September 16th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

September 18 to 24 is Child Passenger Safety Week
Historically Underutilized Business (HUBZone) Information
September Extension Programs
Election Workers Still Needed to Work the General Elections
Commission Highlights

September 18 to 24 is Child Passenger Safety Week

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County will host two events for Child Passenger Safety Week. On September 20, 2016, in the main parking lot of the Health Department (224 S.E. 24th Street, Gainesville), and September 22, at Faith Mission (3701 N.E. 15th Street, Gainesville), Alachua County residents can get their child seats checked by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Free educational materials will be available. Those wanting to participate in these events must schedule an appointment (appointments are made between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.).

Car seats will also be sold for $45 (or $20 for those on public assistance). Payment is cash only.

To schedule an appointment, call 352-225-4354 and leave a message. Calls will be returned by the following business day.

For more information, contact Florida Department of Health in Alachua County Community Program Manager Diana Duque at 352-225-4355 or

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Historically Underutilized Business (HUBZone) Information

Alachua County invites small businesses in the area to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone). The HUBZone program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. The program encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones through the establishment of preferences. HUBZone offers eligibility assistance on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., by calling 1-888-858-2144 with the access code 5540055#.

Each year the Federal Government has an annual goal of awarding 3% of all federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small businesses. Businesses participating with HUBZone Certifications have the opportunity to receive competitive and sole source contracts with the Federal Government.

Benefits of participating in the HUBZone Program include competitive and sole-source contracting, and a ten percent price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities.

To be eligible for the HUBZone program, businesses must be small, and be owned and controlled only by US Citizens, Community Development Corporations, or Indian Tribes. The principal office must be located in a HubZone, and at least 35% of the company’s employees must reside in a HUBZone.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) regulates and implements the HUBZone program by determining which businesses are eligible, and maintaining lists of qualified HUBZone firms. For more information, visit the Small Business Administration website, or email

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September Extension Programs

Environmental Horticulture Programs

These programs are being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 N.E. 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Turn your Backyard into an Edible, Sustainable Landscape – September 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon (with Russ Rice, Master Gardener)

This workshop is for the beginner to intermediate gardener that wants to create an edible landscape, utilizing organic principles. Topics include setting up garden spaces, fertilization, micro irrigation, pest and disease control, and an introduction to hydroponics. It includes hands-on activities and a manual. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration is $50.00 for workshop. Register online (with an additional fee) or call 352-337-6209 (voicemail). Class is limited to 15 participants.

Planting Your Yard for Wildlife – September 22, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Learn about planting yards to attract birds, butterflies, and pollinators. This class identifies various birds and butterflies, as well as the plants that attract them. It includes a tour around the demonstration gardens, informational handouts, and “seed bombs” of native wildflowers.

Registration is $5.00 for class. Register online (with an additional fee) or call 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

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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Election Workers Still Needed to Work the General Elections

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter invites registered voters to be a part of the excitement of a Presidential Election year. The General Election will be held November 8, 2016. Election workers are still needed for this date and for future elections.

Poll Workers are the guardians of democracy. These are paid positions and training is required. If you are registered to vote, able to speak, read and write the English language; have transportation to the polling place and Poll Worker training; are not a candidate whose name appears on the ballot; and can work at the polling place from 6 a.m., until after the polls close, then we need you!

The duties and responsibilities of a Poll Worker include issuing the correct ballot; conducting the election in accordance with the law; providing assistance to voters as needed; and setting up and packing all voting booths, signs, and supplies on Election Day.

Additional Phone Bank Operators are also needed for the General Election. These positions are a vital component to successful elections. The duties of a Phone Bank Operator are to assist Poll Workers at the precincts by looking up voters’ registration status using computer records. Operators must be computer-literate, comfortable working with informational databases, and working in a high capacity call load. These are paid positions and training is required.

If you are interested in serving as an Election Worker, you may fill in the Poll Worker application on our website at or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252 for more information.

Be part of our team as we prepare to be Election Ready!

esville City Commission and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners have partnered to create the Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board. Applications are being solicited for one member of the Oversight Board, who must be a resident of Alachua County. This resident will be appointed by the four Board member commissioners. Applications must be received by 8 a.m., on Monday, August 29, 2016, to be considered for appointment at the September 7, 2016 meeting.

The Oversight Board will develop a long-term vision for the success of the Empowerment Center and the broad range of homeless and social/community services that are or may be provided at the Empowerment Center. The Oversight Board will review the performance of the providers (including the existing provider) that utilize the Empowerment Center. However, the Oversight Board will not direct the day-to-day operations of the providers or the Empowerment Center.

The Oversight Board is advisory to the Gainesville City Commission and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners. The Oversight Board consists of five members including two City of Gainesville commissioners, two Alachua County commissioners, and one resident of Alachua County.

Interested persons can apply online at the Alachua County Advisory Board website.

Applications and additional information is also available from the Office of the Clerk of the Commission, Gainesville City Hall, 200 E. University Ave., 1st Floor, or call 352-334-5015.

