May 16th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Recognized by Healthiest Weight Florida Program
County Seeks Volunteers for Fire Corps
May NW 16th Ave Mill and Resurface Project Update
County Phone Survey Underway
CAPP Advisory Board Openings
Alachua County Fire Rescue Improves Fire Insurance Rating
Cindy Sanders Receives Doctorate Degree
Wendy Wilber Receives City of Gainesville Beautification Award-Outstanding Individual
May Extension Programs
Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale & Ag Fest
Commission Highlights

County Recognized by Healthiest Weight Florida Program

Alachua County was one of thirty seven community champions throughout the State of Florida recognized by the Florida Department of Health’s “Healthiest Weight Florida” program, for its efforts in policy and environmental change that encourages physical activity and access to healthy foods.

Healthiest Weight Florida was launched by the State Surgeon General in 2013. It is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make choices about healthy eating and active living.

Florida’s municipalities and counties were encouraged to submit an application for recognition to the Department of Health in February, 2014. The recognition is meant to celebrate local government’s efforts in policy and environmental change that encourages physical activity and access to healthy foods. The information gathered from the applications will be used to compile a list of best practices for the state. This allows communities to share their experiences in health policies and learn from each other.

According to the Healthiest Weight website, “Florida’s county and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. Local governments can implement a variety of policies that have been shown to increase physical activity levels and improve nutrition. These ‘best practice’ policies are reflected in the Healthy Weight Community Champion Recognition Program.”

Alachua County Employee Wellness Coordinator, Amy Childs said, “We were happy to be part of the Healthy Weight Community recognition process. It is always nice to hear that your efforts are making an impact in your community.”

She continued, “The local health department’s Kourtney Oliver played an instrumental role in assisting us with the application process. It was a real team effort.”

Visit the Healthiest Weight Florida website.

For more information, contact Amy Childs at 352-264-6981 or achilds@alachuacounty.us.


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County Seeks Volunteers for Fire Corps

Alachua County Fire Rescue’s Emergency Management Division is seeking volunteers to help establish a volunteer Fire Corps program. Applications will be accepted between May 12 and August 29, 2014.

The Fire Corps creates opportunities for citizens to give back to their community by providing non-emergency support to their local Fire Rescue department. From creating websites to promoting life safety education or offering administrative assistance, volunteers can help the community become safer and better prepared for natural disasters, terrorist threats, and other emergencies.

Fire Corps, a component of the Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps program, is a national grassroots effort to increase the capacity of volunteer, career and combination fire and EMS departments through the use of community volunteers. Fire Corps provides resources for departments to utilize volunteers in non-emergency roles so they can develop, implement and sustain programs and services that will help their department meet the needs of their community.

Click to find out more about the Fire Corps.

Click to apply for the Fire Corps online.

For more information or to become a Fire Corps volunteer, contact Alachua County Emergency Management Emergency Management Coordinator, Ebbin Spellman at 352-264-6500 or acem@alachuacounty.us.

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May 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. During the month of April, the contractor completed milling and resurfacing the first layer of asphalt from NW 43rd St to NW 34th St (1.1 miles) and completed the majority of the sidewalk widening on the south-side of the roadway from NW 40th Ter to NW 34th St (0.9 miles). Milling and resurfacing asphalt pavement and sidewalk widening will continue throughout May 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. 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 for water main relocation, gravity wall replacement, and reconstruction work (clay removal). The contractor is in the process of revising their maintenance of traffic plan for this work; once the plan is approved by the County, the work will be scheduled.

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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County Phone Survey Underway

Beginning the week of May 5, 2014, and continuing for the next several weeks, Alachua County is conducting a telephone survey to assist with evaluating several local environmental outreach programs which are designed to protect our water resources. If called, the interviewer will identify him/herself as being from the Florida Survey Research Center at the University of Florida. The survey takes most people less than 10 minutes to complete.  Honest participation helps the County better serve the community and participation is appreciated.

