MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – july 1, 1963
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, July 1, 1963, at ten o’clock A.M. with the following present: Chairman Dykes; Commrs. Theus, Cowart, and Livingston; Attorney Duncan; Clerk Owens; Engineer Hays; and Zoning Director Webb. Commr. Babb was absent.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Dykes.
The invocation was given by Mr. Theus.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the minutes of the special meeting of April 19 and regular meetings of May 6, May 13, June 3, and June 10, 1963 were approved.
Clerk Owens advised that since the first regular meeting in June, he has approved the following Notary Bonds:
HIGHWAY INSURANCE COMPANY – Clayton H. Morris, Harold E. Bridge
AMERICAN FIRE & CASUALTY CO. – Irene N. Richner, Lee Scheifley, Charles F. Allen, John W. Stewart, J. O. Smith.
AMERICAN SURETY COMPANY OF NY – C. Rogers Wells, Garrett N. Mastenbrook, Louise S. Davis
UNITED STATES FIDELITY & GUARANTY CO – Ernest D. Ault
closing street in oak haven subdivision
Mr. Burnham Reilly, Attorney, appeared before the Board on behalf of the residents and property owners in Oak Haven Subdivision who are objecting to the closing of a certain street in this subdivision.
Mr. Harry P. Johnson, Attorney, appeared before the Board on behalf of the petitioners Joseph Condermann and Wilma M. Condermann. After hearing both attorneys, Chairman Dykes said this property is in his district, and he would like to see the road closed. The Board agreed to withhold action on this until they can view the property during the noon hour.
After viewing the property, a motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried that the petition of Joseph and Wilma M. Condermann for closing a certain street in Oak Haven Subdivision be denied.
right of way deed
On the recommendation of Attorney Duncan and on a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a deed was accepted conveying the following described property to Lake County and ordered same recorded upon the public records:
GRANTORS: W. M. OTTAWAY AND PATRICIA C. OTTAWAY, his wife
The West 25 feet of the South half of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (S ½ of NW ¼ of NW 1/4) of Section 34, Township 18 South, Range 27 East.
Attorney Duncan said the Engineer has found right of way deeds from Frank E. Roper in his office that should be accepted and recorded; however, the right of way is not continuous. Mr. Duncan was instructed to contact Mr. Roper and secure deeds from him for the necessary right of way.
wayside park – eustis
Commr. Livingston moved for the adoption of a resolution designating the wayside park in Eustis be named the Ed Carter Wayside Park. On the recommendation of Attorney Duncan, Mr. Livingston was instructed to request the City of Eustis to adopt a resolution designating the name of this park, and the Board will concur in same.
Attorney Duncan said he had written to Doyle Conner, Commissioner of Agriculture, with reference to the Division of Corrections using the metal doors we have at the Juvenile Shelter. Mr. Duncan filed a letter from Mr. Conner in which he advised that he referred Mr. Duncan’s letter to Mr. Louie Wainwright, Director, Division of Corrections. Mr. Duncan further stated that a few days ago, a man came to his office looking for the metal door but have heard nothing further from him.
acl crossing at dead river
Mr. Duncan filed a copy of a letter to Mr. J. L. Kennedy, Superintendent, Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, regarding this crossing. Mr. Duncan stated he has requested the Engineer to secure a correct description of the crossing.
4-h club members
Chairman Dykes filed letters of thanks from the 4-H Club girls who attended the short course at Tallahassee.
Engineer Hays appeared before the Board with reference to vacation time; WHEREUPON, a motion was made by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried that the Engineer be allowed one week vacation with pay.
old sr 500 (u.s. 441) highland ave., mount dora
Attorney Duncan was instructed to contact the State Road Department regarding the possibility of widening this street in the City of Mount Dora and to advise the City of Mount Dora of his findings.
bridge & approaches on lake shore drive – eustis
Notice from the State Road Department returning the bridge and approaches to the County for maintenance was filed by the Chairman. Commr. Livingston said Mr. Cottrell is still complaining about the water problem on his property. Attorney Duncan recommended that this bridge not be accepted until this water problem is solved. He was instructed to so advise the State Road Department.
