July 11th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Manager Betty Baker’s FY2015 Budget Message
Lobbyist Registration Ordinance
Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Chestnut, IV Earns FAC Certified County Commissioner Designation
July NW 16th Ave Mill and Resurface Project Update
July Animal Adoption Events
SW Health Clinic to Begin Renovation
Health Department Issues Mosquito-Borne Illness Advisory
ADA Celebration
County Acquires Accessible Hazard Alert System
07-15-14 Special Meetings
Commission Highlights

County Manager Betty Baker’s FY2015 Budget Message

At the July 8, County Commission Regular Meeting, Manager Betty Baker presented the FY2015 Budget Message.

Manager Baker’s Budget Message explained, “It is my pleasure to report that major economic indicators continue to improve as we pull out of the most devastating recession in our history.” The message also stated, “Recent meetings with the Board of County Commissioners have made it clear that both my recommendation and the Boards desire is that the time is right for employee compensation and benefit increases. Alachua County employees have remained committed to the Board and its goals, and have continued to deliver high-quality services to our citizens with a patience that indicates a strong understanding of the ‘greater good.’”

Read the full FY2015 Budget Message.

Watch Tuesday Evening’s meeting to see the Budget Message Presentation (Click item 19 to go directly to the meeting agenda topic).

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Lobbyist Registration Ordinance

On June 10, 2014, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners enacted a Lobbyist Registration Ordinance. The ordinance requires registration of all lobbyists who engage in efforts to influence the Board on matters within its official jurisdiction. Prior to engaging in lobbying, each lobbyist will be required to file a registration statement with the Alachua County Clerk of the Court which contains general identification information as to the lobbyist and their client(s). Even if lobbying only on an occasional basis, it is important that the lobbying rules are followed.

The intent and purpose of the ordinance reads:

The County Commission of Alachua County, Florida, hereby determines and declares that the operation of responsible government requires that the fullest opportunity be afforded to the people to petition their county government for the redress of grievances and to express freely to the elected officials their opinions on legislation and other actions and issues; and that to preserve and maintain the integrity of the governmental decision-making process, it is necessary that the identity and activities of certain persons who engage in efforts to influence county commissioners, on matters within its official jurisdiction, either by direct communication or by solicitation of others to engage in such efforts, be publicly and regularly disclosed.

View the Lobbyist Registration Ordinance

Register Online

Print PDF to Mail In

For more information, contact Alachua County Manager’s Chief of Staff, Sean McLendon at 352-374-5204.

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Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Chestnut, IV Earns FAC Certified County Commissioner Designation

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Alachua County Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Chestnut, IV with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following Commissioner Chestnut’s completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association. He received the designation with 41 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Orange County, FL.

CCC certification is not a requirement to serve as a county commissioner in Florida. However, county commissioners may voluntarily enroll in the program and complete a series of courses totaling 42 hours. The coursework is designed to provide information and enhance skills relevant to a commissioner’s duties and responsibilities as an elected official.

“This certification allows our citizen electorate to become experts in county government improving their communities.” said FAC Executive Director, Chris Holley. “The 380 graduates of this program is a testament to the importance of this curriculum to Florida’s public servants and our counties.”

The CCC program coursework covers a variety of topics, such as county government roles and responsibilities, county government structure and authority, financial management, ethics and sunshine law, negotiation skills, economic development, and effective communication. Completion of all coursework averages 12 to 18 months.  The University of Florida/IFAS Extension sponsors this program.

For more information about the CCC program and courses, visit the FAC web site.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners’ office at 352-264-6900.

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July 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 June, the contractor completed milling and resurfacing the first layer of asphalt from NW 23rd Ter to NW 13th St (1.2 miles) and completed the sidewalk widening on the south-side of the roadway from NW 23rd Ter to NW 16th Ter St (0.9 miles). Sidewalk widening will continue throughout July and motorist should expect 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 and lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from NW 55th Ter to NW 51st St. 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 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 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. The contractor has submitted the revised maintenance of traffic plan for the two work zones and the County is reviewing the plan. 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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July Animal Adoption Events

Alachua County Animal Services is hosting and participating in several adoption events during July, 2014.

