April 27th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

Two Big Issues at the Commission Meeting
Rabies Alert Rescinded
What's On "Alachua County Talks"
Reviseed ACHD Hours
FY2012/2013 CAPP Poverty Reduction Program Funding
Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway Event
2nd Annual Home Grown Open House
Cinco De Meow Adoption Event
May Extension Programs
May 4-H Program
Election Workers Needed to Work the 2012 Elections
Commission Highlights

Two Big Issues at the Commission Meeting

Concerning the Archer/Braid Trail, the Board directed staff to take the completed 30% design plans to a workshop with interested stakeholders, to the MTPO's applicable advisory boards, to the MTPO, and to the Board of County Commissioners.

Concerning the proposed Transportation Surtaxes, the Board approved the following motion:

  1. Approve "three quarters of a cent for 15 years for roads (maintenance and construction)" Interlocal Agreement.
  2. Approve "one quarter of a cent for 15 years for transit (operations, maintenance and construction)" Interlocal Agreement.
  1. All inter-locals must be approved by a supermajority vote and can only be amended by a supermajority vote of both parties to the agreement.
  2. Approve Distribution Splits of Estimated Revenues for each of the Ballot Initiatives.
  3. Direct staff to begin negotiations with municipalities of Interlocal Agreements.

Click to view the Public Hearing where these items were discussed

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Rabies Alert Rescinded

On February 24, 2012, the Levy County Health Department and Alachua County Health Department issued a rabies alert for the Forest Park and University Oaks area which is located in Levy County and near the Alachua County border in Archer. Since that time, there has not been a confirmed case of rabies in over sixty (60) days in this area. Therefore, the rabies alert has been rescinded.

Even though the alert is being lifted, all citizens are asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is a concern and all citizens are reminded to make sure that their domestic animals have a current rabies vaccination record, keep the lid on any garbage cans, and do not leave any pet food out that can attract wild animals.

For further information on rabies, go to the Florida Department of Health website or contact Levy County Health Department, Environmental Health office at 352 486-5301 or the Alachua County Health Department, Environmental Health office at 352-334-7930.

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What's On "Alachua County Talks"

Click here to view this edition of "Alachua County Talks." it features an interview with A.L. Mebane High School Alumni Association member Verdell Washington Robinson.

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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Reviseed ACHD Hours

Effective May 2, 2012, the Alachua County Health Department is adding primary care and family planning clinic hours on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Clients are encouraged to make an appointment by calling (352) 334-7910. Forms that can be filled out prior to visits, that will shorten wait times, are available on the ACHD website.

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FY2012/2013 CAPP Poverty Reduction Program Funding

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is seeking proposals from 501(c)(3) agencies with a physical address in Alachua County for the delivery of poverty reduction services to lower-income Alachua County residents in the areas of Food, Health Care, Housing/Utilities, Children's Safety and Children's Education for the FY2012/2013 Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP). All proposal materials may be obtained via the Alachua County homepage or directly from the Purchasing Office.

The grant period is from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013. Funding is on a reimbursement basis.

The deadline for application submission is May 30, 2012, by 5 p.m. All applications must be submitted to the Alachua County Purchasing Division, 12 SE 1st Street, 3rd floor, Gainesville, FL. 32601, 352-374-5202. Absolutely no late applications will be accepted.

All applicants are required to attend the in-person pre-application workshop or view the online pre-application video. The in-person workshop is more detailed and comprehensive than the video, so it is strongly suggested that potential applicants who have never applied for CAPP funding or who did not apply in FY2011/2012 attend the in-person workshop. The in-person workshop is open to all potential applicants, however, regardless of prior CAPP funding application.

Pre-Application Workshop:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Alachua County Health Dept., 224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville. No food or beverages will be provided, but you may bring your own. The workshop is comprehensive and will contain detailed information on the grant and step-by-step instructions on completion and submission of proposals.

Pre-Application Instructional Video:

If applicants choose not to attend the pre-application workshop, the online instructional video must be viewed. The video can be accessed via the Alachua County homepage. The in-person workshop is more detailed and comprehensive than the video, so new applicants, particularly, are strongly encouraged to attend the in-person workshop.

