July 5th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

Mandatory Workshop for Tourism Product Development Grant Applicants
Plastic Free July Challenge
County Earns Two Awards for Innovative Programs
Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) Requests for Application Deadline Extended
Upcoming CERT Classes
County Commission Chair Hutchinson Featured on Alachua County Talks
July Extension Programs
Hay Field Day
Commission Highlights

Mandatory Workshop for Tourism Product Development Grant Applicants

Visit Gainesville, the Visitors and Conventions Bureau (VCB) for Alachua County, is holding a mandatory grant workshop for those applying for Tourism Product Development (TPD) Grants. The workshop is on Monday, July 11, 2016, at 9 a.m., at the Freedom Community Center (7340 S.W. 41st Place, Gainesville). This workshop is an opportunity for prospective applicants to review and address questions regarding the grant.

Through the TPD grant, The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (Board), with the assistance of recommendations from the Tourist Development Council (TDC) and the County Manager, awards Tourist Development Tax funds for the purpose of promoting tourism and for promoting the arts, culture, and nature in Alachua County. Tourist Development Tax funds are governed by State Statute 125.0104.

Arts, culture, and nature-based organizations (not-for-profit and governmental) that operate within the boundaries of Alachua County are eligible to apply.

The application, recently approved by the Board, is posted on the Visit Gainesville website. Applications may be downloaded, and will be provided at the mandatory workshop.

All proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope with an outside label marked “Alachua County Cultural, Heritage and Nature-Based Tourism Grant Program,” and delivered no later than 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2016, to the attention of:

Alachua County Purchasing Division, Third Floor
County Administration Building
12 S.E. 1st Street
Gainesville, Florida  32601-6983

No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

For more information, contact Alachua County VCB Director John Pricher at 352-374-5260 or jop@visitgainesville.com, or Purchasing Agent Todd Jackson at 352-374-5202, or tajackson@alachuacounty.us.

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Plastic Free July Challenge

The Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives is encouraging local households, businesses, and schools to accept their “Plastic Free July Challenge.” The challenge is to consume no single-use plastic during the month of July.

Single-use plastic is anything that is intended to be used once, then thrown away. The “big four” single-use plastic items include plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic bottles, and takeout containers (cups).

As part of the challenge, during the month of July the Office of Waste Alternatives is partnering with Curia on the Drag (2029 N.W. 6th St., Gainesville) to promote the “Bring One (refillable cup), Get One Tree Planted” event sponsored by We Are Neutral. To participate, bring a refillable cup to Curia on the Drag, and a tree will be planted on your behalf. Participants receive a 25 cent discount on the purchased beverage.

“Plastic has snuck into all aspects of our lives. Even small acts, such as grabbing the morning to go iced coffee, involve a disposable plastic straw and cup,” says Alachua County Waste Alternatives Specialist Eilanwy Slyboom. “Plastic Free July will provide the opportunity to see that we don’t need the single-use plastics.”

Additionally, the Office of Waste Alternatives is hosting two Plastic Free Workshops at local libraries:

Visit the Alachua County Recycles Facebook page for updates on Plastic Free July events and posts.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives at 352-548-1282.

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County Earns Two Awards for Innovative Programs

Alachua County has been recognized with two Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective County government programs that enhance services for Residents.

The County was recognized for its “Veteran Benefits Triage/Education Sessions” in the category of Civic Education and Public Information. The County was also recognized for its “Irrigation Inspection and Enforcement Program” in the category of Information Technology.

The Veteran Benefits Triage/Education Sessions are offered in advance of services. The sessions provide information to several people at one time. This allows staff to spend more individual time with those who are eligible to apply for assistance.

The Irrigation Inspection and Enforcement Program is a web portal created by the County’s Information and Telecommunications Department for the County’s Environmental Protection Department. It allows irrigation professionals to register their business with the County, which in turn creates a secure user account for the portal. Users can fill out an online application for each irrigation job they submit, upload documents for the job, and pay for one or more jobs in a single “shopping cart” checkout. Users can track the status of their jobs throughout the required approval and inspection process.

Speaking about the awards, Alachua County Manager Lee A. Niblock said, “We are thrilled to be recognized by NACo for both projects which benefit our citizens.” He continued, “In Alachua County, our staff are committed to working together to improve processes and implement technology throughout our organization to maximize efficiencies. Thank you, NACo, for this recognition.”

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition on July 22 through 25 in Los Angeles County, California. 

For more information about the Veterans Benefits Triage/Education Sessions Award, contact Alachua County Veteran Services Director Kim Smith at 352-264-6740 or kismith@alachuacounty.us.

