October 12th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

Hadley Price/Solar Readiness
Fix Our Roads County-wide Meetings
Input Requested for County Hunting Business Plan
Fall Planting Event
Relocation Assistance for Victims of Sexual Battery
Mosquito-Borne Illness Advisory
Are You Election Ready?
October Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

Hadley Price/Solar Readiness

A new edition of Alachua County Talks featuring an interview with Clean Energy Logistics Labs Information Officer Hadley Price is out. Price discusses the upcoming Solar Readiness Workshop to be held in the Alachua County Administration Building on Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 10 a.m. to noon.

In speaking of the program Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “Mr. Price’s wealth of experience in the field of solar energy provides the viewer an in-depth advance look at the topics to be covered during the workshop, while also looking at the advantages of and expectations for solar power in the future.”

The Solar Readiness: Solar Energy and Efficiency Workshop will air live on Community 12 TV, and on the County’s Video on Demand website, Saturday November 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. To pre-register, visit SolarReadiness.com or call 352-490-0975.

The latest editions of Alachua County Talks air 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.

View Alachua County Talks: Solar Readiness.

View the complete Channel 12 Schedule.

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

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Fix Our Roads County-wide Meetings

Alachua County invites residents to attend one of several upcoming public meetings about the “Fix Our Roads” Sales Surtax, which will appear on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot.
Attendees will hear a presentation about the surtax given by County staff. Opportunities for questions and comments will also be made available.

The Fix Our Roads sales surtax is on the ballot to create a new funding source for road repair and maintenance throughout the County and in all County municipalities.

Upcoming meetings:

The ballot language is as follows:

Fix Our Roads Alachua County:
Funding Road Improvements by levying a ¾% sales surtax

Shall Alachua County implement a Road Improvement Plan to extend the life and improve the safety of county Roads by maintaining, paving and reconstructing Roads; and in the Cities of Gainesville, Alachua, Newberry, High Springs, Hawthorne, Waldo and Archer, and the Towns of Micanopy and LaCrosse, funding municipal Road maintenance, construction, reconstruction and paving projects; by levying a 3/4% sales surtax for 15 years subject to independent audit and citizen review?

Visit the Fix Our Roads website for more information about the sales surtax.

View a downloadable key facts sheet (PDF).

View the downloadable slideshow presentation (PDF).

For more information, contact Alachua County Public Works Administrative Assistant, Tricia Kyzar at 352-548-1314 or fixourroads@alachuacounty.us.

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Input Requested for County Hunting Business Plan

Alachua County is seeking stakeholder input on the draft Alachua County Hunting Business Plan. The Hunting Business Plan is scheduled for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) during the November 13, 2012, Regular Public Hearing, which begins at 5 p.m., in the Jack Durrance Auditorium in the County Administration Building (12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, room 209).

The County is encouraging interested persons to review the Hunting Business Plan Draft, and visit the Alachua County Forever website to send comments to the Program via the email link. They may also attend the BoCC’s meeting in November.

In developing the plan, County staff met with the State of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, numerous hunters, environmental groups, County Advisory Boards and concerned stakeholders.

In speaking of the Hunting Business Plan, Alachua County Forever Program Supervisor Ramesh Buch said, “Staff’s goal for the hunting business plan is to provide the Board and the public facts, principles and recommendations that will guide hunting practices on Alachua County Forever properties.”

This plan is the latest is the series produced by the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department for property acquired and managed by the Alachua County Forever Program. These include the adopted Timber Harvesting Business Plan and the Cattle Grazing Business Plan. The business plans are designed to inform the public discussion concerning these specific activities on these preserves. When adopted by the Board, these plans guide the future handing of these activities by staff and the ways in which they are made available to the public.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department at 352-264-6800.

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Fall Planting Event

The Alachua County Office of Sustainability, Florida Organic Growers and the Citizen’s Co-op are hosting a Fall Planting Event in honor of World Food Day on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Downtown Farmers Garden (12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, west side of building, adjacent to Main Street). Afterwards, guests are invited to a screening of the short film “Locally Grown: The Lexington Co-op Market Story” at 7 p.m., at the Citizen’s Co-op (435 S Main St, Gainesville). Participants of the Fall Planting Event will help to seed winter season’s crop, and gain hands-on knowledge about gardening’s community-wide benefit. The event is free and open to the public.

