MINUTES OF regular MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY commissioners
monday, june 9, 1958
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, June 9, 1958, 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:
D-1: That the address of Mrs. Minnie Dean be changed to R-1, Box 210, Leesburg; that Mrs. Elvira Davis, 1502 High Street, Leesburg, be dropped from the list; and that Mr. Charles Green, 505 N. Canal Street, Leesburg, be granted $30 per month.
D-2: that Mrs. Richardson’s Rest Home, Wildwood, be dropped from the list for care of C. L. Vernado and that Mrs. Jessie Whitney, Clermont, for care of George Martin be dropped from the list after this month.
D-3: That no changes be made.
D-4: That no changes be made.
D-5: That no changes be made.
expiration of workmen’s compensation insurance
Mrs. Wirth and Mr. Ashmore appeared before the Board regarding expiration of Workmen’s Compensation Insurance. Mrs. Wirth stated they are unable as yet to place this insurance in another company but will keep trying. Columbia Casualty Company stated it cannot afford to carry it any longer. Mrs. Wirth stated she can present an application through the Assigned Risk Plan, or if you want to try to get it through another agency, it will be OK by us. Mrs. Wirth explained the Assigned Risk Plan; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Ashmore Agency was instructed to secure the Assigned Risk Plan, and the Clerk was authorized to issue a warrant for the amount of the premium on the Assigned Risk Plan.
Mr. Jim Seeley appeared before the Board and requested that his company be allowed to furnish part of the gas in the County buildings. Mr. Seeley stated his company would be glad to exchange tanks. Commr. Hooten stated he thinks the County should own the tanks. Mr. Seeley stated a thousand gallon tank would cost $485 and a 250-gallon tank would cost $185. The Board agreed that a 250-gallon tank would be sufficient for the Tax Collector and Tax Assessor’s office; WHEREUPON, it was moved by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried that the County purchase all tanks and that the Clerk be authorized to advertise for bids on tanks installed and gas to be delivered into the County-owned tanks.
Mr. R. E. Norris, County Agent, appeared before the Board and stated the National Association of County Agents is meeting in Seattle, Washington, the latter part of August through the first week in September, and he would like to attend the meeting. He would go by train and go down into California; probably $500 would cover the expense; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, R. E. Norris, County Agent, was authorized to attend the meeting of the National Association of County Agents in Seattle, Washington, the last of August through the first week in September and keep an expense account and render the bill to the Board.
Mr. Norris also discussed the painting and lighting of the Hamlin office for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation USDA (Mrs. Harris). Commr. Theus suggested that Mr. Norris contact the Lenhart-Payne Company Leesburg regarding the lights.
The deed from Tinsley to Lake County for right of way purposes was given to Commr. Cross to secure an additional witness before recording.
Mr. George Reedy appeared before the Board and presented the Plat of Reedy-Kirkland Subdivision on Palmetto Road, Sylvan Shores, for approval. He also presented a title policy of the Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company and a letter from the Lake County Health Department and Policy FE14857 of the Title & Trust Company of Florida. Mr. Duncan stated the title is OK; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Plat of Reedy-Kirkland Subdivision was approved.
Clerk Owens read a letter from Dr. Hall regarding the Indigent Hospitalization Program exceeding 30 days within the year. The letter recommended that cases requiring more than 30 days be considered individually and discussed with the Commissioners within their respective districts. After reading this letter, Dr. Hall was requested to appear before the Board to discuss the matter. After a discussion with Dr. Hall and Mrs. Sudderth regarding this matter, it was moved by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cross, and carried that the applications for admittance of a patient be made not to exceed ten days and then be capitulated on the ninth day if necessary.
The letter from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind was again discussed and a list of Lake County students filed.
The application of Chester K. Oedell, the owner of Tax Sale Certificate #119 dated the 31st day of May, 1957 covering Lots 33 and 34, Goulds Subdivision, Eustis, was approved by the Board.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the request of Karl Lehman for $100 for Civil Defense and the request for final payment of $2,000 of the budgeted amount of $14,000 for the Chamber of Commerce was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Mr. T. C. Cork was appointed to serve on the committee for unveiling pictures in the Courtroom in the Courthouse at Tavares in place of Mr. R. P. Hamlin, deceased.
Mr. Goodson, County Engineer, announced there will be a meeting of the Committee on the Home for the Aged on June 10 in his office in the Chamber of Commerce Building at 7:30 p.m. Commr. Simpson and Commr. Cross said they would attend the meeting, and Clerk Owens was instructed to notify the members of the Committee.
bid for removal of steel bridge span in dead river
Notice having been advertised for the sale and removal of the steel bridge span in Dead River, removal of the center piece and piling adjacent to the pier site, and for sweeping the channel, the following bid was received:
JOE PRIEST, INC.
