August 17th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

Community Conversation 2012
Fix Our Roads Website
Fire Rescue Chief Receives State EMS Administrator of the Year Award
Fix Our Roads County-wide Meeting
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Transportation Disadvantaged Board Receives Award
County Receives Plaque for Improved CRS Rating
County Earns ICMA Certificate of Distinction
Animal Services Accepting and Adopting Cats
Commission Highlights

Community Conversation 2012

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners invites citizens to participate in “Community Conversations 2012.” These public events are happening throughout the County during the month of August. Community Conversation events are free, but registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.

The events feature a brief presentation of the County’s budget and issues facing the County. During each session, participants use electronic survey tools to gather opinions on a number of local issues. Participants are also given opportunities to suggest solutions to these issues. Community Conversations 2012 also features an interactive budget exercise, in which participants act as County Commissioners and collaborate with others to establish budget priorities.

To register for Community Conversations, click on the event, or call 352-374-5262.

Monday, August 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Alachua County Health Department (224 SE 4th Ave, Gainesville)

Thursday, August 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
GRU Downtown Offices- Multi-purpose room (301 SE 4th Ave, Gainesville)

Saturday, August 25, from 9 a.m. to noon
Kanapaha Veterans Memorial Park- Freedom Community Center (7340 SW 41st Place, Gainesville)

“Public/Private partnerships have become increasingly important in these lean economic times.” County Manager Rick Drummond commented, “With Community Conversations 2012, citizens will partner with us by lending their thoughts and ideas to the FY2013 budget discussion.”

Click to view the event invitation.

For more information, contact Donna Bradbrook, Alachua County Management and Budget at 352-264-7066 or

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Fix Our Roads Website

On the November 6, 2012 General Election ballot, the Fix Our Roads Alachua County sales surtax ballot question will be decided by voters. The sales surtax is on the ballot to create a new funding source for road repair and maintenance throughout the County and in all County municipalities.

The ballot language is as follows:

Fix Our Roads Alachua County:
Funding Road Improvements by levying a ¾% sales surtax

Shall Alachua County implement a Road Improvement Plan to extend the life and improve the safety of county Roads by maintaining, paving and reconstructing Roads; and in the Cities of Gainesville, Alachua, Newberry, High Springs, Hawthorne, Waldo and Archer, and the Towns of Micanopy and LaCrosse, funding municipal Road maintenance, construction, reconstruction and paving projects; by levying a 3/4% sales surtax for 15 years subject to independent audit and citizen review?

In order to provide citizens with the information needed to make an informed decision, the County has launched a website which includes:

View the Fix Our Roads Alachua County website.

For more information, or to schedule a presentation, email FixOurRoads@AlachuaCounty.US or call Tricia Kyzar, Public Works Administrative Assistant, at 352-548-1314.

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Fire Rescue Chief Receives State EMS Administrator of the Year Award

The Florida Association of Counties, Emergency Medical Services (FACEMS) presented Alachua County Fire Rescue Chief, Ed Bailey with the prestigious Mark Fingeret Award at their 2012 Conference.

Known as the highest accolade a member of the FACEMS can receive, the Award recognizes leadership in promoting pre-hospital emergency medical services related work. It is a lifetime achievement award.

This award was named in memory of New York City paramedic and Volusia County EMS Director, Mark Fingeret, who died while scuba diving off Palm Beach on Sept. 20, 1993.

The award recognized Chief Bailey’s dedication and leadership in emergency medical services over his 37-year career. Chief Bailey was among the first group of professionals certified in 1979 as paramedics in Florida.

All of us at Alachua County are very proud of Chief Bailey.” commented Alachua County Manager Rick Drummond.  “Alachua County is very fortunate to have the Chief looking out for the safety of our citizens.  This award is richly deserved.”

Chief Bailey began his career in 1975 with the Orange Park Fire Department where he received his firefighter, emergency medical technician, and paramedic certifications. He joined Alachua County Fire Rescue in 1980 as their first firefighter/paramedic. He was promoted to Chief in 2010.

For more information, contact Chief Bailey at 352-384-3130.

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Fix Our Roads County-wide Meeting

Alachua County invites residents to attend a community-wide public meeting about the “Fix Our Roads” Sales Surtax, which will appear on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot. The meeting is on August 23, 2012, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), at Oakview Middle School (1203 SW 250th Street, Newberry).

Attendees will hear a presentation about the surtax given by County staff. Opportunities for questions and comments will also be made available.

The Fix Our Roads sales surtax is on the ballot to create a new funding source for road repair and maintenance throughout the County and in all County municipalities.

The ballot language is as follows:

Fix Our Roads Alachua County:
Funding Road Improvements by levying a ¾% sales surtax

Shall Alachua County implement a Road Improvement Plan to extend the life and improve the safety of county Roads by maintaining, paving and reconstructing Roads; and in the Cities of Gainesville, Alachua, Newberry, High Springs, Hawthorne, Waldo and Archer, and the Towns of Micanopy and LaCrosse, funding municipal Road maintenance, construction, reconstruction and paving projects; by levying a 3/4% sales surtax for 15 years subject to independent audit and citizen review?

