November 2nd edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Know the Social Services Available in Alachua County
Winter Irrigation Limits Begin November 1
County Animal Services on Alachua County Talks
N.W. 23rd Avenue Public Workshop
Jim Stringfellow Day
Interstate 75 Nighttime Lane Closures
N.W. 43rd Street Lane Closure
Hazardous Waste Management Workshop
11-03-15 Special Meetings
Annual Veterans Day Celebration
November Extension Programs
Welcome Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent

Commission Highlights

Know the Social Services Available in Alachua County

In Florida, counties are charged by the State to provide social services. In addition to the in-house Community Support Services Department and the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County, the Alachua County Commission wants citizens to know about the services available through the non-profit agencies that it contracts with.  The Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) agencies and the CHOICES healthcare agencies provide a wide variety of programs designed to address and reduce poverty and to improve the health of our residents.   The services offered include food distribution, tutoring, childcare, senior care, healthcare, dental care, victim services, homeless services and more.  The link below provides information on the agencies and what services they provide.  If you or someone you know are in need, please click on the links to learn more, and please help us share this information. 

View the complete list of CAPP and CHOICES agencies.

Visit the Alachua County Community Support Services website.

Visit the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County website.

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Winter Irrigation Limits Begin November 1

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (EPD) wants to remind residents that beginning on Sunday, November 1, 2015 (end of Daylight Saving Time), landscape irrigation is limited to one day a week.

“On average, an irrigated yard in the Gainesville area uses 300 gallons of groundwater a day for a combined use of almost 5 million gallons of water per day,” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Department 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, lakes, 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 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 Gus Olmos at 352-264-6806 or Gus@alachuacounty.us.

 

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County Animal Services on Alachua County Talks

A new edition of Alachua County Talks, featuring an interview with Alachua County Animal Services Director Vernon Sawyer, premieres Monday, October 26, 2015, on Cox Channel 12 TV at 7:30 p.m. Sawyer discusses the challenges facing County Animal Services, as well as the division’s many accomplishments, and the rewards and responsibilities of pet ownership.

In speaking of the program, Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “Vernon Sawyer has a wealth of experience and dedication to the animal services field. Through education, adoption, sheltering, enforcement, and the rescue of animals, Alachua County Animal Services is working to promote public safety for the welfare of citizens and animals alike.”

View the interview online.

For more information, visit Alachua County Animal Services or email vsawyer@alachuacounty.us.

The latest editions of Alachua County Talks air on Cox Channel 12 at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. every night except Thursday, and at 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m., and 12 a.m. every day. Special or regular County Commission and Gainesville City Commission meetings may preempt any showing.

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

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N.W. 23rd Avenue Public Workshop

Alachua County is holding a Public Workshop to discuss roadway improvements along N.W. 23rd Avenue from N.W. 83rd Street to N.W. 58th Boulevard.  The workshop is on November 5, 2015, from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Buchholz High School Cafeteria (5510 N.W. 27th Ave, Gainesville). The County is seeking public input on the scope of the project which may include safety & operational improvements. The workshop will be an open house format with staff present to answer questions; there will not be a formal presentation.

A comment form is available online.

The forms can be turned in at the event, faxed to 352-337-6243 (Attn: Trevor Bradley), emailed to tbradley@alachuacounty.us, or returned to:

Alachua County Public Works
5620 N.W. 120th Lane
Gainesville, FL 32653

For more information, contact Alachua County Growth Management Transportation Planner Jeff Hays at 352-264-6971 or jhays@alachuacounty.us.

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Jim Stringfellow Day

At the most recent County Commission Regular Meeting, the Board declared October 27, 2015 as “Jim Stringfellow Day.”

Jim Stringfellow’s lifetime passion has been helping children, improving healthcare in Alachua County and enhancing our community’s quality of life for more than 30 years. He is a founding member of the board of Partnership for Strong Families, chaired the board for the agency’s first seven years of operation, and continues to serve as Chair Emeritus.

Mr. Stringfellow has helped to create a number of successful, innovative child abuse prevention programs, including the Library Partnership and the SWAG Family Resource Center.

