March 28th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Business and Economic Growth Workshop
April is Water Conservation Month
Ancient Records Project Wins Preservation Award
04-01-14 Special Meeting
Survivors of Sexual Assault Art Exhibit Call to Artists
Social Work Highlighted on Alachua County Talks
Take Back the Night March and Rally
Upcoming CERT Classes
O’Leno State Park to Host Chili Cook-off and Springs Celebration
Health Department Addresses County Health Rankings
2014 4-H Summer Day Camps
April Extension Programs
Gainesville Run-Off Election Information
Commission Highlights

Business and Economic Growth Workshop

Alachua County and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce invite residents to attend the Business and Economic Growth Workshop on April 16, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Alachua County Senior Center (5701 NW 34th Street, Gainesville). This workshop is a Public-Private Partnership between the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

The intent of the workshop is to discuss improving the outlook on business and economic growth in the County and to present the recently created Strategic Plan for Economic Development. The plan was created by the Alachua County Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), and the BoCC is looking for feedback, recommendations, and ideas for implementation.

View Workshop Agenda

View the EDAC Strategic Plan

Download and print a Public Comment Form

For more information, contact Alachua County Economic Development Coordinator, Edgar Campa-Palafox at 352-374-5204 or epalafox@alachuacounty.us, or Alachua County Development Services Planner, Leslie McClendon at 352-374-5249 or lmclendon@alachuacounty.us.


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April is Water Conservation Month

Alachua County has joined numerous governments across Florida, declaring April as Water Conservation Month.  The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is kicking off water conservation month with the Springs Celebration and Chili Cook Off at O’Leno State Park (410 S.E. O’Leno Park Road, High Springs) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 (View the event flyer).  There will be music and children’s activities to create a celebratory atmosphere for learning about water conservation and springs.

“We depend on the aquifer for our drinking water, as do our springs, rivers, and lakes.  We all need to do our part to use less water every day.” said Stacie Greco Water Conservation Coordinator with the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department.  She continued, “The best way to leave more water for our springs and future generations is to replace thirsty landscapes with ones that can survive on rainfall alone once they are established.”

Native plants can be purchased at the “Go Native” Spring Plant Sale at the Morningside Nature Center (3540 E. University Avenue, Gainesville)  on April 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the Master Gardener Plant Sale on May 17, at the Extension Office from 8 a.m. to noon (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

For more information, visit the Alachua County Water website or contact Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829 or sgreco@alachuacounty.us.


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Ancient Records Project Wins Preservation Award

The Alachua County Clerk of Court’s Ancient Records Project, under the leadership of the Alachua County Clerk of Court J. K. Irby has been award the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) 2014 Preservation Award. It will be presented at the 2014 FSGS Annual Conference in Gainesville, on Saturday, March 29.

FSGS is dedicated to promoting excellence in the field of genealogy. This award recognizes an organization proactive in preserving, protecting, abstracting, indexing and making historical records freely accessible to all those researching their Florida ancestors.

The Ancient Records Coordinator and Webmaster in the Clerk’s office is Jim Powell, a past recipient of the FSGS Florida Genealogy Outstanding Achievement Award.  The project has been supported by thousands of hours of volunteer participation and has made available nearly half a million images of Alachua County records online.  County records that may be searched on the project’s website include Marriages, 1837-1973; Deeds, 1820s-mid1950s; all Will Books; County Commission Minutes, 1846-1992, as well as many other books, maps, and plats.  The website also contains a virtual museum and historic photograph collection.

Visit the Ancient Records website

A project such as this depends on an active group of volunteers.  A Facebook page for volunteers provides a vehicle through which the volunteers share information and encouragement.

Visit the Ancient Records Volunteers Facebook page.

The success of this project is the result of the coordinated effort made by the citizens and government of Alachua County to the benefit of all who are interested in Florida history and genealogy.

Watch a short video about Jim Powell and the Ancient Records Archives.

For more information, contact FSGS Award Chair, Kearby Parker at kearbyparker@gmail.com or the Alachua County Clerk of Court J. K. Irby at 352-491-4423.


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04-01-14 Special Meeting

The Alachua County Commission will conduct a Special Meeting on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Grace Knight Conference Room located on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration building (12 SE 1st Street, downtown Gainesville).

The 1:30 p.m. meeting agenda includes:
1. Chamber of Commerce Energy Presentation
2. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Presentation
3. Petition to challenge Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed Minimum Flows and Levels Discussion

View the meeting agenda and backup.

Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting. The County Special Meeting will be broadcast live on Cox Channel 12, and on the County’s Video on Demand website (click on meeting in Upcoming live events box).

