October 26th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

Final Fix Our Roads County-wide Meetings
What's on "Alachua County Talks"
Readdressing of a Section of NW 34th Street to NW 34 Boulevard
Fire Rescue Training Center Ribbon Cutting
Brownfields Assessment Grant Meetings
Sample Ballots in the Mail This Week
Early Voting
October Extension Programs

Final Fix Our Roads County-wide Meetings

Alachua County invites residents to attend one of two final public meetings about the “Fix Our Roads” Sales Surtax, which will appear on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot.

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.

Upcoming meetings:

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 fixourroads@alachuacounty.us.

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What's On "Alachua County Talks"

A new edition of Alachua County Talks featuring an interview with Clean Energy Logistics Labs Information Officer Hadley Price is out. Price discusses the upcoming Solar Readiness Workshop to be held in the Alachua County Administration Building on Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 10 a.m. to noon.

In speaking of the program Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “Mr. Price’s wealth of experience in the field of solar energy provides the viewer an in-depth advance look at the topics to be covered during the workshop, while also looking at the advantages of and expectations for solar power in the future.”

The Solar Readiness: Solar Energy and Efficiency Workshop will air live on Community 12 TV, and on the County’s Video on Demand website, Saturday November 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. To pre-register, visit SolarReadiness.com or call 352-490-0975.

The latest editions of 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 Alachua County Talks: Solar Readiness.

View the complete Channel 12 Schedule.

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

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Readdressing of a Section of NW 34th Street to NW 34 Boulevard

On August 2, 2011, the City of Gainesville entered into an Interlocal Agreement with Alachua County for property addressing services which are administered by the Enhanced 9-1-1/Communications Office of Alachua County Fire Rescue. The Office periodically initiates address changes to resolve public safety and related concerns.

A section of NW 34th Street currently exists in two areas of the City of Gainesville which are parallel to each other. The duplicate ranges are from 4600 to 4899 and from 5400 to 5901. This duplication creates confusion for law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical first responders. In some cases, 9-1-1 callers cannot communicate clearly or at all. This potentially creates a significant response delay because of confusing or uncertain location information.

This change is in keeping with City of Gainesville Municipal Code Sections 23-19 and 23-22. Section 23-19 designates streets which meander and do not run generally in a north-south or east-west direction shall be designated as Roads and Boulevards. Section 23-22 designates all principal streets running parallel or generally so with Main Street shall be designated as Streets.

The Enhanced 9-1-1/Communications Office will send letters to all affected property owners on or about October 22, and 29, 2012. The U.S. Postal service will continue to deliver to the old address for one year after the effective date.

Concerned citizens are encouraged to call the Enhanced 9-1-1/Communications Office at 352-338-7361, Monday thru Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Fire Rescue Training Center Ribbon Cutting

The Alachua County Commission, its Fire Rescue Department, the School Board of Alachua County, and the Professional Academies’ Magnet (PAM) at Loften High School, invited residents to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Alachua County Fire Rescue Training Center. The ceremony took place at the training center, located at the PAM at Loften High School (3000 E. University Avenue, Gainesville), on October 24.

The training center is a direct result of cooperation between the County Commission and the School Board. The training center provides a safe, accessible and functioning training site for use by Fire Department Employees and students at the PAM at Loften High School. It provides interaction between career firefighters and the Fire & EMS academy students. The center allows for emergency medical training, firefighting skills, vehicle accident preparedness, confined space training, and live fire training.

For more information, contact Alachua County Fire Rescue Training Captain, Kevin D. Wesley at 352-384-3129 or kdw@alachuacounty.us.

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Brownfields Assessment Grant Meetings

Alachua County invites residents to attend one of several upcoming Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Assessment Grant meetings.

Alachua County, in coalition with the cities of Alachua, Hawthorne, Newberry, and Waldo is applying for a grant that can provide funds to return abandoned or underutilized commercial or industrial properties to productive use by providing funds to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement.

Community involvement is an integral part of this grant application. These meetings will inform residents about resources available for the benefit of rural communities seeking to promote environmental redevelopment, public health protection, economic redevelopment, and job creation at sites and along corridors with documented or perceived contamination issues.

