March 28th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Alachua County Talks and Take 5
County Participating in National Stepping Up Initiative
O’leno State Park to Host Ninth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Springs Celebration
Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board Citizens Work Group Vacancies
Repurposing and Upcycling Lunch and Learn Event
April Extension Programs
03-29-16 Special Meeting
Plum Creek Public Hearing Videos Available
Interstate 75 Northbound and Southbound Nighttime Lane Closures
Commission Highlights

Alachua County Talks and Take 5

In addition to County Commission meetings and special programming, the County Communications Office produces two regular series. They produce a half-hour interview show called “Alachua County Talks,” and short five-minute information segments called “Take 5.”

These programs are available online at the County’s Video on Demand page.

Watch Alachua County Talks.

Watch Take 5.

They are also cablecast on Cox Cable Channel 12 (view the schedule online).

The latest edition of Alachua County Talks features an interview with Alachua County Equal Opportunity Manager Jacqueline Chung. Chung discusses the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office’s responsibilities, and the challenges faced in ensuring freedom from discrimination and attaining equity under the law in employment, housing and public accommodations for all Alachua County citizens and employees.  

The most recent edition of Alachua County’s “Take 5” highlights the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Alachua County Animal Services “Paws on Parole” program. The eight-week program allows inmates at the Alachua County Jail to train adoptable dogs from the County Animal Shelter. So far Paws on Parole has a 100% adoption rate for canine graduates, and 80% of the trainers do not return to jail after going through the program.

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

County Participating in National Stepping Up Initiative

Representatives from Alachua County have been chosen to attend and participate in the national “Stepping Up Initiative.” They are going to Washington DC from April 17, through April 19, 2016, as a team to help address the overrepresentation of people with mental illness in jails across the country.

50 teams were chosen nationally to attend the National Stepping Up Summit. It is a first-of-its-kind summit hosted by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, the National Association of Counties (NACo), and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation. The goal is to help policymakers and other local stakeholders create and refine plans to reduce the prevalence of people with mental illnesses in their jails. Full funding to support conference costs of participating teams is provided to those jurisdictions selected in this process.

The County will be represented by Alachua County Commission Chair Robert Hutchinson, Director of the Jail for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Major Charlie Lee, Director of the Alachua County Department of Court Services Peria Duncan, Forensic Program Director for Meridian Behavioral HealthCare, Inc. Leah Vail, and National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)-Gainesville Chapter President Terrie Mullin.

Learn more about the Stepping Up Initiative.

For more information, contact Alachua County Court Services’ Stuart Wegener at 352-548-3708 or swegener@alachuacounty.us.

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O’leno State Park to Host Ninth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Springs Celebration

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, Florida State Parks, and The Friends of O’Leno invite citizens to the O’Leno Ole’ Chili Cook-Off (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Springs Celebration (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The event is on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at O’Leno State Park (410 SE O’Leno Park Road). Admission to the park is free with the donation of one can of food (per person) to benefit a local food bank.

The event includes a chili cook-off, live music from the Weeds of Eden, Water Ventures interactive display, a guided walk, children’s activities, and environmental and art exhibits. Chili tasting kits will be on sale for $5. All proceeds assist the Friends of O’Leno non-profit organization with their mission of supporting the park

“The Springs Celebration is a great event for learning how our actions are connected to the health of our springs, even when we live tens of miles away from them,” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Water Conservation Coordinator Stacie Greco. She continued, “When we over-water/fertilize our farms and yards we may be harming the springs of the Santa Fe River.”

View the event flyer and the Facebook event.

For more information, call Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829.

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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 County is looking for applicants to fill vacancies on the Citizens Work Group. The Work Group assists with homelessness-related issues impacting the Empowerment Center. They gather information from those served, and act as the policy experts on broader homeless issues. The work group reports its recommendations to the Oversight Board and helps to establish short and long–term priorities.

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

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, April 7, 2016 to be considered for selection at the Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board’s April 13, 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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Repurposing and Upcycling Lunch and Learn Event

The Alachua County Office of Sustainability invites citizens to a  “Lunch and Learn” about repurposing and upcycling on Wednesday, March 30, 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).

This creative reuse workshop is led by Mike Myers, co-founder of the Repurpose Project. Participants will use familiar household items such as orange juice containers, paper towel tubes, egg cartons, and coffee creamer caps to make functional items for the home.

No special skills are required, and projects can be completed in 30 minutes. The Repurpose Project will supply all of the materials and participants can take home their creations.

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 SW 3rd St, Gainesville) and bring their tickets for validation. Participants are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch. Lunch is not provided.

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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April Extension Programs

Family and Consumer Sciences Program

This program is being offered by Dr. Brenda C. Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Canning Workshop – April 5, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and repeated from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

View/download the workshop flyer (PDF).

There is 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 this program call 352-955-2402.

