March 15th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

2012 Annual Report Available
2013 ACCESS Spring Classes
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
First Alachua County Transition Veteran Information and Referral Day
March Extension Programs
Seasonal Irrigation Restrictions
Health Department Releases Community Health Improvement Plan
Commission Highlights

2012 Annual Report Available

Alachua County Manager Rick Drummond is pleased to announce the release of the Alachua County 2012 Annual Report. The report offers citizens a detailed look at County finances, and departmental accomplishments. It is available in an all-digital format.

“This is our annual report to the people we serve, the citizens of Alachua County.” Drummond said in speaking of the report. “This digital report is cost effective, eco-friendly, and offers some advantages and innovations unavailable in a print version.”

A limited number of print copies are available for pick up at the Alachua County Communications Office (12 SE 1st Street, downtown Gainesville).

View the interactive digital version of the 2012 Annual Report.

View the single page per view, larger type pdf, 2012 Annual Report pdf.

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

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2013 ACCESS Spring Classes

The public is invited to participate in the annual Alachua County Civic Education SerieS (ACCESS) classes, which begin April 1, 2013. The free program runs for seven sessions (on Mondays), but space is limited. The registration deadline is March 27.

Participants receive detailed information about the operations of County departments, special districts, and Constitutional Officers. The sessions include presentations, handouts, tours, hands-on activities and question and answer periods. Each ACCESS graduating class produce a group of citizens equipped to engage in ways that help Alachua County become more representative of its citizenry’s needs.

County Manager Richard Drummond said of ACCESS, “We hope you will gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the complex nature of providing local government services to our wide array of stakeholder.”

To view a complete schedule of classes and to register online, visit the ACCESS website.

To register or get more information, call 352-374-5262.

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What’s On “Alachua County Talks”

Click here to watch Alachua County Veterans Services Director Major Stroupe discuss County Veterans Services’ upcoming Alachua County Transition Veteran Information and Referral Day event.

Click here to watch Alachua County Victim Services Advocate Counselor Laura Kalt discuss County Victim Services’ upcoming events recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April as well as Victims’ Rights Week which is April 21-27.

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

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First Alachua County Transition Veteran Information and Referral Day

Alachua County Community Support Services’ Division of Veteran Services and Office of Community Stabilization, the Alachua County Office of Economic Development, and FloridaWorks’ Veterans Department are sponsoring the first “Alachua County Transition Veteran Information and Referral Day.” The event is on March 28, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Freedom Community Center at Kanapaha Veteran Memorial Park (7400 SW 41st Place, Gainesville), and is for veterans to receive information and referrals for transitioning to civilian life and securing employment.

Organizations participating in and/or supporting the Veteran Information and Referral Day include: the Florida Department of Children and Families, FloridaWorks Workforce Development, the Alachua County Health Department, Alachua County Social Services, the Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center, the Alachua County Foster Grandparents Program, the Alachua County Cooperative Extension, the Alachua County Crisis Center, the Alachua County Library District, Alachua County Emergency Management, Christians for a Concern Community, the 8th Circuit Court/Judicial Hearing Officer Samuel Stafford, the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center’s Benefit Services, New Horizons, AAA Insurance, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office, the City of Gainesville Equal Opportunity Office, and USAA Insurance (Veteran and Families).

Employers accepting applications include WAL-MART, Alachua County Human Resources, the Alachua County Sheriff Office, and the City of Gainesville Human Resources Office.

Education resources include Saint Leo University and others.

For more information, contact Alachua County Community Stabilization Program Manager, Marie D. Small at 352-264-6745 or Alachua County Veterans Services Director, Major Stroupe at 352-264-6744.

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March Extension Programs

All of these programs are held at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

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

Required Financial Management Class for those filing for bankruptcy – March 18, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn 4 basic concepts that will aid in handling financial resources responsibly and building a financially secure future.  This program has been approved to issue certificates evidencing completion of a personal financial management instructional course in compliance with the Bankruptcy Code. Attendees must bring a case number to class.

