August 30th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Alachua County Children and Family Report Card
Fourth Annual Summer Loving Animal Adoption Event
ACHD Offers Flu Vaccine
Labor Day Waste Collection
Join 4-H
September Extension Programs
Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation on Alachua County Talks
Commission Highlights

Alachua County Children and Family Report Card

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners was interested in a report given at the Tuesday, August 27, 2013, Regular Commission by the UF Family Data Center on Alachua County Children and Family Report Card.

The Commission felt the report could have a guiding influence on community services that the County provides to area residents.

Click to view the presentation.

Click to view Tuesday’s meeting (click on item 11 to jump to this report presentation).


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Fourth Annual Summer Loving Animal Adoption Event

Alachua County Animal Services and the University of Florida Shelter Medicine Club hosted the fourth annual “Summer Loving” adoption event on Saturday, August 24 at the Alachua County Animal Services Headquarters.

All of the animals up for adoption were free to the public with an approved application. Vouchers were also offered at this event for those who did not find the best animal for them. All adopted animals were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, registered, and licensed with the County.

116 animals were adopted, and an additional 23 animals were saved by vouchers given to the public to use at other rescue vendors. UF veterinary students and faculty worked really hard to get the animals ready by performing over 80 surgeries and fostering over 30 animals before the event. There were over 40 volunteers and staff from the partnering organizations.

K-Country 93.7 FM radio broadcasted live at the event, which also included activity booths, and free food and drinks.

August is chosen for this event because it is one of the busiest months for pet intake, and room must be made for new animals at the shelter. The “Summer Loving” event has been the shelter’s most successful animal adoption event for the last four years.

Alachua County Animal Services Public Education Program Coordinator Hilary Hynes said, “This summer our citizens really stepped up and opened their hearts and homes. Alachua County Animal Services wants to extend our heart-felt thank you to our community for helping us get animals home.”

For more information, contact Hilary Hynes at 352-264-6881 or heh@alachuacounty.us.

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ACHD Offers Flu Vaccine

The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) is offering influenza vaccine starting Thursday, August 29, 2013. “Receiving an influenza vaccine is a primary preventive measure against influenza infection.” stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the ACHD. “In addition to getting a flu shot, staying home when ill, practicing proper cough etiquette and washing your hands are effective personal means to protect yourself and the community from a variety of illnesses.”

Flu shots are being offered at the Health Department’s main clinic in Gainesville located at 224 SE 24th Street, phone number 352-334-7950, and the City of Alachua satellite clinic located in the Hitchcock’s shopping plaza located at 15530 NW US Hwy 441, phone number 386-462-2542. Walk-ins are accepted at the Gainesville site, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Citizens will need an appointment at the Alachua clinic, which can be made by calling 386-462-2542.

This year’s flu vaccine is effective against the major circulating strains of flu. The cost for the vaccine is $25.00. If citizens have Medicare part B, there is no charge as long as they bring their Medicare B card and any supplemental insurance cards with them. Citizens who normally receive their vaccines from providers other than the Health Department should contact them for vaccine availability. Those between the ages of 6 months and 18 years who are uninsured, have Medicaid or an insurance that does not cover the immunization may receive the vaccine at the Alachua County Health Department at no cost to them.

Parents of public and private school students are encouraged to review and complete FLUMIST consent forms provided by their child’s school, or complete the consent form securely online. FLUMIST clinics will be held in the schools this fall and a completed consent form is required for participation. FLUMIST is effective, painless and offered at no cost.

For general media inquiries contact Paul Myers at 352-334-8873.

For more information, including forms to expedite your visit, please review the Alachua County Health Department website.


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Labor Day Waste Collection

Residential curbside collection service for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will not be affected by the Labor Day holiday. The regular schedule for these services will occur on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013.

The Transfer Station at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park will be open during regularly scheduled hours on Monday. The five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers and the Hazardous Waste Center at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and the Office of Waste Collection will be closed on Monday. They will reopen on Tuesday, September 3.

For more information, contact Alachua County Waste Collection Manager, Milton Towns at 352-338-3233.

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Join 4-H

Youth between the ages of 5 and 18 are eligible and encouraged to participate in 4-H. The 4-H year begins on September 1, 2013.

Eligible participants can join a 4-H club or sign up as an individual 4-H member. Most clubs meet on a monthly basis, although some meet more often. Florida’s four 4-H camps host special programs throughout the year as well as summer camping.

