May 17th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Participating in “Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days” Event
Veterans Memorials in Alachua County
Santa Fe River Springs Basin Working Group Meeting
Supervisor of Elections High School Voter Education and Registration Program
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Special Meeting on 05-21-13
May Extension Programs
Emergency Response Business Summit
Third Annual Alachua Home Grown Open House
Denim Day Recap
Commission Highlights

County Participating in “Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days” Event

Alachua County Animal Services, along with the Alachua County Humane Society, Puppy Hill Farm, Haile’s Angels, Gainesville Pet Rescue, Helping Hands Pet Rescue, and Operation Catnip is participating in the Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, on June 1, and 2, 2013. All of the participating shelters will be offering cat and dog adoptions free of charge. 

Maddie’s® Fund will pay participating organizations between $500 and $2,000 for each adoption: $500 per regular adoption, $1,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is seven years of age or older or who has been treated for one or more medical conditions and $2,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is seven years of age or older and who has been treated for one or more medical conditions. This is a significant opportunity for all participating shelters in our community to receive major donation funds. 

Alachua County Animal Services will be adopting animals on these days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Animal Services Headquarters (3400 NE 53rd Avenue, Gainesville).  All other participating shelters will be offering cat and dog adoptions at locations throughout Gainesville including Petco, PetSmart, Gainesville Pet Rescue, Haile’s Angels and the Humane Society.

Click here for a list of times and locations for all participating agencies.

Alachua County was chosen as one of eight communities across the United States to participate in the Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days event. It is held to increase awareness of shelter animals and their need for loving homes, and to shed light on the efforts of shelters and rescue organizations across the country. 

Click here for the event flyer.

Click here to find out more about Maddie’s fund.

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

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Veterans Memorials in Alachua County

The Alachua County Office of Veterans Services is proud to announce the publication of the “Veterans Memorials in Alachua County” booklet. The 36 page, updated document showcases veterans memorials throughout the County. Hardcopies of the booklet can be picked up at the Alachua County Communications Office, in the Alachua County Administration Building (1st floor, 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville). The booklet is also available in two digital formats.

Click to view the interactive booklet (ISSUU document).

Click to view the downloadable booklet (PDF document).

The booklet was created to ensure that these memorials are not forgotten and to encourage citizens to visit each of them. It was a cooperative effort by Alachua County’s Veterans Services Office, Visitors and Convention Bureau, and Communications Office, as well as the City of Gainesville’s Division of Cultural Affairs, and many other organizations and individuals. Funding was provided by the Alachua County Bed Tax, paid by visitors to the County, through a grant program administered by the City of Gainesville.

In a joint statement US Marines, WWII/Korea Veteran, Bob Gasche, US Army/Vietnam Veteran, Jim Lynch, and retired US Army Sargent Major and County Veteran Services Director, Major Stroupe said, “We are honored to present the second edition of Veterans Memorials in Alachua County. After we published our first edition in 2008, we were delighted to learn of many more veteran memorials and markers located throughout our county.” They continued, “We only found out about these previously omitted memorials because of our very active veteran community and organizations. It seems every time we spoke before a group, we were told of another memorial that we did not know existed.”

For more information, contact Jim Lynch at 352-538-3119 or Bob Gasche at 352-376-0402.


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Santa Fe River Springs Basin Working Group Meeting

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department invites residents to the Santa Fe River Springs Basin Working Group Meeting on Thursday, May 30, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Opera House (above the Great Outdoors Restaurant, 65 N. Main Street, High Springs).

The Santa Fe River Springs Basin Working Group is a public forum in which professionals, government entities, and citizens discuss issues and activities that can affect the quality and quantity of water in local springs.

The meeting agenda includes a variety of presentations ranging from a discussion about a current study at Ginnie Springs, to reducing nitrogen from septic systems.

Click to view the meeting agenda.

“The Working Group is a great place for citizens to learn about the various issues that affect springs and to meet stakeholders involved in reducing these threats” said Stacie Greco, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Water Conservation Coordinator.

