MINUTES OF regular MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY commissioners
monday, october 13, 1958
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, October 13, 1958, at ten o’clock a.m., with the following present: Chairman Simpson; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Hooten, and Cross; and Attorney Duncan. (Clerk Owens was attending Court.)
The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.
On a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried:
District 1: that David Bass, 826 Douglas St., Leesburg, be added to the list for $20 per month.
District 2: that William Rollinson be added to the list for $25 per month and that Eugene Purdy be added to the list for $30 per month.
District 3: that no changes be made.
District 4: that Harry G. Weitzel for $40 per month be dropped from the list.
District 5: that no changes be made.
notary public bonds
The Board approved the following Notary Public Bonds: W. B. Stinson with American Fire & Casualty Company and Lynwood B. Ingham with American Surety Company of New York.
Mr. Lehmann appeared before the Board and stated he attended a meeting in Orlando for Civil Defense with the Civil Defense Directors, at which time they organized a committee for this area. Orange County Chairman of the Board as Chairman, Karl Lehmann as Vice Chairman, and Jimmy Cooper, Secretary. Commr. Simpson stated that Mr. Aldrich came to Mt. Dora and stated they can possibly get a 200-bed portable hospital that can be moved from place to place. Mr. Lehmann stated he wrote to the Legion Post in Mount Dora and suggested that they cooperate in applying for this Hospital and wrote again on October 10th, but has had no reply on this. Commr. Simpson thinks they should go ahead and put in an application and try to get this one Unit and possibly two Units, as he thinks they have space available for two Units. They must have 24 cubic feet refrigeration. Mr. Lehmann is to check with Dr. Hall and see if he can get this refrigeration if the Health Department does not have it. Mr. Lehmann said this is a federal plan financed by the Federal Defense Fund. The only thing the County has to do is provide storage. The custodian can take care of this and put in use in an emergency. Civil Defense is ready to make the application and can apply for two Units, but they have to ask for it, and the application has to go through Civil Defense. We are still trying to get some action out of the Mount Dora Post. The full responsibility of Civil Defense is on the Board of County Commissioners.
Mr. Prince appeared before the Board regarding the Replat of Block A of Jameson’s Subdivision. Mr. Duncan said they could not accept this, as they have no title policy. Mr. Prince went to Inland Abstract Company for the title policy and presented later Policy No. B-173924 issued by Lawyers Title Insurance Corp showing title in Frank S. Haas Jr. and Marion C. Haas, his wife, and also filed a letter from the Lake County Health Department. Mr. Prince stated there are no encroachments, as it is a solid city block; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Replat of Block A of Jameson’s Subdivision was approved.
Mr. Duncan stated he has a letter on file that takes care of the J. R. Ashmore right of way, and he waives objections to the approval of the Plat of Forest Lake Subdivision that was presented for approval last week. A Partial Release of Mortgage from First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Eustis to Hans J. Wieler, a copy of a letter from the Lake County Health Department, a letter from Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company, and Policy #A-62512 Title Insurance Owner’s Policy were presented. WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Plat of Forest Lake Subdivision was approved.
The Plat of Stoer Island Subdivision, First Addition, was presented on October 6 but not approved. Mr. Duncan says it is OK now to be approved. Two letters from the Lake County Health Department and title insurance policy No. Y-138-590 of Lawyers Title Insurance Corp were presented; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Plat of Stoer Island Subdivision First Addition was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the following named persons were appointed Appraisers on the road between the old and new Road S-27, about one mile, S-466A extension, Section 11530-2152 in Fruitland Park: Lester Huey, H. B. Harrell, Jr.; and Lee Howard, all of Leesburg.
bids for drilling well on proposed home for the aged site
Notice having been advertised for bids for drilling a well on the proposed location for the Home for the Aged, the following bids were received:
CENTRAL FLORIDA WELL DRILLERS, Orlando
Amount of bid (Cashier’s check #64432 for $75) $1,496
MERIDITH CORPORATION, Orlando
Amount of bid (Cashier’s check #185418 for $105) $2,016
On a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the bids were taken under advisement for the County Engineer to inquire as to the kind of pump in the bids, check the specifications, and report back to the Clerk; and the Clerk was instructed to call the Commissioners and accept the recommendations of the County Engineer and the best bid.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the following named persons were appointed to serve as House Committee for the Veterans Hall in Umatilla for the ensuing year with the County Commissioner in District No. 5: Mr. Sam Marks, Chairman; Mrs. Robert Maxwell, Sr.; Mrs. Walter Whitcomb; Mrs. C. F. Hoagland; Mr. John Williams; and Mr. Fred Cross, County Commissioner.
Mr. Duncan stated that possibly next January the District Court of Appeals may convene here. He and Mr. Goodson have been to Tampa to look at the Courtroom there, but the items are very expensive. If we are going to fix the Courtroom, it should be done now in order to get it done by the time the District Court meets. WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the County Engineer and Mr. Duncan were authorized to get in touch with Judge Futch and decide what they want and what is needed for the District Court of Appeal and submit the plans to the Board in order that the Notice to Bidders can be published.
