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A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

May 11, 2012 Click to Subscribe Contents


Drug Court Cont. 2 Comm. Special Meeting 2 Prescribed Burn 3 Vermicomposting 4 Alachua County Talks 5 Animal Services 5 Trans-Saharan Election 6 May Extension Programs 7 Extension Programs cont. 8 Simulated Gambling 8 Tree Removal 8 Commission Highlights 9 Advisory Boards 12

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National Drug Court Month May 2012 is National Drug Court Month. On behalf of the Alachua County Drug Court, the Honorable Walter M. Green received a proclamation from the Board of County Commissioners during the Regular Meeting on April 24, 2012, for local recognition of this nationwide event. He and the Honorable Martha Ann Lott preside over Alachua County’s Drug Court. Judge Green commended the Commission for their continued vision and courage of funding the Drug Court Program, stating, “Drug Court is one of the most effective programs and successful programs in the court system today.” Judge Green added, “Alachua County’s Drug Court is ranked among the best Drug Courts in the country.” The Drug Court is celebrating this year’s national theme “Accountability through Compassion” with the recognition of many former program graduates at the May 11 Drug Court Hearing. After the hearing, the Drug Court Team will host an Open House for elected and appointed officials. “We often talk about success stories in the abstract,” stated Drug Court Supervisor Frank Owens. “This is an opportunity for officials to meet and speak with current and former participants who achieve and live those stories.”

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Alachua County Board of County Commissioners Winston Bradley, Mike Byerly (Vice Chair), Paula DeLaney (Chair), Susan Baird, Lee Pinkoson

Honorable Walter M. Green receiving a proclamation from the Board of County Commissioners

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Poe Springs County Park Prescribed Burn The prescribed burn at Poe Springs County Park on April 25, 2012 was a successful event. The 40 acre burn was performed entirely by the EPD Fire Team. Special approval was given by Forest Area Supervisor, Jamie Rittenhouse, of the Florida Forest Service for authorization to burn that day since open burning was restricted due to drought conditions. This demonstrated his confidence in our judgment and abilities. Bob Kennedy, Kelly McPherson, Earl Clark, Kevin Ratkus, Jim Myles, Greg Owen and myself were on the burn and we worked together safely in arduous conditions to achieve our objectives. The tortoise field that we burned was covered with bahia grass and dense patches of prickly pear cactus. It had a hardwood hammock in the middle that we needed to keep the fire out of, which made operations more complex. The Parks Crew had prepared the unit quickly and thoroughly, mowing the grass close to the ground around the perimeter of the unit. Sandy Vardaman, Ramesh Buch, Chris Bird, Robert Avery and James Robbins were behind the scenes working to make things happen smoothly between our departments. Gusty winds were predicted for later in the day so we got an early start. Our group briefed at the site, readied our equipment and began ignition before 11 a.m. The fire spread steadily and slowly without gaining too much intensity. Small clouds of grasshoppers leapt and flew away from the low, advancing flames. The crew watched as turkeys walked unconcerned in the field catching grasshoppers and then calmly retreating into the nearby woods when the fire got closer. The fire was out a few minutes after 1 p.m. We drove around the field with our water equipment to put out the few old stumps left smoking and watched as sparrows flew onto the blackened ground grabbing the easily visible bright green grasshoppers. A short time later beside the

Various photos of the prescribed burn process. Middle left: David Hoyt , the Burn Boss

field as we regrouped to gather our equipment and discuss the burn, a Swallow-tailed Kite wheeled low over the tree line and our heads to scan for prey. Though I have been bossing burns for a number of years, I am thankful to the people who made my first Burn Boss experience with Alachua County a rewarding one. By David Hoyt

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Vermicomposting Workshop The Alachua County Office of Sustainability, Gainesville Urban Homesteaders, Florida Organic Growers, and Gainesville Compost are hosting a workshop on worm composting (vermicomposting) on May 19, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Farmers Garden on the west side of the Alachua County Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st Street Gainesville.

