May 2nd edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

The 2016 Looking Forward Report
County Seeking Applications for the Children’s Service Advisory Board
Community Agency Partnership Program Town Hall Meeting
May 2016 is National Drug Court Month
ACFR Adds Third Critical Care Unit to the Peak Load Division
Saving My Alachua Environmental Art Contest Recognition
Alachua County Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program WIC Clinic Market
Get Election Ready!
05-03-16 Special Meetings
Florida’s Healthy Babies Town Hall Meeting
22nd Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway
May Extension Programs
Annual Ag Fest & Master Gardener Plant Sale
Commission Highlights

The 2016 Looking Forward Report

At the Friday, April 22, Special Meeting of the Alachua County Commission, County Manager Lee A. Niblock presented his “2016 Looking Forward Report.”

In the report, Niblock wrote, “It is my distinct pleasure and honor to present this 2016 Looking Forward Report. The report has evolved to include financial information and accomplishments from our last fiscal year and identifies the exciting challenges we anticipate for this year.”

View the Video on Demand version of the meeting.

Read the report in booklet form (use the full-screen arrows at the bottom right for ease of reading).

Read in pdf format.

Niblock continued in the report writing, “This report is a compilation of the goals and objectives generated as a result of Board discussions, direction, consensus, and suggestions. These goals and objectives are dynamic tools for moving our mission forward, collaborating with citizens, to provide responsive and transparent services, challenging department directors to implement service delivery improvements, and creating a framework for success.  This document is both an annual report and the continuation of a conversation that leads to the adoption of the FY17 budget.”

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

County Seeking Applications for the Children’s Service Advisory Board

The Alachua County Commission is seeking applicants for the newly created Children’s Service Advisory Board (CSAB), which is dedicated to meeting the needs of children, prenatal to five years of age. The Board will be made up of four designated members, five appoint members and one alternate. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 13, 2016, at 11:59 p.m.

For those interested in serving on the CSAB, applications are found at the Alachua County Advisory Board website (once at the site, scroll down to the CSAB information and application links).

The CSAB’s four designated members will include:

  1. A representative of the Alachua County Public Schools, Superintendent
  2. A representative of the Department of Children and Family Services (district three)
  3. A representative of the Florida State Health Department in Alachua County
  4. A Judge

The responsibilities of the advisory board will include:

The CSAB was established by the Alachua County Commission on April 26, 2016.

Watch the video of the Commission discussion and resolution adoption.

“I think this is an awesome thing we are doing,” Commission Chair Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson said. “The sooner we can get these people appointed and meeting, the better.”

Read a Gainesville Sun article about the Advisory Board.

For more information, contact Alachua County Community Support Services Assistant Director Candie Nixon at 352-264-6717.

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Community Agency Partnership Program Town Hall Meeting

The Alachua County Community Support Services Department invites stakeholders, providers, consumers, and the general public to a town hall meeting to discuss the Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP), and what is needed to reduce poverty in Alachua County. The meeting is on Thursday, May 12, 2016, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Alachua County Health Department (224 S.E. 24th Street, Gainesville).

The CAPP priorities are:

The results will be useful for both the evolution of the CAPP program and local agencies planning to participate in the upcoming CAPP Request for Application (RFA) process. 

View the Town Hall Meeting flyer.

For more information, contact Alachua County Community Support Services Assistant Director Candie Nixon at 352-264-6717 or ctnixon@alachuacounty.us.

 

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May 2016 is National Drug Court Month

The Alachua County Commission proclaimed May, 2016 as National Drug Court Month. Nationally, almost 3,000 Drug Courts and 250 Veterans Treatment Courts serve to reduce correctional costs, protect community safety, and improve public welfare.

Participants must meet obligations to themselves, their families, and society. To ensure accountability, participants are regularly and randomly tested for drug use, required to appear frequently in court, rewarded for progress, and sanctioned for not living up to their obligations. Research demonstrates that these courts produce more positive outcomes than jail or prison, probation, and treatment alone.