Examples of 4-H projects:

Visit the Florida 4-H website for a complete list of projects.

Complete the online enrollment.

4-H includes four age divisions including (as of September 1) Cloverbud Division (Ages 5-7), Junior Division (Ages 8-10), Intermediate Division (Ages 11-13), and Senior Division (Ages 14-18).

In order to provide this service to the youth, 4-H is always in need of club and project resource leaders. Club Leaders advise and lead a diverse group of 4-H members (usually in one geographic area), enrolled in a variety of projects. Co-Club Leaders aid and team with the club leader to advise and lead a group of 4-H members. Project Resource Volunteers share skills, talents and special interests in a single project area. For example: clothing, dogs, rabbits, horses, bicycling, computers, wood-working, photography, etc.

For more information contact Matt Benge, 4-H Agent, at 352-955-2402 or mbenge@alachuacounty.us.


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September Extension Programs

Environmental Horticulture Programs

These programs are being offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent, at the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening – September 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learn what crops to grow in fall gardens and about the efficient technique of growing vegetables in raised beds.

Growing Tomatoes – September 12, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This class will cover growing tomatoes in the garden and containers. Participants will learn the basics of how to grow tomatoes in Florida’s challenging environment. In addition the class will include tomato pest control options, including non-chemical choices of combating the scores of tomato insect and disease problems.

Growing Citrus – September 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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

Growing Greens & Lettuces – September 26, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lettuces and greens are fast and easy to grow in the garden. Learn about proper timing and variety selection for success. Includes collard, turnip, mustard and unusual Asian greens.

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

Florida-Friendly™ Landscape Tour – September 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning at the Senior Recreation Center (5701 NW 34th Street, Gainesville). Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged.

The Alachua County Master Gardeners will be offering a tour of Florida-Friendly Landscapes™ in the Gainesville area. These yards exemplify water conservation and environmentally friendly landscaping practices.

View the program brochure.

The tour is free.  Pre-register at least 3 days prior to the tour 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 Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

Required Financial Management Class for those filing for bankruptcy – September 18, 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.

View the program brochure.

Cost to attend this class is $10.00 (cash only) for course materials. Pre-register by September 12, by calling 352-955-2402.

Healthy Cooking: Slow Cooker Techniques – September 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This program includes a demonstration of tips to make successful recipes in the slow cooker. Taste samples of finished recipes will be provided. Cost is $3.00 payable at the door.

Participants must pre-register one week prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

Commercial Horticulture Program

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

Green Industries Best Management Practices – September 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 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.

Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch. See attached brochure for more information.

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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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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Commission Highlights

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Day
The Board proclaimed August 28, 2013 as the “50th Anniversary of the march on Washington Day” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
50th Anniversary of March on Washington Day.pdf

Quarterly Hiring Activity Report
The Board accepted the Quarterly Hiring Activity Report for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012-2013.
Attachment:
FY13 3rdQTR Report on Targeted Positions Filled and Advertising Efforts 8 14.pdf
Attachment:
BOCC FY2013 QTR 3 pdf_Adobe Acrobat Professional HR revised 8 14 13.pdf

Florida Council Against Sexual Violence Grant
The Board adopted the Resolution, approve Budget Amendment to establish the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) Grant 13GR17, accept the grant in the amount of $77,812.00 and approve 1 new FTE.
Amount: $77,812.00
Attachment:
FLORIDA COUNCIL AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE resolution 12 13.pdf
Attachment:
BA.pdf
Attachment:
FCASV Final.pdf

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.’s Annual Report
The Board received the Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.’s Annual Report presentation
Attachment:
Community Support Group June 2013 meridian presentation.pdf

UF Family Data Center
The Board heard the presentation on the research findings of the UF Family Data Center for which funding was awarded for FY2012/13.
Attachment:
UF FAMILY DATA CENTER LOGIC MODEL.pdf
Attachment:
UF Data Ctr BOCC Aug 27 Presentation Revised.pdf
Attachment:
Family Data Center PPT Presentation Map August 27 2013 BoCC Mtg.pdf
Attachment:
Activities 2 0 and 3 0.pdf
Attachment:
Alachua County Report Card Index Report.pdf
Attachment:
Family Data Center Signed Contract.pdf
Attachment:
Alachua County Report Card.pdf
Attachment:
Report Card Deliverable 1 0.pdf

