September 27th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

FY2014 Budget Adopted: Commission Approves Manager Baker’s Pay Raise Proposal
Upcoming CERT Classes
LGBT Intimate Partner Violence Support Group
Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation on Alachua County Talks
October Extension Programs
County Wins Budget Presentation Award
Commission Highlights

FY2014 Budget Adopted: Commission Approves Manager Baker’s Pay Raise Proposal

At the September 24, 2013 Regular County Commission Public Hearing, the Board of County Commissioners adopted the FY2014 Budget.
Click to watch the meeting (click on item 13 to jump to the Budget Adoption).

The adopted budget includes a raise for all County employees. Below is an excerpt of an article that appeared in the Gainesville Sun on September 25, about the raise and the adopted budget.

It’s official: County workers get a raise
By Morgan Watkins
Gainesville Sun Staff writer

After six years without a true raise, Alachua County employees will finally get one next fiscal year — and the less they make, the higher the percentage increase they’ll receive.
The County Commission approved the county’s final budget of about $325.41 million and its related property tax rates for fiscal year 2014 Tuesday during its second and last public hearing on the matter.

The county’s property tax rates for the general fund and its three municipal services taxing units, which fund law enforcement, fire rescue and unincorporated services, will all increase for the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

The general fund millage rate will rise from 8.6 mills to 8.79 mills. The law enforcement MSTU millage rate will increase from 1.67 to 2.15. The fire protection MSTU will go from 1.34 to 1.4, while the unincorporated area millage rate will increase to 0.50. One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value.

Commissioners Susan Baird and Mike Byerly voted against the general fund property tax rate and budget, which were approved in a pair of 3-2 votes.

Baird only voted in favor of the law enforcement MSTU property tax rate and budget, while Byerly only voted for the fire services MSTU property tax rate and budget.

Throughout the budget development process, employee raises were a central issue debated by commissioners.

The county’s initial budget proposal included a 3 percent across-the-board raise, but it was eliminated due to financial challenges and replaced with a 1.5 percent raise that the commission tentatively approved at its first public hearing on the budget earlier this month.

During the commission’s morning meeting on Tuesday, County Manager Betty Baker asked and received the board’s approval to amend the raise structure for the fiscal year 2014 budget. The new plan for raises was approved Tuesday evening as part of the final budget.

County employees will receive either a 1.5 percent raise or a $850 pay bump, depending on their salaries.

Click to read the full article.

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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 October 1, through November 12, 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 September 28.

Alachua County Emergency Management Coordinator, Ebbin Spellman said, “It is never too late 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.

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


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LGBT Intimate Partner Violence Support Group

Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center is offering a 10 week support group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) survivors of “Intimate Partner Violence.” The group begins in late October and is free of charge. This support group will allow survivors of intimate partner violence to connect with other survivors and begin exploring ways to heal in a safe and supportive environment. 

Alachua County Victim Advocate Therapist, Jennifer Heard said, “The trauma that intimate partner violence creates can take months or even years to overcome.” She continued, “Many LGBT survivors of intimate partner violence do not come forward or seek out services for several reasons, including fear of not being believed, being unsure of what inclusive services are available, and fear of ridicule or discrimination. With this group we aim to create a safe, inclusive space for all survivors that will allow them to connect with one another and begin reclaiming their strength through shared experiences.”

The group is available to survivors that identify as members of the LGBT community and is open to all gender identities and gender expressions.

View the group flyer.

For more information, contact Jennifer Heard at 352-264-6737.

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Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation on Alachua County Talks

This edition of Alachua County Talks features an interview with Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation President Christine Janks.  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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October Extension Programs

These programs are being held at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County is pleased to announce the following Family and Consumer Sciences Programs for October, 2013. These programs are being offered by Brenda C. Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent.

First Time Home Buyers Program –This series offers some resources that can help participants buy, maintain and keep a home. Upon completion of this program, participants will receive a certificate of attendance. The classes are on three consecutive Thursdays, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and cover the following:

Session 1 – Thursday, October 3
This session includes information on getting budgets and credit worthiness in line, determining how much house can be afforded, and understanding the responsibilities and costs of being a responsible homeowner.

Session 2 – Thursday, October 10
This session includes understanding the sales contract, home inspections, and mortgage process, selecting homeowners’ insurance, warranties and the closing process.

Session 3 – Thursday, October 17
This session includes a question and answer  period and an opportunity to get valuable tips from those involved in the process of buying a home.

The cost for the entire series is $10.00 per individual or couple.

View the program flyer.

Please pre-register by September 27, by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail), subject to cancellation if less than 5 people registered.

Before You Tie the Knot – October 7 & 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Before You Tie the Knot is a premarital preparation course.

Topics include: communication, conflict management and resolution, financial responsibility and spending plans, and children and parenting responsibilities.

Completion of this course is required to receive a $32.50 reduction of marriage license. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion and a copy for the Clerk of the Court.

There is no cost to attend this two evening class. 

View the program brochure.

Please pre-register no later than October 2, by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail), subject to cancellation if less than 3 couples registered.

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – October 9, 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 Food Safety and Quality website, or call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723.

View the program brochure.

Healthy Cooking: Pressure Cooker Techniques – October 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This program teaches participants how to save time and money by utilizing the fast cooking method provided by pressure cooking. Demonstration of techniques and taste samples 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).

Environmental Horticulture Programs

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County is pleased to announce the following Environmental Horticulture Programs for October, 2013. These programs are being offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

Converting to Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ to Save Water – October 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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

Native Plants and Your Florida-Friendly Yard – October 10, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn how to put the right plant in the right place with native shrubs and trees. This class will cover selecting and using native plants in landscapes.

