MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS on
MONDAY – march 2, 1964
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Small Claims Office in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, March 2, 1964, at ten o’clock A.M. with the following present:
Chairman Babb, Commrs. Theus, Cowart, Dykes and Livingston; Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan and Engineer Hays.
The invocation was given by Mr. Theus.
Upon motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the minutes of the regular meetings of February 3rd and February 10th were approved as submitted; also, minutes of special meeting of February 26th.
Mr. Schanz and Col. Drake appeared and recommended the employment of Mary J. Valentine of Mount Dora as secretary to the Civil Defense Director. She has agreed to work three days at a salary of $175.00 per month. Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Mr. Schanz was authorized to employ Mary J. Valentine for three days work per week at a salary of $175 per month.
Mr. Shanz advised the Board that the Civil Defense Office should be qualified for federal participation by April 1, 1965. Motion was made by Commr. Dykes that when federal participation is received, the salary of the Civil Defense Director be increased to $500.00 and travel expense set at a maximum of $100.00 per month. Also, when federal participation is received for the secretary that her salary be increased to $270.00 per month. Motion was seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, Mr. Schanz was approved as Surplus Property Agent.
Commr. Livingston expressed appreciation to Col. Drake for his help in getting this program started and also in having Col. Drake act in an advisory capacity.
Mr. Ben Smith of Greens Cove appeared with reference to zoning regulations in that subdivision. Mr. Smith was advised to go to the Zoning Commission with this and they are holding a special meeting this morning.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Cowart, the Clerk was authorized to advertise for a Carry-All to be used by the survey team. Bids to be received April 6th at ten o’clock A.M.
Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Engineer was authorized to attend the Highway Engineering Conference on April 9th and 10th in Gainesville and he will be reimbursed for his expenses.
Mr. Hays said he has had a letter from the State Association of County Engineers outlining their desire to hold meetings in the future that would be of interest to the road superintendents and would like to know this Board’s reaction to such programs. Mr. Hays was advised that Lake County would be interested in having their road superintendents participate in these programs.
On recommendation by Attorney Duncan, and on motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Cowart, Clerk Owens was authorized to advertise for exchange of property with Otto Neilson.
Letter of resignation from H. J. Hampton, III, Director of Planning, was accepted on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston. Resignation to become effective March 15, 1964. Attorney Duncan was authorized to write a letter to Mr. Hampton expressing the Board’s regrets for his resignation.
elections – primary
Clerk Owens instructed the Board members to bring to the first meeting in April their lists of clerks and inspectors for the May 5th primary.
Letter from Lake County Republican Executive Committee Chairman regarding Republican worker on the election board of Precinct #36 was read and filed.
On motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Dykes, Clerk Owens and Attorney Duncan were authorized to prepare absentee and machine ballots for the first primary.
Request from W. D. Thomas, County Service Officer, for additional space in the Pioneer Building when the School Board moves and Commr. Dykes was instructed to contact Mr. Thomas when road requests are considered.
ROADS – county
Letter from J. B. Prevatt, Lake Region Packing Company, regarding repairs to roads in south Lake County was read and the Clerk was instructed to bring this letter to the meeting when road requests are considered.
roads – state
Letter from the State Road Department advising that bids will be received on March 3rd for resurfacing SR S-452, was read and filed.
Letter and State Road Department Resolution regarding SR S-466, Job 11560-2601, was filed, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart, the following Resolution was adopted and the Clerk and Chairman were authorized to execute right of way contract:
WHEREAS, the State Road Department of Florida has authorized and requested Lake County to furnish the necessary rights of way, borrow pits and easements for that portion of Section 11560, State Road S-466, extending from Sumter County Line easterly to State Road 500, which has been surveyed and located by the State Road Department as shown by a map on file in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of said County and in the office of the said Department at Tallahassee, and
WHEREAS, the said Department will not begin construction of said portion of said Section in said County until the title to all land necessary for said portion of said Section has been conveyed to or vested in said State by said County and said lands are physically cleared of all occupants, tenants, fences, buildings and/or other structures and improvements upon or encroaching within the limits of the land required for said portion of said Section; and
WHEREAS, the said County is financially unable at this time to provide the necessary funds to acquire said rights of way, borrow pits and easements; NOW THEREFORE, be it
RESOLVED, that the State Road Department of Florida be and it is hereby requested to pay for rights of way, borrow pits and easements for said road, including the removal of buildings, fences and other structures and improvements thereon, and for other expenses of acquiring title to said rights of way, borrow pits and easements by purchase or condemnation, from such funds and under such conditions as are set out in the contract hereto attached; and be it further
RESOLVED, that said County, through its Board of County Commissioners, comply with the request of said Department and procure, convey or vest in said State the free, clear and unencumbered title to all lands necessary for said portion of said Section, and deliver to the State Road Department said lands physically clear of all occupants, tenants, fences, buildings and/or other structures and improvements situate upon or encroaching within the limits of the lands required for said portion of said Section and that the Chairman and the Clerk of this Board be and they are hereby authorized and directed to execute and deliver on behalf of said County to said Department the Contract in the form hereto attached; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the attorney for this Board, be, and he is hereby authorized and directed to proceed to take the necessary steps for the County to acquire in the name of said County by donation, purchase, or condemnation said rights of way, borrow pits and easements for said portion of said Section, and to prepare in the name of said County by its County Commissioners all condemnation papers, affidavits and pleadings, and prosecute all condemnation proceedings to judgment; and furnish to the Department the abstract search provided for in said Contract.
right of way easements
Attorney Duncan filed copy of letter to Atlantic Coast Line Railroad advising them that Lake County agreed to purchase the railroad right of way from Umatilla to Altoona for $2500.00. The letter further states before the State Road Department will accept any portion of it for a right of way they must have a clear title.
recess and reassembly
The meeting adjourned for lunch at twelve o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:30 P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
Engineer Hays filed the following Use Permits with the Florida Telephone Corp.:
Permit #LC 17 - Construct and maintain buried cable paralleling Lake View Street between Tavares and Mount Dora.
