July 12th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Baker Takes the Reigns
The FY14 Tentative Budget
County Retirements
Biodiesel Production Re-Start
July “Feline Frenzy and Canine Crazy” Pet Adoption Event
Poe Springs Re-opened July 4
ADA Celebration
Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation on Alachua County Talks
July Extension Programs
07-16-13 Special Meetings
Commission Highlights

Baker Takes the Reigns

Betty M. Baker, Alachua County, Florida’s Deputy County Manager, has accepted the position of Alachua County Manager by the County Commission.

Ms. Baker has had a long and distinguished career in public service beginning with a 17 year term with the Florida Department of Human Rehabilitative Services, (Florida State Hospital and Aging & Adult Services). She was elected to the Gadsden County School Board in 1980. That was followed by 12 years with the City of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she exceled and rose quickly through the ranks. Her positions in Cincinnati included Assistant Director of Personnel, Director of Personnel, and Assistant City Manager. Arriving in Alachua County in 2002 as the Administrative Support Manager, she is currently serving as the Deputy County Manager.

Ms. Baker holds a Bachelor of Science (Criminology) degree from Florida State University, A Master of Public Administration degree from Barauch College, and a Master of Education (Human Resource/Organizational Development) from Xavier University. She holds a Certified Public Manager Designation from Florida State University. She is an International City County Managers Association Credentialed Manager.

Her numerous affiliations, accomplishments and awards include: a March of Dimes Executive Board member, service on the Great Rivers Girl Scout Council, a Cincinnati Sentinel Police Association MLK Award recipient, a Leadership Cincinnati graduate, a Cincinnati Vice Mayor’s Select Woman of the Year Award recipient, an Executive Leadership Institute attendee, a Gainesville Downtown Rotary Club member, a National Urban Fellow, and a Gainesville Focus on Leadership participant.

Speaking of the Commission’s offer Ms. Baker said, “I am honored and humbled by the Commission’s trust and confidence in me to lead the dedicated men and women that make up Alachua County government. My years of service in Alachua County will allow me to hit the ground running without the typical learning curve required by an outside hire. I am also grateful to those persons at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee that many years ago saw leadership potential and allowed me to grow professionally.”

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The FY14 Tentative Budget

“To the Honorable Alachua County Board of County Commissioners and the citizens of Alachua County:
It is my privilege to present the FY14 Tentative Budget and Budget Message. The FY14 Tentative Budget provides the actual recommended revenues and expenditures for the upcoming budget year beginning October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. The second year, the FY15 Planned Budget, represents estimates of continuation spending and the potential revenues to balance those expenditures.” Outgoing County Manager Richard Drummond.

View the FY14 County Manager Budget Message.

View the FY14 Tentative Budget in its entirety.

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County Retirements

Elmira Warren

In August, 1978, Elmira K. Warren, Department of Community Support Services Director (DCSS), was hired by Alachua County. Thus began a career that spanned 35 years. Since then she has been a staple in both County government and in the Department of Community Support Services. Working her way up through the ranks she was hired as Director of Community Support Services in October of 1997. She has called that position, and Department, “home” for over 16 years now.

During her tenure as Director she has been described as a person of great vision, quiet strength and someone who got things done. Her vision for DCSS was “to be recognized as a community partner and leader in program innovation by providing unparalleled access to premier health and human services, which support the sustainable well-being of all citizens.”

She gave life to the vision through initiatives and programs like Poverty Reduction, CAPP and CHOICES; programs that touched an untold number of people in positive, and often life altering ways.
On July 31, the sun will set on Elmira’s career with Alachua County as she retires and transitions into the next phase of her life’s journey. In her wake she leaves a better community and people who have benefited from her strength of character and willingness to do the right thing, even when it was not politically popular; and to advocate for people who otherwise might not have had someone to act on their behalf with an extended hand to provide assistance when they needed it the most.

Rob Avery

Rob Avery is retiring after 28 years with Alachua County Public Works. He is retiring from his position as Parks/Recreation Superintendent.

Public Works Director, Richard Hedrick spoke about Rob Avery’s retirement at the Tuesday, July 9, County Commission Meeting. He said, “You come across people in your life that make a real impression on you. Rob is an extremely quiet personality, but he’s unflappable. I’ve seen Rob on occasion get 20 or 30 emails from a citizen on a single issue. He is calm. He answers their questions, and ultimately the issues get resolved. He has basically been the management of the Parks Department. We put in a budget for an assistant some years ago, but weren’t able to fund it. Rob is truly one of the finest gentlemen and finest people that I have ever worked with in my life. I just want to wish him the best in his retirement.”

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Biodiesel Production Re-Start

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is hosting a “Biodiesel Production Re-start” event on July 15, 2013, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center (5125 NE 63rd Ave., Gainesville). The event will celebrate the County’s reentry into biodiesel manufacturing. 

