February 29th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

03-01-16 Third Continuation of the Plum Creek Public Hearing
2016 ACCESS Spring Classes
Animal Services Dog Quarantine Notice
Bike Safety Lunch and Learn Event
Take 5 - Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
Kim Smith Recognized at Gator Basketball Game
Interstate 75 Northbound and Southbound Nighttime Lane Closures
Vote! It’s as Easy as 1 – 2 – 3
Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board Citizens Work Group Vacancies
March Extension Programs
Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show
Commission Highlights

03-01-16 Third Continuation of the Plum Creek Public Hearing

The Alachua County Commission will hold a third continuation of the Public Hearing to consider the transmittal of the Envision Alachua Sector Plan/Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA-01-14). The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at 5 p.m., at the Alachua County Senior Recreation Center (5701 NW 34th St, Gainesville). The Public Comment portion of the meeting is closed, and the Board will begin deliberations on the sector plan at this meeting.

View the meeting agenda and backup.

View the Envision Alachua Sector Plan Application and Staff Report.

Questions or comments should be sent to planning@alachuacounty.us.

The previous Public Hearings (February 16, 18, and 25, 2016) held at Eastside High School are now available to view on the County’s website.

View the February 25, 2016 County Commission Public Hearing (Plum Creek Public Hearing Part 3)

View the February 18, 2016 County Commission Public Hearing (Plum Creek Public Hearing Part 2)

View the February 16, 2016 County Commission Public Hearing (Plum Creek Public Hearing Part 1)

The March 1, 2016 Public Hearing continuation will not be available to view live on Cox Cable Channel 12 or on the County Video on Demand website. It will be recorded and replayed on Cox Cable Channel 12. Citizens may also view the recording of the meeting on the County’s Video on Demand website. Please view the Channel 12 schedule to see when the meeting will be replayed.

For more information or to comment by phone, contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 352-374-5249.

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2016 ACCESS Spring Classes

The public is invited to participate in the Alachua County Civic Education SerieS (ACCESS) classes, beginning on April 7, 2016. The free program runs for eight sessions (on Thursday mornings). Space is limited. The registration deadline is March 27.

ACCESS offers Alachua County citizens an opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes tours, hear lectures, and interact with your elected and public Alachua County officials from the Board of County Commissioners, Constitutional Officers, Courts, the Library District, and (new this year) the School Board. Each ACCESS graduating class produces citizens better equipped to engage in ways that help Alachua County become more representative of its citizenry’s needs.

County Manager Dr. Lee A. Niblock invites ACCESS participants to, “Meet the men and women who serve the County and hear about the vast variety of discretionary and mandated services provided to you through your local government.”

The ACCESS program provides valuable information for those already active in local government or new to government involvement.

To view a complete schedule of classes and to register online, visit the ACCESS website.

For more information call 352-374-5262.

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Animal Services Dog Quarantine Notice

On February 24, 2016, Alachua County Animal Services (ACAS) discovered six dogs in our kennel population that have contracted one or both of the following: streptoccocus zooepidemicus, commonly called ‘strep zoo’ and canine pneumovirus. Strep zoo is a bacterial infection that mainly transfers dog to dog, but can cross species barriers and infect other animals and humans. Canine pneumovirus is a virus that is specific to dogs only.

ACAS is currently taking active measures to treat the animals that are exhibiting symptoms and prevent the further spread of disease to the remainder of the shelter population. In an effort to manage this situation our dog population will be on quarantine for a 10 day period.

We are asking the public to refrain from surrendering their owned dogs until further notice. If you find a stray dog please contact us for further information and housing options.

For more information, contact Alachua County Animal Services at 352-264-6870.

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Bike Safety Lunch and Learn Event

The Alachua County Office of Sustainability invites citizens to a “Lunch and Learn” about bike safety on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, from noon to 1 p.m. The free event is in the Grace Knight Conference Room, on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, downtown Gainesville).

Participants will learn about governing statutes, local ordinances, safe cycling tips, and innovation and advancements in the area of bicycle & pedestrian matters. The event is part of a regular series of workshops and information sessions for the Water Energy and Waste Opportunities for Conservation (WEWOC) program by Alachua County’s Office of Sustainability.

Dekova Batey, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Gainesville will present at the event. The Bicycle/Pedestrian Program staffs the County-wide Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Board (BPAB), coordinates events, programs, trainings, outreach and collaborations that address education, encouragement, and engineering for bicycle and pedestrian related matters.

