February 14th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

2014 ACCESS Spring Classes
Saving My Alachua Environmental Art Contest
Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center Advisory Council Openings
Citizens Co-op Community-owned Market on Alachua County Talks
February NW 16th Ave Mill and Resurface Project Update
Ready? Set… Go Vote!
3 Special Meetings on 02-18-14
February Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

2014 ACCESS Spring Classes

The public is invited to participate in the annual Alachua County Civic Education SerieS (ACCESS) classes, which begin April 7, 2014. The free program runs for seven sessions (on Mondays), but space is limited. The registration deadline is March 28.

Participants receive detailed information about the operations of County departments, special districts, and constitutional officers. The sessions include presentations, handouts, tours, hands-on activities and question and answer periods. Each ACCESS graduating class produce a group of citizens equipped to engage in ways that help Alachua County become more representative of its citizenry’s needs.

County Manager Betty Baker said of ACCESS, “I hope you will gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the complex nature of providing local government services to our wide array of stakeholders.”

To view a complete schedule of classes and to register online, visit the ACCESS website.

To register or get more information, call 352-374-5262.


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Saving My Alachua Environmental Art Contest

The Alachua County Environment Protection Department invites K-12 students to participate in the County’s first “Saving My Alachua” Environmental Art Contest. The contest encourages students to think about what their natural environment means to them and represent that in art form. Submissions must be no larger than 8 ½” x 11” in size, and must be presented horizontally (landscape). The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Artwork should address one of the following topics: water conservation, stormwater pollution, natural habitat protection, wilderness and wildlife protection, or proper disposal of toxic waste.

Rosette ribbons will be awarded for first, second, and third place in each of the thirteen grade categories.  Selected winners will be featured in the 2015 Saving My Alachua Calendar.  All winning artwork will be displayed in the County Administration Building during the month of April, 2014.

Alachua County Senior Planner, Eliana Bardi said, “We are excited to see what the kids in Alachua County cherish about their local environment and what messages and ideas they provide to help us all reduce impacts.”

View the contest flyer and entry form.

Visit the Saving My Alachua Art Contest Facebook page.

For more information, contact Eliana Bardi at 352-264-6810 or ebardi@alachuacounty.us


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Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center Advisory Council Openings

Alachua County is seeking to fill six openings on the Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center Advisory Council. These are voluntary positions and the Council usually meets on the fourth Thursday of the month. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and are held at the Alachua County Health Department Auditorium.

The Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center provides services to survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual violence and personal injury crimes. The program is available to support and assist anyone who is a victim or survivor of violence. This eleven member citizens advisory council assists the center by promoting community awareness of the program, advising the County on future policies and directions, and engaging in an annual review of the program.

Advisory Council members do not need to be survivors of violence to serve on the council.

Apply for the Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center Advisory Council online.

For more information, contact Alachua County Advisory Board Coordinator, Jeremy Clements at 352-264-6904 or jclements@alachuacounty.us


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Citizens Co-op Community-owned Market on Alachua County Talks

This edition of Alachua County Talks features an interview with Citizens Co-op Co-founder and Financial Manager Gretchen McIntyre premiers Friday February 7, 2014 on Community 12 TV at 7:30 p.m.

Since 2011, the Citizens Co-op Community-owned Market has been providing shoppers a broad selection of natural foods and products from local producers, as well as featuring natural products from national and international sources.

In speaking of the program Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “The Citizen’s Co-op is a great resource for people interested in natural foods and organically grown produce. I had the pleasure of interviewing Gretchen four years ago when the co-op was still on the drawing board. It is amazing to see how far it has come.”

View Alachua County Talks: Citizens Co-op Community-Owned Market.

For more information visit the Citizens Co-op online or call 352-505-6575.

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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February NW 16th Ave Mill and Resurface Project Update

Alachua County Public Works is informing citizens that a change has been made on the 16th Ave Mill and Resurface Project.  Contingent upon favorable weather, the contractor plans to begin milling and resurfacing the asphalt pavement the week of February 17, 2014. Motorist should expect nighttime lane closures (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) from NW 58th Blvd to NW 13th St throughout the end of March.  Public Works also encourages motorists to stay informed about this project by visiting the project report sheet.

Click to view the project report (PDF). This document will be updated monthly and changes/new information will highlighted in red.