Alachua County’s Drug Court program was established as one of the first Drug Courts in the nation and has served more than 2,800 participants in 23 years of operation. The Honorable David Kreider and the Honorable Walter Green preside over Alachua County’s Drug Court. Program supervision and treatment is fully funded by the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners and partners with the local criminal justice system and social service agencies.

While presenting the declaration, Commission Chair Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson said, “Drug courts provide the focus and leadership for community-wide, anti-drug efforts, fostering collaboration between criminal justice, treatment, education, and other community partners to deter drug abuse and crime.”

View the National Drug Court Month proclamation.

The Drug Court conducts its next graduation ceremony on Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 1-B of the Criminal Courthouse (202 S. Main Street, Gainesville). The Drug Court hearings and graduations are open to the public.

“Graduations are an opportunity for the public and interested parties to help understand the work our participants accomplish to achieve their success and become productive community members,” stated Alachua County Drug Court Program Supervisor Frank Owens following the Commission Meeting.

For more information about Drug Court, Veterans Treatment Court, or Mental Health Court, contact Frank Owens at 352-384-3199 or fowens@alachuacounty.us.

 

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ACFR Adds Third Critical Care Unit to the Peak Load Division

On April 18, 2016, Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) expanded its level of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to visitors and the citizens of Alachua County with the addition of a new ambulance and the relocation of a second.

The Critical Care 3 unit was added to the department’s Peak Load Division, which operates on a 40-hour schedule and supplements service delivery during the busiest times of day. Two other units were added to the fleet earlier this year. 

“The Peak Load units help to supplement the services provided by our 24-hour trucks, and have a primary mission of fulfilling both local and long-distance transfer requests from our community health partners,” said EMS Assistant Chief Jeff Taylor. “The ambulances will assist us in meeting our top priority, which is providing high-quality emergency services.”

Placing this third Critical Care Rescue unit into service allowed the Fire Rescue staff to relocate the former Rescue 2 unit from southwest Gainesville to Station 21 in the City of Alachua. Rescue 21 (a 24-hour ambulance) was moved to the Alachua fire station to help reduce rescue response times in the northwest sections of the County. The new ambulance is the first of a new fleet of gasoline-powered ambulances ordered by the department. Manufactured by Horton Emergency Vehicles in Columbus, Ohio, the new trucks feature a smaller profile and represent a significant cost saving for the department. An additional four Horton units were ordered and will enter the fleet in the coming months.

For more information, contact Alachua County Fire Rescue Chief Bill Northcutt at 352-384-3101 or wnorthcutt@alachuacounty.us.

 

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Saving My Alachua Environmental Art Contest Recognition

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners recognized those students selected as winners in the County’s third annual “Saving My Alachua” Environmental Art Contest. Winners from each grade were recognized.

The contest was open to all K-12 students in Alachua County, including homeschoolers, and encourages students to create artwork depicting their passion for the environment. Their artwork addressed many environmental topics including water conservation, stormwater pollution, natural habitat protection, wilderness and wildlife protection, and proper disposal of toxic waste. Ribbons are awarded for the first, second, and third place in each k-8th grade category, and a High School category. Selected winners will be featured in the 2017 Saving My Alachua Calendar, which will also contain tips on protecting the environment.

“It is inspiring to observe the environmental awareness of our community’s emerging citizen artists,” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Director Chris Bird.

The artwork is on display in the hallways of the second floor of the County Administration Building outside the Commission Chamber through the month of April.

For more information, contact Eliana Bardi at 352-264-6810 or ebardi@alachuacounty.us.

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Alachua County Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program WIC Clinic Market

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County and The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) announced the opening of the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) WIC Clinic Market on Friday, April 22. The market, which takes place in the main parking area of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County (224 SE 24th St, Gainesville), operates on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. FMNP WIC Clinic Market allows WIC participants and the general public to have access to locally grown, farm-fresh produce.