Clerk Owens advised it is necessary that we set the time for hearing complaints and sitting as an Equalization Board; also, think we should publish the notice of the hearing in the Leesburg Commercial as well as the Tavares Citizen; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus, the Board agreed that the time set for the Equalization Board would be August 5, 1963 at nine o’clock a.m. and that notice of same be published in the Leesburg Commercial and in the Tavares Citizen.
Zera Giles appeared before the Board to register a complaint of the Assessment against Black Water Ranch, Inc. Mr. Giles was notified that the Equalization Board will hear complaints on August 6, 1963 at 9:00 a.m. and for him to present his complaint in writing at that time.
A letter from the Lake Joanna Improvement League was submitted requesting that a speed limit be established and signs posted on E. Lake Joanna Drive. The Engineer was instructed to observe this area and report to the Board his recommendations.
tax roll for 1963
Clerk Owens said today is the day the Tax Assessor is supposed to get the assessed valuation to the Board; however, I talked to him this morning, and he said it is impossible for him to have it ready today; WHEREUPON, a motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried that the Tax Assessor’s time for presenting the tax roll for 1963 be extended to July 8, 1963.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the following banks were designated as county depositories:
GENERAL REVENUE First State Bank & Trust Co., Eustis
First Nat’l Bank & Trust Co., Eustis
First Nat’l Bank & Trust Co., Mt. Dora
Bank of Tavares, Tavares
ROAD & BRIDGE Citizens National Bank, Leesburg
First National Bank, Leesburg
FINE & FORFEITURE Citizens Bank of Clermont, Clermont
People’s State Bank, Groveland
SPECIAL DISTRICT SOUTH LAKE Citizens Bank of Clermont, Clermont
CAPITAL OUTLAY RESERVE Peoples State Bank, Groveland
JUVENILE DETENTION HOME
CAPITAL OUTLAY RESERVE Umatilla State Bank, Umatilla
BOND INTEREST & SINKING FUND
Clerk Owens asked should the $50,000 promised the School Board for an administrative building be included in the budget. The Board agreed that it should and so instructed the Clerk to include this amount in the 1963-64 budget.
Clerk Owens said he had not heard from the State Board of Health with reference to the indigent hospital fund; therefore, he contacted them by telephone and was advised that their amount of contribution to this fund would be $10,112.28, and the County’s portion is based on a per capita of 50 cents for an estimated population of 61,700, making Lake County’s contribution $30,850. We will set up in the budget a total sum for this fund of $40,962.28. This was concurred by the Board.
Clerk Owens said we need to purchase five Shoup Voting Machines, and this needs to be set up in the budget also; WHEREUPON, the Board authorized the Clerk to set up a sufficient amount to purchase five Shoup Voting Machines on a five-year lease basis. A proposal from Shoup Voting Machine Corp. was filed.
certificates of correction of errors
Letter from R. G. Cassady, Tax Assessor, attaching Certificates of Corrections of Errors on the 1962 tax roll numbered 280 through 294 and requested that same be approved. Motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried that the Chairman approve the Certificates of Correction of Errors numbered 280 through 294.
mosquito control building
A letter from the contractor Orlando Building Service, Inc. was submitted requesting that payments for work on the Mosquito Control Building be made payable to Orlando Building Service, Inc. and Inland Steel Products Company. The Board agreed that the payments be made as requested and instructed the Clerk to so advise Orlando Building Service, Inc. and Inland Steel Products Company.
saltsdale area road
Clerk Owens stated we have a card from Mrs. Farnum advising that she is still out of the state and upon her return will let us hear from her regarding the deed for right of way. The Clerk was instructed to present this when Commr. Babb is present.
recess and reassembly
The Board recessed for lunch at twelve o’clock noon and reassembled at 1:15 p.m. to take up the remaining items of business.