The theme of this year’s World Food Day is agricultural cooperatives. Cooperatives provide a unique way for local farmers to share their resources and bring the community closer to their food.

Vegetables grown at the Downtown Farmer’s Garden are given to local charities in an effort to combat hunger and food scarcity in our community.

“We’re proud of our volunteers and grateful for their hundreds of hours of donated time,” says Sean McLendon, Alachua County Sustainability Program Manager. Continuing, he says, “Growing your own food gives you a deep appreciation of what it takes to farm for a living and the economic benefits local food brings to Alachua County.”

For more information, contact Sean McLendon, at 352-548-3765 or smclendon@alachuacounty.us.

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Relocation Assistance for Victims of Sexual Battery

The Alachua County Office of Victim Services is informing residents that as of October 1, 2012, victims of sexual battery raped in their place of residence or who reside in a location that leads to reasonable fear for continued safety can receive up to $1500.00 in relocation assistance. The assistance can be used for expenses such as utility deposits, moving company charges and housing deposits or rent. All services are free and confidential.

On April 27, 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 1355 Relating to Protection of Vulnerable Persons. The Bill includes relocation assistance for victims of sexual battery effective October 1, 2012. To be eligible for sexual battery relocation assistance, the victim must report the crime to law enforcement within 72 hours after the assault and cooperate in prosecuting known offenders. The application for relocation assistance can only be submitted through a rape crisis center in the State of Florida which has been certified by the Florida Council Agaisnt Sexual Violence.

The Alachua County Victim Services Rape Crisis Center has been certified by the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence since September 2008. Representatives from the program have completed the specialized training provided by the Office of the Attorney General and are authorized to assist sexual battery victims in filing a claim for relocation assistance.

Alachua County Victim Services Director, Loretta Golden said, “Assisting victims who desire to relocate strengthens our work to ensure that survivors of sexual battery are safe to start the long journey to healing and recovery.”

For more information, contact Loretta Golden at 352-264-6760, or llg@alachuacounty.us.

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Mosquito-Borne Illness Advisory

This is to advise that there has been increased mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Alachua County. Several of our sentinel chicken flocks and a horse have tested positive for West Nile Virus infection. The risk of transmission to humans has been increased.

The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that may cause encephalitis disease.  The ACHD continues surveillance and prevention efforts and encourages everyone to take basic precautions to help limit exposure by following the department of health recommendations.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember “Drain and Cover”:

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying

COVER skin with clothing or repellent

Tips on Repellent Use

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, and dengue. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the web site for Surveillance of Wild-bird Die-offs.

For more information, visit DOH’s Environmental Public Health web site, or call the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7930.

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Are You Election Ready?

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter is encouraging voters to be election ready for the November 6th election.

Check your status now and know where to vote on Election Day. Some polling places and precincts have changed.

Check your voter information at www.VoteAlachua.com and click on the link “My Voter Information Page” in the upper right hand corner, this will allow you to review your voter information, view a photo of your polling place, review your sample ballot and check your absentee ballot status. If you prefer, you may call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.

Make certain the Supervisor of Elections has your current correct address. Florida Law requires you to vote in the precinct of your legal residence.

If your signature has changed and you are voting by mail, you will want to update your record with your current signature.

If you did not receive the new voter information card that was mailed to you in July or have further questions, please call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.

Early Voting Starts October 27th

Early Voting for the General Election will be available Saturday, October 27th through Saturday, November 3rd, 2012.

Dates & Times

Saturday, October 27th through Saturday, November 3rd

8:00 AM to 8:00 PM


Supervisor of Elections Office

County Administration Building Location

12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

Millhopper Branch Library

3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606

Tower Road Branch Library

3020 SW 75th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608

Florida Law requires voters to present picture and signature ID in order to vote, or vote a provisional ballot.

