July 1st edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Public Safety Communication Tower Deconstruction
Countywide Burn Ban Lifted
2010 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
What's On "Alachua County Talks"
Employee Spotlight: Supervisors of Elections' Dennis Edwards
CodeRED Weather Warning System
July Extension Programs
ADA Expo 2011
Commission Highlights

Public Safety Communication Tower Deconstruction

The Alachua County Public Safety communications tower located at the County's Public Works Hague Facility (5620 NW 120th Lane, Gainesville) has been dismantled. For safety reasons, it was determined that this tower could no longer stand. As part of the plan for demolition, all County Public Safety communications equipment has been temporarily relocated to another tower site. A new 350' guyed tower is planned to be built at the site.

The 350' guyed tower was originally constructed in January, 1972. When inspected by Angle Tower in June, 2006, it was determined at that time that the tower was unsafe to climb. Because this tower is greater than 250' and also due to its proximity to the Gainesville Regional Airport, anti-collision lights are required. In March, 2011 the top light on the tower went out and thus began the process to demolish the tower. In most cases, towers are demolished by a controlled drop. In this case, because the tower cannot be climbed, two cranes are required to dismantle the tower starting from the top. Safety regulations do not permit a load bearing crane to also support personnel so one crane is used to harness the tower and a second crane is used to carry the basket from which the crew operates.

For more information, contact Alachua County E911 Coordinator, Keith Godwin at 352-494-8600.

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Countywide Burn Ban Lifted

After reviewing Alachua County's current wildland fire conditions and the area weather forecast, the mandatory countywide burn ban has been lifted, as of June 28, 2011. The burn ban was formally terminated by a majority of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners.

For more information, contact Alachua County Department of Public Safety at 352-384-3101.

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2010 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Florida Administrative Code, Rule 62-550.824, requires that community water systems to prepare and provide their customers an annual consumer confidence report on the quality of the water delivered by their systems. This attached report is provided to the consumers no later than July 1.

Alachua County Public Works Department is the operator for the Santa Fe Hills Water System, and have filed the 2010 Annual Drinking Water quality Report for Santa Fe Hills Subdivision. Water samples are drawn and tested throughout the year to test for required contaminates. The results of the test performed on the water samples are compiled in the "Annual Drinking Water Quality Report."

To view the report, click here.

For more information about this report or concerning your water utility, contact Kenneth Fair, Alachua County Public Works Department at 352 374-5245 X1233.

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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.

This edition of "Alachua County Talks" features an in-depth interview with Anthony Lyons, Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency Director.
Click here to view this episode.

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Employee Spotlight:
Supervisors of Elections' Dennis Edwards

Elections staff member Dennis Edwards enjoys sharing his home-grown vegetables with his co-workers. Dennis, an avid gardener, loves working outside and helping his friends stay healthy by providing fresh vegetables. This spring, he grew tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, bush beans, purple beauty bell peppers, cayenne peppers, jalapeños, giant sunflowers, mint, basil, thyme and rosemary. Dennis has been doing a spring garden for several years, but this year for the first time, he is planning a fall garden. "Gardening is a great form of exercise and it really does help with my budget", says Dennis. The Elections staff is thankful for Dennis for sharing his harvest.


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CodeRED Weather Warning System

Alachua County Emergency Management recently added Weather Warning capabilities to its CodeRED high speed notification system. CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service's Storm based warnings. CodeRED Weather Warning automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather moments after official warnings have been issued. With this new addition of services, residents can sign up to receive warnings for tornados, severe thunderstorms and floods.

David Donnelly, Alachua County Emergency Management Director cautions, "Such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called."
A feature offered by the CodeRED system is the ability for individuals and businesses to create an account and add their own phone numbers directly into the system's database. Alachua County Emergency Management urges all individuals and businesses to visit the CodeRED website (click here to view) and fill in the enrollment information.

Those without internet access or have questions should contact Alachua County Emergency Management at 352-264-6500, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well.