Ground Covers & Turf Alternatives – October 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learn about ground cover plants that will grow in the shade, full sun and in tough places.

Palms and Your Florida-Friendly Yard – October 24, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Palms add a tropical touch to Florida landscapes. Learn how to incorporate these Florida-Friendly plants into landscapes and how to maintain landscapes in harmony with the environment.

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).

For more information about these programs, call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office calendar for additional programs offered by the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County.


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County Wins Budget Presentation Award

Alachua County won the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its FY2013 Budget. This is the twentieth time in a row that the County has won this award.

Congratulation to everyone associated with the budget process, and keep up the great work.

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Commission Highlights

Constitution Week
The Board proclaimed the week of September 17-23, 2013 as “Constitution Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
SAR Constitution Day 2013.pdf

Gainesville Raceway Property
The Board rejected the current offer from NHRA for use of the Gainesville Raceway Property for the new County Fairgrounds and direct staff to develop alternatives for the new Fairgrounds.
Attachment:
Exhibit 1 Gainesville Raceway Negotiation Issues 130904.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 2 NHRA Private Sectors Partners for Fairgrounds Development.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 3 Signed MOU with NHRA.pdf

South Main Street
The Board approved the resolution, transfer agreement and deed for South Main Street from University Avenue to South 16th Avenue and authorized the signature of the Chair.  

Qualified Targeted Industry
Approve the Resolution supporting Azalea Healthcare Innovations, Inc. participation in the Qualified Targeted Industry, (QTI) Program and authorize the Chair’s signature,
Azalea Health Innovations QTI information

Neighborhood Revitalization Report
The Board accepted the CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization Report and directed staff to advertise first CDBG public hearing to obtain community input and County Commission direction regarding community development needs in Alachua County.
Attachment:
CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization Report with Appendix.pdf
Attachment:
CDBG NR BoCC PResentation September 24 2013.pdf

Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site
The Board approved a letter to Beazer East, Inc. requesting options for contaminated property purchase and relocation for property owners offsite Koppers portion of Cabot-Koppers Superfund site
Attachment: Chair Letter to Beazer re Relocation 9102013.pdf

FY14 Millage Rates and Final Budgets
The Board conducted a public hearing to adopt the final FY14 millage rates and final budgets for the General County, MSTU - Unincorporated Services, MSTU - Law Enforcement Funds,
MSTU - Fire Protection Services and Alachua County Debt Service Funds.
Attachment:
8 FY14 Budget Dev Chgs to Adj Tentative Budget.pdf
Attachment:
5b Resol 13 86 for Final MSTU Law Enforc Budget.pdf
Attachment:
6a Resol 13 87 for Final MSTU Fire Service Millage.pdf
Attachment:
4b Resol 13 84 for Final MSTU Unincorporated Budget.pdf
Attachment:
FY14 Millage Rates 7 17 13.pdf
Attachment:
3a Reso 13 81 for Final General County Millage.pdf
Attachment:
3b Resol 13 82 for Final General County Budget.pdf
Attachment:
4a Resol 13 83 for Final MSTU Unincorporated Millage.pdf
Attachment:
7 FY14 FINAL Budget.pdf
Attachment:
9 Script for Final FY14 Budget Hearing CM.pdf
Attachment:
5a Resol 13 85 for Final MSTU Law Enforc Millage.pdf
Attachment:
6b Resol 13 88 for Final MSTU Fire Services Budget.pdf
Attachment:
1 Agenda Final Public Hearing Sept 24 2013.pdf

Estates of Wilds Plantation Subdivision
The Board approved the proposed final plat of the Estates of Wilds Plantation Subdivision.
Attachment:
EoWSheet2.pdf
Attachment:
EoWGMSR.pdf
Attachment:
EoWMasterSP.pdf
Attachment:
EoWChairSR.pdf
Attachment:
EoW_PP.pdf
Attachment:
EoWSheet1.pdf
Attachment:
EoWSheet3.pdf

SantaFe Village Development of Regional Impact
The Board approved the resolution rescinding the Development Order for the SantaFe Village Development of Regional Impact (Resolution 10-89)
Attachment:
Request_to_Rescind_Resolution_10_89.pdf
Attachment:
163_3164_FS.pdf
Attachment:
SanteFe_DRI_Map_H.pdf
Attachment:
Shands_RequestToRescind.pdf
Attachment:
380_06_29_FS.pdf
Attachment:
380_115_FS.pdf
Attachment:
SFV_Signed_Dev_Order.pdf
Attachment:
PowerPoint_SF_Village_Rescission.pdf
Attachment:
Resolution_SantaFe_Rescission.pdf

SantaFe Village at Springhills Transit Oriented Development
The Board approved with conditions of the Preliminary Development Plan and Resolution DR-13-23 for SantaFe Village at Springhills Transit Oriented Development, project number 2012071102_P.
Attachment:
Master Plan.pdf
Attachment:
Resolution DR_13_23.pdf
Attachment:
Staff Report_Santa Fe Village Prel.pdf
Attachment:
Open Space Plan.pdf
Attachment:
Master Transportation.pdf
Attachment:
Santa Fe Village_ppt.pdf
Attachment:
Santa Fe Village_ppt.pptx
Attachment:
Prel Plan Cover Sheet.pdf
Attachment:
Cross Sections3.pdf
Attachment:
Cross Sections2.pdf
Attachment:
Master Plan Notes.pdf
Attachment:
Cross Sections1.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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