May 25th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

Alachua County Receives Better Community Award
Memorial Day Program
What's On "Alachua County Talks"
Memorial Day Waste Collection
Notice for Santa Fe River in Alachua County
June Extension Programs
4-H Summer Day Camps
Commission Highlights

Alachua County Receives Better Community Award

Alachua County received the 1000 Friends of Florida's "Better Community Award" for adopting and implementing an innovative plan and implementing ordinances to promote multimodal transportation and sustainable patterns of development. The award was presented at the May 22, Regular Meeting of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners.

Alachua County adopted its Mobility Plan in January of 2010, with the goal of supporting a wider range of transportation options for residents. The plan provides for compact mixed use areas accessible by walking, biking and bus rapid transit. It includes provisions for transit oriented development (TOD) and traditional neighborhood development (TND), an interconnected road network, bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, and bus rapid transit. The County followed up the adoption of the Mobility Plan with several other implementation steps over the last several years, including the adoption of an Urban Service Area and a Multi-Modal Transportation Mitigation Ordinance.

"Alachua County is taking important steps to provide a wider range of transportation options for its residents," 1000 Friends President and CEO Charles Pattison, FAICP, explains. "With its mobility plan, urban services area, and multimodal transportation mitigation ordinance, Alachua County has taken a significant step to promote smarter growth."

"The Board of County Commissioners took a visionary approach and put the Mobility Plan in place," said Steve Lachnicht, Growth Management Department Director. "Both the development community and the general public will benefit from the steps that the County has taken. There are many long term benefits to putting in place the land uses and transportation systems that are a part of the plan."

1000 Friends' Better Community Award is presented annually for plans that have been implemented and projects that are completed that use the principles of smart growth to create livable, vital environments.

Click to learn more about 1000 Friends of Florida.

For more information, contact Alachua County Growth Management Director, Steve Lachnicht at 352-374-5249.

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Memorial Day Program

On Monday, May 28, 2012, Alachua County and the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health Care System will hold the annual Memorial Day program. The service will be hosted by and conducted at the Forest Meadows Cemetery (3700 SE Hawthorne Road, Gainesville). The public is invited to attend.

The theme for this year's honor is the recognition of collegiate veterans. The guest speaker is Dr. Jackson Sasser, President of Santa Fe College. The ceremony includes: a presentation of colors by the Young Marines, greetings from Congressman Cliff Stearns and Sheriff Sadie Darnell, reading of proclamations by County Commissioner Lee Pinkoson and Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe, a rifle salute by the Korean War Veterans Chapter 267 and other special music and honors, wreath placements and the sounding of Taps.

Immediately following the ceremony there is a free barbecue luncheon provided by the Forest Meadow Cemetery, owners: Jon C. Thomas Family.

For more information, contact Alachua County Veterans Services Director, Major L. Stroupe at 352-264-6740.

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What's On "Alachua County Talks"

Click here the television to view the archive of Alachua County Talks episodes. Click on any of the videos in the archive to view half hour interviews about important community issues.

Check out the latest editions of Alachua County Talks on Community 12 TV by viewing the Channel 12 Show Schedule.

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

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Memorial Day Waste Collection

Residential curbside collection service for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will be delayed by one day due to the Memorial Day holiday. The regular schedule for these services will not occur on Memorial Day, Monday May 28, 2012. Monday's regular collection will occur on Tuesday, and so on through the week ending with Thursday's collection on Friday. Regular collection schedules will resume on Monday June 2.

The five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station and the Hazardous Waste Center will also be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, and will resume regular hours on Tuesday May 29.

For more information, contact Milton Towns at 352-338-3233.

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Notice for Santa Fe River in Alachua County

The Alachua County Health Department is asking the public to be aware that an algal bloom has been identified in the Santa Fe River near High Springs between the Highway 27 bridge and upstream of Poe Springs in Alachua County.

On May 21, 2012, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department collected water samples which contained the algae Anabaena circinalis. In Florida, this algae has not been confirmed to produce toxins and health effects have not been documented in the past. The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, Florida Department of Health and Florida Department of Environmental Protection will continue to coordinate monitoring activities for this algal bloom.  

The Alachua County Health Department recommends avoiding contact with any visible algal blooms, participating in recreational activities including fishing, or drinking the water when there is the following:

If there is contact with an algal bloom, wash with fresh water and soap, and avoid swallowing or inhaling water. Keep pets out of the water. If a pet has entered water where a bloom is located, do not let them drink the water, eat pond scum, or lick their fur.

For additional health information on harmful algal blooms, visit the Florida Department of Health's website.