Visit the Fix Our Roads website for more information about the sales surtax.

View a downloadable key facts sheet (PDF).

View the downloadable slideshow presentation (PDF).

For more information, contact Alachua County Public Works Administrative Assistant, Tricia Kyzar at 352-548-1314 or

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What’s On “Alachua County Talks”

n the new edition of “Alachua County Talks” host Mark Sexton interviews Alachua County Public Works Department, County Engineer David Cerlanek. Cerlanek will be discussing the “Fix our Roads Alachua County” Transportation System Surtax question that will appear on the November 6, 2012 General Election Ballot.

In speaking of the program Sexton said, “Mr. Cerlanek does an excellent job of laying out the needs of our current road system, the limitations of current funding sources, and the plan for the Fix Our Roads Alachua County surtax should it be approved in November.”

Alachua County Talks air at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. every night except Thursday, and at 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. every day. Special or regular County Commission and Gainesville City Commission meetings may preempt any showing.

View the Alachua County Talks: Fix Our Roads Alachua County.

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

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Transportation Disadvantaged Board Receives Award

The Alachua County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB) has received the 2012 Outstanding Coordinating Board of the Year Award from the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (FCTD). Alachua County Commission Chairperson Paula M. DeLaney is the Chairperson of the TDCB.

View Board Members

According to the FCTD, the purpose of the award is to recognize a coordinating board that has demonstrated their dedication and support of the local service delivery system. The criteria for consideration are leadership of the board, oversight of costs, evaluation of the Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC), handling of grievances or other extraordinary efforts. Consideration will also be given to those boards that have had representation at Commission sponsored training and other events.

At the award presentation the following was stated:

The Alachua County Local Coordinating Board holds a very important role in the success of the coordinated system in Alachua County. The members, representing state and local agencies and citizens, have done an excellent job providing guidance to MV Transportation on the provision of transportation services as the Community Transportation Coordinator.

Having an active membership allows critical service decisions to be implemented in a timely manner, keeping in mind the best interest of the community.

Board Members understand the transportation needs of the disabled, the transportation disadvantaged community, and what the CTC faces on a daily basis. Members review reports and challenge the CTC with questions that inspire MV to strive to provide the most cost efficient, safest, reliable, and on time service within the State of Florida.

Thank you Alachua County Local Coordinating Board for your leadership and guidance in assisting the CTC team grow and deliver outstanding service.

For more information, contact Lynn Godfrey, Senior Planner with the North Florida Regional Planning Council, at 352-955-2200 ext. 110.

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County Receives Plaque for Improved CRS Rating

On August 14, 2012, the Alachua County Commission received a plaque from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for improvement to a Class 6 Community in the Community Rating System. The Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program of the National Flood Insurance Program and provides for discounted flood insurance premiums to property owners in participating communities. The citizens of Alachua County will benefit with a 20% discount on their Flood Insurance premiums as a result of this classification. This amounts to a 5% increase in savings of approximately $28,000 to policy holders. The CRS rating is effective May 1, 2012, and is good for 5 years.

Alachua County has been a participating community in the National Flood Insurance Program since 1982 and in the CRS since 1995. The CRS effort is a result of collaboration between various Alachua County Departments including Emergency Management, Growth Management, Environmental Protection and Public Works.

“The Community Rating system is based on several activities that Alachua County does through its various programs in the area of maintaining flood maps and flood data maintenance, effective outreach and hazard disclosure, flood protection information and assistance, higher regulatory standards, stormwater management, drainage system maintenance, flood warning, floodplain management planning and open space preservation.” said Mr. Lalit Lalwani, the Community Rating System Coordinator for Alachua County.

FEMA states that, “This rating is a tribute to the effort and commitment by several Departments of Alachua County, and the County Commission to floodplain management and planning. This effort is in the long term interest of enhanced public safety, a reduction in damage to private property and public infrastructure within the County.”

Click for more information about FEMA.

Click to find out more about the Community Rating System and the Public Works Department.

For more information, contact Lalit Lalwani at 352-548-1243 or

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County Earns ICMA Certificate of Distinction

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is pleased to announce that Alachua County, Fla., is being recognized for superior performance management efforts with a Certificate of Distinction from the ICMA Center for Performance Measurement (CPM). Alachua County is among fifteen jurisdictions receiving the honor this year.

“The certificate program recognizes the principles of performance management,” said Wayne Sommer, acting director of CPM. “Jurisdictions meeting the qualifications have demonstrated leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement, and they serve as examples for other governments to follow.”

“Congratulations to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Suzanne Gable, Strategic Performance Manager Donna Bradbrook, and the entire OMB staff,” Alachua County Manager Rick Drummond said. “Their efforts in keeping Alachua County performing at a high level are essential and appreciated.”

The certificate program assesses a local government’s performance management program and encourages analysis of results by comparing to peers and gauging performance over time. Performance management aids in cost reduction, program prioritization, and quality improvement. It also encourages accountability and transparency. Certificates are awarded at the levels of Achievement, Distinction, and Excellence.

