December 19th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Commission Chair Cornell Featured on Alachua County Talks
Buddy Irby Day
Advisory Board Volunteers Needed
Crape Myrtle Pruning on NW 16th Avenue
“Saving My Alachua” Environmental Art Contest and Calendar
Dog Kennel Intake Limitations and Renovation Special
Horner Receives Florida Professional Emergency Manager Credential
Annual Foster Grandparent Program Luncheon
Christmas and New Year’s Schedules
County Offering Rain Barrels for Sale
Commission Highlights

County Commission Chair Cornell Featured on Alachua County Talks

The latest episode of Alachua County Talks, features an interview with Alachua County Commission Chair Ken Cornell. 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 Cornell discusses issues of public safety, funding for roadway repairs, board-approved millage rate reductions, the importance of economic development, the voter approved Wild Spaces/ Public Places Referendum, and minimum wage increases for County employees and employees of contractors working with the County.”

View the Interview online.                                              

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

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Buddy Irby Day

In recognition of his retirement, the County Commission declared December 13, 2016, as J.K. “Buddy” Irby Day in Alachua County.

Irby is a native and lifelong Alachua County resident. He attended and graduated from Santa Fe High School and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida.

Mr. Irby was elected to the office of Supervisor of Elections at the age of 24 and ran unopposed for 16 years. In 1992 he was elected, unopposed, to the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court where he has served for 24 years, serving the citizens of Alachua County for the last 40 years. He is active in many civic organizations and has served in positions of leadership in many of them.

Irby’s professional accomplishments include being appointed by Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to the Supreme Court committee on Jury Standards. He was a member and Chair of the Florida Association of Supervisors of Elections. He was Gainesville Sun Man of the Year, as well as Alachua County U. S. Constitution Bicentennial Commission member and Chair. Governor Lawton Chiles appointed him to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. He was also appointed by the Alachua County Commission to the Alachua County Charter Review Committee serving as Chair. Irby was a Law Library Board member, Chair of the Alachua County Self Insurance Review Committee, Clerk to the Library District Governing Board, and a member of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT). He was a member of the National Association of Court Managers,  a member, Board of Directors, and Parliamentarian of the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers, member and Chair of the Clerk of Court Operations Corporation and Budget Committee Chair; and Byrne Grant Advisory Board member and Chair.

The County wishes Mr. J. K. “Buddy” Irby all the best in his retirement.

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Advisory Board Volunteers Needed

Alachua County needs citizen volunteers. There is a popular phrase that says, “Think globally, act locally.” One great way to act locally is serving on an Alachua County Advisory Board. These Boards provide essential advice to the County Commission. They are relied on to delve deeply into issues referred to them, and their recommendations are considered a trusted and needed source of information. The County encourages those interested in Advisory Boards to research them and their meeting schedules to determine what time commitment is involved for members. Typically, advisory boards meet once monthly, and they are open to the public. Attending one of the meetings may assist you in learning more about a particular advisory board’s function. While some vacancies require specific qualifications, many are available to citizens at large.  

Advisory Boards with vacancies include:

View Advisory Board information (including general information, meeting times, and a list of positions and vacancies).

Apply for an Advisory Board online.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Manager’s Office at 352-374-5204.

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Crape Myrtle Pruning on NW 16th Avenue

Alachua County Public Works has scheduled pruning and moss removal of the median crape myrtles on N.W. 16th Avenue from N.W. 43rd Street to N.W. 13th Street. The process is scheduled to begin December 19, 2016, and is to be completed on or before January 4, 2017. Single lane closures may occasionally be necessary during the process.

The work is being performed by International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists and will follow ANSI300 pruning specifications. The picture is a before and after representation of the typical pruning procedure. The tree on the right indicates what the trees will look like following the pruning and de-mossing.

Small varieties of crape myrtles (those that have not grown above approximately 10 feet in height) will not be included in this pruning process. A determination on whether they will be replaced with larger varieties, or pruned and de-mossed at a later date is expected to occur in January 2017.

