January 11th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

Alachua County Adds New Recyclables
Blue Oven Kitchens on Alachua County Talks
01-17-13 Development Review Committee Items
ACHD Offers Flu Vaccination Clinics
A “Call of Duty” for the Alachua County Foster Grandparent
January Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

Alachua County Adds New Recyclables

Alachua County Waste Management announces new items that should be added to Alachua County/City of Gainesville curbside recycling bins. Items now included in the recycling program include gable top cartons, aseptic cartons, and paperback books.

Gable top cartons are paper cartons used for such products as soy milk, juice and milk. They are found in the refrigerated section. Aseptic cartons are paper cartons which contain items such as juice and broth and are not refrigerated. For recycling, place these items in the blue bins used for other plastics, glass and metals.

In addition to recycling junk mail, magazines, office paper, catalogs, newspapers, phone books and clean cardboard (3’ x 3’ flattened), paper recyclables now include paperback books, coupon books, and school workbooks that are not bound by a hardcover or plastic binder. These items are placed in the orange bins. Alachua County Waste Management recommends donating or reusing items whenever possible.

Waste Alternatives Specialist, Carol Davis said, “Recycling and diverting waste from the landfill is important in Alachua County.” She continued, “In 2010, the State of Florida mandated a 75% recycling goal for all counties by the year 2020. Alachua County is currently at 49%, and with your help, we can reach 75%.”

Click to find out more information about recycling.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Waste Management Division at 352-338-3233.

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Blue Oven Kitchens on Alachua County Talks

A new edition of Alachua County Talks featuring an interview with Blue Oven Kitchens President Val Leitner is available. Leitner discusses the creation of the nonprofit Blue Oven Kitchens commercial kitchen rental service as well as future plans for the establishment.

In speaking of the program Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “Ms. Leitner has been an integral part of the creation of Blue Oven Kitchens and a prominent voice for local agriculture and independent businesses in the region.”

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: Blue Oven Kitchens.

Click to subscribe to the County’s YouTube channel (and receive updates when new videos are published).

View the complete Channel 12 Schedule.

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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01-17-13 Development Review Committee Items

Items for the January, 17 2013 1:30 p.m. Development Review Committee (room 209 of the County Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st Street downtown Gainesville)

Entrance Roadway (SW 45th Street) and associated Infrastructure – Celebration Point Transit Oriented Development (TOD), The Reserve at Kanapaha Phase I, and Oak Park Baptist Church – A public hearing to consider a Final and Revised Final Development Plan to allow construction of the entrance roadway and associated infrastructure on a portion of 225.59 acres at 4526 SW 45th Street. Please contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 374-5249 or Christine Berish at cberish@alachuacounty.us for further information.

Seminole Woods Hunt Club – A public hearing to consider a Minor Plan to allow a private membership hunting camp including 25 RV spaces on approximately 6.8 acres on NE 156th Avenue East of CR 231. Please contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 374-5249 or Christine Berish at cberish@alachuacounty.us for further information.

Estates of Wilds Plantation - A public hearing to consider a Preliminary Development Plan for a 99 lot subdivision and associated infrastructure on 76.15 acres in the 10000 block of SW 24th Avenue. Please contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 374-5249 or Leslie McLendon at lmclendon@alachuacounty.us for further information.

All in One Fuels at Phoenix Commercial Park – A public hearing to consider a Revised Final Development Plan for the construction of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fleet fueling facility and a 2,400 sf office building on approximately 61.92 acres at 12801 NW US Highway 441. Please contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 374-5249 or Christine Berish at cberish@alachuacounty.us for further information.

View the Development Review Committee Agenda.

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ACHD Offers Flu Vaccination Clinics

The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) urges all residents to get the flu vaccine and to take precautions to limit their risk of exposure to seasonal flu, an infection of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus. “Getting the flu vaccine is the most effective means of preventing infection from influenza” stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department. “Flu activity is increasing across the state and nation and it’s not too late to protect yourself, family and friends from the flu.”

The ACHD will be conducting two more Flu Clinics at the Health Department, located at 224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville, on January 15 and 16, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

If your child missed the intra nasal FluMist® at school, they can still receive the vaccine for free at these clinics. Health Department clients can get the flu shot for free and non-clients can get the flu shot for $25 (many insurance plans cover the cost). For additional information call 334-7913.

Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, a severe cough, runny nose or body aches. Contact your physician if these symptoms appear.

The Florida Department of Health urges the following preventive steps for the flu:

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A “Call of Duty” for the Alachua County Foster Grandparent

From December 1, through January 10, the Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program coordinated a food and household supply drive to benefit our local veterans in need. Nearly 600 items were donated for this effort. Foster Grandparents collected items from home, family & friends, and places of worship, along with donations from employees of the Department of Community Support Services. The program’s Advisory Council generously donated the funds to purchase some of the supplies, including laundry baskets used to collect and distribute the items to recipients in support of the Program’s involvement in this year’s Martin Luther King Day of Service initiative.

