October 19th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

New Dental Clinic Opens to Serve Alachua County Residents
Learn about EPD’s Outreach Program on the latest Take 5
Foster Grandparent Program Celebrates 50 Years
Lunch and Learn Weatherization and Energy Review Training Event
9-1-1 Center Supervisor’s Quick Reference Guide Receives National Attention
County Fire Rescue Receives ISO Alternative Water Supply Certification
Health Department Emphasizes the Importance of Preventing Mosquito-borne Diseases
10-20-15 Special Meetings
17th Annual Trashformations Recycled Art Competition
October Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

New Dental Clinic Opens to Serve Alachua County Residents

Families in Alachua County have a new option for oral health services with the official opening of the Southwest Dental Clinic. The clinic is located in the Linton Oaks neighborhood across from the Southwest Advocacy Group Resource Center at 816 SW 64th Terrace. The clinic provides preventive and restorative dental care such as examinations, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatment, fillings, and tooth extractions.

At the October 14, 2015 Community Open House and check presentation public officials, University of Florida College of Dentistry representatives, community leaders, and residents toured the new facility, which is funded by a $1.85 million grant from United Health Foundation.

The Southwest Dental Clinic is part of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County’s Dental Emergency Department Diversion Program. The program aims to improve access to oral health care for Alachua County residents, who will now have an alternative for services instead of going to the emergency room for unmet dental care needs.

“We are thrilled to receive United Health Foundation’s support in opening the Southwest Dental Clinic,” said Florida Department of Health in Alachua County Administrator Paul Myers. “Through this generous grant, we are able to provide the Gainesville community with the necessary services to deliver quality and effective care.”

“United Health Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to support the Southwest Dental Clinic, working with organizations such as the Florida Department of Health to provide greater access to quality dental care for the people of Alachua County,” said UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Florida CEO Michael Lawton.

A lack of dental care for low-income Americans has long put stress on hospital emergency rooms, according to a recent study published by Health Affairs. As of January 2013, about 45 million Americans were living in rural and urban regions with shortages of dental care providers.

The grant to support the dental clinic is part of United Health Foundation’s “Helping Build Healthier Communities” program that is providing critical resources to organizations across the country to improve people’s health. The grant will be administered by the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County over a three-year period. 

“The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners recognizes the importance of access to public dental health services,” said Alachua County Board of County Commissioners Chair Charles “Chuck” Chestnut, IV. “The significant funding United Health Foundation has provided to our County Health Department will secure access to services that are in great demand.”

The Dental Diversion program will be implemented in coordination with the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County’s Southwest Health Clinic. Success measures will include improvement in access to preventive and restorative dental care, and reduction in healthcare costs.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about oral health services, call 352-225-4320.

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County works on a daily basis to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.  Their vision is to be the healthiest state in the nation. They are guided by their core values of innovation, collaboration, accountability, responsiveness, and excellence (I.C.A.R.E.).

Through collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, United Health Foundation works to improve the health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce, and enhance the well-being of local communities. United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, United Health Foundation has committed more than $285 million to programs and communities around the world. Learn more at the United Health Foundation website.

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Learn about EPD’s Outreach Program on the latest Take 5

Watch the Take 5 video.

This edition of Alachua County’s “Take 5” highlights the County Environmental Protection Department’s efforts to teach local children some important lessons about our water and how we can all help to keep it clean. For more information call County Environmental Protection at 352-264-6800 or visit www.alachuacountywater.org.

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Foster Grandparent Program Celebrates 50 Years

Since 1965, Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) volunteers have made a difference in classrooms across the country as tutors, mentors, and friends. The Alachua County Commission has provided the support and needed matching funds to keep the local program going for over 40 years.

FGP allows volunteers age 55 and over to not only help kids, but also to help themselves by staying active and engaged in their communities. During 2014-2015, 106 FGP volunteers provided 84,623 hours of individualized assistance to over 400 children at 35 different host sites. Alachua County FGP partners include Alachua County Public Schools, Early Learning Coalition, City of Gainesville Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, and Girls Place, Inc. Volunteers have helped students achieve significant improvement in the areas of reading, math, and social development.

