August 29th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Alachua County Staff Report on Plum Creek Application
Moving Alachua County Forward Website
Jobs Spotlight: Victim Services Director and Fire Rescue Chief
2014 Homeless Veteran Stand Down Event
Moving Alachua County Forward Citizen Oversight Committee
September Extension Programs
09-02-14 Special Meeting
GRACE Marketplace Highlighted on Alachua County Talks
Health Department Extends Back to School Physicals & Immunization Clinics
Commission Highlights

Alachua County Staff Report on Plum Creek Application

Alachua County has released the “Workshop Staff Report” (click the link to view the report PDF) for Plum Creek’s proposed “Envision Alachua Sector Plan.”  If approved, the sector plan would allow a major development consisting of 10,500 residential units and 15.5 million square feet of non-residential development in the eastern area of the county.  Currently, the area is designated for Rural/Agricultural use.  An overview of the 137 page Workshop Staff Report can be found in the Summary of Staff Analysis at the beginning of the report. 

The staff recommendation in the preliminary report is for denial of the application based on the policies of the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan.  Key concerns include the suitability of the location of the development, potential impacts to natural resources and infrastructure demands including transportation, water/ sewer, schools, and other public services.The Workshop Staff Report is being released now so that the public can consider both it and the Envision Alachua Sector Plan in advance of the public workshops beginning on September 2, 2014.  After the workshops, staff will consider public comments and additional information concerning the application as they prepare for the final report that will be presented at the Public Hearings held by the Alachua County Commission.

The following workshop dates have been set:

At the workshops, Alachua County staff will make a presentation regarding the current status of the project and the Workshop Staff Report. At the first two workshops staff will listen to questions and comments.  The second two workshops will include the staff response to the questions and comments received at the first two workshops. 

For further information please contact the Alachua County Planning Department at 352-374-5249.

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Moving Alachua County Forward Website

Alachua County has published a stand-alone website for the upcoming “Moving Alachua County Forward” sales surtax, which will appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

The website serves as a repository of information for citizens wishing to find out more about the sales surtax, as well as the projects which the tax will fund. The site offers an interactive map of all of the projects (including roads, transit, and bicycle/pedestrian projects) for the unincorporated County as well as each County municipality. It also contains relevant videos, a calendar of upcoming events, common questions and answers, and contact information for more information and to schedule events.

The website is formatted to be viewable on all computer browsers as well as mobile and tablet devices.

Visit the Moving Alachua County Forward website.

For more information, contact Alachua County Growth Management Transportation Planning Manager, Jeff Hays at 352-374-5249 or jhays@alachuacounty.us.

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Jobs Spotlight: Victim Services Director and Fire Rescue Chief

The County is looking for a Victim Services Director. The position closes on September 12, 2014.

Requirements for the position include: a bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work or a related social services academic program and three years of related professional level experience including one year of related supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Experience working in Victim Advocacy Programs, writing and managing grants, working with grant funding/budgets, working with victims of sexual violence, working with Criminal Justices systems desirable. 

Find out more/apply for this position.

The County is looking for a Fire Rescue Chief. The position closes on September 12, 2014.

Requirements for the position include: a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science Technology, Emergency Medical Services, Public Administration Management or a closely related field and five years of experience as an Assistant Chief or higher level chief administrative officer in a fire rescue department that provides a full range of emergency and non-emergency services, such as but not limited to: advanced life support, emergency and non-emergency medical transport, fire suppression, fire prevention and fire inspection; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and criminal history background check are required prior to employment.

Upon submission of application, proof of the following must be provided and maintained as a condition of employment: 
  *Current State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance.
  *Current State of Florida Paramedic Certificate
  *A valid State of Florida Driver’s License (Class “E”) with current EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operators Course) certificate or to be completed with six (6) months of hiring.  

Find out more/apply for this position.

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2014 Homeless Veteran Stand Down Event

The Alachua County Community Support Services’ Division of Veteran Services in collaboration with many local community organizations is hosting the 2014 Homeless Veteran Stand Down event at the Martin Luther King Junior Center (1028 NE 14th Street, Gainesville) on Thursday, September 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Resources that are planned on being available include housing assistance, VA enrollment, clothing resources, VA claims assistance, legal assistance, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamp) information, medical screenings and inoculations, social services, government surplus and others.

For more information, contact Alachua County Veteran Services Director, Kim Smith at 352-264-6740 or kismith@alachuacounty.us.

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Moving Alachua County Forward Citizen Oversight Committee

The Alachua County Commission is pleased to announce the formation of the Moving Alachua County Forward Citizen Oversight Committee.  The Moving Alachua County Forward transportation surtax is a 1% - 8 year sales surtax initiative that will be on the November 4, 2014 ballot.  If passed, the proceeds will be used for road improvements, bus station and route enhancements, and bicycle/pedestrian projects in the unincorporated area of the County and within all of the municipalities.

If the initiative passes in November the responsibilities of the committee will include:

The Citizens Oversight Committee will have seven voting members plus four alternates.  All members must be residents of Alachua County. 

The appointments will be as follows:

Members may not be county or municipal elected officials or employees.  Alachua County appointees will include one 4 year term, one 2 year term and the alternate will serve a 4 year term.

Applications for the Alachua County appointed positions are due by September 10, 2014.

Click here to apply to the Moving Alachua County Forward Oversight Board

Click here to see the Resolution forming the Oversight Committee

Go to the Moving Alachua County Forward Facebook site

For more information contact Advisory Board Coordinator Jeremy Clements at 352-374-5249 or jclements@alachuacounty.us.