In addition to previously mentioned daytime and nighttime lane closures, in early March, the corridor will be reduced to one lane in each direction from approximately NW 31st Drive to NW 26th Way so water main relocation, gravity wall replacement, and reconstruction work (clay removal) can begin.

The current estimated completion date for the entire project is November, 2014.

For more information, contact Alachua County Transportation Engineering Manager, Brian Singleton at 352-548-1306 or bsingleton@alachuacounty.us.


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Ready? Set… Go Vote!

Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter would like to remind all voters in Alachua County, especially those residing in the City of Gainesville to be prepared for upcoming elections.
Ready?

Make sure your voter information is current.  Florida Law requires that you vote the ballot assigned to your legal residence address.  If you have moved and have not notified the Supervisor of Elections Office of your new address, please go online at www.votealachua.com to make a change of address or contact our office at (352) 374-5252.  A new voter information card will be mailed based on the updated information.

Make sure your signature on file is current.  If you sign a petition or vote by mail, your signature will be compared to your signature on file.  Your petition or mail ballot may not count if the signature does not match the signature on record.  You may update your signature by filling out a voter registration application form in person or by going online to http://www.votealachua.com.  You will need to print the application, sign it, and drop it off or mail it to the Supervisor of Elections Office.  All signature updates for use in verifying absentee and provisional ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Office prior to the start of the canvassing of absentee ballots by the Canvassing Board.

Set

View sample ballots for the March 11, 2014 City of Gainesville Election online at www.votealachua.com on our home page by clicking on “Elections & Records” from the menu on the left side of the page then “Sample Ballots”, or you may view your individual ballot by clicking on “My Registration Status” in the upper right hand corner.

Now… Go Vote!

Remember to vote on March 11, 2014!  To be eligible to vote in this election, you must be a resident of the City of Gainesville. 

Early Voting for the March 11th City of Gainesville Election will be available starting Monday, March 3rd through Saturday, March 8th from 9 am to 5 pm at two locations:  Supervisor of Elections County Administration Building Office at 12 SE 1st Street and Millhopper Branch Library at 3145 NW 43rd Street.

If you need to locate your precinct, go to www.votealachua.com or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.

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3 Special Meetings on 02-18-14

The Alachua County Commission will conduct three Special Meetings on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. The 10 a.m. meeting will be held in the Grace Knight Conference Room.  The 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. meetings will be held in the Jack Durrance Auditorium. The meetings are all located on the second floor of the County Administration building (12 SE 1st Street). The 1:30 p.m. Special Meeting is a joint meeting between the Alachua County Commission and the Alachua County League of Cities.

The 10 a.m. meeting agenda items include:
1. Priority Based Budgeting
2. Strategic Plan - Board Level
3. Relocation of Public Defender’s Office

View the meeting agenda.

The 1:30 p.m. Joint Alachua County Commission and the Alachua County League of Cities Special Meeting agenda items include:
1. Boundary Adjustment Act Discussion
2. Transportation Surtax
3. E-Cigarette’s Ordinance
4. Human Rights Ordinance

View the meeting agenda.

The 5 p.m. meeting agenda items include:
1. Public Hearing to Consider Charter County and Regional Transportation System Sales Surtax Ordinance

View the meeting agenda.

Citizens are encouraged to attend these meeting. They will be available to view live on Cox Channel 12 or on the County’s Video on Demand website.  Citizens can stay engaged by clicking on and signing up for the following products: Facebook Twitter Newsletter/Press Release

For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5204.


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February Extension Programs

Environmental Horticulture Programs

These programs are being offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Growing Shiitake & Oyster Mushrooms – February 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (with Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent)

This workshop will teach how to grow mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms are grown on hardwood logs and oyster mushrooms can be grown on straw.  Oyster mushroom production kits will be available for $8.00 per kit (limit 1 per household for first 50 registrants). The kit includes: mushroom spawn, a grow bag, straw, lime, and other resources materials.

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).

Commercial Horticulture Programs

These programs are being offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Growing Shiitake & Oyster Mushrooms – February 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (with Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent)

This workshop will teach how to grow mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms are grown on hardwood logs and oyster mushrooms can be grown on straw.  Oyster mushroom production kits will be available for $8.00 per kit (limit 1 per household for first 50 registrants). The kit includes mushroom spawn, a grow bag, straw, lime, and other resource materials.

