MINUTES OF regular MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY commissioners
monday – december 5, 1960
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners’ room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, December 5, at ten o’clock a.m., with the following present: Chairman Cross; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Bishop and Simpson; Attorney Duncan; Clerk Owens; and Engineer Goodson. Also present were Herman Dykes and Herbert Babb, Commissioners elect.
The Board was called to order by Chairman Cross.
The minutes of the meetings in November were not read at this time.
notary public bonds
Clerk Owens reported that he has approved the following Notary Public Bonds since the first meeting in November:
WITH AMERICAN FIRE AND CASUALTY COMPANY: James C. Hunter 11-8-60; Ethlyn M. Hewitt 11-9-60; Mrs. H. C. Van Dyke 11-17-60.
WITH AMERICAN SURETY COMPANY OF NEW YORK: W. B. Howell, Jr. 11-23-60; Kelly Ward 12-2-60; and Frances R. Lovell 12-2-60.
Commr. Bishop filed a check made payable to Henry Harrell Eley in the amount of $82.24 for compensation. This check was endorsed by Mr. Eley for deposit to the Road & Bridge Fund.
bond of herman dykes
The bond of Herman Dykes as County Commissioner, District No. 3, was approved by the Board.
purchase of property
Mr. Duncan presented two deeds from Irving Burleigh to Lake County on two tracts of land for County buildings, which the County has agreed to purchase at a cost of $4,775. The purchase price of this property has been approved by Hunnicutt & Associates.
On a motion by Commr. Bishop, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to issue a warrant on County Buildings Capital Outlay Reserve Fund in the amount of $4,775 to Irving Burleigh in payment of this property.
Mr. Duncan presented to the Board copies of the Report and Summary of Population Acts Affecting Lake County, which were prepared by Kenneth Ballinger, as well as a statement for the Report in the amount of $564. On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, one-half of the statement is to be paid now and the balance when the new Bills for the Legislature are prepared.
bids for purchase of pickup truck
Notice having been advertised for the purchase of a one half-ton pickup truck for District 4, the following bids were received:
JUNGLE AUTO SERVICE, Leesburg $1,600.00
One 1961 GMC Model 1001 Pickup truck, with trade in of 1955 Ford half-ton Model F-100 pickup truck – net difference
HODGES EQUIPMENT COMPANY, Leesburg $1,411.00
One new 1961 International model B-102 half-ton pickup, with trade-in of 1955 Ford pickup truck – net difference
EUSTIS MOTOR COMPANY, Eustis $1,251.98
One new model 1961 Ford F-100 pickup truck, with trade in of 1955 Ford half-ton Model F-100 pickup truck – net difference
BOAST MOTORS, INC., Leesburg $1,590.00
One 1961 Dodge, D-100 half-ton pickup truck, with trade in of 1955 Ford half-ton Model F-100 pickup truck – net difference
JOE CREAMONS CHEVROLET, INC., Eustis $1,577.91
One new 1961 Chevrolet half-ton pickup truck, with trade in of 1955 Ford half-ton Model F-100 pickup truck – net difference.
On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the bid of Eustis Motor Company to furnish Lake County one new model 1961 Ford F-100 pickup truck, with trade in of 1955 Ford half-ton Model F-100 pickup truck, for a net difference of $1,251.98 was accepted, provided this bid meets the specifications as advertised. Mr. Goodson stated that this bid of Eustis Motor Company appears to be the lowest and best bid.
bids for 1,000 lineal feet of chain link fence
Notice having been advertised for the purchase of and installation of 1,000 lineal feet of chain link type fence, the following bids were received: (for the Home for the Aged)
REEVES FENCES, INC. of Orlando
951’ 6’ Overall height Guardian type fence consisting of 6 feet of 9 gauge 2” mesh chain link fabric, galvanized after weaving.
