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August 25, 2021 edition
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Zero Waste Town Hall - Aug. 31

The City of Gainesville Zero Waste Subcommittee is hosting a town hall-type forum at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31 in the City Hall Auditorium (200 E. University Ave.). This meeting is the culmination of nearly a year of subcommittee work in the city’s strategic pursuit of its zero waste goal.

Topics to be discussed include:
  • Food waste diversion
  • Community reuse
  • Business and multifamily recycling requirements
  • Commercial garbage collection requirements
  • Special event waste diversion
  • Single-use plastics

The meeting will provide an opportunity for neighbors and business owners to provide feedback on the city’s new Solid Waste Ordinance. Limited capacity is available for the public to attend in person. Safety protocols, including masks and temperature checks, are required for participants attending in person.
Remaining Informational Session on Upcoming Disparity Study - Aug. 26
The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites neighbors and members of the business community to the remaining virtual informational meeting via Zoom to learn more about its upcoming disparity study.

The study is designed to identify disparities in the utilization of minority- and women-owned businesses (MBEs and WBEs) in city procurement. It also will assess whether MBEs and WBEs have the maximum opportunity to compete for, and participate in, the city’s procurement of prime contracts and subcontracts.
The city has secured Griffin & Strong, P.C. to administer the study and interview local business owners about their experiences doing business or attempting to do business with the city and within the Gainesville marketplace. Registration for the meetings is free and recommended but not required to participate. For additional information, email Griffin & Strong at
Imagine GNV - Drafts ready for review and community feedback
Review and comment on the first four draft chapters of the city's next comprehensive plan. Feedback is being accepted, and the comments will be reviewed and, where possible, incorporated into the final revision of the Comp Plan, set for commission approval in late October.
Test the homepage of our new website by Aug. 29

Spend five minutes testing the new homepage for the City of Gainesville website before Aug. 29. Then enjoy a visit to Ironwood Golf Course on us!

We are redesigning the City of Gainesville’s website. Do you have 5 minutes to test out a sneak peak and tell us what you think? To thank you for your participation, we will mail a voucher to Ironwood Golf Course. This voucher includes:
  • 1 bucket of golf balls (Don't have a club? we can let you borrow one.)
  • 1 non-alcoholic drink
What to expect?
From your desktop computer, open the following link This will open the test in a new window. The activities should take less than 5 minutes to complete. If you would like the voucher to Ironwood Golf Course, please fill out your contact information at the end of the test. 

Thank you for making Gainesville a better place to live, work, and play! 
Foundations Academy After-School Program Registration Open
At Foundations Academy After-School Program, we strive to lay the groundwork for success by creating an atmosphere where students, parents, staff and community members work together to create an inspirational and safe place for students to learn and grow. Registration is open!
  • Academic support
  • Health and nutrition
  • Sports and recreation
  • Youth development
Masks required on RTS buses

Welcome back, UF and SFC students! One important thing to note when riding with RTS - the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended its face mask requirement for all transportation networks through Jan. 18, 2022. This includes the RTS buses, so please ensure you’re wearing a mask before entering our buses. If you do not have a mask, the drivers will provide you with one.
Neighborhood parking permits for sale - grace period ends next week
The City of Gainesville is no longer issuing physical decals for on-street parking, as the permit is associated with the license plate. Parking permits for the 2021-22 permit cycle can now be purchased. The best way to purchase a permit is to purchase online. Please visit the parking webpage and review information before purchasing.
If you choose to apply for a permit in person, applications are accepted beginning at 8 a.m. each weekday except for Wednesdays, which starting at 9 a.m. Each resident will need to provide proof of residency, his or her driver license and the vehicle registration to show they qualify for the parking permit.
The neighborhood parking permit grace period runs from July 15-August 31, 2021. Citations will not be issued for lack of a valid permit; however, other parking violations will be cited and vehicles with outstanding citations may be booted or towed.
Gainesville agrees terms for downtown affordable housing...

Gainesville will negotiate a contract with a local company to develop a mixed-use project with affordable condominium units on city-owned land in front of Loosey's Downtown. The Gainesville City Commission on Thursday voted in favor of the "term...

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Family-Friendly Fun

Free Fridays Concert Series (Aug. 27 - featuring Just Three)

Frogs and Friends Fridays (returning Sept. 3 - registration required!)
Recreation Opportunities
Board Opening for External CPA on New Audit Committee - due Sept. 15
The City Auditor has announced a new structure to the city's Audit and Finance Committee, effective Jan. 1, 2022. The new structure calls for two separate committees:
  • Audit Committee: consists of the mayor, the mayor pro-tem and an external subject matter expert
  • Finance Committee consists of three city commissioners

The City of Gainesville is currently seeking applications for the Audit Committee's new external position.
The selection committee will recommend up to three candidates for commission consideration at its Oct. 21 meeting. City residency is not required, but candidates must be a Certified Public Accountant in good standing and have working knowledge of internal controls, operational risk management and data governance. The application deadline is Sept. 15, 2021.

For information, please contact the City Clerk's Office in person (City Hall, 200 E. University Ave., first floor) or by telephone at 352-334-5015. Applications may be picked up and submitted in person or online.
Advisory Board and Committee Openings - Applications due Aug. 31
Get involved in your community by volunteering to serve on one of these advisory boards/committees! The Gainesville City Commission is accepting applications for consideration to the following boards/committees:

- Historic Preservation Board, SHIP - Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Student Community Relations Advisory Board, City Beautification Board, Fire Safety Board of Adjustment, Gainesville Art in Public Places Trust, Gainesville Community Reinvestment Area Advisory Board, Gainesville Cultural Affairs Board, Regional Transit System Advisory Board an Wild Spaces Public Places Citizen Oversite Committee
Apply by Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 at 5 p.m. (11:59 p.m. if online) at more info on terms or residency requirements, please visit note that applications are only accepted for currently advertised openings, and are valid only for 30 days. 
Zero Waste
Gainesville Zero Waste News

Dual Stream Recycling A Success For Gainesville

Setting out your recyclable bottles and cans in the blue bin apart from your papers in the orange bin might not seem like a big deal, but in fact, it is. Gainesville’s dual-stream collection system enables us to optimize our recycling program by minimizing costs and maximizing our return on materials.

  • Higher valued materials
  • Lower processing cost
  • Reduced contamination
Old Mount Carmel Baptist Church Historic Designation

The Old Mount Carmel Baptist Church has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, gaining formal recognition of the property’s historic significance as a cultural and architectural resource to the State of Florida.
Constructed in 1944, the church building is a significant community asset for many reasons including its distinctive Late Gothic Revival architecture. It long has been a cultural centerpiece among Gainesville’s African American community for its historical significance as a religious and social gathering place during the civil rights movement.
The project runs through June 30, 2022 and will be a collaborative partnership between Prayers By Faith Ministries, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, UF’s Historic Preservation program and the City of Gainesville. Visit the project website for information on upcoming events and updates.
City Commission Meetings

At the time of publication, the following City Commission meetings/workshops have been scheduled:

  • Thursday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m.: General Policy Committee meeting

For a listing of other board/committee meetings and agendas, please click here.

Live meeting coverage is available on Cox Cable Channel 12 and the City of Gainesville website.