pdf

SE 193rd Avenue
The Board adopted the Resolution authorizing the vacation of that portion of SE 193rd Avenue as requested.  The Chair was authorized to execute any additional documents approved by the County Attorney necessary to complete this transaction.

Attachment: SE_193_Ave_Resolution_Denying_11_9_2010.pdf
Attachment: 
SE_193_Ave_Resolution_Vacating_11_9_2010.pdf
Attachment: 
SE_193_Ave_location_maps.pdf
Attachment: 
SE193rdAV_STREET_VAC_11_9_2010.pdf

Celebration Pointe Transit Oriented Development
The Board approved, with conditions, the Preliminary Development Plan for Celebration Pointe Transit Oriented development, project number 2010021001_P: CONDITIONS:

1. Final Design of roadways and dedicated transit lanes is subject to a Final engineering review.  Approval of all roadway location, right of ways and required elements at the Preliminary Stage is done so on a conceptual basis.  Significant changes to the transportation network may require a Revised Preliminary Development Plan Review. 

2. Inconsistencies between the western property boundary, as shown on the boundary survey submitted with the preliminary development plans and the property appraiser’s GIS layer, will need to be worked out prior to final development plan submittal, as any change in the western boundary will likely modify conservation management areas/conservation easement set aside for the project.

Attachment: CP_MPDP_SP1_00.pdf
Attachment: 
CP_TNUP_SP3_01.pdf
Attachment: 
Celebration_Point_aerial.pdf
Attachment: 
Celebration Pointe Prel_SR.pdf
Attachment: 
CP_Location.pdf
Attachment: 
CP_MPDP_SPN0_00.pdf
Attachment: 
CP_MPDP_SP1_01.pdf
Attachment: 
CP_OSP_SP2_00.pdf
Attachment: 
CP_TNUP_SP3_00.pdf
Attachment: 
CP_OSP_SP2_01.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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