“We feel that having the Farmers’ Market here will enhance the health of nutritionally at-risk residents. It also promotes the use of farmers’ market by WIC families and low-income residents, encourages expanded and diversified fruit and vegetable production here in Alachua County, and promotes farmers’ markets as a component of sustainable, quality communities.” states Alachua County WIC Program Vendor Manager Candi Morris.

The market is open to all Alachua County residents. Customers can purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables using either their WIC/Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons or cash.

For more information, contact Candi Morris at 352-225-4375 or Candi.Morris@flhealth.gov.

 

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Get Election Ready!

During the last election, many voters with no party affiliation went to the polls expecting to cast their vote for a presidential candidate, only to find out they could not vote in a partisan election.  Florida is a closed primary state. This means in order to vote for a party candidate in a Primary Election, you must be registered in the same party. Primary Elections are held so political parties can choose a candidate to represent their party for certain partisan offices. In order to be Election Ready for the August 30th Primary Election, make sure you are registered in the party of your choice by the August 1st deadline. If you want to vote for a partisan candidate in the Primary you must be registered in the same party as the candidate. 

Some voters arrived at the polls to vote, but were disappointed to find they had registered after the legal deadline. Florida Law requires that you register by the book closing deadline which is 29 days before the election. To be Election Ready make certain you are registered to vote before August 1st.

Remember, all voters may vote for non-partisan candidates and all issues on the ballot in any election. 

To get Election Ready, verify your voter registration and party status online at www.VoteAlachua.com by clicking on the link, “My Registration Status.”

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05-03-16 Special Meetings

The Alachua County Commission will conduct two Special Meetings on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The meetings begin at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., in the Jack Durrance Auditorium (room 209), located on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, downtown Gainesville).

The 10 a.m. meeting agenda includes:

1. FY17 Budget discussion - Performance Management Policy

2. Review the County’s budget management, debt management, financial management, and public purpose policies to remain in effect and to assist with the FY17 Budget creation

3. FY17 Budget discussion - MSBU Program policy infrastructure on public property

4. FY17 Budget discussion - Capital Improvement Program policy

5. FY17 Budget discussion - Utilities Savings Reinvestment policy

6. Resolution to establish Debt Service Fund for Public Improvement Revenue Refunding Note, series 2016

7. Follow-up discussion on solid waste disposal options

View agenda and backup.

The 1:30 p.m. meeting agenda includes:

1. Proposed HPSII phosphate mine, New River Basin, Bradford and Union Counties

2. Rural Services Unit Program presentation by Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell

3. Corizon presentation

4. Cogon Grass presentation

5. Discussion on distribution of Local Option Gas Taxes renewal

View agenda and backup.

The public is invited to attend the meetings. They 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 these meetings. 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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Florida’s Healthy Babies Town Hall Meeting

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is hosting a “Florida’s Healthy Babies Town Hall Meeting” on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the John Henry Thomas Health Center Auditorium at the Alachua County Health Department (224 S.E. 24th Street, Gainesville).

The town hall will bring together community partners to discuss the reduction of infant mortality in Alachua County by addressing social disparities. The focus will be on sharing data, resources, and ideas.

Those interested in attending must RSVP to Tatiana.Munoz@flhealth.gov.

“Infant mortality is a key measure of our county’s health. In infant mortality, complex health inequities are reflected through racial and ethnic disparities,” stated Florida Department of Health in Alachua County Community Program Manager Diana Duque. “We hope that by reviewing the social determinants of health and collaborating with community organizations, we can improve infant mortality rates in Alachua County. This is the framework for Florida’s Healthy Babies.”

For more information, contact Diane Duque at 352-225-4355 or Diana.Duque@flhealth.gov.

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22nd Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department’s 22nd Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway is on Saturday, May 7, 2016, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center. Located at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station (5125 N.E. 63rd Avenue, Gainesville, 2 miles north of 39th Avenue, off Waldo Road), the Hazardous Waste Collection Center offers free recycled paint to all Alachua County residents on a first come, first serve basis (with a 10-gallon limit per household).  Paint will be available in five-gallon pails in the following colors: off white, beige, gray, terra cotta, green, and blue.

