August 31st edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Fix Our Roads Alachua County
Video Highlights SWAG Family Resource Center Opening
Special Meetings 9-04-12
NW 156th Ave Roadway Closure
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Animal Services Receives Recognition
FY2012/13 CAPP Funded Agencies
Kim Barton Inducted Into the Sports Hall of Fame
September Extension Programs
Join 4-H
Commission Highlights

Fix Our Roads Alachua County

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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Video Highlights SWAG Family Resource Center Opening

Alachua County recently celebrated the opening of the Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG) Family Resource Center (807 SW 64th Terrace, Gainesville) and the Alachua County Communications Office cameras were there.  The project serves as an inspiring example of utilizing public/private partnerships to address community challenges, particularly during difficult economic times.

The SWAG Family Resource Center developed after SWAG went to the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) to ask for help. The BoCC allocated $225,000 to purchase and renovate two buildings in the Southwest community. Renovations on the Family Resource Center started on February 13, and were completed on May 18. Many people, organizations and businesses contributed to the project. The Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Foundation awarded the project $57,000 for furnishings, appliances, and computers. Partnership for Strong Families (PSF) provides a full-time manager to run the facility as well as operating costs. Watch the video for more information on the many donors.   

“This is a great example of partners and stakeholders joining with government to address the needs of citizens,” commented County Manager Rick Drummond. “It is amazing and heartening to see what a single minded group of people can accomplish when they have the determination and patience to pursue the collaboration necessary to make this kind of project a reality.”

Watch the SWAG Family Resource Center video.

At a recent BoCC meeting the Board renewed its commitment to the SWAG efforts by allocating $190,000.00 in the FY 2013 budget for renovations to the second building which will serve as a satellite Health Department branch to better serve citizens in western Alachua County.

Click to learn more about SWAG.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-264-6979.


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Special Meetings 9-04-12

The Alachua County Commission will conduct three Special Meetings on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Both the 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. meetings are in the Grace Knight Conference Room and the 5 p.m. meeting is in the Boardroom. Both rooms are on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st Street, downtown Gainesville.

The 10 a.m. Special Meeting/General Discussion agenda includes:

  1. FY13 Budget Development

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The 1:30 p.m. Special Meeting agenda includes:

Water Conservation:

  1. Water Management Districts Consumptive Water Use Permitting Process
  2. HB 1263 Septic Tank Compliance Inspection program for Springshed Protection Areas

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The 5 p.m. Special Meeting agenda includes:

  1. Archer Braid Trail – County Staff has developed 30% design plans for Phase 2 of the Archer Braid Trail which is proposed to run along SW 91st Street, SW 46th Ave and Tower Road to Veteran’s Park.  The County Commission will be considering the 30% design plans of the current Archer Braid Trail alignment as well as options regarding an additional or alternate trail connection along SW Archer Road.

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Citizens are encouraged to attend these meetings or to view them live on Cox Channel 12 or on the County’s Video on Demand website.

Citizens are encouraged to stay engaged by clicking on and signing up for the following products: Facebook Twitter Newsletter/Press Release

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

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NW 156th Ave Roadway Closure

The Alachua County Public Works Department announces that construction for the demolition and replacement of a cross drain located at 8000 NW 156th Ave approximately ½ mile West of CR 237 (between NW 90th Street and NW 78th Terrace) is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, weather permitting. The roadway has been closed since failure of the 8’ cross drain on June 15, 2012. The roadway will be closed at this location for approximately 76 days. The construction entails a new 8’ wide precast box culvert and retaining walls.

View a map that shows the detour route that has been in place since the emergency closure.

Another location at 9200 NW 156th Ave will be closed after the 8000 block roadway is opened to traffic. The 9200 block location also entails the demolition and replacement of an 8’ cross drain that is the same age and close to same condition found at 8000 NW 156th Ave location. During the 9200 block construction the roadway will be closed for approximately 60 days.