For more information, contact Alachua County Community Support Services Assistant Director Tom Tonkavich at 352-264-6738 or


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Commission Highlights

Constitution Week
The Board proclaimed September 17th through 23rd as “Constitution Week” in Alachua County, FL
Attachment: Constitution Week 2016.pdf
FY17 Schedule of Fees and Charges for Services
The Board adopted the FY17 Schedule of Fees and Charges for Services.
Attachment: Complete Fee Schedule Clean version 9 13 16 FINAL.pdf
Attachment: RESOLUTION 16XX Fee Schedule for 91316.pdf
Attachment: Complete Fee Schedule Strike version 9 13 16 FINAL.pdf
Attachment: FY17 Fee Schedule SUMMARY OF CHANGES 09 13 16.pdf
Attachment: FY 17 Supplemental Schedule of Fees and Charges for ServicesFINAL.pdf
Alachua County Forever
Concerning the Alachua County Forever debt service payoff, the Board Adopt the resolution and approved the budget amendment.
Amount: $422,842.00
Attachment: BCC16231.pdf
Fire Station #23
The Board approved and executed the Contract GMP Amendment Construction Phase Services Exhibit K of the Construction Manager at Risk Contract with D.E. Scorpio Corporation for RFP 15-526, for the Construction of Fire Station #23 in Waldo, Florida; Approved the Budget Amendment and Resolution.
Amount: $1,775,503.00
Attachment: GMP Amendment to CM At Risk Agreement with DE Scorpio for the Construction of FS 23.pdf
Attachment: Resolution to for BA for GMP Amendment for FS 23.pdf
Attachment: BA to accompany GMP Amendment for Construction of FS 23.pdf
Fire Station #9
The Board approved the contract GMP Amendment Construction Phase Services Exhibit K of the Construction Manager at Risk Contract with D.E. Scorpio Corporation for RFP #15-527, for the Construction of Fire Station #9 located at US Highway 441 and 34th Street; Approved the Budget Amendment and Resolution.
Amount: $2,332,444.00
Attachment: GMP Amendment to CM at Risk with DE Scorpio for FS 9.pdf
Attachment: BA for GMP Amendment for CM at Risk with DC Scorpio.pdf
Attachment: Resolution for BA for GMP Amendment to Agreement with DE Scorpio for FS 9.pdf
Precut Timber (Deadhead Log) Recovery
Concerning Precut Timber (Deadhead Log) Recovery at Lake Santa Fe
, the board approved the following:
A condition of the permit is a time period of one year. 

Staff to schedule an outreach meeting with the Lake Dwellers to explain the process and answer questions and provide results of meeting to the Board. 

Authorize staff to perform limited sampling of the sediments on Lake Santa Fe. 

Direct staff to review, study, and return to the Board with its findings regarding a need for additional regulation for alteration activities in Florida Outstanding Waterways within the year timeframe. 

Golf Cart Operation
The Board authorized advertisement of an Ordinance related to golf cart operation on certain roadways to:
Delegate authority to the County Engineer to permit golf cart operation on roadways within defined standards.
Regulate operation of golf carts on county roadways with more requirements than Florida Statutes.
Attachment: DraftOrdinance.pdf
Attachment: HaileRequest.pdf
Attachment: PresentationGolfCarts.pdf
Attachment: AttorneyGeneralOpinion.pdf
Injury to People by Alligators
The Board accepted the Risk and Mitigation of Injury to People by Alligators in Alachua County report provided by Dr. James P. Ross and directed staff to install signage on County property providing public access near alligator habitat and develop an Alligator Awareness landing page on the County website (including an educational video, Dos and Don’ts and Situational Awareness).
Amount: $2,400.00
Attachment: Risk and mitigation of alligator attacks in Alachua County Florida (002).pdf
FY17 Millage Rates
The Board conducted public hearing to approve proposed FY17 millage rates for the General County, MSTU-Unincorporated Services, MSTU-Law Enforcement Funds, MSTU-Fire Protection Services, and Adjusted Tentative Budget.
Attachment: 16 89 MSTU Uninc Budget Reso 16 1st PH.pdf
Attachment: 16 87 General County Budget Reso 16 1st PH.pdf
Attachment: FY17 Millage Chart 081916.pdf
Attachment: 16 90 MSTU Law Enf Millage Reso 16 1st PH.pdf
Attachment: 1 Agenda First Public Hearing Sept 13 2016.pdf
Attachment: 16 86 General County Millage Reso 16 1st PH.pdf
Attachment: 16 88 MSTU Uninc Millage Reso 16 1st PH.pdf
Attachment: 16 91 MSTU Law Enf Budget Reso 16 1st PH.pdf
Attachment: 16 92 MSTU Fire Millage Reso 16 1st PH.pdf
Attachment: 16 93 MSTU Fire Budget Reso 16 1st PH.pdf
Attachment: Expenditure Budget Development Summary.pdf
Attachment: Revenue Budget Development Summary.pdf
Attachment: FY17 Changes to Tentative Budget.pdf
Community Business Initiatives
The Board heard the Sustainability Council Community Business Related Initiative Update - Community Business Initiatives
City of Newberry Annexations
Concerning the City of Newberry Annexations: Status Update and Discussion of Appeal Process the Board chose not to appeal the City of Newberry’s decision on the annexation ordinance.
Attachment: Newberry Annexation Ordinance 2016 09.pdf
Attachment: Staff Presentation Newberry Annexation 091316.pdf
Attachment: Letter to City of Newberry August 2 2016.pdf
Non-Ad Valorem Assessment
The Board adopted the Resolution of Intent to continue the use of the Non-Ad Valorem Assessment, set the rate, and authorize the provision of notice to affected property owners on the Notice of Proposed Taxes (TRIM- Truth in Millage).
Amount: $46,642.80
Final Assessment Resolution
The Board adopted the Final Assessment Resolution for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 and authorized the Chair to certify the non-ad valorem assessment roll to the Tax Collector.
Amount: Revenue: $7,703,840.09
Attachment: Solid Waste Assessments Proof of Publication.pdf
Attachment: Resolution 16_103.pdf
Attachment: Non ad valorem Certification FY2016_2017.pdf
Paved Shoulders and Bike Lanes
The Board adopted CPA-01-16 for paved shoulders and bike lanes and directed staff to notify the State Land Planning Agency
Attachment: CPA0116_Ordinance.pdf
Attachment: PRES_BoCC_20160913.pdf

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