For more information about Alachua County Emergency Management or the CodeRED system, click here or contact David Donnelly at 352-264-6500

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July Extension Programs

July Commercial Horticulture Programs

The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Commercial Horticulture Programs, for July, 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).

Specialty Cucurbit and Pumpkin Production July 12th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Learn the basics of specialty cucurbits and pumpkin production. Information will be presented on production practices including variety selection, cultural practices, fertilization and irrigation management, insect and disease management.

Class is free. Pre-register by July 11, by calling 352-337-6209.

Green Industries Best Management Practices July 26th, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This workshop is designed to provide training in Best Management Practices for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. This is a required training class for all commercial and institutional fertilizer applicators in Alachua County according to the Alachua County Fertilizer Standards and Management Practices Code.

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Workshop July 28th 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 $30.00 (includes materials and lunch). Pre-register by July 26, by calling 352-337-6209.

Financial Management Series
Equipping Your Financial Toolbox Series (There is no cost to attend these classes. Pre-register one week in advance for one or all sessions 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.

2011 4-H Summer Camp

The Alachua County 4-H Youth Development Program is pleased to announce enrollment for the 2011 4-H Summer Camp.

4-H Camp will be held from July 18 to 22 at Camp Cherry Lake, Madison, Florida. Campers age 8 to 12 (as of September 1, 2010) are invited to attend (do not have to be a member 4-H). Daily activities include swimming, canoeing, games, nature study, recreation and fishing. Evening activities include cabin skits, crafts, leisure sports, dancing, cabin competitions and camp fires. Campers will live in rustic cabins divided into boys and girls sections overlooking Cherry Lake. Cost to attend is $180.00, price includes transportation, meals, snacks and a souvenir t-shirt.

Camp will be supervised by Alachua, Bradford, and Duval County 4-H faculty and UF/IFAS 4-H camp staff.

For more information and registration information contact Matt Benge, 4-H Youth Development Agent, Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, 352-955-2402 or mbenge@alachuacounty.us.

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ADA Expo 2011

The Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office along with the City of Gainesville Equal Opportunity Office, the Center for Independent Living and the Alachua County School Board will host an ADA Expo to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Expo will be held from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2011 at the Sidney Lanier Center (312 NW 16th Avenue, Gainesville). It is free and open to the public. Employers & small business owners are especially encouraged to attend.

Passed in July 1990, the ADA creates an equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, education, transportation and accommodations.

This 7th Annual ADA Expo will feature agencies, businesses and organizations that offer service to individuals with disabilities. Many vendors will also be present displaying the latest assistive technology devices, methods and information in health, accessibility or accommodation.  This year's theme is, " Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?" Speakers will discuss how to prepare for and what to do in the event of a hurricane, tornado or other emergency.  The Area Director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida will also address Economic Recovery Assistance programs for Small Businesses.  

Individuals will also be able to register with Alachua County Emergency Management for special needs assistance in the event of an emergency. Participants are invited to experience accessible voting machines, hosted by the Supervisor of Elections Office.

Free transportation will be available for persons with special needs through MV Transport.

For more information or to RSVP by July 15th, contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office 352-374-5275, or the City of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity 352-393-8481.

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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Commission Highlights

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

Alachua County Forever Timber Harvesting Business Plan
The Board approved the Alachua County Forever Timber Harvesting Business Plan and the associated principles, policies and directives and remove section on salvage cuts and incorporate same into individual management plans
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 ACF Timber harvesting business plan 110531.pdf
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Exhibit 3 Stewardship Strategy Memo to the BoCC 060217.pdf
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Exhibit 4 Stewardship Strategy Memo to the BoCC 060717.pdf
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Exhibit 2 Stewardship Strategy Memo to the BoCC 050928.pdf
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Exhibit 5 Stewardship Strategy Memo to the BoCC 070907.pdf
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Exhibit 6 Stewardship Leveraging 2010.pdf
Attachment: 
BoCC110628 Timber Plan.pptx

EPD Petroleum Management Program
The Board approved the elimination of two (2) FTE Senior Environmental Specialist positions in the EPD Petroleum Management program due to significant reduction in FY12 State FDEP Contract Funding for the Petroleum Clean-Up and Tanks Compliance contracts effective July 1, 2011.  One (1) FTE is currently a vacant position and one (1) FTE is currently a filled staff position.

