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A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

January 15, 2010 Click to Subscribe Contents

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Sustainability Webcast ACCESS Spring Classes The Census MLK Jr. Celebration Black HIV/AIDS Day Parking Lot Expansion Extension Classes ADA Training Crisis Center Alachua County Talks Rec. for Special Needs RSVP Accomplishments Senior Volunteers Needed City Elections John Freeland Milling and Resurfacing Good Government Award Commission Highlights Advisory Boards

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Community Update is published by Alachua County Manager Randall H. Reid’s Communications Office Mark Sexton Communications Coordinator Bret Bostock Community Update Editor and Graphic Designer Takumi Sullivan Graphic Designer Alan Yeatter Video Production Coordinator Shelley Samec Video Production Technician

Alachua County Seeks Input on Water Conservation The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (ACEPD) has launched a new website for providing updates on their current Water Conservation Initiative.  This initiative is in response to an Alachua County Commission  request for a comprehensive inventory of effective strategies and techniques to achieve more water conservation, and less water consumption. The first drafts of the individual chapters (Introduction, Agricultural Irrigation, Landscape Irrigation, Water Pricing, Industrial/Commercial/Institutional, Homeowner/ Indoor water use, and Reuse of Reclaimed Water) can be downloaded by clicking here.

Each chapter has an associated email address where comments can be sent. For more information, contact Gus Olmos with ACEPD at 352-264-6806 or Gus@alachuacounty.us.

ACEPD would like citizen input on the chapters and is specifically hoping to receive the following feedback: •

Alachua County Board of County Commissioners

Click the computer to visit the Water Conservation Initiative website

Paula Delaney, Lee Pinkoson (Vice Chair), Cynthia Moore Chestnut (Chair), Rodney J. Long, Mike Byerly

Are there additional practices and references that should be included? Do you know of local examples of entities demonstrating good water conservation practices? Are there specific practices that citizens feel strongly in favor of or against?


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Reid Participates in Sustainability Webcast Recently Alachua County Manager Randall H. Reid participated in a webcast hosted by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) with the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The subject of the webcast was, “How do we make an energy efficient, resource resilient, and sustainable local community?” The webcast’s focus was the need for sustainable communities and Alachua County’s and Austin Texas’ best practices were highlighted in the presentation.

• How much new energy efficiency equipment can be purchased from the anticipated savings?

The webcast discussed how currently local governments have unprecedented funding opportunities to implement energy efficiency programs through the American County Manager Randall Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) H. Reid of 2009. A wealth of no-cost, easily accessible resources, tools, and leading practices are available from the EPA ENERGY STAR program and local government practitioners to assist local government to measure, track, finance, develop policies and implement their energy efficiency programs.

Some visitors may have to install “WebEX Client” to view the presentation.

The webcast also pointed out that typically, 30 percent of the energy consumed in commercial and industrial buildings is wasted. Tools such as ENERGY STAR‘s Portfolio Manager can help local governments identify how to reduce energy in existing buildings by 10% with little or no investment costs. The ENERGY STAR Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator is another unique tool that helps address three critical questions about installing energy efficiency projects:

• Should this equipment purchase be financed now or is it better to wait and use cash from a future budget (i.e., avoid paying interest)? • Is money being lost by waiting for a lower interest rate? Click here to watch the recorded webcast.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5226.

For more information on this subject, visit the following websites: Alachua County http://www.alachuacounty.us/government/sustainability/ ENERGY STAR www.energystar.gov/government www.energystar.gov/ia/business/government/Menu_of_Offerings.pdf Austin Energy www.austinenergy.com/ ICMA www.lgean.org www.icma.org

ACCESS Spring Classes The public is invited to participate in the annual Alachua County Civic Education SerieS (ACCESS) classes, which will begin this spring. Alachua County Government invites you to learn about local government issues and gain access to County operations that most citizens never see. Each ACCESS graduating class will produce a group of citizens equipped to engage in ways that help Alachua County become more representative of its citizenry’s needs. County Manager Randall H. Reid

said of ACCESS, “Thomas Jefferson believed an informed citizenry was democracy’s greatest safeguard and we agree. Where do you go if you want to make a difference in your community ... ACCESS is the key.” ACCESS begins March 22, and runs for seven sessions. ACCESS is free but space is limited. For a complete schedule of classes, visit www. alachuacounty.us/ACCESS.

ACCESS Graduates pose for a group photo

To reserve your seat, or for more information, call 352-374-5219.


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The Census is Coming The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years.