2” o.d. line posts, wt. 2.71 PLF
1-5/8” o.d. top rail, wt. 2.27 PLF
2 3” o.d. end posts, wt. 5.79 PL
6 3” o.d. corner psts, wt. 5.79 PLF, Complete installation $1,680.00
ROYAL FENCES & PATIOS, Leesburg
951.24 feet of fence installed as per specifications $1,790.81
CYCLONE FENCE, Miami
951” complete line fence; 2 – end post; 6 – corner post, installed $1,871.85
The bids on the fence were referred to County Engineer Goodson for checking. Later, Mr. Goodson reported that Reeves Fences, Inc. appears to be the low bidder; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the bid of Reeves Fences, Inc. to furnish Lake County 951.24 feet of chain link fence installed at Leesburg, Florida for the sum of $1,680.00 was accepted.
bids for furnishings for lake county home for the aged
Notice having been advertised for the purchase of furnishings for the office, living, dining, and cooking areas for the Lake County Home for the Aged, as follows: kitchen and dining ware, utensils, tables, chairs, accessories, manager’s desks, files, vacuum cleaner, laundry machine and drier, and janitorial supplies, the following bids were received:
MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANY, Orlando $20,110.57
ANDERSON SURGICAL SUPPLY, Tampa $15,245.85 – Alternate $14,913.70
FLORIDA OXYGEN SERVICE, Orlando (each item priced, no total)
HILL ROM COMPANY, Dunedin, Florida $ 8,394.35
SIMONS OFFICE SUPPLY, Leesburg $ 8,799.00
On Kitchen Supplies:
BARNES RESTAURANT SUPPLY $849.50
F & R OFFICE SUPPLY 7 items, no total
WM. J. RUMLEY typewriter $190, adding machine $144.35
A committee made up of Dr. Hall, Mr. Goodson, Commr. Theus, and Mrs. Sudderth was appointed to analyze and study the bids and return its recommendations at the meeting on December 12th.
On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Attorney Duncan was to proceed with negotiations regarding the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad at Lisbon for Dura Stress.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Attorney Duncan was to draw up the necessary papers repealing the Act of 1935 which vested the bottoms of Lake Harris and Lake Griffin in Lake County. (Have bottoms returned to the State of Florida.)
On a motion by Commr. Bishop, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Attorney Duncan was instructed to negotiate with T. J. Coil, Jr. regarding exchange of land with Minute Maid. Mr. Duncan submitted a bill from Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company in the amount of $10 for search on Lot 7, Block 62, Leesburg, which was approved for payment.
Discussion regarding agreement on part of J. D. Slone to convey Lot G to the County for the Juvenile Detention Home. No action was taken on this matter.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, the deeds from Walter C. Holland and Helen M. Holland, his wife; W. H. Sapp and Annie Sapp, his wife; and Ray J. Newell and Jennie M. Newell, his wife, et al, for road right of way was accepted and recorded.
hampton court subdivision
Mr. Padgett presented the Plat of this subdivision, together with Lawyers Title Ins. Company Policy #Y-883-125 and Policy #Y-687-156 and Y-687-508 from which the streets were eliminated from mortgages, owners being Frederick C. Stock and wife and showing the title to be OK. The Plat had not been approved by the Leesburg City Commission. On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to sign the Plat of Hampton Court Subdivision after the approval by the Leesburg City Commission.
Katherine Baker, Supervisor of Registration, appeared before the Board and asked that two members of the Board be appointed to work with her and try to iron out difficulties pertaining to elections. Chairman Cross appointed Herman Dykes to work with Mrs. Baker and requested that they bring their recommendations to the Board after the first of the year.
Mr. Race of Race & Race Company presented a bill in the amount of $1,425.00 for fittings. Discussion on this matter followed. The bill was approved for payment. Mr. Goodson was instructed to make a supplemental agreement to the contract to cover this additional amount.
recess and reassembly
The Board adjourned for lunch and reconvened at 1:30 p.m.
The Board was called to order by Chairman Cross.