Recycled latex paint is distributed as part of the Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s Reuse/Recycle Program. Paint is collected from residents throughout the year, and shipped to Scott Paint in Sarasota, where the latex paint is sorted by color, blended and then pigments are added to create five-gallon buckets of recycled paint.

Using this recycling method, approximately 3,600 gallons of 75% post-consumer recycled latex paint is available to community organizations and residents with special needs free of charge. During the past 12 months, some non-profits benefitting from this Reuse-Recycle Program include Sisters Helping Sisters In Need, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, S.A.F.E. ID4Families, United Way of North Central Florida, and Keep Alachua County Beautiful.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the citizens of Alachua County to beautify their property while recycling a product that still has value,” said Alachua County Hazardous Waste Coordinator Kurt Seaburg. “The program continues to be very successful and benefits the community in many ways.”

Residents unable to attend the event can pick up non-recycled free paint of varying quality and quantity at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s Recycle/Reuse Area. Residents can pick up this paint and other household products during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

For more information, visit the Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s website or call 352-334-0440.

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May Extension Programs

Environmental & Community Horticulture Programs

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).

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ - Groundcovers and Turf Alternatives - May 5, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This program teaches about groundcover plants that will grow in the shade, full sun, and in tough places.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ - Planting for Conserving Water - May 10, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This program teaches the best drought-tolerant plants that can be planted in landscapes to conserve water. Planting, establishment, and tips for saving water will also be covered.

Maintaining your Citrus Tree - May 26, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This program teaches how to maintain oranges, tangerines, lemons, and grapefruit trees in backyards. Also covers variety selection, fertilization, freeze protection, and pest control.

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

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).

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) - May 10, 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 pricing 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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Annual Ag Fest & Master Gardener Plant Sale

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department’s 22nd Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway is on Saturday, May 7, 2016, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center. Located at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station (5125 N.E. 63rd Avenue, Gainesville, 2 miles north of 39th Avenue, off Waldo Road), the Hazardous Waste Collection Center offers free recycled paint to all Alachua County residents on a first come, first serve basis (with a 10-gallon limit per household).  Paint will be available in five-gallon pails in the following colors: off white, beige, gray, terra cotta, green, and blue.

Recycled latex paint is distributed as part of the Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s Reuse/Recycle Program. Paint is collected from residents throughout the year, and shipped to Scott Paint in Sarasota, where the latex paint is sorted by color, blended and then pigments are added to create five-gallon buckets of recycled paint.

Using this recycling method, approximately 3,600 gallons of 75% post-consumer recycled latex paint is available to community organizations and residents with special needs free of charge. During the past 12 months, some non-profits benefitting from this Reuse-Recycle Program include Sisters Helping Sisters In Need, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, S.A.F.E. ID4Families, United Way of North Central Florida, and Keep Alachua County Beautiful.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the citizens of Alachua County to beautify their property while recycling a product that still has value,” said Alachua County Hazardous Waste Coordinator Kurt Seaburg. “The program continues to be very successful and benefits the community in many ways.”

Residents unable to attend the event can pick up non-recycled free paint of varying quality and quantity at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s Recycle/Reuse Area. Residents can pick up this paint and other household products during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

For more information, visit the Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s website or call 352-334-0440.

