August 18th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Moving Alachua County Forward Oversight Committee
GRACE Marketplace Highlighted on Alachua County Talks
Fire Rescue Chief Announces Retirement
August NW 16th Ave Mill and Resurface Project Update
August Animal Adoption Events
County Pretrial Services Recognized by FCAC
August Commercial Horticulture Program
Facilities Management Achievement Award
Health Department Extends Back to School Physicals & Immunization Clinics
Commission Highlights

Moving Alachua County Forward Oversight Committee

At their August 12, 2014 Board meeting, the Alachua County Commission decided on the make-up of the  of the MOVING ALACHUA COUNTY FORWARD Oversight Committee.  Should the surtax be approved by voters in November, the Oversight Committee will meet twice a year to assure citizens and elected officials that  funds approved through the referendum are expended only for projects as approved in the MOVING ALACHUA COUNTY FORWARD ballot language and the County and Municipal Transportation System Project Lists. 

Click here to read the resolution.

Click here to read the Gainesville Sun Editorial concerning the Oversight Committee

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GRACE Marketplace Highlighted on Alachua County Talks

A new edition of Alachua County Talks, features an interview with GRACE Marketplace One Stop Homelessness Center Director of Operations Jon DeCarmine. The newly-opened GRACE Marketplace (located at 2845 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville) provides an outdoor shelter pavilion, showers, storage, meals and supportive services, including mental health and substance abuse services for area homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless.
In speaking of the program Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “GRACE Marketplace provides much needed services for those most in need in our community in a safe, caring and compassionate environment.”

For more information visit the GRACE Marketplace or call (352)792-0800.

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: GRACE Marketplace.

View the complete Channel 12 Schedule.

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

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Fire Rescue Chief Announces Retirement

Alachua County Fire Rescue Chief, Ed Bailey recently announced his retirement from the Department. His retirement goes into effect December 11, 2014.

Chief Bailey began his fire rescue career in 1975 with the Town of Orange Park Fire Department (OPFD). He left OPFD in October 1980 to join Alachua County as a paramedic/attendant and the Department’s first certified firefighter. He advanced through the ranks to becoming the Fire Rescue Chief in February 2010.

In a letter to the County Manager Chief Bailey stated, “For the second time in my nearly 39 year fire rescue career I am tendering my resignation from my full-time employment, and for the first time formally announcing my retirement.” Chief Bailey also wrote, “My time with Alachua County has been a personal and professional evolution of growth and endearment. Now, it is time to open another chapter in my life.”

For more information, contact Chief Bailey at 352-384-3130 orecb@alachuacounty.us.

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August 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 July, the contractor completed the sidewalk widening from NW 55th St to NW 51st St (0.2 miles) and on the north-side of the roadway from NW 23rd Ter to NW 16th Ter St (0.9 miles). Sidewalk widening and signal work will continue throughout August and motorist should expect nighttime lane closures along the project corridor. 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 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 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 tentatively scheduled to begin this work in early September.

The current estimated completion date for the entire project is February, 2015.

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

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August Animal Adoption Events

August is the final month of the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge. Throughout the month, adoption fees at Alachua County Animal Services (ACAS) are waived (making every animal free to qualified applicants). In addition, through the end of August the ACAS Headquarters (3400 NE 53rd Ave, Gainesville) will be open to the public for adoptions every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month (the final day for free adoption).

ACAS is hosting and participating in several adoption events during August, 2014. The schedule of events includes:
August 23 - Summer Lovin’ Adopt-A-Thon at ACAS from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
August 24 - ACAS will be open (for adoptions only) from noon to 4 p.m.
August 29 - Earthwise Pet (4106 NW 16 Blvd, Gainesville) - Kittens will be available for adoption starting at 10 a.m.
August 31 - Last Day of the Rachael Ray Competition and free adoptions from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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.

Regular days and hours of operation are: 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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County Pretrial Services Recognized by FCAC

On June 24, 2014, Alachua County Pretrial Services was recognized by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC) for receiving its second Certificate of Re-Accreditation.  Alachua County Pretrial Services received its initial Accreditation Certificate on February 19, 2008.  Alachua County Pretrial Services was the first non-sworn Pretrial agency in the United States to achieve accreditation status and has maintained pretrial accreditation compliance longer than any other pretrial agency in the United States.
Accredited programs are recognized as maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.  Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards.  Alachua County’s Pretrial Services is one of only six pretrial programs in Florida that has met the rigorous accreditation pretrial standards.  The accreditation review covers six sections:  Personnel Practices, Organization and Management, General Principles Governing the Pretrial Process, First Appearance, Release Conditions, and Electronic Monitoring.  The accreditation program evaluates the agency against standards developed by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, the Association of Pretrial Professionals of Florida (APPF) and the National Association of Pretrial Service Agencies (NAPSA).  These standards employ evidence based practices that have been determined to achieve the best results to ensure pretrial defendants appear of all their scheduled Court events while addressing public safety. 

The benefits of being an accredited agency are many, including but not limited to:

For more information, contact Pretrial Services Supervisor, Jeff Kilpatrick at 352-338-7338.


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August Commercial Horticulture Program

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Commercial Horticulture Program for August, 2014. 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 – August 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent)

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.  All license application paperwork must be 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.

There is no cost to attend these classes (unless otherwise indicated), space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

For more information about this program call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

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Facilities Management Achievement Award

Alachua County Facilities Management was recently named the winner of the Facility Maintenance Decisions Magazine Achievement Award for its recent Alachua County Family and Civil Courthouse HVAC Renovation Project.  The award is for the Retrofits and Renovations Category.