(Worm Composting)

Vermicomposting is the process of using worms and microorganisms to break down vegetable scraps into rich compost. Chris Cano of local composting business Gainesville Compost explained, “Vermicomposting is a great solution for those who want to compost but only have a small amount of food waste or who do not have the space for a large compost pile.” This workshop is free and open to the public. The workshop will include:

• Everything needed to compost with worms whether at a house with a yard or an apartment • The biology of worms and their remarkable composting abilities • How to use worm compost in the garden gainesville urban homesteaders

• Demonstrations on how to make worm composting bins out of widely available materials • The sale of materials needed to construct a vermicomposter or warm bin

To insure the proper amount of materials and worms are available, preregistration is required for those wishing to make their own worm bin during the workshop. Payment for materials can be made on the day of the event however, pre-payment is strongly encouraged. The cost is $20 for 1 pound of worms and $30 for materials to build a three-tier bin including bedding. Vermicomposting Workshop Registration and Pre-payment Vermicomposting Workshop Flyer Registration must be completed by May 14th at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Sean McLendon, Alachua County Sustainability Program Manager, at 352-548-3765 or

Garden volunteer Alley Muir harvests beets at the Downtown Farmers Garden, which were grown with help from compost produced on site.

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What’s On “Alachua County Talks” Click the television to view this edition of “Alachua County Talks.” it features an interview with A.L. Mebane High School Alumni Association member Verdell Washington Robinson.

Click the television to view this edition of “Alachua County Talks.” it features an interview with FloridaWorks Business Services Director Joe Johnson.

Animal Services Renovations Alachua County Animal Services hosted a “Cinco De Meow” adoption event on May 5.

Click to view a short video about the renovation project and its benefits.

The event was an opportunity to view the extensive renovations completed by the Alachua County Facilities division. These renovations include: complete Renovation of the Feline Adoption Center, a newly designed main lobby and vestibule, removal and replacement of the existing inefficient HVAC systems with new high SEER A/C units-to improve air flow, construction of one new office, installation of a building automation system in order to monitor energy consumption, installation of a 100% outside Desert Aire HVAC units to control of odors and provide improved air quality throughout the building and reduce the possibility of the spread of diseases through the proper exchange of air, installation of new furnaces in the kennels, cleaning of existing ductwork and installation new duct as needed for better air distribution, replacement of old inefficient boilers, new landscaping, and new signage.

For more information, contact Hilary Hines at 352-264-1241 or

In speaking of the event, Animal Services Public Education Program Coordinator Hilary Hines said, “With the assistance of Alachua County Facilities and University of Florida’s Shelter Medicine program we are enriching the quality of life of the animals that are housed here. Join us and fall in love with your new best friend.”

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Trans-Saharan Elections Project On this past Thursday, Alachua County Supervisor of Elections, Pam Carpenter, hosted a day-long meeting with 16 African delegates participating in the Trans-Saharan Elections Project. This project brings together African Elections Fellows from six countries-Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal with a wide range of American professionals involved in elections. This is the second year the Supervisor of Elections Office has participated in this project. The program focuses on comparing the organization, administration and monitoring of elections in the U.S. and in the six Francophone African countries of the Trans-Saharan region. Much emphasis was placed on the major objective of increasing the participant’s understanding of issues and procedures so as to have a sustained and significant impact on African electoral processes. Delegates along with their interpreters, and program coordinators met with the Supervisor of Elections and her staff to learn about Florida’s election laws and voting procedures. The discussions covered several topics including the role of Supervisor of Elections, voter registrations, redistricting, district lines and representation, early, absentee and election day voting, candidate qualifying, petitions, poll workers, outreach programs, and more.

Top: Group photo of Elections staff and delegates outside the Elections Operation Center Bottom: Delegates looking at the results tape printing of the mock election that was held

After lunch, delegates had the opportunity to tour the Elections Operations Center and interact with Elections’ staff. The Center was staged as an Election Day precinct, complete with voter sign-in, voting booths and voting equipment. A mock election was held for the delegates in order to provide them with the opportunity to participate in the Alachua County voting process. Delegates also examined the forms and supplies sent to each precinct and noted the similarities regarding this area of election preparation. The Trans-Saharan Elections Project is a three-week program being conducted through the University of Florida. After leaving Gainesville the delegates will journey to Tallahassee where they will have an opportunity to visit two Florida courts as well as meet with Leon County Supervisor of Elections. The final week will include a trip to Washington D.C. and meetings with the Federal Elections Commission and the U.S. Elections Assistance Committee.