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September Extension Programs

Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs

These programs are being offered by Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Worker Protection Standard: Train the Trainer Workshop – September 4, from 9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is designed to prepare agricultural producers to train their agriculture workers and pesticide handlers in the Worker Protection Standard (WPS).  WPS training is required for all workers on farms, forests, commercial nurseries, and commercial greenhouses.  An official from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be present to answer questions on WPS compliance.

3 CEUs for Private Applicator, Aerial Application, Agriculture Row Crop, Agriculture Tree Crop, Forest Pest Control and Ornamental & Turf will be available.

Registration fee is $5.00 (includes light refreshments).

Please register by calling 352-955-2402 no later than September 2.

Private Applicator Pesticide School – September 24, 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 $15.00 (includes lunch), half day registration fee $5.00 (no lunch).

Please register by calling 352-955-2402 no later than September 19.

September Commercial Horticulture Programs

These programs are being offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Integrated Pest Management Update – September 5, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This statewide video conference is designed to provide training in Pest Management Updates for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas.

FNGLA and FDACS Pesticide Continuing Education Units will be awarded.

Cost to attend this class is $20.00 (resource materials and lunch is included).

Pre-register by September 2 by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

Limited Lawn & Ornamental License Training – September 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This training is for government or private employees applying pesticides to lawn and landscapes.  This is for non-commercial certification; this certificate does not allow someone to run a pest control and/or landscaping business.

Up to 6 CEU’s will be awarded.  Exams will be administered at the end of the training.

Cost to attend this training is $25.00 (materials & lunch is included).

Please pre-register at 352-337-6209 (voice mail) at least 3 days prior to class.

Environmental Horticulture Programs

These programs are being offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Florida-Friendly™ Landscape Tour – September 20, from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning at the Thelma Boltin Center (516 NE 2 Avenue, Gainesville). Parking is limited; carpooling/cycling/walking is encouraged.

The Alachua County Master Gardeners will be offering a tour of Florida-Friendly™ Landscapes in the Historic Duckpond area. These yards exemplify water conservation and environmentally friendly landscaping practices.

The tour is free. Pre-register at least 3 days prior to the tour by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds – September 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Learn what crops to grow in the fall garden and about the efficient technique of growing vegetables in raised beds.

Edible Landscaping – September 27, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Living Faith Fellowship Church (5510 NW 39 Avenue, Gainesville)

Learn how to incorporate vegetables and fruit trees for a more sustainable landscape.

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

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 ) – September 25, 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 these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

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09-02-14 Special Meeting

The Alachua County Commission will conduct a Special Meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 10 a.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. Tree Planting Program Update
2. Adoption of the FY15 Financial Policies
3. FY15 Position Summary Report Approval
4. FY15-19 Comprehensive Capital Improvement Program Approval
5. Adopt FY15 Schedule of Fees and Charges for Services
6. Across-the-Board Increases for Executive Service, Non-Bargaining and Guardian Ad Litem Employees; Revised Classification Plans and Pay Rates for Interns, Temporary and Unclassified Positions
7. Strategic Plan Focus Area/Budget Allocation

View agenda and backup.

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.

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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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.

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

Labor Day Waste Collection

Residential curbside collection services for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will not be affected by the Labor Day holiday. The regular schedule for these services will occur on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014.

The Transfer Station at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park will be open during regularly scheduled hours on Monday. The five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers and the Hazardous Waste Center at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and the Office of Waste Collection will be closed on Monday. They will reopen on Tuesday, September 2.

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

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Commission Highlights

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Annual Report
The Board heard and accepted Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.’s Annual Report presentation
Attachment: 
Meridian 8 26 14 BOCC Presentation ALACHUA.pdf

Collective Bargaining Agreement
The Board approved the negotiated amended 2013 - 2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement with Local 3852 International Association of Fire Fighters.
Attachment: 
IaffcbaAmended 20132014882014.pdf
Attachment: 
ARTICLE 12 amendedmanadatoryovertimelan8814.pdf

Wage Recovery Program
Concerning the Wage Recovery Program the Board:
1.
Accepted the report on the Wage Recovery Program
2. Authorized the County Attorney to advertise a public hearing on amending the Wage Recovery Ordinance
Attachment: 
5WageRecoveryProgramBrochure.pdf
Attachment: 
7SummaryProposedRevisionsWageRecoveryOrdinance8_12_14.pdf
Attachment: 
2SummaryComplaintActivity8_12_14.pdf
Attachment: 
8DraftAmendedWageRecoveryOrdinance 8 14 14.pdf
Attachment: 
3DetailReportIntakesClaims8_12_14.pdf
Attachment: 
4FiscalReport8_12_14.pdf
Attachment: 
1ComplaintIndustryChart8_12_14.pdf
Attachment: 
6WageRecoverySheet_FAQ2014.pdf

Old Courthouse Lion Statue Molds
The Board approved Option One for Simple Base and Display of one of the Old Courthouse lion statue molds in County Admin. Building Corridor; and Directed Staff to Prepare future meeting agenda item requesting $3100 from Reserve Fund.
Attachment: 
Update Lion Display Concept.pdf
Attachment: 
donation policy.pdf
Attachment: 
Property Donation Review Form.pdf
Attachment: 
Aug 26LionUpdatePowerpoint.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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