The 2010 Census will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for things like:

The 2010 Census aims to count all U.S. residents, both citizens and non-citizens alike. To do this, the Census Bureau delivers a short 10-question form to every household in America. The Census requires residents to fill in the form to account for everyone living at your address as of April 1, 2010 (Any personal data you provide is protected under federal law). The form includes a prepaid envelope to mail it back. If you don’t mail it back, you may receive a visit from a census taker, who will ask you the questions from the form.

Hospitals

Job training centers

Schools

Senior centers

Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects

Emergency services

The data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats our state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Before we begin a new chapter in American history, we need to understand who we are right now.” says Alachua County Commissioner and Commission appointed Census Champion Rodney J. Long, “It’s in our hands Alachua County, so let’s get counted and make the Census count for us.” For more information, contact Alachua County Growth Management Senior Planner, Ivy Bell at 352-374-5249, or visit http://2010.census.gov.

2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Coordinated by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Commission of Florida, Inc., and co-sponsored by Alachua County, the 2010 celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Gainesville and Alachua County is underway. Established in 1985, the MLK Commission of Florida, Inc. has continued the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by advocating and promoting, nonviolently, the elimination of poverty and racism, and has worked to promote social and economic justice in Alachua County and the State of Florida. Click here to view the schedule for the 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The public is invited to attend these events.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Feb. 7th) February 1st through February 5th, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Alachua County Health Department will be observing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7th).  The theme for this year is “HIV/AIDS Prevention-A Choice and a Lifestyle!” In support of this important public health initiative, the Alachua County Health Department (224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville) will be providing free and confidential HIV counseling and testing. The free test utilizes the OraQuick Advance finger stick test and citizens will only have to wait 20 minutes for their HIV results.  Call 352-334-7960 to schedule a free and confidential HIV OraQuick test.  For general media inquiries, contact Bobby Davis at 352-334-7964.

The OraQuick HIV test

For more information, visit http://www.alachuacountyhealth.com/.

Alachua County Health Department Parking Lot Expansion Alachua County Facilities Management has completed the expansion of the parking lot at the Alachua County Health Department.

This project, among others, was a good experience for interns of Alachua County Facilities Management that are looking for hands on experience and knowledge in the construction and maintenance field.

The Health Department building under went expansion in 2005, in order to accommodate the staff and services provided. With the expansion of the building size, it was necessary to expand its parking lot to conform to the requirements of the state building code and City of Gainesville Planning & Development Department (to accommodate the increased number of staff and citizens using the facilities). Previously, the Health Department parking lot had a capacity of 330 vehicles including 10 handicaps. The 9,929 square feet expansion accommodates 20 more vehicles and helps the parking issues that community users have had when looking for health services. This capital project was coordinated by Allan Waters, Capital Project Coordinator, and Fernando Bartos, Capital Project Coordinator Intern, in conjunction with Andrew’s Paving, Inc. (they helped to oversee the project closely to assure that the citizens got the best work for their money).

UF Intern, Fernando Bartos and Alachua County Capital Coordinator, Allan Waters

The new Health Department parking lot


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Alachua County Extension Classes in January The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to offer the following classes in January, 2010. All classes are presented at the Alachua County Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville). Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209.

 For more information, call the Alachua County Extension Office at 352-955-2402.

• January 25 – Equipping Your Financial Toolbox

This workshop shows how to prepare a spending plan or update your budget, organize your financial papers and desig a warranty file. Please note that this program is also suggested for high school juniors, seniors and their parents. Helping students and young workers become financially knowledgeable is especially important in today’s economy. The program is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. There is not a fee and free materials will be provided. It is helpful to pre-register (so we have enough materials) by calling 352-337-6209.

• January 26 – Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop

This workshop is designed to provide training in Best Management Practices (BMPs) 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. A “Commercial Fertilizer Applicator” means any person who applies fertilizer on turf and/or landscape plants in Alachua County in exchange for money, goods, services or other valuable consideration.

An “Institutional Fertilizer Applicator” means any person, other than a non-commercial or commercial applicator (unless such definitions also apply under the circumstances), that applies fertilizer for the purpose of maintaining turf and/or landscape plants. Institutional applicators shall include, but shall not be limited to, owners and managers of public lands, schools, parks, religious institutions, utilities, industrial or business sites and any residential properties maintained in condominium and/or common ownership. BMPs are focused on reducing non-point source pollution resulting from fertilization or pesticide application. 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 throughout the state in the near future. Stay a step ahead of the new requirements. Earn CEUs for pesticide license holders. For CEUs, get form signed before you leave. *(2) CORE, (2) Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Landscape. Cost $25.00 (includes materials and lunch). Pre-register by January 22nd. A complete brochure with registration form can be found at http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml

ADA Amendments Act Training for Employers In September 2008, Congress passed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The new law, which became effective on January 1, 2009, significantly expands coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and will require changes by employers to ensure compliance. The ADA applies to organizations with 15 or more employees, including part time and temporary workers. The Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office is partnering once again with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to provide free training on the Americans with Disabilities Act to local employers. The training will be held on February 2, 2010, from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Alachua County Health Department. This workshop is a follow-up to the ADA training held last November and will focus on how to provide “Reasonable Accommodations” for employees with disabilities. Participants in the November training are strongly encouraged to attend, but first-time participants will also benefit from the workshop. The training is free but space is limited and requires advance registration. The deadline to register is Thursday, January 28, 2010. To register or for more information, contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275.


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Crisis Center Assists the White House For the last seven years, the Federal Government has actively committed resources to suicide prevention efforts through the funding of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Alachua County Crisis Center is one of approximately 130 suicide prevention agencies across the United States that make up this network. Through this network, suicidal individuals anywhere in the United States can call 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK and be routed to the nearest available member agency. It also allows concerned citizens and agencies a way to request help for a friend, a co-worker, a loved one or anyone who may be in a suicidal crisis. Click here to view a letter in response to the Crisis Center’s assistance to such a recent request ... from the White House. Speaking about the letter from the White House, Alachua County Crisis Center Director Marshall Knudson said, “Obviously, it is an honor for the Crisis Center to be able to respond to a request for assistance from the White House. However, perhaps a greater privilege has been our ability for the last 40 years, to respond to each Alachua County resident that has sought our assistance in times of emotional distress or need.” For more information, contact Alachua County Crisis Center Director Marshall Knudson at 352-264-6792.

Click the letter to view a larger online PDF file

What’s On “Alachua County Talks” Check out the latest editions of Alachua County Talks on Community 12 TV by viewing the Channel 12 Show Schedule. Or click on the images to the right to view streaming video of the episodes.

Click above to watch Maggie Labarta, President and CEO of Meridian Behavior Healthcare, Inc., give an overview of the institution and its long history of providing mental illness and addiction treatment in Alachua and surrounding counties.

Click above to watch lachua County Purchasing Manager Larry Sapp discuss County purchasing philosophy, policy and procedures, including discussions on how businesses can learn about and compete for County contracts.


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Partnership Provides Recreation for People with Special Needs Jonesville park offers recreational opportunities for residents through the soccer complex and tennis courts. Through a partnership with two private organizations the facilities at Jonesville Park are now accessible to Alachua County’s residents with special needs. The Gainesville Soccer Alliance (GSA) constructed and manages the six soccer fields at the park. Alachua County provided funds for the fields and as part of the agreement GSA provides soccer practices, games, tournaments, and scholarships for children of low income families. GSA also provides the TOPSoccer program at Jonesville Park. The program is for kids of all disabilities age 3 years and up. The program has run for the past three years and currently has 50-60 participants and 150 volunteers. In 2008 GSA received one of fourteen TOPSoccer grants from the US Youth Soccer Association and Adidas.

Various photos of the Jonesville Park Facilities

“The program [TOPSoccer] has been very successful and greatly appreciated by the participants and their families,” said Parks Director Rob Avery. Jonesville Tennis LLC operates the tennis facility at Jonesville park and provides opportunities for children of low-income families to be members of the United States Tennis Association and participate in the Jonesville park programs. Jonesville Tennis LLC also hosts charity events, provides free court space to the Junior Team Tennis program, provides the Quickstart program for children, and a free Playday program. For more information on The Gainesville Soccer Alliance go to www.gainesvillesoccer.org. For information on tennis at Jonesville Park got to www. jonesvilletennis.com.


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RSVP’s Fiscal Year 08/09 Accomplishments The Alachua County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has released a list of its accomplishments for Fiscal Year 08/09. RSVP of Alachua County matches persons ages 55+ that have time to share their skills, knowledge, and talents, with opportunities for volunteering. RSVP has partnerships established with over seventy non-profit, government, and health care agencies where people can volunteer to make positive impacts to communities. Click here to view the published list of accomplishments. For more information, click here or call RSVP at 352-264-6732.

Alachua County Senior Volunteers Needed The Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program is currently seeking interested seniors to serve special-needs children in our community, especially in local childcare centers and after-school programs.  The next training session for new volunteers is February 8-19, 2010.

in schools, after-school programs, and other nonprofit organizations throughout the County.  In return for their service, volunteers receive an hourly stipend of $2.65, a daily meal, assistance with transportation, an annual physical examination and supplemental insurance.