For more information about the Irrigation Inspection and Enforcement Program Award, contact Alachua County Web Services Supervisor Chris Nielson at 352-338-3331 or cnielsen@alachuacounty.us.

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Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) Requests for Application Deadline Extended

The deadline for applications from 501(c)(3) agencies, with a physical address in Alachua County, for the Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) is extended to July 13, 2016, at 5 p.m. Through the CAPP application process, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners helps fund projects that deliver poverty reduction services.

These services must benefit residents in the categories of Children’s Education (ages 6 to 18), Child Safety (ages 6 to 18), Disabilities/Health Maintenance, Homeless/Housing, Hunger Relief, and Seniors for the FY2016/2017 grant year.

Proposal materials are available online or at the Alachua County Purchasing Division, 12 SE 1st Street, 3rd Floor, Gainesville, FL, 32601. The application period began at noon on June 1, 2016, and runs until 5 p.m. on July 13, 2016.

Applications must be submitted on a USB flash drive, and one printed original of each program proposal must be delivered to Alachua County Purchasing Division by 5 p.m. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

All potential applicants are required to attend an in-person Bidder’s Training Workshop. The last Bidder’s Training Workshop is on Friday, July 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Alachua County Health Department Auditorium (224 S.E. 24th Street, Gainesville).

For more information, contact Alachua County Community Support Services Assistant Director Candie Nixon at 352-264-6717, or ctnixon@alachuacounty.us, or Purchasing Agent Todd Jackson at 352-374-5202, or tajackson@alachuacounty.us.

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Upcoming CERT Classes

Alachua County Emergency Management is enrolling citizens for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program. The seven classes are on Wednesday evenings, from July 6, through Aug 17, 2016. Each session runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes are held at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center (1100 S.E. 27th Street, Gainesville). The classes are free, and the registration deadline is July 5. 

Alachua County Emergency Management Coordinator Ebbin Spellman said, “Hurricane season came a little early this year, so the time is now to prepare, but just not for hurricanes.” He continued, “Our community is vulnerable to other incidents such as wildfires, extreme weather, man-made and technological hazards to name a few. CERT teaches citizens how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.” 

Class topics include:

Click to register.

For more information, call Alachua County Emergency Management at 352-264-6500.


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County Commission Chair Hutchinson Featured on Alachua County Talks

This edition of Alachua County Talks, features an interview with Alachua County Commission Chair Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson. The interview covers a number of important issues currently facing Alachua County and the County Commission. 

In speaking of the program, Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “Chair Hutchinson discusses the Waldo Road Job Center, mental health issues, the I-75 Relief Task Force process, the Wild Spaces/ Public Places Referendum, and an idea to incorporate local music into Community 12 TV programming.”

View the Interview Online.

For more information, visit Alachua County online or call 352-374-5204.

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. and 7:30 a.m. and 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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July Extension Programs

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 N.E. 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – July 6, 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.

Register online or call 1-888-232-8723.

Environmental & Community Horticulture Program

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental and Community Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 N.E. 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Choosing the Right Mulch – July 7, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This program explains which mulch is suitable for each garden’s needs. This class also teaches why certain mulches are more sustainable than others.

There is no cost to attend this class. 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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Hay Field Day

The Northeast Florida Livestock Agents Group is hosting the UF/IFAS Extension Hay Field Day on Thursday, July 14, 2016, beginning at 9 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.), at the Santa Fe River Ranch (29220 N.W. 122 Street, Alachua).

The field day provides updates on various topics related to hay production along with field demonstrations. Topics include: Fertilization, Hayfield Weed Control, Haylage and New Bahiagrass Varieties.

The registration fee is $10.00 in advance (advanced payment can be sent to the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 N.E. 39 Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609) or $15.00 on the event day. Make checks payable to: NFLAG (Northeast Florida Livestock Agents Group). The registration will cover materials and lunch. Lunch will be served by Florida Farm Credit.

View/download the Hay Field Day flyer (PDF).

To register and for additional information, contact Dr. Cindy Sanders, Director/Livestock Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, at 352-955-2402 or sanders1@ufl.edu.

