MINUTES OF regular MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY commissioners
monday, march 10, 1958
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, March 10, 1958, at ten o’clock a.m., with the following present: Chairman Simpson; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Hooten, and Cross; Attorney Duncan; and Clerk Owens.
The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried:
DISTRICT 1 – Dewey Collins, High Street, Leesburg, was added to the list for $20 per month; Roland Hilliard c/o Edna Joiner’s Nursing Home, was added to the list for $40 per month; and Julius Kilgore, Leesburg, was added to the list for $40 per month.
DISTRICT 2 – Mrs. Richardson’s Rest Home, Wildwood, for care of Mr. C. L. Varnado, Groveland, was added to the list for $40 per month; Mrs. Jessy Whitney, Clermont, was added to the list for $40 for care of Mr. Hardy Robinson, Mascotte.
DISTRICT 3 – Mrs. Cornie Fletcher, Leesburg, was added to the list for $40 for care of Elmo Hall.
DISTRICT 4 – No changes were made.
DISTRICT 5 – The following were dropped from the list: Mrs. Dora Golheur for $10 and Mose Cason for $20.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Notary Public bond of Ruth P. Smith of Mount Dora with Faye S. Blake and Maggie Lee Evans as Sureties was approved.
Judge Hall appeared before the Board and reported that the study of the Juvenile Court of Lake County by the National Probation & Parole Association is completed, and Mr. Ward has sent 100 copies of the report to the Juvenile Court. These reports are available to all interested citizens and are in the Juvenile Court Office. I will ask Mrs. Alexander to keep a list of individuals requesting copies. If the Board has any suggestions as to how we might handle these reports, I would be glad to receive them. The Juvenile Court will be glad to handle these reports if you desire us to, or if you desire some authorized person to handle them, we will be glad to turn them over to you for whatever disposition you wish to do with them. Would the Board like for us to go ahead and handle the reports? Commr. Hooten stated he thinks this is the proper way to handle it. Commr. Hooten stated that since the last meeting, Mr. Williams reported to him that the 100 copies have been received, and the Clerk’s Office will be furnished one for the Board’s record and one for the Attorney. Clerk Owens reported he has not had time to get the letter off to Mr. Ward as authorized at the last meeting. Commr. Hooten suggested that the letter not be sent now.
On a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the letter was not to be sent to Mr. Ward as authorized at the last meeting, and the bill in the amount of $750 for the Survey by the National Probation & Parole Association was approved for payment.
Mrs. Genevieve R. Bishop, District Director of the Welfare Department, appeared before the Board regarding establishment of a Child Welfare Unit in Lake County. She stated that Mrs. Davis was not able to come today but will be glad to meet with the Board in April (7). She will discuss the problem in Jacksonville this week and can give you some figures as to what the County would have to put up for the County Welfare Unit. Mrs. Bishop reported there are 18 children in Lake County in foster homes – 17 have already been in the homes for more than 90 days and have expended state funds provided for them. It will require a minimum of $10,000 a year from the County to support the children in the county at present requiring long-term foster home care. Mrs. Bishop pointed out that the State will contribute approximately $21,000 a year to the County Unit. The estimated salary for two professional people and a clerk to operate the unit would be from $12,500 to $14,000 a year, rent of $1,200, and travel of $2,400. Mr. Fain, State Board member, accompanied Mrs. Bishop to the meeting.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and unanimously carried, the Board went on record requesting the State Welfare Board to establish a Child Welfare Unit in Lake County.
A delegation from Tavares – John Knight, Mr. Watts, and Mr. Smith – appeared before the Board regarding the Dora Canal construction being placed in Secondary Road requests. Mr. Duncan advised if the Board would make the request, the State Road Department has advised they would put it in the budget. Mr. Watts asked about the routing of Road 441 from the Dreamboat to west of Villa Lagoon, stating he would like to get a right of way map. The Board advised they do not have these maps.
