September 30th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

FY12 Final Budget Approved
County Receives Award of Excellence for Comprehensive Plan
13th Annual Trashformations Recycled Art Competition
Future of Water Supply Forum
What's On "Alachua County Talks"
County Converts Waste Cooking Oil into Fuel and Electricity
October Extension Programs
Sustainability Connection Newsletter
Voting Experience Starts Early
The 2011 Alachua County Fair
Commission Highlights

FY12 Final Budget Approved

The Alachua County Commission gave final approval to the fiscal year 2011-12 budget Tuesday. Commissioners Byerly, Long, and DeLaney voted in favor of the budget while Commissioners Pinkoson and Baird were in dissent.

The Board approved a general fund property tax rate of 8.5696 mills, which represented an approximately 2.3 percent increase over the current year's general fund tax rate of 8.3763 mills. As property values have dropped approximately 3 percent, the new tax rate is projected to generate $380,000 less than the current fiscal year's approximately $95.66 million in property tax revenues.

Millage rates for the municipal services taxing units (MSTU) that fund law enforcement, fire services and general county services in the unincorporated county remained at the FY 2011 levels, which will result in a decline in revenues for each MSTU. Property tax revenues for the three MSTUs and the general fund are projected to be approximately $111.8 million, or about $838,000 below this current fiscal year's revenues.


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County Receives Award of Excellence for Comprehensive Plan

The Alachua County Commission was presented an Award of Excellence for its Comprehensive Plan on September 27, 2011, by Allison Megrath, AICP, Chair of the Awards Committee for the American Planning Association Florida Chapter.

"The award is based on five criteria: innovation, transferability, implementation, quality and comprehensiveness," said Ms. Megrath. "The Awards Committee this year felt that the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan exceeded the requirements that are provided by the State for a Comprehensive Plan, and so I am pleased to present this award to you."

The Alachua County Comprehensive Plan: 2011-2030 consists of reinforcing strategies throughout the Plan's 15 Elements, including new Energy and Community Health Elements, to achieve the community's vision in the areas of land use, transportation, housing, energy, health, economic development and resource protection, and to help create a vibrant, healthy and sustainable future for all residents and businesses, and for many generations to come. The Comprehensive Plan can be accessed online here.

County Growth Management Director Steve Lachnicht, AICP, said, "This award by the association of professional planners in Florida is a tribute to the effort and commitment by the Alachua County community, and the County Commission, to innovative planning in the long term interest of the physical, economic and social well being of the County."

For more information about APA Florida visit http://floridaplanning.org.

For more information about the Growth Management Department, go to http://growth-management.alachuacounty.us or call 352-374-5249.

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13th Annual Trashformations Recycled Art Competition

From an egret made of milk jugs to a copper butterfly, reused and recyclable materials are finding their way to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives and the Florida Museum of Natural History are hosting the 13th annual "Trashformations," a juried student recycled art show and competition. The competition begins at 5:30 p.m. on November 18, 2011, at the Florida Museum of Natural History (in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, SW 34th Street and Hull Road, Gainesville).

All artwork entered in the contest must be comprised of 70% or more recycled/recyclable/reused materials. Cash prizes will be awarded for winning entries in middle school, high school and college categories. There will also be The Waste Watcher and Museum awards. Applications (to participate) must be submitted by November 3, at 5 p.m. Click here for a printable application/brochure.

The Trashformations exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information click here, or contact the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives at 352-374-5245.

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Future of Water Supply Forum

The League of Women Voters of Alachua County/Gainesville and the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department invite the public to attend a water forum titled "The Status and Future of our Water Supply" on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Oak Hammock (5100 SW 25th Blvd., Gainesville).

Stacie Greco, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Water Conservation Coordinator, and Kathleen McKee, LWV member and Research Coordinator at the UF Water Institute, are coordinating this event. There will be presentations by UF faculty about aquifers and groundwater, by Alachua County EPD about water permitting, and by Water Management Districts about trends in groundwater in North Florida.  Citizens will have the opportunity to have their questions answered during a panel discussion following presentations by regional water experts.

For more information, visit www.alachuacountywater.org or contact Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829 or sgreco@alachuacounty.us.