A petition was submitted from Irving Morse, Attorney, on behalf of Della B. Evans requesting the abandonment and closing of certain streets in Villa City Subdivision. Also submitted was the original notice of hearing for August 5, 1963 and a letter from Mr. Morse stating a notice will be published in the South Lake Press. Also, a copy of a letter from Mr. Morse to Col. Philip P. Haug was filed.
A petition was submitted from Irving Morse, Attorney, on behalf of J. H. Brimmer and wife, Cora B. Brimmer, and Opal B. Jensen requesting that a certain street in Snarr’s Subdivision be closed. Also, the original notice of hearing for August 5, 1963 was filed as well as a letter from Mr. Morse stating that the notice will be published in the South Lake Press.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, on July 1, 1963 at a regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, the following parties:
J. H. BRIMMER and wife, CORA B. BRIMMER, and OPAL B. JENSEN;
DELLA B. EVANS, a widow;
by and through their Attorney, Irving F. Morse, 710 Montrose Street, Clermont, Florida, filed their respective petitions under Chapter 336, Florida Statutes, wherein they have asked this Board to forever abandon and close certain public roads or streets, described in the respective petition;
WHEREAS, this Board will consider said petitions at a public hearing after due Notice thereof has been published as required by said Chapter 336.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, at its Regular Meeting held in Tavares, Lake County, Florida on July 1, 1963, that,
(a) This Resolution shall become a part of the Minutes of this meeting;
(b) The petitions of the respective parties shall be spread upon the Minutes of this meeting or by reference to each on file be made a part of said Minutes.
(c) A public hearing shall be held on each of said petitions on August 5, 1963, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. or as soon thereafter as same can be heard in the Courthouse in Tavares, Florida.
(d) The Clerk of this Board shall, at the expense of the respective petitioners, publish separate Notices of said public hearing on each of the petitions for at least two weeks prior to August 5, 1963;
(e) The Clerk shall publish said Notice and do each and every other thing required to be done to conform with Chapter 336, Florida Statutes.
industrial & tourist commission
Mr. Everett Huskey appeared before the Board and reported on the membership drive the Tourism Commission has been sponsoring. Said their goal was $10,000, and to date they have collected $5,000.
A letter from Byron E. Herlong resigning from active membership in the Industrial & Tourism Commission was read and filed.
e. central florida regional planning council
Mr. J. D. Wingfield appeared and gave a brief outline of the Planning Council’s program.
Mr. Huskey endorsed the work of the Planning Council and urged the Board to enter into this long-range planning program.
The Chairman gave the following names as the Lake County Committee to work with the Planning Council:
Herbert Butler, Leesburg
D. H. Livingston, Eustis
Alfred Rahbaum, Jr., Mount Dora
E. Everette Huskey, Eustis
John U. Aull, Clermont
A motion by Commr. Cowart that the Clerk be instructed to write Mr. Claude H. Wolfe, Chairman of the E. Central Florida Regional Planning Council, giving him the names of this committee and request him to notify the members when their next meeting will be held. The motion was seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
act pertaining to salaries of members of board of county commissioners
Clerk Owens submitted certified copy of Chapter 63-979 (Senate Bill No. 1179) from the Secretary of State together with an invoice in the amount of $2.00. A motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried that the invoice be paid.
Zoning Director Bob Webb appeared and said a property owner had complained to him that a house in Mobile Home Estates is being constructed too close to the property line. On the recommendation of Attorney Duncan, Mr. Webb was instructed to advise the owner that the Board cannot act on this and suggests that she enter into a lawsuit if necessary.
salary of county attorney
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Clerk was authorized to increase the salary of the County Attorney to equal the salaries of the county commissioners effective July 1, 1963.
game & fresh water fish commission
Clerk Owens was instructed to contact Mr. Peavy and request him to come to the meeting next Monday to give an outline of the use of the extra dollar which is being charged for fishing licenses.