Everett Huskey and Donald Porter on behalf of the City of Eustis appeared before the Board and presented a letter for the consideration of the Board in regard to the road program and asked that the Board include in its requests the matter of a connecting road between SR 44 and the Wekiva River.
bids received for purchase of a motor grader
Notice having been advertised for the purchase of a motor grader, the following bids were received:
FLORIDA-GEORGIA TRACTOR COMPANY, Orlando
One new Galion Model 118 heavy duty motor grader FOB Lake County $11,457.00
Optional – NHC 4 Diesel Engine in lieu of International UD-525 Deduct $560
For hydraulic shiftable moldboard in lieu of standard add $590
SQUARE DEAL MACHINERY & SUPPLY CO., Orlando
One New Allis-Chalmers model 45 grader FOB Tavares $20,163.50
(factory price $19,463.50, freight & transportation $700)
Less trade-in, one used Cat Model 12 grader 4,664.50
FLORIDA EQUIPMENT COMPANY, Orlando
One Model 4D115 Huber Warco, heavy duty tandem drive diesel motor grader delivered to Lake County $18,955.00
Less trade-in Cat 12 motor grader 6,205.00
ADAMS CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT COMPANY, Orlando
One Model 440 Adams Motor Grader, delivered price after trade-in of 1 used Model 12 Cat motor grader $13,750.00
Less 1% cash discount for payment 10 days after delivery
JOSEPH L. ROZIER, Orlando
One new caterpillar #12 motor grader, delivered Lake County, including trade-in of Cat #12 motor grader $14,474.00
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the above-listed bids were to be taken under advisement and the Clerk instructed to notify the bidders of this action.
bids received for paving road right of way
Notice having been advertised for scarifying, filling, shaping, and packing the road right of way preparatory for the construction of paving roads in the vicinity of Fruitland Park and Lady Lake, Griffin View Road and Eagle Nest Road, the following bids were received:
J. D. MANLY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, Leesburg
70,000 square yards, unit price 10 cents $7,000.00
YOUNG CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, Leesburg
70,000 square yards, unit price 15 cents $10,500.00
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the bid of J. D. Manly Construction Company of Leesburg to perform all work in connection with the constructing of roads in Lake County known as Eagle Nest Road between US Highway 27 and Lake Griffin and Griffin View Road between US Highway 27 and Lake Griffin, approximately 6.6 miles, in the amount of $7,000 for the scarifying, filling, shaping, and packing the road right of way preparatory for the construction of paving was accepted.
Clerk Owens read a copy of the Notice regarding exchange of certain lands in Lake County. Mr. Duncan stated an appraisal has been made on the properties, and the exchange values are approximately the same. (Appraisal filed.)
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, Lake County, by operation of law, is vested with the duty and power for the benefit of the public to hold for public use all parkways dedicated under plats or maps of lands in Lake County, Florida, among which is a tract of land in Lake County, Florida, described as follows:
A Lot of land designated “Park” which lies between the west side of Lot 3 in Section 4 and Hibiscus Canal, according to the Plat of Sun Eden as appears in Plat Book 12, Page 65, Public Records of Lake County, Florida, and
WHEREAS, the owners of the Easterly 25 feet of Lot 4, according to the Plat of Sun Eden, above described, have presented to this Board an offer to exchange the said Easterly 25 feet of Lot 4 of Sun Eden, for the “Park” first described, stating to the Board that the “Park” in its present condition cannot be used because of its low and marsh condition, whereas a portion of Lot 4 above described is dry and can be used as an access to the waters of Lake Harris, upon which said Subdivision borders, and
WHEREAS, the Notice of the proposed exchange of properties above described has been published in accordance with law as will appear by reference to publications appearing in the Daily Leesburg Commercial published on the 20th and 27th days of February, 1958, proof of which has been filed with this Board, and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, has determined that said properties are of approximately the same value and that such exchange would be fair and reasonable.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that upon receipt of a Deed from Teamwork Foundation, Inc. properly executed, conveying to Lake County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida, the following tract of land in Lake County, Florida:
The Easterly 25 feet of Lot 4 according to the Plat of Sun Eden, as the same appears in the Public Records of Lake County, Florida, Plat Book 12, Page 65;
The Chairman and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, be, and they are hereby authorized and directed to execute and deliver to Teamwork Foundation, Inc. or their order, a Fee Simple Deed, conveying a lot of land designated “Park” which lies between the West side of Lot 3 in Section A and Hibiscus Canal, according to the Plat of Sun Eden, appearing in the Public Records of Lake County, Florida, Plat Book 12, Page 65.
Mr. Duncan filed an appraisal of Talbot Simpson in the amount of $1,800 on land on Dora Canal owned by K. A. Depew; also, an appraisal of Talbot Simpson and Herman Dykes in the amount of $750 on land on the Dora Canal owned by James Spiller.
