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A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

December 11, 2009 Click to Subscribe Contents

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County Update Tourist Development 2010 Census Thou Shalt Not Text Alachua County Talks 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

Fleet Management on “100 Best” List Alachua County Fleet Management has been recognized as one of the best 100 fleets in the country. Alachua County Fleet was included in the top 100 fleets for the use of hybrid vehicles and biodiesel, the right-sizing program and a 99% customer satisfaction rating. “I am delighted that our Fleet Operation is being recognized among the best of their peers. This is well deserved recognition that is the result of the leadership, dedication, creativity and hard work of Fleet Manager Ray Griffin and his fine team,” said Public Works Director Rick Hedrick. The program is sponsored by Government Fleet Magazine, Invers Mobility Solutions and Tom C. Johnson, consultant and author. 100 Best Fleets recognizes and rewards peak performing fleet operations in North America in order to identify and encourage increasing levels of performance improvement. Applicants for the program are graded on 12 aspects of fleet management. Some of these aspects include: staff development, accountability, competitive pricing, use of technology and innovation, and quick efficient turnaround. “Alachua County Fleet Management is always looking for new ways to improve on our delivery of services, and our customer satisfaction,” said Ray Griffin. For more information on the 100 Best Fleets program, click here.

Alachua County Board of County Commissioners Paula Delaney, Lee Pinkoson (Vice Chair), Cynthia Moore Chestnut (Chair), Rodney J. Long, Mike Byerly

For more information on Alachua County Fleet management, click here, or call 352374-5245 ext. 250.

Above: Alachua County Fleet Management Facility Below: Fleet Manager Ray Griffin


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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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CALL BEFORE YOU CLEAR!

If your property is within unincorporated Alachua County, a site evaluation by county staff may be required prior to clearing, underbrushing, tree removal or other development activities in or adjacent to natural areas.

Contact the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department

County Update is a half hour news program providing in-depth information on County programs, services and initiatives. County Update airs on Community 12 and the Video On Demand website. Click on the image to view this month’s show.

to schedule a site visit before commencing work

CALL 352-264-6800 M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm http://www.alachuacounty.us/epd/nr

CALL BEFORE YOU CLEAR!

If your property is within unincorporated Alachua County, a site evaluation by county staff may be required prior to clearing, underbrushing, tree removal or other development activities in or adjacent to natural areas.

Contact the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department

Letters of Interest for Tourist Development Tax Projects Alachua County has issued a Request for Letters of Interest to public entities for projects that could be funded through Tourist Development Tax. Interested entities click here to view the specifications for the Letters of Interest. Projects eligible for funding are described in subsection 125.0104 (5) of the Florida Statutes (click here). The Letters of Interest are due to the Purchasing Department on the third floor of the County Administration Building (12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville), at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. For more information, contact Larry Sapp, Alachua County Purchasing Manager, at lsapp@alachuacounty.us.

to schedule a site visit before commencing work

CALL 352-264-6800

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Contact the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department

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An Introduction to the 2010 Census The foundation of our American democracy is dependent on fair and equitable representation in Congress. In order to achieve an accurate assessment of the number and location of the people living within the nation’s borders, the U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The census population totals determine which states gain or lose representation in Congress. It also determines the amount of state and federal funding communities receive over the course of the decade. 2010 Census data will directly affect how more than $4 trillion is allocated to local, state and tribal governments over the next 10 years. In order for this funding allocation to be accomplished fairly and accurately, the goal of the decennial census is to count everybody, count them only once, and count them in the right place. The facts gathered in the census also help shape decisions for the rest of the decade about public health, neighborhood improvements, transportation, education, senior services and much more. REACHING AN INCREASINGLY DIVERSE POPULATION The goal of the 2010 Census is to count all residents living in the United States on April 1, 2010. The U.S. Census Bureau does not ask about the legal status of respondents in any of its surveys and census programs. To help ensure the nation’s increasingly diverse population can answer the questionnaire accurately and completely, about 13 million bilingual Spanish/English forms will be mailed to housing units in neighborhoods identified as requiring high levels of Spanish assistance. Additionally, questionnaires in Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Korean, Vietnamese and Russian — as well as language guides in 59 languages — will be available on request. RECRUITING CENSUS WORKERS By 2010, there will be an estimated 310 million people residing in the United States. Counting each person is one of the largest operations the federal government undertakes. For example, the Census Bureau will recruit nearly 3.8 million applicants for 2010 Census field operations. Of these applicants, the Census Bureau will hire about 1.4 million temporary employees. Some of these employees will be using GPS-equipped hand-

held computers to update maps and ensure there is an accurate address list for the mailing of the census questionnaires. 10 QUESTIONS, 10 MINUTES TO COMPLETE With one of the shortest questionnaires in history, the 2010 Census asks for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether you own or rent your home. It takes only about 10 minutes for the average household to complete. Questions about how we live as a nation — our diversity, education, housing, jobs and more — are now covered in the American Community Survey, which is conducted every year throughout the decade and replaces the Census 2000 long-form questionnaire. Responses to the 2010 Census questionnaire are required by law. All responses are used for statistical purposes only, and all are strictly confidential. For more information, visit the 2010 Census Web site at www.census.gov/2010.