Sample Ballots

Voters may view sample ballots for the November 6, 2012 General Election online at www.VoteAlachua.com by clicking on “Upcoming Elections” in the upper right hand corner, then “Sample Ballots” or may view their individual ballot by clicking on “My Voter Information Page” in the upper right hand corner.

Audio Sample Ballots

An audio sample ballot is also available on the Supervisor of Elections’ website at www.VoteAlachua.com by clicking on “Upcoming Elections” in the upper right hand corner, then “Sample Ballots”, or if you prefer, you may borrow a CD with the audio format from one of the following locations:

All Alachua County Public Libraries

Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida, 222 S.W. 36th Terrace, Gainesville

Division of Blind Services, 3620 NW 43rd Street, Suite C, Gainesville

Supervisor of Elections Office, 111 S.E. 1st Avenue, Gainesville

Voter Education And Registration Activities

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office will be conducting voter education and registration activities at public events listed below.

Voter’s may update their voter information by stopping by the Supervisor’s booth at any of these events or go online at www.VoteAlachua.com. You may register to vote, but the deadline to register to vote for the November 6, 2012 General Election was October 9th.

Registrations can only be accepted for future elections.

October 13-14

Downtown Festival and Arts Show, (10 am to 5:00 pm, both days)

October 13

White Cane Safety Walk (9 am to 12 Noon) City of Alachua, Behind Old City Hall Building

For additional information, contact the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252

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October Extension Programs

4-H Program

4-H Open House Event - Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to noon

The public is invited to Gator Skeet & Trap Club in Gainesville to learn about the Alachua County 4-H Shooting Sports Program. The program consists of three disciplines: Shotgun, Archery, and Air Rifle. Beginners and experienced shooters will receive instruction on the basics of archery, shotgun safety, shooting, in addition to trap and skeet. (Shotgun is ages 10 to 18 and Air Rifle/Archery is ages 8 to 18) Enrollment in 4-H is not required to attend this Open House. 4-H Club Leaders will be on site to discuss volunteer opportunities for interested adults. Parental participation is encouraged.

Hands on activities and demonstrations are included.

Location: Gator Skeet & Trap Club (5202 NE 46th Avenue, Gainesville), 352-372-1044.

No cost. Food & refreshments will be provided.

For more information about Alachua County 4-H and these events, contact Matt Benge, 4-H Youth Development Agent, Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office, at 352-955-2402.

Livestock Programs

These programs will be conducted by Cindy Sanders, Director/Livestock Agent.

Living on a Few Acres (12 part series) - This is a new program for 2012, and is held on the third Thursday of each month. The next class of the series is entitled “Equine Management,” on Thursday, October 18, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Topics include: basic equine nutrition & pasture management.

Cost to attend is $10.00 for individuals and $15.00 for couples for entire series (notebook & materials provided). There will be a meal served for this class only.

Please register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail) no later than October 15.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs

These programs are offered by Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent.

Private Applicator – October 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This workshop is designed to provide training in practices related to Private Applicator Agricultural Pest Control License for anyone working in the agricultural industry. CORE Exam & Private Applicator Exam will be offered at the end of their session.

Full day registration fee $40.00 (includes books & lunch), $10.00 (no books), half day registration fee $5.00 (no lunch).

Please register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail) no later than October 17.

Worker Protection Standard: Train the Trainer Workshop – October 25, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This workshop will include: Training in all major aspects of Worker Protection Standards (WPS), WPS Train the Trainer materials, handouts of educational material, and Florida Department of Agriculture Inspector will be present to answer questions on WPS enforcement & compliance.

There will be a $5.00 registration fee.

Please register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail) no later than October 19.

Florida Master Naturalist Wetlands Series – October 25 through November 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (evening classes) and tentative field trips dates – November 3, November 10 and November 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Wetland Module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Freshwater Wetlands in Florida – marshes, swamps and permanent wetlands (lakes, rivers, springs and streams).

Click to see the syllabus for the class and to register.

Registration fee is $225.00. Class size is limited to 15 participants.

Environmental Horticulture Programs

These programs are being offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™-Getting Started – October 17, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This class teaches how to have a low maintenance landscape. Learn how to use less water, fertilizer and do less work to have a beautiful yard.

