MINUTES OF special MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
tuesday – february 28, 1961
The Board of County Commissioners met in special session in the County Commissioners room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Tuesday, February 28, 1961 at ten o’clock a.m., for the purpose of designating Primary and Secondary Roads for the 1961-1962 State Road Department budget and such other business as may be brought before the Board, with the following present: Chairman Theus; Commissioners Cowart, Babb, Dykes, and Simpson; Clerk Owens; and Engineer Goodson. (Attorney Duncan was absent attending Court.)
The meeting opened with a prayer by Chairman Theus.
replat of bert’s subdivision – first addition
Tom Sawyer, surveyor, appeared before the Board and presented the Replat of Bert’s Subdivision First Addition, together with a letter from the Lake County Health Department with a letter attached from Orange State Engineers. The Lake County Health Department’s letter states “we are accepting their recommendations on this property for septic tank installation under normal operating conditions.” Mr. Sawyer stated that the lots that did not pass the test have been deleted. He presented title Policy #Z-752-824 of Lawyers Title Insurance Corp. with the certificate of Inland Abstract & Guaranty Company that has been brought down to date; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Replat of Bert’s Subdivision First Addition was accepted and approved, with the stipulation that lots 32 to 44 inclusive, undersize lots, are for the purpose of trailers. Mr. Goodson stated if rezoning is not approved for that purpose, the lots will be sold by twos.
road requests by delegations
Mr. Theus announced that the delegations present re road requests will be heard by the cities in alphabetical order.
ALTOONA and ASTOR: No one present.
ASTATULA: A delegation of six was present, Mr. and Mrs. Chester M. Weems, Mr. Meeks, Mr. Beverly Grizzard, Mrs. Sailey, and Mr. Joe Roberts. Mr. Weems was the spokesman. A written request from the Town of Astatula to resurface SR 561 was presented.
CLERMONT: No one present. A resolution from the City Council of Clermont was read by Clerk Owens. This resolution requested a Farm to Market road; also, a letter from C. Welborn Daniel, Representative, and a letter from the Greater Chamber of Commerce was read.
EUSTIS: Mr. Neal Huebsch, City Attorney; Mr. C. A. Waterfield, Mayor; Mr. Don Porter, Councilman; Mr. Kidd, City Manager; and Mr. Doug Igou were present. Mr. Huebsch read the Primary and Secondary road requests.
FRUITLAND PARK, GROVELAND, LAKE JEM, LADY LAKE, HOWEY, MASCOTTE, AND MINNEOLA: Not present and no requests presented.
LEESBURG: Mr. Thomas, City Manager, and Mr. Pyles, Mayor, were present. Mr. Theus read a letter from the State Road Department re Job 11640-3601 SR 33 – signals at crossing.
MONTVERDE: Mr. Huebsch, Attorney for the Town, with four citizens of the town were present. Mr. Huebsch read a resolution requesting resurfacing of SR 455.
MOUNT DORA: A delegation of six was present, Mr. George J. White, Sr., Mr. Dick Edgerton, Mr. Roy Christopher, Mrs. Lafroos, Mr. Henry Land, and Mr. Bliss, Mayor. Mrs. Lafroos read a resolution from the city, and Mr. Christopher read a resolution from the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce.
TAVARES: No one present. Commr. Dykes said the City Clerk requested him to present the resolution, which he read.
UMATILLA: No one present and no requests filed. Commr. Babb said they should ask for four-laning SR 19. Discussion followed on removal of the railroad from the center of town.
After discussion on Primary Roads, on a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Cowart and unanimously carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, has been requested by the State Road Department of the State of Florida to designate and request for the budget for the year beginning July 1, 1961 through June 30, 1962 Primary Roads to be constructed within said County during said period, and
WHEREAS, at a special meeting on February 28, 1961, the County Commissioners in said meeting designated the Primary Roads for construction in Lake County in preferential order;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the State Road Department of the State of Florida be requested to construct in Lake County, Florida, the following designated Primary Road in the following order:
1-A. Construct 4-lane – SR 500 from the Orange County line via Mount Dora northerly and easterly through Tavares and Leesburg to SR 25 north of Leesburg. Construct a wayside park and boat ramp on SR 500, Federal Highway 441 at a point just west of the mouth of the Dora Canal on Lake Eustis (see resolution adopted September 3, 1957.)
1-B. Resurface SR 44 beginning at intersection of SR 500 and SR 44 run easterly to S-452.
2. Construct municipal section type road SR 50 from east city limits of Groveland to west city limits of Mascotte.
3. Construct an underpass for SR 19 to pass under SR 25 at the intersection of said roads, southwesterly of Howey in the Hills.
4. Construct municipal section type road, SR 19, one mile north of north city limits of Eustis south to intersection of new SR 500, also SR 19-A from new SR 500 south to old SR 500. Also, construct municipal section type road – SR 44 – from Fort Mason intersection of SR 44 and S 452 easterly to SR 19.