The schedule of events includes:

July 12 - Jailed in July – 103.7 The Gator’s JJ Thomas will be ‘jailed’ at the shelter.  To bail him out the shelter must meet the adoption quota of 19 animals for the day.
July 13 - Earth Pets (404 NW 10th Ave, Gainesville) - Animals will be available for adoption from noon to 4 p.m.
July 18 - Earthwise Pet (4106 NW 16th Blvd, Gainesville) - Kittens will be available for adoption starting at 10 a.m.
July 19 - Gator Day - Gator mascots (Albert and Alberta) will be visiting the shelter from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  All adopters wearing orange and blue will get a free goodie bag for their pet.
July 25 - Earthwise Pet (4106 NW 16th Blvd, Gainesville) – Kittens will be available for adoption starting at 10 a.m.
July 26 - Beach Party Bash – Animal Services Headquarters will be holding a beach themed adoption party from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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.

Adoptable animals are available at the Alachua County Animal Services Headquarters (3400 NE 53rd Ave, Gainesville), Monday 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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SW Health Clinic to Begin Renovation

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, Alachua County Board of County Commissioners approved a contract with Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) to serve as the Construction Manager for the renovation of a building that will ultimately become the SW Health Clinic (816 SW 64th Terrace, Gainesville, off of SW 20th Avenue, near the I-75 overpass).  This clinic will serve the entire SW area of Gainesville, but will place special emphasis on providing care to the SWAG neighborhoods.  The area consists of thousands of low income families who have been lacking access to health care. 

See data about the need for a health clinic in this area.

Donors to the project include: the Alachua County Commission ($190,000), the Florida Blue Foundation (a three year, $300,000 IMPACT Grant), SWAG (approximately $40,000 in private donations to date, including substantial donations from Tower Hill Insurance and Infinite Energy), the Rotary Club of Gainesville ($60,000 in proceeds from the Wild Game Feast), the Alachua Area Medical Reserve Corps, Dr. Bill Martin of Martin Kids Dental and Orthodontics  (four dental chairs and two x-ray machines) and numerous other private entities. 

“This project will change the health outlook of an entire community.” says Dorothy Thomas, SWAG Special Projects and Fundraising Chair.  “Over 50% of the residents of the SWAG neighborhoods cite transportation as an obstacle to care, and this clinic, right within walking distance of their homes, removes this barrier.  Over 35% of the people in these neighborhoods receive no routine medical care, or deal with health issues only when they reach a crisis and a trip to the ER is required.”

Until the permanent clinic is open, The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is providing public health services in the parking lot of the future clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Current services include adult primary care, family planning, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing, and communicable disease control.  Pediatric services are pending.  For more information on about the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County visit their website.

Health care professionals that are interested in volunteering in this clinic can contact Brad Caron at the Alachua Area Medical Reserve Corps at Brad.Caron@flhealth.gov

View a before and after image of the SWAG Health Clinic building.

For more information, to volunteer, or donate money, construction supplies or medical equipment, visit the SWAG Health Clinic website or contact Dorothy Thomas at 352-505-6823 or dorothy.acee.thomas@gmail.com.

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Health Department Issues Mosquito-Borne Illness Advisory

The Alachua County Health Department emphasizes the importance of protection against mosquito-borne diseases after receiving notification that two horses in southern Alachua County have been confirmed with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.  EEE is caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes and can infect humans.  “Because the virus has been detected in the horses, the risk of transmission to humans has been increased.” said, Anthony Dennis, Environmental Health Director, Florida Department of Health in Alachua County.

Symptoms of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion.  Physicians should contact the local county health department if they suspect an individual may have a mosquito-borne illness.  State of Florida Department of Health laboratories provide testing services for physicians treating patients with clinical signs of mosquito-borne diseases.

Alachua County Health Department continues surveillance and prevention efforts and encourages everyone to take basic precautions to help limit exposure to mosquitoes by following the health department’s recommendations.  The Alachua County Health Department is also recommending horse and livestock owners contact their veterinarian about vaccinations against mosquito borne diseases.

To prevent mosquito-borne diseases, the Florida Department of Health recommends practicing “Drain and Cover,” and “Rid the wrigglers: Lose the larvae.”

