MINUTES OF regular MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY commissioners
monday, JUNE 2, 1958
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, June 2, at ten o’clock a.m., with the following present: Chairman Simpson; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Hooten, and Cross; Attorney Duncan; and Mrs. Florence Robertson, Deputy Clerk. (Clerk Owens absent attending Court)
The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.
Motion by Commissioner Theus, seconded by Commissioner Hooten and carried that the Minutes of May 5th and 12th be adopted as read.
Clerk Owens reported he had approved since the last regular meeting the following Notary Public Bonds with:
American Fire & Casualty Company
C. Welborn Daniel 5-19-58; Paul V. Hudson, 5-23-58; Alyce M. Glenn, 5-23-58; and Glenn M. Robertson 5-27-58.
Fidelity & Casualty Company of New York
Gordon Durance 5-29-58
American Surety Company of New York
Mary Joyce Bates 5-6-58
Irwin Richardson appeared before the Board re: The Board rejecting on May 12 his bid on an Oliver Diesel Tractor, which was the lowest bid. Mr. Richardson stated his bid met the specifications as advertised and should have been accepted, or all bids thrown out and re-advertised. Mr. Simpson asked if the Richardson bid met the specifications and Mr. Cross and Mr. Richardson discussed this matter. Mr. Theus stated Mr. Tanner said the Richardson machine would not do the job.
Truman Moorhead, surveyor, appeared before the Board and presented for approval Plat of First Addition to Venetian Village. Letter from Lake County Health Department and Policy #FE 14852 issued by Title & Trust Company of Florida were presented, and letter filed. WHEREUPON, on motion by Commr. Hooten seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the Plat of First Addition to Venetian Village was approved.
Attorney John W. McCormick appeared before the Board on behalf of Mount Plymouth requesting permission to sell intoxicating beverages on Sundays. After discussion of this matter, it was moved by Commr. Cross seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, that the following Resolution be adopted:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that Mount Plymouth Hotel and Country Club, the holder of Alcohol Beverage License No. 45127, issued by the State Beverage Department of the State of Florida, that this Club be, and it hereby is authorized to sell alcoholic beverages during the hours beginning with 7:00 A.M. and ending with 12:00 midnight, each and every day of the week.
Mount Plymouth Hotel and Country Club, operating under said Alcohol Beverage License, is located in Lake County, Florida, East of the Town of Sorrento and on property included in the Plat of Mount Plymouth, as the same appears in the public records of Lake County, Florida.
Commr. Theus voted “no” on the above Resolution, but the motion was carried by vote of three in favor.
Chester Conley, representing the American Legion of Mount Dora appeared before the Board re: Civil Defense evacuation of civilians. Mr. Conley stated Mr. Lehman is Civil Defense director for Lake County but he has too many jobs to do this one properly. During the Civil Defense Day, Captain Wright sent a message to Karl Lehman “as to what he was doing, and the answer came back “Doing nothing and caring less.” At this time Mr. Lehman was called into the meeting and gave report on the log kept during Civil Defense Day. Mr. Lehman stated the Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission was designated to us and was in the office all day, and the answer to Capitan Wright was “Lake County cooperating fully, regular communications coming through promptly.” Mr. Lehman stated Civil Defense was set up in Lake County nearly two years ago and he gave an outline of Civil Defense work in the County. Mr. Simpson stated it has been suggested that can get help from all American Legion posts in the County.
Attorney Duncan filed Proof of Publication and Petition for Closing certain streets located in the “Town Plat of Lane Park.” Said petition being signed by 17 persons.
Mr. Duncan stated the original deed for Summerall Park shows no “Reservations.”
Commr. Hooten stated he wants to advertise for sale the balance of the property on which the old county barn was located within the City limits of Clermont on Lake Winona, WHEREFORE, on motion of Commr. Hooten seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Clerk Owens was instructed to advertise in the Clermont Press the sale of property described as follows: Begin on the East side of Clermont and Monte Vista Road, at a point where said Road crosses the North line of Lot 5, according to the Plat of Herring Hooks Estates” run thence East along said line, 70 yards,; thence South 35 yards; thence West 70 yards to the East line of said Road to the point of beginning.
Chairman Simpson presented two Petitions – one to the Board of County Commissioners, and one to the Zoning Committee – signed by 65 people on Lake Shore Drive between Mount Dora and Tavares – re the use of street for displaying purposes for ornamental plants in Dora Vista Subdivision, and requesting the Board to have right of way and street cleared of rubbish, tin cans and plants. The Petition to the Zoning Committee was given to County Engineer. After discussion of the matter, the Commissioners said they would look at the display of plants.
Mrs. Hall appeared before the Board and presented 49 deeds from property owners along Oklawaha Drive at Haines Creek to Lake County for right of way purposes. Mr. Duncan stated these deeds cover all of the rights of way along Oklawaha Drive. Motion by Commr. Cross seconded by Commr. Theus and carried that the deeds be accepted as right of way deeds, and recorded.
