June 30th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Tourism Projects
Alachua County Partners with Walgreens Pharmacy
County Website Improvements
Veteran Job Fair
Independence Day Schedules
July Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

County Tourism Projects

At the June 23rd Regular Meeting of the County Commission, $1million of Tourist Development Tax (TDT) funds were awarded to 4 agencies for capital projects that promote tourism. The awards went to the following agencies: The Arts Association for Alachua County for the Doris Bardon Community Center ($50,000), The Cade Museum Foundation for The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention ($700,000), The Florida Museum of Natural History for the Discovery Room ($125,000) and Santa Fe College for the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo for The World of Wild Florida Birds ($125,000). While none of the applicants received the full amount of their requests, this division of funds does move each project closer to completion.

The Tourist Development Council (TDC), which advises the Board on tourism matters, requested the Commission put funds towards applications that would bring something unique to the area.  Based on the TDC’s scores, and the award this year and the $600,000 awarded in 2010, it was evident they felt the Cade Museum project presented the best investment.

“I am pleased that the Commission awarded funds to each of these applicants,” said Tourist Development Director John Pricher. “They are all part of what makes this area enticing for visitors. I believe that the completion of the Cade Museum will further put Alachua County in the mix of Florida destinations.”

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Alachua County Partners with Walgreens Pharmacy

In the June 12, 2015, issue of “Body Pro, The HIV Resource for Health Professionals,” Walgreens Pharmacy Manager Joel L. Zive B.S., Pharm D. wrote an article about the amazing cooperation between Walgreens and the Alachua County Community Support Services, Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center.

In the article he wrote:

“Two years ago, the Alachua County Community Support Services, Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center in Gainesville, Florida, contacted me to inquire about Walgreens’ partnership in assisting uninsured sexual assault victims to obtain HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) prescriptions during weekends and holidays. This issue is of great importance because once an individual is sexually assaulted, there is only a 72-hour window to begin PEP. Ideally, it is recommended to start the regimen as soon as possible. I have learned that when a person is sexually assaulted, local emergency rooms only provide a one-day dose of the regimen. As a result, this leaves the victim advocate and patient foraging for medication to cover the remaining days of the typical 28-day regimen. In addition, the problem is further compounded if the assault occurs on a holiday weekend.”

Read the article in its entirety.

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County Website Improvements

The Alachua County Information Services department has recently completed a series of updates to the functionality of the Alachua County website. The updates improve citizens’ ability to search and navigate information, and offer easy access to the information and services that are most important to them.

“Our goal is to help citizens find the information they are searching for on the County’s website as quickly and easily as possible,” stated Kevin Smith, Director of the Information Services department. “Citizens can now search and navigate the site using new features that will allow direct access to the most frequently requested information and give citizens the opportunity to inquire or suggest items of interest to the County Manager.” 

Improvements to the site’s navigation include quick access to information regarding services that citizens search for most often, and a broader list of County offices and agencies.  In addition, a “Business Resources” menu has been added, allowing those who do business in the County, or those looking to do business in the County, quick access to various resources the County’s Economic Development office has to offer.  Citizens can utilize the site’s search feature on desktop computers as well as mobile devices, to quickly get information on-the-go.

County staff will monitor the website database and provide updates to the search and navigation options in order to provide citizens the easiest access to the information that matters most to them.

For more information contact the Communications Office at 374-5204.

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Veteran Job Fair

Alachua County invites veterans in North Central Florida to the “Veteran Job Fair” on Thursday, July 2, 2015, beginning at 9 a.m., at Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center (1028 NE 14th St., Gainesville). The event is free and open to all who have served in the military.

The Veteran Job Fair event is sponsored by Alachua County, CareerSource North Central Florida, the City of Gainesville, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, North Central Florida Society for Human Resources Management (NCFSHRM), Santa Fe College, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and UF’s Collegiate Veteran Success Center.

Alachua County Economic Development Coordinator Edgar Campa-Palafox said, “If you served in the military and you are looking for a job opportunity, come and speak with more than 30 regional employers and apply for current openings.”

In preparation to the Veteran Job Fair, the North Central Florida Society for Human Resources Management (NCFSHRM) is organizing a Preparation Workshop. The name of the workshop is “Resume Tips and Interview Strategies: Translating Military Experience to Civilian Jobs.”

This workshop will discuss ways veterans can effectively sell military experience when applying for civilian jobs. Topics will focus on resumes and interviewing strategies.

The workshop is taking place at the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce (300 East University Avenue, Suite 100, Gainesville), on Tuesday, June 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event is free to attend and open to all who have served in the military.

View/download the Veteran Job Fair flyer (PDF).

For more information, contact the Alachua County Manager’s Office at 352-374-5204.

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Independence Day Schedules

Other than emergency services, all Alachua County government offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015, in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.

Animal Services

In observation of the Independence Day holiday, the Alachua County Animal Services Department will be closed on Saturday, July 4. The department will resume its normal hours of operation on Tuesday, July 7.

For more information about Animal Services, contact Alachua County Animal Services Director, Vernon Sawyer at 352-264-6870.

Curbside Waste Collection/Collection Centers

Residential curbside collection service for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will not be affected due to the observance of Independence Day on Saturday, July 4th.

The Office of Waste Collection, The Hazardous Waste Collection Center, The five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers and the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, July 4th. All services will resume their normal schedule on Monday, July 6th.

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

 

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July Extension Programs

Hay Field Day

The Northeast Florida Livestock Agents Group is hosting the UF/IFAS Extension Hay Field Day on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Santa Fe River Ranch (29220 NW 122 Street, Alachua), from 9 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) to 2:15 p.m.