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May Extension Programs These programs are offered at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville).

ID Card Holder Training – May 29 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 Basics of Turfgrass Pest Management: Cinch Bugs Edition - May card issued. Each existing cardholder must receive at least 2 hours 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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. Topics of this pest training class include: Florida pesticide licensing requirements, label language, and how to avoid common The registration fee is $5.00 (includes materials & refreshments). mistakes that may result in fines. Also included are the best practices for liquid and granular applications, identification of key Green Industries Best Management Practices – May 31, from pest insects and beneficial insects. This hands-on pest control 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. workshop will also introduce grass identification and growth requirements, and teach attendees how to identify and manage This workshop is designed to provide training in Best the major turfgrass pests of the Southeast. Management Practices for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. This is a required training Registration fee is $25.00 (includes lunch & class materials). This class for all commercial and institutional fertilizer applicators class is designed to give hands-on experience to lawn technicians. in Alachua County according to the Alachua County Fertilizer Standards and Management Practices Code. Living on a Few Acres (12 part series) - This is a new program for 2012, and will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Best Management Practices are focused on reducing non-point The fifth class of the series is entitled “Beef & Small Ruminant source pollution resulting from fertilization or pesticide application.  Production,” to be held on May 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In some areas, you need to be certified in the BMPs to be able to bid on jobs or have commercial customers.  It will be mandatory Topics include: breed selection, forage selection & throughout the state in the near future. Stay a step ahead of the management, and small ruminant health management. new requirements. Commercial Horticulture Programs

This monthly program is designed as an introduction to basic production techniques on a wide variety of topics from pasture management and livestock production to growing vegetables and alternative enterprises. The program is designed to provide information to individuals interested in beginning or improving a small scale agricultural operation. Cost to attend is $10.00 for individuals and $15.00 for couples for entire series (notebook & materials provided). Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Workshop – May 23, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. This class includes six hours of the required training for LCLM license applicants. Participants needing recertification can attend the first four hours of class, but are encouraged to take the Advanced Landscape Training Workshop instead. The LCLM license exam will be given the same day as the class.  You must have all of your license application paperwork completed to sit for the exam. The registration fee is $30.00 (includes program materials, refreshments, & lunch for the day).

The registration fee is $25.00 (includes materials & lunch). Selling Processed Food, Eggs, Meat, and Milk Products at the Farmers Market: Rules and Regulations - May 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This workshop will discuss the Florida Cottage Foods Legislation, and the rules and regulations for selling eggs, meat, cured meat, milk and milk products at farmers markets. Class is free of charge. Please register at least three working days prior to these programs by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail). Agriculture & Natural Resources Program Worker Protection Standard: Train the Trainer Workshop – May 22, from 8:30 a.m. to noon Federal and State law requires that all agricultural workers be trained in the Worker Protection Standard by their 5th day on the

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

Family & Consumer Sciences Programs Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – May 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This program is dedicated to providing training, which enables Registration fee to attend this class is $5.00. 3 Private Applicator food managers and staff to offer Florida consumers food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment. CEUs will be offered. Pre-register by May 18, 2012, by calling 352337-6209 (voicemail). For more information and to register, please visit the Food Safety and Quality website, or call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723. Environmental Horticulture Program For more information about these programs, call 352-955-2402. 2012 Annual Alachua County Master Gardener Plant Sale - May Visit the Extension Calendar for additional programs offered by the 19, from 8 a.m. to noon Extension Office. A variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of your plants. Admission and parking is free.

