November 16th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Commissioner Swearing In Ceremony
Commissioner Farewells
Fire Rescue Training Center Ribbon Cutting
County Seeks Fairgrounds Development Partners
Alachua County Thanksgiving Schedule
County Seasonal Irrigation Limits
Health Department Investigates Three Human Cases of West Nile Virus
November Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

Commissioner Swearing In Ceremony

On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, the three elected County Commissioners from the Tueday, November 6, 2012 general election, will be sworn in. The swearing in ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. The ceremony is open to the public and will be televised on Cox Cable Channel 12 and will also be available on the County’s Video on Demand website.

The following is reprinted from an 11/06/12 article from Gainesville Sun reporter Morgan Watkins:

Commissioner Mike Byerly, the sole incumbent candidate, defeated Republican opponent and former Hawthorne mayor John Martin in the District 1 race with an unofficial final tally of 55.62 percent of the vote to Martin’s 44.38 percent. Byerly won 62,169 votes to Martin’s 49,614.

Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, who served on the commission from 1998-2002, took the District 3 seat. He got 64,579 votes, or 58 percent, and defeated Republican and former Alachua mayor Jean Calderwood, who collected 46,480 votes or 41.76 percent, in unofficial results. Write-in candidate Bryan C. “Buck” Buchanan received 239 votes or 0.21 percent of the tally.

State Rep. Charles S. “Chuck” Chestnut IV will round out the Democratic majority on the County Commission as its District 5 representative. He received 60,087 or 53.74 percent of the vote to Republican and first-time candidate Dean Cheshire’s 47,929 votes or 42.87 percent — the closest margin among the commission races between two major-party candidates. No-party-affiliated candidate K. Siva Prasad received 3,790 votes, or 3.39 percent.

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Commissioner Farewells

During the November 13, 2012, Regular County Commission Meeting, Commission Chair Paula DeLaney, and Commissioner Winston Bradley were recognized for their service on the County Commission. Farewell statements were made and good-byes were said.

Click to view the Commission Farewells on streaming video.

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Fire Rescue Training Center Ribbon Cutting

Alachua County recently released a short video of 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.

Click to watch the ribbon cutting video.

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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County Seeks Fairgrounds Development Partners

Alachua County is requesting Letters of Interest from property owners and private sector partners to provide a building site and related easements for the development of new fairgrounds facilities and operation of these fairgrounds facilities under a lease or management agreement with the County. Letters of Interest are due to the Alachua County Purchasing Department on the third floor of the County Administration Building (12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville), by 2 p.m., on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

The property must be located within the area bounded on the north and east by the County line, on the south by SE Hawthorne Road and on the west by the western right-of-way line of NE Waldo Road and County Road 225 extended north to the County line.

Click to view/download the bid package document (PDF). The bid package document gives more specifications and must be utilized in the bidding process. Members can access the document using the Demandstar service, but that is not required.

For more information, contact Alachua County Purchasing Manager, Larry Sapp at 352-374-5202 or lsapp@alachuacounty.us.


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Alachua County Thanksgiving Schedule

Other than emergency services, all Alachua County government offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday (November 22, and November 23, 2012), in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Garbage and Recycling Collection:

The Thanksgiving holiday will not affect curbside residential solid waste and recycling collection services scheduled for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (November 19, through November 21) in the Alachua County curbside collection area. Thursday and Friday (November 22, and November 23) services will be delayed one day. For Thanksgiving week, Thursday’s collection will occur on Friday, Friday’s collection will occur on Saturday. The regular collection schedule will resume on Monday, November 26.

The five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers and the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. These facilities will reopen on Friday, November 23. The Hazardous Waste Center at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park will be closed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It will reopen on Monday, November 26. The office of Waste Collection will be closed on Thursday and Friday. It will reopen on Monday, November 26.

For more information, contact Alachua County Waste Collection Manager, Milton Towns at 352-338-3233.

Animal Services:

The Alachua County Animal Services’ office (3400 NE 53rd Ave, Gainesville) will be closed from Thursday, November 22, through Saturday, November 24. The office will reopen on Tuesday, November 27.

For more information, contact Alachua County Animal Services at 352-264-6870.


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County Seasonal Irrigation Limits

As of November 4, 2012, landscape irrigation is limited to one day a week in Alachua County. Most parts of the County may only irrigate on designated days of the week based on addresses as outlined below:

Irrigation may only occur between 4 pm and 10 am (to reduce evaporation). To verify your irrigation day, view an interactive map. The restrictions apply to groundwater and surface waters withdrawn from a private well or pump or supplied by a public or private water utility.

Alachua County Water Conservation Coordinator, Stacie Greco said, “Now that it is cooling off, plants are starting to slow down and may not even require any irrigation.” She continued, “Lawn and landscape irrigation can account for almost 60% of residential water use. Watering wisely promotes healthier lawns and landscapes while conserving Florida’s water resources. We depend on groundwater for our water supply, as do our springs and rivers.”

