March 12th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Cardiac Arrest Save Rate
Social Work Highlighted on Alachua County Talks
March NW 16th Ave Mill and Resurface Project Update
2014 ACCESS Spring Classes
SW 8th Ave Connector Public Workshop
Code Enforcement Board Openings
Take 5: Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden
A Fun-filled Learning Experience
March Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

County Cardiac Arrest Save Rate

Alachua County Fire Rescue is pleased to announce that the cardiac arrest data for 2012/13 is in and the percentage of cardiac arrest patients discharged from hospital continues to improve. The data shows that the cardiac arrest save rate in Alachua County is nearly three times the national average. 

Cardiac arrest outcome is one of the indicators that demonstrate the high quality care that the Alachua County EMS system provides to the citizens and visitors of Alachua County. The County EMS system begins with the 911 call and terminates with patient outcome. The system consists of Alachua County Fire Rescue; Alachua County Sheriff’s Office; Gainesville Fire Rescue; Micanopy Fire Department; Newberry Fire Department; High Springs Fire Department; LaCrosse Fire Department; Cross Creek, Melrose, and Windsor Volunteer Fire Departments (All of the Fire Departments are members of the Alachua County Fire Services Network); ShandsCair; Shands/UF Hospital; and North Florida Regional Hospital.

During the review period (March 2012 to February 2013), Alachua County Fire Rescue transported 133 cardiac arrest patients. In the study, the 133 cardiac arrests were grouped into two subsets: return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) and discharged from hospital.

Resuscitation efforts initiated and patient transported – 133 (100%)

The national average of cardiac arrest patients with ROSC is 25% (National Cardiac Arrest Registry). Our system achieved 41% ROSC or nearly twice the national average.

The national average of a cardiac arrest patient discharge from hospital is 7.5%. Our system achieved 21%, or nearly three times the national average. Additionally, patient discharge improved by 56% from the 2010/11 review.

View a graph of the cardiac arrest data.

Each element of the EMS system from the E-911 data base, Combined Communication Center, Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue First Responders and Advance Life Support Rescue, Helicopter Air Transport, and local hospitals are equally important to the successful patient outcomes that our Community experiences.

For more information, contact Alachua County Fire Rescue Chief, Ed Bailey at 352-384-3130.


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Social Work Highlighted on Alachua County Talks

A new edition of Alachua County Talks featuring an interview with Gainesville Chairperson of the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Paul Donovan, premiers Friday March 7, 2014 on Community 12 TV at 7:30 p.m. Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers is the largest professional social work organization in the United States.

In speaking of the program Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “Just as March is recognized as National Social Workers Month, Alachua County is also recognizing the crucial role that social work plays in improving lives and improving communities by proclaiming March Social Workers month in Alachua County.”

For more information visit the National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter or call 1-800-352-6279.

The latest editions of Alachua County Talks air at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. every night except Thursday, and at 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. every day. Special or regular County Commission and Gainesville City Commission meetings may preempt any showing.

View Alachua County Talks: the Social Work Profession.

View the complete Channel 12 Schedule.

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


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March NW 16th Ave Mill and Resurface Project Update

Alachua County Public Works is informing citizens with a monthly press release with updated information on the 16th Ave Mill and Resurface Project. Milling and resurfacing asphalt pavement will continue and motorists should expect nighttime lane closures (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) from NW 58th Blvd to NW 13th St through the end of March. Public Works also encourages motorists to stay informed about the project by viewing 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, the corridor will be reduced to one lane in each direction from approximately NW 31st Drive to NW 22nd St 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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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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SW 8th Ave Connector Public Workshop

Alachua County Public Works invites residents to attend an upcoming Public Workshop regarding the SW 8th Ave Connector, on March 20, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG) Family Resource Center located (807 SW 64th Terrace, Gainesville).

SW 8th Ave currently does not connect from Tower Road to SW 20th Ave.  The proposed project will be to construct the roadway from Tower Road to SW 20th Ave and through the Hidden Oaks Park, with sidewalks on either side of the roadway.  The proposed design includes Traditional Neighborhood Design with Center Medians and parking near the SWAG center.

The 8th Ave Connector was brought to the Board of County Commissioners in January 2014, for discussion of the design elements and this public workshop is a follow up to the Board action taken at the January 28, 2014 board meeting.

View the Project Fact Sheet.

Download and print the Public Comment Form.

For more information, contact Ruth Findley at 352-548-1313 or rfindley@alachuacounty.us.


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Code Enforcement Board Openings

Alachua County is seeking to fill four openings on the Code Enforcement Board. These are voluntary positions and the Board meets  the first Thursday of each month in the Jack Durrance Auditorium (room 209) on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building (12 SE 1st Street, downtown Gainesville).

The Code Enforcement Board is a quasi-judicial body of seven members and two alternates, appointed by the County Commission with a goal to achieve compliance on designated civil code violations to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Alachua County.  The Code Enforcement Board has the authority to issue findings of fact, conclusions of law and orders to adjudicate violators of code requirements.  The Board may impose a fine if compliance is not achieved within a reasonable period of time.

Apply for the Code Enforcement Board online.

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

 

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Take 5: Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden

This edition of Take 5 highlighting the Alachua County Crisis Center and the recently completed Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden at the City of Gainesville’s Coffrin Nature Park.

View Alachua County Take 5: Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden.

In speaking of the garden, Alachua County Communications Coordinator Mark Sexton said, “The Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden is intended to be a place of comfort, meditation and healing. Whether a person has lost a loved one to suicide, is experiencing another type of loss or is looking for a peaceful spot outdoors, they can take in the beauty, comfort and reflection offered by the garden.”