Grants & Cost-Share Funding Available for Growers – February 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (with Cindy Sanders, Director/Livestock Agent)

This program offers information about different grants and cost-share funding available through federal and state agencies. The class is free of charge.

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance – February 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent)

This class includes six hours of the required training for LCLM license applicants.  Participants needing recertification can attend the first four hours of class, but are encouraged to take the Advanced Landscape Training Workshop instead. The LCLM license exam will be given the same day as the class.  Participants must have all license application paperwork completed to sit for the exam.
Continuing Education Units will be offered in the following categories: 3 General Standards/Core, 3 Ornamental & Turf, 3 Private Applicator Ag, 3 Limited Lawn & Ornamental, 3 Limited Landscape Maintenance, 3 Commercial Lawn & Ornamental.

The registration fee is $30.00 and includes program materials, refreshments, and lunch for the day.

Pre-register at least 3 days prior to classes by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

These programs are being offered by Brenda C. Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Before You Tie the Knot – February 17, 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 on marriage license fee in Alachua County. 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 (PDF).

Please pre-register at least 5 days in advance by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail), subject to cancellation if less than 3 couples registered.

French Cooking Class – February 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Charmes de la France & UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office are hosting French cooking classes showcasing seasonal delights from the French regional cuisine. Run by French Chef Michel Maloiseau, the cooking classes include step-by-step recipes that are followed by tasting sessions. Brenda Williams will provide nutrition comments during the program. The classes can fit up to 25 people and reservations need to be made on the Charmes de la France website.

Visit http://www.charmesdelafrance.com/event.html to reserve a place, pre-pay or for more information on the cooking classes. The class fee is $35.00 per person and must be paid in advance.  Subject to cancellation if less than 15 registered.

View the program flyer (PDF).

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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Commission Highlights

Flu Mist Presentation
The Board heard and accepted the Health Departments annual Flu Mist Presentation.

Draft Water Supply Plan 2013
The Board received the St. Johns River Water Management District presentation on the Draft Water Supply Plan 2013
Attachment:
DDWSP 2013 Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
DDWSP 2013 Memo.pdf
Attachment:
DDWSP 2013.pdf

Qualified Targeted Industry (QTI) Program

The Board approved a Resolution supporting the request by Innovative Scheduling LLC for the participation in the Qualified Targeted Industry (QTI) Program.

 

Draft Federal Legislative Program
The Board discussed the Draft Federal Legislative Program with its Federal Lobbyist Marion Turner, made adjustment and authorized the finalization.

Attachment: Draft Federal Legislative Program

 

Solid Waste
The Board received the staff presentation on Solid Waste
Attachment:
2014 WMboccpresFinal.pdf

Mixed Waste Materials Recovery Facility

The Board approved the contract with Locklear and Associates for Professional Services to Retrofit the Leveda Brown Environmental Park Transfer Station as a Mixed Waste Materials Recovery Facility (MWMRF).
Amount: $98,500.00

Attachment: Lochlear MMRF Final.pdf
Attachment:
MRF PPT.pdf
Attachment:
MRF PPT.pptx

Technology Evaluation and Organics Recycling Project Development

The Board approved the contract with Locklear and Associates to provide services for Technology Evaluation and Organics Recycling Project Development.
Amount: $131,500.00

Attachment: Lochlear Organics Final.pdf
Attachment:
Organics Recycling Project Development Technology Evaluationppt.pdf
Attachment:
Organics Recycling Project Development Technology Evaluationppt.pptx

Small Cities Community Development Block Grant

Concerning the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application Public Hearing, the Board conducted the public hearing to obtain citizen comment on the application; provided final Board input and approved the application as amended; and directed Growth Management staff to finalize and submit an application to the Department of Economic Opportunity in the amount of $750,000 for the FFY 2013 Florida Small Cities CDBG Program for Housing Rehabilitation.
Amount: $750,000.00

Attachment: CDBG FY2013 App Final.pdf
Attachment:
2013 CDBG Resolution and HAP.pdf
Attachment:
2013 CDBG Local Match Resolution.pdf
Attachment:
2013 CDBG Enabling Resolution.pdf

Resolution Ordering a Nonbinding Referendum
The Board approved the resolution ordering a nonbinding referendum at the general election on November 4, 2014 to determine elector sentiment on amending the Constitution of the United States to provide that only natural persons are entiled to constitutionally guaranteed rights.
Attachment:
CitizensUnitedResolution2014.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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