April 11th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Health Department Expands Services
2014/2015 CAPP Poverty Reduction Program Funding
April is Fair Housing Month in Alachua County
Crisis Line Counselors Needed
Business and Economic Growth Workshop
April NW 16th Ave Mill and Resurface Project Update
Spellman Receives Certified Emergency Manager Credential
Godwin Receives ENP Certification
04-15-14 Special Meetings
Alachua Home Grown Farm Tours
2014 4-H Summer Day Camps
April Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

Health Department Expands Services

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County has started providing public health services in southwest Gainesville by opening a clinic at 816 SW 64th Terrace, Gainesville. 

This public health venture has been made possible through the collaboration and support of the Alachua County Commission ($190,000), The Florida Blue Foundation (a three year, $300,000 IMPACT Grant), the Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG), the Rotary Club of Gainesville (a substantial gift to be determined), the Alachua Area Medical Reserve Corps and other community partners. 

“We are excited to start providing much needed health services in our mobile clinics while the permanent clinic is under construction.” stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department. “This is a great example of a private/public partnership aimed at improving access to healthcare.”

Clinic times are Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Current services include adult primary care, family planning, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing, and communicable disease control.  Pediatric services are pending.

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County website or call 352-334-7910.

The mission of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.


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2014/2015 CAPP Poverty Reduction Program Funding

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from 501(c)(3) organizations for the Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) poverty alleviation funding program. Agencies must have a physical location in Alachua County and current 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

Approximately $962,745 is available for programs that reduce poverty among Alachua County residents.

Click for documents pertaining to the grant and more information.

Documents and applications may be accessed online or picked up from the Alachua County Purchasing Office (County Administration Building, third floor, 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville)

For more information, contact the Alachua County Purchasing Office at 352-374-5202.


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April is Fair Housing Month in Alachua County

The Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office, in partnership with the City of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity, the Alachua County Housing Authority and the City of Gainesville Housing Authority, will sponsor a Fair Housing Workshop on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Fred Cone Park Library (2841 E. University Avenue, Gainesville). There is no cost for this event and refreshments will be served.

This workshop is designed to provide pertinent information to tenants, homeowners, buyers, sellers, realtors and others regarding housing discrimination and will feature discussions on housing discrimination against LGBT residents. The workshop is primarily conducted by Tequisha Myles of Palm Beach Legal Services.

Alachua County Equal Opportunity Program/Intake Specialist, Jacquelyn J. Hart said, “Housing discrimination does exist.” She continued, “Many don’t know when they are discriminated against or how to report such discrimination. This workshop will provide that information and more.”

To register or for more information, contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275, or the City of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity at 352-334-5051.


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Crisis Line Counselors Needed

The Alachua County Crisis Center is seeking volunteers to become Crisis Line Counselors. Training classes begin Saturday, May 17, 2014.  After the initial all day session, training is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for six weeks at the Crisis Center (218 SE 24th Street, Gainesville).  There is no fee for the sixty hours of in-depth training.  Applicants do not need to possess any specific degrees or certification and will learn active listening, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, community disaster response and more.

The Crisis Center requires a 24 four hour shift commitment after the successful completion of training.

Alachua County Crisis Center Training Coordinator, Jan Greene said, “This is an opportunity to impact the lives of fellow community members and to gain life-enhancing communication skills.” 

For more information, visit the Crisis Center website or contact Jan Greene at 352-264-6782.


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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 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. The contractor has completed milling and resurfacing the first layer of asphalt from NW 55th St to NW 43rd St (0.75 miles) and has completed sidewalk widening from NW 51st St to NW 43rd St (0.5 miles). Milling and resurfacing asphalt pavement and sidewalk widening will continue throughout April and motorists should expect nighttime lane closures (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) from NW 58th Blvd to NW 13th St and daytime lane closures from NW 51st St to NW 43rd St, from NW 40th Ter to NW 34th St and from NW 31st Ter to NW 16th Ter through. 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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Spellman Receives Certified Emergency Manager Credential

Alachua County Emergency Management is pleased to announce that Emergency Management Coordinator, Ebbin Spellman has earned the credential of Certified Emergency Manager® (CEM®) from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

The certification process involves an extensive credentials package, a management essay and a written examination. The essay requires respondents to submit a solution to a scenario they will likely face in fulfilling emergency management responsibilities. The exam consists of 100 questions covering a broad array of emergency management related topics.

