June 14th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Reducing Outdoor Water Use
Upcoming CERT Classes
685 Pets Adopted During Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days
Health Department’s Koppers Superfund Indoor Dust Report
Road and Bridge Division Summer Operations Update
06/18/13 Special Meetings
06-19-13 Planning Commission and 06-20-13 Development Review Committee Items
June Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

Reducing Outdoor Water Use

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is remi nding residents to make sure automatic sprinkler systems have a functioning rain fall shut-off device.

Rain sensors (rain shut-off devices) are designed to bypass an automatic irrigation cycle when they receive enough rainfall. The sensors are small devices wired to the irrigation system controller and are mounted in an open area where they are exposed to rainfall. All automatic sprinkler systems are required to have a functioning rain shut-off device.

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) customers can get up to $75 in rebates for maintaining their systems and rain sensors when they hire a partnering contractor.

“If your automatic irrigation system is still turning on with all of this rain, it is likely broken,” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Water Conservation Coordinator, Stacie Greco. She continued, “Overwatering can damage landscapes, reduce groundwater supplies, and waste money.”

EPD also recommends replacing irrigated areas with Florida Friendly Landscapes without permanent irrigation. This reduces water use and saves money.

For more information, visit the Alachua County Water Resources website, or contact Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829 or sgreco@alachuacounty.us.

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Upcoming CERT Classes

Alachua County Emergency Management is enrolling citizens for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program. The seven classes are on Tuesday evenings (from July 2, through August 13, 2013), and each session runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes are held at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center (1100 SE 27th Street, Gainesville). The classes are free, and the registration deadline is June 28.

Alachua County Emergency Management Coordinator, Ebbin Spellman said, “It is never too early to begin preparing for the 2013 Hurricane Season, and there’s no better way than to attend the CERT program.” He continued, “CERT teaches citizens how to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.”

Class topics include:

Click to register.

The next session will be conducted from October 1, to November 12.

For more information, call Alachua County Emergency Management at 352-264-6500.

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685 Pets Adopted During Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days

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 found homes for 685 pets during last weekend’s “Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days.”

The event included 7 other communities throughout the country. Pet adoptions were free at all locations, a requirement to participate, and Maddie’s® Fund will pay participating organizations between $500 and $2,000 for each adoption. 

Alachua County Animal Services adopted out 110 animals, for an estimated $74,000 (pending confirmation from Maddie’s ® Fund).  Nation-wide, over 6,500 pets found new homes.

“This was an incredible opportunity to get these pets into loving homes and at the same time raise money for our organization.  This weekend was a huge success thanks to the hard work of all the staff, volunteers, and the wonderful pet community here in Alachua County,” said Vern Sawyer, Alachua County Animal Services Director.

The event is held to increase awareness of shelter animals and their need for loving homes, and to shed light on the tireless efforts of shelters and rescue organizations across the county. 

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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Health Department’s Koppers Superfund Indoor Dust Report

The Health Department has completed a draft report about the health risk from dioxins in dust recently tested in homes near the Koppers site. The tests show no pending health threat.

Click to view the draft report.

The Health Department is soliciting comments on the draft report through June 24.  They will address all comments before finalizing this report.

If you have questions or comments about this report, write to:
Public Health Toxicology Section
Bureau of Epidemiology
Florida Department Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin # A-12
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1712

Or call us at: 850-245-4299 or toll-free in Florida: 1-877-798-2772

Or send emails to: phtoxicology@doh.state.fl.us (Under Florida law, email addresses are public records.  If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity.  Instead, contact the office by phone or in writing)

“We want to encourage everyone who has any questions or concerns regarding the report to attend.”  stated Anthony Dennis, Environmental Health Director, Florida Department of Health in Alachua County.

For more information visit the Alachua County Health Department website, the Florida Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control and Health Protection website, or contact Anthony Dennis at 352-258-0257 or Anthony_Dennis@doh.state.fl.us.

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Road and Bridge Division Summer Operations Update

As Alachua County transitions into summer weather conditions which include rainstorms and related inclement weather systems, the Alachua County Public Works Department, Road and Bridge Division, is taking this opportunity to remind citizens about their maintenance operations services.

On a County maintained road or right-of-way call Public Works for issues such as: potholes, stop signs down, dead animal on the road, tree limbs or brush down, road side drop off issues, drainage issues and clogged culverts, and sight distance problems.

To report these issues, contact Etta Taylor, Public Works Department, at 352-374-5245, extension 1215 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. All other times call the Sheriff’s Office
non-emergency number at 352-955-1818. The operator will relay the message to the Public Works on-call staff. In the event of an emergency or life threating situation please call 911.

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06/18/13 Special Meetings

The Alachua County Commission will conduct two special meetings on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.  Both meetings will be held in the Grace Knight Conference Room, on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration building located at 12 SE 1st Street, downtown Gainesville.

A General Policy Discussion Meeting will be held at 10 a.m.