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Commission Highlights

National Drug Court Month
The Board proclaimed April 2016 as “National Drug Court Month” in Alachua County, FL
Attachment: National Drug Court Month 2016.pdf
National Bike Month
The Board proclaimed May 2016 as “National Bike Month” in Alachua County, FL
Attachment: National Bike Month 2016.pdf
Corrections/Detention Employees Appreciation Week
The Board proclaimed May 1 - 7, 2016 as “Corrections/Detention Employees Appreciation Week” in Alachua County, FL
Attachment: CorrectionsDetention Employees Appreciation Week 2016.pdf
Eat Local Month
The Board proclaimed May 2016 as “Eat Local Month” in Alachua County, FL
Attachment: Eat Local Month 2016.pdf
Perinatal Mental Health Week
The Board proclaimed May 1 - 7, 2016 as “Perinatal Mental Health Week” in Alachua County, FL
Attachment: Perinatal Mental Health Week 2016.pdf
Annual FLUMIST Presentation
The Board heard and accepted the Health Department’s annual FLUMIST Presentation
Attachment: FLUMIST 2016 BoCC Final 2.pdf
Healthy Weight Community Champion Certification
State Health Department in Alachua County Director Paul Myers presented the Healthy Weight Community Champion certification to the Board. 
CareerSource NCFL
The Board Hear presentation by CareerSource NCFL
Attachment: FINAL WIOA Local Plan.pdf
Combined Communications Center
The Board heard a presentation by Sheriff Sadie Darnell on the Combined Communications Center
Canvassing Board
The Board authorized the Chair to sign and send a letter to the Chief Judge requesting that former County Commissioner Penny Wheat be named as a replacement for Commissioner Cornell to the canvassing board.
Attachment: 042616 Chair Letter.pdf
Mental Health Prevention and Education Programing
The Board approved financial support for the Partnership for Strong Families’ Discretionary Mental Health Funding Pool for Mental Health Prevention and Education Programing
Amount: $25,000.00
Attachment: 501C PFSF Affirmation Letter.pdf
Attachment: Partnership for Strong Families Application.pdf
Attachment: 15 02 Support of Mental Health Programs 101915.pdf
County Engineer
The Board appointed Ramon Gavarrete, P. E., as County Engineer, Alachua County Public Works, effective May 31, 2016, at an annual salary of $115,000.00
Attachment: Ramon D Gavarrete Resume.pdf
Attachment: gavarreteacceptance.pdf
Children Services Advisory Board
The Board approved the proposed resolution to establish a Children Services Advisory Board.
Attachment: Resolution to Establish a Childrens Services Council 03242016.pdf
Peak Load Division
The Board heard the presentation by Chief William Northcutt regarding the Peak Load Division.
Attachment: Peak Load Presentation.pdf
Strive for 75% Recycling Update
The Board heard a “Strive for 75%” recycling update, from Department of Waste and Resource Recovery, per Sally Palmi.
Attachment: PowerPoint
Saving My Alachua Environmental Art Contest and Calendar
The Board recognized winners of the 2016 “Saving My Alachua” Environmental Art Contest and Calendar.
Attachment: Attachment 1 Contest Flier and Entry Form.pdf
Attachment: Attachment 3 Expenses.pdf
Attachment: Attachment 2 List of 2016 Winners final.pdf
I-75 Relief Task Force
The Manger updated the Board on the I-75 Relief Task Force process. The Florida Department of Transportation National Environmental Policy Act
Assignment was discussed by Growth Management’s Jeff Hays.
Large Scale Land Use Amendment
Concerning CPA-03-16: A Request for a Large Scale Land Use Amendment on Approximately 20 Acres from Medium Density Residential (4-8 du/acre) to Low Density Residential (1-4 du/acre), the Board heard the item and transmitted the proposed large scale amendment to the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) in Tallahassee for their review and comment.
Attachment: CPA03216.pptx
Attachment: CPA03216 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: Ordinance for CPA0316.pdf
Attachment: CPA Application Package.pdf
Attachment: Comments for CPA0316 and ZOM0216.pdf
Attachment: CPA0316 Staff Report.pdf
Phosphate Mining in Bradford County
Concerning Phosphate Mining in Bradford County, the Board to directed the County Manager to comeback with options for Alachua County in addressing water issue impacts to the Santa Fe River System and directed the Manager to schedule the Tuesday May 3, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. as a special meeting so action may be taken. Staff will provide draft letters expressing the County’s concerns to all applicable agencies and entities for the Board to consider.

 

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