During their monthly in-service meeting on January 10, volunteers worked together in teams and exercising sound team-building and leadership skills acquired through their Foster Grandparenting experience, constructed “Life Packs” consisting of food and daily living essentials, and decorated the laundry baskets in a red, white and blue theme, in honor of the Vets. In addition to these donated items, each of the 15 baskets also contained postcards expressing personal messages of appreciation from the Foster Grandparents to our veterans.

Through a partnership with VETSPACE, Inc. and Alachua County’s Division of Veteran Services, the items collected were donated to our local veterans and their families. Betty McMahon, representative from VETSPACE, Inc. and Major Stroupe, Director of Veteran Services, attended the in-service where FGP volunteers presented their tokens of appreciation.

This is the third year the Foster Grandparent Program has participated in the federally organized MLK Day of Service, in previous years the grandparents crafted no-sew fleece blankets for area homeless. The Foster Grandparents truly have a serving spirit and enjoy participating in the annual MLK Day of Service. It’s such a tremendous opportunity to carry out Dr. King’s legacy of service by honoring and thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice to our country.

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January Extension Programs

January Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

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

Free Financial Series – Sessions run each Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church (14105 NW 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

This is a six-session weekly series designed to assist individuals and families gain control of their money. The material is applicable to a variety of age groups; college students just beginning to deal with budgeting as well as young married couples, young families and widows/widowers. Weekly sessions build one upon the other so it is helpful to attend all sessions, but people are invited to attend only some of the sessions. A three-ring binder is advised for keeping all the materials you will receive. There is no cost to attend these classes.

Where Does the Money Go? – January 16

The first step in financial management is to find out where the money is going; then ask is that where you want the money to go. A six-step process will be introduced. Starting with SMART financial goals and begin practicing money tracking techniques.

The Emotional Aspects of Money – January 23

Understand how feelings about money can help better manage money. Why do people save? Why do they spend? Guest speaker: Dr. Martie Gillen, University of Florida.

Living Within Your Means – January 30

A continuation of the six-step process to develop financial tools that will assist with individual financial goals.

Required Financial Management Class for those filing for bankruptcy – January 31, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn 4 basic concepts that will aid in handling financial resources responsibly and building a financially secure future.  This program has been approved to issue certificates evidencing completion of a personal financial management instructional course in compliance with the Bankruptcy Code. Attendees must bring a case number to class.

Topics include: Develop a Budget, Money Management Skills, Use Credit Responsibly, and Consumers Rights and Responsibilities. See attached brochure for additional information.

Cost to attend this class is $10.00 (cash only) for course materials. Pre-register by January 25 by calling 352-955-2402.

Click to view the event pamphlet.

January Commercial Horticulture Program

This program is being offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent, at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Green Industries Best Management Practices – January 31, 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.

Best Management Practices are focused on reducing non-point source pollution resulting from fertilization or pesticide application.  In some areas, you need to be certified in the BMPs to be able to bid on jobs or have commercial customers.  It will be mandatory throughout the state in the near future.  Stay a step ahead of the new requirements.

Earn CEUs for pesticide license holders.  For CEUs, get form signed before you leave.
(2) CORE, (2) Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance categories.
Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch. See attached brochure for more information.

Click to view the event pamphlet.

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.

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Commission Highlights

Alachua County Children’s Services Council of Alachua County
The Board directed the County Attorney to implement the procedures set forth in Section 189.4044, Florida Statutes, to declare the Alachua County Children’s Services Council of Alachua County inactive and advertise an ordinance repealing Ordinance 02-26, which created the Children’s Services Council.

The Board accepted Staff Summary Report and authorized the County Manager to negotiate agreement with NHRA. Authorize the Chair to sign Memorandum of Understanding with the NHRA for negotiation of any aspect of NHRA’s proposal.
NHRA dba AutoPlus Raceway.pdf
Fairgrounds MOU.pdf
Staff Summary Report.pdf
Fairgrounds RLOI 13_447.pdf

RTS Base Level Service and Enhanced Service for Route 75
The Board approved the funding of RTS Base Level Service and Enhanced Service for Route 75, approves the budget amendment transferring funds from MSTU Reserves and authorized the Chair to execute the agreements for service.
FY2012 Ridership.pdf
Reserve adjustments for FY13 jan 8.pdf
Budget Amenment.pdf
RTS Base Level Service 2013.pdf
SPRING 2013 Service Changes Description.pdf
RTS Route 75 2013.pdf
City Route Map.pdf

Qualified Targeted Industries

The Board approved the Resolution supporting Mobiquity, Inc.’s participation in the Qualified Targeted Industries (QTI) Program and authorized the Chair’s signature. The board committed to an amount of $208,000 over a four year period based meeting performance goals. 

Bob Murray and Associates, Inc.

The Board approved employing the Professional Services of Bob Murray and Associates, Inc. to provide executive recruitment services in the County’s search for County Manager.

Wage Theft
The Board heard a presentation on “Wage Theft” and referred the issue to the County Manager to bring back to another meeting. 

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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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