Environmental and Community Horticulture Programs

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

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ - Save Water, Save Money – April 7, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Rain barrels and ways to improve their efficiency, as well as irrigation systems, rain gardens, and other money saving techniques will be discussed. Rain barrels will be available for purchase.

Growing and Using Herbs (with Brenda Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent) – April 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This workshop includes how to grow herbs and a demonstration of techniques and tips for using herbs to enhance foods. Taste samples provided. Directions for making flavored vinegars that are ideal for gift-giving will also be demonstrated. The cost is $5.00 payable at the door. Please pre-register one week before class.

Elements & Principles of Design – Designing with the Florida Friendly Landscaping™ Program – April 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This workshop teaches how to create an aesthetically pleasing, functional, and Florida-Friendly landscape using the elements and principles of landscape design. Participants learn how to combine the elements of design such as line, color, form, and texture, and use the principles of design to create balance, harmony, and rhythm in the garden. Guest speakers include Dr. Gail Hansen, UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, and her graduate student, Taylor Clem.

What Creepy Crawlies are in My Garden Soil? – April 14, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Alachua County Senior Recreation Center (5701 NW 34th Street, Gainesville)

The soil is full of organisms that can either help or harm plants. Workshop participants learn about the beneficial organisms in the soil and how to increase them in a landscape.

Growing Blueberries – April 21, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Alachua County is one of the top blueberry producing counties in the state. Rabbiteye blueberries are easily grown in this area. This class covers planting, fertilizing, and pruning.

There is no cost to attend these classes unless indicated, and space is limited. Pre-register at least three days before class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

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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03-29-16 Special Meeting

The Alachua County Commission will conduct a Special Meeting on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. 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 meeting agenda includes:

1. Alachua County Conservation Lands Stewardship Funding Needs

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

Free parking is available for citizens attending this meeting. Please park in the S.W. Parking Garage (220 S.E. 2nd Ave, Gainesville) and bring your parking stub to the Alachua County Manager’s Office, located on the 2nd floor of the County Administration Building, to receive a chaser validation ticket.

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

 

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Plum Creek Public Hearing Videos Available

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the Alachua County Commission decided not to transmit the Envision Alachua Sector Plan/Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA-01-14) to the State.

View the March 1, 2016, County Commission Public Hearing (Plum Creek Public Hearing Part 4)

The original Public Hearing (February 16, 2016) was continued three times (February 18, and 25, and March 1, 2016). All of the meetings are 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 meetings are also 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.

View the meeting agenda and backup.                                       

View the Envision Alachua Sector Plan Application and Staff Report.

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

 

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Interstate 75 Northbound and Southbound Nighttime Lane Closures

Due to bridge construction activities for the Alachua County Celebration Pointe Bridge Project (SW 30th Avenue bridge), travelers on Interstate 75 just north of Archer Road (Exit 384) will experience nighttime northbound and southbound single and double lane closures from 8 p.m., Monday, March 28, 2016, to 6 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016.

For more information, contact Karen Harrell with Quest Corporation of America at 800-927-0062 or info@CelebrationPointBridge.com.

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Commission Highlights

Announcements
Communications and Legislative Affairs Director Mark Sexton presented the following announcements:

 

The EPD Department is hosting a Springs Celebration and Chili Cook-Off at O’leno State Park on Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the Park is free with the donation of a canned good.

Mr. Sexton showed an Alachua County Takes 5 video segment on the Alachua County Animal Services and Sheriff’s Office Paws on Patrol Program.

Red Soul Days

The Board proclaimed March 19 - 26, 2016 as “Red Soul Days” in Alachua County, FL
Attachment:
Red Soul Days 2016.pdf

 

Doctor’s Day
The Board proclaimed March 30, 2016 as “Doctor’s Day” in Alachua County, FL

Attachment: Doctors Day 2016.pdf

 

Recognition Day for National Service
The Board proclaimed April 5, 2016 as “Recognition Day for National Service” in Alachua County, FL

Attachment: Recognition Day for National Service 2016.pdf

 

History of Magnesia Springs
The Board heard the Alachua County Historical Commission’s 3 minute reading on the “History of Magnesia Springs.”

Attachment: Magnesia Springs.pdf
Attachment: 
Magnesia Springs History.pdf
Attachment: 
Magnesia Pool.pdf


Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

The Board heard a presentation by Sheriff Sadie Darnell on staffing, turnover and retention at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Wild Spaces/Public Places Ballot Initiative
The Board adopted the municipal and county project lists for inclusion in the renewal of the Wild Spaces/Public Places Ballot Initiative. They directed the County Attorney’s Office to finalize and advertise the required ordinance with the amendment to page 2 section 3 “The proceeds of the surtax levied pursuant to this ordinance shall be distributed in accordance with subsection 212.055(2(c).  They also directed that staff:

Begin the process of evaluating appointments for an appropriate oversight board consistent with the ballot initiative.

To add language to the effect that the County may choose to assists municipalities with the funding projects that the County feels have countywide significance.

