May 30th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Fleet Management on “100 Best” List
Take 5: the Business and Economic Growth Workshop
Job Spotlight: Crisis Center Director
06-03-14 Special Meeting
June Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

Fleet Management on “100 Best” List

Alachua County Fleet Management has been recognized as one of the best 100 fleets in the country for the sixth consecutive year. Alachua County Fleet was included in the top 100 fleets for the use of hybrid vehicles and biodiesel, fleet service cost reduction strategies, the right-sizing program, and a high customer satisfaction rating.

“Congratulations to our very own repeat Top-100 Fleet. Being recognized as one of the top Fleet Management groups in the Country is a great honor, but receiving this recognition more than once is truly special. This shows just how a small group of dedicated professionals can achieve excellence by working toward a common goal.” said Public Works Director, Dave Cerlanek.

The program is sponsored by Government Fleet Magazine, Invers Mobility Solutions and Tom C. Johnson, consultant and author. 100 Best Fleets recognizes and rewards peak performing fleet operations in North America in order to identify and encourage increasing levels of performance improvement.

Applicants for the program are graded on 12 aspects of fleet management. Some of these aspects include: staff development, accountability, competitive pricing, use of technology and innovation, and quick efficient turnaround.

Fleet Manager Gerald Bailey said, “Inclusion into the 100 Best Fleets for six consecutive years shows the dedication and commitment of Fleet staff to continually strive for excellence.”

Find out more about the 100 Best Fleets program.

For more information on Alachua County Fleet management, visit their website or call 386-462-1975.

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Take 5: the Business and Economic Growth Workshop

This edition of Alachua County’s “Take 5” highlights the Business and Economic Growth Workshop hosted by Alachua County and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. The initiative was a public-private partnership between the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Chamber of Commerce.

View this edition of Take 5.

Alachua County Commissioner Susan Baird championed the workshop which was co-organized by County Growth Management Director Steve Lachnicht, County Economic Development Coordinator Edgar Campa-Palafox, County Development Services Planner Leslie McClendon, Growth Management Department staff and the Chamber of Commerce.

The intent of the workshop was 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). The BoCC is looking for feedback, recommendations, and ideas for implementation.

In speaking of the event Alachua County Growth Management Director Steve Lachnicht said, “The Business and Economic Growth Workshop successfully brought together a diverse group of community and business leaders discussing many potential ideas to promote community development. With that information, the Alachua County Economic Development Advisory Board will refine the ideas into an implementation plan expected to be completed and presented to the County Commission later this summer.”

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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Job Spotlight: Crisis Center Director

The County is looking for a Crisis Center Director. The position closes on June 6, 2014.

This is highly responsible administrative and professional work directing the Alachua County Department of Community Support Services, Crisis Center.

An employee assigned to this classification is responsible for all activities, operations and functions of the suicide and crisis intervention program. Duties include the planning, coordination, and the supervision of professional and volunteer personnel, fiscal management, and policy formulation.

Work is performed under the direction of the Community Support Services Director and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of results obtained.

Applicants must possess a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) directly related to professional work in the mental health field, must be licensed by the state, and have five years progressively responsible administrative experience in a human service field including one year of supervisory experience in mental health, suicide and/or crisis intervention or similar work.; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience.  Experience in working with an accredited crisis center, suicidal clients and lecturing/teaching methods of suicide and crisis intervention is desirable. 

Find out more/apply for this position.

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06-03-14 Special Meeting

The Alachua County Commission will conduct a Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 3, 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 items include:
1. Chair Letter to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)
2. County Support of Grace Marketplace/Empowerment Center Implementation

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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June Extension Programs

Environmental Horticulture Program

This program is being offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent, at the Alachua County Library Headquarters (401 East University Avenue, Gainesville).
Summer Gardening Class – June 5, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This class provides information on which crops can be grown in hot months, and how to tend to the garden in the summer.

There is no cost to attend this class, 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).

Becoming a Beekeeper – Beginners Short Courses – June 21, from 10 a.m. to noon

Topics include: Honey Extraction, Hive Inspections, and Bee Forages & Plants

Explore the world of honey bees and steps to becoming a beekeeper at the “Becoming a Beekeeper - Beginners Short Courses.” 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. It should allow the participant to decide if this is something they want to do.

Additional upcoming short courses: August 16 - Pest Management & Summer Hive Management; October 11 - Preparing for Winter.

Classes are free. This will be hands-on short courses where participants will be working with an active hive. Class is limited to first 50 registrants. \

There is no cost to attend, 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).

Private Applicator Pesticide School – June 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This workshop is designed to provide training for the private applicator agricultural pest control license.  The private applicator license is required for anyone that applies restricted use pesticides to their own farm, greenhouse or nursery.

Topics include: private applicator and regulations, equipment calibration and pesticide arithmetic, pesticide safety and principles of pest control.

3 Core & 3 Private Applicator CEUs will be offered for applicators that already have their licenses.

Full day registration fee $10.00 (includes lunch), half day registration fee $5.00 (no lunch).

Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209 at least three working days prior to program.