Agenda items include:

County Manager hiring discussion
Supervisor of Elections space discussion
Qualified Targeted Industries (QTI) grant

A Special Budget Meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Agenda items include:

Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

Citizens are encouraged to attend these meetings. These meetings 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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06-19-13 Planning Commission and 06-20-13 Development Review Committee Items

The Alachua County Planning Commission will meet on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 6 p.m. The Alachua County Development Review Committee will meet on Thursday, May 20, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Both meetings are in room 209 of the County Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st Street downtown Gainesville.

Item for the Planning Commission

1. CPA-02-13 (Small-Scale Comprehensive Plan Amendment) The Planning Commission acting as the Local Planning Agency will consider a request by Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, for Judy C. Daemer, owner, for a small-scale land use comprehensive plan amendment from Estate Residential (0-1 dwelling units per 2 acres) to Tourist Entertainment land use designation. The property has MB (Marine Business) and A (Agriculture) zoning designations and is approximately 4.06 acres located at 5902 SE Hawthorne Road on Tax Parcel Numbers 18001-001-000 and 18001-002-000. For more information, contact Mehdi Benkhatar at 352-374-5249 or mbenkhatar@alachuacounty.us.

View the Planning Commission Agenda.

Items for the Development Review Committee

1. Project 2012011101_RF Revised Final Development Plan Review – Jonesville Park Basketball Court Addition - (addition of one basketball court on approximately 97.27 acres) – Section 27-T09-R18 – Located on Tax Parcel Number 04222-004-000 at 14100 NW 32nd Avenue – Alachua County Public Works Department – agent; Agriculture (A) Zoning, Institutional Future Land Use Designation, ZOS-11-06. For more information, contact Christine Berish cberish@alachuacounty.us.

2. Project 2013052001_F Final Development Plan Review and Flood Plain Development Permit – Weber Dock and Boathouse – (dock and boathouse exceeding both the maximum enclosure width and 1,000 s.f.) – Section 12-T09-R22 Bradford County – Located on Lake Santa Fe in Bradford County Tax Parcel Number 06230-D-10100 in the 300 block of SE 5th Avenue, Melrose, FL - Worley Construction & Associates – agents. For more information, contact Leslie McLendon lmclendon@alachuacounty.us.

View the Development Review Committee Agenda.

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June Extension Programs

All of these programs are held at the Cooperative Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville)

Livestock Program

This program is being offered by Cindy Sanders, Livestock Agent.

Equine Management Workshop – June 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Topics will include: Pasture Management, Equine Nutrition.

Click to view the event flyer.

There is no cost to attend this workshop and refreshments will be provided. Register by June 17, by calling 352-955-2402.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Program

This program is being offered by Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent.

Private Applicator Pesticide School – June 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Applicants who are interested in obtaining the Private Applicator Pesticide License are encouraged to attend.  Topics include: private applicator and regulations, equipment calibration and pesticide arithmetic, pesticide safety and principles of pest control.

The full day registration fee is $10.00 (includes lunch), and half day registration is $5.00 (no lunch).

Register by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail) by June 14.

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

Code Enforcement Officers’ Appreciation Week
The Board proclaimed June 24-28, 2013 as “Code Enforcement Officers’ Appreciation Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Code Enforcement Officers Week 2013.pdf

Non-Bargaining Pay Plan
The Board approved the addition of a new classification to the Non-Bargaining Pay Plan, the re-alignment of the pay grade for two classifications in the Non-Bargaining Pay Plan, and the extension of employment for one unclassified professional position. Approved the following: New Classification: 1) Crisis Center Project Coordinator: Class code 2225, Non-Bargaining, Exempt, Pay grade 16 (hourly rate: $20.1397 to $32.2234, annual rate: $41,890.58 to $67,024.67). Re-alignment: 1) Crisis Center Trainer: Class code 2226, Non-Bargaining, Exempt, from Pay grade 14 (hourly rate: $18.1633 to $29.0612, annual rate: $37,779.66 to $60,477.30) to Pay Grade 20 (hourly rate: $24.7608 to $40.8554, annual rate: $ 51,501.46 to $84,979.23). 2) Victim Advocate Therapist: Class code 2321, Non-Bargaining, Exempt, from Pay grade 14 (hourly rate: $18.1633 to $29.0612, annual rate: $37,779.66 to $60,477.30) to Pay grade 16 (hourly rate: $20.1397 to $32.2234, annual rate: $41,890.58 to $67,024.67). Unclassified Extension: 1) Retain the unclassified temporary employee in the Crisis Center, for an additional six months or until the reclassification and recruitment of the vacant Crisis Center Trainer, position has been completed.
Amount: $25,095.00
Attachment:
CSS Fiscal Impact.pdf
Attachment:
Memorandum Victim Adv. Therapist .pdf
Attachment:
Memorandum Crisis CTR Project Coord .pdf
Attachment:
REVISED FY2013 NBR PAY PLAN (CSS).pdf
Attachment:
Memorandum Crisis CTR Trainer .pdf
Attachment:
Request Review Crisis Center.pdf

