MINUTES OF regular MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY commissioners
monday, april 14, 1958
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, April 14, 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. Cross and carried, the Pauper List was approved as follows:
DISTRICT 1 – Mr. Julius Kilgore c/o S. L. Kilgore, Kilgore Bldg., Leesburg was dropped from the list. Dewey Hilliard c/o Edna Joiner, Leesburg, was reduced from $40 to $20 per month.
DISTRICT 2 – Mrs. Jessy Whitney was granted $57 per month for the care of Mis. Misner and $50 per month for care of George Martin.
DISTRICT 3 – The following were dropped from the list: Mrs. Maude Stinson, Astatula and Mrs. Nancy Hawthorne c/o W. C. Hawthorne, Box 931, Tavares.
DISTRICT 4 – Floyd Terrell was granted $20 per month c/o Mrs. Mamie Crosswhite, Mt. Dora.
DISTRICT 5 – Mrs. Agnes Truesdale for the care of Charles Merrill was reduced from $40 per month to $20 per month.
Commr. Simpson filed a check in the amount of $657.67, which is a return of the binder deposit made with Sadler & Simpson at the time the binder policy was issued on the Voting Machines. The policy has now been issued by the Olivenbaum Insurance Agency of Clermont, and the statement for this policy is presented for payment today.
A check from the Lake Region Packing Association in the amount of $61.74 for pipe was filed with the Board.
Mr. Goodson, County Engineer, gave a report regarding office space for the Child Welfare Unit, stating it appears that the office space occupied by the Parole Commission is very suitable for the Child Welfare Unit, but the Pioneer Building would require extensive remodeling. Therefore, he recommended that the offices now occupied by the Parole Commission be made available for the Child Welfare Unit. Mrs. Bishop of the Welfare Department was present and stated this meets my committee’s requirements, and the Child Welfare Unit will need it the first of July. Commr. Hooten stated the Parole Commissioner said the Pioneer Building will be OK for their office. Commr. Hooten suggested that the Parole Officer have set up in his budget money for rent, and the County will find the space.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Clerk was instructed to notify the Welfare Committee that the space now occupied by the Parole Officer in the Lake County Chamber of Commerce Building will be made available for the Child Welfare Unit by the first of July, 1958.
On a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the Clerk was authorized to notify the Parole Commission to vacate the office space he now occupies in the Lake County Chamber of Commerce Building by the first of July, 1958 and find his own quarters.
Mrs. Bishop expressed thanks to the Board for its cooperation and for finding office space for the Child Welfare Unit.
Commr. Cross filed 7 quit-claim deeds to Lake County from property owners in Haines Creek Subdivision for right of way for a public road. Also, a sketch showing property owners and road location was filed; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Board accepted these deeds as public dedication of the road.
Mr. Frisch again appeared before the Board and presented the Plat of Frisch’s Subdivision for approval. Mr. Duncan stated the subdivision is on US Highway 27 and does not need any additional feet for road. A deed from Mr. Pegram conveys 30 feet, but they should have an opinion to show that when this 30-foot street from Pegram is dedicated, they cannot take it back. An Opinion of Title of John F. Cherry as to Frisch’s land was filed, and an Opinion of Title of P. B. Howell, Jr. as to Pegram’s land was filed; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Plat of Frisch’s Subdivision was approved subject to the recommendation of Attorney Duncan regarding the 30-foot street from Pegram and subject to report of the Lake County Health Department relative to sanitary disposal.
Mr. Duncan stated he has the abstract and plat on the Rempke property showing 2.97 acres in the tract of land – 300 feet by 499 feet, and the abstract is not brought down to date. Commr. Simpson asked if we have a report from Dr. Hall. Clerk Owens filed the report of Dr. Hall and the report of the Appraisers, and Commr. Simpson filed a report from Dr. Lewis, who is one of the members of the old Fact Finding Committee. A copy of this report was given to each commissioner, and a copy of the Report of the Fact Finding Committee dated March 1956 was also filed. Clerk Owens read the report of Ferran and Potter, appraisers; the report of Dr. Hall, Director of the Lake County Health Unit; the report of Dr. Lewis; and a letter from Mrs. Grace Shirley regarding the “Proposed Home for the Aged.” Clerk Owens reported that Dr. Hall stated if the Board wishes to ask him any questions, he will come over and answer them. Commissioners Hooten and Theus stated they do not think this is necessary. Commr. Hooten stated he has had a lot of comments regarding the “Proposed Home for the Aged” since this came out in the paper; most of the reports are good, with only one not in favor of it. Commr. Simpson stated he does not think the heating is sufficient, and the place is not near enough to doctors and is a mile from church and not near a town. Commr. Hooten stated if we get this, it would be a starting point to add onto. Commr. Theus thinks this place is adequate. Commr. Hooten stated we are accomplishing nothing this way. We have all the reports asked for, and I make a motion to call this to a vote. The vote died for lack of a second.
