April 15th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Victims Services Director Loretta Golden
April is Water Conservation Month
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Annual RSVP Luncheon
Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway Event
Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Prevention
Vendor Workshop
Alachua County Career Expo
Firewise Home Workshop
April Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

County Victims Services Director Loretta Golden

At the April 12 Alachua County Commission meeting Alachua County Victim Services Director Loretta Golden spoke to the Board about the importance of Victim Services. Ms. Golden's impassioned oration demonstrated the spirit of public service at its best.

Click here to view the video.

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April is Water Conservation Month

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (ACEPD) encourages residents to celebrate April as Water Conservation Month. ACEPD challenges residents take the "40 gallon challenge," by taking a pledge to reduce water use by at least 40 gallons per day.

The pledge calls for behavior changes such as using a broom instead of a hose to clean off pavement, and reducing irrigation. Click here to view ACEPD's water conservation brochure. Click here to sign up for the 40 Gallon Challenge.

ACEPD Director, Chris Bird points out, "We can all save water by simply changing some of our habits." He continued, "Limiting showers to five minutes, running dishwashers only when full, and turning faucets off while doing dishes all helps reduce our demand on the aquifer – the source of our drinking water and springs."

For more information, click here or contact ACEPD Water Conservation Coordinator, Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829.

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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 Information and Telecommunications Services Director Kevin Smith discuss the the Information and Telecommunications Services Department, its duties, programs, and the services it provides.

Click here to watch Alachua County Community Support Services Director Elmira Warren, discuss the Community Support Services Department, its duties, programs, and the services it provides

Click here to watch Alachua County Public Works Director Richard Hedrick discuss the Public Works Department, its duties, programs, and the services it provides.

Click here to watch Alachua County Administrative Services Director Betty Baker discuss the Administrative Services Department, its duties, programs, and the services it provides.


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Annual RSVP Luncheon

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Alachua County is celebrating its 37th Annual Recognition Luncheon at the Paramount Plaza Hotel and Conference Center (2900 SW 13th Street, Gainesville) on  April 20, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The theme for this year's event is "A Royal Thank You!"  Our Master of Ceremonies will be Anthony Clarizio, Executive Director, Elder Care of Alachua County.  Entertainment will be provided by "Mr. October."

The event is by invitation only, however, the media is invited to cover it.

RSVP was established in Alachua County in 1973.  It is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and has been sponsored locally by the Board of County Commissioners since June of 1974.  RSVP of Alachua County matches persons ages 55+ who would like to share their skills, knowledge, and talents, with others by volunteering. No minimum maximum number of service hours are required, but background checks are needed for some tasks. The program has partnerships established with over seventy non-profit, government, and health care agencies.

"RSVP is an excellent way to put into action what is important to you." says Debbie Shea, RSVP of Alachua County Coordinator.

To volunteer, or for more information, contact RSVP at 352-264-6732.

If any accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at (352) 374-5275 or (352) 374-5284 TDD.


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Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway Event

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department will be holding the 17th Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The event will distribute, free of charge, 3,600 gallons of 75% post consumer recycled latex paint to community organizations, civic groups and people with special needs. Residents who cannot afford the cost of new paint can use the recycled paint for homes and businesses.

The Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center, located at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station, 5125 NE 63rd Avenue, 2 miles north of 39th Avenue, off Waldo Road. The recycled paint will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available in 5-gallon pails with six colors to choose from; off white, beige, gray, terra cotta, green and blue. There is a 10-gallon limit per resident.

"A total of over 59,000 gallons of recycled paint has been provided to Alachua County residents since the inception of the program in 1994," said Kurt Seaburg, Hazardous Waste Coordinator for the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department. "The program began as a means of assisting homeowners and agencies beautify their property while recycling a product that still has value."

The cost to recycle the paint is only slightly more than the cost to dispose of the unwanted paint by a solidification process. The latex paint is collected throughout the year by the Hazardous Waste Program and shipped to a paint manufacturer where it is blended and repackaged into a 75% post consumer paint and is suitable for either interior or exterior usage.

