June 19th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Freedom Community Center Ribbon Cutting
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Upcoming Meetings
NW 16th Ave./23rd Ave. Plans Moved to July 10 Meeting
New EPD Administrative Offices Hours
10th Annual Reverse Trade Show
VisitGainesville Receives Tourism Grant from VISIT FLORIDA
Upcoming CERT Program
June Extension Programs
4-H Summer Day Camps
Master Gardener Volunteer Program Accepting Applications
Landscape Maintenance on Millhopper Rd
Alachua County Supervisor of Elections to Mail New Voter Information Cards
Commission Highlights

Freedom Community Center Ribbon Cutting

On June 11, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Freedom Community Center at Kanapaha Park.

Alachua County Manager Rick Drummond acted as the Master of Ceremonies. The event included the Korean War Veterans Color Guard and comments by Alachua County Commission Chair Paula M. DeLaney, County Facilities Manager Charlie Jackson, County Parks Superintendent Robert Avery, and the President of the Korean War Veterans Advisory Board Don Sherry.

In speaking of the project Drummond said, “This project was paid for by the voter approved Wild Spaces/Public Places Sales Tax and is another great example of the County Commission following through on a promise made to the citizens of Alachua County.”

Click to view a video of the ribbon cutting.

Freedom Community Center features:

For information on the building construction contact Project Manager Allan Waters at 352-384-3017.

For information about using the Freedom Community Center contact Parks Superintendent Robert Avery at 352-374-5245 ext. 1247.

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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 Director of the H.T. Odum Florida Springs Institute Dr. Robert Knight.
Dr. Knight will be discussing the Institute’s Santa Fe Springs Restoration Action Plan and the general health of our region’s waters supply and the Floridan Aquifer.

Click here to view this edition of “Alachua County Talks.” It features an interview with Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Director Chris Bird.
Bird discusses issues related to the degradation of the local springs and rivers, and the challenges facing Floridians concerning an adequate supply of fresh water going into the future.

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Upcoming Meetings

Items for the June 21, 2012, 1:30 p.m. Development Review Committee (room 209 of the County Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st Street downtown Gainesville)

North Central Baptist Church - A public hearing to consider the Revised Final Development Plan and request for an exception from the requirement to connect to sanitary sewer for the construction of 6,000SF accessory building located at 8001 NW 23rd Avenue. Please contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 374-5249 or Christine Berish at cberish@alachuacounty.us for further information.

Davis Dock and Boathouse - A public hearing to consider the Flood Hazard Area Permit to replace a 790SF dock with a 1,200SF dock located at 1200 Block of SE CR 21B, Melrose, FL. Please contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 374-5249 or Christine Berish at cberish@alachuacounty.us for further information.

View the Development Review Committee Agenda.

Items for the June 20, 2012 Planning Commission

ZOM-05-12 (Rezoning) is a request by Karen Vallario (owner) to rezone from ‘A’ (Agriculture) district to ‘R-1C’ (Single Family Residential) district on approximately 2 acres located at 9721 SW 72nd Avenue. The applicant is requesting the new zoning district to bring her property into conformance with the underlying low-density residential land use. If approved, the new zoning district will allow both manufactured housing as well as custom built single family residences.

ZOX-01-12 (Special Exception) is a request by Clay Sweger of Eng, Denman & Associates, Inc., agent for Radar of Gainesville, Inc., owner, for a special exception to allow materials recovery and recycling in an MS (Manufacturing Services) zoning district on approximately 2.4 acres located at 5008 SW 41st Boulevard. The applicant is requesting this special exception in order to allow recycling of clean debris and construction materials at their facility on SW 41st Boulevard off of Williston Road. The Alachua County Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) allows such activities only through a special exception (public hearing) process before the Board of County Commissioners.

CPA-07-12 and ZOM-04-12 (Small Scale Land Use Amendment and rezoning) is a request by Clay Sweger of Eng, Denman & Associates, Inc., agent for Meridian Behaviorial Healthcare, owner, for a small scale amendment to the Future Land Use Map 2030 from a ‘Commercial’ land use designation to an ‘Institutional/Medical’ land use designation as well as a rezoning from ‘BH’ (business/highway) district to ‘HM’ (hospital/medical) district on approximately 1.09 acres located at 4170 SW 13th Street. This parcel (which is located near the corner of Williston Road and SW 13th Street) formerly housed the ‘Gator Lodge’ Motel. The property was purchased by Meridian Healthcare and is being converted to housing for patients undergoing care at their facility adjacent to this site. The land use change and subsequent rezoning to ‘Hospital /Medical (HM) district will bring the new use into conformance with Alachua County’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code.

