June 15th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Take 5 About Southwest Health Clinic
2015 ACCESS Graduates
Watermelon Pond Preserve Management Plan
Community Emergency Response Team Classes
Commission Highlights

Take 5 About Southwest Health Clinic

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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2015 ACCESS Graduates

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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Watermelon Pond Preserve Management Plan

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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Community Emergency Response Team Classes

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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Commission Highlights

2015 ACCESS Class

The Board recognized the 33 graduates of the 2015 ACCESS Class and presented them with Certificates of Completion and copies of the 2015 class photo.

Attachment: 2015 ACCESS Graduation List.pdf

Code Enforcement Officers Appreciation Week

The Board proclaimed June 8 - 12, 2015 as “Code Enforcement Officers Appreciation Week” in Alachua County, FL.

Attachment: Code Enforcement Officers Appreciation Week 2015.pdf

The Board proclaimed June 9, 2015 as “Stepping Up Day” in Alachua County, Florida

Attachment: Stepping Up Day 2015.pdf

Global Facilities Management Day

The Board proclaimed June 10th, 2015 as “Global Facilities Management Day” in Alachua County, FL.

Attachment: Global Facilities Management Day 2015.pdf

Three Minute Local History
The Board heard the Alachua County Historical Commission three minute reading of local history concerning Spanish Moss.

Attachment: Spanish moss history.pdf
Attachment: 
Spanish Moss1882 Harpers Weekly.pdf

Dominion Voting Systems

The Board approved the agreement with Dominion Voting Systems for the Supervisor of Elections voting equipment.

Watermelon Pond Preserve Management Plan

The Board approved the Watermelon Pond Preserve Management Plan.

Amount: $5,500.00

Attachment: Exhibit 2 Watermelon Pond Preserve Managment Plan Summary.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 4 Watermelon Pond Preserve Cattle Grazing Agreement.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 6 Management Strategy 2013.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 1 Watermelon Pond Preserve Managment Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 3 Land Stewardship Planning Process Final.pdf
Attachment: 
Exhibit 5 ACF Cattle Grazing Business Plan 120124.pdf
Attachment: 
Watermelon Pond Management Plan BoCC Presentation.pptx

 The Board:

Authorized a final Resolution Establishing and Imposing a Non-Ad Valorem Assessment for NW 210 Avenue, NW 205 Street, NW 218 Avenue and NW 202 Street east of NW County Road 236, and cap the expense to the residents at $220,500.00 and the funding source for the difference is to be the Gas Tax.

Direct staff to evaluate the process in the code for cost increases and more accurate detailed estimates and report back to the Board with recommendations.

Authorize staff to approach High Springs to seek approval of an assessment on the properties in High Springs.

Unified Land Development Code

The Board adopted the ordinance amending the Unified Land Development Code Chapters 404 Use Regulations and 410 Definitions relating to Vehicle Sales and Service.

Attachment: ULDC_Text_Amd_App_Vehicle Sales.pdf
Attachment: 
Ord_and_Exh_A_06_09_15.pdf
Attachment: 
PowerPoint__ULDC__Hearing_6_09_15.pptx
Attachment: 
ULDC_StaffReport_6_09_15.pdf
Attachment: 
PowerPoint__ULDC__Hearing_6_09_15.pdf

 

Arbor Greens Planned Development

The Board approved the proposed Final Plat of Arbor Greens Planned Development Phase 2 Unit 2 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_Ph2_U1_LS_Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_Ph2_U2_presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_Ph2_U1_ZMP.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_Ph2_U1_OS_Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_Ph2_U1_Plat_2_of_2.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_Ph2_U1_Plat_1_of_2.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_Ph2_U1_Chair_SR.pdf
Attachment: 
AG_Ph2_U1_GM_SR.pdf

Open Space Ordinance

The Board directed staff to agenda the Open Space Ordinance for the next off Tuesday meeting and that staff present the history of the ordinance, what it was like before the Board amended it with the Comprehensive Plan, review the planning session and all the input that went into developing the ordinance, and the thinking behind the guiding language. Staff is to provide a list of all the open spaces approved since this was adopted so the Commission can visit some of the sites.

Rezoning

The Board approved a request to rezone from an ‘R-1a” (Single Family Residential) district to an ‘A’ (Agriculture) district on approximately one acre.

Attachment: ZOM0515.pptx
Attachment: 
ZOM0515 Powerpoint.pdf
Attachment: 
Application for ZOM0515.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOM0515.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0515 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Survey for ZOM0515.pdf

 

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