June 1st edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

Commission Urges State to Accept Medicaid Dollars
Keith Godwin Elected as Florida NENA 2nd Vice President
Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) Funding for FY 16, RFA 16-198
Code Enforcement Board Openings
Thomas Webster Retires
The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County Offers Free HIV and STD Screening
Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Class
June 4-H Summer Day Camp
06-02-15 Special Meetings
June Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

Commission Urges State to Accept Medicaid Dollars

During the May 26 Regular County Commission Meeting, the Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution urging the Florida House of Representatives, the Florida Senate, and Governor Rick Scott to find a workable solution that allows for the acceptance of federal dollars for healthcare expansion.

If the State accepted the expansion of Medicaid, approximately 800,000 Floridians who are currently uninsured would receive health coverage. This includes many of the most disadvantaged individuals and families. This estimated $50 billion in federal dollars over the next 10 years would help our community members living at or below the poverty level. The expansion of Medicaid, if accepted, would create approximately 120,000 jobs statewide.

View/download the full resolution (PDF).

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Keith Godwin Elected as Florida NENA 2nd Vice President

On May 6, 2015, Alachua County Fire Rescue E911/Communications Section Chief Keith Godwin was elected as the Florida National Emergency Number Association (NENA) 2nd Vice President. As The Voice of 9-1-1™, NENA is on the forefront of all emergency communications issues. The Association serves its members and the greater public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 911 policy, technology, operations, and education issues. With more than 9,000 members in 48 chapters across the United States and around the globe (382 members in the state of Florida), NENA promotes the implementation and awareness of 911, as well as international three-digit emergency communications systems.

NENA works with 911 professionals nationwide, public policy leaders, emergency services and telecommunications industry partners, like-minded public safety associations, and other stakeholder groups to develop and carry out critical programs and initiatives. This is to facilitate the creation of an IP-based Next Generation 911 system, and to establish industry leading standards, training, and certifications.

Mr. Godwin was instrumental in Alachua County becoming the second county in the state of Florida to accept text-to-911 messages. He is currently working to establish a Northeast Florida regional 911 emergency services network which will allow the receipt and transmission of essential 911 caller information such as latitude/longitude or civic address, service provider, calling party number, and class of service.

For more information, contact Alachua County E911/Communications Section Chief Keith Godwin at 352-338-7361 or kgodwin@alachuacounty.us.

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Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) Funding for FY 16, RFA 16-198

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for its FY 16 Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) funding program. Approximately $1.1 million is available for 501(c)(3) organizations with a physical address in Alachua County in the categories of: Food, Health Care, Housing/Utilities, Children’s Education, and Safety for Abused & Neglected Children.  The formal name of this funding process cycle is “CAPP RFA (Request for Application) 16-198.”

Proposal materials are available online.

Proposal materials may also be obtained from the Office of Purchasing (12 SE 1st Street, 3rd floor, Gainesville, 352-374-5202).

The Pre-Application Workshop is on May 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Alachua County Health Department Auditorium (224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville).

Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on June 17, 2015.

In compliance with CAPP RFA 16-198 rules, all questions regarding funding must be submitted in writing only. Beginning immediately, questions can be submitted to CAPP Program Manager Lee Roberts at ldroberts@AlachuaCounty.us, or to the Office of Purchasing Agent Todd Jackson at tajackson@alachuacounty.us.

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Code Enforcement Board Openings

Alachua County is seeking to fill five voluntary positions on the Code Enforcement Board (CEB). Board meetings are help the first Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. in the Jack Durrance Auditorium (Room 209). The Auditorium is located on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, Gainesville).

The CEB is a quasi-judicial body of seven members and two alternates appointed by the County Commission with a goal to achieve compliance on designated civil code violations to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Alachua County. The Code Enforcement Board has the authority to issue findings of fact, conclusions of law, and orders to adjudicate violators of code requirements. The CEB may impose a fine if compliance is not achieved within a reasonable period of time.

The CEB is in need of members to fill the following positions: Architect, Sub-contractor, Citizen-at-Large and 2 Alternates (which can be any occupation).

Residents can apply for the Code Enforcement Board online.

For more information, contact Alachua County Code Enforcement Board Secretary Kathy Bruning at 352-337-6189 or kpbruning@alachuacounty.us.

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Thomas Webster Retires

Thomas Webster has been employed as a Housing Program Manager in the County’s Growth Management Department for 13 years. Prior to Alachua County, Mr. Webster worked for Citrus County and various non-profit organizations, dedicating a total of 36 years of his life to helping citizens find affordable housing.

He will be missed at the County and everyone wishes him an enjoyable retirement.

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The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County Offers Free HIV and STD Screening

In honor of National HIV Testing Day, the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is providing free HIV & STD screening at its Southwest Clinic (816 SW 64th Terrace, Gainesville) on June 25, 2015, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

National HIV Testing Day is an effort that encourages individuals to become proactive in their health and get tested for HIV. While testing is the main objective, counselors also seek to reduce the risk of infection by educating individuals on the risk factors associated with HIV transmission and promoting safe practices.

