June 27th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Visit Poe Springs
ACORN Clinic Highlighted on Alachua County Talks
Animal Services Facility is Currently Full
Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training and Certification Program
Levy Loop Trail Temporarily Closed for Maintenance
July Extension Programs
Extension Hay Field Day
Important Primary Election Information
Alachua County Resident Awarded F.S.A.S.E. Scholarship
Independence Day Waste Collection Schedule
07-01-14 Special Meeting
Commission Highlights

Visit Poe Springs

This summer, when things heat up, go to Alachua County’s Poe Springs Park to cool down. Admission is free. It’s located at 28800 NW 182nd Avenue, High Springs. Park hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Activities include: baseball field, boat ramp, nature/hiking trail, nature study, picnic area with shelter, playground equipment, restrooms, swimming, fishing, and volleyball. To rent the lodge, call 352-374-5245.

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ACORN Clinic Highlighted on Alachua County Talks

A new edition of Alachua County Talks featuring an interview with Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs, Inc. (ACORN) Clinic Executive Director Candice King, premiers Friday June 27, 2014 on Community 12 TV at 7:30 p.m. Founded in 1974 by two area churches, ACORN has been serving community healthcare needs in Alachua, Bradford, Union and Columbia counties for 40 years.

In speaking of the program Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “The ACORN Clinic provides Alachua County residents many essential services. I am happy to help to highlight the important work of this remarkable non-profit organization.”

For more information, visit the ACORN Clinic or call 352-485-1133.

The latest editions of Alachua County Talks air at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. every night except Thursday, and at 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. every day. Special or regular County Commission and Gainesville City Commission meetings may preempt any showing.

View Alachua County Talks: ACORN Clinic.

View the complete Channel 12 Schedule.

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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Animal Services Facility is Currently Full

Currently (June, 2014), Alachua County Animal Services is experiencing a high volume of animal intake and the facility is full.

Animal Services will not turn away any animals. However, any animal left at the facility at this time is in jeopardy of being immediately euthanized due to lack of space.  They are asking residents to consider other options, such as local rescue groups, friends and family, and social media before bringing pets to Animal Services. 

Animal Services will notify the public as soon as the shelter’s animal population is at normal levels.

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

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Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training and Certification Program

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (ACEPD) is offering the “Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training and Certification Program” on July 29, and 30, 2014, at the Waccassassa Forestry Center’s District Office (5353 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, east of airport). Participants will learn why it is important to prevent construction site sedimentation from polluting local water bodies and will become familiar with techniques to minimize erosion. The training is free, but participants must register by July 22.

This certification program was developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and will be team taught by numerous professionals. This class is co-sponsored by the Gainesville Clean Water Partnership.

Qualifying participants can earn 8 Continuing Education Units for their contractor’s license and/or 8 Professional Development Hours for their Florida Professional Engineer’s license.

Register for the training online.

For more information and telephone registration, contact Alachua County Senior Environmental Specialist, Gregory Owen at 352-264-6833 or gowen@alachuacounty.us.

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Levy Loop Trail Temporarily Closed for Maintenance

The Alachua County Barr Hammock Levy Prairie Trailhead (14920 SE 11th Drive, Micanopy) will be temporarily closed for maintenance and earthwork repairs to the levee. These repairs are necessary to maintain the integrity of the levee system, repair the trail surface and clean out the water control structures. The US Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting repairs under the direction of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Periodic trail closure began on June 19, and extend into July depending on weather delays. Visit the Alachua County Forever website for specific dates for trail closure.    

For visitor safety, the public is expected to observe all closure and construction warning signs. Unauthorized persons may be cited for trespass and construction site trespass. When work is completed, the County will remove the closure signs and advise the public that the trail is open again.

Barr Hammock Preserve was acquired through the Alachua County Forever Program; the voter-approved initiative to acquire, improve and manage environmentally sensitive lands to protect water resources, wildlife habitat and natural areas suitable for resource based recreation.  The referendum was passed in November 2000. It was funded again by the voters in 2008 with the Wild Spaces and Public Places Referendum.

The Barr Hammock Levy Prairie was acquired in 2009 with funding from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Florida Communities Trust, and a generous donation from the Whitehurst Family.

Read/download a brochure about the Levy Loop Trail.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department’s Land Conservation Program at 352-264-6848 or kmcpherson@alachuacounty.us.

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July 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).