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Commission Highlights

Audit Reports
The Board accepted the audit reports form the County’s independent Certified Public Accountants, Carr, Riggs, and Ingram LLC as well as the FY2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), and the Florida State Comptrollers Annual Financial Report (AFR). Authorize the Chair to sign the Management response letter and to certify the AFR to the State. The Board authorized the Clerk to transmit the CAFR and Single Audit Report to the Auditor General.
Attachment: AFR Certification Letter request.pdf
Attachment: Bocc Management Response Letter.pdf
Attachment: 2015 Alachua County CAFR.pdf

Quarterly Hiring Activity Report
The Board accepted the Quarterly Hiring Activity Report for the 2nd quarter of FY 2016.
Attachment: BOCC Quarterly Report FY16 QTR2 FINAL PKG.pdf
Attachment: FY16 2ndQtr Targeted Positions Hiring Report 042716.pdf
Attachment: FY16 2nd Qtr Report Targeted Positions Filled Advertising Efforts 042416.pdf

Animal Services Feral Cat Room Dedication
The Board approved the dedication of the Alachua County Animal Services Feral Cat Room in Honor of Persephone Athene.
Amount: $150.00
Attachment: Facilities Naming.pdf
Attachment: Naming Persephone Athene Room.pdf

Housing Summit Report
The Board heard the Housing Summit Report and gave direction for implementation.
Attachment: Housing Report.pdf
Attachment: DATA 160523 BANCF Development Cost Analysis.pdf
Attachment: MEMO 160523 BANCF Development Cost Analysis.pdf
Attachment: Housing Summit Report_presentation.pdf

Petco and Wagmore Foundation Grants
The Board approved the Petco and Wagmore Foundation Grants budget amendment, resolution for unanticipated revenues, and four (4) Wagmore Foundation grant agreements which include waiving of County’s indemnification language as a low risk and in the best interest of Alachua County.
Amount: $68,800.00
Attachment: Wagmore Grant Agreement for ACAS Medical Treatment Center 26000.pdf
Attachment: Petco_Wagmore_Foundation_Grants_Resolution_rev20160525.pdf
Attachment: Animal_Services_Budget_Amendment_OMB2_20160531.pdf
Attachment: Wagmore Grant Agreement for ACAS Staff Attendnace at the 2016 FACA Conference 6950.pdf
Attachment: Wagmore Grant Agreement for ACAS Staff Attendance at 2016 Pet Professional Cof 5000.pdf
Attachment: Wagmore Grant Agreement for ACAS Attendance at the 2016 Chameleon Conference 850.pdf

Stepping Up Presentation
The Board received the “Stepping Up” Presentation.
Attachment: Stepping Up Initiative Final.pdf
Attachment: Stepping Up Initiative Final.pptx

Large Scale Land Use Amendment
The Board approved CPA-03-16: Request for a Large Scale Land Use Amendment on Approximately 20 Acres from Medium Density Residential to Low Density Residential
Recommended Action: Staff recommends that the Board hear the item and adopt the proposed Ordinance (16-xx) approving the requested change
Attachment: Ordinance for CPA0316.pdf
Attachment: Public Comments for CPA0316 and ZOM0216.pdf
Attachment: CPA03ZOM0216.pptx
Attachment: CPA03ZOM0216 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment: CPA Application Package.pdf
Attachment: CPA0316 Staff Report.pdf

Alachua County Comprehensive Plan and the Unified Land Development Code
The Board: 1. Convened as the Land Development Regulation Commission and found the proposed amendments consistent with the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan. 2. Adopted the ordinance amending the Unified Land Development Code.
Attachment: ULDC_ExhibitA_062816.pdf
Attachment: Ordinance.pdf
Attachment: 062816presentation.pdf

Local Option Fuel Tax
The Board adopted the Ordinance re-establishing the 4th, 5th and 6th cent of Local Option Fuel Tax through December 31, 2017.
Attachment: 1985 Interlocal.pdf
Attachment: 2015 Ordinance.pdf
Attachment: 2016 Gas Tax Ordinance reimposition with expiration 123117 (DRAFT).pdf
Attachment: 2015 First Amendment to Interlocal re Local Option Gas Tax.pdf
Attachment: 2016 Local Option Gas Tax INTERLOCAL (Exhibit A to Ordinance).pdf

Lexington Place Subdivision
The Board approved the proposed replat of Lexington Place Subdivision Lots 9, 10, 11 and 12 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: LP_Replat_Presentation.pdf
Attachment: LP_CHAIR_SR.pdf
Attachment: LP_Orig_Plat.pdf
Attachment: LP_Replat.pdf
Attachment: LP_LS_Plan.pdf
Attachment: LP_Stormwater_Basin.pdf
Attachment: LP_GM_SR.pdf
Attachment: LP_OS_Plan.pdf

The Board adopted Resolution Z-16-03 request to Rezone Approximately 20 acres from R-1b (Single Family Residential) District to R-1a (Single Family Residential) District
Attachment: Public Comments for CPA0316 and ZOM0216.pdf
Attachment: Rezoning Application Package.pdf
Attachment: Resolution for ZOM0216.pdf
Attachment: ZOM0216 Staff Report.pdf

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