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 March 15, by calling 352-955-2402.

Environmental Horticulture Programs

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

Turf Boot Camp: Grow a Florida-Friendly™ Lawn – March 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This class covers mowing, watering, fertilizing and pest management of lawns.

Groundcovers & Turf Alternatives – March 21, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This class covers groundcover plants that will grow in the shade, full sun and in tough places.

There is no cost to attend these classes, pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

Commercial Horticulture Programs

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

Growing Blueberries – March 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This class is designed to provide information to individuals interested in beginning or improving their blueberry production. This class has something to offer if you are growing blueberries on a small to medium scale or receiving income from your property.

Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail) no later than March 20.

Green Industries Best Management Practices – March 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This workshop is designed to provide training in Best Management Practices for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. This is a required training class for all commercial and institutional fertilizer applicators in Alachua County according to the Alachua County Fertilizer Standards and Management Practices Code.

Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch.

Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail) at least three working days prior to program.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs

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

General Standards (CORE) Pesticide Workshop – March 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This training session will cover pesticide safety, pesticide regulations environmental protection, and the principles of pest control. Applicators that apply pesticides in either the agricultural or landscaping industry are encouraged to attend.

Registration fee is $5.00 (includes light refreshments).

Register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail) no later than March 18.

Right of Way & Natural Areas Weed Control Workshop – March 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This workshop will cover exotic weed identification, herbicides for natural areas and right of ways, principles of vegetation management and herbicide calculations.

Registration fee is $5.00 (includes light refreshments).

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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Seasonal Irrigation Restrictions

Beginning Sunday, March 10, 2013 (beginning of Daylight Saving Time), irrigation restrictions switch from a maximum of one day a week to two days a week. However, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (EPD) encourages residents to limit irrigation to a maximum of once a week.

EPD recommends residents minimize watering needs by replacing thirsty landscapes with native vegetation that requires less water and chemicals.

Alternately, they suggest irrigating as infrequently as possible and checking irrigation systems for the required rain fall shut off devices (as state law requires). Residents may qualify for up to $75 in rebates for properly maintaining irrigation systems.

Alachua County Water Conservation Coordinator, Stacie Greco explains, “The water that supplies our faucets and sprinklers is the same water that supplies our springs, rivers, farms, future water supplies, and wells.”

Click for more information about current irrigation restrictions, water conservation, and rebates. The site includes a searchable map where residents can type in their addresses to determine their specific restrictions.

For more information or to report irrigation violations, contact the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department at 352-264-6800 or

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Health Department Releases Community Health Improvement Plan

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is pleased to launch the Alachua County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The plan was created with the underlying vision of making Alachua County a community where everyone can be healthy and is representative of Alachua County’s diverse population.

“This plan is the result of 18 months of work by community organizations and residents who came together to make health a priority in Alachua County”, stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department (ACHD). “This ambitious, yet realistic plan reflects the collaboration and dedication of numerous community groups and individuals in Alachua County. Health has different meanings to different people and this comprehensive plan embraces that ideal.”

The CHIP includes goals and objectives for four years and focuses on specific issues ranging from teen pregnancy to oral health. The two overarching goals identified are: 1) residents of Alachua County will be able to access comprehensive primary care and preventive services and 2) promote wellness among all Alachua County residents. The ACHD and its partners are committed to carrying out the goals and objectives set forth by the plan to continue progressing in the areas of healthcare and well being in the county.

Click to view the Alachua County Community Health Improvement Plan.

For more information, visit the Alachua County Health Department website.