The request of Judge Hall for an Air Conditioning Unit at the price of $199.95 was approved by the Board.
Attorney Roy W. Caldwell appeared before the Board and presented Plat of Springs Bath and Yacht Club, Unit No. 2 for approval. Letter from Lake County Health Department filed. Title Policy #FE 14854 issued by Title & Trust Company of Florida to Martin Granholm showing 2 mortgages on the property involved in the Policy; also letter from Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company stating that the property included in Springs Bath and Yacht Club, Unit No. 2 is not included in the two mortgages therefore the title is clear. WHEREUPON, on motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried the Plat of Unit No. 2, Springs Bath and Yacht Club was approved.
Commr. Cowart filed Lake County Road and Bridge Warrant #766 made payable to Town of Groveland in the amount of $1,308.67 for Road Tax. This warrant was endorsed by the Town of Groveland for payment of work done o streets by the County. (Current refund)
Fred G. Owles, Jr., and Fred C. Kulhman, Architects, appeared before the Board and presented Preliminary Design for a 20-bed Home for the Aged. Mr. Owles recommended that a member of the Lake County Health Department should be appointed on the Committee, WHEREUPON, Chairman Simpson appointed R. J. B. Hall, Director Lake County Health Department; Mrs. Myrtle Sudderth, County Welfare Worker; Mr. Chas. Goodson, County Engineer and Mr. Fred Cross, County Commissioner to work with the old Committee composed of Dr. E. E. Lewis, Mrs. H. D. Overhiser, Mrs. Salter Cox, Mr. John Arnold, Mr. A. L. Gunther, Mr. Merle Nelson, Jr. Frank McGill.
Mr. J. C. Hunter, County Service Officer, appeared before the Board and gave a yearly report on the work done by the Lake County Service Officer, and gave each member of the Board a copy of the report and filed on with the Board. Mr. Hunter stated his office is badly in need of extra space as he and his assistant each need a private office and also space for a waiting room. The Board promised to do what it can to get more space.
Attorney C. Welborn Daniel appeared before the Board re: Exchange of property owned by Inland Groves Corp. for County-owned land. Each piece of land consists of about 20 acres. Commr. Hooten stated this is for the purpose of consolidating County-owned land. Commr. Hooten appointed the following to appraise the land: Mrs. Alice Lockmiller; Mr. George Nagel and Mr. John Stokes.
Mr. Daniel also brought to the attention of the Board a Secondary Road running from Highway 50 South to Suburban Shores and presented map showing ownership of property, and stated most of the owners were willing to give right of way, but some of them would not. Mr. Goodson stated would have to have a 66 foot right of way. Mr. Daniel suggested that the Board request the State Road Department to make a survey on the road from Highway 50 to Suburban Shores, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Hooten seconded by Commr. Cowart, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, it has come to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the proposed road hereinafter described is important and essential to the property located along the proposed highway, and to the property owners who live in that vicinity and that the opening of a road along said location will greatly increase the value of the property in that area and increase the taxable values of properties for the benefit of Lake County.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Department of the State of Florida, be requested to make a survey for roadway purposes for the location of a road described as follows:
A strip of land 66 feet wide, measured 33 feet on each side of the following described line:
Commence at that point where the midsection line running North and South in Section 25, Township 22 South, Range 26 East, intersects the South boundary of the right of way for State Highway #50 in Lake County, Florida, and then running thence South to the South boundary of said Section 25, at a point 10 feet East of the South Quarter corner of said Section 25.
Commr. Hooten stated that part of Road 561 is in the Primary Budget – from Minneola to Clermont – and he would like to include old No. 50 in his District and would ask Commr. Cowart to include his part of old No. 50 for resurfacing. Want to take this out of the Primary Budget and put it in the Secondary requests.
Commr. Cross stated he wants two projects in ahead of Commr. Hooten’s request, therefore, this matter was ordered held in abeyance until next Monday.
Clerk Owens was instructed to check on the amount of Secondary Funds for each District.
Mr. Irving Burleigh, Mayor of the Town of Tavares, appeared before the Board and 0requested the use of County Machinery for paving streets if the Town pays for the material. This matter to be submitted to County Engineer Goodson for consideration next Monday.
Judge Hall appeared before the Board and stated the Extension Service of Florida State University has ordered a 4-weeks special course for Juvenile Counselors, Sheriffs and others who come in contact with Juvenile problems, and recommended that the Board send the Juvenile Counselor to Tallahassee the later part of June for this course. Cost of registration $60.00, room rent $40.00, plus meals. The total cost would probably be $250.00. WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Cross seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Board was authorized to pay a maximum of $300.00 for Kenny Pearce, Juvenile Counselor, to attend the 4-weeks special course in Tallahassee the latter part of June.