If citizens are experiencing health effects, they should contact their local health provider or the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7930.

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June Extension Programs

Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs

These programs are offered by Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent. Programs are held at the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).
Worker Protection Standard: Train the Trainer Workshop – June 12, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Federal & State law requires that all agricultural workers be trained in the Worker Protection Standard by their fifth day on the job.

Attendees will receive: training in all major aspects of Worker Protection Standards, WPS Train the Trainer materials, handouts of educational materials, and a Department of Agriculture Inspector will be present to answer questions on WPS enforcement & compliance.

Registration fee to attend this class is $5.00. 3 Private Applicator and Ag Row Crop CEUs will be available.

Private Applicator Pesticide School – June 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Topics include: Private Applicator License & Regulations, Equipment Calibration & Pesticide Arithmetic, Pesticide Safety and Principles of Pest Control.

The full day registration fee is $40.00 (includes books & lunch), $10.00 (lunch & no books) and half day registration $5.00 (no books & no lunch). 3 Core & 3 Private Applicator CEUs will be offered for applicators that already have their licenses. 

Living on a Few Acres (12 part series) – Wildlife Habitat – June 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This session will discuss the steps needed to create a wildlife friendly landscape. In addition, this session will cover how to attract desirable bird species such as bluebirds, tufted titmice, kestrels, and owls.

Cost to attend is $10.00 for individuals and $15.00 for couples for entire series (notebook & materials provided).

North Florida Beef & Forage Group Pasture Workshop – June 27, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Topics include: herbicide demonstration, pasture weed identification, herbicide pricing and managing pasture for livestock and wildlife.

Registration fee to attend this class is $5.00. This workshop will be held at the Baker County Extension Office (1025 W Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny). To register, please call the Baker County Extension Office at 904-259-3520.

Please register at least three working days prior to these programs by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

Commercial Horticulture Program

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent, at Holly Factory Nursery (29010 NW CR 241, Alachua).

Nursery Best Management Practices Tour – June 19, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Some topics include: irrigation management through cyclic irrigation, using denitrification walls for groundwater nutrient management, and management of surface runoff with berms, swales, and vegetative buffers.

Registration fee is $20.00 per person, includes materials and dinner. Flyer includes the program schedule, registration form and map to the event location. Click to view/download a flyer and registration form.

Please pre-register by June 15, by calling 352-337-6209 or mail completed registration form to the Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609).

Family & Consumer Sciences Programs

These programs are offered by Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent. All of these programs are held at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

Before You Tie the Knot – June 25 & 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Before You Tie the Knot is a premarital preparation course.

Topics include: Communication, Conflict Management & Resolution, Financial Responsibility & Spending Plans, and Children and Parenting Responsibilities. Completion of this course is required to receive a $32.50 reduction of marriage license. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion and a copy for the Clerk of the Court.

There is no cost to attend this two evening class. Pre-register by June 21, by calling 352-337-6209.

Building Your Financial Future (A personal financial management program - for those filing bankruptcy only) – June 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Topics include: develop a budget, money management skills, use credit responsibly, and consumers rights and responsibilities.

Cost to attend this class is $10.00 (cash only) for course materials. Pre-register by June 21, by calling 352-955-2402.

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) June 27, 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 consumers food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment.

For further information and to register, please visit the Food Safety and Quality website, or call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723.

For more information about these program call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

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4-H Summer Day Camps

The Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2012 4-H Summer Day Camp Season. These camps offer something for youth of all ages in a variety of subjects. Space is limited and payment must accompany registration. Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to attend these camps.

Click to view a complete list of the summer day camps.

Click to view the registration form.

For registration or additional information, please contact Matt Benge, 4-H Agent, at 352-955-2402 or

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Commission Highlights

The Board heard announcements by Mark Sexton Communications Coordinator

Memorial Day
The Board proclaimed May 28, 2012 as Memorial Day
Memorial Day 2012.pdf

Florida’s Better Community Award
The Board accepted the 1000 Friends of Florida’s Better Community Award.
1000 Friends press release.pdf

New Precinct Boundaries

The Board approved the Supervisor of Elections’ request for new precinct boundaries in accordance with Florida Law (Amended)

Attachment: SOE1 Cover Memo.pdf
SOE2 Proposed Redistricting Map2012.pdf
SOE3 Current Precinct lines.pdf
SOE4 Proposed Precinct Info Summary.pdf
SOE5 Blocks 2012 Pct Dist Pct Headers.pdf

Deputy Jack A. Romeis Road
The Board adopted the Resolution supporting FDOT efforts to name a portion of SR26A between West University Avenue and SW 25th Street as Deputy Jack A. Romeis Road Hear Citizen Comments Read Resolution
Jack A Romeis Road Resolution v02.pdf

