April 25th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Take 5 for the Bike Gator
Saving My Alachua Environmental Art Contest
Make Mitigation Happen Workshop
“Save 2 Lives” Blood Donation Pet Adoption Event
CAPP Advisory Board Openings
County Manager’s Award of Excellence in Leadership
2014 National Travel and Tourism Week
Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway
04-28-14 Joint Meeting with the City of Newberry
May Extension Programs
Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale & Ag Fest
Commission Highlights

Take 5 for the Bike Gator

This edition of Alachua County Take 5 highlights the involvement of Alachua County Waste Alternatives and the County Office of Sustainability in the creation of the “Bike Gator” kinetic art float.

The Bike Gator is a paper mache kinetic sculpture built from recycled and repurposed paper, cardboard, and bicycle frames which debuted in the most recent University of Florida Homecoming Parade. It is the result of the collaborative efforts of artists Lorraine Duerden and Raymond Rawls, UF’s Office of Sustainability, the Alachua County Office of Sustainability, Alachua County Waste Alternatives, the City of Gainesville, Beautiful Bike People Crew, Team Florida, and Objects in Motion (the UF Juggling Club).

View Alachua County Take 5- Homecoming Repurposed.

For more information visit, Alachua County Waste Alternatives and the Alachua County Office of Sustainability.

Call Alachua County Waste Alternatives at 352-374-5213.

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


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Saving My Alachua Environmental Art Contest

The Alachua County Environment Protection Department invited K-12 students to participate in the County’s first “Saving My Alachua” Environmental Art Contest. The contest encouraged students to think about what their natural environment means to them and represent that in art form. Submissions were 8 ½” x 11” in size, and presented horizontally (landscape).

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

Rosette ribbons were 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 is on display in the County Administration Building through the end of April.

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.”

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

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


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Make Mitigation Happen Workshop

Alachua County Emergency Management is hosting a “Make Mitigation Happen” workshop on April 28, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m. at Highlands Community Church (1001 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville). The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.

The workshop provides information to homeowners on ways to mitigate damage to homes from future disasters. Information on how to reduce insurance premiums for homeowner’s windstorm coverage will also be provided.

This workshop is the first in a series called “Be Ready Florida,” which encourages homeowners to prepare for all types of disasters, and is presented by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, in partnership with Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE), Volunteer Florida and the Florida Association of Counties.

Register for the Make Mitigation Happen workshop.

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


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“Save 2 Lives” Blood Donation Pet Adoption Event

Alachua County Animal Services has teamed up with Life South and the UF Student Association of Veterinary Surgery to offer free pet adoptions to those donating blood on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine (2015 SW 16th Ave, Gainesville).  Blood donors will receive a “golden paw,” which is good for a waived-fee adoption on any pet at Alachua County Animal Services. These golden paw waivers are transferrable, and do not expire.

The blood drive/pet adoption event will include on-site animals, food, games, and give-a-ways.

Donors must be 17 or older, weigh 110 pounds or more and show ID.  All donors receive a recognition item and a cholesterol screening.

Pet adopters must be 18 or older and show ID with proof of current address.  If there are already pets in the home, the potential adopter must show proof that owned animals are current on rabies and license.  All dogs and cats available for adoption are examined, vaccinated and spayed or neutered prior to leaving Animal Services.

For more information contact Animal Services at 352-264-6870.


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CAPP Advisory Board Openings

Alachua County is seeking to fill several openings on the Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) Advisory Board.  CAPP members meet annually during the summer to formally evaluate applications for funding submitted by community non-profit agencies for poverty alleviation programs.

In order to be considered for appointment to CAPP Advisory Board, applications must be received by the advisory board office no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 28, 2014.

Apply for the CAPP Advisory Board online.

For more information about CAPP, contact Program Manager, Lee Roberts at 352-264-6707

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


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County Manager’s Award of Excellence in Leadership

On Thursday, April 17, 2014, Alachua County Fire Rescue Lieutenant, Kirk Brooker was awarded the County Manager’s Award of Excellence in Leadership.