The question of time of residence required by the County for persons to be entitled to receive relief or welfare assistance was again discussed; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that from and after the adoption of this Resolution, no person whether a resident of the State of Florida, except as hereinafter provided or non-resident of the State of Florida shall be entitled to receive relief or welfare from Lake County until such person has been a bona fide resident of Lake County, Florida, for the period of one year. Any person requesting subsistence from Lake County who has not been a resident of this County for one year shall apply for relief or assistance to the proper authorities in the County of which he was a resident before coming to Lake County; and except in emergencies, any request for assistance shall be forwarded to the proper authority in the county and state where the applicant had resided.
On a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Mrs. Myrtle Sudderth, County Welfare Worker, was instructed not to give out information on County welfare recipients except as instructed by the Board of County Commissioners.
recess and reassembly
The Board adjourned for lunch and reconvened at 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Duncan stated that Commr. Hooten had to leave and would like for someone to make a motion to adopt a resolution requiring no parking on the south side of the road at Astatula and Lake Jem, ½ mile on each side of the Apopka-Beauclair Canal; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, it has been made to appear to the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the parking of automobiles along certain sections of the road between Astatula and Lake Jem has created a traffic hazard and has created a great inconvenience to persons traveling said road, and
WHEREAS, said road is a “County Road,” over which the Board of County Commissioners has jurisdiction and authority to establish traffic regulations under an Act of the Legislature of Florida;
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that there shall be no parking of motor vehicles, trailers, or any other vehicle on the south side of that certain road, commencing in the Town of Astatula and continuing easterly to Lake Jem within one-half mile on each side of the Apopka-Beaclair Canal.
Anyone violating this ordinance or resolution shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished in accordance with law.
Clerk Owens gave each member of the Board a copy of the State Road Department budget broken down by Districts.
Clerk Owens read the Notice regarding the State Road Department Budget Hearing in Deland on 3-11-58.
Requests regarding road projects from the following were read:
City of Mount Dora, Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce, Town of Astatula, Umatilla Chamber of Commerce, City of Eustis, and Eustis Chamber of Commerce.
After discussion of the road requests, on a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, has been requested by the State Road Department of the State of Florida to designate and request for the budget for the year beginning July 1, 1958 through June 30, 1959 Primary Roads to be constructed within said County during said period, and
WHEREAS, at a regular meeting on March 10, 1958, the County Commissioners in said meeting designated the Primary Roads for construction in Lake County in preferential order;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Department of the State of Florida be requested to construct in Lake County, Florida, the following Primary Roads in the following order:
FIRST: Construct State Road 500 from the Orange County line via Mount Dora northerly and westerly through Tavares and Leesburg to the Lake-Sumter County line.
SECOND: Construct an underpass for State Road 19 to pass under State Road 25 at the intersection of said roads, southwesterly of Howey in the Hills, Florida.
THIRD: Construct an overpass for State Road 50 over State Road 25, where said roads intersect east of Clermont, Florida.
FOURTH: Survey and determine a route for extension of State Road 459 from the Town of Groveland to a point intersecting US 301 in the vicinity of Zephyrhills in Pasco County and designate State Road 459 as State Road 19 from State Road 25 to intersect US 301 at Zephyrhills. Also complete survey on State Road 19 from the south city limits of Umatilla through Umatilla and Altoona to north of Pitman.
FIFTH: Four lane State Road 25 from Leesburg south to the Polk County line (for which the State Road Department already has title for a 200-foot right of way.)
SIXTH: Widen and resurface State Road 46 from Mount Dora to Wekiva River and include connecting highway at the intersection with proposed State Road 500 east of Mount Dora.
SEVENTH: Relocate, widen, and rebuild State Road 44 from Cassia West through Eustis to intersect with State Road 500 east of Leesburg.
EIGHTH: Repair immediately from Maintenance Betterment Fund State Road 44 from Cassia to intersection of State Road 437.
NINTH: Widen and resurface State Road 561 from State Road 25 north of Minneola through Minneola along the South Lakeshore of Lake Minneola to State Road 50, changing the route from 8th Street to 12th Street by utilizing the present right of way to Minneola Avenue in the City of Clermont.