Simulated Gambling Moratorium

Tree Removal on NW 16th Blvd and NW 16th Ave

During the May 8, Regular Public Hearing, the Board held the first of two required public hearings to consider a proposed ordinance that will extend a moratorium for an additional six months on the acceptance of applications, the issuance of development permits, site plan approvals or any other official action of Alachua County permitting or having the effect of permitting new simulated gambling establishments.

As part of the County’s routine maintenance activities, the Alachua County Public Works Department announces that tree removal will occur along NW 16th Blvd and NW 16th Ave between NW 43rd St and NW 13th St. County staff has identified twelve dead and dying crape myrtle trees and stumps along this roadway. In addition, four loquat trees and one Jerusalem thorn will be removed due to decay.  The tree removal activity is scheduled to begin the week of May 14, 2012.

The Board approved the First Public Hearing ordinance and instructed staff to schedule the second Public Hearing on May 22, 2012.

Replacement trees will be included in the landscape plans as part of the NW 16th Ave/NW 23rd Ave Resurfacing project which is tentatively scheduled to begin construction in Spring 2013.

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For more information, please contact Ha Nguyen, the Alachua County Project Manager or Heather Martin, Alachua County Horticulturist at 352-374-5245.

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Commission Highlights

May 8, 2012 Board Meeting

Video: Commissioner Winston Bradley Vice Chair Mike Byerly Commission Chair Paula M. DeLaney Commissioner Susan Baird Commissionerw Lee Pinkoson

Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions Emergency Medical Services Week The Board proclaimed May 20 - 26 as Emergency Medical Services Week Attachment: EMS Week 2012.pdf

National Tourism Week The Board proclaimed May 5 - 13 as National Tourism Week Attachment: National Tourism Week 2012.pdf

Corrections/Detention Employees Appreciation Week The Board proclaimed May 7 - 12 as Corrections/Detention Employees Appreciation Week Attachment: Detention Employees Week 2012.pdf

Public Works Week The Board proclaimed May 20 - 26 as Public Works Week Attachment: Public Works Week 2012.pdf

National Bike Month The Board proclaimed May 2012 as National Bike Month Attachment: National Bike Month 2012.pdf

Public Service Recognition Week The Board proclaimed May 6 - 12 as Public Service Recognition Week Attachment: Public Service Recognition Week 2012.pdf

Regular Meeting morning session

Public Hearing evening session

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Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions Revisions to Employee Policies The Board approved the revisions to Employee Policies: 2-6, Workplace Attire; 4-2, Types and Status of Employment; 6-6, Drug Testing; 9-2, Disciplinary Policy; 9-3, Disciplinary Offenses and Penalties; and 9-4, Appeals. Under Disciplinary Policy the Board directed the Manager to review Section 9-3,possibly increasing the severity of disciplinary actions available for Group II offense and exam some Group II offenses should be transferred to Group III Attachment: Pol 4 2 Types Status of Employmentproposedrevisedbudgetednonemployee062210.pdf Attachment: Pol 2 6 Workplace Attire add uniforms0112.pdf Attachment: Pol 9 4 Appeals proposed Feb 2012.pdf Attachment: Pol 9 3 Disciplinary Offenses Penalties proposed Feb2012 plusmissingcashpenalty2011 (2).pdf Attachment: Pol 6 6 Drug Testingproposeddefinepostaccidentandaddusingpersonalvehicle030812.pdf Attachment: Pol 9 2 Disciplinary Policy proposedFeb2012.pdf

Florida Department of Corrections Interagency/Public Works Agreement The Board approved the Florida Department of Corrections Interagency/Public Works Agreement (Local Agreement) 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. Attachment: DOC Inmate work Crew Final.pdf

Special Assessment Districts The Board authorized staff to prepare a draft ordinance revising Chapter 37 of the Alachua County Code to include specific criteria for establishing Special Assessment Districts for the purposes of applying alternative surface treatments on County-maintained unimproved roads Attachment: Unimproved Road Special Assessment Districts Presentation 05 08 12.pdf Attachment: Unimproved Road Special Assessment Districts Presentation 05 08 12.pptx Attachment: Hardship Language.pdf Attachment: Unimproved Road Surface Treatment Program.pdf Attachment: 2009 SAD Ordinance.pdf Attachment: Criteria for Unimproved Road SAD 2012.pdf

Poe Springs Retaining Wall The Board approved the Budget Amendment for the Poe Springs Retaining Wall Amount: $40,000.00 Attachment: Poe Springs Retaining Wall BA.pdf

Santa Fe River Springs The Board heard a presentation on the Recovery Plan for the Santa Fe River Springs by Dr. Robert Knight, Director, Florida Springs Institute.