Attachment: Archer Project List .pdf
Attachment: 
LaCrosse Project List.pdf
Attachment: 
Newberry Project List.pdf
Attachment: 
Alachua Project List.pdf
Attachment: 
Waldo Project List.pdf
Attachment: 
Ballot Initative Responses.pdf
Attachment: 
Gainesville Project List.pdf
Attachment: 
DRAFT Ordinance 121515.pdf
Attachment: 
Hawthorne Project List.pdf
Attachment: 
Parks Draft List5 detail.pdf
Attachment: 
High Springs Project List.pdf
Attachment: 
WSPP Timeline.pdf
Attachment: 
Micanopy Project List.pdf

 

Annual HVAC Maintenance
The Board approved and executed the Fifth Amendment to the Agreement with Alachua County and Johnson Controls, Inc. for the Annual HVAC Maintenance (Heavy Equipment-Mechanicals, excluding Controls); approved the request for Special Payment and the Budget Amendment.

Amount: $313,395.00

Attachment: 13_18JCI_Amendment3.pdf
Attachment: 
13_18JCI_OriginalContract.pdf
Attachment: 
13_18JCI_Amendment4.pdf
Attachment: 
SpecialPayRequest.pdf
Attachment: 
13_18JCI_Amendment2.pdf
Attachment: 
BudgetAmendment03102016.pdf
Attachment: 
13_18JCI_Amendment1.pdf
Attachment: 
5th Amendment to Agreement between Alachua County and JCI for Annual HVAC Manint RFP 13 18.pdf

 

Florida Pace Funding Agency
The Board directed staff to work with the Florida Pace Funding Agency to resolve the differences of opinion on Items 2,3,6,7,8,11,13,14, and 15 on the staff provided matrix and return to the Board within 30 days with another proposal. 

Attachment: Agency Subscription Agreement attachment 2.pdf
Attachment: 
Agency issues chart attachment 1.pdf

Water Conservation Projects Update
The Board received the Water Conservation Projects Update

Receive presentation.

Attachment: Water Conservation Initiative Update.pdf

SW 63rd Blvd/SW 62nd Ave Rehabilitation Project
Concerning the SW 63rd Blvd/SW 62nd Ave Rehabilitation Project, the Board:

Authorized staff to finalize the design of the curve re-alignment and proceed with construction bidding.

Approved the Purchase and Sale agreement with Pearlie Spann and Willette Scott and authorize the Chair to execute the Agreement. Authorized the Chair to execute any additional documents approved by the County Attorney necessary to complete this transaction.

Approved the Purchase and Sale agreement with Elaine Lamar and authorize the Chair to execute the agreement. Authorize the Chair to execute any additional documents approved by the County Attorney necessary to complete this transaction.

Amount: $90,610.00

Attachment: Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
PSALamar.pdf
Attachment: 
PSA Spann and Scott.pdf

Wagmore Grant Application
The Board authorized signing the Animal Services Wagmore Grant Application for UF Treatment Room Renovation.

Amount: $52,375.00

Attachment: Animal_Arts_Remodel_Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
Midmark_Dentistry_&_Light_Quote.pdf
Attachment: 
Cubical_Curtain_Factory_Quote.pdf
Attachment: 
Wagmore_2016_ACAS_Treatment_Room.pdf
Attachment: 
Midmark_Casework_Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
budget-FY16_Adopted_AS.pdf
Attachment: 
Midmark_Casework_Quote.pdf
Attachment: 
UCD_Cage_Portal_Quote.pdf

NW 143rd St at NW 32nd Ave Intersection Modification
The Board approved the Capital Construction Agreement with V.E. Whitehurst & Sons, Inc. for Project No. 6391, NW 143rd St at NW 32nd Ave Intersection Modification of $1,207,522.59 ($1,097,747.81 base bid plus ten percent contingency amount of $109,774.78) and the budget amendment and

SE 43rd Street Resurfacing & Widening
The Board approved the Construction Agreement with V.E. Whitehurst & Sons, Inc. and budget amendment for Project No. 6383, SE 43rd Street Resurfacing & Widening of $1,743,122.23 ($1,584,656.58 base bid plus ten percent contingency amount of $158,465.65).

Town of Tioga Planned Development
The Board approved the proposed Final Plat of Town of Tioga Planned Development Phase 17 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: ToT_Ph_17 Plat_4 of 5.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT_Ph_17 Plat_5 of 5.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT_Ph_17_LS.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT_Ph17_Chair_SR.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT_Ph17_Presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT_Ph_17 Plat_1 of 5.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT_Ph_17 Plat_3 of 5.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT_ZMP.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT_Ph17_GM_SR.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT_Ph17_OS.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT_Ph17_TC.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT_Vested Rights Letter.pdf
Attachment: 
ToT_Ph_17 Plat_2 of 5.pdf

 

 

 

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