Application Submission Deadline:
The deadline for submitting applications (one original and 9 copies for each program proposal) is 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at the Alachua County Purchasing Division, 3rd Floor; County Administration Building; 12 SE 1st Street; Gainesville, Florida; 32602; Phone: 352-374-5202. The Purchasing Office will stop accepting applications at precisely 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. No late applications will be accepted. Applications attempting to be submitted past 5 p.m., on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 are considered late and will not be accepted.

Solicitation documents and details for receiving documents may be obtained through:

Alachua County encourages Small Business Enterprise (SBE) participation. If accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at (352) 374-5275 (Voice) or (352) 374-5284 (TDD). In accordance with the Provisions of ADA, this document may be requested in an alternate format.

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Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway Event

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is holding the 18th Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway on Saturday, May 5, 2012, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station (5125 NE 63rd Avenue, 2 miles north of 39th Avenue, off Waldo Road).

The recycled paint will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available in 5 gallon pails with six colors to choose from: off white, beige, gray, terra cotta, green and blue. There is a 10 gallon limit per resident.

The event will distribute 3,600 gallons of recycled latex paint to community organizations, civic groups and people with special needs, free of charge. The paint can be used for homes and businesses that cannot afford the cost of new paint. It is suitable for either interior or exterior usage. The latex paint is collected throughout the year by the Hazardous Waste Program and shipped to a paint manufacturer where it is blended and repackaged into a 75% post consumer paint.

"A total of over 62,000 gallons of recycled paint has been provided to Alachua County residents since the inception of the program in 1994" said Kurt Seaburg, Hazardous Waste Coordinator for the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department. "The program began as a means of assisting homeowners and agencies beautify their property while recycling a product that still has value. The program has been highly successful and quite popular with County residents."

For any resident that is not able to attend the event, non-recycled free paint of varying quality and quantity which is dropped off by residents who no longer need it is available at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center's Recycle/Reuse Area. Residents can pick up some of this paint and other household products during normal business hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

For more information about the Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway, contact the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center at 352-334-0440 or visiting their website.

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2nd Annual Home Grown Open House

The Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office will be conducting the 2nd Annual "Alachua Home Grown Open House" on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cooperative Extension Office located at 2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville, FL.

For details and class schedule View Event Flyer.

Attendees will learn more about producing and growing local food. Agricultural market sales in Alachua County are valued at $102 million. Agricultural products in Alachua County range from beef cattle, vegetables, fruits, nurseries, goats, chickens, and much more.

View additional programs offered by the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office.

For more information about this program, call 352-955-2402.

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Cinco De Meow Adoption Event

Alachua County Animal Services will be hosting a "Cinco De Meow" adoption event on May 5, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the animal shelter located at 3400 NE 53 Avenue Gainesville.

The event includes positive reinforcement trainers and a demonstration by the Gainesville Police Department K-9 unit at 2 p.m. Many local animal related vendors will be on hand.

Wiley's Mexican Restaurant will provide free refreshments. A bake sale on site will raise money to pay for pet treats.

The event will also be an opportunity to view the extensive renovations completed by the Alachua County Facilities division. These renovations include: complete Renovation of the Feline Adoption Center, a newly designed main lobby and vestibule, removal and replacement of the existing inefficient HVAC systems with new high SEER A/C units-to improve air flow, construction of one new office, installation of a building automation system in order to monitor energy consumption, installation of a 100% outside Desert Aire HVAC units to control of odors and provide improved air quality throughout the building and reduce the possibility of the spread of diseases through the proper exchange of air, installation of new furnaces in the kennels, cleaning of existing ductwork and installation new duct as needed for better air distribution, replacement of old inefficient boilers, new landscaping, and new signage.

In speaking of the event, Animal Services Public Education Program Coordinator Hilary Hines said, "With the assistance of Alachua County Facilities and University of Florida's Shelter Medicine program we are enriching the quality of life of the animals that are housed here. Join us and fall in love with your new best friend."