Simulated Gambling Establishments The Board held a public hearing on the ordinance extending a temporary moratorium for an additional six months on new simulated gambling establishments. A second public hearing will be required before adoption. Attachment: Moratorium_Ord_Internet_Cafe_Ext.pdf


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Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions Unified Land Development Codes The Board provided policy direction on draft chapters 400-410 of the ULDC and authorized staff to advertise for Public Hearings. Attachment: Ch_400.pdf Attachment: Ch_402.pdf Attachment: Ch_404.pdf Attachment: Ch_408.pdf Attachment: PC_Cattery_Comments.pdf Attachment: PC_Claudio_e_mail_1.pdf Attachment: CHW__ULDC_Revision_Comments.pdf Attachment: Issues for Direction from County Commission.pdf Attachment: Ch_401.pdf Attachment: RuralConcerns_letter_to_BoCC.PDF Attachment: Ch_403.pdf Attachment: Ch_407.pdf Attachment: Ch_410.pdf Attachment: PC_Bahrs_email_2.pdf Attachment: Ch_405.pdf Attachment: Ch_406.pdf Attachment: Ch_409.pdf Attachment: PC_Bahrs_email_1.pdf Attachment: PC_Claudio_email_2.pdf Attachment: AHAC_Letter_to_BoCC.pdf Attachment: PC_Daycare_email.pdf Attachment: Presentation_ULDC_3_20_12.pdf Attachment: Presentation_ULDC_3_20_12.pptx Attachment: Highlights_of_Ch_407.pdf


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Alachua County Advisory Boards

Get Involved

The Alachua County Commission is committed to citizen involvement on its advisory boards and is soliciting applications for the following vacancies: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee: One citizen actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing, one citizen actively engaged as a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing, one citizen actively engaged in the residential home building of affordable housing, one alternate, one citizen representing laborers actively engaged in residential affordable housing construction, one citizen representing essential services personnel. Alachua County Housing Authority: One alternate tenant-commissioner (this position requires residency in public housing or that applicant is on the Alachua County Housing Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Section 8 Voucher Program) Board of Adjustment: One citizen-at-large CHOICES Advisory Board: One managed care employee, one certified public accountant, one CHOICES program participant (alternate), one attorney (w/ expertise in health care), one small business owner (< 100 employees), three citizens-at-large Citizens Disability Advisory Committee: Two citizensat-large Environmental Protection Advisory Committee: Two citizens-at-large Gainesville/Alachua County Arts in Public Places Trust: One professional in the field of art

Health Care Advisory Board: One low-income health care consumer, one dentist, one attorney, one alternate. Historical Commission: Four citizens-at-large Housing Finance Authority: One citizen-at-large (knowledgeable in labor, finance or commerce), one citizen-at-large, one alternate Human Rights Board: One residential rental manager, one citizen-at-large, one alternate Original Florida Tourism Task Force: One citizenat-large (should be actively involved in the Tourism Industry in Alachua County) Poverty Reduction Advisory Board: One representative of a faith-based organization, one representative of a non-profit organization Regional Transit System Advisory Board: one senior citizen or representative of a neighborhood/ homeowners association Rural Concerns Advisory Committee: One Preservation of Rural Property Values member Veteran Services Advisory Board: One Alternate (Veteran) Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center Program Advisory Council: One alternate, four citizens-at-large

Positions in italics are not yet vacant, but will be available before August 8, 2012.

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Applications are also available at the County Managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office on the 2nd Floor of the County Admin. Building, 12 SE 1st St., Gainesville. For more info., call 352-264-6904.

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