Citizens are encouraged to 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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Survivors of Sexual Assault Art Exhibit Call to Artists

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center and the Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women invite survivors of sexual assault to contribute original artwork to the Survivors of Sexual Assault Art Exhibit.

The exhibit will be held at the Civic Media Center (433 S Main Street, Gainesville) and Wild Iris Books (22 SE 5th Ave, Ste. D, Gainesville) from Friday, April 25, 2014, to Monday, April 28, 2014. A Reception for the Artists will be held on Friday, April 25, beginning at 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

All sexual assault survivors are welcome to submit original work. Works of all types are currently being accepted, including performance pieces to be presented at the reception.

“Art can be such an integral part of the healing process for survivors,” said Alachua County Victim Advocate Counselor Ashley Flattery. “By hosting this exhibition and displaying their work, we’re hoping to help celebrate the journey they go through from victim to survivor.”

View the Call to Artists flyer.

To submit a piece or for more information about the Survivors of Sexual Assault Art Exhibit, contact Ashley Flattery at 352-264-6763 or Jeanne-Marie Ritter at 352-393-7691, or visit the official event page.

For more information about the Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center, visit their  website.


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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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Take Back the Night March and Rally

On April 3, 2014, the Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center will join with the University of Florida’s STRIVE at GatorWell, Office of Victim Services, and LGBT Affairs office to present the annual “Take Back the Night: A March and Rally to End Sexual Violence” as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Plaza of the Americas with kickoff remarks and poster-making. At 6 p.m., participants will march through campus, meeting again at the Plaza of the Americas for an open microphone rally beginning at 7 p.m.

“For more than thirty years, universities have gathered across the globe for Take Back the Night events that support and empower survivors, raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual violence, and give voice to their desire to end sexual violence so that no one need live in fear, either by day or by night,” said Alachua County Victim Advocate Jesse Lazarchik. ”The University of Florida has a long tradition of sponsoring Take Back the Night Events.”

Research shows that one in four college females and one in twenty males will be the victim of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their college years. At least 80 percent of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim. These statistics only serve to highlight the importance of campuses and communities continuing to come together to raise awareness about this serious issue. Through this event, every member of the campus community can be empowered to take responsibility for speaking out against and preventing sexual violence.

For more information, contact Jessie Lazarchik at 352-264-6767.

Visit the Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center online.


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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 April 1, through May 13, 2014), 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 April 1.

Alachua County Emergency Management Coordinator, Ebbin Spellman said, “It is never too early to begin preparing for the 2014 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.

Alachua County Emergency Management will be offering subsequent CERT classes from July 1, to August 12, 2014, and from October 7, to November 18, 2014.

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

 

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O’Leno State Park to Host Chili Cook-off and Springs Celebration

Alachua County, The Friends of O’Leno, and the Santa Fe River Springs Basin Working Group invite citizens to the seventh annual O’Leno Ole’ Chili Cook-Off (from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Springs Celebration (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) on Saturday March 29, 2014, at O’Leno State Park (410 SE O’Leno Park Road). Admission to the park is free with the donation of one can of food per person to benefit a local food bank.

The events include a chili cook-off, live music, model railroad displays, a guided walk, children’s activities and environmental exhibits. Attendees can also participate in an exhibit scavenger hunt and win a prize. Chili tasting kits will be on sale for $5, and all proceeds assist the Friends of O’Leno, Inc., a non-profit organization, with their mission of supporting the park.

“The Springs Celebration is a great event for everyone to learn how their actions are connected to the health of our springs, even when they live tens of miles away from them” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Water Conservation Coordinator Stacie Greco. She continued, “When we use a lot of water and fertilizer on our farms and yards we may be harming the springs of the Santa Fe River.”

View the event flyer and the schedule of events.

For more information visit the Alachua County Springs Protection website, or call Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829.

For more information visit the Friends of O’Leno or call Harriet Walsh at 386-454-4806.


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Health Department Addresses County Health Rankings

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 5th annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the Department at their website.

“The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County values the collaboration of all of our community partners.  Together, we continually advance public health issues assuring core services are provided.” stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health-Alachua.

These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country and they emphasize that health is not a singular effort but a combined work in progress across all community partners. The Department works in collaboration with local governments, non-profit organizations, health care facilities, business groups, schools, faith-based organizations and many other stakeholders to improve the health of all people in Alachua County. These rankings use data related to physical environments, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care.

In Alachua County, the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is designed to address specific opportunities for improved health that have been identified by the community. The Department has partnered with many stakeholders to implement the CHIP and collaborates regularly to track progress.   Improving access to healthcare and ensuring wellness are priorities set by Alachua County’s CHIP.  Supporting the safety net provider network and controlling influenza through the FLUMIST program are a few examples of local initiatives.