At this time, Mr. Duncan reported that the street – Lake Shore Drive in Dora Vista Subdivision – is 50 feet wide, and he was instructed to look up the restrictions in the Subdv. The Commissioners stated they see no objections to the display of plants along the street.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, that the Payroll for the month of May be approved.
Commr. Cross filed 9 Quit Claim deeds and 1 Fee Simple deed to Lake County for right of way purposes on Road 44 to Lake Eustis – Williams Road.
Motion by Commr. Hooten seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, that the Chairman and Clerk be authorized to execute the two County deeds.
Bill of Ms. Alexander, Asst. Counselor and Mrs. Seiler, 2nd Asst. Counselor, for expenses incurred while attending the National Institute of Crime and Delinquency in Miami, totaling $170.97, was approved by the Board.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the following named Banks be designated as County Depositories for the period beginning the First Day of July 1958 until the first Monday in July 1959, for funds as listed, and such other public money as may be deposited therein; and that sufficient collateral to cover the deposits at all times be requested. (1/3 of collections for general fund to be deposited in the two banks in Eustis and the bank in Mount Dora.)
First National Bank of Leesburg Road and Bridge
Citizens National Bank of Leesburg Road and Bridge
Peoples State Bank of Groveland Capital Outlay–Reserve
Bank of Tavares General
First National Bank of Mount Dora General and Armories
First State Bank & Trust Company, Eustis General
First National Bank of Eustis General
Citizens Bank of Clermont Fine & Forfeiture and
South Lake Hospital
Letter from Mr. John M. Wallace, President Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, St. Augustine, Florida, re: “Those who have the means shall be required to pay the necessary expenses except tuition.” – beginning September 1958 – was read, and ordered referred to Mrs. Myrtle Sudderth, County Welfare Worker.
Warranty No. T-U-209239A covering Termite Control Treatment on Lake County Tax Collector and Assessor’s offices, and Clerk’s Photostatic Room, was filed with the Board.
Deed from Board of Public Instruction of Lake County to Board of County Commissioners of Lake County conveying S 50 feet of Lot 32 in E. E. Edge’s Subdivision was filed with the Board. This conveyance is made to give the grantee herein the above described parcel for street and road purposes to the public. WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Hooten, the Board accepted the deed and filed same for record.
Right of way Map on Job 1166-250; SR S-561-A Lake Shepherd to Ferndale – was filed with the Board, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Hooten seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company was requested to run title search on the above entitled road.
Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, that the action of the Chairman and Clerk in approving the application of Mrs. Angeline M. Bogetto, and the application of Mr. Walter Scott Serviss, for admittance to the T. B. Hospital be approved.
Mr. William Boyd appeared before the Board and presented Plat of Point Place in the City of Clermont – a Partial Plat of Lots 5 & 6 of Herring Hooks Estate – for approval, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Hooten seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Plat of Point Place was approved.
Mr. G. D. Cross again appeared before the Board and presented Notice re: Closing Street. Mr. Duncan stated the Notice does not state the hour and does not comply with the law; therefore this matter cannot be acted upon today.
Commr. Hooten stated he wants to start operating on Countywide basis planning now. Mr. Goodson was instructed to get from each road foreman mileage of roads in each District. Commr. Theus thinks should wait until next time to make budget before making any change. Commr. Cowart stated this was under a gentleman’s agreement to divide like we did. I need money as badly as Hooten. Commr. Cross agrees with Hooten, not equitable, but does not think should change in the middle of the year. Chairman Simpson suggested to get a report from Mr. Goodson first. WHEREUPON, Mr. Goodson was instructed to get up a report of the population of each District.
the following filed with the board
· Proposed Typical Section on Job No. 1166-250, S-561-A (Lake Shepherd to Ferndale)
· Certificate of Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company re SR No. 448 Section 1168-50-Lake Jem Letter from Karl Lehman requesting information re public unloading & loading ramps.
· Owens’ request to Commissioners re information re public unloading & loading ramps Cowart’s reply
· Letter from Dr. Hall to Mr. Simpson enclosing copy of letter to Dr. Hall from T. B. Hosp. re: Edgar Stroud.
· State Board of Administration re: Surplus gas tax, and R/B bonds all issues
· Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company adding approval of action to close Courthouse on Saturdays.
THE FOLLOWING REPORTS WERE FILED WITH THE BOARD
· Department of Agriculture Prison Division re: County Jail and Road Camp
· R. E. Norris, County Agent, and 2 assistants
· Marion Valentine, Home Dem. Agent, and 2 assistants
· Fines, Forfeitures and Costs Report from W. Troy Hall, Jr., County Judge for the months of June 1957 through December 1957
/s/ Frank E. Owens /s/ O. M. Simpson