Sheriff McCall appeared before the Board and requested permission to purchase a cooking stove for the jail. Permission was granted to purchase the stove.
discussion on heavy trucks using old eustis-mt. dora rd. (former SR #2)
On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, it has been brought to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners that the newly resurfaced road, the old county road between Mount Dora and Eustis, is being seriously damaged by the use thereof by large trucks heavily loaded and that the continuous use thereof by such trucks and loads will destroy the road and require rebuilding within a short period of time.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that it shall be unlawful for trucks having a capacity in excess of two thousand pounds to traverse and drive upon that certain County Road known as the old Eustis-Mount Dora Road commencing with its intersection on Bay Street, SR 19, at the “Garden Barn” and running easterly and southeasterly across US 441 to intersect Donnelly Avenue in Mount Dora from the date of the adoption of this resolution.
Any person driving with a truck having a capacity greater than two thousand pounds and the owner of such truck being so driven shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be prosecuted as provided by law for the violation of this resolution.
discussion of road between tracts 24 and 25 groveland farms
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS IT APPEARS that a certain clay road running easterly from the “Empire Church” Road, south of Groveland and Mascotte and extending between Tracts 24 and 25 according to the Groveland Farms Plat in Section 24, Township 22 South, Range 24 East and easterly has been maintained by the County for more than four years, and
WHEREAS IT APPEARS that one JOHN MATTIODA, JR. proposes to plow up the road and close the same so that it will be inaccessible, and
WHEREAS the closing of such road will cut off access of property owners to the east of the Empire Church Road; that evidence submitted to the Board indicates that said Road has been used by the public for more than the statutory period to establish a prescriptive road.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Hon. Willis V. McCall, Sheriff of Lake County, be and he is hereby instructed to keep the above-described road open for the use of the public and to advise and instruct all parties who propose to damage or close said road to desist therefrom and to restore said road and its condition prior to any interference with said road.
Kenny Pearce appeared before the Board and asked for permission to carry Christmas presents to 27 Lake County boys at Marianna. On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, this permission was granted.
discussion of storage of pipe used on lady lake job
It was suggested that half of the pipe be stored in District No. 1 and half in District No. 4. Mr. Goodson was instructed to work this out and submit at the next meeting so bids can be taken for trucking pipe to storage bins.
plat of howell park subdivision
This Plat was not approved, as a letter from the Lake County Health Department stated that Lots 25 through 32 of the Block did not pass the percolation test and should be excluded from the Plat. (The Plat was returned to Mr. Shewey with this information.)
The application of Ronald A. Grimes for admittance to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind was approved by the Board.
special account for mosquito control fund
On a motion by Commr. Bishop, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to set up a Special Account for the Mosquito Control Fund in the amount of $1,630.54 in the Bank of Tavares.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Sheriff McCall was authorized to purchase furniture for the Matron for the Jail not to exceed $500.
lake county courthouse bond trustees commission account
The Lake County Courthouse Bond Trustees Commission Account for the period of October 1, 1959 to September 30, 1960 showing due to the Trustees the following: George J. White $143.49 and G. G. Ware $243.49 was approved by the Board, and Clerk Owens was instructed to send a copy of same to G. G. Ware, Secretary, for payment. The report for the same period was filed with the Board.
Clerk Owens was authorized to deposit to a Special Account a check in the amount of $5,800 from the State of Florida for disaster relief, sign the receipt, and return to Civil Defense.
copy of agreement covering installation of pipe
An executed copy of an agreement covering installation of pipe under Tavares and Gulf Railroad Track, Mile Post 14, near Ferndale was filed with the Board.
certificates of correction of errors on tax roll
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, the Certificates of Correction of Errors on the 1960 Lake County Tax Roll numbered 1 through 185 as submitted by R. G. Cassady, Tax Assessor, was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, Inland Abstract Company was requested to make a title search on Job No. 11010-2501 SR 500 (Leesburg East to SR 19).
A letter from Fred Tanner, Lake County Mosquito Control Director, was referred to Richey Green of the State Road Department for his consideration.
bridge over palatlakaha creek
On a motion by Commr. Bishop, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Attorney Duncan was instructed to contact the State Road Department regarding building a new bridge over Palatlakaha Creek.
Attorney Duncan reported his findings on zoning regulations regarding a party building chicken houses on a property not zoned for this purpose. This matter was previously reported twice by Mrs. Hubbard.
Clerk Owens was instructed to write each District as to the proper working hours.