Following the meeting participants are invited to paddle down the Santa Fe River from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with local experts. To register, contact Lars Anderson with Adventure Outpost at 386-454-0611 by May 29. The reduced rate for this trip is $15 for single kayaks or $20 for tandem kayaks or canoes.

For more information, contact Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829 or sgreco@alachuacounty.us.


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Supervisor of Elections High School Voter Education and Registration Program

Over 200 high school students pre-registered or registered to vote while participating in the Supervisor of Elections annual High School Voter Education and Registration Program.

This program is developed in cooperation with the Alachua County School Board and is designed for maximum effectiveness in reaching and educating high school students who are eligible to pre-register or register to vote.

Students were not only introduced to the electoral process, but were provided an opportunity to practice their new voting skills. By using demonstration ballots and the optical scan voting equipment used in Alachua County elections, students participated in a hands-on voting experience. Students also enjoyed completing the “Election Myth Busters” ballot which provided an opportunity to clear up any misunderstandings they might have had regarding voting and elections. Students were also given voter education materials and presented with “I Registered to Vote” and “Future Voter” stickers.

High schools visited during this campaign included Gainesville, Eastside, Buchholz, Santa Fe, Hawthorne, Newberry and the Professional Academies Magnet at Loften School. The Elections Office will visit P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in the fall.

For more information on this program, please contact the Supervisor of Elections at (352) 374-5252.

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What’s On “Alachua County Talks”

Click here to view this edition of “Alachua County Talks.” It features 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.

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.


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Special Meeting on 05-21-13

The Alachua County Commission will conduct a special meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Jack Durrance Auditorium (room 209), located on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration building located at 12 SE 1st Street, downtown Gainesville.

The meeting agenda includes:
1. County Manager Selection

View agenda

Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting. The meeting will be available to view live on Cox Channel 12 or on the County’s Video on Demand website.

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


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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).

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).

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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Emergency Response Business Summit

Alachua County Emergency Management is inviting businesses, trade/industry associations, area chambers of commerce and service providers to the first “Emergency Response Business Summit.” The summit is on June 6, 2013, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center (1100 SE 27th Street, Gainesville). Space is limited, so registration is required. The registration deadline is May 31.
According to the Hartford’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness Planning, 71% of small businesses do not have a disaster preparedness plan. If disaster strikes, 43% of these businesses will never reopen. The summit is designed to help businesses with their disaster planning.

Summit topics include:

Alachua County Emergency Management Director David Donnelly said, “The 2013 Hurricane Season is upon us and it is extremely important for businesses to be prepared for disaster.” He continued, “The Emergency Response Business Summit will inform business owners and business organizations how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.”

Click to view the event flyer.

Alachua County Emergency Management is also asking interested businesses to participate in an online survey to determine the level of disaster preparedness in the business community currently.

Click to participate in the survey.

For registration and information, contact Alachua County Emergency Management at 352-264-6500 or dad@alachuacounty.us.

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Third Annual Alachua Home Grown Open House

The Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Alachua Home Grown Open House on Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Value Added Impacts of Agriculture in Alachua County are valued at $255.4 million. Agricultural products in Alachua County range from beef cattle, vegetables, fruits, nurseries, goats, chickens, and much more.

Classes will be available at the open house to teach about locally grown food, as well as producing and growing food. Classes include: Canning, Attracting Pollinators, and Vegetable Gardening: Integrated Pest Management.

Click to view the event flyer.

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

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Denim Day Recap

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Alachua County employees participated along with eight million other people across the globe in Denim Day, a movement that encourages the wearing of denim to show support for survivors of sexual violence. Over 3,000 businesses, organizations, schools and military bases participated in the Denim Day in the USA campaign, nearly doubling participation from last year. Denim Day events were held in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia and individuals in 105 foreign countries also joined the campaign by wearing jeans as a visible protest again the misconceptions surrounding sexual violence. County Manager Rick Drummond led the way here in Alachua County by giving permission for all County employees to wear jeans.