Alachua County residents ages 55 and over who live on a limited income are encouraged to apply. Volunteers serve 15-40 hours per week, working one-on-one with special-needs children

For more information, contact Pat Knight, Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program Specialist at 352-264-6731.


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Candidate Qualifying for City of Gainesville Election Candidate qualifying for the City of Gainesvillle March 16th elections begins at noon, January 25, through noon, January 29, 2010. OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION

LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE

Gainesville City Commission - Mayor Term of Office – 3 Years Qualifying Fee - $393.64 (Undue Burden available)

Monday, February 15, 2010 is the last day to register to vote for the March 16, 2010 City of Gainesville Election. You must be a City of Gainesville resident to vote in the Gainesville City Election.

The Mayor is elected by the electors of the City of Gainesville to serve a 3-year term. Each candidate for Mayor must be a qualified voter who is a resident of the City for a period of not less than 6 months prior to the date the person qualifies to run for office. The person elected as Mayor shall continuously reside in the City during the term of office. The last dates to have moved into the City to meet the residency requirement for the 2010 election would be between July 27, 2009 and July 31, 2009 depending on which day the candidate qualifies in 2010.

You may register to vote, update your voter information, or update your signature online at VoteAlachua.com. You may go online for a list of other facilities in the county where voter registration application forms may be obtained or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252. To vote in the City of Gainesville Election, mail-in applications must be postmarked no later than the February 15th deadline.

Gainesville City Commission - District 4 Term of Office – 3 years Qualifying Fee - $309.29 (Undue Burden available) If you are running for the District 4 Seat, you will be elected by the electors of District 4. You will be elected to serve a 3-year term. Each candidate for a District seat must be a qualified voter who is a resident of the District from which they seek to be elected for a period of not less than 6 months prior to the date they qualify to run for office. The person elected to a District Seat shall continuously reside in that same City District during the term of office. The last dates to have moved into the City District to meet the residency requirement for the 2010 election would be between July 27, 2009 and July 31, 2009 depending on which day the candidate qualifies in 2010.

VOTE BY MAIL To request a ballot and Vote by Mail, voters may make their request online at VoteAlachua.com or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252. Voters will need to make sure their address and signature on file with the Supervisor of Elections is current. The last day to request your ballot be mailed is Wednesday, March 10, 2010 by 5 PM. EARLY VOTING AVAILABLE Early Voting for the City of Gainesville Election begins March 8th at the County Administration Building at 12 S.E. 1st Street, Gainesville. Please view our website for the dates and times of early voting. POLL WORKERS NEEDED

The current list of candidates seeking election may be found on the If you are interested in serving as a Poll Worker, you may call Supervisor of Elections’ website at VoteAlachua.com. the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252 or you may complete the Poll Worker Application on our website at www. Anyone interested in qualifying or needing further information, VoteAlachua.com. please visit our website at VoteAlachua.com or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.


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New County Building Official, John Freeland After 12 years of employment with Alachua County, Phil Dunnington has retired as Head Building Official. Replacing him in this position is John Freeland. John Freeland came to work for Alachua County in 1998 and has worked continuously as a field inspector and later as the Assistant Building Official. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction, is licensed as a Building Code Administrator and is an active member of the International Code Council and Florida Building Officials Association. County Building Official, John Freeland

John has been an active participant with the Local Home builders Association and gives a presentation on the building code every semester at the University of Florida School of Building Construction. “For the past year, John has been active in the County effort to create incentives for encouraging more energy efficient buildings in Alachua County. He is well known and respected by the building industry.” says Alachua County Growth Management Director, Steve Lachnicht.

Milling and Resurfacing of CR241 – Phase II On January 19, 2009 the Alachua County Public Works Department will begin milling and resurfacing CR 241-Phase II (NW 140th St) from CR 236 to SR . 235. Construction will consist of 2 bike lanes (4 feet wide), striping, turn lane and drainage of the road. Construction is expected to last 90 calendar days. Daily lane closures may be in effect during this time period. Anyone traveling through this area should expect delays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The milling and resurfacing is being funded from Gas Tax Bond Revenues approved by the Board of County Commissioners in April, 2005.

For more information, contact John Freeland at 352-338-3284. 