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Thou Shalt Not Text... Alachua County Manager Randall H. Reid recently • Quote the Raven, text never more. distributed a “Thou Shalt Not Text” poster based on the • Texting is for Twitters. Don’t be a twitter image below. He then invited County employees to come up with alternative captions for the image. What follows • Anyone texting shall be turned to stoneSave public records and traffic lives are the submitted captions by County employees. • Today’s punishment for violating public

records is nothing like days of old and becoming a pillar of salt, but there could be some hair loss

• To text, or not to text: that is the question:

Whether ‘tis nobler, when out of the office, to suffer The slings and arrows of the Sunshine Law, Or to eschew putting digits to keys, Verily, whether to honor the public’s right to know, Now, that is the question!

• Is that a text message I see before me, the blackberry toward my hand? McReid, Act II, Scene I.

• “Togas YES, texting NO”- public records history rocks

• Safe Text Messaging: Better to be cast in stone, than sent by phone.

• Ay You Text Us (paraphrase of Latin Et Tu Texts)

• Fools Names and Fools Texts Often End Up In Public Places

• Text Not, Less You Be Texted • A House Divided Will Not Text • Here Comes Da Text, Here Comes Da Text • Texting Is Vexing • Texting, Texting, Everybody’s Texting • No Shirts, No Shoes, No Texts • Beam Me Up Scotty, They Don’t Text Here • Some Men See Texts As They Are And Say Why, I See Texts As They Could Be and Say They’re Just Public Records

• To Text or Not To Text That Is The • Creating Respect For People, Place and

• Don’t Text Me Bro

Public Records

• When Texts Are Outlawed Only Outlaws • Don’t Mess With Texts

• The Hell With You I’m Going To Text Us

Question?

• Thou Shalt Not Text

Will Use Text

• Practice Safe Text

• You Think Your Eyes Are Bad? • Twin Brothers from Different Mothers

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 Gretchen McIntyre, co-founder of the “Food Co-op Project” in Alachua County and Maya Garner, co-founder of the “Kitchen Incubator Project” in Alachua County discuss the benefits of these projects to local food growers and producers, small businesses, and the community at large.

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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Commission Highlights

December 8, 2009 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

Part 2

Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions Announcements The Board heard Announcements by Mark Sexton Communications Coordinator Attachment: Announcements

Cade Museum of Innovation The Board heard a presentation on the Cade Museum of Innovation. Attachment: CademuseumCountyCommission12-8-09.pptx

Gainesville CRA The Board heard a presentation on Gainesville’s CRA status report. Attachment: Gainesville_CRA.pdf

High Springs v.Alachua County Settlement Agreement Approve the City of High Springs v. Alachua County Stipulated Settlement Agreement and authorized the chair to sign it. Attachment: settlement agreement.pdf Attachment: Resx0308 SSA.pdf

MMW Group The Board heard presentation by MWW Group regarding the status of the 2010 Federal Program and issues related to appropriations cycle for 2011 and directed staff to prepare a 2011 Federal Legislative Program for submission with additions and subtractions as discussed. Attachment: 2010 Federal Program.pdf


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Commission Highlights Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions continued Charter Review Commission Budget The Board approved a budget amendment using General Fund Reserves to create an account for payment of expenses for the Charter Review Commission. Amount: $25,000.00 Attachment: Excerpt from Home Rule Charter.pdf Attachment: Budget Amendment Charter Review Expenses.pdf Attachment: Agreement for Prof Legal Svcs.pdf Attachment: Reserve adjustments for FY10.pdf

RTS Service The Board approved the funding of RTS Base Level Service and Enhanced Service for Route 75 at existing service levels and authorize the Chair to execute the agreements for service Amount: $807,453.00 Attachment: FY09 City and County Ridership Estimates.pdf Attachment: RTS Funding Contracts FY10.ppt Attachment: RTS Funding RT 75 Final.pdf Attachment: RTS Funding Base Level Final.pdf

Transportation Concurrency Exception Area The Board heard and accepted the presentation by the City of Gainesville staff regarding the City’s recent Comprehensive Plan amendments implementing a Transportation Concurrency Exception Area throughout the City. Attachment: GvlnovTCEAmap.pdf Attachment: GvlnovTCEAOrdinance.pdf Attachment: GvlnovTCEAPresentation.pdf

SR 26 Traffic Signal The Board approved the maintenance agreement letter for the installation of a mast arm traffic signal at SR 26 at SW 131st Street Attachment: SR 26 Mast Arm Paint Chair Letter.pdf

Non-ad Valorum Assessment The Board held the Public Hearing and adopted the Resolution of Intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assessments for collection, disposal, recycling and management of solid waste throughout Alachua County and for community maintenance in the Sugarfoot Oaks/Cedar Ridge Preservation and Enhancement District for Fiscal Year 2010-11. Attachment: ResInt_09_for_FY10_11_Public_Hearing.pdf

