July 15th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Be Courageous, Shape the Future
County Manager's FY12 Budget Message
Strike Out Hunger Food Drive Workshop
What's On "Alachua County Talks"
Pretrial Services Receives Re-Accreditation By FCAC
Environmental Ambassadors Tour the Supervisor of Elections Office
July Extension Programs
Neighborhood Stabilization Program Homes Available for Re-Sale
CPR & Heart Health Event
Commission Highlights

Be Courageous, Shape the Future

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners invites citizens to participate in the upcoming public discussions entitled, "Community Conversations 2011." Light refreshments will be served.

This series of events feature a brief presentation of the County's budget and issues facing the County, followed by an interactive table-top activity in which citizens step into the role of a commissioner in recommending service priorities. During the session, opinions are electronically surveyed on a number of local issues and participants are given opportunities to suggest solutions to local budget issues.

To participate in one of these discussions, RSVP below:

Alachua County Manager, Randall H. Reid states, "It is very important for residents from many different parts of the county to attend, if we can get more people to attend, that dynamic is really rich."

For more information, contact Alachua County Office of Management and Budget at 352-374-5262.

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County Manager's FY12 Budget Message

The Alachua County Commission held a special meeting on Thursday, July 7, 2011, in which the County Manager Randall H. Reid delivered his annual presentation of the FY12 Tentative Budget Message.

According to Manager Reid's Budget Message, "Essentially, our FY12 Tentative Budget discussion revolves around the delicate and difficult balance of providing adequate funding for sufficient levels of services to sustain a quality community. The key question is 'What is enough?' When are we paying enough taxes? When are we providing enough services? In a representative democracy, this is done by determining if there are enough citizens willing to pay enough taxes to generate enough revenues to fund enough services to sustain a quality community. There will always be needs for more services than we can provide in the eyes of some citizens, and we will always be discussing levels of taxation that are beyond the level acceptable to some citizens. Severe economic change, new state mandates, shifting demographic trends, and evolving community growth patterns are issues that require a reconsideration of the key question, 'What is enough?' My goal in the budget submittal is to assist the Board in answering that question over the next several months and do so in a way that keeps our community values intact."

Click here to view the County Manager's FY12 Budget Message document as a PDF file.

Click here to view the County Manager's presentation of the Budget Message to the Board of County Commissioners.

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

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Strike Out Hunger Food Drive Workshop

In recognition of National Hunger Month in November, Alachua County Commissioner Rodney J. Long is inviting citizens to participate in the Alachua County communitywide "Strike Out Hunger Food Drive". To plan the food drive, there is a workshop and planning meeting that will develop a strategic plan to meet the needs of citizens who are challenged nutritionally by providing non-perishable foods to local food pantries. The workshop is on July 26, 2011 at 10 a.m. in the Alachua County Health Department Auditorium located at 224 S. E. 24th Street, Gainesville.

The purpose of the workshop is to form a collaborative effort with local businesses, faith based organization, educational institutions, government, law enforcement, private not-for profit agencies and city and county residents, to develop a comprehensive, annual, communitywide food drive.

"We will work together to develop a strategic plan for a county-wide food drive," Long said, "We will assess strengths and weakness in our present efforts, establish linkages and create a food security system that will improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs."

Please RSVP by July 16, 2011 by emailing Marie Small at mdsmall@alachuacounty.us or by calling call her at 352-264-6745.

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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 Gail Monahan, Executive Director of the Alachua County Housing Authority.

Click here to view this episode.

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Pretrial Services Receives Re-Accreditation By FCAC

The Alachua County Pretrial Services Program received its first re-accreditation by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC) on June 28, 2011, at the Florida Police Accreditation Commission Conference held in Bonita Springs, Florida. The Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc is supported by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Tallahassee, Florida. Law enforcement agencies, inspectors general offices, correctional facilities and agencies with pretrial services can achieve distinguished accreditation status through the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc.

The Alachua County Pretrial Services program received its initial accreditation February 2008, as the first non-sworn Pretrial Services program in the State of Florida and the nation to receive this honor.