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

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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 May 23, 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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Alachua County Fire Rescue Improves Fire Insurance Rating

Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) is pleased to announce an improved Public Protection Class (PPC) rating of a 3/3X from the Insurance Services Office (ISO) effective July 1, 2014. The ISO rating of a community affects the insurance premiums that policyholders pay for fire insurance on commercial and residential buildings. This improved rating may result in reduced fire insurance premium costs for residents and business owners.  Policy holders are encouraged to contact their insurance provider concerning possible premium reductions.

“Fire Rescue has been making strides towards improved fire protection and obviously the effort has paid off.” said ACFR Chief, Ed Bailey.

The ISO is an organization that serves the insurance industry by rating the local fire department on how well they do their job.  The rating system assigns numeric designations to fire departments which mirror their effectiveness in the communities they serve, ranging from 1 (best) to 10 (the worst rating or no fire department at all).

Alachua County Fire Rescue previously had multiple ratings based on the location of the property. The new ISO rating applies to all areas where ACFR is the primary provider of service. For example, previous ratings ranged from PPC4/9 - PPC7/9. Now, all areas are rated at PPC3/3X, a dramatic improvement across the County. To receive the PPC3 a property must be located within five miles of a fire station and 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant. Properties beyond either requirement are rated at PPC3X, formally PPC9.

For more information, contact Ed Bailey at 352-384-3130.

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Cindy Sanders Receives Doctorate Degree

Cindy Sanders is the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Director, within the Community Support Services Department. She has worked at the Extension Office for 13 years and has served as the director for the past 7 years. Cindy serves as the Extension director and Livestock Extension Agent, serving the livestock producers in Alachua County. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida on April 25, 2014.  Her dissertation focused on Extension Leadership and Administration.  Her research included perceptions of County Extension Director’s leadership competencies from 64 UF/IFAS Extension Directors and 60 County Administrators from around the state.


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Wendy Wilber Receives City of Gainesville Beautification Award-Outstanding Individual

Wendy Wilber has been the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Environmental Horticulture Agent since 2000. Alachua County Extension is a division of the Community Support Services Department. Wendy’s main focus is teaching Alachua County residents how to create and maintain environmentally friendly landscapes. These Florida friendly landscapes minimize water use, reduce storm water runoff, and decrease the potential pollutants of pesticides, and nitrates. Her biweekly column in the Gainesville Sun and Ocala Star banner highlight these concepts and provides practical answers about gardening.

Wendy also provides leadership for programming in residential horticulture. In this role, she teaches and coordinates the Master Gardener volunteer program. She has trained over 300 master gardeners in the last 14 years and currently there are 140 active Master Gardener volunteers serving in Alachua County. These volunteers provide over 13,000 hours of service to the county each year by working in elementary school gardens, Kanapaha botanical gardens, Wilmot gardens, and staffing the horticulture helpdesk and hotline at the Alachua County Extension Office and many more landscaping projects. On an average year they connect with 18,000+ Alachua County citizens to provide landscape and gardening help.  Wendy is recognized as a leader in the Florida’s Master Gardeners program and was granted the Florida Master Gardener Professorship in 2012.

Wendy is a graduate of Stetson University in De Land Florida, and the received her master’s degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville. 

 

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May 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).

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

Public Works Week
The Board proclaimed the week of May 18-24, 2014 as “Public Works Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Public Works Week 2014.pdf

Public Works Week
The Board proclaimed the week of May 18-24, 2014 as “Public Works Week” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Public Works Week 2014.pdf

Memorial Day
The Board proclaimed May 26, 2014 as “Memorial Day” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Memorial Day 2014.pdf

Older Americans Month
The Board proclaimed May 2014 as “Older Americans Month” in Alachua County, Florida.
Attachment: 
Older Americans Month 2014.pdf

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

Child Care Providers Appreciation Month
The Board proclaimed May 2014 as “Child Care Providers Appreciation Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Child Care Providers Appreciation Month 2014.pdf

Gainesville Renewable Energy Center
The Board decided not to challenge, intervene or provide additional comments concerning the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC) Air Quality permit.  GREC agreed to pay for another nine months of air quality monitoring up to $96,000. 

 

Healthy Weight Community Champion
The Board heard a presentation concerning Alachua County being 1 of only 37 jurisdictions in the State of Florida to be recognized by the Surgeon General of the State of Florida as a Healthy Weight Community Champion.