“The annual release of the County Health Rankings is always a time of reflection for those of us dedicated to community health.  The rankings are both a heartening recognition of just how hard and how well the community has worked together to achieve health improvement and a daunting reminder of how much harder still we have to work to make Alachua County the healthiest county in Florida.” stated Jeff Feller, CEO of WelIFlorida, Inc.

“We are pleased to partner with the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County in controlling influenza through our school located influenza program.” stated Dr. Kathleen Ryan, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida and member of the Emerging Pathogens Institute.

The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

For online information about the Florida Department of Health, visit their website, Facebook, or Twitter sites.

For more information, contact the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County’s Roger Dolz at 352-334-8873.

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2014 4-H Summer Day Camps

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014 4-H Summer Day Camp Season. These camps offer something for youth of all ages in a variety of subjects. Space is limited and payment must accompany registration.  Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to attend these camps.

View/download the complete list of the 4-H Summer Day Camps.

View/download the 4-H Summer Day Camp Registration Form.

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

An Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, Dean. Single copies of Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available free to Florida residents from county Extension offices. Information about alternate formats is available from IFAS Communications, University of Florida, PO Box 110810, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810.

 

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April 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).

Tomatoes! Grow Your Own – April 2, from 6 p.m. to 7 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.

Growing and Healthy Cooking with Herbs (with Dr. Brenda Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent) – April 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to grow easy culinary herbs in containers and in the garden. Then we will have demonstrations of techniques on using herbs to enhance foods. Taste samples will be provided. Directions for making flavored vinegars that are ideal for gift-giving will also be demonstrated.

Cost is $3.00 and is payable at the door.

Blueberries – April 23, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and repeated again on April 24, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Alachua County is one of the top blueberry producing counties in the state. Learn to grow rabbit eye blueberries in landscapes. This class covers planting, fertilizing and pruning.

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).

April 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) unless otherwise indicated.

Growing and Healthy Cooking with Herbs (with Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent) – April 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to grow culinary herbs in containers and in the garden. There will be demonstrations of techniques on using herbs to enhance foods. Taste samples will be provided. Directions for making flavored vinegars that are ideal for gift-giving will also be demonstrated.

Cost is $3.00, payable at the door.

Canning Workshop – April 7, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and repeated from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (at the Extension Office). The workshop will repeat again on April 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., High Springs Public Library Branch (135 N.W. 1st Avenue, High Springs)

Basic information on canning foods using the steam pressure canner or boiling-water canner. Directions and tips will also be included on making jams, jellies and pickles.

There is no fee; printed materials will be available for $3.00 per set.

Pre-registration for these classes is recommended by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

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) unless otherwise indicated.

Grafting Vegetable Transplants Workshop – Tomatoes and Melons (with Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent and Dr. Xin Zhao, Associate Professor, UF Horticultural Sciences Department) – April 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Participants will learn the advantages and limitations of farming with grafted plants and will get a hands-on look at producing their own grafted transplants.

Becoming a Beekeeper – Beginners Short Course – April 19, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (first of a four part series)

Topic: Hive Setup; Queen, Colony and Swarm Management, Working With the Hive Checklist

This course will allow the participants to receive a complete perspective of the process and expense involved with keeping honey bees as a hobby or alternative farm enterprise. Classes are free. They will be hands on short courses, where participants will be working with an active hive. Class is limited to first 50 registrants.

Food Safety Workshop: Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual – April 21, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center (2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville).

The class is taught by Aparna Gazula, and other members of the UF/IFAS Small Farm Food Safety Implementation Team.

A Food Safety Program is often required by farms to sell to most intermediate or large chain stores. Smaller operations selling directly to consumers may also be advised to develop a manual for their farm.

This issue has become an important component of doing business on farms and will be even more important in the future.

This one-day workshop helps growers develop food safety manuals. The main parts of a food safety manual will be developed during the day.

The class will be done on a computer (one laptop provided per farm if needed) and will be limited to 20 farms, using a web-based food safety manual development program.  Those farmers needing assistance on the computer can bring a helper. 

The registration fee is $30.00 for the first person representing a farm (Primary Participant), and $15.00 for an additional attendee (Secondary Participant). The registration fee includes refreshments and lunch for the day.  This training is supported with funding from a Specialty Crops Block Grant through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Microgreens – A New Specialty Crop (with Bob Hochmuth) – April 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Frequently called “vegetable confetti,” microgreens are young, tender greens that are used to enhance the color, texture, or flavor of salads, or to garnish a wide variety of main dishes. Harvested at the first true leaf stage and sold with the stem, cotyledons (seed leaves), and first true leaves attached, they are among a variety of novel salad greens available on the market that are typically distinguished categorically by their size and age. Participants will learn about producing microgreens for home use, commercial and local markets.

