October 31st edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Moving Alachua County Forward Videos
Purchasing Division Garners Fifth Consecutive National Award
Fire Rescue Adds Critical Care Rescue Unit to Fleet
16th Annual Trashformations Recycled Art Competition
Winter Irrigation Limits Begin November 2
Are You Election Ready?
November Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

Moving Alachua County Forward Videos

We are just a few days away from the November 4th election day.  We hope you are familiar with the facts about Moving Alachua County Forward.  The videos below will give you an overview of the ballot initiative.  Thank you for being an engaged and informed voter.
Moving Alachua County Forward General Information
Moving Alachua County Forward Presentation
Moving Alachua County Forward Spotlight: Tower Road
Transportation Surtax Project Spotlight-SW 62nd Boulevard
Moving Alachua County Forward- Cost of Roads
Moving Alachua County Forward Initiative

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Purchasing Division Garners Fifth Consecutive National Award

The Alachua County Administrative Services Department is pleased to announce that its Purchasing Division has been awarded the prestigious Achievement of Excellence in Procurement from the National Procurement Institute Inc. This marks the County’s fifth consecutive year of receiving the award.

In 1995, the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI) established a program designed to recognize organizational excellence in public procurement. The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) is awarded annually. This award is earned by those organizations that demonstrate excellence by obtaining a high score based on standardized criteria. The criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership attributes of the procurement organization.

“The committee congratulates Alachua County on the success of its Purchasing Division,” said Christine Green, C.P.M. the 2014 AEP Committee Chair for NPI.

In speaking of the AEP award Purchasing Manager Larry Sapp said, “I want to acknowledge the entire staff of our Purchasing Division for making this possible. Alachua County is very fortunate to have these dedicated public servants working hard to keep our purchasing systems functioning smoothly.”

For more information, contact Larry Sapp at 352-374-5202.

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Fire Rescue Adds Critical Care Rescue Unit to Fleet

Recently Alachua County Fire Rescue, (ACFR), added a Critical Care Rescue, (CC1), to its fleet. The unit is staffed with Critical Care Paramedics. With this addition a new level of transport capabilities and care are now available to the citizens of Alachua County.

CC1 improves upon the current level of service by handling critical care patient transfers requiring a specialized level of care such as ventilators, IV pumps, chest tubes and the administration and management of specialized drugs which allows them to provide care for the very medically complex patient that has previously been offered only in the intensive or critical care units of a hospital.

The addition of this unit will also reduce the number of transfers assigned to primary rescues improving response times and unit availability.

ACFR in its dedication to provide a high level of service is currently providing Critical Care training to the Department’s Paramedics to enhance its advanced life support capabilities and hopes to add additional critical care units in the near future.

For more information, contact Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Harold Theus at 352-384-3132.

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16th Annual Trashformations Recycled Art Competition

The average American throws away over four pounds of garbage each day. Alachua County’s young creative minds are encouraged to transform some of these items into recycled works of art for the annual recycled art competition, called “Trashformations.”

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, the Office of Waste Alternatives, and the Florida Museum of Natural History announce an open call to all Alachua County middle school, high school and college students for entry into the 16th annual Trashformations Recycled Art Show and Competition. The competition begins at 5:30 p.m. on November 21, 2014, at the Florida Museum of Natural History (in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, SW 34th Street and Hull Road, Gainesville).

Trashformations is a judged student art show and competition which helps expand awareness and involvement of young people in our community with recycling. All artwork entered in the contest must be comprised of 70% or more recycled/recyclable/reused materials. Cash prizes will be awarded for winning entries in middle school, high school and college level categories. There will also be additional award categories judged and given out the night of the competition.

The Trashformations exhibit is free and open to the public. Applications must be turned in to the Office of Waste Alternatives no later than November 7, 2013, by 5 p.m. The application and contest rules can be found on the Trashformations website. There will be a special awards ceremony and reception for all participating students, their families and teachers after the judging is complete.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives at 352-374-5245.

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Winter Irrigation Limits Begin November 2

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (EPD) wants to remind residents that beginning on Sunday, November 2, 2014, landscape irrigation is limited to one day a week.

“Lawn and landscape irrigation accounts for over 50% of residential water use in Florida,” said EPD Water Conservation Coordinator, Stacie Greco. She continued, “Minimizing watering promotes healthier lawns and landscapes while conserving Florida’s water resources. We depend on groundwater for our water supply, as do our springs and rivers.”