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What's On "Alachua County Talks"

Click here to view this edition of "Alachua County Talks." it features an in-depth interview with Ed Poppell, Vice President for Business Affairs and Economic Development at the University of Florida. The subject is the new Innovation Square District.

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


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County Converts Waste Cooking Oil into Fuel and Electricity

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (ACEPD) is cutting costs by processing vegetable based waste cooking oil to produce diesel fuel for County trucks and an electrical generator that can power a County building.   Besides lowering operating costs, the County's production of biodiesel reduces local dependency on foreign oil and increases use of renewable energy.

The 100% biodiesel (B-100) is produced at ACEPD's Hazardous Waste Collection Center and fuels a generator capable of providing enough electricity to allow the Center to be off the local electrical grid for entire workdays. The biodiesel is also being used to supplement conventional fuels for the County's waste hauling truck fleet to reduce fuel costs. ACEPD is currently producing biodiesel at a cost of less than $2.50 per gallon including the costs of labor and materials.

"For Alachua County, using waste vegetable oil to produce diesel fuel is proving to be a good business practice both financially and environmentally" said Chris Bird, Alachua County Environmental Protection Director. "Improper disposal of waste cooking through sink drains can result in costly plumbing repair bills and pipe blockages and overflows that may cause raw sewage spills into local waterways. What really makes ACEPD's biodiesel program cost effective is that our Hazardous Waste Center already has a well established network for collecting reusable materials such as waste vegetable oil."

ACEPD's biodiesel program partners include a local chemical manufacturer SiVance, Gainesville Regional Utilities, and Oak Hall School. ACEPD has established convenient drop off locations for waste vegetable oil at the Hazardous Waste Collection Center and the five Rural Collection Centers. Most of the used cooking oil collected for this operation is supplied by households. Additionally, ACEPD is receiving materials from two downtown Gainesville restaurants, Emiliano's and Manuel's Vintage Room.

For more information on biodiesel production or to find out more about the County's waste vegetable oil collection service to homeowners and businesses, visit the waste oil recycling website, or call 352-334-0440.


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October Extension Programs

Family & Consumer Sciences Programs

Financial Management Series - Equipping Your Financial Toolbox
This series includes:
Session One: Managing Your Finances and Making Credit Work for You – October 3, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,
Session Two: Important Papers; What to Keep, Where and How Long, October 17, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,
Session Three: Basic Estate Planning – October 24, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) –October 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here for more information about these programs.

Environmental Horticulture Programs

Edible Landscaping in Alachua County – October 6, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Water Smart -- saving water in your landscape. Co-instructor: Dr. Aparna Gazula, Commercial Hort. Agent – October 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8p.m.

Growing Fruit in Alachua County – October 19, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Attracting Butterflies and Pollinators to Your Garden – October 27, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Click here for more information about these programs.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs

Aquatic Pest Control Applicator Pesticide School - Wednesday, October 19, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Worker Protection Standard – Train the Trainer Workshop - Wednesday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Click here for more information about these programs.

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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Sustainability Connection Newsletter

The Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives, Facilities Management Division, Environmental Protection Department and the Sustainability Program are coordinating to produce "Sustainability Connection." This quarterly newsletter contains articles about environmental sustainability topics and projects.

Alachua County Waste Alternatives Specialist, Jeff Klugh said, "Sustainability is quickly evolving from a new idea into normal operations for businesses and governmental organizations." He continued, "Alachua County's various departments have been working to operate in a more sustainable way for some time, and have been successful in many areas."

Click to view the Sustainability Connection newsletter.

For more information contact the Alachua County Waste Management Division at 352-374-5213 or Jeff Klugh at jklugh@alachuacounty.us.

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Voting Experience Starts Early

The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections helped create a real life experience for students at Mebane Middle School in Alachua on Tuesday. During their student government elections, students had the opportunity to experience what it is like to "go to the polls." With voting booths supplied by the Supervisor of Elections, classrooms were set up as polling places where each student received a ballot and was able to vote for the candidate of their choice.