TENTH: Resurface State Road 33 from State Road 25 at Helena Run to intersect State Road 50 at Mascotte.
ELEVENTH: Four lane State Road 19 (Bay Street) from the north city limits of Eustis south to proposed State Road 500 and from proposed State Road 500 to existing State Road 500.
TWELFTH: Widening of Main Street Leesburg (State Road 44) from Ninth Street West to Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and from Palmetto Street East to SR 500.
THIRTEENTH: Widen and resurface Old State Road 50 from State Road 561 north to proposed State Road 561-A.
FOURTEENTH: Construction of additional drainage at the intersection of State Road 19 and State Road 44 north of the City Limits of Eustis.
FIFTEENTH: Provide additional width to State Road 19 at the intersection with State Road 44 north of the city limits of Eustis.
SIXTEENTH: Level and resurface State Road 450 from State Road 19 to the west city limits of Umatilla.
SEVENTEENTH: Designate present US 441 at intersection with proposed State Road 500 in Orange County, continue through Mount Dora and Tavares to intersect State Road 500 in Tavares as a scenic route and provide four laning approaches at both intersections for a distance of at least one-fourth mile.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, under Chapter 26,321 of the Extraordinary Session of 1949 known as the “Secondary Road Assistance Act of 1949” and Section 139 of the Florida Highway Code of 1955, the State Road Department will receive 80 percent of the proceeds of this county’s pro-rata share of the Seventh Cent gasoline tax, to be used as prescribed by regulations of the said Department within this county, as requested by resolution of this Board of County Commissioners and approved by the Department for one or more of the following purposes: construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of state roads and bridges, the lease or purchase of bridges connecting state roads, the acquisition of rights of way for state roads, and the reduction of road and bridge indebtedness; and
WHEREAS, the State Road Department has requested this County Board to recommend the purpose for which and the roads on which this County’s 80 percent surplus gas tax and Federal Aid Secondary allocations should be spent for construction and improvement; and
WHEREAS, the State Road Department requires this information so that it may be considered in the preparation of the Annual Budget of the State Road Department; and
WHEREAS, this Board conferred with the State Road Department concerning the projects to be selected and the specifications with respect thereto,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the State Road Department is hereby requested to use such funds for construction (including rights of way acquisition, surveys, maintenance, etc.) of the following roads:
FIRST: Construct S-561A, Job 1162-250, along North Shore of Lake Minneola.
SECOND: Construct S-448A – 1168-150 State Road 448 in Lake Jem to South.
THIRD: Relocate and construct S-568, Job 1165, State Road 44 at Montclair to State Road 466A.
FOURTH: Relocate and construct S-466A, 1153 Old State Road 25 to State Road 25 in Fruitland Park.
FIFTH: Locate and construct 565A, Job 1160, Monte Vista Road.
SIXTH: Locate and construct a road beginning at Road 437 where State Road 44A intersects said road, run southeasterly to intersect Road 46 at the northwest corner of Section 30, Township 19 South, Range 29 East.
SEVENTH: Construct a municipal section road beginning at proposed State Road 500 at the intersection with Donnelly Avenue extended and run south to north city limits of Mount Dora.
EIGHTH: Construct access road from proposed State Road 500 at intersection of Eleventh Avenue extended in Mount Dora, run west to city limits.
NINTH: Build and construct 1159 Tavares to South (bridge Dora Canal)
TENTH: Locate and construct S-445, Job 1161 (Alexander Springs Road)
ELEVENTH: Four-lane Dixie Avenue Leesburg from South State Road 25 east to intersection of State Road 500 at east city limits of Leesburg.
TWELFTH: Leveling and resurfacing on State Road 19 north city limits of Umatilla to Altoona.
THIRTEENTH: Locate and construct a road from a point on State Road 44A .4 of a mile east of Umatilla city limits running northeasterly 1.2 miles to Assembly Road.
FOURTEENTH: Locate and construct a road from a point on State Road 44A 1.6 miles east of the Umatilla City Limits, thence run northeasterly 5.1 miles to SR 42.
FIFTEENTH: Locate and construct S466, Job 1156, from Sumter County line to State Road 25 at Lady Lake.
SIXTEENTH: Locate and construct S-56A, 1166 Lake Sheppard to State Road 455 at Ferndale.