Rose v. County

The Board approved the settlement of Rose v. County, to resolve two claims by the estate and the sole survivor of the County employee killed at work in a crash with a County vehicle on May 15, 2012.

Amount: $273,000.00

 

Parks Maintenance Worker Status
The Board approved the request to change employment status from Limited Term Appointment to Classified Service Status of Parks Maintenance Worker allocated for Poe Springs Park.
Attachment: 
City H S Poe Management.pdf

2014 Hurricane Season
The Board received the briefing on the 2014 Hurricane Season
Attachment: 
2014 hurricane season briefing ACBoCC 05132014.pdf

Future Land Use Map
The Board approved item, CPA-03-14 and adopted Ordinance 14-XX amending the Future Land Use Map from Institutional to Office
Attachment: 
Ordinance for CPA0314.pdf
Attachment: 
Application.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA0314 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Powerpoint for ZOS0214 ZOM0214 CPA0314.pptx
Attachment: 
Powerpoint for ZOS0214 ZOM0214 CPA0314.pdf

Alachua County Comprehensive Plan
The Board convened as the Land Development Regulation Commission and found the proposed amendment consistent with the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan. They reconvened as the Board of County Commissioners and adopted the proposed amendment adding Wood Processing Facilities as a use allowed by special exception in the A(Agriculture) Zoning District.
Attachment: 
2014_ULDC_Ordinance_ExhibitA_woodprocess.pdf
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2014_ULDC_Ordinance_woodprocess.pdf
Attachment: 
Gaston_ULDCapplication_2_10_14.pdf
Attachment: 
PowerPoint_Wood_Processing_Facilities.pdf
Attachment: 
Evaluation_Cost_of_Housing_Impacts.pdf
Attachment: 
WoodResource_Resolution_zos_22_97.pdf

Sale and Use of E-Cigarettes and Liquid Nicotine
The Board approved an amendment to chapter 67 of the County Code, “Sale and Use of E-Cigarettes and Liquid Nicotine”, adding the City of Hawthorne to the areas to be regulated.
Attachment: 
Hawthorne Resolution 2014_01.PDF
Attachment: 
eCig Update Memo 02 26 14.pdf
Attachment: 
Ord 2014 __ Amendment adding Hawthorne to the eCigarettes Ordinance.pdf

Traditional Neighborhood Development
The Board approved with condition the Preliminary Development Plan and Resolution DR-14-10 for Newberry Road and 122nd Street Traditional Neighborhood Development, project number 2012101002_P.
Attachment: 
New122_ppt_rev.pdf
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New122_MPNote.pdf
Attachment: 
Newb122_SR_rev.pdf
Attachment: 
New122_OS.pdf
Attachment: 
New122_MP.pdf
Attachment: 
New122_Transp.pdf
Attachment: 
DR_14_10.pdf

Requested Zoning Change
The Board adopted Resolution Z-14-04 and approved the requested zoning change from Agricultural district to Administrative/Professional district.
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOM0214.pdf
Attachment: 
Application.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0214 Staff Report.pdf

Forest Meadows Cemetary
The Board adopted Resolution Z-14-05 and approved the requested special use permit to operate a cemetery on Aproximately 30 acre (Forest Meadows Cemetary).
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOS0214.pdf
Attachment: 
Public Comment ZOS0214.pdf
Attachment: 
Application.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOS0214 Staff Report.pdf

Primate Sanctuary
The Board deferred Resolution Z-14-06 approving the requested special exception for a primate sanctuary.Attachment: Public Comment opposed to Jungle Friends SE.pdf
Attachment: 
Letters and emails Response from Kari Bagnall.pdf
Attachment: 
Codes Violation 2014030004 for Jungle Friends.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0114ppt.pptx
Attachment: 
Succession Plan Jungle Friends.pdf
Attachment: 
FWC Letter regarding Local Ordinances and Captive Wildlife.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0114ppt.pdf
Attachment: 
Application.pdf
Attachment: 
Public Comment support Jungle Friends SE.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOX0114.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0114 Staff Report.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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