Lieutenant Kirk Brooker was nominated for this award by Rescue Lieutenant, Jonathan Mallard.  Here, in Lieutenant Mallard’s own words, are some of the reasons that Lieutenant Brooker exhibits excellence in leadership, as stated in the nomination letter:

“Talk about lead by example.  If his crews are training in helmets and gloves, he is right there with them.  If they are in the dirt practicing extrication, he is right there with them.  If any member if his crew would ask to train he has no problem pulling out the trucks and training.  It doesn’t matter if it is a weekend, a holiday, or his day off.  When you are doing something wrong he doesn’t just tell you ’No that’s wrong,’ but he explains why it’s not right and give you the knowledge and tools to fix the problem.

There is a saying in the fire department, ‘ I’d fight fire with him.’  Well, I’m not alone in saying I’d fight fire with anyone who has worked with Lt. Brooker because I know that he isn’t going into a fire with anyone who is not up to standards.  He has to know that if his crew goes into a fire everyone will be able to perform their functions without being told what to do.”

Please join me in congratulating Lieutenant Brooker for this well-deserved recognition of his Excellence in Leadership.

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2014 National Travel and Tourism Week

VisitGainesville is informing residents and visitors that from May 3, to May 11, 2014, in celebration of the 31st annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), several popular attractions in Alachua County are offering complimentary or reduced admission offers.

John Pricher, Interim Director of VisitGainesville said, “National Tourism week is the perfect time for us to showcase many of our incredible attractions and a great way to say thank you to the visitors as well as residents of Alachua County.”

The NTTW offers include:

Other events during National Travel & Tourism Week include: a Tourism Week Proclamation Reading and the announcement of the winners of the Alachua County Customer Service Awards on Wednesday, May 7 at the VisitGainesville’s NTTW annual luncheon at Eastside High School, where members of their culinary program will serve lunch.

The 31st Annual National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual event sponsored by Travel Industry Association and commemorated by states, cities and organizations across the nation. Travel is a major U.S. industry that is vital to the economic stability, security and perception of the United States. The goal of NTTW is to highlight the powerful economic, social and cultural impacts of travel through events and celebrations that recognize the incredible job the travel industry produces.

VisitGainesville is the official tourism sales and marketing organization for Gainesville and Alachua County.  The Alachua County Hospitality Council is a non-profit member-based organization comprised of local and regional sales and marketing professionals in the hospitality industry. 

For additional information about Gainesville and National Travel and Tourism Week activities in Alachua County, visit the VisitGainesville NTTW website.

For more information, contact John Pricher at 352-374-5260 or jop@visitgainesville.com.


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Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department’s 20th Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway is on Saturday, May 3, 2014, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center, which is located at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station (5125 NE 63rd Avenue, Gainesville, 2 miles north of 39th Avenue, off Waldo Road). The recycled paint is given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available in 5 gallon pails with six colors to choose from: off white, beige, gray, terra cotta, green and blue. There is a 10 gallon limit per resident.

3,600 gallons of 75% post-consumer recycled latex paint is available to community organizations, civic groups and people with special needs, free of charge. It is recommended that the paint be used for homes and businesses that cannot afford the cost of new paint.

“A total of over 70,000 gallons of recycled paint has been provided to Alachua County residents since the inception of the program in 1994.” said Hazardous Waste Coordinator, Kurt Seaburg. “The program began as a means of assisting homeowners and agencies beautify their property while recycling a product that still has value. The program has been highly successful and quite popular with county residents.”

The latex paint is collected throughout the year by the Hazardous Waste Program and shipped to a paint manufacturer where it is blended and repackaged into a 75% post consumer paint and is suitable for either interior or exterior usage.

Residents unable to attend the event can pick up non-recycled free paint of varying quality and quantity at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s Recycle/Reuse Area. Residents can pick up this paint and other household products during normal business hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

For information about the Hazardous Waste Collection Center, visit their website.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center at 352-334-0440.  

 

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04-28-14 Joint Meeting with the City of Newberry

The Alachua County Commission will conduct a Joint Meeting with the City of Newberry on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Newberry City Hall located at 25440 West Newberry Road, in Newberry.

The meeting agenda includes:

1. Discuss Road Surtax, Transportation Agreement
2. Discuss a CRA
3. Status of Nations Park

View the meeting agenda.

Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting. Due to technical limitations, the Joint Meeting will not be broadcast live on Cox Cable Channel 12, or on the County’s Video on Demand.

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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May Extension Programs

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.

Before You Tie the Knot – May 5 & 12, 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 of marriage license. 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.

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

Canning Workshop – May 13, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and repeated from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Gilchrist County Library (105 NE 11 Avenue, Trenton)

Class covers 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 cost, but registration is required. Please pre-register at least three working days prior to workshop by calling 352-463-3176. Printed materials will be available for $3.00 per set.

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This program is dedicated to providing training which enables food managers and staff to offer Florida consumer’s food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment. For further information and to register, please visit Food Safety and Quality website, or call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723.

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).

Growing Small Fruits – May 7, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Figs, loquats, grapes and persimmons are just a few of the many fruits that will grow in landscapes or small orchards. This class covers variety selection and maintenance as well as trouble shooting.

Groundcovers & Turf Alternatives – May 8, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This class will demonstrate which groundcover plants will grow in the shade, full sun and in tough places.

Perennials & Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – May 14, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Perennial plants can add low maintenance, color and attract butterflies and hummingbirds to yards. Learn how to create a perennial garden that is beautiful and Florida-Friendly.

Converting to Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – May 21, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learn to make changes in the landscape that will save water and protect groundwater. Plant selection, micro-irrigation and rain barrels will be covered.

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 Program

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

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance – May 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.  You must have all of your 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.

To pre-register, call 352-337-6209 (voicemail) at least three (3) days prior to the class.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs

These programs are being offered by Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Rural Energy Workshop – May 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Solar power and other sustainable energy sources for farms and homes will be covered.  Topics will include: solar power systems for agriculture and residential use as well as the economics of solar power. 

There is no cost to attend this workshop (dinner will be provided).

Pre-register at 352-337-6209 (voice mail) by May 27.

2nd Annual Northeast Florida Livestock Agents Group Equine Workshop – May 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., IFAS Horse Teaching Unit (1934 SW 63 Avenue, Gainesville)

There will be sessions for beginning and advanced horse owners.  The beginning sessions will cover horse nutrition, hoof care, and the economics of horse ownership.  The advanced sessions will cover horse rations, hay quality, and legal liability for horse owners.   Identification and control of toxic weeds will be taught after both sessions.  Our two keynote speakers are:  Dr. Amanda House and Dr. Toots Banner.  Dr. House, Clinical Associate Professor at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, will be discussing strategic deworming for horses.  Dr. Toots Banner, Large Animal Veterinarian, will be discussing equine dentistry.

There is no cost to attend this workshop (lunch will be provided).

Pre-register at 352-337-6209 (voice mail) by May 28.

For additional information regarding these programs, please contact Barton Wilder, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, at 352-955-2402 or bwilder@ufl.edu.   Visit the Extension Office calendar for additional programs offered by the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County.


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Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale & Ag Fest

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale & Ag Fest on May 17, 2014, from 8 a.m. to noon (Ag Fest from 9 a.m. to noon), at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

The Master Gardener Plant sale will have a variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available for sale. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of plants. This annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program. 

The Ag Fest will provide information on the following: beekeeping, raising goats & rabbits, growing mushrooms, raised bed gardening and more.  Also presentations are scheduled on the following g topics: Herbs in the Garden, Backyard Chickens and Heirloom Vegetables. 

Admission and parking are free.

View the Plant Sale & Ag Fest flyer.

For more information about this program, 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

Corrections Detention Employees Appreciation Week
The Board proclaimed the week of May 4-10, 2014 as “Corrections Detention Employees Appreciation Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
Detention employees week proclamation 2014.pdf

National Travel and Tourism Week
The Board proclaimed the week of May 3-11, 2014 as “National Travel and Tourism Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
National Travel and Tourism Week 2014.pdf

National Drug Court Month
The Board proclaimed May 2014 as “National Drug Court Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
National Drug Court Month 2014.pdf

2014 Saving My Alachua Environmental Art Contest and Calendar
The Board recognized winners of the 2014 Saving My Alachua Environmental Art Contest and Calendar
Attachment:
Attachment 1 Saving My Alachua flier.pdf
Attachment:
Attachment 3 Contest expenses to date.pdf
Attachment:
Attachment 2 List of 2014 Winners.pdf

National Elder Law Month
The Board proclaimed May 2014 as “National Elder Law Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment:
National Elder Law Month 2014.pdf

Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes Designation Plaque

The Board accepted the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes designation plaque.