For any resident that is not able to attend the event, non-recycled free paint of varying quality and quantity, which is dropped off by residents who no longer need it, is available at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center's Recycle/Reuse Area. Residents can pick up this paint and other household products during normal business hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

For more information, call Kurt Seaburg, Hazardous Waste Coordinator at 352-334-0440 or visit www.alachuacountyhazwaste.us


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Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Prevention

The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) emphasizes the importance of protection against mosquito-borne diseases. Summer is rapidly approaching and with it comes the mosquito season. Mosquito activity peaks during the wetter summer months and so does the potential for transmission of mosquito borne diseases such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

"Alachua County's surveillance system is comprised of sentinel chickens, surface water larvae counts, light traps, dead bird reports, citizen complaints, and signals from the medical and veterinary community. These systems can detect the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Niles Virus in the County" said Anthony Dennis, Alachua County Environmental Health Director. "We urge all citizens to take steps to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes."

Tips on Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Sites

Symptoms of West Nile virus (WNV) infection and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion. Physicians should contact the local county health department if they suspect an individual may have a mosquito-borne illness. State of Florida Department of Health laboratories provide testing services for physicians treating patients with clinical signs of mosquito-borne diseases.

Tips on Repellent Use

Monitoring wild bird deaths can help officials track the spread of some mosquito-borne diseases. Anyone who discovers a dead bird is encouraged to report it via the Internet. The bird mortality reporting system is located on the

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website at: www.myfwc.com/bird/. Citizens may also report dead birds to a county health department or local FWC office.

For more information on mosquito borne illnesses, visit the ACHD website at www.AlachuaCountyHealth.com, the DOH Web site at www.myfloridaeh.com/, the CDC Web site http://www.cdc.gov or contact the ACHD at 352-334-7930..

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Vendor Workshop

The Alachua County Commission and the Alachua County Library District are hosting a "How to do Business With Us" workshop for vendors on Wednesday April 27, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office located at 2800 NE 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL (next to the Alachua County Fairgrounds).

The workshop is recommended for all vendors interested in learning about how to conduct and obtain business with Alachua County and the Library District. Vendors will learn about all aspects of doing business with these entities including:

"This workshop will really shorten the learning curve for those vendors interested in doing business with the County and the Library District," commented Alachua County Purchasing Manager Larry Sapp, "I hope to see a good turn out on April 27th."

To view the event flyer and print out for posting, click here.

For more information, contact Alachua County Purchasing Agent Matt Stevens at 352-374-5202.

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Alachua County Career Expo

Residents are invited to the Alachua County Career Expo, on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED) Center (corner of University Avenue and Northwest 6th Street). Attendees can find out about job opening and the application process.

Representatives will be available from Alachua County departments and divisions including: Human Resources, Community Support Services, Waste Alternatives, CHOICES, Facilities Maintenance, Public Safety, as well as the Alachua County Library District and FloridaWorks.

For more information Contact Alachua County Human Resources at 352-374-5219.

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Firewise Home Workshop

The Florida Division of Forestry is presenting "How to Have a Firewise Home" on Thursday May 5, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Florida Parks Service Training Building, (4801 Camp Ranch Rd., Gainesville). The workshop will help homeowners learn how to best protect their homes from wildfire. The public is invited to this free workshop, and dinner will be provided.

Many Alachua County residents live near natural areas. While these natural areas are part of what makes Alachua County a great place to live, there is also a wildfire hazard potential. Fire is a natural part of Florida. Come learn simple things that can be done to make homes and communities more wildfire safe.

Workshop topics include: how to know if you are at risk for wildfire, why homes burn, fire's natural role in Florida, Firewise construction and landscaping, and the national Firewise Communities/USA program.