5. Four-lane SR 25 from Leesburg south to Polk County line.
6. Construct municipal section type road, SR 46, from intersection of SR 500 and SR 46 in Mount Dora east to new SR 500.
7. Construct SR 44 from east city limits of the City of Eustis east to S 44-A; also, resurface SR 44 from S 44-A north and easterly to S-437.
8. Survey, locate, construct, and extend SR 19 from Groveland southwesterly to County Line (See Secondary Road Budget – Inter-fund Contribution).
9. Four-lane SR 19 from the south city limits of Umatilla north to SR 42 at Altoona.
10. Four-lane SR 50 from the Orange county line west to east city limits of Groveland.
11. Resurface SR 19 from SR 42 at Altoona North to S 445.
12. Designate present US 441 (SR 500) at its intersection with proposed SR 500 in Orange County and continue through Mount Dora and Tavares along the present route to intersect proposed SR 500 in Tavares as an alternate route and provide four-lane approaches at both intersections for a distance of at least one-fourth mile.
13-A. Widen and resurface SR 455 from present SR 50 north through Montverde to present SR 561.
13-B. Widen and resurface SR 561 from SR 25 north to SR 19.
14. Resurface SR 448 from SR 561 east through Lake Jem to Orange County line.
15. Resurface SR 450 West from Umatilla to Marion County line. Also, resurface SR 42 beginning at intersection of SR 19 at Altoona run west to Lake County line.
16. Begin south of Clermont where SR 561 intersects with SR 50 and run southwesterly to intersection of SR 33.
17. CONDITIONAL REQUEST: Locate and construct a road beginning approximately 500 feet east of the intersection of SR 46 and ACL RR in Section 30, Tp. 19 S., Range 29 East (commencing at SR 46 north of RR R/W); thence continue southerly to the boundary between Lake and Orange Counties, following the center line survey heretofore made by the State Road Department. This request is conditioned upon the cooperation of Orange and Seminole Counties in requesting the continuation of said road southerly through Orange County to a bridge across the Wekiva River heretofore constructed and continuing through Seminole County and Orange County (following the “Bear Lake Road”) to connect with SR 500 (US 441).
18. State Road 19 bisects Lake County in a north and south direction and connects with State Road 19 in Marion and Putnam Counties. It is important to the economy of Lake County that State Road 19 be continued to connect with State Road 15 north of Palatka and west of the St. Johns River. The Board of County Commissioners in Lake County joins in the request of other interested counties, including Putnam, for the construction of SR 19 northeasterly from the vicinity of Rodman to the intersection of SR 15 north of Palatka and west of the St. Johns River.
19. Increase radius at Main Street and 14th Street in Leesburg (which is the intersection of SR 44 and SR 25.)
bill from florida steel corporation for pipe used on sr 500
Commr. Theus presented a bill of Florida Steel Corporation in the amount of $1,879.60 for pipe used on SR 500, stating he does not want this to be paid out of his road and bridge fund, but he thinks it should be paid out of the Secondary Road Fund; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the drainage requirements for State Road 25-500 north of the city limits of Leesburg has made it necessary to extend drainage facilities on the westerly side of the right of way at approximately Station 73/47 according to the right of way map for State Road 500, and
WHEREAS, because of the terrain in that area, portions of the drainage ditch had to be covered and therefore culverts installed which requirements were, however, not originally included in the construction plans, and
WHEREAS, in order to prevent further destruction of the property through which the drainage of water passed, the Board of County Commissioners ordered and have placed on the job culverts for the above purpose, the cost of which is $1,879.60, and
WHEREAS, the drainage requirement is the result of the construction of State Road 500 north of the city limits of Leesburg and therefore a part of the original contract on the part of Lake County with the State Road Department for the acquisition of rights of way for roads and drainage easements;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Department be requested to pay from Secondary Funds derived from the Gas Tax and allocated to Lake County, Florida, the sum of $1,879.60 to Florida Steel Corporation from which said culverts were purchased upon a bid price.
Mr. Simpson filed for record a drainage ditch easement over east 30’ of S. 208.73’ of the East 208.73’ of the SE ¼ of the SW ¼ of the NE ¼ of Section 1-19-26.
job 11503-2601 (bridge over palatlakaha river at lake minnehaha)
Clerk Owens read a letter from the State Road Department re title search on the above; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the Inland Abstract & Title Company was requested to make title search on the above numbered job.
job 11504-2601; sr s-561 (sr 500 to sr 44 via wlbe radio station)
Clerk Owens read a letter from the State Road Department re title search on the above; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Lake Abstract and Guaranty Company was requested to make title search on the above numbered job.
job 11010-2502; sr 500 (through Leesburg – sr 25 to sr 44)
Clerk Owens read a letter from the State Road Department re title search on the above; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Inland Abstract and Guaranty Company was requested to make title search on the above numbered job.
Clerk Owens gave each member of the Board a status of the Secondary Roads.