Though accreditation is not mandatory, this process allows Pretrial Services programs the opportunity to evaluate their operations against standards developed by the FCAC. FCAC worked closely with the Association of Pretrial Professionals of Florida (APPF) to develop professional standards in support of evidenced based practices for pretrial agencies in Florida. These standards were developed based upon comprehensive research of: Florida Statutes, the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Standards for Pretrial Release, FCAC operating standards, and standards adopted by the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies.

In the final report to the Commission, Alachua County Pretrial Services Investigations, Electronic Monitoring/Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) components were highlighted as well as all staff completing the national certification. The report concluded by stating,

"The members of the Alachua County Pretrial Services demonstrated an overall commitment to the accreditation process, and their quest for excellence is commendable. Staff certification through the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) is outstanding. It is clearly evident the command staff and staff are eager to maintain a The staff members are very knowledgeable, and it is apparent they perform their work responsibilities according to agency policies and accreditation standards on a daily basis."

In addition to being recognized by the Commission as being innovative and nationally recognized as a leader in the field, they were impressed with Alachua County's overall operations. Also noted was the impact the program makes on the entire criminal justice system including key system stakeholders: the Department of the Jail and the judiciary in a quest to support pretrial justice for citizens of Alachua County.

The Pretrial program recognizes the value of earning this status and is both proud and honored to receive this distinction.


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Environmental Ambassadors Tour the Supervisor of Elections Office

On Wednesday, July 13th, Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter hosted an educational tour with students from the Environmental Ambassadors program. Seven student ambassadors along with Nkwanda Jah, director of the Cultural Arts Coalition, met with the Supervisor of Elections and her staff to learn about elections and voting. Supervisor Pam Carpenter spoke with students about the importance of making their voice heard by voting in all elections and for candidates who believe in the issues that are important to them. She also encouraged the students to become active participants by not only voting, but signing up to be Election Day poll workers, campaign for candidates running for office, or even running for office themselves.

Students were provided an opportunity to practice their new voting skills. By using demonstration ballots and the optical scan voting equipment used in Alachua County elections, students participated in a hands-on voting experience. Several Ambassadors registered to vote and signed up to work as Election Day poll workers.

In addition, Ambassadors learned that the Elections Office is aware of their environmental impact. The office recycles office paper and aluminum products, shreds and recycles elections materials once it has passed the required retention period, sets thermostats to preserve energy, as well as turns off lights and equipment at night and when not in use.

The Environmental Ambassadors program is a four-week program where students learn how to maintain, protect, and respect the environment, learn the importance of recycling, water and energy conservation and to reuse things that are normally thrown away. Through the Ambassadors Program, students gain an appreciation for the environment while understanding various environmental issues and concerns. The program is conducted annually and participants also have the opportunity to meet with governmental and elected officials.

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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).

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.

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Neighborhood Stabilization Program Homes Available for Re-Sale

The Alachua County Department of Growth Management is pleased to announce that purchase offers are now being accepted for three recently renovated homes purchased by Alachua County through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, (NSP). One home is located in unincorporated Alachua County at 3713 SE 14th Terrace; one home is located at 3009 NE 11th Terrace, in northeastern Gainesville. The third home is located at 12017 NW 164th Terrace, Alachua, FL.

Each home features a new roof, Energy Star windows, appliances and has been painted inside and out, providing an opportunity for a low to moderate income family to buy a home at an affordable price. Homes are being renovated to bring them into compliance with the standards of the minimum housing code as well as to increase the energy efficiency of each home. Three NSP homes have been sold to date.

Alachua County was awarded NSP funding by the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs to stabilize neighborhoods impacted by high rates of foreclosure or abandonment. Foreclosed homes have been acquired and rehabilitated within designated areas of the community. Homebuyers must meet NSP income requirements. For example, a family of 4 earning $69,960 would qualify to buy an NSP home. Buyers are required to complete an approved home buyer's education course, and cannot currently own a home at the time of an NSP purchase. Other program requirements must be met as well, such as being approved by an institutional lender for primary financing to buy the home. Secondary financing is also available through NSP to ensure affordability. Alachua County requires that all offers be submitted by a licensed Realtor to ensure the buyer's interest is fully represented in the transaction. Buyer's Realtor will be paid a 3.5% commission from the proceeds of the sale.