Hickory Street & Pecan Street The Board adopted the Resolution to vacate the portions of Hickory Street and Pecan Street within the plat of Arredonda Park and execute the 2 County Deeds. The Chair was authorized to execute any additional documents approved by the County Attorney, necessary to complete this transaction. Attachment: ARREDONDA_PK _STREET_VAC_2009.ppt Attachment: Arredonda_Resolution.pdf Attachment: Arredonda_Park_Deed_PARK_LANE.pdf Attachment: Arredonda_Park_Deed_MCMILLAN.pdf

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Commission Highlights Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions continued Non-ad Valorum Assessment (Fire Protection Services) The Board adopted the resolution of intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assessment to fund Fire Protection Services throughout Alachua County excluding the incorporated area of Gainesville. Attachment: Resolution of Intent 12082009.pdf Attachment: Exhibit B Legal Description.pdf Attachment: Exhibit C Geographic Depiction Map.pdf Attachment: Notice of Intent Ad 2009.pdf Attachment: Exhibit A Proof of Publication.pdf

San Felasco Hammock Additions Turkey Creek Hammock Tract The Board approved and exercised its Option to Purchase the San Felasco Hammock Additions Turkey Creek Hammock Tract, execute the associated Pledge Agreement with the sellers to endow the stewardship of the property, and authorize staff to execute any additional documents as necessary to close the transactions. Amount: $4,046,300.00 Attachment: BoCC091110 ACF Turkey Creek Contract.ppt Attachment: Exhibit 5 Pledge Agreement Final.pdf Attachment: Exhibit 1 Turkey Creek Hammock Evaluation.pdf Attachment: Exhibit 2 San Felasco Hammock Additions Assessment.pdf Attachment: Exhibit 4 Turkey Creek Hammock Costs.pdf Attachment: Exhibit 3 Turkey Creek Accept and Option Final.pdf

Lochloosa Creek - Roberts Land and Timber Tract The Board approved and exercised its Option to Purchase the Lochloosa Creek - Roberts Land and Timber Tract and authorize staff to execute any additional documents as necessary to close the transactions. Amount: $1,207,885.00 Attachment: Exhibit 2 Lochloosa Creek Flatwoods Assessment.pdf Attachment: Exhibit 4 Roberts Costs.pdf Attachment: BoCC091208 ACF Roberts Contract.ppt Attachment: Exhibit 1 Roberts Evaluation.pdf Attachment: Exhibit 3 Robert Accept and Option Final.pdf

Oakmont Planned Development The Board approved ZOM-10-09 an amendment to the Oakmont Planned development and adopted Resolution Z-09-17 approving the request. Attachment: ZOM1009.pptx Attachment: ZOM1009 Powerpoint Presentation.pdf Attachment: ZOM1009 Background Materials.PDF Attachment: ZOM1009ZMP goes with resolution.PDF Attachment: PublicCommentsZOM1009.PDF Attachment: ZOM1009Resolution.PDF Attachment: ZOM1009 Applicant Powerpoint Presentation.ppt Attachment: ZOM1009 Applicant Powerpoint.pdf Attachment: ZOM1009 Staff Report.pdf

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Commission Highlights Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions continued Communications Tower The Board approved a special exception to allow a 339-foot lattice (self-support) communications tower used by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. Attachment: ZOX0209_Exh4.pdf Attachment: ZOX0209_GRUE_MAIL.pdf Attachment: ZOX0209_StaffReport.pdf Attachment: ZOX0209 PowerPoint.pptx Attachment: ZOX0209_PowerPoint.pdf Attachment: ZOX0209_Exh5_Photosims.pdf Attachment: ZOX0209_Exh6.pdf Attachment: ZOX0209_RESO.pdf Attachment: ZOX0209_Exh3.PDF

Advisory Board Appointments Mr. William Breeze was appointed to the Historical Commission as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending April 30, 2012. Ms. Amanda Aubuchon was appointed to the Historical Commission as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending April 30, 2012. Mr. McArthur Shelton II was appointed to the Economic Development Advisory Committee as an Alachua County Resident to a term ending December 31, 2012. Mr. Peter Mercuro was appointed to the Economic Development Advisory Committee as an Alachua County Resident (alternate) to a term ending December 1, 2010. Mr. Juliun L. Kinsey was appointed to the Economic Development Advisory Committee as a Santa Fe College Representative to a term with no term end date.

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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

Poverty Reduction Advisory Board: One alternate, one citizen 55 or older, one citizen with a disability, one representative of a non-profit organization

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 Citizens Disability Advisory Committee: Four citizens-at-large Code Enforcement Board: One architect, one engineer, one general contractor, one realtor 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

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

Land Conservation Board: One citizen-at-large, one citizen-at-large, one natural resources professional

Rural Concerns Advisory Committee: One resident of an unincorporated town Tourist Development Council: One citizen-at-large Value Adjustment Board: One citizen (must own homestead property in Alachua County) Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center Program Advisory Council: One alternate, three citizens-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 December 31, 2009.

Click here for an application

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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