DRAIN and COVER
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

COVER your skin with clothing and use mosquito repellent.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.

Rid the wrigglers: Lose the larvae

Mosquitoes lay their eggs where there is moisture. It takes only a few days for an egg to grow into an adult mosquito, which can live for several weeks. During that time, an adult female mosquito can lay many eggs. In order to produce eggs, the adult female seeks a host (such as a bird, a horse, or a human) to provide a blood meal. Some species of adult mosquitoes can fly two miles from their breeding sites (even further if blown by the wind). Elimination of mosquito breeding sites is one of the keys to prevention.

For more information, see the CDC’s guidelines, or the EPA guidelines.

Report mosquito problem to the local municipality’s mosquito control, or the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7930.

For more information, contact Anthony Dennis at 352-334-7930.

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ADA Celebration

July is Disability Awareness Month in Alachua County. The Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office along with the City of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity, the Center for Independent Living and the Alachua County School Board will host an informational workshop and expo to mark the 24th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event is on Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sidney Lanier Center (312 NW 16th Ave, Gainesville). It is free and open to the public. Employers, business owners and service providers are especially encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by July 18, 2014.

Jack Humburg, Florida Network Administrator for the South East ADA Center will present a workshop titled, “Is your business accessible to all customers?”  The discussion will focus on the legal obligations to make services and facilities accessible to customers with disabilities. There will also be a roundtable discussion on employing individuals with disabilities and resources available for small businesses.

View the event flyer.

For more information about the ADA and ADA requirements, visit the ADA video gallery and disability.gov.

Passed in July 1990, the ADA creates an equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment; programs and services of state and local government; public accommodations and transportation.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275, or the City of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity at 352-334-5051.

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County Acquires Accessible Hazard Alert System

Alachua County Emergency Management has acquired the Accessible Hazard Alert System (AHAS) services from Deaf Link, Inc. The system offers Emergency Management the capability of warning and alerting persons who are deaf, blind, hard of hearing or deaf/blind. Additionally, persons with low literacy can benefit from the Accessible Hazard Alert System.

Alerts (for severe weather, wildfires, and chemical spills) are geo-targeted to subscribers in affected areas. Alerts are also sent, in broadcast quality formats, to local television stations. AHAS sends accessible alerts to internet and video capable devices such as computers, cell phones, iPads and Braille readers. Alerts are offered in American Sign Language (ASL), English voice and text.

The service is free and residents will not have to demonstrate impairment to sign up.

David Donnelly, Emergency Management Director for Alachua County stated, “There are an estimated 40,000 residents with sensory impairments in the County.” He continued, “Warning the public of an emergency is one of our most important missions. The AHAS system will allow us to provide the same level of service to all of our citizens.”

View/download an informative AHAS flyer.

For more information or to register, visit the AHAS website, or contact Alachua County Emergency Management at 352-264-6500, or acem@alachuacounty.us.

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07-15-14 Special Meetings

The Alachua County Commission will conduct three Special Meetings on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. The 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. meetings will be held in the Grace Knight Conference Room. The 5 p.m. meeting will be held in the Jack Durrance Auditorium. Both meeting rooms are located on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration building (12 SE 1st Street, downtown Gainesville).

The 10 a.m. meeting agenda items include:
1. Report on Evaluation of Veterans Services
2. CONSENT: SFY 2014/2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
3. County Collaboration and Suggested Policy for Not-For-Profit Agencies

The 1:30 p.m. meeting agenda item includes:
1. Resource Recovery Park (RRP) Update

The 5 p.m. meeting agenda item includes:
1. PUBLIC HEARING: Ordinance placing a referendum on November ballot amending County’s Charter by imposing term limits on Commissioners
2. BoCC proposed Millage Rates to fund FY15 Tentative Budget
3. Amendment to Alachua County’s Noise Ordinance - Authorization to Advertise

Citizens are encouraged to attend these meetings. They 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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Commission Highlights

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

Pretrial and Probation Supervision Week
The Board proclaimed the week of July 13-19, 2014 as “Pretrial and Probation Supervision Week” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Pretrial and Probation Supervision Week 2014.pdf

Original Florida Tourism Task Force
The Board heard the presentation by the Original Florida Tourism Task Force on the promotion of Alachua County and the Natural North Florida region to visitors.
Attachment: 
VNNFBOCCPresentation.pdf

Kopper’s Cost Recovery Settlement
The Board heard an update on Kopper’s Cost Recovery Settlement Discussions and decided not to pursue further action at this time.  This leaves the door open to future action.