The Alachua County Department of Growth Management encourages public participation in the land use and zoning process. Information on all of the above items is available for public inspection at the Department of Growth Management, 10 SW 2nd Avenue (3rd Floor), Gainesville, FL 32601. You may also contact Jerry Brewington (Senior Planner) at the Department of Growth Management at any time by calling 352-374-5249 or by email at Upcomglb@alachuacounty.us.

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NW 16th Ave./23rd Ave. Plans Moved to July 10 Meeting

Alachua County staff will present to the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) the 60% plans for the NW 16th Ave/NW 23rd Avenue Project. Staff will recommend that the Board approve of the 60% plans, direct staff to proceed with the development of 100% plans and advertise the project for bids. The BoCC meeting will be held on July 10, 2012, at 5 p.m., County Administration Building, Second Floor, Room 209 (12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville). The meeting is televised on Cox Cable Channel 12, and available online at the County’s Video on Demand website.

The NW 16th Ave/NW 23rd Avenue Project (between NW 57th Terrace and NW 13th Street) includes the resurfacing and rehabilitation of the existing pavement, upgrading the existing pedestrian facilities to meet current ADA requirements, addressing safety and operational issues through intersection and median opening modifications, and stabilizing the retaining walls along NW 16th Ave. The project length is 4 miles.

For more information, please contact Ha Nguyen, the Alachua County Project Manager at 352-374-5245.

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New EPD Administrative Offices Hours

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department’s (EPD) administrative offices are now closed on Fridays. The department has moved to a 4 days a week, 10 hours a day schedule. EPD is now opened to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

For more information, contact Chris Bird, Environmental Protection Director at 352-264-6801.

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10th Annual Reverse Trade Show

The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing’s (NIGP) 10th Annual Reverse Trade Show will be held in the Klein Conference Center, at the College of Central Florida (formerly known as Central Florida Community College, 3001 SW College Rd, Ocala) on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Businesses participating in the trade show will have the opportunity to meet with purchasing representatives from all the agencies in one room during a four-hour period. They will be able to get pointers on dealing with government and determine which entities may have need for their services and/or products.

“The government agencies participating in the reverse trade show are eager to tap the largest possible pool of vendors when they make purchases,” Alachua County Purchasing Manager, Larry M Sapp, CPPB, said. “We’re especially interested in reaching Small Business Enterprises (SBE’s).”

Participating governmental agencies include:

Registration Prices (check or money orders only):

Advance - $45.00, 1st person per agency ($30.00 each additional person)
At the door - $50.00, per person

To view the event flyer, click here.

To register, click here or call 352-622-8763.

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

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VisitGainesville Receives Tourism Grant from VISIT FLORIDA

VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official source for travel planning, has awarded a $5,000 Image Development Grant to VisitGainesville for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year, which begins July 1, 2012.
“The purpose of these grants is to help non-profit entities and local governments stretch their tourism marketing dollars in an effort to expand cultural, heritage, rural and nature tourism activities in Florida,” said Chris Thompson, President & CEO for VISIT FLORIDA.

“We were pleased that VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida has selected VisitGainesville from among a large number of grant applicants, during their most competitive grant cycle to date,” said Roland Loog, Alachua County Visitor and Convention Bureau Director. “These funds will be used for the production of new video to be used in TV and on-line advertising and will help us better position and market Alachua County as a desirable destination for the nature based, festival, historic and cultural traveler.”

VISIT FLORIDA, a private/public partnership, is Enterprise Florida’s day-to-day operating corporation for tourism.

VisitGainesville is the official destination marketing and management organization that directs, facilitates and coordinates visitor and convention development in Alachua County. It has the responsibility for research, destination marketing and promotions, and partnering for product development including support facilities and service. The Bureau is the advocate for the tourism industry in Alachua County.

View the VisitGainesville website.

For more information, contact Roland Loog at 352-374-5260 or rloog@visitgainesville.com.


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Upcoming CERT Program

Alachua County Emergency Management is enrolling citizens for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program. The seven classes are on Tuesday evenings (from June 19, through July 31, 2012), and each session runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes are held at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center (1100 SE 27th Street, Gainesville). The classes are free, and the registration deadline is June 16.