Chairman Theus read a letter from Mr. Al Whitmore, President of Florida Citrus Research Foundation, re a road being built into the Station. The Board members said they would need a deed or easement; therefore, the letter was turned over to Mr. Duncan, Attorney.
filing of seven checks for removal of water from county road
Chairman Theus filed seven checks, money collected for removal of water from a County road. He stated the charge for one pump per day is $50.
B. F. Lewis $450
Samuel H. Tinsley $200
C. J. Cockrell $200
Mrs. M. Q. Hiers $200
Warren Tingdale $200
W. A. Scott $200
Fred Barry, Sr. $100
recess and reassembly
The meeting adjourned for lunch and reconvened at 1:30 p.m.
sewage plant for labor camp
Carey Colley, General Manager of Lake Region Packing Association, and Fred Babb appeared before the Board re the sewage plant at the packing house for the Labor Camp. Carey said when they put the Camp there, it was built under the regulations of the State Board of Health, but now the enclosed sand and gravel filter bed has become clogged and is inoperable. This morning he talked to Howell Hopson and others, and they agreed we have to do something because the bed is not sufficient. We are here now to request that you give us permission to pump our water through your new system until we can get ours built. Mr. Goodson said he thinks the Board’s system can handle this overflow. Mr. Theus stated we should have a letter from the Manufacturer of the Plant that this will be alright. Mr. Goodson stated the Manufacturer will be here Thursday, and he will talk to him. We will also need a letter from the State Board of Health and Dr. Hall’s concurrence in this, also Mr. Goodson’s concurrence. Mr. Colley should give the Board a written request for this hooking into the Board’s system.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Board of County Commissioners agreed to allow Lake Region Packing Association to tie into the new Sewage System on Lake Dora on a temporary basis, subject to receipt of a written request from Lake Region, a letter from the Manufacturer of the Plant stating it will be alright, a letter from the State Board of Health, and concurrence of Dr. Hall and Mr. Goodson.
At this time, Mr. Hopson came before the Board and recommended that the Board allow the Lake Region Packing Association to hook into the County Sewage Disposal Plant on Lake Dora on a temporary basis with the supervision of Dr. Hall and Mr. Goodson. Mr. Hopson suggested that the Eustis man be employed to supervise this Plant, as someone should go there to inspect every day.
well at agricultural center
Mr. Owens reported that A. D. Rosier called him yesterday and stated he has finished the well at the Agricultural Center. It will pump 800 to 1,000 gallons per minute and is 385 feet deep.
road north of lake griffin road via talley crate veneer company office
Mr. Theus filed two quit claim deeds, one from Johnnie Galyon and wife to Lake County and one from Ray J. Newell and wife to Lake County, said deeds for right of way purposes in Section 15-19-24 for the above-mentioned road.
job no. 11682-3602 – sr s-44-b donnelly avenue in mount dora from 5th avenue (old sr 500) north to new sr 500
A telegram from the State Road Department stated the low bidder on the above job is Hubbard Construction Company of Orlando for $197,800.75. Clerk Owens was instructed to acknowledge receipt of the telegram and state Board concurs in awarding the contract to Hubbard.
proposed jail and sale of bonds
Mr. Hopson asked if the Board would object seriously if he asked for an extension of time on advertising for bids for construction of the jail. Would like to set this up for Thursday, April 13, 1961 at 2:00 p.m. The Board agreed to this date. Mr. Hopson said that Mr. Duncan would have to change the Notice for Sale of the Bonds. This should be at 3:00 p.m. the same day.
On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Notice for Sale of Bonds was amended as follows:
WHEREAS, on the 6th day of February, 1961, the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, adopted a Resolution providing for the publication of the Notice to Bidders directed to those interested in purchasing Bonds authorized by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners to be sold for funds to build a new jail and make certain alterations and repairs in the Courthouse and providing that the bids for the purchase of said Bonds would be opened at 11:00 a.m. EST on the 5th day of April, 1961 at the offices of the County Commissioners in the Courthouse in Tavares, Lake County, Florida, and
WHEREAS, it now appears that the plans and specifications for the jail to be erected on County property in Tavares, Florida, have been delayed in preparation, and it is advisable that the bids for the sale of bonds be received on the same day on which Bids for the erection of said jail are received;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Resolution adopted on the 6th day of February, 1961, providing for the publication of the Notice to Bidders on Bonds as above set forth be amended to read as follows:
“NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that Notice to Bidders interested in the purchase of Revenue Certificates in the sum of $1,250,000 issued by Lake County be published in all newspapers of general circulation published in Lake County, Florida, and that said Notice provide for the opening of Bids at 3:00 p.m. (EST) on the 13th day of April, 1961 at the offices of the County Commissioners in the Courthouse in Tavares, Lake County, Florida.”
MEETING ADJOURNED to March 6, 1961 at 9:00 a.m.
/s/ Frank E. Owens___ /s/ O. M. Simpson__