Permit #LC 18 - Construct and maintain buried cable paralleling and crossing Lake Saunders Drive between Mount Dora and Tavares.
Also, Use Permit to Sumter Electric Coop., Inc. to construct and maintain power distribution line between SR 465-A and SR 33.
Mr. Howell Hopson, Architect, and Small Claims Judge Aulls appeared with reference to the space provided for the Small Claims Court. Mr. Aulls stated the present arrangement is inadequate and inconvenient and would appreciate the Board’s consideration of Mr. Hopson’s recommendations. Mr. Hopson made his recommendations and on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Mr. Hopson was authorized to work out the cost of the changes to the Small Claims Court and report back to the Board.
Written request from Mrs. Katherine L. Baker, Supervisor of Registration, for change of plans for the floor covering in her suite of offices and installation of doors to existing cabinets, will be considered when cost of same and samples of floor covering are furnished by the Architect.
Letter to the Architect from the Florida Industrial Commission regarding Certificate of Operation, for the elevator which has been installed, was read and filed.
resolution not classified elsewhere
Upon motion of Commrs. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County have learned, with deep regret, of the passing of Glenn Bolles, a man who has always shown a great public interest and public spirit; and
WHEREAS, Glenn Bolles will be missed by the people of Lake County, and particularly of Tavares, where he edited and published the Tavares Lake County Citizen, a newspaper of long standing; and
WHEREAS, Glenn Bolles was a man who never failed to show his interest in public affairs as an Editor and as a Photographer; and he was a man of outstanding friendship, never failing to show his friendliness and his interest in people;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that this Board, collectively and individually, express their deep regret upon the passing of Glenn Bolles, but realizing his devotion to God and his Religion, we are assured that he is now with his Maker and established in his place of Merit and Honor.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we express to his wife, Marie Bolles, our deep sorrow and sympathy in the passing of her husband, Glenn Bolles, and our regret of the dissolution of the wonderful team which Glenn Bolles and Marie Bolles were as Editors and Publishers of News Media.
Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Zoning Director Webb and Engineer Hays were authorized to bring their recommendations to the Board with reference to hiring a consultant planning firm.
Action of the Chairman and Clerk in approving petitions to Tuberculosis Hospital for Charles Anson Brown and Gracie Elizabeth Heron was approved on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
Notice from the Tuberculosis Hospital that Pearl Singleton had expired on February 23, 1964, was filed.
Letter from Carl Smith, Eustis, with reference to SR 19, was read and referred to the attorney for answering.
Florida traffic safety council
Mr. Bill Reedy appeared and announced that Mr. Wm. J. Jamison, Executive Director of the Florida Traffic Safety Council will meet with the Board next Monday.
cancellation of warrants
Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Livingston, the Clerk was authorized to cancel Road and Bridge Warrant #199 to Cities Service Oil Company in the amount of $47.85 as this was duplicate payment.
Check from Anthony F. Stecher in the amount of $37.80, reimbursement for pipe, was accepted upon motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Dykes and the Clerk was authorized to deposit same to the Road and Bridge Fund.
Clerk Owens was authorized to pay interest on Certificates of Indebtedness on motion by Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Maintenance contract with Itex Business Products on Reader-Printer 18.24 in the Clerk’s Office was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
Bill from Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company for cost to install crossing at Mile Post 783, Tavares, in the amount of $622.97 was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
Quotations for take-off slips and two (2) Index Volumes to be used by the Small Claims Office were read and filed and on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, that 12,000 printed take-off slips be purchased from Merit Press, Inc. for $52.50; and two (2) Index Volumes be purchased from Bowen Supply Company for $271.50.
Motion by Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the payrolls for the month of February be approved.
Letter from the State Road Department acknowledging Resolution regarding four-laning SR 25 was read and filed.
Minutes of regular meeting of E. Central Florida Regional Planning Council were filed and copy given to each Commissioner.
Letter from Dept. of Health, Education & Welfare advising that funeral expenses for Bernard Wienand were disallowed was read and filed.
Letter from State Assn. of County Engineers and Road Superintendents requesting names and titles of county representatives to be included on the National and State Rosters. Engineer Hays to furnish this information.
Invitation from SACERS to attend conference in Jacksonville Monday, March 16th, was filed.
Notice from Engineer Hayes advising that road numbering maps have been completed and can be obtained from the Engineer’s office for $5 per set.
Letter from Engineer to Road Foremen listing schedule of work at Eustis Marina.
Letter from Engineer to Harry Mielke regarding Golden Heights Second Addition filed.
Letter from Engineer to Harry Mielke regarding Lake Eleanor Drive and Cactus Lane in Golden Heights Second Addition filed.
Letter from Engineer to Southwest Florida Water Management District regarding public boat ramps and parks in County filed.
Letter from Florida State Board of Health regarding Minneola Elementary School filed.
Letter from Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission listing schedule of public meetings regarding hunting and fishing rules and regulations for 1964-65 filed.
Monthly report from Surplus Commodity Warehouse Supervisor for February was filed.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 3:30 o’clock P.M.