Every 9.5 minutes, someone in the United States is infected with HIV. This virus is not restricted to any specific race or population; therefore, no one is exempt from infection. By the end of 2013, it was estimated that 126,000 Floridians were living with HIV, but 1 in 7 people were unaware of their infection. An average of 5,500 Floridians are infected with HIV annually.

“Getting tested is the first step in taking care of your health and controlling the spread of HIV,” said Gay Koehler-Sides, HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator for Area 3/13. “Once you know your status, you can make informed decisions about your health. If you are positive, we can help get you into care and on HIV medications to improve your health and reduce the chance that you will transmit the virus to your partners.”

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County supports National HIV Testing Day. Community-based organizations and other health care providers are encouraged to help prevent the spread of HIV by raising awareness, providing support, and offering testing during routine doctor visits.

Residents wishing find an HIV testing site should text their zip code to 477493, or visit the We Make the Change website.

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County website or call 352-334-7960.

For media inquiries, contact Gay Koehler-Sides at 352-334-7965 or Gay.Koehler-Sides@flhealth.gov.

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Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Class

The Alachua County Emergency Management department is currently accepting citizen enrollments for their Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Class.This class is on June 20, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center (1100 S.E. 27th Street, Gainesville). There is a $15 fee per student (collected at registration). The registration fee includes a complimentary t-shirt. This class is presented by the Florida State Animal Response Coalition (SARC).

The Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering class is certified by the Florida Department of Emergency Management, and is required (in Florida) for those who wish to help companion animals in emergency shelters during a disaster. The class gives participants the knowledge needed to work in an emergency animal shelter, and the expertise and practical experience required to become a professional disaster animal responder.

Click to register online.

For more information about Florida SARC, visit their website, call 563-325-9738, or email training@flsarc.org.

For more information, contact Alachua County Emergency Management Coordinator Ebbin Spellman at 352-264-6550 or espellman@AlachuaCounty.us.

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June 4-H Summer Day Camp

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following 4-H Summer Day Camp. This program is being offered by Matt Benge, 4-H Youth Development Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Crafty Kids – June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program will provide 25-30 different types of crafts and ideas that will keep kids busy throughout the summer. The ages for this day camp are 5-18 years old (children ages 5-8 must be accompanied by an adult). Attendees do not need to be a member of 4-H to attend this day camp.

The cost for this day camp is $25.00 and includes supplies, snacks, and lunch.

A registration form and payment must be submitted to Matt Benge.

For more information, contact Matt Benge at 352-955-2402 or mattbenge@ufl.edu. Visit the Extension Office calendar for additional programs offered by the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office.

06-02-15 Special Meetings

The Alachua County Commission will conduct two Special Meetings on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The meetings are at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Grace Knight Conference Room, located on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration building (12 S.E. 1st Street, downtown Gainesville).

The 10 a.m. meeting agenda includes:

1. Judiciary Budget Presentation

2. Clerk of Court Budget Presentation

3. Tax Collector Budget Presentation

4. Property Appraiser Budget Presentation

5. Supervisor of Elections Budget Presentation

6. Sheriff Budget Presentation

View agenda and backup.

The 1:30 p.m. meeting agenda includes:

1. Regional Planning Council

2. East Side Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in the Unincorporated Area

3. Continuation of discussion of affordable housing update

View agenda and backup.

Citizens are encouraged to attend the meetings. They 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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June Extension Programs

Agriculture & Natural Resources Program

This program will be offered by Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center (13611 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville).

Equine Workshop – June 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Northeast Florida Livestock Agents Group will be hosting this equine workshop. The workshop topics include: disaster preparation, toxic weed identification & management, fencing, farmscaping your ranch, nutrition, and herd health. This workshop will be conducted by UF/IFAS Equine Extension Specialist, Carissa Wickens and UF/IFAS Extension Agents from the Northeast District Extension Offices.

The registration fee to attend this workshop is $10.00 (late registration fee is $20.00), lunch will be provided. 

Participants must register online by June 3.

For additional information regarding this program, please contact Barton Wilder, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, at 352-955-2402 or bwilder@ufl.edu.

Commercial Horticulture Programs

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

Honey Extraction & Bottling – June 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This class will provide information on honey extraction from bee hives and selling honey at the local markets.

There is no cost to attend this class.

Green Industries Best Management Practices – June 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent).

This workshop is designed to provide training in Best Management Practices for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. This is a required training class for all commercial and institutional fertilizer applicators in Alachua County according to the Alachua County Fertilizer Standards and Management Practices Code.

A “Commercial Fertilizer Applicator” means any person who applies fertilizer on turf and/or landscape plants in Alachua County in exchange for money, goods, services, or other valuable consideration.