The garden is the result of the collaborative efforts of the Friends of the Crisis Center, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, and the Alachua County Crisis Center.

For more information visit the Friends of the Crisis Center online.

Call the Alachua County Crisis Line at 352-264-6789.

Contact the Alachua County Crisis Center online or call 352-264-6785.

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


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A Fun-filled Learning Experience

Although they have a few years before they’re eligible to participate in elections, 4th graders from Meadowbrook Elementary were very eager to learn about the voting process and how it works.

Over 100 students learned about the importance of one vote in past election history. They were then provided with mock election ballots and instructed on how to fill in the ovals so their votes would count.

After depositing their ballots they each received their “I Voted” sticker, a red white and blue patriotic pencil, and a “Future Voter” sticker. The results were tabulated and shared with the students. They chose Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States and the Penguin as the state bird. After the results were given out, Outreach Director Kim Barton provided each student with a fun election-related educational coloring book to take with them. 

What a great way to introduce Alachua County’s youth to the democratic process and instill the importance of voting at a young age!

 

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March 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.

Florida Friendly Landscape Design – March 15 & 16, Home Show at the O’Connell Center – time to be announced

This class will cover basic landscape design elements to create a landscape that uses less water and less pesticides. Plant selection for sun and shade will also be covered.

Grow “Green” Grass Turf Boot Camp – March 19, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This class covers mowing, watering, fertilizing and pest management.

Tomatoes! Grow Your Own – March 20, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This class will cover growing tomatoes in the garden and containers.  Basics of how to grow tomatoes in Florida’s challenging environment will be covered.  Tomato pest control options, including non-chemical choices of combating the scores of tomato insect and disease problems will also be covered.

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

Home Buyers Education Class – March 17, March 24, & March 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This series offers some resources that can help with buying, maintaining and keeping a home. Upon completion of this program, participants will receive a certificate of attendance. The classes are on three consecutive Mondays from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and will cover the following:

Session 1 – Monday, March 17

Information on getting your budget 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 – Monday, March 24

Understanding the sales contract, home inspections, and mortgage process, selecting homeowners’ insurance, warranties and the closing process.

Session 3 – Monday, March 31

Question and answer time 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 prior to March 10, by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail), subject to cancellation if less than 6 people registered.

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

Quarterly Hiring Activity Report
The Board accepted the Quarterly Hiring Activity Report for the 1st quarter of FY 2014.
Attachment:
EO FY14 1st Qtr Advertising Efforts for Targeted Positions Filled Report 1 30 14.pdf
Attachment:
EO FY14 QTR 1 REPORT 021314 kab A.pdf
Attachment:
EO FY14 1st Qtr Targeted Positions Filled Report 1 30 14.pdf

Exchange of County Property
The Board adopted the Resolution authorizing the exchange of county property with Plum Creek in the Orange Heights area. That the Chair be authorized to execute any additional documents, approved by the County Attorney, necessary to complete this transaction. Amount: $91,186.00 Revenue

Attachment: Plum_Creek_Co_Deed.pdf
Attachment:
Plum_Creek_Exchange_Agree.pdf
Attachment:
Plum_Creek_maps.pdf
Attachment:
Plum_Creek_Resolution.pdf

Special Assessment District
The Board proceeded with establishment of Special Assessment District and utilize commercial financing as a source of funding for NW 210 Avenue, NW 205 Street, NW 218 Avenue and NW 202 Street east of NW County Road 236.
Attachment:
SAD_Petition_NW210Ave_etc.pdf
Attachment:
Ordinance_12_15.pdf
Attachment:
Sample_Poll_with_cover_letter.pdf

Land Conservation Board
The Board Held a Public Hearing and adopted an Ordinance, and approved other documents, to amend the Purpose of the Land Conservation Board.

1. Adopted the proposed ordinance that will amend Chapter 36 of the Alachua County Code, and 2. Adopted Resolution to repeal existing Resolution 09-10, and 3. Approved the new By-Laws of the LCB.Attachment: Exhibit 4 LCB BYLAWS revised2014.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 1 Ord 2014 Amend LCB Responsibilities.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 3 Proposed Resolution Revision 2014.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 2 CHAPTER 36 revision 2014.pdf

Unified Land Development Code
The Board held a Public Hearing to consider proposed changes to the Unified Land Development Code in Chapter 407, Article 3, Signs.  The Board approved the ordinance amending the Unified Land Development Code in Chapter 407, Article 3, Signs

Attachment: Applicant_CoverLetter_022614.pdf
Attachment:
Presentation_ULDC_Ch407_Art3.pdf
Attachment:
2014_ULDC_Ordinance_ch407art3.pdf
Attachment:
USSCSignLegiRulesThumb.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_signs_ExhibitA_031114.pdf
Attachment:
USSCGuidelineSignStandards.pdf
Attachment:
Applicant_SignCalculations.pdf
Attachment:
Applicant_signs_ExhibitA_031114.pdf
Attachment:
Applicant_SignageSizeJustificationexhibits_021714.pdf

Request to Rezone
The Board heard a request to rezone from mixed-use Planned Development district to Business Retail Sales district and R-1a (Single Family Residential) district and adopted Resolution Z-14-01 approving the request.Attachment: ZOM1013 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM1013 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
Smith Zoning Application 1.pdf
Attachment:
Smith Zoning Application 2.pdf
Attachment:
Smith Zoning Application 3.pdf
Attachment:
Resolution for ZOM1013.pdf
Attachment:
ZOM1013.pptx


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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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