For more information, contact Alachua County Horticulturist Heather Martin at 352-548-1298 or hmartin@alachuacounty.us.

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“Saving My Alachua” Environmental Art Contest and Calendar

The Alachua County Environment Protection Department invites K-12 grade students to participate in the County’s fourth annual “Saving My Alachua” Environmental Art Contest. The contest is open to all students in Alachua County, including homeschoolers, and encourages students to create artwork depicting their passion for the environment. The artwork should address one of the following topics: water conservation, stormwater pollution, natural habitat protection, wilderness and wildlife protection, or proper disposal of toxic waste.

Submissions must be no larger than 8 ½” x 11” in size and must be presented horizontally (landscape). The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 10, 2017.

Ribbons will be awarded for the first, second, and third place in each grade category for K-8 grade. Ribbons will be awarded for the first, second, and third place in the High School category (regardless of the grade). Select winners will be featured in the “2018 Saving My Alachua Calendar.” All winning artwork will be displayed in the County Administration Building during the month of April 2017.

“School participation has increased each year, and the calendars have been very well received by the community. We look forward to seeing this year’s entries and displaying them throughout our office,” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Senior Planner Eliana Bardi. 

The 2017 Saving My Alachua Calendar features winning artwork along with tips on protecting the environment. Copies are available for pick up at the office of the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (408 W. University Ave, Suite 106, Gainesville) Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., while supplies last.

View the contest flier and entry form (PDF).

Visit the Saving My Alachua Art Contest Facebook page.

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

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Dog Kennel Intake Limitations and Renovation Special

Alachua County Animal Services will be undergoing a dog kennel renovation beginning Monday, December 19, 2016, with the completion scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 2017. Their dog kennel space will be limited during this time.

Animal Services is requesting that those who need to surrender a dog wait until the renovation is completed. Those unable to do so should contact Animal Services before bringing in their dog (to check space availability). Animal Services apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Animal Services is also having a “Renovation Special.” All adoption fees for dogs are waived during the renovation.

Pet adopters must be 18 or older and show ID with proof of current address. If there are already pets in the home, the potential adopter must show proof that owned animals are current on rabies and license. All dogs and cats available for adoption are examined, vaccinated and spayed or neutered before leaving Animal Services.

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

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Horner Receives Florida Professional Emergency Manager Credential

Alachua County Fire Rescue is proud to announce that Alachua County Emergency Management Program Coordinator Jennifer Horner has received the credential of Florida Professional Emergency Manager from the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association.

The certification process involves an extensive credentials package that includes work history, disaster or exercise experience, seven professional contributions in the emergency management field, and 150 hours of general and emergency management training covering the five emergency management mission areas: protection, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery. It also requires a lengthy application process and a review by a Commission of 30 Florida Emergency Management professionals.

Statewide, there are only 209 other emergency management professionals who have received this certification. Ms. Horner has been invited to the 2017 Florida Emergency Preparedness Association’s Annual Meeting in February to be recognized for this achievement.

“Jen continues to do outstanding, professional work which is a credit to her, Fire Rescue and Alachua County,” said Alachua County Fire Rescue Chief William Northcutt.

For more information, contact William Northcutt at 352-384-3117 or wnorthcutt@alachuacounty.us.

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Annual Foster Grandparent Program Luncheon

The Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) recognized its volunteers at a luncheon on Friday, December 9 at the Best Western Gateway Grand.

FGP was established in Alachua County in 1973 and is celebrating 43 years of service in Alachua County. FGP is funded in part by the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Foster Grandparents are National Service volunteers that are placed throughout Alachua County in elementary school, HeadStart classes, child care centers, and after-school programs. These volunteers work one-on-one with at-risk children helping to build basic literacy and math skills as well as assist with improving upon social-emotional development. In exchange for their service, volunteers receive a tax-free stipend of $2.65 per hour, meals, assistance with transportation, and supplemental insurance.