The County had suspended production because of the costly and time consuming paperwork and reporting previously required by the State.  The reporting made it financially prohibitive for local governments, wanting to promote recycling of waste vegetable oil and reduce fossil fuel costs, to operate a small scale biodiesel manufacturing operation. The re-start was made possible because of the passage by the Florida Legislature of House Bill 633, which simplified the paperwork and reporting requirements for local governments. The Alachua County Legislative Delegation championed the bill in Tallahassee. In the House, the bill was sponsored by Rep. Keith Perry and co-sponsored by Rep. Clovis Watson.  In the Senate, the bill was sponsored by Senator Rob Bradley.

View HB 633

The event will include a demonstration of the biodiesel production process and a tour of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.  Refreshments will be served.  The public is invited. 
“We are very appreciative of the good work of our State delegation,” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Director, Chris Bird. “The passage of this bill will encourage citizens to recycle this material, rather than putting it into landfills or down the drain where it can damage our sewage systems.” 

For more information, contact the Household Hazardous Waste Coordinator, Kurt Seaburg at 352-334-0440 or kurt@alachuacounty.us.

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July “Feline Frenzy and Canine Crazy” Pet Adoption Event

Alachua County Animal Services, in partnership with No More Homeless Pets and The Wagmore Foundation, are holding the “Feline Frenzy and Canine Crazy” adoption event through the month of July, 2013. The month-long event is at the Alachua County Animal Services Headquarter (3400 NE 53rd Ave, Gainesville), Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

During the month, the Wagmore Foundation (through No More Homeless Pets) is sponsoring the spay/neuter services of 50 dogs and 50 cats. These animals are available for adoption free of charge. 

Separate from the animals above, there are also animals that have already been spay/neutered available for adoption.  The cost is $30 for dogs and $25 for cats (discounted rates for senior citizens and challenged animals are available).  View fees.

All animals adopted from either group are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, have flea and tick treatments, and are micro-chipped.

According to Animal Services Director, Vernon Sawyer, “It’s kitten and puppy season – the time when there is the greatest need to help our four legged friends in Alachua County find their forever homes.” 

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

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Poe Springs Re-opened July 4

Alachua County Public Works reopened Poe Springs Park for swimming on July 4, 2013. The hours of the park are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. The park is free and open to the public.

The park had been closed due to needed repairs, including the replacement of the spring’s retaining wall and steps. In addition to the retaining wall and steps, the park buildings have new roofs, air conditioning, and landscaping. The multipurpose building (lodge) is available for rent.

View the lodge rental form.

Poe Springs Park was opened as a County park in 1992. The original retaining wall and steps were constructed in 1994, and were in need of replacement. Work on replacing the spring’s retaining wall and steps began December, 2011. Work was stopped by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Debbie in June, 2012. The project included the removal of the old retaining wall and steps, installation of a stacked block retaining wall, concrete steps and a series of handrails. The cost of the construction contract was $146,730.

View a map and list of all County parks and recreational facilities.

For more information, contact Alachua County Parks Superintendent Robert Avery at 352-374-5245 ext. 1247 or rma@alachuacounty.us.

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ADA Celebration

The Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office along with the City of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity, the Center for Independent Living and MV Transportation, Inc. will host an ADA Celebration for the 23rd anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event is on Friday, July 26, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Multipurpose Center (1028 NE 14th Street, Gainesville). It is free and open to the public. Employers, business owners and service providers are especially encouraged to attend.

This Annual ADA Celebration will focus on disaster preparedness and emergency management. Speakers will discuss how to prepare for and what to do in the event of a hurricane, tornado or other emergency. Sessions on sensitivity training, disability etiquette, and revised service animal regulations will also be presented.  

Individuals will be able to register with Alachua County Emergency Management for special needs assistance in the event of an emergency. Transportation will be available for persons with special needs through MV Transport.

View the event flyer.

Passed in July 1990, the ADA creates an equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, education, transportation and accommodations.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275, or the City of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity at 352-334-5051.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at (352)374-5275 at least 3 business days prior to the event. TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation on Alachua County Talks

A new edition of Alachua County Talks featuring an interview with Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation President Christine Janks is available. Carson Springs is home to more than 50 exotic and endangered species, including cheetahs, lions, tigers and giraffes among other animals. Janks will discuss the foundation’s efforts to preserve these species through animal rehabilitation and human education.
In speaking of the program Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “Carson Springs provides a remarkable opportunity for Alachua County residents to learn about exotic and endangered species up close.”

View Alachua County Talks: Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

For more information visit the Carson Springs Wildlife Foundation or call 352-468-2827.

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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July Extension Programs

All of these programs are held at the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Required Financial Management Class for those filing for bankruptcy – July 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

View program brochure.