Alachua County Emergency Management Coordinator, Ebbin Spellman said, “It is never too early to begin preparing for the 2012 Hurricane Season, and there’s no better way than to attend the CERT program.” He continued, “CERT teaches citizens how to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.”

Class topics include:

Click to view the event flyer.

Registration is available online.

For more information, call Alachua County Emergency Management at 352-264-6500.

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June Extension Programs

Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs

These programs are offered by Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent. Programs are held at the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Living on a Few Acres (12 part series) – Wildlife Habitat – June 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This session will discuss the steps needed to create a wildlife friendly landscape. In addition, this session will cover how to attract desirable bird species such as bluebirds, tufted titmice, kestrels, and owls.

Cost to attend is $10.00 for individuals and $15.00 for couples for entire series (notebook & materials provided).

North Florida Beef & Forage Group Pasture Workshop – June 27, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Topics include: herbicide demonstration, pasture weed identification, herbicide pricing and managing pasture for livestock and wildlife.

Registration fee to attend this class is $5.00. This workshop will be held at the Baker County Extension Office (1025 W Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny). To register, please call the Baker County Extension Office at 904-259-3520.

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

Family & Consumer Sciences Programs

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

Before You Tie the Knot – June 25 & 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Before You Tie the Knot is a premarital preparation course.

Topics include: Communication, Conflict Management & Resolution, Financial Responsibility & Spending Plans, and Children and Parenting Responsibilities. 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 June 21, by calling 352-337-6209.

Building Your Financial Future (A personal financial management program - for those filing bankruptcy only) – June 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 June 21, by calling 352-955-2402.

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) June 27, 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 further 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 program call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

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4-H Summer Day Camps

The Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2012 4-H Summer Day Camp Season. These camps offer something for youth of all ages in a variety of subjects. Space is limited and payment must accompany registration. Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to attend these camps.

Click to view a complete list of the summer day camps.

Click to view the registration form.

For registration or additional information, please contact Matt Benge, 4-H Agent, at 352-955-2402 or mbenge@alachuacounty.us.

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Master Gardener Volunteer Program Accepting Applications

The UF/IFAS Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program is recruiting individuals who are interested in gardening and enjoy sharing what they learn with others. Participants complete a 54 hour training course sponsored by the University of Florida and the local county Extension office. Interested applicants should contact the Alachua County Extension Office. The application deadline is July 19, 2012. In return for their training, these new Master Gardeners serve 75 volunteer hours within the first year of their certification, per the statewide program bylaws.

Certified Master Gardeners work through their county Extension office to educate citizens and provide research-based information about gardening. Master Gardeners can fulfill their volunteer hours in a variety of ways, including:

Master Gardener Program certification training begins September 2. This training includes classroom lectures and group activities, field trips and site visits. Subjects include basic plant science, soils, fertilizers, vegetables, entomology, citrus, turf grasses, use of (and alternatives to) chemicals, house plants, ornamentals, diseases and related topics. Participants will take weekly quizzes and a final exam, and receive pesticide training. The cost of the training is $120.00 and includes study/reference materials.

To maintain certification a Master Gardener must commit to a minimum of 75 volunteer hours the first year and 35 hours in following years, and complete at least 10 hours of continuing education/training per year.

To receive an application packet, call the Alachua County Extension office at 352-955-2402.

For more information visit the Alachua County Extension Office and/or Florida Master Gardener Web Sites (or here):

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Landscape Maintenance on Millhopper Rd

As part of the County’s routine maintenance activities, the Alachua County Public Works Department announces that landscape maintenance will occur on Millhopper Rd between NW 43rd St and San Felasco State Park. Maintenance will include vine trimming around sidewalks and bike lanes, trimming to increase visibility on curves, and the removal of several small dead trees. Brief lane closures will be necessary in some areas. Maintenance activity is scheduled to begin the week of July 2, 2012.

For more information, please contact Heather Martin, Alachua County Horticulturist at 352-374-5245.

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Alachua County Supervisor of Elections to Mail New Voter Information Cards

The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office has recently finished the process of transferring all voters to their new precincts and new districts. These changes were required after the State completed drawing the new lines for house districts, senate districts and congressional districts.