The Great CEU Round-Up – July 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Florida Turfgrass Association (FTGA) has teamed up with the Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) to present “The Great CEU Round-Up,” a full day of education that will be simulcast to locations around Florida from the University of Florida, Gainesville via “PolyCom.”  The Round-Up has been designed to award up to six CEU’s to attendees in some of the most difficult to attain subject areas, including aquatic weed control, natural areas, right-of-way and forestry, among others.

Pre-registration cost: *IFAS employees: $10 (on-site registration $15), *public employees: $25 (on-site registration $37.50), and *industry professionals: $50 (on-site registration $75). Lunch will be provided.

Pre-registration deadline is July 1 (on-site pricing goes in effect), and registration closes on July 7.  To register and for additional information about this program, contact Aparna Gazula at 352-955-2402.

Family and Consumer Sciences Program

This program is being offered by Brenda C. Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – July 10, 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.

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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Extension Hay Field Day

The Northeast Florida Livestock Agents Group is hosting the UF/IFAS Extension Hay Field Day on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Santa Fe River Ranch (29220 NW 122 Street, Alachua), from 9 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) to 1 p.m.  

The field day will provide updates on various topics related to hay production along with field demonstrations.  Topics include: Haylage, Sprayer Calibration, Hay Economics, Feeder Calf Demos, Forage Varieties and Hay Demonstrations.

For registration, call 352-955-2402.  There is a $5.00 registration fee (pay at the door) to cover materials and a lunch will be prepared by Farm Credit.

For more information, contact Cynthia Sanders, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Director/Livestock Agent, at 352-955-2402.

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Important Primary Election Information

Voter Registration Deadline
Monday, July 28, 2014
Party Change Deadline
Monday, July 28, 2014
Deadline to Request Mail Ballot
August 20th by 5:00 PM
Early Voting
Sat., August 16th – Sat., August 23rd
9 AM to 5 PM
Early Voting Locations
Supervisor of Elections Office - County Administration Building
Millhopper Branch Library
Tower Road Branch Library
Primary Election
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Polls open from 7 AM to 7 PM

Monday, July 28, 2014 is the last day to register to vote or change your party affiliation for the August 26, 2014 Primary Election.  Voters are encouraged to verify and update their registration status online at VoteAlachua.com and clicking on the link, “My Registration Status.”  The Supervisor of Elections Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. to accept voter registration applications.  The office is located at 111 S.E. 1st Avenue and has an after-hours mail drop located at the main entrance.  Voter registration applications received through the mail drop will be accepted up until midnight on July 28th for the Primary Election.

Registration forms are available online at VoteAlachua.com. You may use this form to register to vote, change your party affiliation, update your voter information, or to update your signature by downloading the application, and returning the completed signed form to our office. You may also register to vote in person at the Supervisor of Elections Office, by mail, or at any of our outreach events.  For a list of other facilities in the county where voter registration application forms may be obtained or to view our outreach calendar, please visit our website or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252.  To vote in the Primary Election, mail-in applications must be postmarked no later than the July 28 deadline.

Florida is a closed Primary state.  This means in a Florida Primary Election, you may vote only for candidates of the political party in which you are registered. All registered voters may vote for non-partisan candidates in the Primary Election, on issues, and for any candidate in the General Election.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252

Upcoming Outreach Events and Activities
July 3
Fanfare and Fireworks Celebration (Elections’ staff there from 5 pm to 8 pm)
Flavet Field on the University of Florida campus
July 4
Town of Micanopy 4th of July Parade (11 am)
Micanopy, Florida
July 4
City of Alachua 4th of July Celebration (Elections’ staff there from 3 pm to 7 pm)
Hal Brady Recreation Center, Alachua
July 24
ADA Celebration Expo (10 am to 3 pm)
Sidney Lanier Center, 312 NW 16th Avenue, Gainesville

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Alachua County Resident Awarded F.S.A.S.E. Scholarship

Pam Carpenter, Alachua County Supervisor of Elections is pleased to announce that one of our local residents, Katherine Burnett was recently awarded a $1200 scholarship from the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections. 

Each year the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections Scholarship Foundation awards three $1200 scholarships to deserving full-time students to assist in furthering their college education.  Applicants must be enrolled or accepted in a senior college or university in Florida and majoring in the field of political science/public administration or journalism/mass communications.   All sixty-seven (67) counties may participate by nominating an outstanding student to represent their county.  The scholarships are named in honor of past Supervisors of Elections.