The program is accepting applications for new volunteers. Applicants must be Alachua County residents 55 or over.

For more information, contact the Foster Grandparent Program Office at 352-264-6757.

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Christmas and New Year’s Schedules

Other than emergency services, all Alachua County government offices will be closed on December 26, 27, 2016, and January 2, 2017, in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Holidays.

Curbside Waste Collection/Collection Centers

The observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Sunday, December 25 and  Sunday, January 1 will not affect regular garbage and recycling collection schedules. Holiday Closures for Alachua County Solid Waste Facilities:

Administrative and Waste Collection Offices - Closed December 26, 27, and January 2

Rural Collection Centers – Regular schedule

Leveda Brown Environmental Park & Transfer Station – Regular schedule

Hazardous Waste Collection Center - Closed December 26, 27, and January 2

For more information, contact Alachua County Waste Alternatives Manager, Patrick Irby at 352-338-3233.

Animal Services

Animal Services will be closed on December 24 through December 27, and January 1 (per their regular schedule, Animal Services is also closed on January 2). All other days, offices will be open regular hours (10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday).

For animal emergencies during the holiday period, contact the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office at 352-955-1818.

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

Clerk of the Court

The Office of the Clerk of the Court will be closed December 23, 26, and January 2. All other days, offices will be open regular hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

For more information, contact the Office of the Clerk of the Court at 352-374-3636.

Property Appraiser

The Property Appraiser’s Office will be closed December 23, 26, and January 2. All other days, offices will be open regular hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

For more information, contact the Property Appraisers Office at 352-374-5230.

Tax Collector

The Tax Collector’s Office will be closed December 26, 27, and January 2. All other days, offices will be open regular hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday).

For more information, contact the Tax Collectors Office at 352-374-5236.

Supervisor of Elections

The Supervisor of Elections Office will be closed December 26, 27, and January 2. All other days, offices will be open regular hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

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

Health Department

The Health Department will be closed December 26, and January 2. All other days, offices will be open regular hours (Monday through Friday, hours vary depending on services needed. Please call for an appointment).

For more information, contact the Health Department 352-334-7900.

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County Offering Rain Barrels for Sale

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is offering Ivy Rain Barrels at a discounted price to encourage residents to conserve precious water resources as well as to protect water quality.

The rain barrels can be purchased directly through the program’s website using a credit card. There will also be a limited number of rain barrels on the day of the sale on a first come first served basis. The normal retail is $129, but through this special promotion, they are only $75.

Online orders must be made by March 12, 2017, for pick up at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center on March 18, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The rain barrel captures rainwater from rooftops by connecting to the home’s downspout. This water would typically be sent down the storm drain carrying potential contaminants and contributing to flooding. The cumulative effect of rain barrels implemented throughout a geographic area can have a significant impact on storm water management and water quality. Water collected by the rain barrels can be used for gardens, lawns, and washing cars.

Features of Ivy Rain Barrels include:

“This program is an important step toward protecting clean water in our community from stormwater pollution, because it offers an inexpensive and proven option to help people make a difference in their own backyards,” said Water Conservation Coordinator Stacie Greco. “They also make great holiday gifts – just print a picture and wrap it.”

For more information, visit the rain barrel program website or contact Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829 or sgreco@alachuacounty.us.

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Commission Highlights

King Celebration 2017
The Board proclaimed January 8th- January 16th as “King Celebration 2017” in Alachua County, FL.
Item Summary Report
King Celebration 2017

Martin Luther King Jr Hall of Fame Day
The Board proclaimed January 8th as “ Martin Luther King Jr Hall of Fame Day” in Alachua County, FL.
 Item Summary Report

Economic Development Update
The Board heard an Economic Development Update from the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
Item Summary Report
Thomas Clemens Bio