Coach Jimmy Carnes Boulevard
The Board adopted the Resolution supporting FDOT efforts to name a portion of SW 23rd Street Coach Jimmy Carnes Boulevard
Jimmy Carnes Blvd Resolution v03.pdf

 Joshua Welch, Jr.
The Board adopted the Resolution to allow the designation and the placement of the signs to honor Joshua Welch, Jr.
Naming Alachua County Facilities Policy.pdf
Joshua Welch Jr Biography.pdf
Joshua Welch Road Resolution.pdf

30 Percent Design Plans for SW 63rd Blvd/SW 62nd Ave
The Board approved the 30 percent design plans for SW 63rd Blvd/SW 62nd Ave as proposed, direct staff to finalize design and proceed with construction bidding.
SW 63 Blvd SW 62 Ave Phase I Plans.pdf
SW 63 Blvd SW 62 Ave Phase I Presentation.pdf

Hazardous Waste Collection Center
The Board approved the addition of a 0.6FTE Hazardous Materials Attendant position to Fund 401-5541 for the Hazardous Waste Collection Center (HWCC) and approve the budget amendment moving $10,300 from the operating costs budget to personnel cost budget in the FY12 budget to fund this position for the remainder of the FY12 fiscal year.
Budget Amendment Fund 401_5541 HWCC Staff Addition.pdf
EPD Hazardous Materials Attendant Approved Memo.pdf
Attachment 1 FDEP Coop Historical Revenues.pdf

Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation
The Board approved the agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for implementation of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program Requirements and Basin Management Action Plan Projects. The Board finds that accepting this liability is in the best interests of Alachua County and the Board agrees to accept the liability under the Agreement. Approve the Budget Amendment and an Interfund Loan for $55,000. Adopt the Resolution.
Resolution 06 121.pdf
BA Fund 087 5513 FY12.pdf
FDOT NPDES Final.pdf
Resolution FDOT Unant Rev FY12.pdf

Unified Land Development Code Update

Concerning the continuation of workshops on the Unified Land Development Code update The Board provided direction on the remaining items on the list of issues compiled from the previous workshops and discussions on the Code update and authorize advertising for the public hearings.

Attachment: Remaining_Issues_for_Direction.pdf

Neighborhood Stabilization Program Subrecipient Agreement
The Board approved the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Subrecipient Agreement with Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
Meridian NSP Rental Pgrm Final.pdf
NSP LURA Meridian Sample.pdf

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3
The Board approved new proposed target area for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 and direct staff to prepare an amendment to Alachua County’s NSP 3 Agreement with the State of Florida, for the Chair’s signature, to replace the existing NSP 3 Target Area with the new proposed NSP 3 Target Area.
Proposed New NSP 3 Neighborhood Target Area.pdf

Alachua County Consolidated Communications Center
The Board heard the Finance Report to approve and award Bid 12-466 Rebid: Alachua County Consolidated Communications Center (CCC) E-911 Building Reroofing Project.  They awarded the contract for the roof replacement at the CCC, and amended the FY12 Capital Improvement Program and establish the budget for the CCC Roof Replacement project
Backup documents

St. Johns Water Management District’s Lands Assessment Project
The Board heard the presentation on the St. Johns Water Management District’s Lands Assessment Project by Robert Christianson

Transportation Surtax Inter-local Agreements

Concerning the Transportation Surtax Inter-local Agreements, the Board: 

Rejected the .25 cent Transit Surtax for the 2012 Ballot

Accepted Inter-local agreements from Alachua, Archer, Hawthorne, High Springs, La Crosse, Newberry, and Waldo regarding the .75 cent roads only surtax

Accepted the City of Gainesville agreement  regarding the .75 cent surtax with the super majority language

Sent the Inter-local with the Town of Micanopy back requiring the super majority language in the agreement

Voted that a simple majority is acceptable to approve the Inter-local agreement.

Attachment: EXAMPLE Feb2012SalesSurtaxRoadsWaldo_Signed.pdf

Six Month Moratorium on New Simulated Gambling Establishments
The Board approved the ordinance extending a six month moratorium on new simulated gambling establishments an additional six months

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Alachua County Advisory Boards

The Alachua County Commission is committed to citizen involvement on its advisory boards and is soliciting applications for the following vacancies:

Get Involved - Click here for an application:

Applications are also available at the County Manager’s Office on the Second Floor of the County Administration Building, 12 SE 1st St., Gainesville. For more information, call (352) 264-6904.

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