January 27th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

DeLaney Will Not Seek 3rd Term
What's On "Alachua County Talks"
County Highlighted in Facilities Management Journal
Farmers Market "Cash Mob"
Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training and Certification Program
FGP Blanket Project
Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) Provides Benefits
Countdown to Elections
NSP Home Available for Re-Sale
4-H Open House
February Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

DeLaney Will Not Seek 3rd Term

Alachua County Commissioner Paula M. DeLaney has announced that she will not be seeking a third term. The statement below is directly from Commissioner DeLaney:

Twenty years ago this week, I announced with great excitement that I was going to run for the Gainesville City Commission, where I served nine years, including four as mayor. This began a long commitment to public service in Gainesville and Alachua County. Little did I anticipate at the time what a roller coaster ride serving in local government would turn out to be.

In 2004 and again in 2008, the citizens of Alachua County placed their confidence in me and elected me to the Alachua County Commission.

Today, after very careful consideration, I am announcing that I will not be seeking a third term on the Alachua County Commission.

It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Alachua County and to have the opportunity to influence the decisions that will ultimately define our future. Serving in local government has truly been the most exciting and educational experience of my life, and I am very proud to have to have had this opportunity. I have worked very hard for twenty years to improve the quality of life for all citizens, and to serve as an advocate for the many among us who struggle so hard and have so little.

I feel very fortunate that I was raised by a family of strong women who constantly demonstrated that you really can grow up to accomplish anything you set out to do. Their work ethic, commitment to family, resilient character, and total self-sufficiency all influenced my attitudes about leadership, service and personal responsibility. I was raised to believe that if you always give back more than you receive in life, the world will be a better place.

I look forward to serving the citizens of Alachua County until the completion of my term this November. Thank you for this highest honor and wonderful opportunity. It has been a great ride.

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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 Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Art Festival Director Trish Riley. The Third Annual Cinema Verde Film and Arts Festival, runs from February 24 through March 2, 2012, and features environmental feature films and documentaries.  

Check out the latest editions of Alachua County Talks on Community 12 TV by viewing the Channel 12 Show Schedule.

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


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County Highlighted in Facilities Management Journal

The Alachua County Facilities Management Division is featured in the January/February 2012 edition of Facilities Management Journal. This premier journal is written for professionals who are concerned with developing and maintaining productive workplaces.

The article focuses on the County's energy conservation measures. This includes: the County's new fire stations, energy conservation programs, lowering greenhouse gases production, water reduction systems, and efforts to educate others. The article discusses how Alachua County is exploring all options to conserve energy and water, and reduce its carbon footprint.

Facilities Management Director Charlie Jackson was quoted in the article saying, "Building green makes good business sense." He continued, "It reduces operating cost over the life of the building and ultimately provides the County with another high-performing and sustainable building."

Click to view the Facilities Management Journal article.

For more information, contact Alachua County Facilities Management at 352-374-5229.

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Farmers Market "Cash Mob"

The Florida Organic Growers (FOG), the Alachua County Office of Sustainability, Little Bean Productions, Blue Oven Kitchens, and Buy Local North Central Florida, announce a "Cash Mob" at the Alachua County 441 Farmers Market (5920 NW 13th Street).  The goal of the event is to gather a crowd to promote local food and economic development.  Attendees are encouraged to spend $20 at the 441 Farmers Market on Saturday, February 4, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This family friendly event will include a bounce house, local food vendors (The Loving Hut), and Waldorf School provided kid's activities.  A short film will be produced from this event to promote farmers markets in Alachua County.

Cash Mobs are modeled after social networking Flash Mobs; events where large groups of people gather to celebrate artistic expression.  A Cash Mob adds the element of supporting local businesses by spending $20.  The 441 Farmers Market Cash Mob will support the local food economy by increasing the viability of area farms. 

"Everyone benefits when local farmers are supported.  We enrich our community's capacity to provide access to healthy, fresh food and develop a healthier citizenry," said Alachua County Sustainability Program Manager, Sean McLendon.  He continued saying, "Creativity and innovation inspire the local food movement that is creating a new generation of entrepreneurs.  A Cash Mob is a small idea that can leverage big results."

FOG is doubling the first ten dollars Food Stamp purchases while funds are available.

For more information, contact FOG's Felipe Echeverri at 352-870-7565 or felipe@foginfo.org, or Alachua County contact: Sean McLendon at 548 3765 or smclendon@alachuacounty.us.


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Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training and Certification Program

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (ACEPD) is offering the Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training and Certification Program on Wednesday, and Thursday, February 1, and 2, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Wacassassa Forestry Center's District Office (5353 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, east of airport). The program is free of charge.

Participants will learn why it is important to prevent construction site erosion from polluting local water bodies and will become familiar with techniques to minimize erosion and sedimentation.