“We are extremely proud that our own, Katherine Burnett was selected to receive the Dorothy Walker Ruggles scholarship.  Katherine’s enthusiasm, commitment to democracy, and advocacy mirrors that of Supervisor of Elections Ruggles, who helped increase voter participation during elections in Albania and Bosnia”, said Carpenter.

Katherine is a junior at the University of Florida double majoring in Political Science and History with a double minor in Latin American Studies and Public Leadership.  She was accepted into the University of Florida Golden Key, one of the University of Florida’s premier honor societies which highlight academics, leadership, and service. 

Katherine has an outstanding commitment to civic action and community involvement at virtually every level of government.  She serves as Advocacy Director for Alachua County League of Women Voters and manages the leadership team for the Gainesville Area National Organization for Women, which is the largest chapter in the state with over 250 members.  She is currently interning with the prestigious Bob Graham Center for Public Service and also interns with Ruth’s List Florida, an organization dedicated to training pro-choice women to run for state and local offices.

Katherine is not your traditional college student.  She is a full-time student and a mother of three children under the age of seven.  Katherine’s ability to manage a family while achieving academic success speaks volumes to her commitment to her family, her education, and her community.

Katherine is the second student from Alachua County to receive the Florida State Supervisors of Elections scholarship.  In 2007, Carla McKnight was the county’s first recipient to be awarded this scholarship.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.

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Independence Day Waste Collection Schedule

Residential curbside collection services for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will not be affected due to the observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 4, 2014.

The Office of Waste Collection, The Hazardous Waste Collection Center, the five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers and the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station will be closed on Friday, July 4. All services will resume their normal schedule on Saturday, July 5.

For more information, contact Alachua County Waste Collection Manager, Milton Towns at 352-338-3233.

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07-01-14 Special Meeting

The Alachua County Commission will conduct a Special Meeting on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 5 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 meeting agenda items include:
1. Barr Hammock neighborhood concerns
2. SWAG Community Health Center Contract

View Agenda.

View Supplemental Agenda.

Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting. It will be available to view live on Cox Channel 12, but will be preempted at 6 p.m. for a previously scheduled Regular School Board meeting. The meeting will be streamed live in its entirety on the County’s Video on Demand website, and will air in its entirety on Cox Channel 12 on Wednesday July 2 at 8 p.m.

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

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Commission Highlights

Disability Awareness Month
The Board proclaimed July 2014 as “Disability Awareness Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Disability Awareness Month 2014.pdf

Wildlife Foundation of Florida
The Board accepted grants (PFS 1415-01, PFS 1415-02, PFS 1415-03, and PFS 1415-08) from the Wildlife Foundation of Florida for implementation of Protect Florida’s Springs tag grant springs protection projects. Approve the Budget Amendment and an inter-fund Loan for $22,000. Adopt the Resolution.
Amount: $22,000.00

Attachment: PFS 141501 Award Letter.pdf
Attachment: 
PFS 141502 Award Letter.pdf
Attachment: 
PFS 141508 Award Letter.pdf
Attachment: 
PFS 141503 Award Letter.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution FY14 Tag Grants.pdf
Attachment: 
BA 4 tag grants 062414.pdf

County Code Amendments
The Board adopedt amendments to Chapter 28 of the County Code; changing the voting members on the self-insurance review committee, clarifying liability coverage and increasing the quorum.
Attachment: 
SIF Ord with Further Amendments for BoCC FINAL 06242014 .pdf

Hospital Lien Ordinance
The Board adopted the proposed Hospital Lien Ordinance as Chapter 81 of the Alachua County Code, providing a charitable hospital with 20 days to perfect its liens to recoup reasonable costs of medical care provided to indigent patients from proceeds of lawsuits and settlements of claims and making other minor changes.
Attachment: 
Ord 2014 XX Hospital Liens FINAL FOR BOCC 06112014.pdf

Fix Alachua
The Board heard a presentation by representatives of Fix Alachua. The Board decided against putting an amendment for single-member districts on the November 2014 ballot, but voted in favor of further discussion of a possible amendment mandating term limits for county commissioners.
Attachment: 
20140624_BOCC_Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
CharterAmendmentPetitionForm.pdf

Animal Sanctuary Special Exception
The Board heard the request for a special exception item ZOX-03-14 and adopted Resolution Z-14-07 approving the special exception for the animal sanctuary.
Attachment: 
ZOX0314 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
Public Comments Koreymonde.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0314 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0314 Special Exception Application.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOX0314.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0314 Powerpoint Presentation.pptx

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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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