Cost to attend this class is $10.00 (cash only) for course materials. Pre-register by July 11, by calling 352-955-2402.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Program

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

Right of Way & Natural Areas Weed Control Workshop – July 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This workshop will prepare pesticide applicators for the Right of Way and Natural Area Weed Management Exams.

Registration fee is $5.00 (includes light refreshments). Please register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail) no later than July 22. For more information call the Extension Office at 352-955-2402.

Commercial Horticulture Program

This program is being offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Green Industries Best Management Practices – July 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

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

View the program brochure.

For more information about these programs, call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office calendar.

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07-16-13 Special Meetings

The Alachua County Commission will conduct two Special Meetings on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The 10 a.m. General Policy Discussion meeting is in the Grace Knight Conference Room. The 5 p.m. meeting is in the Jack Durrance auditorium (room 209). Both rooms are located on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration building (12 SE 1st Street, downtown Gainesville).

The 10 a.m. General Policy Discussion meeting agenda items include:
1. Presentation: Policy Recommendations for Water Consumptive Use Permits
2. Presentation: Water Conservation Initiative Report Update

View the complete agenda and backup materials

The 5 p.m. meeting agenda items include:
1. Set proposed millage rates to fund FY14 Tentative Budget

View the complete agenda and backup materials

Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting. It 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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Commission Highlights

Richard Drummond’s Retirement
The Board recognized Richard Drummond’s retirement from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners after more than 12 years of service to the citizens of Alachua County.
Attachment: Proclamation

Elmira Warren’s Retirement
The Board recognized Elmira Warren’s retirement from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners after 35 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Alachua County.

Robert Avery’s Retirement
The Board recognized Robert Avery’s retirement from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners after more than 28 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Alachua County.

Ted Crom Horologist Day
The Board proclaimed August 10, 2013 as “Ted Crom Horologist Day” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Ted Crom Day 2013.pdf

Disability Awareness Month
The Board proclaimed July 2013 as “Disability Awareness Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Disability Awareness Month 2013.pdf

Farm-to-Restaurant Month
The Board proclaimed August as “Farm-to-Restaurant Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Farm_to_Restaurant Month 2013.pdf

2012 Tax Roll
The Board received and approved the Discounts, Errors, Double Assessments and Insolvencies for the 2012 Tax Roll.
Attachment:
DR 505 and DR 502.pdf
Attachment:
2012 Tax Roll Errors and Insolvencies Report.pdf

County Manager’s Employment Contract for Betty M. Baker
The Board approved the attached County Manager’s employment contract for Betty M. Baker to serve as the County Manager.
Attachment:
Betty M Baker Employment Agreement.pdf

Gainesville Raceway Property
Staff update on Negotiations between Alachua County and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) for use of the Gainesville Raceway Property for the new County Fairgrounds.  The Board clarified some specific issues and directed staff to continue negotiations. Attachment: Exhibit 3 Signed MOU with NHRA.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 1 NHRA negotiation points 130529.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 2 NHRA Private Sectors Partners for Fairgrounds Development.pdf

FY14 Budget Message
County Manager Drummond presented the FY14 Budget message and the FY14 Tentative Budget.
Attachment:
FY14 County Manager Budget Message
Attachment:
FY14 Tentative Budget

Supervisor of Elections
The Board approved the state contract process to solicit the 3 Florida Department of Management Services vendors and to have staff select one of those vendors to represent the County in finding appropriate site for the Supervisor of Elections base on criteria set by the Board.
Attachment:
SOE Draft Scope of Services.pdf

Facilities Management Department
The Board, when considering the creation of a new Facilities Management Department, chose to defer the action to the budget process under the new County Manager.

Communications Coordinator
Concerning the recommendation that the Communications Coordinator position be designated Senior Management Service Classification (SMSC) the Board referred the issue to the County Manager and asked her to come back with a thorough analysis of the issue including recommendations on positions to be in the class, policy implications and budgetary implications.

Town of Tioga
The Board approved the agreement with Town of Tioga, LLC to design and construct the SW 8th Avenue extension between SW 122nd St and SW 133rd Way and authorize the Chair’s signature.
Amount: $3,700,000.00
Attachment: SW8thAveExtensionAgreement.pptx
Attachment:
SW8thAveExtensionAgreement.pdf
Attachment:
Twn of Tioga 8th Ave Final.pdf

YES Communities
The Board approved the option contract with YES Communities allowing the County 5 years to exercise the option to purchase the property for the SW 8th Ave. Connector Project.
Attachment:
Yes Communnity LCC Final.pdf