Upcoming meetings include:

View a downloadable key facts sheet (PDF).

Citizen input can be given at the meetings or by submitting written comments by Friday, November 9, 2012. Comments can be emailed (epalafox@alachuacounty.us), or mailed (Alachua County Manager’s Office, Attention: Edgar Campa-Palafox, 12 S.E. 1st Street, P.O.Box 5547, Gainesville, FL 32601).

For more information, contact Alachua County Economic Development Coordinator, Edgar Campa-Palafox at 352-264-6908 or email epalafox@alachuacounty.us.

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Sample Ballots in the Mail This Week

Alachua County voters should be receiving their sample ballot for the November 6th General Election in the mail this week. The sample ballot includes an image of the multi-page ballot, a list of all Alachua County Polling Places, important elections information, and information on early voting, absentee voting and Election Day voting. Voters are encouraged to study their sample ballot now as it may take up to 30 minutes just to read the ballot. Voters may mark their sample ballot and bring it with them to the polls.

Voters may also view sample ballots for the November 6, 2012 General Election online at www.VoteAlachua.com by clicking on “Upcoming Elections” in the upper right hand corner, then “Sample Ballots” or may view their individual ballot by clicking on “My Voter Information Page” in the upper right hand corner.

An audio sample ballot is also available on the Supervisor of Elections’ website at www.VoteAlachua.com by clicking on “Upcoming Elections” in the upper right hand corner, then “Sample Ballots”, or if you prefer, you may borrow a CD with the audio format from one of the following locations:

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.

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Early Voting

Early Voting for the November 6, 2012 General Election will be available starting tomorrow, Saturday, October 27, 2012 through Saturday, November 3, 2012.

Dates & Times
Saturday, October 27th through Saturday, November 3rd
8:00 AM to 8:00 PM


Supervisor of Elections Office
County Administration Building Location
12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

Millhopper Branch Library
3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606

Tower Road Branch Library
3020 SW 75th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608

Florida Law requires voters to present picture and signature ID in order to vote, or vote a provisional ballot. 

Vote by Mail

Any voter may request a ballot and Vote by Mail. Voters may make their request online at www.VoteAlachua.com or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252. Voters will need to make sure their address and signature on file with the Supervisor of Elections are current. Your mail ballot may not count if the signature does not match the signature on your voter record. You may update your signature by filling out a voter registration application form in person or online at www.VoteAlachua.com. All signature updates for use in verifying absentee and provisional ballots must be received in the Elections Office prior to the start of the canvassing of absentee ballots by the Canvassing Board.

To request a ballot for another voter, you must be directly instructed by the voter and be a member of the voter’s immediate family, or the voter’s legal guardian. Immediate family means the voter’s spouse or the parent, child, grandparent or sibling of either the voter or of the voter’s spouse.

Requests can be made online, in person, by mail, by telephone or by fax. All requests must include the voter’s name, residence address, and date of birth. The request must also include the requestor’s name, residence address, relationship to the voter and driver’s license number if available. Mail or fax request must also include the requestor’s signature.

The last day to request your ballot be mailed is Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by 5 PM.

A voter may designate in writing another person to pick up an absentee ballot starting Thursday, November 1, 2012. The designee must have a note signed by the voter, a picture identification of the designee and must complete an affidavit. The affidavit is available for download at www.VoteAlachua.com. The designee may not pick up more than two absentee ballots per election, not including the designee’s own ballot and ballots for members of his or her immediate family.

Absentee ballots are available at the Supervisor of Elections Office for voters who may have emergencies that will not allow them to go to their polling place to vote on Election Day.

All absentee ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7:00 PM Election Day.  The Supervisor of Elections address is 111 S.E. 1st Avenue, Gainesville.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.

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October Extension Programs

Commercial Horticulture Programs

These programs are offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

ID Card Holder Training – October 31, 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 and refreshments).

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

Family and Consumer Sciences Program

This program is being offered by Brenda C. Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent

Before You Tie the Knot – October 29 & 30, 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 and Resolution, Financial Responsibility and 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.

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

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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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Community Update is produced by the County Manager's Communications Office.