As a result of these changes, all voters will be receiving their new voter information card in the mail in July. The new voter information card will provide voters with their district and precinct numbers and polling place location.
It is important for voters to look at their new voter information card to know where their correct precinct is and determine if their voting location has changed. Due to redistricting, several precincts have been consolidated and renumbered. The new card also provides district information that will assist voters in determining which candidates will appear on their ballot.

To ensure that you receive your new voter information card and that your voter information is current, voters are encouraged to check their voter registration information on file with the Supervisor of Elections Office. If we don’t have your correct address, you may not receive your new card. Voters may do so by going online to www.VoteAlachua.com and click on the link “My Voter Information Page”, or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252.

Voter’s may also register to vote or update their voter information by stopping by the Supervisor’s booth at any of the following outreach events:

July 3
Fanfare and Fireworks (5 pm to 8 pm)
Flavet Field on the University of Florida campus

July 4
City of Alachua 4th of July Celebration (3 pm to 8 pm)
Hal Brady Recreation Complex, 14300 NW 146th Terrace, Alachua

July 4
Micanopy 4th of July Celebration and Parade (11 am)
Starts at the corner of SE Tuscawilla Road and Cholokka Boulevard

July 14
Florida Youth Shine (9 am)
Hampton Inn on Archer Road, 4225 SW 40th Boulevard, Gainesville

August 4
Stop the Violence Back to School Rally (10 am to 12 Noon)
Santa Fe College Gymnasium, 3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville

August 7
Annual National Night Out (5 pm to 8 pm)
Lincoln Park, 900 SE 15th Street, Gainesville

The Supervisor of Elections Office is located in the Historic Star Garage at 111 SE 1st Avenue. Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm.
For more information, please contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252.

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Commission Highlights

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.’s Annual Report
The Board heard Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.’s Annual Report presentation
Attachment:
Meridian_Annual Report_2012.pptx

Homeless Respite Care
The Board heard the report and approved funding for Homeless Respite Care for the remainder of FY2012 and FY2013. The Board directed staff to prepare for County Manager’s signature the Inter-local Agreement with City of Gainesville and St Francis House
Amount: $7,950.00
Attachment:
Homeless Respite report on pilot.pdf
Attachment:
Medical Respite for Homeless 051412 2.pdf

Special Counsel Contract
The Board authorized joining the appeal of the State Court judgment and authorize the Chair to sign the Special Counsel Contract.
Attachment:
Leon_County_Summary_Final_Judgment.pdf

Transportation Surtax

The Board authorized the advertisement of a public hearing on June 26, 2012, to consider an ordinance to levy a .75 percent (3/4 percent) sales surtax for a period of 15 years to improve county and municipal roads, subject to voter approval.
Attachment:
SalesSurtaxRoadsFeb2012.pdf
Attachment:
SalesSurtaxRoadsFeb2012ad.pdf

Inte-rlocal Agreement with the City of Micanopy
The Board approved and signed the “three quarters of a cent for 15 years for roads (maintenance and construction)” Inte-rlocal Agreement with the City of Micanopy
Attachment:
Feb2012SalesSurtaxRoadsMicanopy_PackageRev2_SIGNED.pdf

Neighborhood Stabilization Program Land Use Restriction Agreements
The Board authorized the Chair to sign five Neighborhood Stabilization Program Land Use Restriction Agreements.
Attachment:
Meridian LURA Lot 1 NSP 13 Final.pdf
Attachment:
Meridian LURA Lot 7 NSP 17 Final.pdf
Attachment:
Meridian LURA Lot 10 NSP 26 Final.pdf
Attachment:
Meridian LURA Lot 33 NSP 15 Final.pdf
Attachment:
Meridian LURA Lot 14 NSP 4 Final.pdf

Neighborhood Stabilization Program
The Board approved the transfer of five County deeds for Neighborhood Stabilization Program homes to Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
Attachment:
12713 NW 73rd Terr Form of Deed_3.pdf
Attachment:
216 NE 44th St Form of Deed_3.pdf
Attachment:
1441 NE 20th Ave Form of Deed_3.pdf
Attachment:
2404 SE 10th Ave Form of Deed_3.pdf
Attachment:
42 NE 21st Terr Form of Deed_3.pdf

Resolution Z-12-03
The Board heard the item and adopt Resolution Z-12-03 approved the requested amendment.
Attachment:
ZOM0212 Powerpoint.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0212.pptx
Attachment:
Resolution for ZOM0212.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0212 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment:
Alarion Bank PD.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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