John C. Hipp Construction is the contractor that will be completing the work. Their bid of $911,696.40 was the low responsive bidder for emergency bids received on July 2, 2012. The Board approved the construction contract with John C. Hipp Construction on July 17, 2012.

For more information, contact Ruth Findley, Alachua County Stormwater Engineer at 352-548-1313 or rfindley@alachuacounty.us.


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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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Animal Services Receives Recognition

On August 23, 2012, Alachua County Animal Services staff was recognized by The Humane Society of the United States for their efforts on the Haven Acres hoarding/Cruelty case.

On June 07, 2011, Alachua County Animal Services in conjunction with The Humane Society of the United States, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the University Of Florida Shelter Medicine Program seized 708 cats from Haven Acres Sanctuary in High Springs.

Care for the 708 cats required additional support from local Veterinarians from All Cats Health Care located in Gainesville, as well as the RedRover Responders based in California.

“Documented as one of the biggest cat seizures in the United States, this case severely taxed Animal Services and its staff.” said Animal Services Interim Director, Vernon Sawyer. He continued, “To properly care for 708 cats it required staff to work tremendous amounts of overtime and the physical work of cleaning and feeding 708 cats was back breaking. The good news is that with the help of The Humane Society of the United States, The Alachua County Humane Society and the University Of Florida Shelter Medicine Program most of these cats were treated and adopted to their forever homes.”

For more information, contact Vernon Sawyer at 352-264-6890 or vsawyer@alachuacounty.us.

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FY2012/13 CAPP Funded Agencies

On Tuesday, August 28, the Board of County Commissioners approved the Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) Advisory Board recommendations for funding for the FY2012/13 Budget.

View the agencies and funding amounts for CAPP.

The CAPP Advisory Board evaluated 35 poverty reduction proposals from 27 non-profit agencies for the FY2012/13 CAPP funding process. Areas designated by the Commission for funding included: food, health care, housing and utilities, and children’s safety and education.

The Commission directed that special consideration be given to health and housing/utility programs that target seniors aged 60 or above or households that contain at least one child age 18 or younger.

For more information about CAPP, contact CAPP Program Manager, Lee Roberts at 352-264-6707 or ldroberts@alachuacounty.us.


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Kim Barton Inducted Into the Sports Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Kim Barton, Outreach Director for the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office. Kim will be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Connors State College in a special ceremony on October 6, in Oklahoma. In its first ever induction ceremony, Kim will be one of ten student-athletes being inducted.

Kim (formerly Kim Davis) led the Cowgirls to their first bid to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament in 1982. She was the only player unanimous selected by the NJCAA committee to the 1st Team All-American in 1982.

A Memphis, TN native, she was the leading scorer on the team and led the Connors State Cowgirls to the Region II Conference title and was named Region II most valuable player in 1982. While playing basketball at Connors from 1980-1982, Kim received numerous awards and recognitions, two of which are particularly special to her. First, she and her team were recognized by the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1982 with a citation. The citation reads “whereas, Kim Davis and the Connors State College Cowgirls displayed outstanding performance and amazing athletic achievement bringing honor and pride to Connors State College and to the State of Oklahoma winning the conference championship, state championship, regional championship and playing in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament” and secondly, she had the opportunity to play in the East vs. West Junior College All-Star game in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1982 alongside the country’s most talented junior college women basketball players. Kim says those experiences she will always remember.

She graduated from Connors State College with an AA degree and went on to be a student-athlete and an all-American basketball player at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. She later transferred to Florida and joined the Lady Gators basketball team. She graduated from the College of Journalism and Communications with a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising.

Please join me in congratulating Kim!

Submitted by Pam Carpenter, Supervisor of Elections

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September Extension Programs

September Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

These programs are being offered by Brenda C. Williams, Ed.D. Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – September 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

Before You Tie the Knot - September 10 & 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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.