Criteria for the Certificate of Distinction include:

About ICMA

ICMA (International City/County Management Association) advances professional local government worldwide. Its mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and advancing professional management of local government. ICMA provides member support; publications, data, and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to nearly 9,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA’s members affect 185 million individuals living in thousands of communities.

About the Center for Performance Measurement

ICMA’s Center for Performance Measurement is dedicated to helping local governments use performance information to better the lives of the people they serve. Jurisdictions are assisted with the collection, reporting and analysis of data relating to quality, effectiveness and efficiency of government services. The Center encourages the use of performance information in a positive, continuous-learning environment in order to foster organizational cultures that deliver results that matter.

For more information, contact Alachua County Strategic Performance Manager Donna Bradbrook at 352-374-4262.

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Animal Services Accepting and Adopting Cats

Alachua County Animal Services is now resuming normal operations and is adopting out and receiving cats.

With help from Dr. Levy, along with her staff from the University of Florida, Animal Services is now confident that the outbreak of Panleukopenia has been neutralized. The virus was contained to a litter cats that were already infected prior to their arrival and was eradicated before it could spread to the rest of the population.

Animal Services encourages citizens to adopt cats and dogs from the shelter and is currently at capacity with healthy animals.

To adopt animals visit the Alachua County Animal Services Headquarters (3400 NE 53rd Ave, Gainesville), Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Interim Shelter Supervisor Jessica Lauginiger at 352-264-6870 or JLauginiger@AlachuaCounty.US.

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Commission Highlights

Alternative New Fairgrounds Project Partners
The Board approved the investigation of  alternative new fairgrounds project partners and properties suitable for a new fairgrounds, such as the Gainesville Raceway.  The Board asked for additional public outreach.

Alachua County Forever Limited General Obligation Bond
The Board approved the budget amendment and resolutions to restructure the Alachua County Forever Limited General Obligation Bond, Series 2010. In addition, authorize the Chair and Clerk to sign the bond closing documents.
Amount: 12,772,956
Alachua Forever Series 2012 Prelim Numbers.pdf
Attachment: Budget Amendment ACF Refunding Bonds.pdf
Attachment: Resolution for 2012 Series ACF Refunding Bonds Debt Service Fund.pdf
Attachment: Resolution ACF 2010 Bond Refunding.pdf Support Services Group

Quarterly Hiring Activity Report
The Board accepted the Quarterly Hiring Activity Report for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011-2012.
BOCC FY2012 QTR 3 FINAL .pdf

Southeast of Airport: Land Use and Zoning Alternatives
Concerning the area Southeast of Airport: Land Use and Zoning Alternatives the Board:

 1) Authorized advertisement of public hearings for a Comprehensive Plan amendment to change the Future Land Use Map designation for a portion of the area southeast of the Airport from Heavy Industrial to a combination of Low Density Residential and Estate Residential as shown on the Recommended Future Land Use Map; and 2) authorized staff to proceed with a text amendment to the Land Development Code to create a new zoning district, with the same density and standards as the RE district, that would allow for manufactured homes and mobile homes as permitted or limited uses, and would be applicable within areas of existing manufactured or mobile homes.
Amount: $2000-$3000
Airport Avigation Easement.pdf
Attachment: SE Airport Work Plan March52012.PDF
Attachment: Presentation SE Airport BoCC 08142012.pdf
Attachment: Recommended Future Land Use Map.pdf
Attachment: Staff Report on Airport SE Area 08142012.pdf

Freedom Community Center
The Board approved supporting a “visioning” meeting to receive public input on potential public/private management and programming to be offered at the Freedom Community Center
VISION for Freedom Community Center.pdf

Fairgrounds Non-standard Agreement
The Board did not approve Options 1 to enter into a non-standard agreement for use of the fairgrounds by The Long Foundation, Inc.

Neighborhood Stabilization Programs
The Board  (1)  finds that accepting liability for acquisition of real property under the Neighborhood Stabilization Programs (NSP) 1 and 3 is in the best interest of the County and , (2) The Board agrees to accept liability for all real property acquired under these programs that requires that the County indemnify the seller and other parties and, (3) The Board authorizes the County Manager or his designee to execute all real estate addendums, including those that require indemnification, necessary to acquire additional foreclosed properties under NSP 1 and 3 .
Resolution 06 121.pdf
Attachment: Sample real estate addendum.pdf

NSP Real Estate Offer
The Board approved the NSP Real Estate Offer for the sale of 3741 SE 17th Avenue, Gainesville, FL in the amount of $81,000.
3741 SE 17th Avenue photo.pdf
Attachment: Distribution of NSP construction contracts.pdf
Attachment: Housing and Economic Development Report 2011.pdf
Attachment: Casandra Smith Res Sale Agreement Final.pdf

The Board approved the  CHOICES Advisory Board and CHOICES Staff recommendation regarding external funding agreements for FY 13
Amount: $827,500.00
CHOICES External Funding Recommendations 2013.pdf

The Board adopted a motion calling an election on November 6, 2012 so the electors may vote on the School Board’s referendum question on renewing the existing one mill as valorem tax for another four years.

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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:

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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