Good Government Award Each year, the Builders Association of North Central Florida (BANCF), a 630 company trade organization representing the building industry, recognizes a public official who has contributed to responsibility in government.  This year’s recipient was Alachua County Head Building Official, Phil Dunnington.  BANCF President Adam Bolton presented the award during the 2009 Installation and Awards Banquet on December 11th at the UF Hilton Hotel.  In presenting the award, Bolton commented that, “Phil is very fair in interpreting the building code and has been instrumental in fostering a spirit of cooperation between the building industry and the building department.  Although he is tough on the job site, you know you are always going to be treated fairly.  He is known as a straight up guy and a pleasure to work with.” The plaque reads, “Presented by the Builders Association of North Central Florida in recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions to our industry by truly recognizing the needs of our community 2009.” Phil Dunnington was with the County’s Building Department for 12 years and had most recently become the Head Building Official. He retired on December 31, 2009. For more information, contact BANCF Deputy Executive Vice President, Margie Krpan at 352-372-5649.

For more information, click here or contact Antonio Vergara at the Alachua County Public Works Department at 352-374-5245 ext. 308.

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County Update on Channel 12 Features This Month • Alachua County Commemorates Veterans’ Day with New Memorial to Iraq/Afghanistan Vets • Environmental Protection Tips on Saving Water • Cleaning Creeks with Current Problems, Inc. • Saving Energy through Home Weatherization • Natural Gas Automobiles in Gainesville • Alachua County Talks receives National Award • Creating respect for People and Place: Florida Museum of Natural History

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Commission Highlights

January 12, 2010 Board Meeting Commissioner Paula M. DeLaney Vice Chair Lee Pinkoson Commission Chair Cynthia Moore Chestnut Commissioner Rodney J. Long Commissioner Mike Byerly

Video: Part 1

Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions Announcements

Announcements by Mark Sexton Communications Coordinator Attachment: Announcements

City of Waldo/GRU Wastewater System

The Board deferred the discussion of the City of Waldo/GRU Wastewater System Interconnection to the Jan. 26 2010 meeting. Attachment: Original FDEP Consent Order.pdf Attachment: Letter from County Manager.pdf Attachment: Preliminary Engineering Report.pdf Attachment: FDEP Consent Order First Modification.pdf Attachment: Force Main Location Map.pdf Attachment: Letter of Support from Chair.pdf Attachment: Waldo Application for Federal Funding.pdf Attachment: Comp Plan Policies on Utility Extension.pdf

County Manager’s Report

The County Manager reported on the County’s efforts in applying for over 100 temporary positions through the Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Subsidized Employment Program

Advisory Board Appointments Ms. Amy Butler was confirmed to the Poverty Reduction Advisory Board as a Representative of the Department of Children and Families to a term with no end date. Ms. Shanada Waters was appointed to the Victim Services & Rape Crisis Advisory Council as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending May 31, 2012. Ms. Teresa Heal was appointed to the Victim Services & Rape Crisis Advisory Council as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending May 31, 2012.


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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 in the banking or mortgage industry in connection with affordable housing, one citizen actively engaged in the residential home building industry in connection with affordable housing, 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 representing essential services personnel

Environmental Protection Advisory Committee: One alternate

Alachua County Housing Authority: One Alternate Tenant-Commissioner; this position requires residency in public housing or that applicant is on the Alachua County Housing Authority’s Section 8 Voucher Program

Health Facilities Authority: Three citizens-at-large

Alachua County Historical Commission: Two citizensat-large, one citizen-at-large CHOICES Health Services Advisory Board: One CHOICES program participant (Alternate), one Managed Care employee, one health policy professional, one certified public accountant, one hospital employee

Gainesville/Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board: Two citizens-at-large Health Care Board: One low-income health care consumer, one alternate, two health care professionals, one attorney

Land Conservation Board: Two citizens-at-large, one citizen-at-large (alternate), one natural resources professional Poverty Reduction Advisory Board: One alternate, one citizen 55 or older, one citizen with a disability, one representative of a non-profit organization Recreation and Open Space Advisory Committee: One citizen-at-large

Citizens Disability Advisory Committee: Four citizens-at-large

Rural Concerns Advisory Committee: One resident of an unincorporated town

Code Enforcement Board: One architect, one engineer, one general contractor, one realtor

Tourist Development Council: Two citizens-at-large

Community Agency Partnership Program: Three citizens-at-large, one citizen-at-large Economic Development Advisory Committee: One citizen actively engaged as a real estate professional in connection with economic/business development

Value Adjustment Board: One citizen (must own homestead property in Alachua County) Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center Program Advisory Council: One alternate, one citizen-at-large Wild Spaces & Public Places Citizen Oversight Committee: One county resident (alternate)

Positions in italics are not yet vacant, but will be available before March 31, 2010.

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Applications are also available at the County Manager’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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