He served his community on the Gainesville Airport Advisory Board, the Alachua General Hospital Board, the MTPO Citizens Advisory Board, the Health Families Advisory Board, the United Way of North Central Florida Board, and the Alachua County Children’s Alliance. Mr. Stringfellow chaired the Alachua County advisory committee that developed the CHOICES healthcare program in 2004 and has been a longtime member of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Stringfellow spearheaded the United Way of North Central Florida’s “Success by Six” early childhood initiative to fund programs that improve school readiness, and was instrumental in creating the FluMist program which provides 20,000 immunizations to school-aged youth and adults annually in Alachua County.

Mr. Stringfellow was named the Children’s Home Society Child Advocate of the Year in 2011, which honors those who make an exceptional contribution toward the well-being of disadvantaged, troubled, and abused children.

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Interstate 75 Nighttime Lane Closures

The Alachua County Public Works Department is informing drivers to expect nighttime lane closures on Interstate 75 (both northbound and southbound) just north of Archer Road (Exit 384) between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Monday, November 9, through Friday, November 13, 2015.

This is not a detour notification.  There will be travel lanes available but expect slowdowns and speed reductions.

The lane closure is due to a barrier wall and attenuators being set in the median for the Alachua County Celebration Pointe bridge (SW 30th Avenue) project.

For more information, contact Karen Harrell with Celebration Point at 800-927-0062 or info@CelebrationPointeBridge.com.

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N.W. 43rd Street Lane Closure

Alachua County Public Works is informing drivers that Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) will close the outside northbound travel lane of N.W. 43rd Street at the 3400 block from October 28, through November 6, 2015, to repair a failing sanitary sewer line.

For more information, contact Barbra Misener with GRU at 352-393-1613, or Alachua County Public Works Construction Inspection Superintendent Timothy Mckenzie at 352-231-4959.

 

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Hazardous Waste Management Workshop

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are providing a free workshop on how to comply with hazardous waste regulations and used oil storage requirements. The workshop is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Gainesville Regional Utilities Eastside Operations Center (4747 North Main Street, Gainesville).

The workshop will cover topics that apply to most businesses that generate potentially hazardous waste.  Common regulated wastes include: used oil, used oil filters, corrosives, antifreeze, solvents, rags, paint wastes, lead-acid batteries, and spent fluorescent bulbs.

For more information or to register to the workshop, contact Gus Olmos at 352-264-6806 or Gus@alachuacounty.us.

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11-03-15 Special Meetings

The Alachua County Commission will conduct two Special Meetings on Tuesday, November 3, 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. Alachua County Utility Savings Reinvestment Program: first semi-annual reconciliation discussion

View agenda and backup.

The 1:30 p.m. meeting agenda:

1. I-75 Task Force

2. Civil War Statue

3. Discussion on Advisory Board designated appointments

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.

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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Annual Veterans Day Celebration

Alachua County Veterans Services and the veteran community will hold their Annual Veterans Day Celebration on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at Veterans Memorial Park (formerly named Kanapaha Veterans Memorial Park, on the corner of SW 75th St. and SW 41st Pl., Gainesville). This event is open to the public. Citizens are advised to bring their own lawn chairs to sit on.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., residents can visit the multiple organizational booths and enjoy music. At 10:15 a.m., the United States Air Force’s Military Working Dog Demonstration will begin. At 11 a.m., Palatka Skydive will deliver the American Flag, and the formal program will occur. After the formal program, the celebration continues with a BBQ sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Committee, with proceeds going to the Gainesville High School ROTC and the Veterans Memorial Fund. Live music will be performed by the Justin Lee Band. They will play music of the Vietnam era (sponsored by 10Can Inc.).

Alachua County Veterans Services Director Kim Smith said, “This event will be a wonderful celebration with 50 years of remembrance honoring our Vietnam Veterans.”

View/download the full event program (PDF).

For more information, contact Kim Smith at 352-264-6740 or kismith@alachuacounty.us.

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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 N.E. 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance – November 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent).

This class is for Landscape Maintenance Contractors applying pesticides to their customers’ plant beds or shrubs.