County EPD wants residents to know that lawns need significantly less water in Florida’s winter months, and that many landscapes need very little or no irrigation during this time of year.

Below is the Eastern Standard Time watering schedule for this region:

The restrictions apply to the use of private wells, city water, and surface water. The use of a hand-held hose with a spray nozzle, micro-irrigation, and reclaimed water are exempt along with the irrigation of vegetable gardens and fruit trees.

Visit the EPD Water Resources website for information on conserving water and water restrictions.

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

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Are You Election Ready?

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter is encouraging voters to be election ready for the November 4th election.

Check your status now and know where to vote on Election Day.  Some polling places and precincts have changed. 

Voters may check their voter registration status, update their voter information or signature, confirm and locate their precinct polling place, and view their sample ballot online at www.VoteAlachua.com and click on “My Registration Status”

Voters may view the sample ballot for the November 4th General Election online at www.VoteAlachua.com on our home page by clicking on “Elections & Records” from the menu on the left side of the page then “Sample Ballots”, or they may view their individual ballot by clicking on “My Registration Status” in the upper right hand corner. 

An audio sample ballot is also availabl in MP3 format or in text version on the Supervisor of Elections’ website at www.VoteAlachua.com by clicking on “Elections & Records” from the menu on the left side of the page then “Sample Ballots”, or if you prefer, you may borrow a CD with the audio format from one of the following locations:
All Alachua County Libraries 
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida, 222 S.W. 36th Terrace, Gainesville
Division of Blind Services, 3620 NW 43rd Street, Suite C, Gainesville
Supervisor of Elections Office, 111 S.E. 1st Avenue, Gainesville

If you are voting by mail, make sure your signature on file in our office is current. The signature on your absentee ballot envelope will be compared to the signature on file, which may have been from several years ago.  If you have been voting at the polls, remember your signature on the poll register is compared to the ID you present, which may be very current, not the signature on file with the Supervisor of Elections Office.

All absentee ballots must be received in the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office by 7:00 PM Election Day, November 4th. You may deposit your ballot in the Supervisor of Elections front door anytime.

NEW LAWS:  If a voter realizes they have returned their absentee ballot without including their signature, they may submit an affidavit to our office no later than 5 PM the day before the elections to cure the unsigned ballot.  The Supervisor of Elections may not provide an absentee ballot to a voter or a voter’s immediate family member on the day of election, unless there is an emergency, to the extent the voter will be unable to go to their assigned polling place.  In order to provide an absentee ballot, an affidavit is required, which is available for download at www.VoteAlachua.com.

The last day of Early Voting in Saturday, November 1st from 9 AM to 6 PM.  Early Voting locations:  Supervisor of Elections Office Location in the County Administration Building, Millhopper Branch Library, and Tower Road Branch Library.  For addresses of Early Voting locations, go online at www.VoteAlachua.com.

Florida Law requires voters to present current and valid picture and signature ID at the polls and early voting sites, or vote a provisional ballot.  Approved forms of picture identification are:  Florida driver’s license; Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; United States passport; debit or credit card; military identification and student ID; retirement center ID; neighborhood association ID; and public assistance ID.  If the picture identification does not contain a signature, you will be asked to provide an additional identification with your signature. If you need to locate your precinct, go to www.VoteAlachua.com.

Except for an active uniformed services voter or a member of his or her family, a voter whose change of address is from outside the county may not change his or her legal residence at the polling place on Election Day and vote a regular ballot; however, the voter is entitled to vote a provisional ballot. A voter who makes an in-county address change may vote a regular ballot.\

Any voter may vote in the precinct of their residence between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th. It is against Florida law to vote in a precinct in which you no longer reside.  If you have moved, you are required to vote in your new home precinct.

POLLING PLACE CHANGES:  Precinct 55 (old Carpenters Union Hall) now votes at the City Public Works Administration Building, 405 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville.  Precinct 63 (old Turkey Creek Golf and Country Club) now votes at the CSI Academy of Florida, 12787 NW US Highway 441, Alachua.

POLLING PLACE ROOM CHANGE:  Precinct 31 voters will still vote in the J. Wayne Reitz Union, but will now vote in the Career Resource Center in Room 160 on the 1st floor of the J. Wayne Reitz Union.