Green Industries Best Management Practices – April 29, 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. This is a required training class for all commercial and institutional fertilizer applicators in Alachua County according to the Alachua County Fertilizer Standards and Management Practices Code.

Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch.

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).

Agriculture & Natural Resources Program

This program is being offered by Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Natural Area Weed Control Workshop – April 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This is a beginner’s workshop for managing weeds in natural areas.  Topics include: invasive weed identification, sprayer calibration, herbicide selection for natural areas and pesticide safety.

Registration fee is $10.00 (includes light refreshments). 

Please register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail) no later than April 11.  

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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Gainesville Run-Off Election Information

Florida Law requires voters to present current and valid picture and signature ID or vote a provisional ballot.

All eligible voters registered within the City limits of Gainesville may vote in this election.

Vote by Mail

Any voter may request a ballot and Vote by Mail.  Voters may make their request online at www.VoteAlachua.com or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252. Voters will need to make sure their address and signature on file with the Supervisor of Elections are current. Your mail ballot may not count if the signature does not match the signature on your voter record. You may update your signature by filling out a voter registration application form in person or online at www.VoteAlachua.com. All signature updates for use in verifying absentee and provisional ballots must be received in the Elections Office prior to the start of the canvassing of absentee ballots by the Canvassing Board.

If a voter has realized they have returned their absentee ballot without including their signature, they may submit an affidavit to our office no later than 5 PM the day before the election to cure the unsigned ballot.

To request a ballot for another voter, you must be directly instructed by the voter and be a member of the voter’s immediate family, or the voter’s legal guardian. Immediate family means the voter’s spouse or the parent, child, grandparent or sibling of either the voter or of the voter’s spouse.

Requests can be made online, in person, by mail, by telephone or by fax. All requests must include the voter’s name, residence address, and date of birth. The request must also include the requestor’s name, residence address, relationship to the voter and driver’s license number if available. Mail or fax request must also include the requestor’s signature.

The last day to request your ballot be mailed is Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by 5 PM.

A voter may designate in writing another person to pick up an absentee ballot starting Thursday, April 3, 2014. The designee must have a note signed by the voter, a picture identification of the designee and must complete an affidavit. The affidavit is available for download at www.VoteAlachua.com. The designee may not pick up more than two absentee ballots per election, not including the designee’s own ballot and ballots for members of his or her immediate family.

The Supervisor of Elections may not provide an absentee ballot to a voter or a voter’s immediate family member on the day of the election unless there is an emergency, to the extent that the elector will be unable to go to his or her assigned polling place.  In order to provide an absentee ballot on Election Day, an affidavit is required which is available for download at www.VoteAlachua.com.

All absentee ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7:00 PM Election Day.  The Supervisor of Elections address is 111 S.E. 1st Avenue, Gainesville.

Vote at Your Precinct

Any voter may vote in the precinct of their residence between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election Day, Tuesday, April 8th. Florida law requires voters to present current and valid picture and signature ID or vote a provisional ballot.  If you need to locate your precinct, go to www.VoteAlachua.com.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.

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Commission Highlights

Doctor’s Day
The Board proclaimed March 30th, 2014 as “Doctor’s Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment:
Doctors Day 2014.pdf

National County Government Month
The Board proclaimed April 2014 as “National County Government Month” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment:
National County Government Month 2014.pdf

Water Conservation Month
The Board proclaimed April 2014 as “Water Conservation Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Water Conservation Month 2014.pdf

Alachua County Historical Commission
The Board heard the Alachua County Historical Commission 3 minute reading of local history.

Audit Reports
The Board accepted the audit reports from the County’s independent Certified Public Accountants, Carr, Riggs, and Ingram LLC as well as the FY2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), and the Florida State Comptrollers Annual Financial Report (AFR). The Board authorized the Chair to sign the Management response letter and to certify the AFR to the State. The Board authorized the Clerk to transmit the completed CAFR and Single Audit Report to the Auditor General.
Attachment:
AFR Certification Letter request.pdf
Attachment:
Management Response Letter 2013.pdf
Attachment:
2013 Alachua County CAFR.pdf

Manager’s Comments
The Manager and Growth Management staff discussed a Solar Project and the Board’s disappointment with the visual buffering of the project.  The Manger also had Environmental Protection to discuss the Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed Minimum Flows and Levels Rule.  The Board voted not to challenge the rule.  Update:  This issue will be revisited at the April 1, 2014 Special Meeting at 1:30 p.m. 


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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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