December 14th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Archer Braid Trail Alignment
New Health Clinic in High Need Area
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Trashformations Recycled Art Competition Winners
2013 Alachua County Legislative Program
County Opens Invitation to Negotiate
Three West Nile Virus Cases Confirmed Negative
Christmas and New Year’s Schedules
Commission Highlights

Archer Braid Trail Alignment

In their meeting on the evening of December 11, 2012, the Alachua County Commission revisited the location of the Archer Braid Trail and reversed their September 2012 decision.  The trail will now be located along SW 91st Street and SW 46th Blvd., which are County Roads. 

County right-of-way will be used for the project. This change will allow for the use of $750,000 in federal funds to be used towards the project.  It will provide for safe passage of cyclists, pedestrians, strollers, and other forms of transportation. 

Click to watch the Public Hearing (scroll and click item 21)

For more information, contact Alachua County Transportation Planning Manager, Jeff Hays at 352-374-5249, or jhays@alachuacounty.us.


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New Health Clinic in High Need Area

Thousands of low-income residents in Alachua County will have access to health services with the opening of a new clinic just southwest of Gainesville next summer.

The clinic, which will be a satellite site of the Alachua County Health Department (ACHD), is the result of a joint venture involving governmental, business and community partners and spearheaded by the non-profit Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG), which already operates a family resources center across the street. More than 6000 citizens are expected to use the clinic each year.

“The need for health services in this area is well documented,” said Health Department Administrator Paul Myers. “We’re confident the clinic will result in better health outcomes and fewer trips to local hospitals and emergency rooms.”

The clinic will be housed in a building owned by Alachua County Government. The Board of County Commissioners has already committed $190,000 for renovations. The Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Foundation has committed another $60,000 to the project from the proceeds of its 2013 Wild Game Feast.

“This clinic will improve the quality of life for thousands of people who desperately need health services,” said Charles Allen, president of the Rotary Clubs Foundation. “It’s the perfect service project for Rotarians to embrace.”
The Health Department has also won a $300,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, which will provide start-up funding for the clinic’s first three years of operation.

“With these investments, we’re targeting our resources to the communities that need them most,” said Susan Towler, vice president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation. “This demonstrates our commitment to help people and communities in Florida achieve better health.”

SWAG Chairman Dorothy Benson praised the collaboration of service and advocacy organizations, public agencies and private foundations.

“It shows that Alachua County is a community where people and organizations are willing to come together to meet the needs of citizens,” she said.

For more information, contact Alachua County Health Department Administrator, Paul Myers at 352-334-8873, Southwest Advocacy Group Chairman, Dorothy Benson at 352-275-1177, or Blue Cross and Blue Shields of Florida, Khalilah Liptrot at 904-905-7613.

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What’s On “Alachua County Talks”

Click here to view this edition of “Alachua County Talks.” it features an in-depth interview with University of Florida Performing Arts Director Michael Blachly. The interview focuses on this year’s ongoing season as well as look back at the history of University of Florida Performing Arts.

Check out the latest editions of Alachua County Talks on Community 12 TV by viewing the Channel 12 Show Schedule.

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Trashformations Recycled Art Competition Winners

The fourteenth annual Trashformations student recycled art competition was held the evening of Friday, November 16, 2012, at the Florida Museum of Natural History. All artwork entered in the contest was comprised of 70% or more recycled/recyclable/reused materials.

The Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives and the Florida Museum of Natural History are pleased to announce this year’s winners:

Middle School
First: Lauren Gordon “Peacoke”
Second: Leo and Patrick Dickinson “Where should we go...?!”
Third: Sarah Boon “Beauty in the Beast”
Honorable Mention: Jámm Hostetler and Lev Ettinger “Helping Hands”
Waste Watchers Award: Jámm Hostetler and Lev Ettinger “Helping Hands”
Museum Award: Ryan Concannon “Desert Treasures”
Sea Turtle Conservancy Award: Shay Brager “Busy Pond”

High School
First: Hannah Liu “Aldrech”
Second: Sopicha Vongvanij “The Sea Turtle’s Protector”
Third: Monica Coker for the highschool students of Sidney Lanier “Recycled Gator”
Honorable Mention: Jackie Siegel “Forbidden Music”
Waste Watchers Award: Zayna Akins, Takeria Brand & Rayna Bradley “Medusa and child”
Museum Award: Olivia Bloom “The Plastic Crane”
Sea Turtle Conservancy Award: Sopicha Vongvanij “The Sea Turtle’s Protector”

College
First: Victoria Heuston “Tide Wash”
Second: Giang Lien Pham “The Strongest Tower”
Third: Sorina Vaziri “Hip Hop is Dead”
Honorable Mention: Ben Vongvanij “The Golden Sea Turtle”
Waste Watchers Award: Karla Mundim “Double Take”
Museum Award: Karla Mundim “Double Take”
Sea Turtle Conservancy Award: Victoria Heuston “Tide Wash”

Pictures from the event are available for viewing on the Waste Watcher’s Facebook Page.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives at 352-374-5213 or ssamec@alachuacounty.us.


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2013 Alachua County Legislative Program

At their December 11, 2012 meeting, the Board modified and adopted the 2013 Alachua County Legislative Program.  The program highlights the Board’s State priorities heading into the 2013 State Legislative Session.

Click to view the 2013 State Legislative Program.

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County Opens Invitation to Negotiate

Alachua County is requesting proposals through an Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for the design, construction, renovation, modification or upgrade to an existing building to satisfy space needs for the Supervisor of Elections (SOE) and possibly administrative space for additional county offices. Proposals 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, January 9, 2013.

The building should be approximately 40,000 Square Feet and located approximately within a 5 mile radius from the Alachua County Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601.

