March 16th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Governor Should Veto Medicaid Unfunded Mandate
2012 ACCESS Spring Class
What's On "Alachua County Talks"
Fifth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Springs Celebration
Planning Commission Item
Two Special Meetings 3-20-12
Doing Business with the County and Library Workshop
March Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

Governor Should Veto Medicaid Unfunded Mandate

Please email or call the Governor, and ask him to veto HB 5301
Click to email the Governor
or call: 850-717-9511

The following is a letter to Governor Rick Scott, from Commission Chair Paula DeLaney

Dear Governor Scott:

The Florida Legislature recently passed House Bill 5301, which would force Alachua County to pay for Medicaid costs dating back as far as 10 years that it doesn't owe, despite those costs being demonstrably inaccurate.

Specifically, if signed into law, it would authorize the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to certify to the Department of Revenue an amount equal to 85% of approximately $13.4 Million Dollars of Alachua County's billings that heretofore have been appropriately denied by the County. Alachua County would be required to pay approximately $11.4 Million of that $13.4 Million Dollars for past billings that it does not owe and would be penalized for all future bills received beginning June 1, 2012.

Alachua County has paid its Medicaid invoices in a timely manner subsequent to staff carefully screening them to verify their accuracy; which over the past three years have contained an approximate 70% ERROR rate and in every instance of denial we informed AHCA about our reasons for denial.

In fact, AHCA has steadfastly acknowledged billing problems unique to Alachua County and has been working with county staff to resolve them. To this point AHCA acknowledged problems with Alachua County's billing issues in the enclosed document from AHCA, in which it states…

"We have worked with Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to fix the default assignment to Alachua. DCF has indicated to us that this fix was handled this last summer." However, it wasn't fixed and still remains problematic.

AHCA went on to say…"It fixes things prospectively, but not retrospectively. Alachua County will deny claims that are in question and we will research and assign to the appropriate county. It is difficult to ascertain at this point how much of their outstanding amount is related to this default issue, therefore we don't have definitive numbers." Please see enclosed document for more.

If HB 5301 is made law it would serve to force us to pay for services based on an institutionalized faulty billing process. In the 30+ year history of billings we have never received one correct billing – ever!

In conclusion, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners hereby implores you to hear our cause and grant relief from the unfairness of having to pay for services we do not receive by vetoing HB 5301.

Thank you for your consideration of our request and we look forward to your decision.

Sincerely,
Paula M. DeLaney, Chair
Alachua County Commission


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2012 ACCESS Spring Class

The public is invited to participate in the annual Alachua County Civic Education SerieS (ACCESS) classes, which begin April 9, 2012. Alachua County Government invites residents to learn about local government issues and gain access to County operations that most citizens never see. Each ACCESS graduating class will produce a group of citizens equipped to engage in ways that help Alachua County become more representative of its citizenry's needs.

County Manager Richard Drummond said of ACCESS, "Thomas Jefferson believed an informed citizenry was democracy's greatest safeguard and we agree. Where do you go if you want to make a difference in your community ... ACCESS is the key."

ACCESS runs for seven sessions, and is free, but space is limited. The registration deadline is March 30.

To view a complete schedule of classes and to register, visit the ACCESS website.

For more information, or to register call 352-374-5219.

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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 FloridaWorks Business Services Director Joe Johnson. The interview focuses on FloridaWorks' Connect program which seeks to match professional-level job seekers with interested employers through weekly networking opportunities.

In speaking of the interview, host Mark Sexton said, "Mr. Johnson's considerable knowledge of the needs of job seekers and employers in today's employment market is both insightful and invaluable."

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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Fifth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Springs Celebration

Alachua County, The Friends of O'Leno, and the Santa Fe River Springs Basin Working Group invite citizens to the O'Leno Ole' Chili Cook-Off (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Springs Celebration (from 11 a.m. to  3 p.m.), on Saturday March 31, 2012, at O'Leno State Park (410 SE O'Leno Park Road, High Springs) Admission to the park is free with the donation of one can of food per person to benefit a local food bank. 

The events include: a chili cook-off, live music, dance troupes, shadow puppets, and children's activities.  Chili tasting kits will be on sale and all proceeds assist the Friends of O'Leno non-profit organization with their mission of supporting the park.

"The Springs Celebration is a great event for everyone to learn how their actions are connected to the health of our springs, even when they live tens of miles away from them." said Stacie Greco with the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department. She continued, "When we use a lot of water, fertilize inappropriately, or neglect our septic systems we may be harming the springs of the Santa Fe River."

Click to see the event schedule.

For more information visit the Alachua County Springs Protection website, or call Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829.

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Planning Commission Item

A public hearing for a small scale land use amendment (CPA-02-12) from Commercial to Institutional/Medical land use at 3921/4001 SW 13th Street will take place before the Alachua County Planning Commission on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 beginning at 6 pm. The hearing will be held in Room 209 of the County Administration Building. This is the first of two public hearings for this item, which is being sought by Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics, Inc. to allow a substance abuse and eating disorder treatment facility at this site, a former motel (Residence Inn) on SW 13th Street near Williston Road. A concurrent request to rezone this property (ZOM-01-12) from 'BH' (Business/Highway oriented services) district to 'HM' (Hospital/Medical) district is also being sought and is contingent upon passage of the small scale land use amendment. Public participation in the hearing process is encouraged.

All materials related to this application are available for review at the Office of Growth Management. Please contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 374-5249 or Jerry Brewington at glb@alachuacounty.us for further information.