Internationally, there are only 1,538 other emergency management professionals who have received this prestigious certification. Mr. Spellman has been invited to the 62nd Annual IAEM Conference in San Antonio, Texas in November to be recognized for this achievement.

“Ebbin continues to do outstanding, professional work which is a credit to him and Alachua County Fire Rescue.” said Alachua County Emergency Management Director, Dave Donnelly.

For more information about the IAEM, visit their website.

For more information, contact Alachua County Emergency Management at 352-264-6500 or acem@alachuacounty.us.


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Godwin Receives ENP Certification

Alachua County Fire Rescue is pleased to announce that E9-1-1/Communications Section Chief Keith Godwin recently received the Emergency Number Professional Certification (ENP) from the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), the 9-1-1 public safety organization that stewards our Nation’s 9-1-1 system.

The certification is a tool of this professional association to establish the benchmarks of performance that will signify a broad-based competence in the 9-1-1 field. By successfully completing this certification program, an individual has demonstrated a mastery of the comprehensive knowledge base required for 9-1-1 management and confirms their commitment to the 9-1-1 profession by showing leadership traits in public safety and pledging to remain aware of current issues and developments in the field. Mr. Godwin passed a three-hour examination to earn the designation.

The ENP exam evaluates knowledge of legislation, budgeting and finance, contingency and disaster planning, public relations and public education, employee health and safety, training and development, labor relations and labor law, human resource management, employee selection and development, compensation laws and regulation, contemporary management practices, principals of telecommunication, computer, telephone and radio technology.

In addition to this certification, Mr. Godwin was recently elected as the Vice-President of the North Florida National Emergency Number Association.

For more information about the ENP certification, visit the NENA website.

For more information, contact Keith Godwin at 352-338-7361 or kgodwin@alachuacounty.us.

 

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04-15-14 Special Meetings

The Alachua County Commission will conduct two Special Meetings on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Both meetings 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 10 a.m. Meeting agenda items include:
1. FY15 Budget Development Update
View Agenda

The 1:30 p.m. Meeting agenda items include:
1. Proposed County Project Lists for Charter County Transportation Surtax
View Agenda

Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting. It will be available to view live on Cox Channel 12 or on the County’s Video on Demand website.

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


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Alachua Home Grown Farm Tours

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is conducting the 4th Annual “Alachua Home Grown Farm Tours” on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville). 

The tour bus leaves the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office at 8 a.m. (please arrive by 7:45 a.m.).  A box lunch will be served.  The registration fee is $20.00 (includes lunch and bus fee).  Registration will be limited to the first 40 pre-paid registrants.  To reserve a seat, payment must be made in advance to the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office. 

Agricultural products in Alachua County range from beef cattle, vegetables, fruits, nurseries, goats, chickens, and much more. Agricultural value added impacts is a $102 million dollar industry in Alachua County. 

View/download the tour flyer.

For more information about this program, call 352-955-2402.


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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).

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).

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.

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).

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

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

Nature Week
The Board proclaimed the week of April 18-25, 2014 as “Nature Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Nature Week 2014.pdf

Children’s Week
The Board proclaimed the week of April 6-13, 2014 as “Children’s Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Children’s Week 2014.pdf

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week
The Board proclaimed the week of April 13-19 as “National Public Safety Telecommunications Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
National Public Safety Telecommunications Week 2014.pdf

Employee Policies
The Board approved the revisions to the Employee Policies; Number 5 12, Stand by Status and the addition of Employee Policy number 5 30, Call Out Pay.
Attachment:
proposed call out pay policyif have to travel february 2014.pdf
Attachment:
policy revision 5 12 new polic 5 30 march 2014 approved by manager.pdf
Attachment:
proposed change to stand by on holiday february 2014.pdf

FY 14 CIP Project List
The Board approved the amended CIP which adds NW 143rd Street at NW 32nd Avenue Intersection Modification project onto the Alachua County FY 14 CIP project list. Approve the signalization (strain pole) of the intersection with addition of northbound and southbound right turn lanes, addition of a westbound left turn lane, and extension of eastbound turn lanes. Directed staff to proceed with design, finalize design, and proceed with construction bidding.
Amount: $1,100,000.00

Attachment: AmendedCIP.pdf
Attachment:
presentation.pdf

Neighborhood Stabilization Program
The Board approved the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Real Estate Contract for Sale of 1314 NE 31st Place, Gainesville and approve the form of the deed.
Amount: $77,000.00