Mrs. Robertson, Deputy Clerk, reported that Clerk Owens awarded the printing of the ballots to the Mount Dora Topic in the amount of $61.60, which was the lower bid, the Daily Commercial bid being $97.75. (Ballots for the General Election) WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the action of Clerk Owens in awarding the printing of the ballots for the General Election to the Mount Dora Topic for the sum of $61.60 was approved.
Mr. Duncan read a request from J. E. Stemper, Sanford, that the Board of County Commissioners request a change of a railroad crossing from one location to another. Chairman Simpson requested the Attorney to determine the names of property owners affected by the crossing and to advise each of the owners before any action will be taken.
A letter from Katherine L. Baker, Supervisor of Registration, was read showing a list of nominees filed with the Board.
bills received and paid
The bill of R. G. Cassady, Tax Assessor, for Commissions on the 1957 Tax Roll was presented to the Board as follows:
Total retained for Errors & Insolvencies $7,525.57
Less Commission on Errors & Insolvencies previously approved 101.57
Balance Now Due $7,424.57
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Tax Assessor’s bill in the amount of $7,424.57 was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the bill of David D. Morris in the amount of $7,319.34 on the Leesburg warehouse contract was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the bill of Thompson and Sons in the amount of $4,651.60 on the Leesburg Health Clinic was approved, and the bill of Harold C. Hopson, Architect, in the amount of $523.60, the balance due on the Leesburg Health Clinic, was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the bill of George O. Pringle in the amount of $1,677.36 for air conditioning the Lake County Chamber of Commerce building was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the bill of Fred Owles, Architect, in the amount of $2,519.50 for architect services on the proposed Home for the Aged was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the bill of South Lake Memorial Hospital in the amount of $3,049.22 was approved.
Commr. Hooten stated he has advanced to the Regina Harper Leukemia Fund one hundred dollars and presented a bill for same; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, Commr. Hooten was to be reimbursed for the $100 advanced to the Regina Harper Leukemia Fund.
A request from the State Road Department for a title search on Road S-44B, Job 11683-2601 was read; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Clerk was instructed to request Inland Abstract & Title Company to make a title search on said road.
Commr. Theus filed a Cashier’s check in the amount of $212.80 from Henry Mauney for concrete pipe.
Commr. Cross filed a check for $140 from Waterman Memorial Hospital Inc., a refund on payment by the Board on the bill of Pearl Olds. The hospital collected this amount from insurance.
The County Engineer was instructed to get the procedure for the gas line right of way being used by the State Road Department. This is in reference to the Houston Gas Lines.
Mr. Hugh Hanna of the State Road Department appeared before the Board regarding the clearance of the new bridge to be built over the Dora Canal on Old SR 19 at Tavares. Mr. Hanna stated the bridge will have a clearance of about nine feet above high water of 63.5. This height is six inches higher than the concrete bridge on new SR 19. It will be impossible to gain a higher elevation without a grade change which would involve costly acquisition of rights of way. Therefore, Mr. Hanna recommended acceptance of this height; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the Commissioners concurred in the recommendations of the State Road Department in building the bridge clearance nine feet above high water, which will provide about a 10-foot clearance above the mean level of control set by the Oklawaha Basin.
Mr. Duncan stated he will report this action to the Oklawaha Basin Authority.
Mr. Duncan read the Grand Jury Report No. 1 and No. 2.
On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Theus and unanimously carried, the Board went on record approving the second Report of the Grand Jury known as Report No. 2.
Grand Jury Report No. 2 urged elective county officials to help restore and maintain states’ rights in an effort to combat the trend towards centralization of power in the Federal Government.
Grand Jury Report No. 1 suggested that a Commission, one from each County Commissioners’ District, be appointed to look into the conditions of the jail and courthouse. This matter was discussed and a motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten that the Reports be taken under advisement. Unanimously carried.
Mr. Goodson was requested to instruct James Salter, the Courthouse Custodian, to take the firehoses out one at a time and check them.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute an agreement between Conrad Beach and Lake County allowing severance damage in the sum of 10 cents per running foot on each side of the right of way on State Road 500, Section 1123.
Clerk Owens filed a letter from Richey Green, District Engineer of the Florida State Road Department, regarding Section 1114 (abandonment of Old SR 40), and this letter was taken under advisement until the proper resolution can be prepared.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
General Fund #1608 through #1779
Road and Bridge Fund #1528 through #1639
Fine & Forfeiture Fund #178 through #192
South Lake Memorial Hospital #8-A through #10
Health Clinic #7 through #9
County Home #2 and #3
The report of the Welfare Worker, M. Sudderth, was filed with the Board.
/s/ Frank E. Owens /s/ O. M. Simpson