Over the past week, student candidates were out campaigning for various student government positions and the school campus was decorated with numerous election posters to raise awareness. Students proudly displayed "I Voted" stickers they received after casting their ballot. According to Student Government Advisor Alisha Williams, students were very enthusiastic about the elections as well as their voting experience and look forward to another opportunity to vote again in the future.

The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections will be at the following upcoming events:


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The 2011 Alachua County Fair

The 2011 Alachua County Fair will be held this year beginning Saturday, October 22, through Saturday, October 29, at the Alachua County Fairgrounds (3100 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville).

Click to visit the Alachua County Fair Facebook page.

For more information (including ticket prices, hours, ticket locations, directions, etc.), visit the Alachua County Fair website, or contact Stephen White at 352-354-3708 or alachuafair@gmail.com.

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Commission Highlights

Bonnie Hinson Retirement
The Board presented a retirement memento to Bonnie Hinson after 41 years of service with the Alachua County Community Support Services Department

National 4-H Week
The Board proclaimed October 2-8, 2011 as “National 4-H Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
4-H Week 2011.pdf

White Cane Safety Awareness Month
The Board proclaimed October 2011 as “White Cane Safety Awareness Month” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
2011 WHITE CANE DAY PROCLAMATION.pdf

Fire Prevention Week
The Board proclaimed September 9 - 15, 2011 as “Fire Prevention Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Fire Prevention Week 2011.pdf

Award of Excellence for the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan
The Board received the presentation and award for the American Planning Association Florida Chapter of an Award of Excellence for the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan: 2011-2030.

FY 2020 Fuel Reduction Plan
The Board heard the proposed 20 percent by FY 2020 Fuel Reduction Plan and provided direction.
Attachment: 
Alachua County 20 Percent by 2020 Fuel Reduction Plan for Alachua County Fleet 08152011.pdf
Attachment: 
Alachua County 20 Percent by 2020 Fuel Reduction Plan for Alachua County Fleet 060911.ppt

Eastside Community Redevelopment Area
The Board authorized staff to advertise the public hearings on the Finding of Necessity for the Eastside Community Redevelopment Area and to establish the Alachua County Community Redevelopment Agency and provide notice to taxing authorities as required by statute.  The Board directed staff to reduce the undeveloped land in the plan, to eliminate the funding of individual businesses, and to estimate the staff costs of creating a CRA.
Attachment: 
CRA Ordinance Powers.pdf
Attachment: 
CRA Resolution Finding.pdf
Attachment: 
CRA PowerPoint Presentation2.pdf
Attachment: 
CRA PowerPoint Presentation2.pptx
Attachment: 
CRA Finding Report.pdf
Attachment: 
CRA Map Eastside Boundary.pdf
Attachment: 
CRA Resolution Declare BoCC Agency.pdf

CHOICES Agreements

The Board approved the CHOICES agreements with outside providers to deliver health services to Alachua County residents. CHOICES Advisory Board and staff support the approval.
Amount: $697,000.00
Attachment: Helping Hands CHOICES 6th Amend Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Equal Access CHOICES 6th Amend Final.pdf
Attachment: 
ACHD Flu Mist Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Merdian CHOICES Provider Final.pdf
Attachment: 
BoCCPresentationChoicesExternalFunding.pptx
Attachment: 
ACHD CHOICES Health Ed and Wellness Final.pdf
Attachment: 
UF CHOICES Mobile Clinic 2nd Amend Final.pdf

Jail Study Consultant
The Board postponed making a decision on hire a consultant to study the jail until after special meeting with the Sheriff on Tuesday October 4, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in the Boardroom located at 12 SE 1st Street, downtown Gainesville.

Regulation of Firearms
The Board conducted a public hearing and adopted the attached ordinance repealing or amending various provisions of the County Code relating to the regulation of firearms.
Attachment: 
1_FirearmsCodeProvisions.pdf
Attachment: 
2_FirearmsBill.pdf
Attachment: 
4_FirearmsMemo.pdf
Attachment: 
3_FirearmsOrdinance.pdf