High Springs to Newberry Rail Corridor
The Board directed staff to pursue acquisition of the High Springs to Newberry Rail Corridor
Attachment: 
RailCorridorNewberryHighSprings.pdf

Wild Spaces Public Places
The Board approved the request to advertise a Public Hearing to Consider an Ordinance to amend Exhibit A to Ordinance 08 17 to replace the Town of Micanopy’s eligible Wild Spaces Public Places projects list, upon their request.
Attachment: 
Attachment 5 WSPP Ordinance Ad.pdf
Attachment: 
Attachment 3 Ord to Revise 08 17.pdf
Attachment: 
Attachment 2 Micanopy WSPP Project List Amendment Request.pdf
Attachment: 
Attachment 4 Ord to Revise 08 17 Redline.pdf
Attachment: 
Attachment 1 Ordinance 08 017.pdf

Poll Results
The Board heard the poll results for the proposed SAD for NW 210 Avenue, NW 205 Street, NW 218 Avenue and NW 202 Street east of NW County Road 236. They authorized staff to begin the process for the establishment of a non-ad valorem taxing Special Assessment District (SAD).
Attachment: CHAPTER_37_SAD.pdf
Attachment: 
SAD_Presentation_HSroads.pdf

Sector Plan Process
The Board heard the presentation of the Sector Plan Process and Update on the Status of the Plum Creek Envision Alachua Sector Plan Application and give staff direction on location of workshops and hearings.
Attachment: 
Sector_Planning_Process.pdf
Attachment: 
2013_Florida_Sector_Plan_Statute.pdf
Attachment: 
Sector_Planning_Process.pptx

County Manager Recruitment
The Board selected the Baenziger firm to recruit the new County Manager.
Attachment: 
County Manager Proposal GovHR USA.pdf
Attachment: 
Alachua County Manager Proposalbaenziger.pdf
Attachment: 
county mgr recruit propsal waters.pdf
Attachment: 
County Manager Proposal Colin Baenziger part two.pdf

FY15 Budget Message
The Board heard Manager Betty Baker’s FY15 Budget Message  

Higginbotham Ranch and Cypress Point Creamery
The Board approved the purchases and authorize the Chair’s signature on the conservation easements on the Higginbotham Ranch and Cypress Point Creamery tracts, and authorize the County Manager to execute additional documents as necessary to close the transactions.
Amount: $383,653 (county) $919,500 (non-county)
Attachment: 
Exhibit 10 ACQUISITION LIST STATUS REPORT.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 8 Higginbotham CE Deed Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 6 B2 Higgenbothan Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 9 Higginbotham and CPC costs.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 5 B2 Mims Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 7 Mims CE Deed Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 2 CPC Purchase Agreement.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 4 Cooperative Agreement.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 Evaluations.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 3 Higginbotham Purchase Agreement.pdf

Resurvey Kingsbury Park and Town of Metcalfe
The Board adopted the Resolution to vacate the portions of the plats as requested for Resurvey Kingsbury Park and Town of Metcalfe.
Attachment: 
Plat_Vac_Metcalfe_Kingsbury_RES.pdf
Attachment: 
CD_Emmer.pdf
Attachment: 
Plat_Vac_Metcalfe_Kingsbury_MAPS.pdf
Attachment: 
Plat_Vac_Metcalfe_Kingsbury_PPT.pdf

Arbor Greens Planned Development
The Board approved the proposed final plat of Arbor Greens Planned Development Phase 2, Unit 1 based on the recommendation by 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: 
AG_P2_U1_Plat_1.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_Ph2_U1_OSP.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_P2_U1_presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_ZMP.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_P2_U1_Plat_2.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_P2_U1_Chair_SR.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_Ph2_U1_GMSR.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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