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Commission Highlights

The Board heard announcements by Mark Sexton Communications Coordinator

Social Work Month
The Board proclaimed March 2013 as “Social Work Month”
Attachment: Social Work Month 2013.pdf

Ellen West Day
The Board proclaimed March 12th, 2013 as “Ellen West Day”
Attachment: Ellen West Day 2013.pdf 

Gilbert Levy Day
The Board proclaimed March 12th, 2013 as “Gilbert Levy Day”
Attachment: Gilbert Levy Day 2013.pdf 

Lennie Kesl Day
The Board proclaimed March 12th, 2013 as “Lennie Kesl Day”
Attachment: Lennie Kesl Day 2013.pdf 

Earth Hour
The Board read and signed the proclamation and authorized the participation of Alachua County in dimming the lights of the County Administration Building on Earth Hour, Saturday March 23, 2013 8:30PM - 9:30PM.
Attachment: A PROCLAMATION Earth Hour 2013.pdf

LIUNA Collective Bargaining Agreement
The Board approved the revision to the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 15, Wages.
Attachment: ARTICLE 15wagesproposalfeb 11 liu doc.pdf
Attachment: proposedarticle15liutoboccagendamarch122013_2.pdf

IAFF Collective Bargaining Agreement
The Board approved the revision to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 14, Wages.
Attachment: ARTICLE 14wagesproposal feb 11 iaff doc.pdf
proposed iaffarticle14to boccmarch122013.pdf 

Florida Retirement System
The Board approved the restoration of the gross amount paid to the Florida Retirement System as mandated by the 2011 Florida Legislature and approve a 3 percent adjustment to the base rate of pay for all non-bargaining, IAFF Management Unit Members and executive service employees required to contribute to the Florida Retirement System.
15. Staff response to Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) and Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) Concerns (Amended)
Amount: N/A
Recommended Action: Hear the presentation on the response to Economic Development Advisory Committee and Affordable Housing Advisory Committee concerns.
Attachment: GMResponse_to_EDACandAHAC_issues022713.pdf

Cabot Koppers Superfund Site
The Board authorized the Chair’s signature on and approved a letter to United States Department of Justice containing Alachua County comments regarding the proposed Consent Decree for the United States of America vs. Beazer East, Inc. for the Cabot Koppers Superfund Site
Attachment: BOCC Chair Letter County Comments on USEPA Beazer Consent Decree Rev 3 3122013.pdf
Amount: Acquisition $158,437. Annual Stewardship $550. 

Wage Recovery Ordinance
The Board heard a presentation on the proposed Wage Recovery Ordinance.  They asked the Attorney to bring an ordinance to the next meeting for discussion and approval.  This was a very long, complicated discussion and it is recommended that you watch the streaming video to fully understand the issues involved.
Attachment:  Blue Sheet -

Santa Fe River - Bradham Property
The Board (1) exercised the Option Contract to purchase the Santa Fe River - Bradham Property, and authorize the chair’s signature, (2) approved the Cooperative Agreement for Alachua Conservation Trust to manage the Bradham Property and authorize the chair’s signature, (3) accepted the Ingress and Egress Easement and authorize the chair’s signature, (4) authorized staff to execute additional documents as necessary to close the transaction.
Amount: Acquisition $158,437. Annual Stewardship $550.
Attachment: Exhibit 6 SFR Bradham LandMgtcosts.pdf
130312 Bradham Exercise.pptx
Exhibit 2 Bradham Plum Creek Evaluation.pdf
Exhibit 7 Acquisition List Status report.pdf
Exhibit 1 option Bradham executed.pdf
Exhibit 5 Hayes Lease.pdf
Exhibit 4 Access easement Bradham Final.pdf
Exhibit 3 Option to Purchase SF Bradham Final.pdf

Land Development Code Natural Resources Protection Deed Restriction Requirements
Concerning the Land Development Code Natural Resources Protection Deed Restriction Requirements, the Board moved forward to advertise a public hearing to amend land development code to remove requirement for permanent conservation protection through the building permit process and replace with requirement for notice of regulated resources to be recorded in the public record.
Attachment: NRdeedrestrictions.pdf
Draft notice example.pdf
Memo Frank Williams.pdf

Arbor Greens Planned Development
The Board approved Resolution Z-13-1, approving ZOM-01-13, a amendment to the Arbor Greens Planned Development to extend the build out date, consolidate development phases, and distribute open spaces, tree canopy coverage, and vested trips throughout the development.
Attachment: Impact_Fee_Rates.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:

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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