According to one teacher, “I’m so very pleased with the improvements that have been made in my two students. They have learned and met goals that were created for them. The special one-on-one time that Grandma displays with the students has really helped them academically, physically, and mentally. Her service and time is appreciated. Thank you!”

Watch a short video about the FGP 50th Anniversary.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program at 352-264-6731.

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Lunch and Learn Weatherization and Energy Review Training Event

The Alachua County Office of Sustainability invites citizens interested in weather-proofing their homes and decreasing their utility bills to the “Lunch and Learn” weatherization and energy review training. The training is on Friday, October 23, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in the Grace Knight Conference Room on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, downtown Gainesville). The training is free, and is the first of a monthly series of workshops and information sessions offered by the Alachua County Office of Sustainability for the Water Energy and Waste Opportunities for Conservation (WEWOC) program.

The training will be led by the Community Weatherization Coalition (CWC), and provides information on how to examine buildings for energy-draining or water-wasting issues. Topics covered include leak detection and sealing, window treatments, and best practices for appliances and electronics.

County employees who are members of the “Champs” program are encouraged to attend. The Champs program, launched in 2013, empowers County employees to reduce their carbon footprints while on the job, and train their colleagues how to do the same. By reducing the County’s energy consumption, the Champs help decrease operating costs, leaving more funds to put into the community. The Champs will also support efforts to educate the community on energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and sustainable food and transportation.

The Office of Sustainability offers programs in conjunction with goals established by the Energy Conservation Strategies Commission formed in 2008, which recommended several initiatives to reduce energy conservation across the County. These initiatives are sought through a number of overlapping County programs and policies, many of which include partnerships with the School and Library Districts, the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, and local nonprofits and small businesses.

The CWC is a grassroots community coalition whose mission is to improve home weatherization and energy efficiency for low-income households through education, volunteer work projects, and community-building. They focus on small, simple changes that add up to lowered utility bills and conserving our planet’s natural resources.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Office of Sustainability’s Program Development Specialist Rachel Wayne at 352-264-6986 or rwayne@alachuacounty.us.

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9-1-1 Center Supervisor’s Quick Reference Guide Receives National Attention

Alachua County Fire Rescue is pleased to report that the locally created “9-1-1 Center Supervisor’s Quick Reference Guide” will be posted on the Department of Homeland Security’s Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program Public Safety Tools resource web page, where other nationally recognized resources are available. The guide concept was created by Alachua County E911 Coordinator Keith Godwin. 

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications contacted Godwin about the guide. It is an all in one resource to provide supervisors in a 9-1-1 center with short, to the point information on a myriad of subjects including but not limited to GPS formats, physical security, time synchronization, routing and transferring of 9-1-1 calls, and radio communications. 

Mr. Randy Kerr, an employee of the Office of Emergency Communications, and a former Alachua County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center Manager, was assigned as the project lead working with Mr. Godwin. 

For more information, contact Keith Godwin at 352-338-7361.

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County Fire Rescue Receives ISO Alternative Water Supply Certification

The owners of thousands of Alachua County properties (improved parcels) may soon see a reduction in their fire insurance rates thanks to an Alternative Water Supply Certification achieved by Alachua County Fire Rescue. This new certification went into effect on October 1, 2015.

The Insurance Service Organization (ISO) is a nationwide private company that provides analytical data and a nationally recognized standard rating system to evaluate the firefighting capabilities of communities. This rating system is called the Public Protection Classification (PPC) assigning a class from 1 to 10, with Class 1 representing the best public protection and Class 10 indicating no recognized protection. The PPC number is used to help establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties. Every four years, fire service organizations throughout the United States are reviewed on a wide range of topics. This determines the appropriate protection class rating for insurance companies in the local area.