recess and reassembly
The meeting adjourned for lunch and reconvened at 2:00 p.m.
bids received for purchase of one howard rotavator
Notice having been advertised for the purchase of one Howard Rotavator 80” pull type or equal for District 3, the following bids were received:
HOOD TRACTOR COMPANY, Leesburg
One new model 80” Howard Rotavator Pull Type H series assembled and delivered in 2 weeks, net price $1,896.00
HODGES EQUIPMENT COMPANY, Leesburg
One Howard Rotavator, model H-80” pull type depth skids both sides, complete with tires, tubes and PTO shield $1,692.00
Same, but with depth wheel left side $1,752.00
On a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Board accepted the bid of Hodges Equipment Company of Leesburg to furnish Lake County one Howard Rotavator, model H-80” pull type depth skids both sides, complete with tires, tubes, and PTO shield, with depth wheel left side for the sum of $1,752.00.
bids for purchase of used caterpillar #12 grader
Notice having been advertised for the purchase of one used Caterpillar #12 Grader in good mechanical condition, the following bid was received:
FLORIDA GEORGIA TRACTOR COMPANY, Orlando
1 Used Caterpillar Model #12 Motor Grader, complete in good mechanical condition. Serial #7T-2743 (This is a motor grader formerly owned by Lake County, which was traded in at your called session 3-25-58)
BID PRICE FOB LAKE COUNTY $4,000.00
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the bid of Florida-Georgia Tractor Company to furnish Lake County one used Caterpillar #12 Grader complete in good mechanical condition, Serial #7T-2743 for the price of $4,000 was accepted.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the Clerk was instructed to advertise for bids in the Leesburg Daily Commercial for a Bulldozer for the County garbage disposal under the Lake County Mosquito Control program.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise in the Leesburg Daily Commercial for bids for reconstruction and resurfacing of a lime rock base on Road 466 between the Sumter County line and Lady Lake, Lake County, and for reconstruction and surfacing of a clay base in Cisky Park, Leesburg.
Joe Smith of the Forestry Board and Charles W. Chellman, Farm Forester, came before the Board and discussed the report on the Farm Forestry Project. Clerk Owens filed a copy of the report dated April 2, 1958.
Clerk Owens gave a report on Lots 3, 4, 5, and 6, Summit Subdivision, as requested by Commr. Hooten; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, under a former action withdrew from sale the following described property located in Lake County, Florida: Lots 3,4,5, and 6, according to Summit Subdivision in the City of Clermont,
LESS: That portion heretofore conveyed to the State of Florida for the State for State Road purposes, and
WHEREAS, it now appears that the remainder of said Lots owned by the County are serving no use for public purposes and that the public will be best served by offering said property for sale.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the action of the Board of County Commissioners heretofore taken withdrawing the above-described property from sale be and the same is hereby rescinded and that said property be placed upon the market for sale in accordance with law.
Clerk Owens brought to the attention of the Board that the Tax Assessor has reported to him that some improvements have been made on some County-owned property in Ferndale (County acquired title in 1933, deed recorded in Deed Book 160, Page 363). Commr. Hooten was instructed to check this property and report to the Board.
Clerk Owens brought to the attention of the Board that all the rooms on the second floor of the County Chamber of Commerce building are tiled, except the three east rooms; therefore, on a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Clerk was instructed to have the three east rooms in the County Chamber of Commerce building tiled instead of painted as previously instructed.
Commr. Cowart presented a deed from Joe Maxwell and wife to Lake County for a clay pit. On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Lake County is to purchase the land described in the deed in Section 17-22-24 from the Maxwells for a clay pit for the sum of $975, less $35 for the binder policy made by Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the request of Karl Lehman for $2,000 from the publicity appropriation was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the bill of Howell C. Hopson for architectural services, plans and specifications for the Leesburg Public Health Clinic, 4 percent of Contract $26,180, in the amount of $1,047.20 was approved.
A request of Judge Hall for equipment in his offices in the amount of $931 was presented to the Board. Commr. Theus recommended that Judge Hall be notified by the Clerk to ask local firms for competitive bids and furnish the Commissioners with a copy of the bids.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the action of the Clerk and Chairman in approving the application of Emory Collins for admittance to the T. B. Hospital was approved.
Motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Cross that the Board not purchase the Motel Plantation as a home for the aged, as same should be built on County property if available, and based on the recommendation of Dr. Hall and objections from the Committee. The motion was unanimously carried.