SEVENTEENTH: Locate and construct a road from State Road 50 to Suburban Shores located on Johns Lake, as shown on the Plat, for a distance of approximately one-half mile.
EIGHTEENTH: Relocate and construct a road commencing at State Road 459 north of Groveland, run easterly along Cherry Lake Road to the east boundary of Commissioner’s District No. 3 approximately five miles.
NINETEENTH: Survey and construct – Begin on State Road 561 at Lake Sheppard, run northerly on clay road to intersect State Road 455.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the methods and standards employed by the State Road Department for determination of major improvement features, including the types and widths of pavement, and the Department’s standard specifications for construction are concurred in and approved by this Board. It is requested that the Department will consider the projects in the order listed above insofar as practicable but not to the extent of retarding the whole program, that the termini of the projects as described in the resolution and shown on the accompanying map, rather than any estimate of funds, therefore shall control the Department’s allocation of funds, that this resolution shall remain in effect throughout the year, and that after the current year, the recommendations of this resolution shall constitute a continuing improvement program for the County, unless changed by a subsequent annual resolution.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, have requested the State Road Department to resurface State Road 44 from Crow’s Bluff at the St. Johns River westerly to Eustis, and
WHEREAS, the State Road Department has rebuilt State Road 44 from Crow’s bluff westerly to Cassia, but in the process of rebuilding said road, Road 44 from Cassia westerly to its intersection with State Road 437 has been so damaged by the trucks carrying heavy loads of rock used in the reconstruction of Road 44 from Cassia easterly, that the damaged portion of said road has become almost impassable and dangerous to traffic, and delay in the usual procedure for resurfacing may result in some serious damage to the traveling public;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Department be requested, through its secondary maintenance betterment system, to immediately repair that section of Road 44, commencing at Cassia and continuing westerly to its intersection with State Road 437.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, State Road No. 450, commencing in North Umatilla and running east along the “Assembly Road” easterly and northeasterly to connect with State Road 42 east of Altoona, is under state maintenance under the Secondary Road System in part only, and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, desire that all of said road be maintained under the same maintenance system;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Department of the State of Florida designate and include all of the above Section of State Road 450 – commencing in North Umatilla and running east and northeasterly to connect with State Road 42 at a point east of Altoona – in the maintenance of the secondary road maintenance betterment system.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the bill of the State Road Department in the amount of $6,228.52 for the cost in connection with construction of a concrete box culver on Road S-452 (SR 44 to the Marion County line) was approved for payment.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the bill of the State Road Department in the amount of $9,000 for additional cost for the oversize structure on SR S-565 Monte Vista Road was approved for payment.
Dr. Hall appeared before the Board and stated there will be a meeting in Jacksonville on Thursday, March 27, at ten AM at the Leesburg Clinic and invited any member of the Board who can attend the meeting.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the application of Richard Pelham Bolden for admittance to the T. B. Hospital was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
GENERAL FUND #566 through #704
ROAD & BRIDGE FUND #455 through #68
FINE & FORFEITURE FUND #56 through #68
Commr. Simpson, Chairman, read a letter to him from the Florida Children’s Commission stating, “There is a vacancy on the Children’s Committee caused by the death of Mr. Singeltary. It is my privilege to recommend your appointment to the Governor to represent the County Commissioners on the Lake County Children’s Committee.” Said letter was filed with the Board.
the following letters were filed with the board:
Town of Montverde requesting more clay and additional hours of grader use. (Hooten has a copy)
Copy of letter from Owens to Duncan enclosing appraisals on Road 561.
State Road Department regarding Job #1164-150, SR S44A, from SR 44W of Leesburg north and east to SR 25 north of Leesburg – low bidder Manly. Also complete tabulation of bids.
T. B. Hospital regarding Edgar Wadson Stroud
State Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents meeting March 12.
Marion County Chamber of Commerce regarding next State Association of County Commissioners at Silver Spring
State Road Department – Minutes of meeting of Jan 16, 29; Feb 18
Comptroller’s Report, special fuel tax and gas tax
the following monthly reports were filed with the board:
Myrtle Sudderth, County Welfare Worker
R. E. Norris and assistants Bass and Connell
Marian Valentine, Co. Home Demonstration Agent, and assistants Rowley and Frier
J. C. Hunter, County Service Officer
/s/ Frank E. Owens /s/ O. M. Simpson