Two of the most important factors in determining a property’s PPC classification are the driving distance to the closest fire station and the closest fire hydrant. The best rates are given to those properties within five driving miles of a fire station and within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant. For those areas without the advantage of municipal piped water systems, ISO will credit the higher delivery rate to departments that can demonstrate hauled-water operations in the form of an “Alternate Water Delivery Certification.”

To achieve the Alternative Water Delivery Certification, Alachua County Fire Rescue had to demonstrate the ability to begin delivery of a minimum of 250 gallons of water per minute within five minutes of the arrival of the initial apparatus, and maintaining the flow for no less than two hours anywhere within five miles of a County fire station.

The portion of Alachua County that is serviced by Alachua County Fire Rescue has received a PPC of 3.  Previously, portions of this area received a PPC of 3X which usually translates into significantly higher insurance premiums. This certification will effectively remove the requirement to live within a 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant for the parcel owners to receive the best rating for fire insurance. Each insurance company, not ISO, incorporates the PPC information differently to establish the premiums they charge policyholders.

After October 1, 2015, Alachua County residents who have insurance on an improved parcel in the area within five miles of an Alachua County Fire Rescue fire suppression station, but outside the area serviced by fire hydrants should check with their personal insurance carrier to see what this certification will mean for their insurance rates.

For more information, visit the Alachua County Fire Rescue website or call 352-384-3101.

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Health Department Emphasizes the Importance of Preventing Mosquito-borne Diseases

Surveillance systems are detecting increased mosquito populations and the presence of mosquito borne viruses. “The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County (FDOH-Alachua) would like to remind citizens and visitors the importance of preventing infection from mosquito-borne diseases as our surveillance system is detecting increased mosquito populations and the presence mosquito borne viruses,” said FDOH-Alachua Environmental Health Director Anthony Dennis.

FDOH-Alachua and local mosquito control continues surveillance and prevention efforts throughout the County. FDOH-Alachua reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by taking precautions to prevent mosquitoes from living and multiplying around your home or business. To prevent mosquito-borne diseases, the Florida Department of Health recommends practicing “Drain and Cover.”

Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

Cover skin with clothing and use mosquito repellent.

Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.

For more information, see the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.

Residents should report mosquito problems to their municipality’s mosquito control, or the FDOH-Alachua at 352-334-7930.

For more information, contact Anthony Dennis at 352-334-7930.


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10-20-15 Special Meetings

The Alachua County Commission will conduct two Special Meetings on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. The morning meeting begins at 10 a.m., and the afternoon meeting begins at 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:

1. Staff presentation and Board discussion on funding for conservation lands stewardship

View agenda and backup.

The 1:30 p.m. meeting agenda:

1. Comments on City of Hawthorne proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment for Envision Alachua

2. Comments on Urban Services Report for City of Hawthorne Annexation

View agenda and backup.

The public is invited to attend the meetings. They will be available to view live on Cox Channel 12 or on the County’s Video on Demand website.

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

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17th 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 17th annual Trashformations Art Show and Competition. The competition begins at 6 p.m. on November 20, 2015, 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 13, 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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October Extension Programs

Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs for October, 2015.  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.

Worker Protection Standard: Train the Trainer Workshop – October 22, from 9 a.m. to noon (with Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent)

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 $10.00 (includes light refreshments). 

Please register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail) no later than October 19.

NFLAG Master Herdsman Series – October 15, October 22, October 29, November 5, and November 12, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., UF/IFAS Extension Clay County (2463 SR 16 West, Green Cove Springs) 

The Master Herdsman Series is for ranchers both large and small that are interested in improving their knowledge of animal husbandry. The series will cover management, reproduction, nutrition, and laws and regulations for cattle, goats, horses, and poultry. The series will also have a session on pasture weed control and forage production. Participants must attend at least four workshops to become a Master Herdsman.

Registration is $50.00 for entire series, or $20.00 per class, late registration will be $30.00. Registration is available on-line (with additional fee).  Please pre-register at least three days in advance by calling 352-955-2402.

