MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS on
MONDAY – march 4, 1963
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commissioners Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, March 4, 1963, at ten o’clock A.M. with the following present:
Chairman Dykes, Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Livingston and Babb. Also, Attorney Duncan, Clerk Owens, Engineer Hays, and Zoning Director Webb.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman.
The invocation was given by Mr. Theus.
Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus, and carried that the minutes of the meetings of February 4, 11 and 27 be approved.
license for carrying firearm
Bond for carrying forearms of John R. Jones with T. C. Cork and B. K. Ferguson as sureties for carrying pistol made by Smith & Weston of 38 caliber and numbered 82175 was approved.
The following Notary Public bonds were approved by Clerk Owens since the last meeting:
AMERICAN SURETY COMPANY OF NEW YORK: R. W. Maples
Alan H. Hamlin
Margaret J. Miller
Christine S. Griggs
HIGHWAY INSURANCE COMPANY: Bonnie Lou Clarke
Ranston E. Davis
Albert S. Galton
Alice K. Arzig
Marry A. Fuller
Lavonne LaDue Lashar
AMERICAN FIRE & CASUALTY CO.: Fred A. Smith
Lois K. Smith
Penny K. Godfrey
game & fresh water fish commission
Mr. Tom Garrison of the Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission appeared before the Board regarding boat ramp at John’s Lake. Mr. Garrison stated they would like to be included in this park site which belongs to Lake County, and they require permanent easement of not less than ½ acre. Discussion followed after which Mr. Garrison was requested to review this area and report back to the Board next Monday with description of property for the launching facilities. Whereupon, motion was made by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the Attorney prepare the necessary papers to be given to the Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission.
Chairman Dykes reported that Mr. C. D. Blount has resigned from the Lake County Industrial and Tourism Commission and he would like to appoint Mrs. Dorothy Crossen of Tavares as a member of this Commission. Whereupon, on motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus, and carried, the Board accepted the resignation of Mr. Blount and approved the appointment of Mrs. Dorothy Crossen to the Lake County Industrial and Tourism Commission.
lake county law library board
Mr. D. H. Livingston was appointed by the Chairman to serve on the Law Library Board. Appointment concurred in by the Board.
Glenn’s Cove subdivision
Mrs. Bessie Cadwell and husband, also John Rapalje, appeared before the Board and presented plat of FIRST ADDITION GLENN’S COVE. Title policy #Y 138 813 dated January 31, 1959, issued by Lawyers’ Title Insurance Corp., was presented with letter from Inland Abstract dated March 4, 1963, stating there has been no transfer on the property since that date. (Letter filed) Attorney Duncan stated these streets have been widened 50 feet to comply with the law, and this plat includes 26 lots only. He also stated that this plat was presented to the Board before the Health Department regulation went into effect.
Discussion on subdivisions with less than 50 lots. Dr. Hall recommended we try to operate under a 50 lot project instead of 25. Mr. Dykes stated that Dr. Hall has approved this particular subdivision and based on this recommendation he recommends the acceptance of the plat as in this instance would work a hardship if not approved. Mr. Theus said we should get a letter from Dr. Hall. Copy of letter from Orange State Engineers approving this plat for septic tank installation filed.
Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston, and carried, that plat of Glenn’s Cove be approved.
Mr. Duncan read a letter from J. C. Rogers, President, First National Bank of Leesburg regarding this problem. After lengthy discussion, it was suggested that a meeting be held to come to a conclusion on this matter, with this Board, Dr. Hall, State Engineer, County Engineer, County Attorney and all builders and developers and other interested parties in the County. It was agreed that a meeting would be held on Friday, March 8, 1963, at 9 o’clock A.M. in the auditorium of the Lake County Agricultural Center.
E. T. Hall, of Orange State Engineers, appeared regarding the above problem. Mr. Hall was invited to attend the meeting on Friday.
Alan H. Hamlin’s bill regarding Lake County vs E. B. Peter, et al in the amount of $120.05 for recording testimony of hearing in subject case was presented by Mr. Duncan. Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart, and carried, that bill of Alan H. Hamlin, Court Reporter, be approved by the Chairman and same to be forwarded by the Attorney to the State Road Department for payment.
right of way deeds
Attorney Duncan presented quit-claim deed from Fred J. Shelby and Margaret Shelby, his wife, to Lake County conveying land in Section 32, Township 19 S, Range 26 E, for right of way purposes. Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston, and carried, that the deed be accepted.