This certification program was developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and will be taught by staff from ACEPD, Alachua County Public Works, City of Gainesville, and PSC Phosphate. This class is co-sponsored by the Gainesville Clean Water Partnership.

Qualifying participants can earn 8 Continuing Education Units for their contractor's license and/or 8 Professional Development Hours for their Florida Professional Engineer's license.
Interested parties must register by contacting Jennifer Mitchell at 352-264-6809 or jdmitchell@alachuacounty.us.


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FGP Blanket Project

On January 20, 2012, the Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) participated in the National MLK Day of Service. 100 foster grandparent volunteers, all age 55 and over, made double-layered fleece blankets for distribution by the Gainesville Housing Authority and School Board of Alachua County's Homeless Education Office to the area's homeless families and children.

According to Courtney Allen, Homeless Education Coordinator for the School Board of Alachua County, the blankets will be given to students who are not in the physical custody of their parents and are living from place to place with other people and even in places not deemed for housing. "Because of the volatile nature of their situation, and the many shifts that occur, receiving a blanket can mean many things. Having someone to give you something and thus, recognize your need is priceless to them.  Receiving a blanket will mean having something to call their own. It will mean warmth for the night; thus, a sense of comfort and security."

This is the second year the Foster Grandparents will complete this project, and their goal is to make 30 blankets.

"Dr. King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and opportunity for all, and taught us that everyone has a role to play in making America what it ought to be. By serving today and throughout the year, we honor Dr. King and help realize his dream of equality and opportunity for all." said Norma Berger, Alachua County FGP Coordinator. She added, "Organizers of the National MLK Day of Service see participation as the perfect opportunity for Americans to remember Dr. King's life and legacy and to honor him by taking action to solve problems in their communities."

For more information, contact Norma Berger at 352-264-6730.


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Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) Provides Benefits

Alachua County is using Insulation Concrete Form (ICF) in the construction of the Kanapaha Community Center at the Kanapaha Park. As an alternative to conventional construction, ICF provides structure, insulation, vapor, air and sound barriers, and fastening strips resulting in minimized costs and maximized efficiency. ICF has an insulated core with a high thermal mass providing moderate indoor temperature fluctuations to beneficially reduce the amount of heating and cooling needed. Buildings constructed with ICF produce a smaller carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

As opposed to combining multiple steps that are common in conventional wood frame construction, the ICF approach offers a streamlined process; ICF is cost and time efficient and provides the flexibility in design and strength in performance.

On Friday, December 23, 2011, MM Parish Construction, poured the first section of ICF at the Kanapaha Community Center and it went very well. ICF also provides proven value to buildings as it offers owners, architects, and builders a viable alternative to conventional wood, concrete or steel stud construction.

Because ICF projects require less material, fewer steps and minimized labor costs, we are anticipating that the use of the ICF approach will deliver the Kanapaha Community Center project on time and within budget, without comprising quality. As opposed to the conventional concrete construction, ICF walls lay out faster and forming plates do not need to be removed. An additional feature associated with the ICF is that the concrete continues to cure even in inclement weather and it even strengthens with time. On an average, the structural load bearing walls for ICF is about 25% stronger than conventional concrete walls.

Although this is the County's first building using ICF products, we expect it to be a fire and high wind resistant, comfortable building with less noise, stable temperatures, and an energy efficient facility. Allen Waters is the County's Capital Projects Coordinator and the project is currently on time and within budget.

The project is scheduled to be completed in April-May 2012.


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Countdown to Elections

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter would like to encourage citizens who plan to vote in the January 31st Republican Presidential Preference Primary and the City of Gainesville Election to remember the following information to make Election Day go smoothly:


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NSP Home Available for Re-Sale

The Alachua County Department of Growth Management is pleased to announce that purchase offers are now being accepted for a recently renovated home acquired by Alachua County through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).

This three bedroom, one bath home is located at 3741 SE 17th Avenue, in unincorporated Alachua County. The sale price for this home is $83,000. Built in 1964, this home features a new roof, Energy Star windows, appliances, and has been painted inside and out.

Click to view the sales flyer.

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. Alachua County has purchased nine homes for resale. Six NSP homes have been sold to date and offers have been received for two other NSP resale homes.

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 $66,720 may 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. A subsidy of up to $30,000 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.

Homes are offered for sale at appraised value after repairs have been completed. Offers are now being accepted at the Alachua County Department of Growth Management office (10 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville). Offers must be submitted by a State of Florida licensed Realtor. Homes are sold on a first-come, first-qualified, first-served basis. The Board of County Commissioners makes the final decision as to which offer to accept.

Realtors interested in showing this home and submitting offers must contact Barbara Woodham, Housing Programs Coordinator at bwoodham@alachuacounty.us to obtain an offer package.

For additional information, the NSP Information Packet is available on the Alachua County Department of Growth Management's website, or by contacting Barbara Woodham, Housing Programs Coordinator at 352-337-6283 or bwoodham@alachuacounty.us.