Historic Preservation Ordinance
The Board directed staff to prepare draft application for CLG status and the related Historic Preservation Ordinance for review by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and then return to BoCC for authorization to advertise
Attachment:
HistoricCLG_MeetingPowerpoint.pdf
Attachment:
Achieving Certified Local Government.pdf
Attachment:
CLG_Guidelines.pdf
Attachment:
FLGeneric CLG Agreement.pdf
Attachment:
Chapter1A39.pdf
Attachment:
Alachua County Code Section 39 7.pdf
Attachment:
Unified_Land_Development_CodeChap406Art13.pdf

Water Resources Protection Options
The Board received the Water Resources Protection Options presentation and provided staff guidance
Attachment:
BobKnightRecommendations.pdf
Attachment:
BobPalmerRecommendations.pdf
Attachment:
EPDWaterResourcesProtectionOptions.pdf
Attachment:
EPACRecommendations.pdf

County Manager’s Report
The Board accepted County Manager’s Report: 1) Authorized the Chair Letter for RTS Discussion; 2) Heard the Energy Conservation Strategies Commission Matrix Update.

Code Amendments
The Board took the following actions: 1. Adopt the ordinance amending Chapter 24, Codes Enforcement Board, in the Alachua County Code. 2. Adopt the ordinance amending Chapter 331, Building Code, in the Alachua County Code, and transmit the amendments to the Florida Building Commission.
Attachment:
Ch331exhibitA_082713.pdf
Attachment:
Ch24ordinance082713.pdf
Attachment:
Ch331ordinance082713.pdf
Attachment:
ch24ch331presentation.pdf

Land Development Regulation Commission
The Board took the following actions:  1. Convene as the Land Development Regulation Commission and find the proposed amendments consistent with the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan. 2. Conduct the public hearing and adopt the ordinance amending Chapter 407, Article 3, Signs and related definitions in Chapter 410 in the Alachua County Unified Land Development Code.
Attachment:
presentation_signcode.pdf
Attachment:
2013_ULDC_SignOrdinance.pdf
Attachment:
SignOrdinance_ExhibitA.pdf

Proposed Unified Land Development Code Updates

The Board conducted the second Public Hearing on Proposed Unified Land Development Code Updates to correct scrivener’s errors and allow separate well and septic systems for accessory dwelling units. They convened as the Land Development Regulation Commission to find the amendments consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. Reconvened as the County Commission and adopt the proposed changes to the Unified Land Development Code.

Attachment: Ordinance_Exhibit_A.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_8_27_13_Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
Ordinance_ULDC_2013.pdf
Attachment:
Summary_ULDC_Changes_2.pdf

Alachua County Comprehensive Plan
The Board adopted ordinance amending Alachua County Comprehensive Plan: 2011-2030 Public School Facilities Element and Capital Improvements Element (CPA-03-13)
Attachment:
CPA 03 13 Letter Comments St Johns River.pdf
Attachment:
CPA 03 13 Ordinance.pdf
Attachment:
CPA 03 13 CIE Amendment Staff Report Exhibit 2.pdf
Attachment:
CPA 03 13 Letter Comments from FDACS 07 31 2013.pdf
Attachment:
CPA 03 13 Letter Comments from FDOE.pdf
Attachment:
CPA 03 13 Letter Comments from NCFRPC 072413.pdf
Attachment:
CPA 03 13 BoCC Presentation Adoption Aug 27 2013.pdf
Attachment:
CPA 03 13 Staff Report Adoption.pdf
Attachment:
CPA 03 13 PSFE Amendment Staff Report Exhibit 1.pdf
Attachment:
CPA 03 13 ILA Maps NoSig Exhibit 3.pdf
Attachment:
CPA 03 13 DEO Letter Comments August 2013.pdf
Attachment:
CPA 03 13 Threshold Report Exhibit 4.pdf

Clean Debris Landfill and Recycling Operation
The Board adopted Resolution Z-13-13 approving the amended special use permit for a clean debris landfill and recycling operation by extending the permit for an additional 20 years.
Attachment:
ZOS0213 Site Plan.pdf
Attachment:
Resolution ZOS0213.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS0213 Background Materials.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS0213.ppt
Attachment:
ZOS0213 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS0213 Powerpoint Presentation.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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