Beazer East
Concerning the first amendment to the tolling agree with Beazer East, the Board approved extending the deadline for filing suit to June 2, 2014.

Public Works Director
The Board confirmed the appointment of William D. Cerlanek as Public Works Director at an annual salary of $113,950.
Attachment:
cerlanek offer of employment.pdf
Attachment:
Cerlanek Application.pdf

Solid Waste, Recyclable Materials and Yard Trash Collection Renewal Agreement
The Board approved the Solid Waste, Recyclable Materials and Yard Trash Collection Renewal Agreement with WCA.
Attachment:
Alachua WCA Disposal Agreement 2014.pdf
Attachment:
2014 WCA Declaration SIGNED.pdf
Attachment:
WCA Yard Trash Renewal Final.pdf

Commercial Solid Waste Disposal Agreement
The Board approved the Commercial Solid Waste Disposal Agreement between Alachua County and WCA of Florida, LLC.
Attachment:
WCA declaration 2014.pdf
Attachment:
WCA Commercial Waste Final.pdf

Housing Finance Authority Housing Assistance Plan
The Board approved the FY 2014, 2015 Alachua County Housing Finance Authority Housing Assistance Plan.
Attachment:
Exhibit B HFA HAP Resolution 14.pdf
Attachment:
2014 2015 Alachua County Housing Finance Authority Housing Assistance Plan.pdf

NSP Real Estate Contract

The Board approved the NSP Real Estate Contract for Sale of 3119 NE 11th Terrace and approved the form of the deed.
Amount: $89,900.00

Attachment: Purh and Sale 3119 NE 11 Terr Final.pdf

Medical Examiner Facility
The Board approved and authorized the Medical Examiner to construct a new facility at their cost in coordination with UF/Shands through a “design, build and finance” model, with the explicit understanding that the fiscal responsibility of Alachua and the other six counties within Medical Examiner District 8 will be limited to increased rental fees to offset construction cost, ( less any other rent/mortgage/facility use charges assessed to other agencies/programs/institutions that will receive services in said facility).
Attachment:
MEO Alachua County BOCC Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
Medical Examiner Services Overview.pdf

SWAG Family Resource Center
The Board heard presentation regarding SWAG Family Resource Center, Alachua County Health Department temporary health unit, Status on the SWAG Health Clinic, SWAG Projects and Fundraising Chair.

Longleaf Planned Development
The Board approved the proposed replat of Longleaf Planned Development Unit IV Phase VIII Lot 520 based on the recommendation of the Development Review Committee and a finding of consistency with Florida Statues, the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan and the Alachua County Unified Land Development Code.
Attachment:
LL_UIV_PhVIII_L_520_GMSR.pdf
Attachment:
LL_UVI_PhVIII_L_520_Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
LL_UIV_PhVIII_L_520_Replat.pdf
Attachment:
LL_UIV_PhVIII_L_520_Survey.pdf
Attachment:
LL_UVI_PhVIII_L_520_CHSR.pdf
Attachment:
LL_UVI_PhVIII_L_520_Plat.pdf

Cheney Walk Estates
The Board approved the proposed replat of Cheney Walk Estates Phase II Lot 37 based on the recommendation of the Development Review Committee and a finding of consistency with Florida Statues, the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan and the Alachua County Unified Land Development Code.
Attachment:
CWE_Ph_II_L_37_Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
CWE_Ph_II_L_37_Survey.pdf
Attachment:
CWE_Ph_II_L_37_Plat.pdf
Attachment:
CWE_Ph_II_L_37_CHSR.pdf
Attachment:
CWE_Ph_II_L_37_GMSR.pdf
Attachment:
CWE_Ph_II_L_37_Replat.pdf
Attachment:
New122_Transp.pdf
Attachment:
DR_14_10.pdf
Attachment:
New122_OS.pdf
Attachment:
New122_SR.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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