The Office of Sustainability offers the Lunch and Learn events as an opportunity for community discussion and empowerment. Participants can park in the City parking garage (105 S.W. 3rd Street, Gainesville) and bring their tickets for validation. Participants are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch.

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

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Take 5 - Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

This edition of Alachua County’s “Take 5” highlights the County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center. The program was produced in conjunction with the Multimedia and Video Production Technology Bachelor’s program at Santa Fe College, and focuses on the environmental and Community benefits of properly disposing of hazardous materials.

For more information visit www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/epd/hwc.

 

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Kim Smith Recognized at Gator Basketball Game

The University of Florida recognized three female veterans at a recent UF Women’s Basketball game. Alachua County Veterans Services Director Kim Smith, Sandra- Torres Pintos and Victoria Van Buren were recognized for their military service.

Watch a video of their recognition.

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Interstate 75 Northbound and Southbound Nighttime Lane Closures

Northbound and southbound travelers on Interstate 75 will experience nighttime single and double lane closures from 8 p.m., Sunday, February 28, to 6 a.m., Friday, March 4, 2016, just north of Archer Road (Exit 384) for bridge construction activities for the Alachua County Celebration Pointe Bridge Project (S.W. 30th Avenue bridge).

For more information, contact Karen Harrell at 1-866-662-6273.

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Vote! It’s as Easy as 1 – 2 – 3

There are 3 ways to cast a ballot in the March 15, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary and City of Gainesville Election. Voters may choose to vote by mail, early vote or vote at their precinct polling location on Election Day.

Vote by Mail

If voting by mail, remember to mail your ballot early.  Due to new postal standards, it could take 5 days for our office to receive your ballot.  All absentee ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 PM Election Day, March 15th.  The Supervisor of Elections address is 515 N. Main Street, Suite 300, Gainesville, 32601. 

To request a ballot and Vote by Mail, voters may make their request online at www.VoteAlachua.com or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.

Voters will need to make sure their address and signature on file with the Supervisor of Elections are current. Your mail ballot may not count if the signature does not match the signature on your voter record. You may update your signature by filling out a voter registration application form in person or online at www.VoteAlachua.com.

All signature updates for use in verifying absentee and provisional ballots must be received in the Elections Office prior to the start of the canvassing of absentee ballots by the Canvassing Board.

To request a ballot for another voter, you must be directly instructed by the voter and be a member of the voter’s immediate family, or the voter’s legal guardian. Immediate family means the voter’s spouse or the parent, child, grandparent or sibling of either the voter or of the voter’s spouse.

Requests can be made online, in person, by mail, by telephone or by fax. All requests must include the voter’s name, residence address, and date of birth. The request must also include the requestor’s name, residence address, relationship to the voter and driver’s license number if available. Mail or fax request must also include the requestor’s signature.

The last day to request your ballot be mailed is Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by 5 PM.

A voter may designate in writing another person to pick up an absentee ballot starting Thursday, March 10, 2016. The designee must have a note signed by the voter, a picture identification of the designee and must complete an affidavit. The affidavit is available for download at www.VoteAlachua.com. The designee may not pick up more than two absentee ballots per election, not including the designee’s own ballot and ballots for members of his or her immediate family.

The Supervisor of Elections may not provide an absentee ballot to a voter or a voter’s immediate family member on the day of the election unless there is an emergency, to the extent that the voter will be unable to go to his or her assigned polling place.  In order to provide an absentee ballot on Election Day, an affidavit is required.

Vote Early

Early Voting for the Presidential Preference Primary and the City of Gainesville Election will be available starting Friday, March 4th through Saturday, March 12th, 2016.

Friday, March 4th through Saturday, March 12th

9 AM to 5 PM, Except Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday, 10 AM to 6 PM

 

Locations

Supervisor of Elections Office (new location)

515 North Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

 

Millhopper Branch Library

3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606

 

Tower Road Branch Library

3020 SW 75th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608

Florida Law requires voters to present picture and signature ID in order to vote, or vote a provisional ballot.

Vote at Your Precinct

Any voter may vote in the precinct of their residence between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election Day, Tuesday, March 15th.  Florida Law requires voters to present picture and signature ID in order to vote, or you may vote a provisional ballot. If you need to locate your precinct, go to www.VoteAlachua.com.

Florida is a closed Primary state.  This means in a Florida Primary Election, you may vote only for candidates of the political party in which you are registered.