Alternative Surface Roadways
The Board tabled the issue of the use of special assessment districts for alternative surface roadways and instructed staff to schedule an agenda item for future discussion
Attachment: 
Unimproved Road Surface Treatment Program.pdf
Attachment: 
Final SAD Ordinance.pdf

Special Assessment District
The Board took no action on the request to establishment of Special Assessment District (see item above) and utilize commercial financing as a source of funding for the use of alternative surface treatment on NE 35th Avenue, NE 255th Drive and Quail Street from NE CR 219A to NE SR 26 and located in the Melrose area.
Attachment: 
Affected Parcels.pdf
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Final SAD Ordinance.pdf
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LOCATION MAP SAD Melrose Area.pdf
Attachment: 
PRELIMINARY PETITION NE 255th Drive Feb 2011.pdf

Environmental Protection Department Lease Agreement
The Board approved the execution of the Lease Agreement between Alachua County and The Holbrook Group, Inc. for office space for the Environmental Protection Department.
Attachment: 
EPD Office Relocation Comparison.pdf
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HOLBROOK LEASE 408 W University Ave 06222011.pdf

Balu Forest Management Plan
The Board  approved the updated Balu Forest Management Plan
Attachment: 
Exhibit 2 Balu Forest Proposed Physical Improvements Map.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 Balu Forest Management Plan Summary.pdf
Attachment: 
Balu Forest Mgmt Plan BoCC Meeting 06282011.pptx

Plat of Rochelle
The Board adopted the Resolution to vacate portions of certain platted streets within the plat of Rochelle and execute the four (4) County Deeds to Reginald L. and Lanita H. Brown; Thomas H. and Cleo B. Jenkins; Rollin J. and Joan M. Hogan and Franklin S. and Cynthia J. Morgan.  That the Chair be authorized to execute any additional documents approved by the County Attorney, necessary to complete this transaction.
Attachment: 
Resolution_ROCHELLE.pdf
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ROCHELLE_STREET_VAC_6_28_2011.pdf
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CD_Brown_ROCHELLE.pdf
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CD_Hogan_ROCHELLE.pdf
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CD_Jenkins_ROCHELLE.pdf
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CD_Morgan_ROCHELLE.pdf

FFY 2011 Florida Small Cities CDBG Program for Housing Rehabilitation
The Board approved the request to  conduct Public Hearing to obtain citizen input on community development needs; direct Growth Management staff to prepare an application in the amount of $750,000 for the FFY 2011 Florida Small Cities CDBG Program for Housing Rehabilitation.  The Board also directed staff to begin preparations for a neighborhood revitalization grant program for the nest available funding cycle for the SWAG neighborhood project. 
Attachment: 
NOFA.pdf
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2011 CDBG Power Point Presentation.ppt
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1st PH Ad Revised 6 2 11.pdf

Multi-Modal Transportation Mitigation Agreement

The Board approved the Preliminary Development Plan for 23 West TND Approval of Multi-Modal Transportation Mitigation Agreement for 23 West TND and stipulated that the development be limited to 3 stories max throughout, staff to work with developer to 1) investigate possibility of creating more eastside and north side buffer by encroaching into the buffer on the west side but without impacts to significant trees 2) to gain as much dispersal of stormwater on this site as is technically and commercially feasible in order to reduce the size of the single facility in the NW with the goal of creating more buffer where possible
Attachment: 
23_West_Aerial.pdf
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23_West_TNDx.pdf
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23West_TP.pdf
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23 West TND Prel_SR.pdf
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23West_Cover.pdf
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23West_OS.pdf
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23West_Trans.pdf
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23West_Master.pdf
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23_West_Location.pdf
Attachment: 
23WestMMTMSigned.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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