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4-H Open House

The Extension Office is pleased to announce a 4-H Open House event on Saturday, February 11, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to Gator Skeet & Trap Club (5202 NE 46th Avenue, Gainesville) to learn about the Alachua County 4-H Shooting Sports Program.   Stop by and experience hands on activities and watch the demonstrations. The Open House is free to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

The Shooting Sports Program consists of three disciplines: Shotgun, Archery, and Air Rifle. Beginners and experienced shooters will learn the basics of archery, shotgun safety, shooting, and trap and skeet. (Shotgun is age 10 – 18, and Air Rifle/Archery is age 8 – 18)

Enrollment in 4-H is not required to attend this Open House and 4-H Club Leaders will be on site to discuss volunteer opportunities for interested adults. Parental participation is encouraged.

For more information about Alachua County 4-H and this event, contact Matt Benge, 4-H Youth Development Agent at 352-955-2402.

For persons requiring special accommodations to 4-H activities contact Matt Benge at (352)955-2402 or TDD/TYY (352)955-2406. Please call at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request. 4-H is open to all youth, ages 5-18, determined as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year. Membership is open to all youth regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, handicap or geographic location within Alachua County. 4-H Emblem "Protected Under 18 U.S.C. 707". An Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Millie Ferrer-Chancy, Interim Director.


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February Extension Programs

Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

Financial Management Series
Getting Your Finances Under Control and Making Credit Work for You – February 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

No fee for this program. Registration is recommended but not required.

Basic Estate Planning – February 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

No fee for this program. Registration is recommended but not required.

Home Food Preservation Workshop – February 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and repeated from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There is no cost, but registration is required at least three working days prior to workshop. Printed materials will be available for $3.00 per set.

Commercial Horticulture Programs

Integrated Pest Management Update – February 8, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost to attend this class is $20.00 (lunch is included). Pre-register by February 7.

Living on a Few Acres (12 part series) - February 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a new program for 2012, and will be held on the third Thursday of each month. This class is entitled "Alternative Enterprises."

Cost $10.00 for individuals and $15.00 for couples for entire series (notebook and materials provided). Pre-register by February 13.

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Workshop - February 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The registration fee is $30.00 includes program materials, refreshments, and lunch for the day. Pre-register at least three working days prior to the event.

Environmental Horticulture Programs

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening – February 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Millhopper Branch Alachua County Public Library (3145 NW 43rd Street). This class recurs on February 10, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue).

Fruit Crops for Alachua County – February 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Millhopper Branch Alachua County Public Library (3145 NW 43rd Street). This class recurs on February 24, from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue).

There is no cost for these classes. Seating is limited, pre-registration is recommended.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Program

Private Applicator Pesticide School – February 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The full day registration fee is $40.00 (includes books & lunch), $10.00 (no books) and half day registration fee is $5.00 (no books & no lunch). To register please call 352-337-6209 by February 16.

Click to view the event flyer.

For more information or to register for any of these programs, http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml or call 352-337-6209 (voicemail) or 352-955-2402.


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Commission Highlights

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
The Board proclaimed February 3, 2012 as “School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Proclamation for School Crossing Guards 2012 FINAL.pdf

Children’s Week
The Board proclaimed the week of January 29, 2012 as “Children’s Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Childrens Week 2012.pdf

Alachua County Named As One of This Year’s Nation’s 100
Best Communities for Young People Day
The Board proclaimed January 28, 2012 as “Alachua County Named As One of This Year’s Nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
One of This Years Nations 100 Best Communities for Young People.pdf

Severe Weather Awareness Week 2012
The Board proclaimed January 30th through February 3rd as “Severe Weather Awareness Week 2012.”
Attachment: 
Severe Weather Awareness Week.pdf

Federal Legislative Program
The Board heard a presentation by the MWW Group and direct staff to prepare a Federal Legislative Program for submission.

Rules of Procedure
The Board approved the Resolution to amend the Board of County Commissioners’ Rules of Procedure in accordance with the attached summary document in regards to informal meetings, workshops and retreats and removal of Advisory Board members for cause and authorize the Chair to sign.
Attachment: 
RESOrulesJan24.pdf
Attachment: 
Summary2012Jan24.pdf
Attachment: 
DRAFTrules2012Jan24.pdf

Airboat Curfew Ordinance
The Board approved the Letter to Alachua County Legislative Delegation Opposing Proposed Legislation Preempting Alachua County’s Airboat Curfew Ordinance (Amended)

Attachment: OpposingAirboatLegislation.pdf

Legislative Affairs Coordinator
The Board approved the Resolution authorize the Chair to sign and direct the Legislative Affairs Coordinator to work with FAC, Bradford County and the Workforce Board.

