December 13th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Releases Map Genius Application
Recognition Luncheon for FGP Volunteers
County Jail Equipment Replacement Ribbon Cutting
30 Year Fixed Rate 4.50% First Mortgages Available
E-cigarette Ordinance
Season’s Greetings from the Alachua County Commission
Commission Highlights

County Releases Map Genius Application

The Alachua County Growth Management Department has released an innovative online mapping application called “Map Genius.”
Principally created by GIS Systems Analyst, Jimmy Collins, Map Genius is a mobile compatible interactive mapping application that makes information such as parcel attributes, zoning, school zones, flood zones, utility service areas, census and environmental features easily available. It was created to be simple, fast, highly intuitive, and informative.

Click to begin using the Map Genius application.

Click to view tutorial videos explaining the application and its features (including Quick Start, Overview, Property Research, Map Tools, Services and Projects, Smart Search, and Development and Land Use Tracker).

Click to read about the application’s features (PDF).

Map Genius is best viewed on the desktop using Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer version 9+ web browsers. It also works in Internet Explorer version 8, but not in version 7. Mobile phones and tablets are supported including the iPhone, iPad, and most Android devices using the default Android web browser.

Opening Map Genius for the first time may require up to 30 seconds to load. Afterwards it should load in under 10 seconds, dependent on internet connection speed.

For application issues or feedback, fill out the online Feedback Form.

For more information, contact Alachua County GIS Systems Analyst, Jimmy Collins at 352-374-5249 or jec@alachuacounty.us.

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Recognition Luncheon for FGP Volunteers

The Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) recognized its volunteers at a luncheon on Friday, December 6, at the Best Western Gateway Grand. Storm Roberts, from 98.5 KTK, was the Master of Ceremonies.

FGP was established in Alachua County in 1973, and is celebrating 40 years of service in Alachua County. FGP is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners. Eligible low-income seniors volunteer and serve throughout Alachua County in child care centers, in public schools, and in after school programs.

In exchange for their service, the volunteers receive a tax-free stipend of $2.65 per hour, meals, assistance with transportation, and supplemental insurance.

The program is accepting applications for new volunteers. Applicants must be Alachua County residents 55 or over.

To apply or for more information, contact the Foster Grandparent Program Office at 352-264-6758.

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County Jail Equipment Replacement Ribbon Cutting

The Alachua County Commission, and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, celebrated the completion a major equipment replacement and energy conservation project at the County Jail with a ribbon cutting on Monday, December 9, at the cooling plant on the eastside and in the back of the County Jail.

This project is the highlight of the over 45 projects completed at the County Jail over the past 10 years.

The project includes the following:

Benefits include:

The project was started in October 2010, and completed in December 2013. The total project cost was approximately $12.7M.

Speakers at the event included Alachua County Commission Chair Lee Pinkoson, Alachua County Manager Betty Baker, Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, Jail Director Major Charles Lee, and Facilities Manager Charlie Jackson. 

For more information, contact Charlie Jackson at 352-374-5229 or crjackson@alachuacounty.us.

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30 Year Fixed Rate 4.50% First Mortgages Available

The Alachua County Housing Finance Authority is pleased to announce the availability of 30-year fixed rate 4.50% first mortgages with down payment and closing cost assistance up to $10,000 for first time homebuyers.  Down payment and closing cost assistance is provided as a 0%, non-amortizing 30-year deferred second mortgage. 

This program is being offered through a partnership with the Escambia County Housing Finance Authority by the Board of County Commissioners of Alachua, Bradford, and Marion Counties and the Housing Finance Authorities of Alachua and Marion Counties. 

Borrowers must be first-time homebuyers who have not had a present ownership in a principal residence during the past three years.  Qualified veterans do not need to be first-time homebuyers.  Borrowers must meet normal mortgage requirements to demonstrate credit worthiness and must occupy the purchased home as their principal residence. 

View the informational flyer (PDF).

For more information, contact the Alachua County Housing Programs Office at 352 337-6283.


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E-cigarette Ordinance

At the December 10, County Commission Meeting, the Board adopted an ordinance regulating  e-cigarette sales and use in the County.

Click to read the ordinance.

Click to read a Gainesville Sun article about it.

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Season’s Greetings from the Alachua County Commission

View holiday greeting from the Alachua County Commission.

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Commission Highlights

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall of Fame Day
The Board proclaimed January 12th, 2014 as “Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall of Fame Day” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
MLK Hall of Fame Day 2014.pdf

King Celebration 2014
The Board proclaimed January 12th-21st as “King Celebration 2014” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
MLK Celebration 2014.pdf

Veteran Services Advisory Board
The Board heard Hear the presentation by the Veteran Services Advisory Board
Attachment:
Annual Report and addendum and attachments 2012 2013.pdf

Internet Video Visitation System
Concerning a presentation by the Jail Director on the Internet Video Visitation System being implemented at the Jail, the Board directed staff to 1. Advertise an ordinance which would authorize the Sheriff to deposit a percentage of the profits shared by the Vendor with the change to the language in section 274.25 specifying that proceeds from the vendor will be evenly divided between the County General Fund and the Inmate Welfare Fund.
2. When the funds are repaid, staff is directed to bring the item back to the Board for reconsideration of the ordinance with the relevant data.
Attachment:
Internet Based Video Visitation System Profits.pdf

QTI Program
The Board approved the Resolution supporting request by DEO to amend OneSixtyOverNinety Inc. participation in the QTI Program and authorize the Chair’s signature
Attachment:
OneSixtyOverNinety Inc Resolution.pdf

Senior Management Retirement Classification
Concerning the language governing the assignment of Senior Management Retirement classification under the Florida Retirement System to select BoCC positions, the referred the issue to the County Manager and the County Attorney to come back with a better direction.
Attachment:
Pol 5 1 Compensation Benefits Board Policy added florida retirement statement.pdf
Attachment:
SR MGMT APPROVAL MEMO.pdf
Attachment:
FRSsenior management info.pdf

County Attorney
The Board selected a County Attorney and authorized the County Attorney to draft a letter of employment to Michelle Lieberman with a base salary of $150,000.