Chairman Dykes presented four (4) deeds and one easement for rights of way to Lake County from the following parties:
W. M. IGOU, INC. - West 30 feet of Lot 37, Plat of Lake Saunders Subdivision
RULEME GROVE, INC - East 30 feet of West half of Tracts 1, 2, and 3, replat of Inwood Heights.
East 30 feet of Lot 36 of Plat of Lake Saunders Subdivision
HUFFSTETLER & CO., INC. - West 30 feet of N/E ¼ of N/W ¼ of Section 23/19/26
LESLIE R. HUFFSTETLER & MYRA HUFFSTELTER, as Trustees – West 30 feet of East ½ of Tracts 1, 2, and 3, according to Replat of Inwood Heights
CITY OF EUSTIS - N/W quarter of the N/W quarter of the N/W quarter of Section 23/19/26
Mr. Sharp from Florida Culvert Mfg., Inc., Clearwater, presented copy of letter dated 12/22/62 to his company from Kaiser Aluminum regarding specifications for aluminum corrugated culvert pipe. Motion by Babb, seconded by Cowart, and carried that the Clerk be authorized to advertise for bids on aluminum pipe. Bids to be submitted April 8, 1963 at 2 o’clock P.M.
venetian village canal
Chairman Dykes reported that boaters are using the canal in Venetian Village as a speedway and thinks something should be done to stop this practice. Motion by Commr. Cowart that the attorney be authorized to request the Water Authority to adopt a resolution regarding the speed limits in the canal at Venetian Village. Motion was seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Discussion on property west of Umatilla that is being used as a dump. Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Livingston, and carried that the attorney request the Health Department to investigate this.
Discussion on water level in Lake Eustis. Attorney Duncan suggested that this matter be referred to the Water Authority; whereupon, the Clerk was authorized to discuss this matter with Mr. Burrell and report back to the board regarding same.
flashing beacon at intersection sr 25 and sr 48
Letter from Richey Green enclosing permit for installation of flashing beacon at the intersection of SR 25 and SR 48 was read by Clerk Owens. Engineer Hays was instructed to get this beacon installed according to the State Road Department specifications.
MEETING ADJOURNED FOR LUNCH until 1:30 P.M.
Meeting reconvened at 1:30 P.M.
Attorney Duncan announced that it is necessary to correct quit claim deed from Lake County to Jimmie Lee Dillard Thompson and he has prepared a corrected deed. Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus, and carried, that Mr. Duncan be authorized to forward corrected deed to Mr. Thompson.
Mr. H. J. Hampton, County Planner, appeared and gave a resume of work accomplished by the planning committee. After his report, the Attorney was authorized to write the Turnpike Authority that the Board of County Commissioners approves the proposed Interchange at SR 25 and SR 19.
sun eden subdivision
Mr. C. A. Johnson from Sun Eden Subdivision, Howey, appeared before the Board and stated that a boat ramp has been built at the intersection of Lake Shore Drive at the Hibiscus Canal and he would like for the County to have this ramp removed as it is a dangerous hazard. Mr. Duncan suggested that the request for removal of the ramp should be made to Mr. Ralph Loper, whereupon, motion was made by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb, and carried, that the following resolution be adopted:
Whereas, it has been made to appear to the Board of County Commissioners that, without the knowledge of the Board of County Commissioners, a boat ramp has been constructed on the Easterly bank of Hibiscus Canal where it intersections lake Shore Drive, according to a Plat of Sun Eden filed and recorded in the public records of Lake County, Florida, and
Whereas, it has been made to appear that the construction of the ramp in said street, has created a hazardous drive, and because of the narrowness of the street, will create encroachments on adjoining properties when boats are unloaded or loaded at said ramp, resulting in a reduction in value to the adjoining properties;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the parties responsible for the construction of the boat ramp in Hibiscus Canal, at its intersection with Lake Shore Drive, be requested to remove the ramp, and to locate suitable markers to show a “dead end” of Lake Shore Drive at said Canal, until such time as a bridge may be constructed over the Canal.
typical section – job 11508-8601 and 11507-8601
Chairman Dykes presented typical section and stated he would like to resurface the roads in this section; Job 11508 – Commencing at SR 50 in Section 26/22/26 running north to intersect the old road extending from Minneola easterly through Mohawk toward Winter Garden. Job 11507 – That portion of the old road beginning at Minneola and extending easterly toward Winter Garden to the intersection of the first above described road. Chairman Dykes vacated the chair and Vice Chairman Babb presided; whereupon, Commr. Livingston made a motion that the typical section be approved. The motion was seconded by Commr. Dykes and the Vice Chairman called for district vote, which was as follows:
District No. 1 - No.
