June 12th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

The ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge
“Moving Alachua County Forward” Transportation Surtax on the November Ballot
Job Spotlight: Crisis Center Director
Economic Value of Springs Webinar
June NW 16th Ave Mill and Resurface Project Update
June Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

The ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge

June 1, 2014 marked the first day of the Alachua County Animal Services adopt-a-thon to win the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge. The Challenge is a contest in which 50 shelters across the country compete to break their own records saving the lives of animals. Throughout the months of June, July, and August 2014, each competing shelter must save more dogs, cats, puppies and kittens than they did during the same three months in 2013. Alachua County Animal Services is one of the 50 shelters chosen to participate. The grand prize is a $100,000 grant.

From June 1, to August 31, adoption fees are waived, making every animal free to qualified applicants. All cats and dogs are examined, vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered prior to leaving Animal Services. The County’s goal is to save 2,500 animals in 92 days.

In June, Alachua County Animal Services will be at the following locations:

Animals can also be adopted at the Alachua County Animal Services Headquarters (3400 NE 53rd Ave, Gainesville), Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

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

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“Moving Alachua County Forward” Transportation Surtax on the November Ballot

At their June 10th meeting, the Alachua County Commission voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance levying a one percent (1%) sales surtax for a period of eight years to plan, develop, finance, construct, reconstruct, operate, provide capital improvements and maintain county and municipal roads and bridges, bus systems and bicycle and pedestrian projects, subject to voter approval, citizen oversight, and annual audit.

Read the ordinance

They also unanimously approved the name Moving Alachua County Forward as the name of the surtax initiative.


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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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Economic Value of Springs Webinar

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is moderating a free webinar titled, “Economic Contributions and Ecosystem Services of Springs in the Lower Suwannee and Santa Fe Basins” on Tuesday June 17, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dr. Hodges and Dr. Borisova with the University of Florida, Food & Resources Economics Department will explore the economic contributions of springs recreation in the region. This study was conducted under the direction of the EPD and funded by the Wildlife Foundation of Florida and Save our Suwannee.

“Springs are a window to the aquifer which we all depend upon as the source of our water.” said Stacie Greco, Alachua County Water Conservation Coordinator. “This webinar will explore the economic value of springs recreation, which is just one of many important services springs provide to our region.”

On June 17, click to join the free webinar (It is recommended to join the webinar by 1:45 p.m.).

A recording of the webinar will be available at the IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department website and read/download the final report from the study (PDF).

View the webinar flyer.

For more information, contact Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829 or sgreco@alachuacounty.us.


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June 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 May, the contractor began milling and resurfacing the first layer of asphalt and widening of sidewalk from NW 23rd Ter to NW 13th St (1.2 miles) and completed the sidewalk widening on the north-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 June 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). Additionally traffic patterns will be altered from approximately NW 58th Blvd to NW 54th Ter to complete roadway widening and reconstruction. The contractor has submitted the revised maintenance of traffic plan for the two work zones and the County had addition comments that need to be addressed.  The first work zone will include partial removal of some of the medians and crape myrtles to accommodate the shift traffic; the medians and crape myrtles will be replaced at their current locations with the project. Once a revised maintenance of traffic plan is approved, the construction in the two work zones will be scheduled by the contractor.

The current estimated completion date for the entire project is December, 2014.

For more information, contact Alachua County Transportation Engineering Manager, Brian Singleton at 352-548-1306 or bsingleton@alachuacounty.us.

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June Extension Programs

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

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.

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

Veterans Memorial Committee
The BOCC heard a presentation by the Veterans Memorial Committee and approved the park renovations at Kanapaha Park.  They ask the group to consider adding the Seminole Wars to the memorial.
Attachment: 
Agreement between Alachua County and the Veterans memorial Committee 1994.pdf

Hague, Then and Now
The Board heard the Alachua County Historical Commission 3 minute reading of local history titled “Hague, Then and Now”.
Attachment: 
History of Hague Florida.pdf

Department of Juvenile Justice
The Board heard a discussion on the Department of Juvenile Justice and authorized the County Attorney to challenge the new rules if they do not address the cost sharing issue.

Transportation Surtax Oversight Committee
The Board adopted some provisions for an oversight committee for the Transportation Surtax and directed staff to work with the League of Cities to explore the issue of the makeup of the Committee.
Attachment: 
WSPPCOC 2012 BYLAWS.PDF
Attachment: 
WSPPCOCRes09021.pdf

Moving Alachua County Forward
The Board selected the name “Moving Alachua County Forward” for the Transportation Surtax. 

Registration of Lobbyists
The Board approved the ordinance requiring the registration of lobbyists and authorized the Chair to sign.
Attachment: 
LobbyistsDraft.pdf

One Percent Sales Surtax
The Board adopted an ordinance levying a one percent (1%) sales surtax for a period of eight years to plan, develop, finance, construct, reconstruct, operate, provide capital improvements and maintain county and municipal roads and bridges, bus systems and bicycle and pedestrian projects, subject to voter approval, citizen oversight, and annual audit.
Attachment: 
TranspSurtaxOrdJun2_2014.pdf

Primate Sanctuary
The Board heard the item and adopted Resolution Z-14-06 approving the requested special exception for a primate sanctuary.
Attachment: 
Codes Violation 2014030004 for Jungle Friends.pdf
Attachment: 
Public Comment opposed to Jungle Friends SE.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0114 Powerpoint Presentation.pptx
Attachment: 
Application.pdf
Attachment: 
Building list for expansion property.pdf
Attachment: 
FWC Letter regarding Local Ordinances and Captive Wildlife.pdf
Attachment: 
Succession Plan Jungle Friends.pdf
Attachment: 
Public Comment support Jungle Friends SE.pdf
Attachment: 
Disaster_Preparedness_Plan_Safe_Capture_Protocol.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0114 Powerpoint Presentation.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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