An “Institutional Fertilizer Applicator” means any person, other than a non-commercial or commercial applicator (unless such definitions also apply under the circumstances), that applies fertilizer for the purpose of maintaining turf and/or landscape plants. Institutional applicators shall include, but shall not be limited to: owners and managers of public lands, schools, parks, religious institutions, utilities, industrial or business sites and any residential properties maintained in condominium and/or common ownership.

Best Management Practices are focused on reducing non-point source pollution resulting from fertilization or pesticide application. In some areas, professionals need to be certified in the BMPs to be able to bid on jobs or have commercial customers. It will be mandatory throughout the state in the near future.

Continuing Education Units will be offered in the following categories:  2 Core and 2 Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance categories.  To earn CEUs for pesticide license holders, make sure to get the CEU form signed before leaving.

The cost for the training is $25 and includes materials and lunch.

View/download the program brochure (PDF).

Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail) at least three working days prior to programs. 

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 Office.

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Commission Highlights

Thomas Webster’s Retirement
The Board recognized Mr. Thomas Webster’s 13 years of dedicated service by presenting him a token of appreciation.


Civility Month
The Board proclaimed May 2015 as “Civility Month” in Alachua County, FL and the moved that the Chair will discuss this with the City of Gainesville.

Attachment: Civility Month 2015.pdf

Dignity Village Presentation
The Board heard the Dignity Village Presentation.

Attachment: 140814A_Dignity Village Report_20150507.pdf


Solar Assessment Report
Concerning the Solar Assessment Report by Energy Conservation Services, the Board accepted the presentation and directed staff to proceed developing a funding strategy to install solar on the roof tops of the State Attorney’s Office, the 515 Main Street Bldg., and Facilities Office, and a carport installation in FY2016 and direct staff to pursue other funding options for the remaining seven buildings.

Attachment: SolarAssessment.pdf


Regional Workforce Board
Concerning the existing Regional Workforce Board, Application for Initial Local Workforce Area Designation and Continued Charter,  the Board accepted presentation, and approval of CareerSource North Central Florida’s application

Attachment: CareerSource NCFL.pdf


Commerce Rezoning - Initiate Dispute Resolution Process
Concerning the Alachua Commerce Rezoning - Initiate Dispute Resolution Process The Board decided to:  

Adopt a resolution authorizing the initiation of conflict resolution procedures between Alachua County and the City of Alachua and send the resolution along with a certified letter to the City of Alachua as required by Florida Statute Chapter 164, Governmental Disputes. (

Request the court to issue an order staying the other cases pursuant to Section 164.1041, Florida Statutes.

Authorize the Chair to execute the letter transmitting the resolution to the City of Alachua.

Attachment: Conflict Resolution Chair Letter DRAFT.pdf
Ch 164 Resolution_05132015 (3).pdf

Local Option Gas Tax
The Board approved the inter-local agreement for the distribution of the 4th, 5th, and 6th cent Local Option Gas Tax for a 1-year extension and authorize staff to begin immediately negotiating distribution of all the Local Option Gas Taxes.
Amount: Approx. $1.9M revenue

Attachment: 1985SignedInterlocalforLocalOptionGasTax.pdf
First Amendment to Interlocal for Gas Tax.pdf
Further History on the Local Option Gas Taxes.pdf

Budget Amendment
The Board approved the Budget Amendment to transfer $49,824 from General Fund Reserves to the Vehicle Replacement Fund and authorize the County Manager to approve any additional documents as necessary to complete the purchase of a replacement tractor for EPD.
Amount: $49,824.00

Attachment: Reserves and Email attachments.pdf
BC15 152 Approp funds EPD TractorPlow.pdf
February 5 Memo from EPD and Fleet Mgmt to OMB.pdf

UF Campus Development Agreement
The Board received the  report on the draft proposed UF Campus Development Agreement and authorized the Chair to send a letter to the UF Board of Trustees providing the results of the County’s review and comments regarding the draft Campus Development Agreement.

Attachment: Chr Ltr 2015.pdf
Chr Ltr 2015.pdf

Federal TIGER Grant
The Board heard the presentation and authorized the application for a Federal TIGER Grant to fund the Tower Road project and authorized chair signature on letter to accompany application and  authorized chair letter to the legislative delegation, and authorized inclusion on the Federal Legislative Agenda.

Recommended Action: Hear the presentation

Attachment: 0526TIGERPPT.pptx

Buck Bay Flatwoods Preserve Management Plan

The Board approved the Buck Bay Flatwoods Preserve Management Plan.

Attachment: Exhibit 3 Land Stewardship Planning Process Final.pdf
Exhibit 2 Buck Bay Flatwoods Preserve Management Plan Summary.pdf
Exhibit 4 Buck Bay Flatwoods Preserve Hunting Agreement.pdf
Exhibit 1 Buck Bay Flatwoods Preserve Management Plan.pdf

Update on Affordable Housing
The Board received the report on affordable housing and considered recommendations provided in the report. The Board moved to pursue option 1 – Preserve existing affordable multi-family rental stock.

Attachment: Update on Affordable Housing May 26 2015.pdf


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