Trees & Palms – October 24, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Trees and palms are what make Alachua County a beautiful place to live. Learn which tress will grow best in your Florida-Friendly Landscape™.

There is no charge for any of these programs. Space is limited so pre-registration is recommended by calling 352-337-6209.

Commercial Horticulture Programs

These programs are offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Advanced Ltd. Commercial Landscape Maintenance Workshop – October 26, from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.

This class is for licensed Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance professionals. To renew an LCLM license, attend this 4-hr class to get CEU credits. 4 maximum CEUs will be given in: Ornamental &Turf, Limited Lawn & Ornamental, Limited Landscape Maintenance, Commercial Lawn & Ornamental.

Registration fee is $5.00.

ID Card Holder Training – October 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

This training is ONLY required for identification cardholders spraying under a licensed pest control operator.  Each new cardholder must receive 4 hours classroom training, 6 months after card issued. Each existing cardholder must receive at least 2 hours of continuing training by the renewal date of the card.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - New Cardholders
9 to 10:40 a.m. – Existing Cardholders

The registration fee is $5.00 (includes materials and refreshments).

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

Family and Consumer Sciences Program

This program is being offered by Brenda C. Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent

Before You Tie the Knot – October 29 & 30, 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 and Resolution, Financial Responsibility and 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.

For more information about these programs contact the Extension Office at 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

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Commission Highlights

United Nations Day
The Board proclaimed October 18th, 2012 as “United Nations Day”
UN Day Proclamation 2012.pdf

National 4-H Week
The Board proclaimed October 7 - 13, 2012 as “National 4-H Week”
4 H Week 2012.pdf

County Manager’s Report

The Board accepted the County Manager’s Report which included

Approving issuing an RFP for Executive Search Consultant Services/County Manager Position.

Hearing a recommendation from Health Department Director Paul Myers for Mosquito Control spraying.  The Board decided not to move forward with spraying.

QTI Resolution

The Board approved the QTI Resolution supporting the application by RegisterPatient.com for participation in the Qualified Target Industry (QTI)  

Amount: $25,600.00

Attachment: Exhibit B Register Patient QTI Resolution.pdf
Exhibit C RegisterPatient Project Evaluation Matrix.pdf
Exhibit A RP General Project Overview.pdf

Employee Policies
The Board approved the recommended revisions to Employee Policies 9-3, Disciplinary Offenses and Penalties and 7-12, Short-term Military Leave.
Pol 9 3 Disciplinary Offenses Penalties proposed adjustments for group 3.pdf
Pol 712 Short Term Military Leave change 17 days to 240 hours 8172012.pdf
policy revisionsto rd page 2 sept 2012.pdf

Alachua County Forever Program
The Board adopted the Attached Resolutions (Exhibits 1-5) to add the referenced properties acquired through the Alachua County Forever Program to the Alachua County Registry of Protected Public Places.
Exhibit 2 Austin Cary Reso Final.pdf
Exhibit 6 CAO memo to BoCC.pdf
BoCC121009 registry.pptx
Exhibit 7 Resolution 08 016.pdf
Exhibit 1 Turkey Creek Reso Final.pdf
Exhibit 3 Loochloosa Reso Final.pdf
Exhibit 5 Phifer Additions Reso Final.pdf
Exhibit 4 Barr Hammock Reso Final.pdf

Unified Land Development Code
The Board approved the Ordinance updating the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC).

Melrose Rural Cluster Special Area Study
The Board accepted the property owner’s request to withdraw the Scope of Work for the Melrose Rural Cluster Special Area Study and Plan from the continued public hearing. This action would conclude the public hearing.
Letter Requesting to Withdraw.pdf


The Board approved ZOM-09-12: A request to rezone from ‘AP’ (Administrative/Professional) district to ‘BP’ (Business/Professional) district on approximately 0.53 acres (Amended)

Attachment: ZOM0912 Staff Report.pdf
ZOM0912 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf
ZOM0912 Public Comments.pdf
ZOM0912 Site Plan.pdf
ZOM0912 Background Materials.pdf
ZOM0912 Resolution.pdf

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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: http://www.alachuacounty.us/government/bocc/advisoryboard.aspx

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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