Attachment: Resolution Supporting Local Control of Workforce Boards.pdf

Quarterly Hiring Activity Report
The Board accepted the Quarterly Hiring Activity Report for the 1st Quarter of FY 2011-2012.
Attachment: 
BOCC FY2012 QTR 1pdf.pdf

Alachua County Forever Cattle Grazing Business Plan
The Board approved the Alachua County Forever Cattle Grazing Business Plan and the associated principles, policies and directives.  Amend wording in regards to dogs being used for hog control and wording of offensive use of property; Assignment: Breakdown in next week or so total acres purposed and number of acres the public can actually utilize; gopher tortoise, where is the ”cells toward” report?  Picture of all the revenue sources, specifically how much property do we plan on opening up for fishing and hunting and all things EPD is possibly considering and when they may be coming back to the Board.
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 ACF Cattle Grazing Business Plan 120104.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 2 Stewardship Strategy Memo to the BoCC 050928.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 3 Stewardship Strategy Memo to the BoCC 060217.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 4 Stewardship Strategy Memo to the BoCC 060717.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 6 Stewardship Leveraging 2010.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 5 Stewardship Strategy Memo to the BoCC 070907.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 7 WAT Metzger Cattle Grazing License Agreement 120105.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 8 Metzger Costs.pdf
Attachment: 
BoCC120124 Cattle Plan.pptx

Transportation System Surtax Draft

Concerning the Community Wide Project Lists for Transportation System Surtax Draft the Board:

· Accepted the draft community-wide project list for further discussion B. Authorize staff to schedule a joint meeting with the Board of County Commissioners and the City of Gainesville Commission to occur no later than February 17th C. Authorized County Attorney and staff to continue to work with representatives of the municipalities on the refinement of the list and the development of inter-local agreement(s) D. Authorized staff to hold community meetings to present the proposed framework for the transportation surtax and receive public comments
Attachment: 
Micanopy Draft Project List 2012 01 11.pdf
Attachment: 
Gainesville Draft Project List 2012 01 09.pdf
Attachment: 
pavement management sales tax BoCC 1 24 12.pdf
Attachment: 
High Springs Draft Project List 2012 01 18.pdf
Attachment: 
11-1004 PavementManagementList NoHighlight.pdf
Attachment: 
Alachua Draft Project List 2012 01 11.pdf
Attachment: 
Waldo Draft Project List 2012 01 10.pdf
Attachment: 
Archer Draft Project List 2012 01 10.pdf
Attachment: 
Hawthorne Draft Project List 2012 01 05.pdf

90 percent Design Plans
Phase 1 – The Board approved 90 percent Design Plans for CR 337 Widening and Resurfacing from Levy County line to 700 feet South of SW 30th Ave and complete Final Construction Plans.  (construction pending future funding) Phase 2 - Approved staff to proceed to 30 percent design of Phase 2.
Attachment: 
CR 337 Roadway PLANS 1 of 4.pdf
Attachment: 
CR 337 Roadway PLANS 3 of 4.pdf
Attachment: 
CR 337 Roadway PLANS 2 of 4.pdf
Attachment: 
CR 337 Roadway PLANS 4 of 4.pdf
Attachment: 
CR 337 Phase 1.pdf
Attachment: 
CR 337 Phase 2.pdf
Attachment: 
Executive Summary Final Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Overall alignments map.pdf

County Manager’s Report
1) Will bring High Springs request on Poe Springs 2) Jail Report to be receive in early March and have consultants make the presentation to BoCC and Sheriff at the same time to be placed as a Time Certain at 1:30 on March 13, 2012 keeping agenda am light for this item

Alachua County Code of Ordinances
The Board held the Public Hearing and adopted the Ordinance to amend Chapters 21, 121, and 335 of the Alachua County Code of Ordinances relating to the name of the Public Safety Department, to Alarm Systems and to the Uniform Roadway Naming and Property Numbering System
Attachment: 
UPN 01242012.pdf

Alcohol Sales on Sunday
The Board approved the ordinance amending Chapter 63 of the Alachua County Code (alcohol sales on Sunday) and authorized the Chair to sign.  Sunday restrictions lifted.
Attachment: 
AlcoholSales.pdf

Turkey Creek Hammock Preserve Management Plan
The Board executed the Grant Contract between Alachua County and the Florida Communities Trust and authorize the Chair’s signature; and authorized the County Manager to execute all related documents and amendments as needed to receive the grant. The Board should also approve the Turkey Creek Hammock Preserve Management Plan.
Attachment: 
Exhibit 3 Turkey Creek Hammock Preserve Management Plan SummaryTurkey Creek Hammock Preserve Management Plan Summary.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 2 Turkey Creek Hammock Summary.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 Grant Agreement Turkey Creek Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 4 Turkey Creek Hammock Preserve Site Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
Bocc 01242012Turkey Creek grant contract and plan.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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