Get Financially Organized Series – Session run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Important Papers – September 11

Making Credit Work for You – September 18

Basic Estate Planning – September 25

Home Food Preservation Workshop – September 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and repeated again from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

There is no cost for these workshops; however, printed materials will be available for $3.00 per set.

Pre-register at least 3 working days prior to the program by calling 352-337-6209.

September Environmental Horticultural Programs

These programs are being offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening – September 12, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Tour – September 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning at the UF Straughn Development Center (2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville).

Tough Plants for Tough Places – September 19, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Growing Citrus – September 26, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There is no charge for any of these programs. Space is limited so pre-registration is recommended by calling 352-337-6209.

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


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Join 4-H

Youth between the ages of 5 and 18 are eligible and encouraged to participate in 4-H. The 4-H year begins on September 1, 2012. Visit the Alachua County 4-H website or click here to fill out an enrollment form.

Eligible participants can join a 4-H club or sign up as an individual 4-H member. Most clubs meet on a monthly basis, although some meet more often. Florida’s four 4-H camps host special programs throughout the year as well as summer camping.

Examples of 4-H projects:

Visit the Florida 4-H website for a complete list of projects.

4-H includes four age divisions including (as of September 1) Cloverbud Division (Ages 5-7), Junior Division (Ages 8-10), Intermediate Division (Ages 11-13), and Senior Division (Ages 14-18).

In order to provide this service to the youth, 4-H is always in need of club and project resource leaders.  Club Leaders advise and lead a diverse group of 4-H members (usually in one geographic area), enrolled in a variety of projects.  Co-Club Leaders aid and team with the club leader to advise and lead a group of 4-H members.  Project Resource Volunteers share skills, talents and special interests in a single project area. For example: clothing, dogs, rabbits, horses, bicycling, computers, wood-working, photography, etc.

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


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Commission Highlights

Announcements
The Board heard announcements by Mark Sexton Communications Coordinator concerning the
FIX OUR ROADS website and the SWAG Family Resource Center.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Firefighter Appreciation Month
The Board proclaimed September 2012 as “Muscular Dystrophy Association Firefighter Appreciation Month”
Attachment:
MDA Firefighters Appreciation Month 2012.pdf

Florida Water Professionals Week
The Board proclaimed August 20 -24, 2012 as “Florida Water Professionals Week”
Attachment:
Florida Water Professionals Week 2012.pdf

Fee Study

The Board heard a presentation of the Fee Study and accepts the Administrative Services and Court Services Departments’ recommendations of amounts to be charged for each fee. In addition, accept the Growth Management Department’s recommendation to establish a new fee and revise the descriptions of a select number of Growth Management fees, which were not a component of the aforementioned fee study.

Attachment: FY13 Fee Schedule Strikethrough Underline Version.pdf
Attachment:
Fee Schedule Presentation 082812.pdf
Attachment:
Alachua County_FY11 Fee Study FINAL.PDF
Attachment:
FY13 Fee Schedule Summary of Changes.pdf

Traffic Control Devices
The Board authorized staff to prepare a draft ordinance to delegate authority from the Board of County Commissioners to the County Engineer to place traffic control devices (excluding signals and no-parking signs) and to designate speed limits on County roadways in accordance with specified standards.

Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation Contract

Concerning the Alachua County FFY 2011 Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation Contract with Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Board

Approved the applicant ranking, included a list of applicants in the meeting minutes, and disclosed any conflicts of interest members of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners have with any applicants on the Ranking list.
Attachment:
BoCC disclosure memo.pdf
Attachment:
CDBG Applicants.pdf
Attachment:
Appendix A Revised CATF 30222012.pdf
Attachment:
CDBG Housing Rehab BoCC Conflict of Interest Statement.pdf

Solid Waste, Recyclable Materials and Yard Trash Collection Agreement

The Board approved the Second Amendment to Solid Waste, Recyclable Materials and Yard Trash Collection Agreement with WCA (formerly EWS)
Amount: $24,078.00