A discussion on the County Engineer organizing a crew to handle countywide projects, road construction and road paving. Mr. Goodson was instructed to present recommendations on this.
A letter from Victor Roepke regarding the County maintaining streets in his subdivision was referred to the County Engineer for handling.
On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, Attorney Duncan was authorized to write Mark V. Ryan regarding road by prescription.
On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the payroll for the month of November was approved.
fines, forfeiture & costs reports
Clerk Owens filed with the Board the Fines, Forfeiture and Costs Reports as received in his office on December 2, 1960 from W. Troy Hall, Jr., County Judge, as follows:
For the months of October, November, and December 1958; January through December 1959; and January through May 1960; and the following Fines, Forfeiture and Costs Reports as received in his office on December 2, 1960 from Henrietta S. Horner, County Judge, for the months of June, July, August, September, October, and November 1960.
The executed right of way Contract regarding Job 11681-2602 SR S-565A were filed with the Board.
the following letters filed with the board:
A letter from E. C. Watt, Jacksonville, was referred to Commr. Theus.
Vanderbleek Groves. (Commr. Theus said he had talked to Mr. Vanderbleek. Clerk replied to letter.)
E. A. Mariani Asphalt Company regarding bid on asphalt dated 10-24-60.
Teril R. Watson to Paul Reed, Tax Collector
C. E. Duncan regarding Zoning Regulations
State Road Department acknowledging receipt of resolution regarding .7 mile on SR 33, regarding Federal Aid Secondary Project No. S-535 (1) – Jov No. 11685-3601, and regarding State Secondary Project SR 565B and SR S 565A.
Shoup voting Machine Corp – executed copies of agreements on voting machines, one agreement on converting five machines and one on converting 50 machines filed.
Hunicutt & Associates enclosing three copies of executed Contract for completion of County Revaluation project.
Phil Williams and Owens reply
B. J. Van Ingen & Co. Inc. and Clerk’s reply regarding report on County bonds
following reports filed with the board
Minutes SRD 11-10-60 and 10-20-60
J. C. Hunter, Scounty Services Officer
Home Demonstration Agent and two assistants
County Agent and two assistants
Florida Division of Corrections regarding SRD Camp and Jail
discussion on leesburg enlarging its corporate city limits
Mr. Duncan stated it would be necessary for Mrs. Baker to approve Leesburg using County registrations in its city elections. Mrs. Baker voiced her approval of this. The resolution is to be adopted in 1961 as required by law.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Contractor furnishing pipe for removal of excessive water in and near Lady Lake, Florida, has advised the County Commissioners that the type of pipe specified is not available for the total length thereof, and a lighter wall thickness of pipe is available and is sufficient in strength to serve the purpose thereof; that the acquisition of the lighter pipe will result in a saving to the County.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Contract for the purchase of pipe heretofore entered into with Race and Race and Boozer Supply Company be amended, and the change order be issued for the purchase of a lighter weight pipe and that the contract be amended setting forth specific specifications thereof.
The Contract – Agreement and General Conditions between the Contractor and Owner with the Performance and Payment Bond, L. T. Brennand, Inc., Eustis, was filed with the Board. (A letter from Howell Hopson and a copy of a letter from the Board to Brennand was filed.)
On a motion by Commr. Bishop, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, due to excessive high water as a result of unprecedented rain over the past two years, various emergencies have arisen, whereby it has been necessary for the County Commissioners to provide means for the discharge of waters in flooded areas, and
WHEREAS emergency conditions have arisen within short periods of time and delay in advertising for purchase of pipe and other supplies would have caused further untold damages, and
WHEREAS the necessity for pipe for drainage has arisen in and around Shepherd Lake and adjoining Lakes in that area, and it has been necessary to acquire pipe without advertising for bids, although the cost was in excess of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000).
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners that the Bill of Florida Culvert Manufacturing, Inc. of Clearwater, Florida, for $3,624.18 incurred during such emergencies be and the same is hereby ordered paid.
MEETING ADJOURNED on a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
/s/ Frank E. Owens___ /s/ Fred Cross __