Photos and prices of all three homes as well as the NSP Information Packet are available on the Alachua County Department of Growth Management's website (click here to view), or by calling Jenny Poole, Housing Programs Coordinator, 352-337-6283 or jopoole@alachuacounty.us. Homes are offered for sale at appraised value after repairs have been completed. Offers are now being accepted and are due by 5 p.m., August 2, 2011, at the Alachua County Department of Growth Management (10 SW 2nd Avenue in Gainesville). Offers must be submitted by a State of Florida licensed Realtor. Offers submitted after the deadline may be accepted as back-up offers only, at the discretion of Alachua County.

Realtors interested in showing NSP homes and submitting offers must contact Jenny Poole, Housing Programs Coordinator at jopoole@alachuacounty.us. to obtain an offer package.

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CPR & Heart Health Event

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners has partnered with the American Heart Association (AMA) to provide CPR training and heart health information to employees and citizens of Alachua County. The event is scheduled for Thursday July 21, 2011 at the Alachua County Public Works Hague Compound.

The event starts with a morning session for Alachua County employees, with CPR Anytime training from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and the Community Partners Expo from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The event has two elements:

  1. "CPR Anytime" presentation, which includes additional information on:
    Using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
    Calling 911
    Heart Health Education
  2. Community Partners Expo includes:
    Information on Heart Disease
    CHOICES Health and Wellness Program information
    Chair Massages
    AMA Heart Walk Registration

The public is invited for a repeat of the CPR Anytime training at 9 a.m. and the Community Partners Expo will continue until the event ends at 11 a.m.

Directions to the Public Works Hague Compound: Go five miles north of the Highway Patrol Station on Highway 441 to County Road 25A. Turn right onto County Road 25A and take an immediate right onto Culpepper Way.

For more information, contact Amy Eisenson, Alachua County Wellness Coordinator, at 352-264-6981.

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Commission Highlights

Announcements
The Board heard announcements by Mark Sexton Communications Coordinator concerning the ADA Expo and the Alachua County Talks interview with Alachua County Housing Authority Director Gail Monahan concerning the VA Transitional Housing project.

Disability Awareness Month
The Board proclaimed July 2011 as “Disability Awareness Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Disabilities Awareness Month July 2011.pdf

National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week
The Board proclaimed July 17 - 23, 2011 as “National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
2011 Probation and Parole proclamation.pdf

Discounts, Errors, Double Assessments and Insolvencies for the 2010 Tax Roll
The Board Receive the Discounts, Errors, Double Assessments and Insolvencies for the 2010 tax roll from Tax Collector Von Fraser
Attachment: 
ei list 6 7 11.pdf
Attachment: 
TC 502 11.pdf
Attachment: 
DR505R11.pdf

Proposed Millage Rates
The Board
set the proposed millage rates at the simple majority level per attached spreadsheet for General County, Unincorporated Services MSTU, Fire Protection Services MSTU, Law Enforcement MSTU, and Alachua County Forever Debt Service and adopted the related resolution.
Attachment: 
FY12 Millage Chart.pdf
Attachment: 
Tentative Millage Resolution 2011-2012 Signed.pdf

NW 16th Ave /NW 23rd Ave Resurfacing Project
In regards to the NW 16th Ave /NW 23rd Ave resurfacing project the Board:  1. Approved proposed typical section 2.  Directed staff to proceed with the development of 60% Plans.
Attachment: 
4_RTS_Bus_Stops.pdf
Attachment: 
1_Information_Requested_by_Board_Attachments.pdf
Attachment: 
3_Publix_Traffic_Counts.pdf
Attachment: 
7_Maintenance_Savings_on_Utility_Strip.pdf
Attachment: 
11_FDOTAccessManagementReport.pdf
Attachment: 
NW16AV_BOCC_TypicalSectionApproval_7_12_2011.pdf
Attachment: 
2_Sales_Tax_Data_Request.pdf
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6_City_Input_on_Reduced_Lanes_Widths.pdf
Attachment: 
10_LaneWidthonBusSafety.pdf
Attachment: 
5_Evaluation_of_Reduced_Median_Widths.pdf
Attachment: 
9_Growth_Management_Comments.pdf
Attachment: 
8_Letter_to_City_Involvement.pdf