For removal of center pier and piling adjacent to pier site $3,250.00
No bid received on removal of steel bridge span and seeping the channel.
Commr. Hooten stated that Joe Priest called him this morning and stated he would take his dredging equipment and bury below the surface of the bottom of the river the center pier and piling. Joe Priest appeared before the Board at the request of the Board and explained the procedure he would follow in burying the center pier and piling in Dead River; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the bid of Joe Priest, Inc. for removal of the center pier and piling adjacent to the pier site in Dead River for the sum of $3,250 was accepted and paid for countywide.
Foresters Joe Smith and Charlie Chalmers appeared before the Board and presented the 1958-1959 Proposed Budget for Orange, Lake, and Seminole Counties (County Farm Forester) showing Lake County’s share as follows:
37 ½ percent of $3,146.80 $1,180.05
Less anticipated balance of 1957-58 budget 229.50
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, Clerk Owens was instructed to request the drug companies from which the County purchases drugs for a reduction on all bills made to the County up to 25 percent if possible.
letters read by chairman and clerk
Chairman Simpson read a letter from C. E. Duncan, Attorney, regarding ownership of the right of way on Lake Shore Drive between Tavares and Mount Dora.
Clerk Owens read a letter from Tom E. Carver stating, “I have moved the flowers, and I do trust this job will meet with your approval and all concerned.”
Clerk Owens read a request of J. D. Manly Inc. for return of a bid check in the amount of $1,050 for the Eagles Nest and Griffin View Road; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the Clerk was authorized to refund from the Escrow Fund the amount of $1,050, which was held in lieu of a performance bond on the above jobs.
Clerk Owens read a letter from G. G. Ware, Chairman of the Board, Lake County Courthouse Bond Trustee, regarding depositing in the First National Bank of Chicago the sum of $15,277.15.
Clerk Owens filed a letter from Fidelity & Casualty Company regarding damages arising out of the accident by William Perry Sloan and reported this has been referred to Ashmore Agency.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the bill from Leesburg Transfer Company for placing voting machines in various banks and return to the warehouse was to be paid.
Clerk Owens read a letter from Supreme Fuel Company, Inc., Tampa, regarding bids on asphalt requirements; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to advertise for approximately 500 thousand gallons of Cutback Asphalt, grade R-C-1-S, and 100 thousand gallons of Cutback Asphalt, grade R-C-2, meeting State Road Department specifications.
The bill of Herman T. Dykes for two days and mileage amounting to $56.40 for right of way work on Road 448-A, Lake Jem, was approved for payment.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Quit Claim deed from Venetian Village Developers, Inc. and Quit Claim deed from Cuyler L. Lanier and wife to Lake County was accepted for right of way purposes in Venetian Village Subdivision.
Commr. Theus filed $4.00 in cash for county grass seed sold to George Ferguson.
Commr. Theus brought to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners four bills from the Page-Theus Funeral Home and stated the various request for services came to his office from other sources, two from the States Attorney and two from the Welfare Department, all of which were in the nature of emergency services; that these services were accepted on the basis of the usual charges made by all morticians in the area and that for the burial of Lilly Maude Lord the amount charged is not sufficient to cover the actual cost of burial. Commr. Theus requested the bills to be paid on the basis of an emergency.
The Chairman stated that under the circumstances, he felt that the bills were justified and that there was no intention on the part of Commr. Theus to violate any law, rule, or regulation with reference to the services of the County Commissioners.
THEREFORE, upon a motion made by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Cross, the following bills were approved for payment:
Page-Theus Funeral Home, Leesburg, Florida
May 24, 1958 Ambulance Service from Durham Young Hospital to Orlando Hospital re: Don Dixon $12.50
June 2, 1958 Complete funeral service for Lilly Maude Lord 100.00
May 6, 1958 Transportation for the remains of Addie Mae Womble to Orlando for Post-mortem Examination $25.00
May 5 & 12, 1958 Ambulance service rendered to Miss Bertha Davis to Court in Tavares as a witness in rape case (2 trips) $20.00
Clerk Owens was requested to ask the County officials to submit their budget requests for the meeting on Tuesday, June 24th.
Mr. Simpson advised the Board he has been appointed on the Florida Children Commission by Governor Collins.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the following Vouchers were approved for payment:
General Fund #1012A through 1168
Road and Bridge Fund #782 through 903
Fine & Forfeiture Fund #106 through 126
County Home #1
following filed with the board:
Columbia Casualty Co. Policy #CEY 282068 cancelled as of 7-5-58
US Army Engineer District regarding bridge over Apopka-Beauclair Canal on SR 448
W. T. Edwards T. B. Hospital regarding admittance of Mr. Alton Jay Deese, Blounstown, FL
Leesburg Boating Club expressing appreciation regarding action taken re Burrell Locks closing time
/s/ Frank E. Owens /s/ O. M. Simpson