Representatives from the Florida Division of Forestry will be on hand to discuss this important issue and to answer questions. Dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m. and everyone will get free materials and Firewise items.

Click here to view the event flyer.

For more information and to reserve a seat, click here or call Firewise Workshop Coordinator, Elise Cassie at 352-359-0722 or email ecassie@normandeau.com.

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April Extension Programs

Environmental Horticulture Programs

The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Environmental Horticulture Programs, for April, 2011. These programs are offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent. All of these programs are held at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ "Pruning" – April 21, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Learn correct techniques and timing for hand pruning shrubs and perennials in your landscape.

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening – April 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Demonstration gardens are located on site. Will cover vegetable gardening basics and teach you how to use raised beds for increased efficiency.

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.

Commercial Horticulture Programs

The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Commercial Horticulture Programs, for April 2011. 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 April 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The class includes 6 hours of the required training for LCLM license applicants.  Participants needing recertification begin can attend the first four hours of class, but are encouraged to take the Advanced Landscape Training Workshop instead. The LCLM license exam will be given the same day as the class.  You must have all of your license application paperwork completed to sit for the exam.

CEUs will be offered in the following categories: 3 General Standard/Core, 3 General Standard/Core, 3 Ornamental & Turf, 3 Private Applicator Ag, 3 Limited Lawn & Ornamental, 3 Limited Landscape Maintenance, 3 Commercial Lawn & Ornamental

Cost is $30 per person includes lunch. (Does NOT include IFAS Bookstore study manuals, $40.00 for study materials) Please pre-register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail) by April 22nd.

Click here to view a complete list of 4-H Summer Day Camps

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Commission Highlights

Sheriff Darnell
The Board heard a presentation by Sheriff Darnell

Career Milestone
The Board recognized County Employees that have reached a Length of Service or Career Milestone in March, 2011.
Attachment: 
march 13 emp.pdf

Creation Care Week
The Board proclaimed April 16 - 24, 2011 as “Creation Care Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Creation Care Week 2011.pdf

Reinvest Day
The Board proclaimed April 12, 2011 as “Reinvest Day” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Reinvest Day V2.pdf

County Response Costs Against Bezer East Inc.
The Board directed the County Attorney to work with the City of Gainesville staff to assert a claim for County response costs in the amount of $43,621.34 against Bezer East, Inc. The Board also authorized spending up to $5,000.00 for outside legal help in determining the feasibility of joining a resident’s class action lawsuit.

Collective Bargaining Agreement Contracts
The Board approved the new 2010-2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement Contracts with IAFF.
Attachment: 
IAFF GENERAL UNITSummary Executive Session3222011.pdf
Attachment: 
Final Proposal March 15 2011 IAFF MGMT CBA.pdf
Attachment: 
IAFF MANAGEMENT UNITSummary Executive Session3222011.pdf
Attachment: 
IAFF GENERAL FY2011 PAY PLAN.pdf
Attachment: 
IAFF MANAGEMENT FY2011 PAY PLAN .pdf
Attachment: 
Final Proposal IAFF CBA JANUARY 2011 after failed vote.pdf

High Performance Home Program
The Board authorized staff to proceed with development of the High Performance Home Program
Attachment: 
HighPerformamanceHomePPT.pdf
Attachment: 
HighPerformanceHomewhitepaper.pdf

UP Renewal and DRC Development Plan Application
The board approved reducing submittal requirements and fees for the SUP renewal and DRC development plan application for C and D landfill operations under the following specific circumstances: At the time of SUP renewal, if the applicant is proposing no changes and no compliance or enforcement issues have occurred during the past 5 years, the county will charge a minor SUP fee ($1,200) and allow the development plan to be reviewed as a minor amendment ($800). This represents a fee reduction of 60 percent from the existing fee structure and this change would also remove the requirements for the SUP renewal to go to the Planning Commission, subsequently saving the applicant time as well.
Attachment: 
CDLandfillBoCCpresentation041211.pdf
Attachment: 
CDLandfillBoCCWhitePaper.pdf
Attachment: 
DraftChangesCh62Sept10.pdf
Attachment: 
Art24Chapter404ULDC.pdf