t. b. hospital
On a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the action of the Clerk and Chairman in approving the application of Gertrude Elmo Carrer to the T. B. Hospital was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
Lake County has suffered a great loss at the death of A.S. Herlong, Sr., one of its outstanding citizens. Mr. Herlong, although never having held a public office, has always been identified with public affairs; he has taken an active part in the civic affairs of the City of Leesburg; he has been active primarily in his citrus business; he has been associated with the Citizens National Bank of Leesburg in an official capacity and has had an active interest in other businesses; he has been an outstanding example in the City of Leesburg in church affairs and has led his children to many outstanding accomplishments in both state and national affairs. His example to the Citizens of Leesburg, Lake County, and the State of Florida will be sorely missed, and his passing creates a void that will be most difficult to fill.
The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, recognize the great loss created by the death of Mr. Herlong and wish to express to the members of his family their regret and sorrow at this passing.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that this Board and each Member thereof express to the members of the family of A. S. Herlong, Sr. our very deep regret at this passing; that we feel with them the distinct loss to the people of Lake County and particularly to the members of his family. We feel that his example will have a lasting effect upon all who have had the privilege of knowing him and serving with him in public and business affairs. We further feel that because of his great sense of humanity and his deep religious convictions, that he has an honored place with his Maker and is happy in reaching his Eternal Home.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the members of his family and be spread upon the Minutes of the Board of County Commissioners.
job 11640-26-6 – griffin road
Clerk Owens stated we have received from the State Road Department a request for a Title Search on this road which was turned over to Inland Abstract on June 24th and which has been completed and forwarded to Deland on June 26th. On June 27th they requested additional information, which I believe has also been completed, and I will forward to the Road Department.
job 11200-2503 – sr 25
Clerk Owens also advised that a search on this job has been completed by Lake Abstract and Guaranty Company and has been forwarded to the Road Department with their statement for $855.00.
job 11200-2502 – sr 19 and 25 – interchange & approaches
This information was given to Inland Abstract on May 31st, and the completed search was forwarded to the State Road Department on June 11th along with Inland’s statement for $17.50.
job 11110 – sr 44
Clerk Owens stated this search was turned over to Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company on June 26th. As soon as it is received, I will forward it on to Deland.
On a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the payrolls for the month of June were approved.
following letters filed with the board:
Copy of Act creating Northeast Lake County Hospital District (Waterman Memorial Hospital)
Copy of letter from C. E. Duncan to Lake Abstract re title search covering T & G Railroad in Minneola
Letter from Dr. Hall re Clermont Health Center advising the Health Dept. cannot help on the payment of the lot
Letter from Dr. Hall advising he will be away on leave from June 20th to the middle of July
Copy of letter from State Board of Health re Otis M. Lee Laundry, Astor
Copy of letter from State Board of Health re Rest Haven Trailer Park
Letter to the Chairman from the District Home Demo Agent expressing appreciation for the Board’s support of their program
Letter from residents of Thompson Estates and Mobile Home Estates expressing appreciation for removing the dead fish from their bayou
Copy of letter from the County Engineer to Peters and Moorhead re resolution
Letter from Max Brewer, SRD, re SR 19 through Eustis
Letter from Welfare Board Chairman to the Chairman expressing appreciation of the Board’s cooperation of their Child Welfare Program
Copy of letter from the Clerk to E. W. Krentz re his inquiry of street closing in Mr. Vernon Subdivision
Copy of letter from W. Husmann, APSHAWA GROVES, INC., to the School Board Members re millage rate for 1963-64
Bulletin re Alexander Springs Celebration on July 17th
SAL-ACL Merger Information Bulletin No. 3
Memorandum from State Association of County Commissioners attaching a copy of House Bill 1560
Letter from Stanton D. Sanson to the Chairman re 1,000 acres of land for use as a site for the proposed new university (Legal description and map attached)
following reports filed with the board:
County Agent and two assistants for the month of June
Home Demonstration Agent and two assistants for the month of June
Commodity Supervisor for the month of June