Southwest Alachua County Transportation Improvement District
The Board received the report and directed staff to continue development of the Southwest Alachua County Transportation Improvement District, based on allocation of 30% between 2012 and 2025 and 25% between 2026 and 2035 of the increase in future general ad valorem tax revenue within the District, to fund multi-modal transportation in the District.
Attachment: 
SWAC_TransportationImprovementDistricts_FIA.pdf
Attachment: 
SW_TID_Fiscal_Impact_06302011.pdf
Attachment: 
SWAC_TransportationImprovementDistricts_FIA.pptx

Nations Park
The Board approved the funding request and directed staff to draft an amendment to the Interlocal Agreement with the City of Newberry outlining the terms for disbursement for proposed enhancement to the design of Nations Park.
Amount: $277,303.00 

SW 91st Street Intersection Modification
The Board heard the presentation on the status update on the SW 8th Ave at SW 91st Street Intersection Modification and requested staff consider context of entire day rather than only the busiest part of the day in the design of the intersection modification
Attachment: 
91st and 8th presentation.pdf

Neighborhood Stabilization Program
The Board approved the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) 3 program with the following changes: 1. 75,000 purchase price 2. Focus resources into smaller area to have larger impact 3.  Establish revolving fund program in which program participants are required to pay back the down payment assistance.
Attachment: NSP Informational Packet.pdf
Attachment: 
Neighborhood Stabilization Program Presentation July 12 2011.ppt
Attachment: 
Neighborhood Stabilization Program White Paper for July 12 2011 Meeting.pdf
Attachment: 
NSP 3 Grant Housing Plan Final.pdf

Solid Waste Non-ad Valorem Assessments
The Board adopted the resolution and authorized publishing of the newspaper notice of the September 13, 2011 public hearing to set rates for solid waste non-ad valorem assessments and authorize provision of notice to affected property owners on the Notice of Proposed Taxes (TRIM).
Amount: 9,164,569.77
Attachment: InitRateResolution_FY11_12_Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Attachments_A_to_H.pdf
Attachment: 
Supplemental_Backup.pdf

130-foot Unipole Personal Wireless Service Facility
The Board approved Resolution Z-11-09 allowing a 130-foot unipole personal wireless service facility to be constructed at 3020 SW 75th Street, the site of the Tower Road Public Library.
Attachment: 
Public_Comments_ZOS0510.pdf
Attachment: 
Photosims_2nd_at_130.pdf
Attachment: 
INFORMATION_TMOBILE_ADJ_FACILITIES.pdf
Attachment: 
MEMO.pdf
Attachment: 
Preliminary_Const_Drawings.pdf
Attachment: 
Tree_Survey_Letter.pdf
Attachment: 
PowerPoint_ZOS0510.pdf
Attachment: 
Staff_Report_ZOS_05_10.pdf
Attachment: 
APPLICATION.pdf
Attachment: 
ENVIRONMENTAL_CHECKLIST.pdf
Attachment: 
MAILED_NOTICE_AFFIDAVIT.pdf
Attachment: 
OVERVIEW_MAP.pdf
Attachment: 
RF_with_Gillen.pdf
Attachment: 
TECH_DATA.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution_Z_11_09.pdf
Attachment: 
PROPERTY_OWNER_AFFIDAVIT.pdf
Attachment: 
DEED.pdf
Attachment: 
FCC_LICENSE.pdf
Attachment: 
SURVEY.pdf
Attachment: 
Tree_Survey.pdf

Haven Acres Private Animal Shelter
The Board approved Resolution Z-11-10 to revoke the Special Exception granted by Resolution Z-10-3 for a The Haven Acres Private Animal Shelter
Attachment: 
ZOR0111PowerpointPresentation.pdf
Attachment: 
ULDC_Appeals.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOR0111ResolutionFinal.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOR0111.pptx


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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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