The registration fee is $30.00 and includes program materials, refreshments, and lunch for the day.

View/download the class brochure (PDF).

Growing Gourmet Mushrooms: Shiitake & Oyster Production – November 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Topics include: mushroom basics and production, along with harvesting and handling procedures. Attendees will participate in hands-on activities inoculating their own shiitake mushroom log and oyster mushroom straw bags.

The registration fee is $50.00 (includes lunch and materials).

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

Livestock Programs

These programs are being offered by Dr. Cindy Sanders, Livestock Agent, at the facilities listed below.

Beef Cattle Palpation School – November 12-13, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the UF/IFAS Beef Teaching Unit (3301 SW 23 Terrace, Gainesville)

Topics include: reproduction basics, calving difficulty, breeding season management, palpation, and blood testing.

There is a $75.00 registration fee, which includes lunch and supplies. Class will be limited to the first 20 registrants. Participants must pre-register by Monday, November 2, by calling 352-955-2402.

View/download the event flyer (PDF).

Florida Fall Cattlemen’s Conference & Allied Trade Show – November 19, at 8 a.m., at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion (2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala)

Some topics include: hay vs. round bale silage, fetal programming, bull selection, and basic herd health.

There is a $25.00 registration fee. Participants must pre-register by Friday, November 6. Registration is available on-line with additional fee.

For more information about these programs contact Dr. Cindy Sanders, Livestock Agent, at 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office Calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

 

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Welcome Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent

Denise DeBusk, DPM, BCE is the Environmental and Community Horticulture Extension Agent. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Doctorate in Plant Medicine (DPM), making her a bonafide plant doctor. She also has a Master’s in Science Education and Bachelor’s in Entomology and Nematology from UF, as well as being a Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) with the Entomological Society of America. Her varied work experience includes: science teacher, extension information specialist, and pest management consultant for the Navy.

Denise’s programming focus on coordinating the Master Gardener program, Florida-Friendly landscaping, sustainable home food production, and 4-H. So, if you have any questions concerning residential horticulture, please don’t hesitate to call the Master Gardener help desk or speak to Denise directly at the UF/IFAS Alachua County Extension Office.

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Commission Highlights

Dance Alive National Ballet 50th Anniversary Season
The Board proclaimed October 30th, 2015, as “Dance Alive National Ballet 50th Anniversary Season” in Alachua County, FL

Attachment: DANB 50th Anniversary 2015.pdf

 

Hospice and Palliative Care Month
The Board proclaimed October 2015 as “Hospice and Palliative Care Month” in Alachua County, FL

Attachment: Hospice and Palliative Care Month 2015.pdf

 

National Physician Assistant Week
The Board proclaimed October 6 - 12, 2015, as “National Physician Assistant Week” in Alachua County, FL

Attachment: National Physician Assistant Week 2015.pdf

 

White Cane Safety Awareness Month
The Board proclaimed October 2015, as “White Cane Safety Awareness Month” in Alachua County, FL

Attachment: White Cane Safety Awareness Month 2015.pdf


Rural Concerns Advisory Board
The Board heard the presentation by the Rural Concerns Advisory Board and accepted the report

Attachment: RuralC_workplan_091515final.pdf
Attachment: 
RuralConcernsPresentation_2015.pdf

 

Veteran Services Advisory Board
The Board heard the presentation by the Veteran Services Advisory Board

Attachment: 2015 2016 VSAB Annual Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Revenue by County Aug 2015.pdf
Attachment: 
Veterans pension session media release.pdf

 

Jim Stringfellow Day
The Board proclaimed October 27, 2015, as “Jim Stringfellow Day” in Alachua County, FL

Attachment: Jim Stringfellow Day 2015.pdf

 

Children’s Services Tax Analysis and Recommendations
The Board received the proposed Children’s Services Tax Analysis and Recommendations.  They decided to: 

Defer to the County Manager and County Attorney the issue of children’s services.

Explore the governance, initially as an advisory board and then transitioning into a governing board.

Explore the funding, both current and potential future sources.

Input should be included from stakeholders and the municipalities. 

Bring the findings back to the Board as soon as possible.