For more information, contact Hilary Hines at 352-264-1241 or heh@alachuacounty.us.

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May Extension Programs

These programs are offered at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

Commercial Horticulture Programs

Basics of Turfgrass Pest Management: Cinch Bugs Edition - May 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Topics of this pest training class include: Florida pesticide licensing requirements, label language, and how to avoid common mistakes that may result in fines. Also included are the best practices for liquid and granular applications, identification of key pest insects and beneficial insects. This hands-on pest control workshop will also introduce grass identification and growth requirements, and teach attendees how to identify and manage the major turfgrass pests of the Southeast.

Registration fee is $25.00 (includes lunch & class materials). This class is designed to give hands-on experience to lawn technicians.

Living on a Few Acres (12 part series) - This is a new program for 2012, and will be held on the third Thursday of each month. The fifth class of the series is entitled "Beef & Small Ruminant Production," to be held on May 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Topics include: breed selection, forage selection & management, and small ruminant health management.

This monthly program is designed as an introduction to basic production techniques on a wide variety of topics from pasture management and livestock production to growing vegetables and alternative enterprises. The program is designed to provide information to individuals interested in beginning or improving a small scale agricultural operation. Cost to attend is $10.00 for individuals and $15.00 for couples for entire series (notebook & materials provided).

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Workshop – May 23, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

This class includes six hours of the required training for LCLM license applicants.  Participants needing recertification 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.

The registration fee is $30.00 (includes program materials, refreshments, & lunch for the day).

ID Card Holder Training – May 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

This training is only required for identification cardholders spraying under a licensed pest control operator.  Each new cardholder must receive 4 hours classroom training, 6 months after card issued. Each existing cardholder must receive at least 2 hours of continuing training by the renewal date of the card: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. New Cardholders, 9 to 10:40 a.m. Existing Cardholders.

The registration fee is $5.00 (includes materials & refreshments).

Green Industries Best Management Practices – May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 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.

Best Management Practices are focused on reducing non-point source pollution resulting from fertilization or pesticide application.  In some areas, you need to be certified in the BMPs to be able to bid on jobs or have commercial customers.  It will be mandatory throughout the state in the near future. Stay a step ahead of the new requirements.

The registration fee is $25.00 (includes materials & lunch).

Selling Processed Food, Eggs, Meat, and Milk Products at the Farmers Market: Rules and Regulations - May 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This workshop will discuss the Florida Cottage Foods Legislation, and the rules and regulations for selling eggs, meat, cured meat, milk and milk products at farmers markets.

Class is free of charge.

Please register at least three working days prior to these programs by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

Agriculture & Natural Resources Program

Worker Protection Standard: Train the Trainer Workshop – May 22, from 8:30 a.m. to noon

Federal and State law requires that all agricultural workers be trained in the Worker Protection Standard by their 5th day on the job. Attendees will receive: training in all major aspects of Worker Protection Standards, WPS Train the Trainer materials, handouts of educational materials, and a Florida Department of Agriculture Inspector will be present to answer questions on WPS enforcement & compliance.

Registration fee to attend this class is $5.00. 3 Private Applicator CEUs will be offered. Pre-register by May 18, 2012, by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

Environmental Horticulture Program

Controlling Exotic Invasive Plants - May 9, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This class will show how to identify and control invasive plants using Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ techniques.

There is no cost for this program.

Please register at least three working days prior to this program by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

2012 Annual Alachua County Master Gardener Plant Sale - May 19, from 8 a.m. to noon

A variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of your plants. Admission and parking is free.

Family & Consumer Sciences Programs

Home Food Preservation Workshop – May 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and repeated from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Dixie County Library (16328 SE Highway 19, Cross City).

Basic information on canning foods using the steam pressure canner or boiling-water canner. Directions and tips will also be included on making jams, jellies and pickles.

There is no cost, but registration is required at least three working days prior to workshop. Pre-register by calling 352-498-1219. Printed materials will be available for $3.00 per set.