Comprehensive Plan Text Amendment
The Board directed staff to prepare a Comprehensive Plan text amendment for review and authorization to advertise that would simplify the process for delineating more precise boundaries for Rural Clusters on the Future Land Use Map through the use of the standard Comprehensive Plan Amendment process pursuant to statutory and local Code requirements, and removing the requirement for preparation of sub-area plans for such boundary delineation, while retaining the sub-area planning as an optional process to address specific issues.
Attachment:
Staff Presentation on Rural Clusters.pdf
Attachment:
Staff Summary of Rural Clusters.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC Special Area Plan Process.pdf
Attachment:
Comp Plan Policies for Rural Clusters.pdf

Curbside Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Agreement
The Board directed to finalize negotiations with WCA for a five-year extension of the curbside solid waste collection and recycling agreement. These contract extension negotiations should be contingent upon the City of Gainesville Commission approval of a reciprocal curbside agreement, the establishment of two CNG fueling stations by WCA, the conversion of the WCA fleet to CNG and an executed deed restriction for the use of the WCA transfer station.
Attachment:
Alachua County Proposal Letter.pdf

1 Cent Charter County Transportation Surtax Initiative
The Board heard the staff presentation and directed County Staff to work with municipal staffs towards a community project list for a 1 cent Charter County Transportation Surtax Initiative.
Attachment:
SAMPLE BALLOT LANGUAGE.pdf
Attachment:
DraftCountyProjectList.pdf
Attachment:
Archer Final Project List 2012 03 26.pdf
Attachment:
High Springs Final Project List 2012 03 06.pdf
Attachment:
FS 106.113.pdf
Attachment:
Micanopy Final Project List 2012 03 22.pdf
Attachment:
Sample Interlocal Agreement-Alachua.pdf
Attachment:
Alachua Final Project List 2012 03 07.pdf
Attachment:
Hawthorne Final Project List 2012 02 21.pdf
Attachment:
LaCrossePrioritized Paving List withEstimates.pdf
Attachment:
Newberry Final Project List 2012 05 14.pdf
Attachment:
Waldo Final Project List 2012 05 04.pdf
Attachment:
GainesvilleDraftProjects.pdf
Attachment:
DraftSurtaxDiscussion.ppt
Attachment:
DraftSurtaxDiscussion.pdf

Comprehensive Plan Amendment
The Board approved CPA-01-13 a request for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment for an Agricultural Enclave for 136 acres SE of SW Archer Rd/SW 107 Street intersection, as shown on attachments A and B as transmitted with the bases listed in the staff report. The Board asked the staff to return in the future to discuss the landscaping requirements.
Attachment:
CPA0113adoptionSR.pdf
Attachment:
AgEnclaveStatute.pdf
Attachment:
CPA0113ordinance.pdf
Attachment:
CPA0113AgencyComments.pdf
Attachment:
CPA0113application.pdf
Attachment:
CPA0113_BOCCadoptionppt.pdf

Traditional Neighborhood Development
The Board adopted the ordinance amending Chapter 407, Article 7 Traditional Neighborhood Development and Transit Oriented Developments as amended by staff in Exhibit A of the ordinance.
Attachment:
Presentation_ULDC_Ch407_Art7.pdf
Attachment:
Staff_Report_ULDC_Ch407_Art7_Amendments.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_CoverLetter_061813.pdf
Attachment:
Applicant_ULDC_Ch_407_Art 7_Amendments.pdf
Attachment:
Presentation_ULDC_Ch407_Art7.pptx
Attachment:
Exhibit_A_ULDC_Ch407_Art7_ORD.pdf
Attachment:
ORD_Ch_407_Art7.pdf

Caraway Subdivision
The Board approved the Replat of Lot 9, Caraway Subdivision
Attachment:
C_Org_Pl.pdf
Attachment:
CRP_L 9_GMSR.pdf
Attachment:
CRP_L9_CHSR.pdf
Attachment:
C_RP_L 9.pdf
Attachment:
CRP_L9_PP.pdf
Attachment:
C_L9_Bndy.pdf

Small Scale Map Amendment
The Board approved CPA-02-13, a small scale map amendment to allow for Tourist/Entertainment uses on that portion of parcels 18001-001-000 and 18001-002-000 which have the MB (Business Marine) zoning designation, approximately 1.4 acres.
Attachment:
CPA0213SR.pdf
Attachment:
CPA0213PPT.pdf
Attachment:
CPA0213PPT.pptx
Attachment:
Ord_CPA0213.pdf
Attachment:
Public_Comments.pdf

Celebration Pointe Transit Oriented Development
The Board approved the Revised Preliminary Development Plan for Celebration Pointe Transit Oriented Development
Attachment:
CP_Aerial.pdf
Attachment:
CP_Zoning.pdf
Attachment:
CP_RP_SR.pdf
Attachment:
CP_FLU.pdf
Attachment:
CP_RevPDP.pdf
Attachment:
CP_ppt.pdf
Attachment:
DR_13_15.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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