April 26th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

Future Transportation Survey
Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Spring Job Fair
EPD Recognizes Scrubs Carwash
Advisory Board Openings
May Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

Future Transportation Survey

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) is soliciting public input on the County’s future transportation system, and is asking residents to participate in a short online survey. The survey is open until 5 p.m., on Monday, April 29, 2013.

Click to begin the survey.

The purpose of the survey is to identify the characteristics of, and steps toward building the County’s future transportation system.

Alachua County Transportation Planning Manager, Jeff Hays said, “This is a positive community-wide dialogue on developing a transportation system that makes Alachua County a community where people like to live and work.”

Information from the survey, as well as comments from the Community-wide Transportation Summit (held on April 10) will be presented to the BoCC for consideration on June 4.

Click to view the community-wide Transportation Summit.

For more information, contact Jeff Hays at 352-374-5249.

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Earth Day Celebration Stewardship Event

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is holding the 19th Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway on Saturday, May 4, 2013, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Hazardous Waste Collection Center, at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station (5125 NE 63rd Avenue, 2 miles north of 39th Avenue, off Waldo Road).

The latex paint is collected throughout the year by the Hazardous Waste Program and shipped to a paint manufacturer where it is blended and repackaged into 75% post-consumer paint. The recycled paint will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available in 5 gallon pails with six colors to choose from: off white, beige, gray, terra cotta, green and blue. There is a 10 gallon limit per resident.

The event will distribute 3,600 gallons of recycled latex paint free of charge, and is recommended for: community organizations, civic groups, people with special needs, and home and business owners that cannot afford new paint. It is suitable for either interior or exterior usage.

“A total of over 66,000 gallons of recycled paint has been provided to Alachua County residents since the inception of the program in 1994.” said Kurt Seaburg, Alachua County Hazardous Waste Coordinator. “The program began as a means of assisting homeowners and agencies beautify their property while recycling a product that still has value. The program has been highly successful and quite popular with County residents.”

For residents unable to attend the event, non-recycled free paint (of various quality and quantity) is available at the Hazardous Waste Center’s recycle/reuse area during regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon).

Click to view the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center website.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center at 352-334-0440.

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What’s On “Alachua County Talks”

A new edition of Alachua County Talks featuring an interview with Florida’s Eden Executive Director Annie Whittaker Pais is available. Pais discusses GainesvilleConnect.com, the new web portal to the Alachua County/Gainesville area designed specifically to attract people and businesses to our community.

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: GainesvilleConnect.com.

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

View the complete Channel 12 Schedule.

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

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Spring Job Fair

Alachua County invites residents to participate in the “2013 Spring Job Fair,” on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the gym, at Santa Fe College (3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville).

Event Sponsors include: Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, FloridaWorks, Santa Fe College, Asterisk Communications, Inc., and the Florida Employer Advisory Council.

Click to view the event flyer.

For more information, contact Alachua County Human Resources at 352-374-5219.

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EPD Recognizes Scrubs Carwash

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is recognizing businesses in the region that take action to protect water resources. The first business to be recognized is Scrubs Carwash (3135 SW 42nd St, Gainesville). Scrubs was acknowledged at the April 23, 2013, Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting, and is spotlighted on the EPD website.

Scrubs Carwash has become a WaterSavers® businesss, and has retrofitted their facility to greatly reduce water use. They have installed high pressure nozzles that reduce water use by 40% (to under 40 gallons per wash) in their automatic wash stations. Their self-serve stations use roughly 3 gallons/minute, compared to the 9-17 gallons/minute used when washing a car at a typical home.

Owners Chris Koenig and Mike Wasik are currently working on retrofits to allow them to use rainwater collected from the roof. Additionally, all of their chemicals are biodegradable and are disposed of responsibly.

Gus Olmos, Water Resources Supervisor explained, “Scrubs has been a good steward of the environment for a long time.” He continued, “They offer Wash Bucks to charities so these organizations can raise money by selling tokens for car washes; instead of holding car washes in parking lots that end up polluting our local creeks and lakes with soapy pollutant laden wash water.”

Click for more information about WaterSavers®.

For more information or to nominate a business, contact Alachua County Water Resources Supervisor, Gus Olmos at 352-264-6806 or Gus@AlachuaCounty.us.