Building Your Financial Future (A personal financial management program - for those filing bankruptcy only) – May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn 4 basic concepts that will aid in handling financial resources responsibly and building a financially secure future. This program has been approved to issue certificates evidencing completion of a personal financial management instructional course in compliance with the Bankruptcy Code. Attendees must bring a case number to class.

Topics include: Develop a Budget, Money Management Skills, Use Credit Responsibly, and Consumers Rights and Responsibilities.

Cost to attend this class is $10.00 (cash only) for course materials. Pre-register by April 30 by calling 352-955-2402.

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – May 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This program is dedicated to providing training, which enables food managers and staff to offer Florida consumers food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment.

For more information and to register, please visit the Food Safety and Quality website, or call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723.

For more information about these programs, call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

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May 4-H Program

The Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office is pleased to announce following 4-H program for May, 2012. This program is offered by Matt Benge, 4-H Youth Development Agent.

The Alachua County Open & 4-H Horse Show – May 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Horse Show is open to all riders, ages 8 and up. Please see attached Showbill for divisions, fees and entry form.

The Horse Show is held at the Canterbury Equestrian Showplace Outdoor Arena (9 miles west of I-75 on Newberry Road).

For more information on this program, call 352-955-2402 or contact Matt Benge at mbenge@alachuacounty.us. Visit the Extension Calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

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Commission Highlights

National Drug Court Month
The Board proclaimed April 2012 as National Drug Court Month
National Drug Court Month 2012.pdf

Jazz Appreciation Month
The Board declared April 2012 as “Jazz Appreciation Month”
 Jazz Appreciation Month 2012.pdf

County Contributions to Medicaid

The Board instructed the County Attorney to join the lawsuit filed by the Florida Association of Counties to challenge House Bill 5301 (County Contributions to Medicaid)

Amount: $3,500.00

Attachment: HB_5301_Bill_Summary.pdf

Freedom Community Center
The Board approved naming of the Kanapaha Park Community Center the “Freedom Community Center”
Freedom CC Resolution.pdf

Signalized Intersection
The Board approved the signalized intersection at SW 61st Street and SW 20th Avenue with two left turn lanes and bus bays where feasible.
AttachmentMemorandum on the Responses to questions from BOCC.pdf
SW 61st Street at 20th Avenue.pdf

Archer Braid Trail

The Board directed staff to present and take comments on the completed 30% design plans at a workshop with interested stakeholders, to the Board of County Commissioners, to the MTPO’s applicable advisory boards and to the MTPO.

Transportation Surtaxes
Concerning the proposed Transportation Surtaxes the Board approved the following motion:
1. Approve “three quarters of a cent for 15 years for roads (maintenance and construction)” Interlocal Agreement.
2. Approve “one quarter of a cent for 15 years for transit (operations, maintenance and construction)” Interlocal Agreement.
3. Approve:
    a. Projects including sidewalks: sidewalks will be paid for by revenue sources other than the surtax.
    b. Capital equipment will be limited to equipment exclusively utilized for maintenance and
    c. Corridor enhancements satisfying maintenance and construction listed criteria will be eligible for
        the 3/4 cent.  Those not meeting the criteria will be funded through the 1/4 cent.
4. All interlocals must be approved by a supermajority vote and can only be amended by a supermajority vote of both parties to the agreement.
5. Approve Distribution Splits of Estimated Revenues for each of the Ballot Initiatives.
6. Direct Staff to begin negotiations with municipalities of Interlocal Agreements.

The motion carried 3-2 with Commissioners Byerly and DeLaney voting nay.
Surtax Roads ExA Ha.pdf
SurtaxTrns ExAGa.pdf
Surtax Roads ExA Al.pdf
Surtax Roads ExA Hi.pdf
Surtax Roads ExAWa.pdf
DistSplits perJoint.pdf
Surtax Roads ExA Ar.pdf
Surtax Roads ExA La.pdf
Surtax Roads ExANe.pdf
Surtax Roads ExBCy.pdf
Surtax Roads.pdf
Surtax Roads ExA Ga.pdf
Surtax Roads ExA Mi.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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