New Classification to the Alachua County BoCC Non-Bargaining Pay Plan
The Board approved the addition of a new classification to the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners Non-Bargaining Pay Plan. New Classification: Assistant Director/Court Services, Class code 1150, Non-Bargaining, Exempt, Pay Grade 25, Hourly rate: $32.0559 to $52.8921, Annual rate: $66,696.27 to $110,010.57.
Attachment:
CTS REVISED FY2013 NBR PAY PLAN.pdf
Attachment:
Dept Reorg Memorandum.pdf
Attachment:
Memorandum for New Classification.pdf

Parks and Conservation Lands Division
The Board authorized the County Manager to take necessary actions to create the Parks and Conservation Lands Division within the Environmental Protection Department to be completely executed by October 1, 2013
Attachment:
Exhibit 2 Budget Analysis.pdf
Attachment:
130611 Parks and Conservation Lands.pptx
Attachment:
Exhibit 1 Staffing Analysis.pdf

Communications Coordinator Classification
The Board approved advertising the intent to designate the Communications Coordinator classification as Senior Management Service Class effective retroactively to the incumbent’s acceptance of addition duties, October 1, 2012, and to authorize advertisement of the designation as required by Statute.

State of Florida Department of Transportation Maintenance Agreement
The Board approved the Maintenance Agreement with the State of Florida Department of Transportation for CR 329 (Main Street) from Depot Avenue to SR 331 (Williston Road) and that the Board finds that accepting this liability is in the best interests of Alachua County and the Board agrees to accept the liability under the Agreement; adopt the resolution authorizing the County to enter into an agreement and that the Chair be authorized to execute any additional documents, approved by the County Attorney, necessary to complete this transaction.  The Board authorized the Chair to send a letter to the City of Gainesville requesting that they take over the maintenance of Main St.
Attachment:
LOCATION MAP SMainSt.pdf
Attachment:
Main Street Presentation 061113.pptx
Attachment:
Letter from City Public Works.pdf
Attachment:
Maintenance Agreement with Resolution.pdf
Attachment:
Main Street Presentation 061113.pdf

Proposed Unified Land Development Code Changes
The Board approved the request to advertise the Proposed Unified Land Development Code Changes
2013_ULDC_Draft_Ordinance.pdf
Attachment:
Summary_ULDC_Changes.pdf

Budget Amendments
The Board conducted a public hearing, and adopted resolutions and approve budget amendments for the FY13 budget.

ISKCON Community
The Board heard adopted Resolution Z-13-08 approving the planned development district with the associated special exceptions and special use permit for the ISKCON community on approximately 86 acres located on SR 235 northeast of the City of Alachua.
Attachment:
ZOM0713.pptx
Attachment:
ISKCON Background Part 1.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0713 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0713 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
ISKCON Background Part 2.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0713 Citizen Comments.pdf
Attachment:
ISKCON Zoning Master Plan.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM0713Resolution.pdf

Solar Photovolatic Array
The Board adopted Resolution Z-13-9, approving ZOX-01-13, a special exception for a solar photovolatic array in the Idylwild/Serenola Special Area Study.
Attachment:
ZOX_01_13_SR_060313.pdf
Attachment:
ZOX0113.ppt
Attachment:
ZOX0113ppt.pdf
Attachment:
ZMP051013.pdf
Attachment:
Pub_Comment_as_of_051413.pdf
Attachment:
DraftResZ_13_9.pdf

Prairie View Solar Array
The Board approved the Preliminary Development Plan for Prairie View Solar Array, project number 2013013001_P, construction of a 1.5 megawatt solar photovoltaic array in the Idylwild/Serenola Special Area Study.
Attachment:
PV_SolarParkPrel_SR.pdf
Attachment:
ZOX0113.ppt
Attachment:
PV_OpenSpacePlan.pdf
Attachment:
ArrayElev.pdf
Attachment:
PV_SitePlan.pdf
Attachment:
PV_DraftRes.pdf
Attachment:
ZOX0113ppt.pdf

Rezoning of 22 Parcels Southeast of Gainesville Regional Airport
The Board adopted Resolution Z-13-10 approving the rezoning of 22 parcels located southeast of Gainesville Regional Airport, including: 1) rezoning from MS (Industrial Manufacturing and Services) to RE (Single Family Residential Estate) for the nine parcels described in Exhibits 1 through 9 of the resolution; 2) rezoning from MS to R-1 (Single Family Residential) for the eleven parcels described in Exhibits 10 through 20 of the resolution; and 3) rezoning from MP (Industrial Manufacturing and Processing) to R-1 for the two parcels described in Exhibits 21 and 22 of the resolution, with the bases provided in the resolution.
Attachment:
Letter1 to Owners 032513.pdf
Attachment:
Letter3 to Owners 042913.pdf
Attachment:
Letter2 to Owners 041613.pdf
Attachment:
Staff Presentation ZOM 0813.pdf
Attachment:
Map and Parcel List ZOM 0813.pdf
Attachment:
Resolution Z1310.pdf
Attachment:
Staff Report ZOM 0813.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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