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Advisory Board Openings

Alachua County is looking for residents willing to serve on a County Advisory Board. The openings listed below have a critical need for applicants. Those with an interest in being engaged and involved with County government and the community are encouraged to apply.

Current openings in need of immediate applicants include:

Alachua County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC): The Board of County Commissioners will appoint three citizens to the Alachua County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 14.

The AHAC’s mission is to review the established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations, and adopted local government comprehensive plan of Alachua County and to recommend specific actions or initiatives to encourage affordable housing while protecting the ability of the property to appreciate in value, and other affordable housing issues as directed. The board is statutorily required for the administration of SHIP funds, and also administers the CDBG program.

Positions needed: One citizen actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing, One citizen representing laborers actively engaged in residential affordable housing construction, One citizen actively engaged in the banking or mortgage industry in connection with affordable housing, One Alachua County resident, One alternate

AHAC meets on the third Thursday of each month. Meetings begin at 3:30 p.m. and are held in the Community Treasures Meeting Room, at the Alachua County Administration Building (12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville).

Alachua County’s Housing Finance Authority Advisory Board: The Board of County Commissioners is looking for a citizen knowledgeable in labor, finance, or commerce; a citizen-at-large and an alternate.

The Housing Finance Authority is authorized under State Statute to issue tax exempt revenue bonds to finance qualified affordable housing projects in Alachua County.

The Housing Finance Authority Advisory Board meets on a need to serve basis. Meetings begin at 2:30 p.m. and are held in the County Attorney’s Conference Room at the Alachua County Administration Building (12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville).

To find more information about the boards, visit the Advisory Board Information page and use the “Select a Board” drop down box at the top of the page to select your board of interest.

To apply for a position, visit Advisory Board Vacancies and scroll down to your board of interest.

For more information, contact Interim Advisory Board Program Coordinator, Jonathan Flynt at 352-264-6904 or jflynt@alachuacounty.us.

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May 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).

Converting to a Florida-Friendly™ Landscaping to Save Water – May 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learn to make changes in your landscape that will save water and protect ground water. Plant selection, micro-irrigation and rain barrels will be covered.

Growing Citrus – May 9, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn to grow oranges, tangerines, lemons and grapefruit in a backyard. This class will also cover variety selection and freeze protection.

Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale – May 18, from 8 a.m. to noon

A variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of plants. This annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Admission and parking are free.

The proceeds are used throughout the community. In 2012, Master Gardener volunteers gave over 13,000 hours of service to the citizens of Alachua County and made contact with approximately 17,000 people seeking gardening advice.

There are currently 11 school gardens throughout Alachua County elementary schools run by these volunteers. School children are learning how to grow fruits and vegetables and about their nutritional benefits.

Master Gardener volunteers helped in creating the Honor Center Gardens, a green space for homeless and transitional veterans at the Gainesville VA Domiciliary, which can provide shelter and services to 45 local men and women at a time. The veterans are able to grow their own food, help prepare plant beds and cultivate a calming area within the center.

Click to view the event flyer.

Growing Blueberries – May 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Alachua County is one of the top blueberry producing counties in the state. This class covers planting, fertilizing and pruning.

Flowering Trees for Your Florida-Friendly™ Yard – May 23, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn how to select and grow trees that bloom and have lots of color.

There is no cost to attend these classes, space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

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).

Required Financial Management Class for those filing for bankruptcy – May 14, 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.

Click to view the program brochure.

Cost to attend this class is $10.00 (cash only) for course materials. Pre-register by calling 352-955-2402 no later than May 9.

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – May 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This program is dedicated to providing training which enables food managers and staff to offer Florida consumer’s food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment. For further information and to register, please visit the Food Safety and Quality website, or call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723.

Click to view the program brochure.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Program

This program is being offered by Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent. The program will be held at the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Nuisance Wildlife Workshop – May 16, 6 p.m.

Coyotes and wild hogs are becoming an increasing problem in both rural and suburban communities.  Coyotes are a major predator for calves, goats and sheep.  Wild hogs are an invasive species that cause serious harm to both the environment and agriculture production. 

This workshop will cover management techniques for these animals to help ranchers and homeowners reduce their property damage from these destructive wildlife. 