Attachment: CSCBdPres10.27.15.pdf
Attachment: 
Children’s Services Council.pdf

Lion Statue Restoration Project
Concerning the update on the Lion Statue Restoration Project, the Board:

Accepted the Staff Report Update.

Directed staff to proceed with the proposed action plan including;

Finalize the Sole Source Agreement with Fine Line Architectural Detailing, LLC to restore both Lion Statues and build a base for display of one statue at the County Administration Building (CAB).

Upon completion of the 1st Floor CAB renovations, place one statue there for permanent display in accordance with the concept plan approved on April 14, 2015.

Provide one statue on loan to the Matheson Museum for interpretive display.

After display for some time at these locations, formulate criteria for consideration of proposals from appropriate entities for display at other locations.

Attachment: Lion Statue Update Oct 2015.pdf
Attachment: 
Matheson Letter Sept 21 2015.pdf

 

NW 16th Ave
Concerning NW 16th Ave, the Board:

Directed staff to proceed with striping according to alternative 3 (10’/10’/4’ configuration).

After the striping is in place and the public has had the chance to become familiar with it, conduct a speed zoning study.

At the presentation of the speed zoning study, staff is to present a clearer explanation of legal issues of enforcing the speed limit.

Staff is to make their best effort to present data for side-swipe accidents involving fire trucks or buses along NW 6th Street corridor.

Staff is to take another look at the feasibility of crosswalks given the change in road configuration

Staff is to perform a speed study at SW 22nd street to see if changing the lane configuration had a noticeable effect.

Staff is to delay placing thermoplastic between 43rd and 57th and evaluate the feasibility of alternative cross-sections for that section of road to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Staff is to be prepared with a recommendation regarding radar signs when the speed study is brought before the Board.

County’s Year-Round Water Conservation Measures

The Board adopted the proposed Ordinance to amend the County’s Year-Round Water Conservation Measures and Water Shortage Regulations Code

Attachment: 1. Chapter 80 Water Shortage Code.pdf
Attachment: 
4. Alachua Request.pdf
Attachment: 
3. Newberry Request.pdf
Attachment: 
2. Gainesville Request.pdf

Regarding Rural Event Centers

\Concerning the County-initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendment Regarding Rural Event Centers,

The Board approved CPA 05-15 for transmittal to the State Land Planning Agency and other agencies for review and comment

Attachment: CPA0515 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA0515presentation.pdf

 

Small Scale Land Use Change
Concerning CPA-04-15: A Request for a Small Scale Land Use Change from Commercial and Office to Medium-High Density Residential, the Board adopted Ordinance xx-15 approving the requested land use changes.

Attachment: Ordinance for CPA0415.pdf
Attachment: 
CPA0415 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM08CPA0415.pptx
Attachment: 
ZOM08CPA0415 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
Public Comments.pdf

 

Park Lane
Concerning ZOM-08-15: A Request to Amend an Existing Mixed-use ‘PD’ (Planned Development) District, the Board adopted Resolution Z-15-15 approving the requested changes with the amended conditions and bases as noted in the staff report.

Attachment: Park Lane Background 2.pdf
Attachment: 
Park Lane Background 3.pdf
Attachment: 
Park Lane ZMP.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOM0815.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0815 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM08CPA0415.pptx
Attachment: 
ZOM08CPA0415 PowerPoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
Public Comments.pdf

 

Johnson Fairbanks Landfill Special Use Permit
Concerning ZOS-03-15: Johnson Fairbanks Landfill Special Use Permit, the Board adopted Resolution Z-15-14, approving ZOS-03-15, a special use permit for a clean debris landfill and excavation operation.

Attachment: Environmental Resource Assessment 4.pdf
Attachment: 
Archaeological Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Application.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOS0315 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Environmental Resource Assessment 2.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOS0315.pdf
Attachment: 
Environmental Resource Assessment 3.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOS0315 Powerpoint.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOS0315 Powerpoint.ppt
Attachment: 
ZONING MASTER PLAN.pdf
Attachment: 
Geotechnical Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Environmental Resource Assessment 1.pdf

 

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