The field day will provide updates on various topics related to hay production along with field demonstration.  Topics include:  heifer performance on Tifton-85 versus Coastal bermudagrass, chute side handling, hayfield insecticides, weed identification, equipment demonstrations, and pasture herbicide updates.

The registration fee is $10.00 in advanced or $15.00 day of event (lunch will be served by Farm Credit). Online registration is available through Eventbrite with an additional fee.

View/download the event flyer (PDF).

For more information, contact Barton Wilder, UF/IFAS Extension, Alachua County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent at 352-955-2402.

Water Quality Tours

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office will be conducting the Water Quality Tours on July 22-24, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Freedom Community Center (7340 SW 41 Place, Gainesville). 

The tour bus leaves each day from the Freedom Community Center at 9 a.m. (participants should arrive by 8:45 a.m. for check-in).  The registration fee is $40.00 (includes lunches and bus fee).  Registration will be limited to the first 50 pre-paid registrants.  To reserve a seat, pay in advance to the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609.

View/download the Water Quality Tours flyer (PDF).

For more information about this program, call 352-955-2402.

July 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).

Canning Workshop – July 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Basic information on canning foods using the boiling-water canner and steam pressure canner. Directions and tips will also be included on making jams, jellies, and pickles.

No registration fee; printed materials will be available for $3.00 per set. Please pre-register for this class by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

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

Capital Projects That Promote Tourism
The Board set funding levels for the “Capital Projects That Promote Tourism” submissions with advice provided by the Tourist Development Council.  A total of $1 million dollars of funding was approved. This funding is from the Bed Tax paid by visitors on their temporary lodging.  The approved projects and amounts are as follows:

Attachment: 7TotalscoreswithAdjusted.pdf
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6SantaFeCollegeApplication.pdf
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1BOCCBallotCapitalProjectsforTourism.pdf
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4CadeMuseumApplication.pdf
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3ArtsAssociationforAlachuaCountyApplication.pdf
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215230CapitalProjectsPromoteTourismRFI.pdf
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8TouristDevCouncilallscores.pdf
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5FloridaMuseumofNaturalHistoryApplication.pdf

Sustainability Quarterly Update
Concerning the Sustainability Quarterly Update the Board:

  1. Accepted the staff presentation and report of accomplishments to-date, next steps, and the schedule of follow-up meetings until the next Quarterly Report.
  2. Approved the Integrated into Operations List of initiatives allowing Departments to provide follow-up and reporting to the Board.
  3. Approved the methodology and ranking of In-Progress Initiatives.

Attachment: Matrix In Progress Initiatives 062315.pdf
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Matrix Integrated into Operations Initiatives 062315.pdf

Downtown Master Space Needs Plan
Concerning the 2015 Alachua County Downtown Master Space Needs Plan, the Board approved the following:

  1. Approve $235,000.00 for the near term renovation of the County Administration Building subject to the review of final floor plan.
  2. Approve the use of the Tax Collector carryforward funds for the renovation of the 1st floor subject to the review of the final floor plan.
  3. Staff to provide an analysis of the purchase versus lease of the 515 building at the next scheduled Board meeting.
  4. Schedule a workshop for the Long Term Master Plan as the next appropriate time.  The workshop should be scheduled with all affected parties including the Clerk of the Court, Chief Judge, Court Services, and others.

Attachment: OMB_Appropriated_Reserves_General_Fund_rev.pdf
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PROPOSED_2015_DLR_MASTER_SPACE_NEEDS_PLAN.pdf
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BA.pdf

IAFF Collective Bargaining Agreement
The Board approved the negotiated amended IAFF Collective Bargaining Agreement and the new rates of pay for all covered employees to be effective retroactively, beginning the first full pay period on or after October 1, 2014, in accordance with CBA.
Attachment: 
FY15 IAFF Fire General Unit 060315.pdf
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Iaffproposalcba2014 2017 updated6032015dgupdatedg.pdf
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Iaff RegularUnit 2014 2015 summary 06102015dg.pdf

Utility Engineering and Relocation Agreement
The Board approved Utility Engineering and Relocation Agreement with Duke Energy and issue payment to Duke Energy once the work is complete
Attachment: 
Agreement to Reimburse Duke Energy.pdf

Dignity Village Management
The Board reviewed the Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board’s recommendation to the Alachua County Commission that it provide $25,000 to cover one-half of the cost of hiring a nonprofit to manage Dignity Village. This total cost is not to excede $50,000. The Board decided to make this funding discussion a part of their summer budget workshops.
Attachment: 
Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board Meeting Minutes of June 3 2015 DRAFT.pdf

Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry Funding
The Board reviewed the Empowerment Center Advisory Board’s recommendation to the City of Gainesville and Alachua County Commissions to fund the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry FY 15/16 Budget request in the amount of $780,793.50; split equally between the City and County and that the Coalition continue expending City/County funds only at the FY 14/15 rate ($559,680 annually) as the Advisory Board intends to work closely with the Coalition to fundraise for the additional dollars in an effort to meet the Coalitions full budget request. The Board decided to make this funding discussion a part of their summer budget workshops.
Attachment: 
Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board Meeting Minutes of June 3 2015 DRAFT.pdf
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FY 15 16 GRACE Marketplace budget 5 28 draft.pdf
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6 3 2015 ACCHH Presentation to Oversight Advisory Board.pdf

Revised Preliminary Development Plan and Resolution DR-15-21
The Board approved the Revised Preliminary Development Plan and Resolution DR-15-21
Attachment: 
CP_MasterNotes.pdf
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CP_OpenSpace.pdf
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CP_StaffReport.pdf
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DR_15_21.pdf
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CP_TranspPlan.pdf
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CP_MasterPlan.pdf
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PowerPoint.pdf

 

 

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