Clerk Owens was instructed to notify Frank McGill of this refusal of the property.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Board employed Fred Kuhlman of Eustis to prepare plans for the construction of an old folks home on the land in Astatula belonging to Lake County. The motion was unanimously carried.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the bills of Carl Ferran and Ransford A. Potter, Appraisers, in the amount of $25 each for appraisal of the property known as the Motel Plantation was approved for payment.
Mr. Duncan reported he has completed the transfer of the Bozeman property in the name of the Oklawaha Authority.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Board accepted the deed from the Oklawaha Authority to a certain lot for park purposes or such conveyance that will protect Lake County in any improvement thereon and in acquiring of a public road from State Road 44 to the property.
Mr. Duncan brought to the attention of the Board that the Oklawaha Authority has requested that the Board of County Commissioners have the navigation channel at Dead River marked and also the cables.
On a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, at the request of the Oklawaha Authority, the Board will have erected signs marking the navigation channel at Dead River and also mark the cables. Mr. Goodson is to see if he can get these signs.
Clerk Owens filed with the Board a copy of a resolution adopted by the State Association of County Commissioners in regard to the death of the Honorable George L. Singeltary.
Clerk Owens filed a Title Report prepared by Inland Abstract & Title Company on Section #1153, Fruitland Park and a Title Report on Section #1165, SR No. 468, Fruitland Park.
A bill of Larsen’s, 309 W. Main Street, Leesburg, for one suit for bailiff duty for J. A. Blount in the amount of $45 was presented to the Board. After discussion regarding payment of the bill, the Clerk was instructed to refer the bill to Sheriff McCall.
Commr. Cowart brought to the attention of the Board that the Groveland Press thinks it should have been designated to publish the delinquent tax list this year. Clerk Owens stated it is too late to rectify now, but the Board can consider this when it is time to designate the paper next year. This matter was previously discussed, and the Board was of the opinion unless each paper maintains an office, they were considered joint papers. Therefore, the Groveland Press was skipped this time.
On a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following Vouchers were approved for payment:
General Fund #705 through #868
Road and Bridge Fund #549 through #664
Fine & Forfeiture Fund #69 through #86
South Lake Memorial Hospital #6
Capital Outlay Reserve (Health
Clinic, Leesburg #1
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, has agreed to enter into a Contract for the construction of a Clinic in Leesburg, Lake County, Florida, for the benefit of the Lake County Health Department, a portion of the funds will be paid from funds credited to Lake County for the Health Department and held by the State of Florida, and the remainder from the federal government and the City of Leesburg.
WHEREAS, the budget for Lake County for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1958 does not include any provision for an outlay of capital funds for such purpose, and such funds can be used only for capital outlay in the construction of said clinic.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the receipts from the above-named sources be deposited in the Bank of Tavares, Tavares, Florida, to the credit of the Capital Outlay Reserve (Health Clinic) Fund, that said sums be expended for capital outlay in the construction of said clinic by authority of the Board of County Commissioners and upon proper requisitions, and that the budget for Lake County for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 1947 and ending September 30, 1958 be amended to include said Capital Outlay Reserve (Health Clinic) Fund as follows:
ESTIMATE OF REVENUES AND RECEIPTS LAKE COUNTY
CAPITAL OUTLAY RESERVE (HEALTH CLINIC) FUND
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1958
ESIMATE OF RECEIPTS THIS YEAR
100 Hill-Burton Fund $15,400.00
124 State Board of Health $17,000.00
OTHER REVENUE RECEIPTS:
174 Grants and Donations $ 3,000.00
TOTAL ESTIMATES RECEIPTS $35,400.00
Less 5 % 1,770.00
95% of Estimated Receipts $33,630.00
TOTAL ESTIMATED RECEIPTS $33,630.00
ESTIMATED EXPENSES CAPITAL OUTLAY RESERVE (HEALTH CLINIC FUND, LAKE COUNTY FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1958
800 Capital Outlay Expenditures
846-2 Construction of Clinic $26,180.00
846-2 Architectural Services $ 1,650.00
846-3 Equipment 4,000.00
TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS $31,830.00
RESERVE FOR CONTINGENCIES 1,800.00
TOTAL BUDGET $33,630.00
Above in accordance with a phone conversation with Mr. Joe Henry, Aud. Dept, Tallahassee, 4-10-58.
letters and reports filed with the board
The following letters were filed with the Board:
Bill P. Cumba regarding Child Welfare Unit for Lake County
Central Florida T. B. Hospital regarding admittance on April 9, 1958 of Mamie Lou Jones
SRD regarding awarding contract to Manly on Job 1162-250, S-561A, Minneola, and tabulation of bids.
The following reports were filed:
State Board of Administration
County Welfare Worker
/s/ Frank E. Owens /s/ O. M. Simpson