For more information or to report irrigation violations, call the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department at 352-264-6800 or email Sgreco@alachuacounty.us.

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Health Department Investigates Three Human Cases of West Nile Virus

The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) is investigating three human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV). Human WNV transmission is still a concern in Alachua County as surveillance data continues to demonstrate mosquito-borne disease activity. Alachua County still remains under a Mosquito Borne Illness Advisory. “Although cooler weather has reduced mosquito activity, the risk of disease transmission to humans continues.” stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department. “Citizens are encouraged to protect themselves against exposure to mosquitoes.”

The ACHD advises residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that may cause encephalitis disease.  The ACHD continues surveillance and prevention efforts and encourages everyone to take basic precautions to help limit exposure by following the department of health recommendations. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember “Drain and Cover”:

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying

COVER skin with clothing or repellent

Tips on Repellent Use

Florida Department of Health (DOH) continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, and dengue. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the web site for Surveillance of Wild-bird Die-offs. For more information, visit DOH’s Environmental Public Health web site, or call the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7930.

The goal of the Alachua County Health Department is to promote, protect, maintain and improve health and safety of all the citizens and visitors.


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November Extension Programs

Environmental Horticulture Programs

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

Growing Blueberries & Peaches – November 21, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Topics include which varieties grow in Alachua County and proper pruning & fertilizing techniques.

There is no charge for this program. 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.

Commercial Horticulture Programs

These programs are offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent, at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Drip Irrigation School – November 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center (8202 County Rd. 417, Live Oak).

This hands-on workshop will teach the participants how to set up, use, and maintain their own drip irrigation system.

See attached brochure for additional information.

Green Industries Best Management Practices – November 29, 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.

Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch.

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

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

4-H Programs

These programs are being offered by Matt Benge, 4-H Youth Development Agent. Youth ages 5 to 18 are invited to attend and 4-H enrollment is not required.

Holiday Cookie Bake-off – November 30, drop-off from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Drop off a dozen homemade cookies in a disposable container with a printed recipe. Cookies will be judged on taste, texture and appearance.

Trophies will be awarded for:

Best Overall Cookie or Candy - Top Overall Scoring Entry
Best Decorative Display - will be judged at “Light-Up Micanopy”
Best Decorated Cookie - Most Creatively Decorated Cookie

No cost to attend this event.

See attached flyer for more information.

Holiday Crafts Workshop – November 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The annual holiday workshop offers an array of crafts suitable for gift giving. Parent must attend.

Cost is $10.00, includes dinner and craft materials.

To register or for additional information about Alachua County 4-H and these events, contact Matt Benge, 4-H Youth Development Agent, UF/IFAS Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office, at 352-955-2402.

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Commission Highlights

Farm-City Week
The Board
proclaimed November 15 - 22, 2012 as “Farm-City Week”
Attachment:
Farm City Week 2012.pdf

Veteran Services Advisory Board’s Annual Report
The Board heard the Veteran Services Advisory Board’s Annual Report presented by Chair Don Sherry.
Attachment:
Veteran Services Annual WorkplanReport.pdf

Rural Concerns Advisory Committee Annual Report
The Board heard the  presentation of Rural Concerns Advisory Committee Annual Report
Attachment:
RuralConcernsPresentation2012.pdf
Attachment:
RuralConcernsReport2012.pdf

Aqua America, Inc.

The Board approved the resolution  allowing Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) Acquisition of Aqua America, Inc. to acquire the Arredono Estates Aqua water utility assets.

Attachment: 4_Aqua_letter.pdf
Attachment:
2_Aqua_Briefing.pdf
Attachment:
5_Aqua_financial.pdf
Attachment:
3_Aqua_maps.pdf
Attachment:
1_Aqua_resolution.pdf

Quarterly Hiring Activity Report
The Board accepted the Quarterly Hiring Activity Report for the 4th quarter of Fiscal Year 2011-2012 and accepted the Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Hiring Activity Report.
Attachment:
BOCC Annual Report FY 2012 .pdf
Attachment:
BOCC Report FY 2012 QTR 4.pdf

Septic System Evaluation Program
The Board adopted the resolution opting-out of the Septic System Evaluation Program as described in F.S. 381.00651 (the Statute requires approval of the resolution by at least 60% of the Commission); an approved transmitting  the adopted resolution to the Secretary of State. The Board requested the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department develop recommendations in the form of a letter from the Board for transmittal to the State requesting the Legislature modify the existing Statute to allow for greater flexibility in local Ordinances. Request that the County’s Legislative Coordinator make this item one of Alachua County’s priorities for the 2013 session.
Attachment:
Resolution.pdf
Attachment:
Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
FS38100651.pdf

Poe Springs Retaining Wall
The Board approved Budget Amendment No. 4 and Notice to Proceed Amendment No. 5 for the Poe Springs Retaining Wall
Amount: $32,000.00

Attachment: B A Poe Retaining Wall.pdf
Attachment:
Fla Fill Poe Springs CO5 Final.pdf