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

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

Cade Museum Update
The Board heard the presentation on the Cade Museum update. The museum will be relocating to the newly built Depot Park by late 2015 and representatives from the museum will present information on ongoing activities and what the new facility will look like.
Attachment: 
CadePPT.ppt
Attachment: 
CadeExecSummary.pdf
Attachment: 
CadePPT.pdf

Quarterly Hiring Activity Report
The Board accepted the Quarterly Hiring Activity Report for the 2nd quarter of FY 2014.
Attachment: 
FY14 2ndQtr Report Targeted Positions April 2014.pdf
Attachment: 
BOCC Quarterly Report FY14 QTR 2 PKG 041714kab.pdf
Attachment: 
FY14 2nd Qtr Report Targeted Positions Filled Advertising Efforts.pdf

Bicycle/Pedestrian Project List
The Board adopted the Bicycle/Pedestrian Project List for the Transportation Surtax   with the following modification: 1) delete NE/NW 53rd Ave, add the Alachua Braid, add connector list and add Grace Market Place entrance road trail.
Attachment: 
DraftListBikePedrev.pdf
Attachment: 
DraftListMaprev.pdf
Attachment: 
TEBraidsReview.pdf

Charter County Transportation Surtax
The Board approved the draft interlocal agreement for the proposed Charter County Transportation Surtax for circulation to and signature by each municipality. The Board modified the draft by including specific reference to the ordinance which includes the ballot language.
Attachment: 
Interlocal Template Draft_MLL2_0502.pdf

Florida’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program
The Commission hear the presentation and directed staff to study Florida’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, and, within three to four months, provide a report and recommendations on parameters, governance and administration with input from the community to the Commission on the adoption of the PACE program in Alachua County.
Attachment: 
05HUDCaseStudy.pdf
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11Comparison.pdf
Attachment: 
01PACE.pptx
Attachment: 
02PACEprimer.pdf
Attachment: 
03WhatisPACE.pdf
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06PrologisCaseStudy.pdf
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07Boulder.pdf
Attachment: 
09AnalysisofPACE.pdf
Attachment: 
10Survey.pdf
Attachment: 
04SalutCaseStudy.pdf
Attachment: 
08StudyBoulder.pdf

Transportation for America
The Board approved the proposed MTPO resolution endorsing the Transportation for America federal transportation funding proposal.
Attachment: 
Proposed Resolution.pdf
Attachment: 
Orlando Sentinel Editorial.pdf

SW 8th Avenue Connector and SW 61st Street Traffic Calming Alternative Analysis
The Board approved the 30% design for the SW 8th Avenue Connector and SW 61st Street Traffic Calming Alternative Analysis, with underground utilities, expedited design to move to construction, coordination with stakeholders and bid construction on the project. Approve traffic calming recommendations. The Board ask staff to see about opening up the path leading to the SWAG center asap.
Attachment: 
SW 8th Avenue for BOCC.pdf
Attachment: 
Public Comments SWAG.pdf

Plum Creek
The Board heard an update on the Plum Creek project.

Tourist Development Tax Fund
The Board heard a proposal to use existing Tourist Development Tax Fund for renovations to the auditorium at the existing Fairgrounds, Substitute Motion-Refer this to the TDC, Rural Concerns and Plan East Gainesville, schedule this item for an off Tuesday meeting and invite relative people from about Advisory Bds. and other that may have stake in this item.
Attachment: Agenda Blue Sheet

Land Development Regulation Commission
The Board:  1. Convened as the Land Development Regulation Commission and found the proposed Ordinance amending Chapter 407, Article 12 of the Unified Land Development Code consistent with the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan; and, 2. Adopted the Ordinance amending Chapter 407, Article 12 Concurrency Management of the Unified Land Development Code related to public school concurrency.
Attachment: 
ULDC SchoolConcurrency BoCC Presentation May 27 2014.pdf
Attachment: 
ULDC Ordinance with Exhibit.pdf
Attachment: 
Interlocal Agreement Final Signed Version.pdf
Attachment: 
PSFE Final Version.pdf

Proposed Replat
The Board approved the proposed replat of a portion of Lot 32 of the Subdivision of Section 27, Township 9 South, Range 19 East per Plat Book A, Page 55 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: 
S_W_CHAIR_SR.pdf
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Shearouse_Woods_BND.pdf
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Shearouse Woods REPLAT.pdf
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PBA_55.pdf
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S_W_GM_SR.pdf
Attachment: 
S_W_Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
S_W_Presentation.ppt

Park Avenue at Santa Fe Traditional Neighborhood Development

Concerning the Park Avenue at Santa Fe Traditional Neighborhood Development, Revised Preliminary Development Plan the Board approved  the Revised Preliminary Development Plan with conditions and approval of Resolution DR-14-13 for Park Avenue at Santa Fe Traditional Neighborhood Development.

Attachment: Park Ave TND Transportation.pdf
Attachment: 
PowerPoint Presentation_Park Ave TND.pdf
Attachment: 
Park Ave TND Master Plan Notes.pdf
Attachment: 
Park Ave TND Master Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
Res DR1413_Park Ave TND.pdf
Attachment: 
Park Ave TND Open Space.pdf
Attachment: 
PowerPoint_Park Ave TND.pptx
Attachment: 
Staff Report_Park Ave TND Revised Prelim.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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