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

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

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Three West Nile Virus Cases Confirmed Negative

The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) has confirmed that the three suspected human West Nile Virus cases are negative. Confirmatory testing by the Florida Department of Health Laboratory indicates that all three individuals have not been recently infected and that one person was infected in the past. Alachua County still remains under a Mosquito Borne Illness Advisory. “This is comforting news for our three citizens.” stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department. “This investigation underscores the importance of confirmatory testing.” Human WNV transmission is still a concern in Alachua County as surveillance data continues to demonstrate mosquito-borne disease activity.

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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Christmas and New Year’s Schedules

Other than emergency services, all Alachua County government offices will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1, in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Holidays.

Curbside Waste Collection/Collection Centers

Residential curbside collection service for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week following each holiday (December 25, and January 1). Monday’s regular solid waste collection will not be affected by these holidays. The regular schedule for collection services will resume the week of January 7.

The five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers and the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station will be closed December 25 and January 1. The Office of Waste Collection and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 24, and 25, and Monday, December 31, and Tuesday, January 1.

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

Animal Services

Animal Services will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1, however there will be an officer available for emergency call outs through the Alachua Sheriffs Communication Center. All other days, offices will be open regular hours (9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday).

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

Clerk of the Court

The Office of the Clerk of the Court will be closed December 24, 25, and January 1. All other days, offices will be open regular hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

For more information, contact the Office of the Clerk of the Court at 352- 374-3636

Property Appraiser

The Property Appraiser’s Office will be closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1. All other days, offices will be open regular hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

For more information, contact the Property Appraisers Office at 352-374-5230

Tax Collector

The Tax Collector’s Office will be closed December 24, 25, and January 1. All other days, offices will be open regular hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

For more information, contact the Tax Collectors Office at 352-374-5236

Supervisor of Elections

The Supervisor of Elections Office will be closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1. All other days, offices will be open regular hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

For more information, contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252

Health Department

The Health Department will be closed December 24, 25, and January 1. All other days, offices will be open regular hours (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

For more information, contact the Health Department 352-334-7900.


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Commission Highlights

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall of Fame Day
The Board proclaimed January 13, 2013 as “Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall of Fame Day”
Attachment:
Alachua County MLK Hall of Fame Day 2013.pdf

King Celebration 2013
The Board proclaimed January 13 - 22, 2013 as “King Celebration 2013”
Attachment:
Alachua County King Celebration Proclamation 2013.pdf

2013 Alachua County Legislative Program
The Board modified and adopted the 2013 Alachua County Legislative Program.

Joint City of Gainesville/Alachua County Curbside Collection Contract
The Board directed staff to begin discussions with WCA on a proposed contract extension for the Joint City of Gainesville/Alachua County Curbside Collection Contract and a renegotiated disposal agreement

Sugarfoot Oaks/Cedar Ridge Preservation and Enhancement District
The Board held the Public Hearing and adopted the resolution of Intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assessments for collection, disposal, recycling and management of solid waste throughout Alachua County and for community maintenance in the Sugarfoot Oaks/Cedar Ridge Preservation and Enhancement District for Fiscal Year 2013-14.
Attachment:
ResInt_12_forFY13_14_PH.pdf

Arredondo Grant and Benwood Estates

The Board held the Public Hearing and adopted the resolution to vacate the portions of the plats as requested in Arredondo Grant and Benwood Estates.

Attachment: Benwood_Plat_Vac_RESOLUTION.pdf
Attachment:
Benwood_Plat_Vac_MAPS.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_407_73_F.pdf

Archer Braid Trail
The Board:  1. Approved 30 percent design plans authorize development of the 60 percent design plans for the current Archer Braid Trail Phase 2 alignment. 2. Authorized staff to pursue design and construction of a path between SW 75th Terrace and SW 75th Street on the south side of Archer Road.
Attachment:
ArcherBraid2012BOCC.pptx
Attachment:
Compiled Public Comment ABT.pdf
Attachment:
ABT30percentplans.pdf

Comprehensive Plan Amendment
The Board approved transmittal of the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment CPA 09-12 to the State Land Planning Agency and other agencies for review and comment.
Attachment:
Presentation CPA 0912.pdf
Attachment:
Staff Report CPA 0912.pdf
Attachment:
Supplemental Data and Analysis CPA 0912.pdf

Celebration Pointe Community Development District No. 1
The Board approved the ordinance establishing the Celebration Pointe Community Development District No. 1.
Attachment:
CDD_NO_1_Ordinance.pdf
Attachment:
Adopted CP Agreement.pdf
Attachment:
Celebration Pointe PowerPoint.pptx
Attachment:
Petition to Establish Celebration Pointe CDD No. 1.pdf
Attachment:
CDDs_Staff_Report.pdf
Attachment:
Celebration_Pointe_PowerPoint.pdf

Celebration Pointe Community Development District No. 2
The Board approved the ordinance establishing the Celebration Pointe Community Development District No. 2.
Attachment:
Petition to Establish Celebration Pointe CDD No. 2.pdf
Attachment:
Celebration_Pointe_PowerPoint.pdf
Attachment:
Adopted CP Agreement.pdf
Attachment:
CDDs_Staff_Report.pdf
Attachment:
Celebration Pointe PowerPoint.pptx
Attachment:
CDD_NO_2_Ordinance.pdf

Variance Allowing a Shed
The Board approved the variance allowing a shed to be placed in the rear yard at 1709 SW 49th Place.
Attachment:
Scenic_Road_Variance_PowerPoint.pptx
Attachment:
Scenic_Road_Variance_PowerPoint.pdf
Attachment:
Shapiro_Scenic_Road_Variance _SR.pdf
Attachment:
Resolution_Z_16_11.pdf
Attachment:
Scenic_Road_Designation.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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