Commercial Horticulture Programs

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Commercial Horticulture Programs for October, 2015. 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.

Winter Hive Management – October 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the DPI Doyle Conner Building (1911 SW 34 Street, Gainesville) - This is the final course of a four-part series with Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent.

This workshop will feature information on preparing beehives for the winter season. Attendees will be working hands-on with an active bee hive. Protective clothing is required.

There is no registration fee. This program is limited to the first 50 registrants.

Green Industries Best Management Practices – October 29, 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 (BMPs) 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.

The cost is $25.00 and includes materials and lunch. 

Please pre-register at least 3 days prior to programs by calling 352-337-6209.

View/download the program brochure (PDF).

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

Florida Native Plant Month

The Board proclaimed October 2015, as “Florida Native Plant Month” in Alachua County, FL

Attachment: Florida Native Plant Month 2015.pdf


Female Protective Society Annual Conference 100th Anniversary

The Board proclaimed October 18 - 25, 2015, as “Female Protective Society Annual Conference 100th Anniversary” in Alachua County, FL

Attachment: Female Protective Society 100th Anniversary 2015.pdf


United Nations Day

The Board proclaimed October 22, 2015, as “United Nations Day” in Alachua County, FL

Attachment: UN Day 10 2015.pdf


National 4-H Week

The Board proclaimed October 4 - 10, 2015, as “National 4-H Week” in Alachua County, FL

Attachment: 4H Week 2015.pdf


Dangers of Synthetic Drugs

The Board heard a presentation by Sheriff Sadie Darnell’s staff on the dangers of synthetic drugs. 


Business and Economic Growth Action Plan

The Board heard a presentation on Business and Economic Growth Action Plan biannual update

Attachment: Action Plan Update 10 13 15.pdf
Implementation Plan Progress Report 9 11 2015.pdf
Action Plan Status Sheets.pdf

Sustainability Council Quarterly Update

Concerning the Sustainability Council Quarterly Update, the Board  

Accepted the staff presentation and report of accomplishments to date, next steps and schedule of follow-up meetings until the next Quarterly Report.

Approved the Integrated into Operations List of initiatives allowing Departments to provide follow-up and reporting to the Board.

Approved the ranking of In-Progress Initiatives.

Attachment: Matrix In Progress Initiatives 10-13-15.pdf
Matrix Integrated into Operations Initiatives 10-13-15.pdf


Urban Services Report and the Comprehensive Plan Amendment
The Board directed staff to transmit letters with comments on the Urban Services Report and the Comprehensive Plan Amendment to the City of Hawthorne and schedule a meeting to discuss the topic on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, with the following amendments to the letters:
Draft Chair Letter to Hawthorne on CPA_10-13-15
Draft Chair Letter to Hawthorne on USR


Campus Development Agreement

The Board held the second public hearing and adopted the updated Campus Development Agreement (CDA) 2015-2025.

Attachment: CDAhearingBoCC.10.13.15.pptx
CDA 2015_2025Final_UF_AttySig.pdf


Alachua County Registry of Protected Public Places

The Board adopted the Resolutions in attached Exhibits 1 and 2 to add the Buck Bay Flatwoods and Watermelon Pond properties, without exceptions for Rights-of-Way, to the Alachua County Registry of Protected Public Places.

Attachment: Exhibit 3 Buck Bay Flatwoods Registry Resolution with ROW.pdf
151013 Registry.pptx
Exhibit 2 Watermelon Pond Additions Registry Resolution no ROW.pdf
Exhibit 5 Ordinance 08-016.pdf
Exhibit 4 Wagner Memo on Conversion.pdf
Exhibit 1 Buck Bay Flatwoods Registry Resolution no ROW.pdf


Replat of Country Club Estates

The Board approved the proposed replat of Country Club Estates Lot 22 Block C based on the recommendation of 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: CCE_L22_BLC_GM_SR.pdf


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