Attachment: Purchase and Sale Ehmann Final.pdf

Special Use Permit
The Board approved Resolution Z-14-2, approving ZOS-01-14, a special use permit for the construction of a single-family residence within a bald eagle nesting zone.
Attachment:
ResZ_14_2.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS0114SR.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS_01_14.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS_01_14.pptx

Budget Amendments
The Board conducted a Public Hearing, adopted Resolutions and approved Budget Amendments for the FY14 budget.
Attachment:
14 FY14 Fund 334 Reserves MidYr Adjustment.pdf
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5 FY14 MidYr Consolidated BA.pdf
Attachment:
9 FY14 Mid Year Narratives.pdf
Attachment:
6 Legal Ad Mid Yr FY14 to Sun.pdf
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16 FY14 Fund 405 Reserves MidYr Adjustment.pdf
Attachment:
3 Resolution for FY14 MidYear CHOICES budget.pdf
Attachment:
7 FY14 Mid Year Adjustments by Fund.pdf
Attachment:
1 Resolution for FY14 MidYear General County Budget.pdf
Attachment:
11 FY14 Fund 008 Reserves MidYr Adjustment.pdf
Attachment:
10 FY14 Fund 001 Reserves MidYr Adjustment.pdf
Attachment:
13 FY14 Fund 011 Reserves MidYr Adjustment.pdf
Attachment:
2 Resolution for FY14 MidYear MSTU Unincorporated Budget.pdf
Attachment:
8 FY14 Mid Year Adjustments by Dept.pdf
Attachment:
4 Resolution for FY14 MidYear MSTU Fire Protection Services Budget.pdf
Attachment:
15 FY14 Fund 401 Reserves MidYr Adjustment.pdf
Attachment:
12 FY14 Fund 010 Reserves MidYr Adjustment.pdf

Lake Forest Creek
The Board exercised the Option Contract to purchase the Lake Forest Creek - Floyd and Floyd Property and authorize staff to execute any documents as necessary to close the transaction.
Amount: Acquisition $23,706. Annual Stewardship $500.

Attachment: 140408 Floyd Exercise.pptx
Attachment:
Exhibit 2 Floyd and Floyd Evaluation.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 4 Acquisition List Status report.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 3 Floyd costs.pdf
Attachment:
Exhibit 1 Executed Option.pdf

Wood Processing Facilities
The Board held the first public hearing on the proposed amendment to add Wood Processing Facilities as a use allowed by special exception in the A(Agriculture) zoning district and direct staff to schedule the second required public hearing.
Attachment:
Evaluation_Cost_of_Housing_Impacts.pdf
Attachment:
Gaston_ULDCapplication_2_10_14.pdf
Attachment:
WoodResource_Resolution_zos22_97.pdf
Attachment:
PowerPoint_Wood_Process.pdf
Attachment:
2014_ULDC_Ord_WoodProcess.pdf

 

Minimum Flows and Levels
Concerning the Florida Department of Environmental Protections, Minimum Flows and Levels rule the Board decided:

Alachua County will not file a challenge to the Minimum Flows and Levels (MFL) Rule as published on 4/8/14.

Alachua County will prepare for, and is authorized to intervene on behalf of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in support of the MFL Rule. A letter will be sent to the FDEP and the Water Management Districts indicating County support.

Alachua County will withdraw its objection to Senate Bill 7126 (Dean) which waives the ratification process and makes possible the adoption of the Rule in this legislative session.  A letter should be sent to Senator Dean thanking him for both his consideration in this MFL issue, and for including Poe Springs in pending springs legislation.  A copy of the letter will be sent to the members of Alachua County’s legislative delegation.

Alachua County will withdraw from participation in the Joint Administrative Procedures Conference (JAPC) process with respect to the MFL Rule.

Alachua County (both Manager’s staff and Attorney) will continue meeting with stakeholders regarding the MFL Rule; these stakeholders include but are not limited to: Gainesville Regional Utilities, springs and environmental advocacy groups, agricultural interests, and other local governments.  A letter will be sent to the Gainesville City Commission indicating the County’s support of the MFL Rule, and explaining that the County prefers spending our limited resources on improving the Regional Groundwater Model and implementing the Recovery Plan instead of fighting for a stronger rule, and invite the City Commission to take a similar position.

A referral the County Manager to recommend an analysis of the effectiveness of the current Recovery Plan, suggest improvements to the Plan, and to advise the Commission on opportunities to participate in the process.   It is the intent of the County Commission to solicit other stakeholders to participate in strengthening the Recovery Plan, and to advocate for these suggestions to FDEP, the Water Management Districts, and the Legislature.


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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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