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Two Special Meetings 3-20-12

The Alachua County Commission will conduct two Special Meetings on Tuesday March 20, 2012, on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st Street, downtown Gainesville.
1.    A Special Meeting/Budget Discussion – 1:30 p.m. in the Grace Knight Conference Room 
This is the kick off discussion on the FY2013 budget.
2.    A Special Meeting/ Unified Land Development Code – 5 p.m. in the Jack Durrance Auditorium Room 209
A continuation of a presentation and workshop on the proposed updates to the Unified Land Development Code. 
View the Agenda and Backup Material

Citizens are encouraged to attend the meetings or to view them live on Cox Channel 12 or on the County's Video on Demand website.
For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5204.


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Doing Business with the County and Library Workshop

The Alachua County Purchasing Division is hosting a "How To Do Business with Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) and the Alachua County Library District" workshop on Wednesday March 28, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Alachua County Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville)

This workshop session is open to any vendor wishing to learn about conducting and obtaining business with the Alachua County BoCC and the Alachua County Library District.

Click to view the event flyer.

For more information, contact Alachua County Purchasing Supervisor at 352-374-5202.

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March Extension Programs

Environmental Horticulture Programs

Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent, is offering these programs. All of these programs are held at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

Ground Covers & Turf Alternatives: Getting Started – March 29, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This class teaches selection, installation and ground cover establishment.

There is no cost for these classes. Seating is limited, pre-registration is recommended by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

Commercial Horticulture Programs

Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent, offers these programs. All of these programs are held at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

Becoming a Hobby Beekeeper Short Course – March 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This course will allow the participants to receive a complete perspective of the process and expense involved with keeping honey bees as a hobby or alternative farm enterprise

Cost $10 includes lunch.

Green Industries Best Management Practices – March 22 from 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.

Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch.

Register for these classes by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

Family & Consumer Sciences Programs

Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, is offering these programs. All of these programs are held at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

Before You Tie the Knot – March 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Before You Tie the Knot is a premarital preparation course.

Completion of this course is required to receive a $32.50 reduction of marriage license. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion and a copy for the Clerk of the Court.

There is no cost to attend this two evening class. Pre-register by March 8 by calling 352-337-6209.

Home Buyers Education Classes

Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent is offering these classes.  All classes are at the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

The classes are on three consecutive Mondays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will cover the following:

The cost for the entire is series is $10.00.  Please pre-register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

For more information, call 352-955-2402.

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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Commission Highlights

Announcements
Announcements by Mark Sexton, Communications Coordinator
Attachment:
Announcements

Alachua County Jail
The Board heard a presentation on the Operational and Staff Analysis of the Alachua County Jail

Attachment: AlachuaJailStudyPowerpoint030812.pdf
Attachment: 
AlachuaNAWHDiscussion030812.pdf
Attachment: 
Memo Manager Reid Jail Issues.pdf
Attachment: 
Jail Sept 6 motion.pdf
Attachment: 
Jail Original Motion.pdf
Attachment: 
AlachuaProposedStaffingDiscussion030812.pdf

Florida Clinical Practice Association Inc.
The Board approved the resolution to approve issuance of bonds by the Alachua County Health Facilities Authority to finance capital improvements (amount not to exceed $40,000,000) for Florida Clinical Practice Association, Inc., and authorized the Chair to sign. The Board authorized the County Attorney to submit an invoice for $5,000 for County services to Florida Clinical Practice Association Inc.
Attachment: 
Invoice.pdf
Attachment: 
ResoFCPA.pdf

County Manager’s Report
Under the County Manager’s Report the Board:

Approved a $120,000 Qualified Target Industries grant to Mindspring, a company who would potentially bring 400 high paying jobs to Alachua County

Approved Indonesia Fellowship travel for tw0 County employees at no cost to the County

Approved the Jail HVAC and roofing CAD plans

Approved Item Main Street  post office driveway and easement

FDOT Priority Projects
The Board approved the priority list of the Annual FDOT Priority Projects (with some changes) for transmittal to the Florida Department of Transportation.
Attachment: 
FDOTPriorities2018.pdf
Attachment: 
FDOTPrioritiesPP2018.pptx
Attachment: 
FDOTPrioritiesPP2018.pdf
Attachment: 
Micanopy Applications.PDF
Attachment: 
Waldo Applications.PDF
Attachment: 
Waldo Map.pdf

Poe Springs Management Agreement
The Board deferred approval of the Poe Springs Management Agreement with High Springs
Attachment: 
City of High Springs Poe Sprng Mngt Final.pdf

Watermelon Pond - Metzger Tract
The Board:

Exercised the Option Contract to purchase the Watermelon Pond - Metzger Tract and

Authorized staff to execute the License Agreement to manage the tract

Authorized staff to close the transaction

Attachment: ACF 120313 Metzger Exercise.pptx
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 Option.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 2 Metzger Evaluation.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 3 Watermelon Pond Assessment.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 4 Metzger Costs.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 5 WAT Metzger Cattle Grazing License Agreement 120105.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 6 ACQUISITION LIST STATUS REPORT.pdf

Alachua County Forever Bishop and Henderson Property
The Board: 

Adopt the attached Resolution authorizing the sale of a portion of the Alachua County Forever Bishop and Henderson property

Executed agreement to sell a portion of the Bishop and Henderson property to the City of Gainesville

Will receive a deed and title to an adjacent tract as partial consideration of the sale

Will receive cash for the remaining consideration and deposit that cash in the Alachua County Forever Bond Fund 326

Authorized staff to execute additional documents as necessary to close the transaction

Authorized staff to amend the lease with the State of Florida to manage the new property configuration

Attachment: Exhibit 2 Purchase and Sale ACF Bishop and Henderson to City.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 4 Bishop Evaluation.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 3 City Letter and Map.pdf
Attachment: 
120313 Bishop Sale.pptx
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 Resolution for Sale to City for Henderson and Bishop.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 7 LCB Letter.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 5 Paynes Prairie Henderson Lease.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 6 Bishop Sale costs.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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