All registered voters living within the Gainesville city limits are eligible to vote in the Mayor race.  Only eligible City of Gainesville voters living in Gainesville District 4 may vote in the District 4 race.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.

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Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board Citizens Work Group Vacancies

Alachua County is seeking applicants for the City of Gainesville/Alachua County Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board. The two vacancies are on the Citizens Work Group to assist with homelessness related issues impacting the Empowerment Center. The Citizens Work Group gathers information from those served and acts as policy experts on broader homelessness issues. The work group reports its recommendations to the Oversight Board and helps to establish short and long-term priorities. 

The Empowerment Center (2845 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville) includes the Grace Marketplace which provides an indoor shelter, an outdoor shelter pavilion, showers, storage, meals and supportive services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment services for area homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless.

For more information visit the Grace Marketplace website.

Members appointed to the Citizens Work Group must comply with all provisions contained in the City of Gainesville and the Alachua County Advisory Board Participation Handbooks, including but not limited to the Florida Sunshine and Public Record Laws.

Applications must be received by Thursday, March 3, 2016 to be considered for selection at the Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board’s March 9, 2016 meeting.

For more information and to obtain an application, call the Alachua County Community Support Service Department at 352-264-6700, or contact Staff Liaison Tom Tonkavich at ttonkavich@alachuacounty.us, or Marie Small at msmall@alachuacounty.us.

 

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March Extension Programs

Environmental Horticulture Programs

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Environmental Horticulture Programs for March, 2016. These programs are being offered by Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 N.E. 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

What’s Wrong with My Plant? – March 5 & 6, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., at the Gainesville Home and Garden Show, at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center (250 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville). Registration is not required.

Florida has no shortage of bugs or diseases that can affect plants, as well as a slew of other environmental problems. Learn how to identify plant problems and what to do about them. Also learn what it takes to keep plants healthy so they can naturally resist pests.

Fruit Trees for Your Landscape – March 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn to grow persimmons, peaches, pomegranates, figs, grapes, and many more interesting fruit in North Central Florida. Learn the techniques for success in this class.

Turf Boot Camp – Grow a Florida-Friendly Lawn – March 22, from 6 to 7 p.m.

This class covers grass selection, mowing, watering, fertilizing, and pest management.

Grow Great Tomatoes – March 31, from 6 to 7 p.m.

This class will cover growing tomatoes in the garden and containers. Basics of how to grow tomatoes in Florida’s challenging environment, including managing pests, diseases, and disorders will be covered.

There is no cost to attend these classes, space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

Family and Consumer Sciences Program

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Family and Consumer Sciences Program for March, 2016. This program is being offered by Brenda C. Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 N.E. 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This program is dedicated to providing training which enables food managers and staff to offer Florida consumer’s food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment. For further information and to register, please call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723 or visit the program registration page.

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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Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show

UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County invites citizens to the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show from March 4, to March 8, 2016 at the Alachua County Fairgrounds (3100 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville). Although Alachua County 4-H and FFA youth ranging in age from 5 to 18 can participate in the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show, the general public is encouraged to attend. The event is free.

The fair is an educational platform for the youth in Alachua County who are interested in agriculture. Youth will exhibit both livestock and non-livestock 4-H & FFA projects.

“The Youth Fair benefits agriculture and the local community by providing an educational opportunity for youth to learn about production agriculture,” said UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Director Dr. Cindy Sanders. “Working with livestock and other agriculture events through the youth fair prepares future citizens of Alachua County to be knowledgeable about agriculture production and land use, This benefits Alachua County by providing citizens who are familiar with a large part of the county’s economy.”

A complete schedule of events can be found at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County website.

The Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show Association is a non-profit organization that conducts and operates public fairs and expositions pertaining to agricultural matters and more particularly to the exhibitions of livestock, poultry, crafts, youth projects and farm products.

For more information about this program call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office Calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

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Commission Highlights

Strike Out Hunger Food Drive
The Board heard a presentation on the Strike Out Hunger Food Drive and referred the requests to the Manager.

Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center Advisory Board
Concerning the presentation of the Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center Advisory Board’s 2015-16 Annual Work plan and Accomplishments Report, the Board accepted the report and referred to the County Manager the proposed cost estimates for a designated SAN Room at UF Health and request that he bring back potential funding sources as soon as possible, and not later than the Fiscal Year 2017, in order to establish an operational SAN room at UF Health as soon as possible.
Attachment: 
2015 16 VSRCC Board Presentation 2016.pdf

Sheriff Sadie Darnell
The Board heard a presentation by Sheriff Sadie Darnell on Information Technology at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Josiah Walls Building
Concerning the naming the 515 North Main Street in honor of Josiah Walls as the “Josiah Walls Building,” the Board approved the recommendation and referred it to the County Manager and the Historical Commission for recommendations on a historical marker/display providing autobiographical information.
Attachment: “
Aug2015minutes.pdf
Attachment: 
ACHC Chair Letter Josiah Walls naming.pdf
Attachment: 
Jan2016MinutesDraft.pdf
Attachment: 
Naming Josiah Walls Building.pdf
Attachment: 
Facilities Naming.pdf
Attachment: 
Sept2015minutes.pdf
Attachment: 
Josiah Walls.pdf

Sustainability Council Quarterly Update
Concerning the Sustainability Council Quarterly Update, the Board accepted the provided list and directed staff to structure future quarterly reports in the format of this is what we will accomplish in the coming quarter and this is what we accomplished in the past quarter. Also provide a running list of all things that have been accomplished and things that will not be accomplished and why. The report should be placed on the Regular Agenda and not Consent.Attachment: Matrix Integrated into Operations Initiatives 022316.pdf
Attachment: 
Matrix In Progress Initiatives 022316.pdf

Changeville
Concerning financial support for the  “Changeville” program, the Board funded the request.
Amount: $5,000
Attachment: 
Changeville Application 022316.pdf
Attachment: 
15 01 Financial Support of Special Event or Program 100915.pdf
Attachment: 
Changeville 501c3 Letter 022316.pdf

Proposed Annexations
The Board approved the process for timely review and comment by the County Manager to municipalities on proposed annexations that staff determines do not meet statutory requirements, and authorize County staff to participate in the municipality’s public hearings on such annexations. 

Animal Acts
Concerning regulation of Animal Acts at the County Fairgrounds, the Board:

1.             Accepted the language proposed by staff.

2.             Directed staff to return with additional language that would have a process for application to rent the Fairgrounds that includes the description of animal events on the Consent Agenda at each Commission Meeting so that the decision to rent will be subject to approval by the County Commission on a case by case basis and staff is to develop a sufficient timeline.

3.             That the drafted contract shall be brought back to the Board for approval prior to it taking affect.

Roadway and Drainage Improvements
Concerning the first Public Hearing for Notice of Intent to use Uniform Method of Collecting Non-Ad Valorem Assessment for Roadway and Drainage Improvements to NE 96th Ave, NE 100th Ave and NE 108th Ave., the Board approved and Authorized the Chair to execute Resolution for Notice of Intent to use Uniform Method of Collecting Non-Ad Valorem Assessment to levy assessment for property owners directly benefiting from the Roadway and Drainage Improvement to NE 96th Avenue, NE 100th Avenue and NE 108th Avenue.
Attachment: 
Letter from PA.pdf
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Letter from TC.pdf
Attachment: 
Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution of Int for 16 17 Proposed.pdf

Drainage Easement
The Board accepted the drainage easement from R.G.B. Development, LLC for connection from the Lexington Place stormwater basin to the Kimberly Woods stormwater system.  

Oaks of Hague
The Board approved the proposed replat of Oaks of Hague, Lot 4 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: 
O_H_Org_Plat.pdf
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O_H_L_4_Chair_SR.pdf
Attachment: 
O_H_L_4_GM_SR.pdf
Attachment: 
O_H_L_4_Bnd_Survey.pdf
Attachment: 
O_H_L_4_presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
O_H_L_4_RP.pdf

Planned Development
The Board approved ZOM-09-15: Major Amendment to a Planned Development (Newberry Rd./122nd St. PD), altering Condition #6 (hours of operation).
Attachment: 
ZOM0915 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0915 Powerpoint.pdf
Attachment: 
Application.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOM0915.pdf
Attachment: 
Zoning Master Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0915.pptx

Applicant Request
The Board adopted Resolution Z-16-02 approving the applicant request.
Attachment: 
ZOM0116 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Tioga PD Zoning Master Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0116.pptx
Attachment: 
Tioga PD Resources Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Tioga PD Application.pdf
Attachment: 
Tioga PD Background Materials.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOM0116 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
Resolution for ZOM0116.pdf
Attachment: 
Tioga PD Environmental Checklist.pdf

 

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