If you have any questions, please contact the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252 or visit our website at www.VoteAlachua.com.

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November Extension Programs

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), unless otherwise indicated.
Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance – November 5, 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. Participants must have all license application paperwork completed to sit for the exam.
The registration fee is $30.00 and includes program materials, refreshments, and lunch for the day.
Microgreens – A New Specialty Crop – November 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (with Robert Hochmuth, Multi County Extension Agent – Vegetables Small Farms Statewide Coordinator & Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent)
Frequently called “vegetable confetti,” microgreens are young, tender greens that are used to enhance the color, texture, or flavor of salads, or to garnish a wide variety of main dishes. Harvested at the first true leaf stage and sold with the stem, cotyledons (seed leaves), and first true leaves attached, they are among a variety of novel salad greens available on the market that are typically distinguished categorically by their size and age. Participants will learn about producing microgreens for home use, commercial and local markets.
This class is free of charge.
Growing Shiitake & Oyster Mushrooms – November 15, from 10 a.m. to noon (with Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent)
This workshop will teach how to grow both Shiitake mushrooms, which are grown on hardwood logs, and oyster mushrooms grown in straw.
This class is free of charge.
Drip Irrigation School – November 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. & November 19, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center (8202 County Road 417, Live Oak), with Robert Hochmuth, Multi County Extension Agent – Vegetables Small Farms Statewide Coordinator and Mace Bauer, CED & Agricultural Agent, Columbia County Extension.
Topics include: drip irrigation system design, components, installation, scheduling irrigation events, fertigation & chemigation, movement of water in mulched beds, system maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Cost to attend is $80.00 (early bird if registration is postmarked by November 7), $55.00 per extra person (November 18) and $105.00 regular, $70.00 per extra person (November 19). Registration includes materials, snacks & lunch. Click to register.
Beginner Beekeeper Short Course – November 22, from 9 a.m. (registration begins at 8:45 a.m.) to 4 p.m.  (with Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent)
Explore the world of honey bees and steps to becoming a beekeeper at the “Becoming a Hobby Beekeeper Short Course.” This course will allow the participants to receive a complete perspective of the process and expense involved with keeping honey bees as a hobby or alternative farm enterprise. It should allow the participant to decide if this is something they want to do.
Topics include: bee equipment and how to set up a hive, packaged bees & queens and sources for help, installing bees and how to get them off to a good start, honeybee pests, the Africanized honeybee, honey collection and extraction techniques.
The registration fee is $15.00 and includes program materials, refreshments, and lunch for the day.
Pre-register at least 3 days prior to classes by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

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), unless otherwise indicated.
Northeast Florida Livestock Agents’ Group is conducting their 2nd Annual Goat Workshop - November 12, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Bradford County Fairgrounds (2300 N Temple Avenue, Starke).
Topics include: hoof trimming, goat deworming, doe selection for meat/dairy/pasture management, toxic weed control, record keeping for genetic selection, advanced parasite management, goat marketing and selecting feed rations. There will be a panel discussion at the conclusion of the workshop.
The cost of the workshop is $10.00 (includes dinner). Please register by November 7 by calling the UF/IFAS Extension Bradford County Office at 904-966-6224.

Environmental Horticulture Programs
This program are being offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).
Trees & Shrubs in Your Florida-Friendly Landscape™ – November 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Trees and shrubs provide structure to the Florida-Friendly Landscape™. Learn how to plant, prune and maintain trees and shrubs for a beautiful yard.
There is no cost to attend this class.

4-H Programs
The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following 4-H Programs for November, 2014. These programs are being offered by Matt Benge, 4-H Youth Development Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville), unless otherwise indicated.
Alachua County Open & 4-H Horse Show – November 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Canterbury Equestrian Showplace Outdoor Arena (9 miles west of I-75 on Newberry Road)
The Horse Show is open to all riders, ages 8 and up. Please contact Matt Benge at 352-955-2402 for more information regarding the details for the horse show.
The Horse Show is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.
4- H Food Drive - through November 18, proceeds will be delivered to Rawlings Elementary School
Alachua County 4-H Association is conducting the 4-H Food Drive. Non-perishable foods and toiletry items may be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office.

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®) – November 19, 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.