Resurfacing of NW/SW 91st Street
The Board approved the construction contract with DAB Constructors, Inc. for County Project No. 6334 Resurfacing of NW/SW 91st Street from SW 8th Avenue to Newberry Road and Cobblefield Roundabout Modifications.
Amount: $1,494,935.62
Attachment: 
Cobblefield_Final Plans.pdf
Attachment: 
dab bid documents.pdf
Attachment: 
DAB 91st Const Final.pdf
Attachment: 
91st Street Plans_090810.pdf
Attachment: 
DAB Bid Form with SBE Good Faith Effort.pdf

Jazz Appreciation Month
The Board proclaimed April 2011 as “Jazz Appreciation Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Jazz Appreciation Month 2011.pdf

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week
The Board proclaimed April 10 - 16, 2011 as “National Public Safety Telecommunications Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Alachua County NTW 2011.pdf

Comprehensive Plan Amendment
Board adopted Comprehensive Plan Amendment CPA 01-11 as provided in the attached staff report.
Attachment: 
Staff Report CPA 01 11.pdf
Attachment: 
Presentation CPA 01 11.pdf
Attachment: 
Supplemental Data CPA 01 11.pdf
Attachment: 
Ordinance CPA 01 11.PDF

Multi-Modal Transportation Mitigation Program
The Board approved Ordinance 11-XX, the Multi-Modal Transportation Mitigation Program.
Attachment: 
MMTM_041211.pptx
Attachment: 
ORDINANCE 11 XX FINAL.pdf
Attachment: 
MMTM_041211.pdf

Rezone From BH District and BP District to HM District
The Board approved the  request to rezone from BH district and BP district to HM district on approximately 13.9 acres on SW 13 and adopted the resolution approving the requested zoning change.
Attachment: 
Site Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
MBHCI Zoning Boundaries.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0311 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOM0311.pdf
Attachment: 
MBHCI Zoning Application original.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0311 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf

Town of Tioga Planned Development
The Board approved the proposed final plat for Town of Tioga Planned Development Phase 14.
Attachment: 
ToT14_chSR.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT14_Pt_1.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT14_OS.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT14Plats.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT14_GMSR.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT14_Pt_2.pdf

Longleaf Planned Development
The Board approved proposed final plat of Longleaf Planned Development Unit IV, Phases VII and VIII
Attachment: 
LL7_8GMSR.pdf
Attachment: 
LL7Easement.pdf
Attachment: 
LL8cov_amd.pdf
Attachment: 
LL8plSheet2.pdf
Attachment: 
Longleaf_HOA.pdf
Attachment: 
LL7_8chSR.pdf
Attachment: 
LL7plSheet2.pdf
Attachment: 
LL7plsheet1.pdf
Attachment: 
LL8EASEMENT.pdf
Attachment: 
LL8plSheet1.pdf
Attachment: 
LL7cov_amd.pdf
Attachment: 
LL7_8Plats_rev.pdf

Alachua County Registry of Protected Public Places
The Board adopted the Attached Resolutions to add the Sweetwater and Watermelon Pond properties acquired through the Alachua County Forever Program to the Alachua County Registry of Protected Public Places.  The Board requested more information on the other properties concerning carving out right-or-way where needed to meet the 120 ft. standard.
Attachment: 
Exhibit 5 Sweetwater Registry Reso.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 8 Ordinance 08 016.pdf
Attachment: 
BoCC110412 registry.pptx
Attachment: 
Exhibit 2 Mill Creek Registry Reso.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 3 Northeast Flatwoods Registry Reso.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 6 Phifer Registry Reso.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 Barr Hammock Registry Reso.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 4 Watermelon Pond Registry Reso.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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