Sheriff’s Budget Requirements
The Board authorized the County Attorney’s Office to seek judicial review of the statutory framework regarding Sheriff’s budget requirements.
Item Summary
research-Florida Statutes
ltr fm sheriff sep 28 2016
ltr fm sheriff jul 22 2016
reconciliation reports FY14-FY16
FY15 Jail CO

Stormwater Quality Improvement Code
The Board heard an update on proposed Stormwater Quality Improvement Code
Item Summary Report
Presentation

Phoenix Commercial Park Brownfield Designation
The Board approved the Resolution to rescind Phoenix Commercial Park Brownfield Designation.
Item Summary Report
Resolution to rescind Phoenix Commercial Park Brownfield Designation
Resolution 09-43
Request to rescind Resolution 09-43
Request from owner to rescind Resolution 09-43

Fuel Tax Renewal
The Board approved sending a Chair letter to municipalities regarding fuel tax renewal
Item Summary
Chair Letter

Transportation Alternatives Program
The Board approved the Transportation Alternatives Program priority projects for Florida Department of Transportation FY 2023 with the exception of the Alachua Trail project
 Item Summary
Transportation Alternatives Program Priority Projects List
Waldo Road Trail Phase 1 Application
City of Newberry Sidewalks Application
Alachua Central Trail Application
Powerpoint Presentation

Envision Alachua - Hawthorne
In consideration of the “Envision Alachua - Hawthorne” adopted comprehensive plan amendment: the Board heard a status update and consideration of administrative challenge.  They chose not to challenge the comprehensive plan amendment.
Item Summary Report
October 25, 2016 Chair Letter to City of Hawthorne
North Central Florida Regional Planning Council Review Letter - 11-2-16
City and Eda Response Letter to County_12-2-16
Staff Presentation from October 11, 2016 BoCC Meeting

Celebration Pointe Maintenance Agreement
The Board heard an update concerning the Celebration Pointe maintenance agreement amendment and roadway renaming resolution
Item Summary Report
CP Interlocal Maintenance agreement
First Amendment to CP Interlocal
Road renaming resolution
Map

Minimum Wage Exemption Report
The Board heard the Alachua County government minimum wage exemption report.
Item Summary Report
Ordinance 16-05
2016 Exemptions Report
Fomal Bid Solicitation
Informal Quotes

County Ordinance Prosecutions
The County Attorney reported on the handling of County ordinance prosecutions from her office.
Item Summary Report
Letter from State Attorney dated September 29

Stormwater Services
The Board adopted a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assessment for the cost of providing stormwater services.  This will lead to future discussions before the Board makes a decision on whether or not to enact this method.
Item Summary Report
Final Alachua Co Funding Strategies
Timeline for Stormwater Assessment
Section 197.3632 Florida Statutes
Resolution
Affidavit of Publication 11-15-16
Affidavit of Publication 11-22-16
Affidavit of Publication 11-29-2016
Affidavit of Publication 12-6-2016
Powerpoint Presentation

NW 23rd Avenue Corridor
The Board directed staff to submit a County incentive Grant Application for the NW 23rd Avenue corridor and authorized the Chair to sign the application for design and construction.
Item Summary Report
CIGP Grant Application_Approved to Form by AC CAO
Project Analysis Summary Report
Public Workshop Summary Report
Presentation

Fire Protection
The Board approved the Resolution of intent to use uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assessment for fire protection. This will lead to future discussions before the Board makes a decision on whether or not to enact this method.
Item Summary Report
Resolution of Intent
Exhibit A Proof of Publication
Exhibit B Legal Description
Exhibit C Geographic Depiction Map
Fire Assessment Newspaper AD
Solar Array
The Board approved ZOX-01-16 (Special Exception) - a request for a special exception to permit a major utility (a solar array) in an ‘A’ (Agricultural) district on approximately 413.80 acres
Item Summary Report
Public Comments
Staff Report
Powerpoint Presentation
Site Plan
Resolution Z-16-08
Background Materials Part 1
Background Materials Part 2
Background Materials Part 3
Background Materials - Maps

 

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