Livestock Programs
These programs are being offered by Cindy Sanders, Director/Livestock Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville), unless otherwise indicated.
1st Annual Florida Fall Cattlemen’s Conference & Trade Show – November 20, registration starting at 8 a.m., at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion (2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala)
Topics include: Beef Economics, Does Your Hay Make the Grade?, Pregnancy Diagnosis & Breeding Season Management, Chute Side Manners & Handling, and Feed Tag Math. The Trade Show will display local vendors and will include a drawing for a YETI cooler.
Early registration by November 7 will be $25.00, late registration is $50.00.  Make checks payable to Marion County Extension. To register, contact the UF/IFAS Extension Marion County Office at 352-671-8600.  For more information, contact Cindy Sanders, Director/Livestock Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Extension Office at 352-955-2402.
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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Commission Highlights

Sandvik Mining and Construction USA
The Board approved the Resolution supporting Sandvik Mining and Construction USA LLC. participation in the QTI program and authorized the Chair’s signature
Amount: $29,700

Attachment: Sandvik Project Evaluation Matrix.pdf
Attachment: 
Sandvik QTI App and Attachment to GPO.pdf
Attachment: 
Sandvik Mining and Construction Resolution.pdf

Rachel Ray Challenge
The Board heard an update from Animal Services on the Rachel Ray Challenge.  They approved the ASCPA grant agreement, budget amendment and resolution for unanticipated revenues. 
Amount: $20,000

Attachment: ASPCA Grant BA.pdf
Attachment: 
ASPCA Resolution.pdf
Attachment: 
ASPCA Rachael Ray Final.pdf

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Board proclaimed October 2014 as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2014.pdf

Hospice and Palliative Care Month
The Board proclaimed November 2014 as “Hospice and Palliative Care Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Hospice and Palliative Care Month 2014.pdf

Hunger Awareness Month
The Board proclaimed November 2014 “Hunger Awareness Month” in Alachua County, Florida
Attachment: 
Hunger Hunger Awareness - County Proclamation 2014.pdf

Uniform Method of Collection Non-Ad Valorem Assessments
The Board adopted the Resolution of Intent to Use Uniform Method of Collection Non-Ad Valorem Assessments for NW 210 Avenue, NW 205 Street, NW 218 Avenue and NW 202 Street east of NW County Road 236.
Attachment: 
PPT_SAD_1st_PublicHearing.pdf
Attachment: 
R_SAD.pdf

Springhills Transportation Improvement District
The Board adopted the ordinance creating the Springhills Transportation Improvement District and authorizing the appropriation of lawfully available non-ad valorem revenues to fund obligations under the agreement between Alachua County and Santa Fe Village and the anticipated agreement between Alachua County and PREIT.
Attachment: 
Springhills Transportation District Ordinance FINAL.pdf
Attachment: 
SHTID andSantaFeVillageTIAPP.pdf

Santa Fe Village Project Transportation Improvement Agreement
The Board approved the Springhills District, Santa Fe Village Project Transportation Improvement Agreement with SantaFe Healthcare, Inc and authorize the Chair to sign the Agreement
Attachment: 
SantaFE_TIA.pdf
Attachment: 
SHTID andSantaFeVillageTIAPP.pptx

Small Scale Land Use Change
The Board adopted the Ordinance 14-xx approving the proposed small scale land use change, CPA-05-14
Attachment: 
ZOM04CPA0514.pptx
Attachment: 
Ordinance for CPA0514.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA0514 Application Materials.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM04CPA0514 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA0514 and ZOM0414 Staff Report.pdf

Zoning Changes
The Board adopted Resolution Z-14-10 approving the requesting zoning changes.
Attachment: 
ZOM04CPA0514 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0414 Site Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA0514 and ZOM0414 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0414 Application Materials.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOM0414.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM04CPA0514.pptx

Levy Loop Trail
The Board approved leaving the entire Levy Loop Trail open year-round and directed staff to come back with option to include an informational kiosk and possible features on the two trail entrances.
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 Barr Hammock Meisel Concerns 140612.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 5 Meisel Recommendations.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 4 Trail Alternatives 2.pdf
Attachment: 
1401014 Levy Trail Short Version.pptx
Attachment: 
Exhibit 3 Planning Process.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 2 Barr Hammock Implementation Chart redline.pdf

 


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