County survey allows residents to speak out


Published: Monday, January 2, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 10:25 p.m.
Hopefully the pretty photographs of local scenic spots will alert people that Alachua County's annual report now being mailed is not just more junk in the box.
The report may be useful - it's got a calendar and it's got the telephone numbers of various departments plus all sorts of financial information about the county.
But one thing officials want the public to take particular note of is the survey. Residents have a chance to rate various services and prioritize future needs.
"We want to try get as much feedback from the public as we can. Anything we can get back will help us," Commission Chairman Lee Pinkoson said. "And people get a pretty nice calendar."
  • Companionable man: John Snyder, a former director of Alachua County Animal Services for whom the department's building is named, is the new vice president for the companion animal section of the Humane Society of the United States.
    Snyder retired from Animal Services in 1998 and joined the Humane Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
    "John has served the organization for approximately eight years and has done a stellar job in helping lead the Companion Animals section," said Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society chief executive officer. "He has helped administer a range of successful programs."
    Added Alachua County Manager Randall Reid, "I'm well aware of his legend. He was extremely popular here and he is very well thought of nationally in animal services."
  • Booking a seat: Two vacancies are coming up on the Alachua County Library District Board of Trustees. The seats are for one representative each from Gainesville and Alachua County.
    Library trustees serve three-year terms and are responsible for making recommendations on the library's budget and policies to the system's governing board, which is made up of members of the Alachua County Commission, Gainesville City Commission and Alachua County School Board. Trustees are also charged with listening and responding to citizen concerns about the district.
    The vacancies are effective March 31. Applications are available at all libraries and online at www.acld.lib.fl.us.
  • Resolutions: As 2005 drew to a close, Gainesville city commissioners were looking ahead with goals and hopes for the new year.
    Asked about his New Year's resolutions last week, Commissioner Jack Donovan wrote in an e-mail last week that he hadn't really thought about it. But he came up with a fairly ambitious goal.
    "To work on making the opportunity for happiness in Gainesville as good for everybody as it has been for me and my family," Donovan wrote. "Not very clever, but true."
    Of course some commissioners set their sights higher than others. Commissioner Ed Braddy is looking at a more personal and epicurean goal.
    "I am resolved to enhance my already-refined palette by broadening my experiences with barbecue," Braddy wrote.
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