Bicycle/Pedestrian Work Program Priority List
The Board approved the proposed Bicycle/Pedestrian Work Program Priority List.
Attachment:
12102013BP.pptx
Attachment:
BikepedPriorityListStaff122013.pdf
Attachment:
12102013BP.pdf

E-cigarettes Ordinance
The Board conducted the public hearing and adopted the ordinance pertaining to e-cigarettes ordinance.
Attachment:
8_PLOSone.pdf
Attachment:
12_MSDSpropylene_glycol.pdf
Attachment:
3_TechnicalReport.pdf
Attachment:
5_WorldHealthOrg.pdf
Attachment:
1_Ordinance.pdf
Attachment:
2_IndoorAir.pdf
Attachment:
4_ScienceandPublicHealth.pdf
Attachment:
6_PublicHealthFocus.pdf
Attachment:
9_MedlineAbstract.pdf
Attachment:
7_TCOnline.pdf
Attachment:
10_Medscape.pdf
Attachment:
13_PPpresentationbyKathyNichols.pdf
Attachment:
11_MSDSnicotine.pdf

Non-Ad Valorem Assessments
The Board held the Public Hearing and adopted the Resolution of Intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assessments for collection, disposal, recycling and management of solid waste throughout Alachua County and for community maintenance in the Sugarfoot Oaks/Cedar Ridge Preservation and Enhancement District for Fiscal Year 2014-15.
Attachment:
Resolution_Intent_2013.pdf

Option Contract

The Board exercised the Option Contract to (1) Exercise the Option Contract to purchase the Lake Forest Creek - Teuton Property, (2) Execute Amendment Two to the Lease with the Florida Park Service, and (3) authorize staff execute documents as necessary to close the transaction.
Amount: Acquisition $21,859. Annual Stewardship $550.

Attachment: Exhibit 2 Teuton Evaluation.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 3 Teuton acq costs.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 4 Paynes Prairies Alachua County Amendment Two Teuton.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 5 Acquisition List Status report.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 1 FDEP 2nd Amend Paynes Praire Final.pdf
Attachment:
131210 Teuton Exercise.pptx

Turnberry Lake Phase III
The Board approved the proposed final plat of Turnberry Lake Phase III based on the recommendation by the Development Review Committee and a finding of consistency with Florida Statues, the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan and the Alachua County Unified Land Development Code.
Attachment:
TB_P3_App_Dev_Plan.pdf
Attachment:
TB_P3_GM_SR.pdf
Attachment:
TB_PH3_PLAT_SHEET_2.pdf
Attachment:
TB_Ph3_Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
TB_PH3_PLAT_SHEET_1.pdf
Attachment:
TB_PH3_PLAT_SHEET_3.pdf
Attachment:
TB_Ph3_C_SR.pdf

The Hammock Planned Development
The Board approved the proposed replat of The Hammock Planned Development, Lot 35 based on the recommendation by the Development Review Committee and a finding of consistency with Florida Statues, the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan and the Alachua County Unified Land Development Code.
Attachment:
Dec_Con_Area.pdf
Attachment:
Hamm_L35_Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
Hamm_L35_Replat.pdf
Attachment:
Hamm_L35_Chair_SR.pdf
Attachment:
Hamm_PD_Plat.pdf
Attachment:
Hamm_L35_BS.pdf
Attachment:
Hamm_L35_GM_SR.pdf

Country Club Manor
The Board approved the proposed replat of Country Club Manor, Unit 2, Lot 12A based on the recommendation of the Development Review Committee and a finding of consistency with Florida Statues, the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan and the Alachua County Unified Land Development Code.
Attachment:
CCM_U2_L12A_GM_SR.pdf
Attachment:
CCM_U2_L12A_Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
CCM_U2_L12A_C_SR.pdf
Attachment:
CCM_Replat_L12A.pdf
Attachment:
CCM_U2_Plat.pdf
Attachment:
CCM_L12A_Survey.pdf

Timber Village PD
The Board approved Resolution Z-13-18, approving ZOM-13-13, a minor amendment to the Timber Village PD.
Attachment:
ZOM_13_13.pdf
Attachment:
Res_Z_13_18.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM_13_13.pptx
Attachment:
ZMPTimberVillage.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM1313_SR.pdf

Marlboro Farms

The Board adopted Resolution Z-13-17 approving the requesting PD zoning and special exception for Marlboro Farms

Attachment: ZOM1213 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment:
Vested Rights Letter.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM1213 Powerpoint.pdf
Attachment:
Archer Farms PD Application Backup.pdf
Attachment:
Resolution ZOM1213.pdf
Attachment:
Public Comments for Archer Farms.pdf
Attachment:
Marlboro Farms ZMP.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM1213 Powerpoint.pptx
Attachment:
Archer Farms ZMP.pdf
Attachment:
Second Neighborhood Meeting Information.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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