No cost to attend, please register by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail) no later than May 13.

Commercial Horticulture Programs

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

Green Industries Best Management Practices – May 28, 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.

A “Commercial Fertilizer Applicator” means any person who applies fertilizer on turf and/or landscape plants in Alachua County in exchange for money, goods, services or other valuable consideration.

An “Institutional Fertilizer Applicator” means any person, other than a non-commercial or commercial applicator (unless such definitions also apply under the circumstances), that applies fertilizer for the purpose of maintaining turf and/or landscape plants. Institutional applicators shall include, but shall not be limited to, owners and managers of public lands, schools, parks, religious institutions, utilities, industrial or business sites and any residential properties maintained in condominium and/or common ownership.

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.

Click to view the program brochure.

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

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance – May 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This class includes six hours of the required training for LCLM license applicants.  Participants needing recertification begin can attend the first four hours of class, but are encouraged to take the Advanced Landscape Training Workshop instead. The LCLM license exam will be given the same day as the class.  Participants must have all license application paperwork completed to sit for the exam.

Continuing Education Units will be offered in the following categories: 3 General Standard/Core, 3 General Standard/Core, 3 Ornamental & Turf, 3 Private Applicator Ag, 3 Limited Lawn & Ornamental, 3 Limited Landscape Maintenance, 3 Commercial Lawn & Ornamental.

The registration fee is $30.00 includes program materials refreshments and lunch for the day.

Pre-register at least three working days prior to the program by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

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

National Tourism Week
The Board proclaimed May 4-12, 2013 as “National Tourism Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Proc National Tourism Week 2013.pdf

Public Service Recognition Week
The Board proclaimed May 5-11, 2013 as “Public Service Recognition Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Proc Public Service Recog Week 2013.pdf

Environmental Community Service Days
The Board proclaimed October 2012-April 2013 as “Environmental Community Service Days” in Alachua County, Florida
Proc Environmental Comm Service Days 2013.pdf

Eat Local Month
The Board proclaimed May 2013 as “Eat Local Month”, in Alachua County, Florida
Proc Eat Local Month 2013.pdf

The Year of The Yearling
The Board proclaimed Spring 2013- Spring 2014 as “The Year of The Yearling” in Alachua County, Florida
Proc Year of The Yearling 2013.pdf

Law Day
The Board proclaimed May 1, 2013 as “Law Day” in Alachua County, Florida
Proc Law Day 2013.pdf

School Safety Presentation
The Board heard the School Safety Presentation by Sheriff Darnell, School Board Superintendent Dr. Dan Boyd and Gainesville Police Chief Tony Jones.
Security Plan 2013.pdf

Alachua County Comprehensive Plan
The Board authorized staff to advertise public hearings on the amendments to the Public School Facilities Element and Capital Improvements Element of the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan.
PSFE Amendment April 2013 drft.pdf
Interlocal Agreement Final Version Update April 2013 maps no sig.pdf
BoCC Presentation Request Authorization to Advertise April 2013 pptx.pdf

Water Conservation Month
The Board heard the presentation on Water Conservation Month and the efforts including implementation of irrigation restrictions, classroom presentations, recognizing an innovative local business and Water Conservation Contests.

Tourist Development Council
The Board approved 3rd Amendment to the MOU with Tourist Development Council to replace the Tourist Product Development Program application with revised application agreement for Chair’s signature.
TDC Grant Program 3rd Amend Final.pdf

Lion Statuary Project
Concerning the Lion Statuary Project, the Board approved Conceptual Plan for lion display location at NW corridor of the County Administration Building near the Freedom Shrine and authorized staff to proceed with design details and cost estimate for the project, professional restoration, cost for the bases and interpretive information such as placard, in coordination with the County Historical Commission.
Amount: $ 2650 estimate

Animal Services Division
The Board approved the suggested changes to the FY 13 Fee Schedule for the Animal Services Division of Public Works
Proposed Animal Services FY13 Fee Schedule.pdf
BoCC Presentation Q1 _ Adoption Fees 2013 04 15_a.pdf
BoCC Presentation Q1 _ Adoption Fees 2013 04 15_a.pptx
Revised Animal Services FY13 Fee Schedule.pdf
Resolution for Revising Fee Schedule_AS_20130412.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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