Attachment: WCA Trash 2nd Amend Final.pdf

Medicaid Backlog
The Board directed the County Manager and County Attorney not to file a Chapter 120 petition contesting the Medicaid Backlog.
Attachment:
Medicaid Attachment D.pdf
Attachment:
Medicaid Attachment F.pdf
Attachment:
Medicaid Attachment b.pdf
Attachment:
Medicaid Attachment c.pdf
Attachment:
Medicaid Attachment E.pdf
Attachment:
Medicaid Attachment A.pdf

Alachua County v. Dudek
The Board directed the County Attorney to continue as plaintiff in Alachua County v. Dudek
Attachment:
Medicaid Amended Complaint.pdf

Melrose Rural Cluster Special Area Study and Plan
Concerning the Melrose Rural Cluster Special Area Study and Plan, the Board approved the following:

Direct staff to determine an estimate of cost roe the area plan and present it to the Painter’s.  If the Painters agree to pay the cost, staff is to return to the Board with a Scope of Study for Board approval

Continue the item to the Oct. 9, 2012 5 p.m. meeting or as soon thereafter as possible

Staff is to comment on a schedule of sub area plans to be studied. 

Attachment: Melrose SAS Process and Background.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC Ch 402 Article 16 Special Area Plans.pdf
Attachment:
Letter from Eng Denman June192012.pdf
Attachment:
Preliminary Report Eng Denman June042012.pdf
Attachment:
Resolution for Scope of Work.pdf
Attachment:
Comprehensive Plan Policies for Rural Clusters.pdf
Attachment:
Presentation Melrose Aug282012.pdf

Rezoning
The Board approved ZOM-06-12, rezoning a portion of parcel number 20098-000-000 from R-1a to R-1c.
Attachment:
ZOM0612_Application.PDF
Attachment:
ZOM0612_Public_Comment_2.PDF
Attachment:
ZOM0612_PowerPoint.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0612_Resolution.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0612_PowerPoint.pptx
Attachment:
ZOM0612_Staff_Report.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0612_Public_Comment_1.PDF

Special Use Permit

Concerning ZOS-01-12: A request for a special use permit for excavation of more than 200 cubic yards in an ‘A’ (Agricultural) district on approximately 188 acres, the Board adopted

Resolution Z-12-07 approving the requested special use permit
Attachment:
ZOS0112 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS0112 Public Comments.pdf
Attachment:
Map for ZOS0112.pdf
Attachment:
Background for ZOS0112.pdf
Attachment:
Codes Enforcement Board Letter.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS0212.pptx
Attachment:
Resolution_ZOS112.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS0112 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf

Resolution Z-12-09
The Board adopted Resolution Z-12-09 approving the requested minor amendment.
Attachment:
ZOM0712 Background Materials.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0712 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0712.pptx
Attachment:
ZOM0712_Resolution.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0712_Staff_Report.pdf

Resolution Z-12-10
The Board adopted Resolution Z-12-10 approving the requested amendment.
Attachment:
ZOM0812 Background Part 1.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM812_Resolution.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0812.pptx
Attachment:
ZOM0812 Background Part 2.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0812 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0812_Staff_Report.pdf

Preliminary Development Plan
Concerning the approval of the Preliminary Development Plan with conditions for Park Avenue at Santa Fe Traditional Neighborhood Development, The Board continued the item to the Sept. 18, 2012 meeting.
Attachment:
6 Open Space_Park Ave.pdf
Attachment:
8 Presentation_Park Avenue at Santa Fe TND.pdf
Attachment:
1 Aerial_Park Ave at Santa Fe.pdf
Attachment:
5 Development Plan_Park Ave.pdf
Attachment:
Park Avenue at Santa Fe TND.pptx
Attachment:
2 Location_Park Ave.pdf
Attachment:
3 Park Ave TND Prel_Staff report_Revised.pdf
Attachment:
4 Cover Sheet_Park Ave.pdf
Attachment:
7 Transportation Network_Park Ave.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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