No. 2 - No.
No. 3 - Yes.
No. 4 - Yes.
The Vice Chairman vacated the chair and cast opposing ballot.
Letter from Orange County Budget Commission was read by the Clerk in which this Board was invited to attend State Conference of County Budget Commissioners in Orlando on March 16th. Clerk Owens was instructed to notify them that we do not have a Budget Commission in our county; therefore, no one will attend.
certificates of correction of errors
Letter from R. G. Cassady, Tax Assessor, attaching Certificates of Correction of Errors on the 1962 tax roll numbered 224 through 231 and requesting that same be approved. Motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Babb, and carried, that the Chairman approve the Certificates of Correction of Errors.
payment to south lake memorial hospital
Letter from William E. Lee, Attorney, requesting that $19,000.00 be paid to the South Lake Memorial Hospital. Motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb, and carried that the sum of $19,000.00 be paid to the South Lake Memorial Hospital.
Letter from Attorney General regarding common boundary lines Volusia and Lake Counties was read by Clerk Owens. Letter was referred to Attorney Duncan to report on this at a later date.
Copy of letter from Howell C. Hopson, Architect, to David D. Morris, Contractor, regarding incomplete projects in the Juvenile Shelter. Clerk Owens was instructed to advise Mr. Slaughter, Chairman, Board of Visitors, when these projects have been completed.
Letter from the Governor’s Advisory Committee – Roadside Development & Safety – was read by the Clerk. Mr. Owens was instructed to write the Chairman of this Committee advising her that this is handled through our Zoning Commission.
contract regarding courthouse as fallout shelter
Clerk Owens advised we have contract from Ken Sears, Civil Defense Director, and he has requested that same be executed. Chairman Dykes said he wanted to study the contract and he would return it.
auxiliary health center
Letter from Florida Development Commission regarding Auxiliary Health Center at Clermont. Clerk Owens to contact Dr. Hall and go over this and bring back to next meeting.
Letter from T. R. Champion, Attorney, was read by the Clerk advising that residents of Sorrento are complaining that dogs are running at large damaging property and injuring other domestic animals. Clerk Owens reported that copy of this letter was turned over to the Sheriff on February 15, 1963.
pure oil company bills
Clerk Owens stated we need some definite action on these old bills as the statutory time has elapsed to pay them. Discussion followed. The Clerk was instructed to advise Pure that the law prohibits the Board from paying these old bills.
district no. 1 roads
Commr. Theus stated he wants to resurface the following roads in his District:
Spanish Avenue, Griffin Shores 1210’
Woodside Drive, Griffin Shores 725’
Landfill Road, Lady Lake 2.1 Mi.
Spring Lake Manor Entrance 0.3 Mi.
Spring Lake Road – SR 466A 1.6 Mi.
(North & Westerly)
Gray’s Airport Road – to Eagle’s Nest Road 1.0 Mi.
Old Tavares Road 1.25 Mi.
Jeffcoat Road – SR 468 to West 1.0 Mi.
Hileah Ave., N. of Leesburg 765’
Whereupon, on motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb, and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise for bids for resurfacing the above described roads. Bids to be received at 2 P.M. on April 1, 1963.
Mr. Hays appeared and stated that Ralph Helms of the Turnpike Authority had been to see him regarding establishment of crossing over T & G tracks. Discussion followed. Mr. Hays was instructed to advise the Turnpike Authority to make application to the T & G for the crossing as it is not up to the Board.