“The show of support was so encouraging,” states Rita Lawrence, Sexual Assault Program Manager with Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center. “Next year, we’d love to see participation across the county, and we will invite city governments, area private businesses, Santa Fe College, the University of Florida, and Shands to show organizational support for Denim Day 2014.”

For more information, or to participate in Denim Day 2014, please call Rita Lawrence at 352-264-6764.

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Commission Highlights

Alachua County Public Works Week
The Board proclaimed May 19-25, 2013 as “Alachua County Public Works Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Public Works Week 2013.pdf

Emergency Medical Services Week
The Board proclaimed May 19-25, 2013 as “Emergency Medical Services Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
EMS Week 2013.pdf

Clay Electric Cooperative Day
The Board proclaimed May 15, 2013 as “Clay Electric Cooperative Day” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Clay Electric Cooperative Day 2013.pdf

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
The Board proclaimed May 2013 as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month”, in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month 2013.pdf

National Bicycle Month
The Board proclaimed May 2013 as “National Bicycle Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
National Bicycle Month 2013.pdf

Memorial Day
The Board proclaimed May 27, 2013 as “Memorial Day” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Memorial Day 2013.pdf

Corrections/Detention Employees Appreciation Week
The Board proclaimed the week of May 7-May 12, 2013 as “Corrections/Detention Employees Appreciation Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Detention employees week 2013.pdf

FLUMIST Project Update
The Board heard the presentation: Alachua County School Located Influenza Vaccination Program 2013 FLUMIST Project Update, by Administrator Paul Myers, Alachua County Health Department

Supervisor of Elections Space Needs

The Board accepted staff’s update and authorized staff to negotiate an agreement with Bosshardt Property Management. The agreement shall be presented to the Board for final approval or rejection.
Attachment:
13480 SOE Lease Space ITN.pdf
Attachment:
Supervisor of Elections space needs report.pdf
Attachment:
130509_SOE_lease_VERSION 2.pdf
Attachment:
130509_SOE_lease_VERSION 1.pdf

Quarterly Hiring Activity Report
The Board accepted the Quarterly Hiring Activity Report for the 2nd quarter of Fiscal Year 2012/2013 and ask for clarifications and changes to the design or the report
Attachment:
BOCC FY2013 QTR QTR 2 .pdf

FY13 Fee Schedule
The Board approved the suggested changes to the FY13 Fee Schedule for the Engineering and Operations and Waste Management Divisions of Public Works.
Attachment:
Revised Public Works FY13 Fee Schedule.pdf
Attachment:
Resolution for Revising Fee Schedule.pdf
Attachment:
Proposed Public Works FY13 Fee Schedule.pdf

NSP Real Estate Offer
The Board approved the NSP Real Estate Offer for the sale of 406 NE 45th Terrace, Gainesville, FL in the amount of $79,000, and Approve the Form of the Deed
Attachment:
County Deed 406 NE 45th Terrace.pdf
Attachment:
Pitrle NSP Sale 406 NE 45th Terrace Final.pdf

Unified Land Development Code
The Board 1) Convened as the Land Development Regulation Commission (LDRC) and found the proposed ordinance consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. 2) the LDRC reconvened as the County Commission and adopted the Ordinance with Attachment A updating the language in Chapter 406.103(a)3 Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) removed requirement for permanent conservation protection through the building permit process and replace with requirement for notice of regulated resources to be recorded in the public record.
Attachment:
Draft notice example_April15_2013.pdf
Attachment:
permanent protection policies.pdf
Attachment:
Deed Restrictions Ordinance.pdf
Attachment:
Section 406 Deed Restriction Change Options.pdf
Attachment:
deedrestrictionsWorkshopPP_May142013(Amended).pdf
Attachment:
deedrestrictionsWorkshopPP_May142013(Amended).pptx


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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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