FY12 Millage Rates and Final Budgets
The Board conducted public hearing and adopted the final FY12 millage rates and final budgets for the General County, MSTU - Unincorporated Services, MSTU - Law Enforcement Funds, MSTU - Fire Protection Services and Alachua County Debt Service Funds. Approve the FY12-16 Comprehensive Capital Improvement Program.
Attachment: 
4a Resol 12 for Final MSTU Unincorporated Millage.pdf
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6a Resol 12 for Final MSTU Fire Service Millage.pdf
Attachment: 
2 FY12 to FY16 5 Year CIP.pdf
Attachment: 
1 Agenda Final Public Hearing Sept 27 2011.pdf
Attachment: 
3a Reso 12 for Final General County Millage.pdf
Attachment: 
3b Resol 12 for Final General County Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
4b Resol 12 for Final MSTU Unincorporated Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
5b Resol 12 for Final MSTU Law Enforc Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
6b Resol 12 for Final MSTU Fire Services Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
7 FY12 Budget Decision Package Tier 1 as of Sept 20.pdf
Attachment: 
8 FY12 Final Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
5a Resol 12 for Final MSTU Law Enforc Millage.pdf

Future Land Use Map 2030
The Board adopted CPA 02 11 to designate publicly owned parcel as Preservation on the Future Land Use Map 2030.
Attachment: 
ORD 11_ Millcreek.pdf
Attachment: 
Application CPA 02 11.pptx
Attachment: 
FDOE Letter 6 15 11 Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
FDACS Letter 6 9 11 Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
DCA Letter 6 9 11Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA 02 2011_ Mill Creek additions.pdf

Future Land Use Map 2030
The Board adopted CPA 03 11 to designate publicly owned land identified as Preservation on the Future Land Use Map 2030.
Attachment: 
CPA 03 2011_ Odum Preserve_12 17 2011.pdf
Attachment: 
DCA Letter 6 9 11Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
FDACS Letter 6 9 11 Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
FDOE Letter 6 15 11 Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
Application CPA 03 11.pptx
Attachment: 
ORD 11_ Odum.pdf

Future Land Use Map 2030
The Board adopted CPA 04 11 to designate publicly owned parcel as Preservation on the Future Land Use Map 2030.
Attachment: 
DCA Letter 6 9 11Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
ORD 11_ Northeast Flatwoods.pdf
Attachment: 
FDOE Letter 6 15 11 Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
Application CPA 04 11.pptx
Attachment: 
CPA 04 2011_ NE Flatwoods Preserve.pdf
Attachment: 
FDACS Letter 6 9 11 Amend ESR 11 2.pdf

Future Land Use Map 2030
The Board adopted CPA 05 11 to designate publicly owned parcel as Preservation on the Future Land Use Map 2030
Attachment: 
FDACS Letter 6 9 11 Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
DCA Letter 6 9 11Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA 05 2011_ Lake Alto.pdf
Attachment: 
FDOE Letter 6 15 11 Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
ORD 11_ Lake Alto Swamp.pdf
Attachment: 
Application CPA 05 11.pptx

Future Land Use Map 2030
The Board adopted CPA 06 11 publicly owned parcels as Preservation on the Future Land Use Map 2030
Attachment: 
CPA 06 2011_ Watermelon Pond.pdf
Attachment: 
FDACS Letter 6 9 11 Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
Application CPA 06 11.pptx
Attachment: 
ORD 11_ Watermelon Pond.pdf
Attachment: 
DCA Letter 6 9 11Amend ESR 11 2.pdf
Attachment: 
FDOE Letter 6 15 11 Amend ESR 11 2.pdf

Land Development Regulation Commission
The Board convened as the Land Development Regulation Commission and found the proposed text amendment as proposed by Staff consistent with the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan and reconvened as the Board of County Commissioners and adopted the proposed text amendment, as proposed by staff
Attachment: 
ULDC_EducationalFacilities.pdf
Attachment: 
ULDCOakHallLightingSRComplete.pdf
Attachment: 
ULDCEFOutdoorLighting.pptx
Attachment: 
ULDCEFOutdoorLighting.pdf
Attachment: 
ULDCLightingOrdinance.pdf

Resolution Z-11-14
The Board approved Resolution Z-11-14 with the Conditions and Bases therein
Attachment: 
ZOS0711SRComplete.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOS0711NotificationList.pdf
Attachment: 
Z0619.pdf
Attachment: 
Z1114.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOS0711StaffPresentation.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOS0711.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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