Mr. Hays said he would like to have a telephone courtesy card. Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart, and carried, that Mr. Hays be authorized to apply for telephone courtesy card.
help for county engineer
Mr. Hays stated he has a back log of work that needs to be attended to and requested permission to hire a man he is familiar with and knows to be capable of this type of work. Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart, and carried, that the County Engineer be authorized to hire this person as a County Wide Foreman at a salary of $425.00 per month plus mileage of 10 cents per mile, to be divided among the five districts.
Clerk Owens notified the Board that Mrs. Pearl Stallings fell on February 26, 1963 in the Courthouse and hurt her left arm. Attorney Duncan was instructed to write Mrs. Stallings that the Board does not have any insurance to cover that type of accident.
Mr. Floyd Snow of Titusville appeared and gave a review of mineral deposits, which he is sure exists in Lake County, and recommended that a mineral exploration be made in Lake County. Mr. Dykes suggested to Mr. Snow that he contact the members of the Industrial and Tourism Commission as this does not come within the jurisdiction of the County.
Clerk Owens was instructed to write B. C. Dodd for corrected deed on property deeded to the County in July 1962.
exchange of property with beverly grizzard
Letter from Lake County Property Owners League was read by Clerk Owens. Said letter stating objections to this exchange of property. Mr. Grizzard appeared and filed proof of publication and reviewed the history of the original exchange of property; whereupon, on motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Babb, and carried the following resolution was adopted:
Whereas, the following described tract of land, being the property of Lake County, and located in Lake County, has been declared non-essential for County purpose:
Lots 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 13, Block E, First Addition to Dream Lake Subdivision in the Northeast Quarter (NE ¼) of the Southeast Quarter (SE ¼) of Section 9, Township 19 South, Range 24 East, Fruitland Park, Florida; and
Whereas, a Notice of Exchange of said tract of land with a tract of land located in Section 21, Township 18 South, Range 24 East, and described as follows:
The South 25 feet of the South Half of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast quarter (S ½ of SE ¼) of Section 21, Township 18 South, range 24 East;
Has been published, due proof of which has been filed with the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, and which provided that the Board of County Commissioners would, on the 4th day of March, 1963, at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon, consider such exchange of properties; and consider the adoption of a Resolution authorizing such exchange, and
Whereas, the County Commissioners, having received appraisals of both properties above described, have determined that such exchange would be of approximate equal value, and that the exchange will be to the benefit of Lake County; and having considered all arguments for and against such exchange, and concluded such exchange will be for the best interest of Lake County;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Chairman and Clerk of this Board, be and they are hereby authorized and empowered to execute a Deed conveying the tract of land owned by Lake County, and above particularly described, to Beverly Grizzard, in exchange for a Deed executed by Beverly Grizzard and wife, conveying to Lake County, the tract of land last above described.
Motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb, and carried that the payrolls for the month of February be approved.
the following letters were filed with the board:
Notice from T. B. Hospital that Wm. James Barrett was discharged on February 1, 1963 with medical advice.
Notice from T. B. Hospital that Ollie Blanche Hill expired on January 26, 1963.
Letter from State Tuberculosis Board regarding revised “Petition for Admission” forms to be used in the future. Copy of new form attached.
Letter from SRD denying request to provide four land facilities for SR 19 under the toll road.
Letter from SRD acknowledging resolution regarding relocating Lake Unity Road center line.
Letter from SRD acknowledging resolution regarding approach of a public road onto SR 25.
Copy of letter from SRD to W. A. Milton, Jr., County Judge, regarding Traffic Regulation Changes in Lake County.
Letter from Small Claims Court expressing appreciation for new furniture and fixtures.
Copy of letter from C. E. Duncan to Florida Highway Patrol regarding construction of highway patrol station in Lake County.
Copy of letter from Paul M. Koeler to AC1 regarding crossing at entrance to Oakland Park.
Letter from Moore, Clark & Potter, Inc. regarding insurance premium.
Letter from City of Clermont expressing appreciation for cleaning the Lake Minneola waterfront.
Copy of letter from Florida State Board of Health regarding Mount Dora sewer facilities.
the following reports were filed with the board:
County Agent and two assistants for the month of February 1963
County Service Officer for month of February 1963
Home Demonstration Agent and two assistants for month of February 1963
Report of Division of Correction of Lake County Jail
Report of Division of Correction of Lake County Stockade
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 4:00 o’clock P.M.