FluMist Support
The Board approved the agreement for the long-term FluMist support using CHOICES Funds.
Amount: $1,500,000.00

Attachment: AHD FluMist Final.pdf

FY12 Medicaid Bill
The Board approved the use of County Reserves to pay for the FY12 Medicaid Bill.
Amount: $424,978.00

Attachment: Reserve adjustments for FY12 Fund 001.pdf
Attachment:
Budget Amendment Medicaid from reserves.pdf

World Diabetes Day
The Board proclaimed November 14th, 2012 as “World Diabetes Day”
Attachment:
World Diabetes Day 2012.pdf

Children’s Grief Awareness Day
The Board proclaimed November 15th, 2012 as “Children’s Grief Awareness Day”
Attachment:
Childrens Grief Awareness Day 2012.pdf

Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month
The Board proclaimed November 2012 as “Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month”
Attachment:
Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month 2012.pdf

Special Assessment Districts on Unimproved Roads
The Board adopted Ordinance 12-XX; an ordinance providing for special assessment districts on unimproved roads; amending Chapter 37; providing for severability; providing for inclusion in the code; providing an effective date.
Attachment:
Ord 12XX Unpaved Roads Special Assessment District FINAL.pdf

Carry Forward, Re-appropriations and Other Fund Balance Adjustments
The Board conducted the public hearing, adopted resolutions and approved budget amendments to amend FY13 budget for carry forward, re-appropriations and other fund balance adjustments.
Attachment:
1 Resolution for FY13 Carryfoward General County Budget.pdf
Attachment:
6 Resolution for FY13 Carryforward Gas Tax Budget.pdf
Attachment:
8 FY13 CF Non Encumbered Narratives.pdf
Attachment:
11 FY13 CF Department Summary.pdf
Attachment:
2 Resolution for FY13 Carryforward MSTU Unincorporated Budget.pdf
Attachment:
3 Resolution for FY13 Carryfoward MSTU Law Enforcement Budget.pdf
Attachment:
4 Resolution for FY13 Carryforward MSTU Fire Protection Services Budget.pdf
Attachment:
7 Reserve Adjustments for FY13 Carry Forward.pdf
Attachment:
10 FY13 CF Fund Summary.pdf
Attachment:
5 Resolution for FY13 Carryfoward MSBU Refuse Collection Budget.pdf
Attachment:
9 FY13 CF Consolidated BA.pdf

Santa Fe River - Running Over Ranch

The Board exercised the option to purchase Conservation Easement on the Santa Fe River - Running Over Ranch and directed staff to complete all due diligence and authorized staff to execute documents as necessary to close the transaction.
Amount: Acquisition $619,882. Annual Stewardship $550

Attachment: Exhibit 2 Running Over Ranch Evaluation.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 3 Running Over Ranch acq costs.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 1 RoR Option Fully Executed.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 4 Acquisition List Status Report.pdf
Attachment:
121113 RoR CE.pptx

Lake Forest Creek - Smith Tract
The Board executed the amendment to the Conservation Easement to accept the donation of additional acreage to the Lake Forest Creek - Smith Tract and authorized staff to complete due diligence and execute documents as necessary to close the transaction.
Amount: Acquisition $3,000. Annual stewardship $0

Attachment: Exhibit 2 Recorded Smith CE.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 4 Lake Forest Creek.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 1 Smith CE Addition Donation.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 3 Smith Addition Evaluation.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 5 Smith CE Donation acq costs.pdf
Attachment:
BoCC121113 ACF Smith.pptx

Alternative Real Property Conveyance Ordinance
The Board conducted the Public Hearing and adopted the Alternative Real Property Conveyance Ordinance
Attachment:
Alternative Procurement Process.pdf

Alachua County Comprehensive Plan

The Board approved CPA-08-12: A request to amend policies in the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan related to permitted uses within Rural Employment Centers (Amended)

Attachment: CPA0812.pptx
Attachment:
CPA0812 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
CPA0812 Staff Report.pdf

Business/Professional to Business/Retail Sales
The Board heard the item and adopted Resolution (Z-12-14) approving the requested zoning change, from Business/Professional to Business/Retail Sales.
Attachment:
ZOM1012 Resolution.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM1012.pptx
Attachment:
6711 SW Archer Road Neighborhood Meeting Information.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM1012 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
6711 SW Archer Road Rezoning Application and Backup.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM1012 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment:
6711 SW Archer Road Rezoning Justification Report and Enviro.pdf

Special Use Permit

The Board approved ZOS-03-12: A request to renew a special use permit for an existing construction and debris (C and D) disposal facility for 5 years (through 2017) on approximately 44 acres in an Agriculture zoning district (Amended)

Attachment: ZOS0312 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment:
WatsonSUPJustificationReport.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS0312 Resolution.pdf
Attachment:
WatsonSUPEnvironmentalAssessment.pdf
Attachment:
WatsonSUPCountyApplication.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS0312.pptx
Attachment:
ZOS0312 Powerpoint Presentation.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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