View the project details

The courthouse is a 101,000 square foot facility constructed in 1978. It houses the Alachua County Eight Judicial Circuit for Florida and the Clerk of the Circuit Courts.  Occupants and users include citizens, judges, magistrates, attorneys, hearing officers and a host of administrative and support staff.  

The year-long project was completed in April of 2014.  HVAC renovations included replacement of the boiler, air handling units, variable frequency drives, motors, exhaust fans, the distribution system throughout the building, variable air volume air terminal devices, thermostats, and ceiling diffusers. The renovations also included duct cleaning, reconfiguring of the heating hot water system; and building automation system upgrades.  

In addition to the normal challenges of a renovation of this type, this project was in a fully occupied facility.  The work was performed between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. in four phases with as many as 100 workers at a time. Security was maintained during the entire project by the Alachua County Sheriff’s office.

Alachua County Facilities Manager, Charlie Jackson said “Our main objective is to complete every project within budget and on time. This project was very sensitive due to the nature of this facility.  We had to keep the facility fully operational and secure for the duration of the project. Thank you to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding security efforts, and kudos to the entire project team.”

The project team included:

For more information, contact Alachua County Capital Project Coordinator Regina Bradley at 352-491-4606.

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Health Department Extends Back to School Physicals & Immunization Clinics

The Alachua County Health Department is extending back to school physicals and immunization clinics to include Wednesday, August 20, and again on Wednesday August 27, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Alachua County Health Department (224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville).  Appointments are required and can be made by calling 352-334-7910.

The physicals are provided at no charge for those who have Medicaid, applicable copays for those with private insurance and $25 for all others.  A child must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other authorized family member.  Parent or guardian must bring a photo ID and insurance card.

The immunizations required for kindergarten through 12th grade school attendance will be provided free of charge.  As an added benefit, age appropriate, non-school required immunizations such as such as Hepatitis A, Meningitis, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and Rotavirus vaccines will also be available at no cost.

“The two clinics we conducted were very well received by our community and the additional clinics will provide an opportunity for those children who still need these services.  In addition to school attendance requirements, immunizations are the primary means of preventing serious communicable diseases.” stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County.  “We encourage all parents and guardians of school aged children to take advantage of these after-hours clinics.”
Parents and guardians are reminded to bring their child’s shot record to expedite the process.  If shot records are not available, especially for new out of state students, parents should have the information faxed from their provider to the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7943, attention “After Hours Clinics.”

Due to new requirements, documentation of insurance information is required.  This information will be kept strictly confidential.  School required immunizations will be provided at no cost or co-pays.

The Alachua County Health Department is asking parents to check their child’s shot record now and make an appointment with their medical provider if their child needs additional shots.  Required school shots are also offered at no cost or co-pays at all Alachua County Health Department sites during regular business hours.  The main office located at 224 SE 24th St., Gainesville, offers a walk in clinic, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The phone number is 352-334-7950. The Health Department site in the City of Alachua is by appointment only.  The Alachua clinic can be reached at 386-462-2542.

For more information, contact Roger Dolz at 352-334-8873 or Roger.Dolz@flhealth.gov.

The Mission of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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Commission Highlights

Purple Heart Month
The Board proclaimed August 2014 as “Purple Heart Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Purple Heart County 2014.pdf

Dr. Owen Roberts Introduction
The Board heard an introduction by Dr. Owen Roberts, new Superintendent of the Alachua County School Board.

Quarterly Hiring Activity Report
The Board accepted the Quarterly Hiring Activity Report for the 3rd quarter of FY 2014.
Attachment: 
FY14 3rd Qtr Report Targeted Positions Filled Advertising Efforts 7 22 14.pdf
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FY14 rd Qtr Report Targeted Positions Filled 7 22 14docx.pdf
Attachment: 
BOCC Quarterly Report QTR 3 FINAL 072314kab.pdf

Moving Alachua County Forward Citizen Oversight Committee
The Board adopted Resolution 14-64 establishing the Moving Alachua County Forward Citizen Oversight Committee
Attachment:
Oversight Committee Resolution

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
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Plat_Vac_Metcalfe_Kingsbury_MAPS.pdf
Attachment: 
Plat_Vac_Metcalfe_Kingsbury_PPT.pdf

Noise Ordinance
The Board adopted the amendment to Alachua County’s Noise Ordinance.
Attachment: 
Noise 2014 ACSO Signed by Sheriff.pdf

Archer Farms
The Board approved the proposed replat of Archer Farms - a Replat of Tracts B and D of Marlboro Farms, a subdivision of Section 4, Township 10, South, Range 18 East per Plat Book I, Pages 16, 17 and 18 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: 
ArcherFarms_ZMP.pdf
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ArcherFarmsOS.pdf
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ArcherFarmsPLAT1.pdf
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ArcherFarmsPLAT3.pdf
Attachment: 
ArcherFarms_SR_GM.pdf
Attachment: 
ArcherFarmsPLAT2.pdf
Attachment: 
Archer Farms_RP_Presenation.pdf
Attachment: 
ArcherFarms_Replat_SR_Chair.pdf

Oakmont Planned Development
The Board approved request to amend the Oakmont Planned Development to permit model homes, change building height requirements, amend side yard setbacks, extend the phasing schedule until 2024 and provide for public events. Adopt Resolution Z-14-09 approving the requested changes.
Attachment: 
Oakmont Site Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0314 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0314 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Oakmont Application Package.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOM0314.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0314.pptx

Wood Processing Facility
The Board adopted Resolution Z-14-8, approving ZOX-02-14, a special exception for a wood processing facility on parcel 05946-001-000 with the conditions and bases as mentioned in the staff report.
Attachment: 
MasterPlan.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0214SR.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0214ppt.pptx
Attachment: 
ResZOX0214.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0214ppt.pdf
Attachment: 
OperationsPlan.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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