REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – MAY 4, 1964
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Small Claims Office in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, May 4, 1964, at 10:00 o’clock A.M. with the following present:
Chairman Babb, Commrs. Theus, Cowart, Dykes and Livingston; Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan, Engineer Hays, and Zoning Director Webb.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman.
The invocation was given by Mr. Theus.
On motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the minutes of the regular meetings on April 6th and April 13th were approved as submitted.
Mr. R. E. Norris appeared on behalf of Mrs. Marian Valentine, Home Demonstration Agent, advising that Mrs. Valentine has received a fellowship award and requests a leave of absence from the County to attend the Grace Frysinger Fellowship in Michigan and Missouri from May 25th through June 28th; also, that she be paid $150.00 from funds budgeted for conventions to defray expenses. Upon motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, leave of absence for Mrs. Valentine was authorized from May 25th through June 28th and Clerk Owens was instructed to pay her $150.00 when expense sheets are submitted.
It now being 10:00 o’clock A.M., the time advertised to receive bids on Industrial Tractor and Rotary Mower, the Clerk reported receiving bids from the following:
Prescott Tractor Sales, Inc. $2600.00
Hutchinson Tractor Co. 3123.78
Hodges Equipment Company 2387.76
Lake Ford Tractor Company 2517.25
Jungle Auto Service 3070.00
On recommendation of the County Engineer and on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board accepted the low bid of Hodges Equipment Company in the amount of $2,387.76 with trade-in.
A delegation from the City of Eustis was present and Mayor Paul Brown acted as spokesman. Mayor Brown presented Resolution adopted by the City of Eustis expressing appreciation to the Board and the State Road Department for the widening and resurfacing of Lakeshore Drive.
Mayor Brown also presented a Resolution adopted by the City of Eustis requesting the State Road Department to install temporary traffic signal at the intersection of SR 44 and Grove in the City of Eustis; whereupon, on motion by Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a Resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to install a traffic light at the above intersection and the cost of the installation be paid out of Secondary Gas Tax Fund.
roads – state
Mayor Brown introduced Mr. L. R. Huffstetler who reported on his conversation with Governor Bryant regarding the completion of SR 19 through Eustis. Clerk Owens stated he has talked with Mr. Richey Green of the State Road Department with reference to the necessary steps for acquiring the right of way. Mr. Green advised that the appraisers have not been appointed but he will have a meeting with the Commissioners in order to have them appointed by May 15th. Attorney Duncan read a letter from J. C. Smith, State Road Department, regarding money needed for this project.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Cowart and unanimously carried, the Clerk and Attorney were authorized to take whatever steps are necessary to get bond issue in the amount of $1,600,000 started, said bond issue to be over a period of seven (7) years. The following roads to be included in this project:
SR 19 through Eustis
SR 25 Minneola to Clermont
Lake Sumter Junior College Campus streets and parking areas
South Street in Leesburg from 44 to 25
SR 466 from Sumter County Line to SR 500 in Lady Lake
Notice from the State Road Department advising that bids were received on SR S 470 on March 31st and the low bidder was J. W. Allen Construction Company of Lakeland in the amount of $138,177.61 was read and filed.
road maintenance – subdivisions
Mr. Carlton Johnson and Mrs. Josephine McDonald of Mount Dora presented petition designed by the property owners in McDonald Terrace Subdivision in which they request the County to accept the roads in this subdivision for maintenance. On recommendation of the County Engineer, Commr. Livingston stated he and the Engineer would inspect these roads before the next regular meeting.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, check from residents of Chain O’Lakes Mobile Home Park in the amount of $700.00 – payment for road resurfacing was accepted and the Clerk was instructed to hold the check until the work is completed.
Mr. Benjamin H. Howell of Suburban Shores was present and complained that the road leading into this subdivision needed patching. Commr. Dykes advised him that he will have his road crew patch this road.
Letter of complaint from Lay Laine Guernsey Farm, Astatula, was referred to Commr. Dykes for handling.
Letter of complaint from Ralph H. Banks regarding condition of Sylvan Point Drive was referred to Commr. Livingston for handling.
Letter of complaint from the Postmaster, Leesburg, regarding roads in Bassville Park was read. Attorney Duncan was instructed to write the Postmaster advising him the roads in question are the responsibility of the subdivision owner.
outdoor recreational facilities
Letter from the City of Winter Garden together with copy of letter to Dr. Wilson T. Sowder, Director, Florida State Board of Health, regarding pollution in Lake Apopka was read by Clerk Owens. Commr. Dykes said this problem also affects Lake Beauclair and Lake Dora. Attorney Duncan was instructed to write Dr. Sowder regarding this pollution, sending copy of letter to Congressman Syd Herlong and the City of Winter Garden.
Applications for the position of Civil Defense Director were received from the following persons:
Albert B. Marshall
P. D. Church
Eugene L. Klinger
Wheeler G. Bowman
H. B. McLanahan
Hugo W. Brinkwart
Commr. Dykes and Livingston, together with Don Drake, agreed to interview these applicants on Tuesday, May 5th at 2 P.M., and present their recommendations to the Board at the next regular meeting.
elections – primary
Notice from the Supervisor of Registration advising that the voting machines to be used in the Primary Election on May 5th can be inspected on April 30th at the Leesburg Storage Company, Leesburg, Florida, was filed.
Certification from the Secretary of State giving the names of qualified candidates of the Republican and Democratic Parties for State-at-Large and District Delegates to appear on the Official Presidential Preference Primary Ballot to be voted for in the Primary Election to be held May 26th was filed.
Mr. Ken Ament of C. A. Peterson, Inc., Engineers appears and presented plat of East Lake Harris Estates, Fourth Addition, located partly in the Town of Astatula. Attorney Duncan stated the plat appears to be in proper order insofar as street and canal widths are concerned and there are access streets to the subdivision. Title opinion from Inland Abstract and Title Company dated this date states that Owners Policy of Title Insurance Company No. Y-883-410 shows that the property has mortgage but that roadways have been released from mortgage. Letter from the County Engineer recommending the subdivision for septic tank type sewage disposal was read and filed.
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the plat of East Lake Harris Estates – Fourth Addition – was accepted and approved.
Upon motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried the resignation of Mary Ellen Davis, Assistant Home Demonstration Agent, effective July 31, 1964, was accepted.
Letter from the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission with reference to installation of boat ramps at Astatula and on Lake Yale was read by Clerk Owens. Commr. Dykes advised that the boat ramp at Astatula is well under construction. Engineer Hays advised that the descriptions for deeds necessary for the boat ramp on Lake Yale are in the Attorney’s Office.
board of public instruction
Request from the Board of Public Instruction for the County to pave parking lot at the Administrative Building location, and bill the School Board for the work when completed. Engineer Hays was authorized to secure quotation for this project and advise.
Certificates of Corrections of Errors on the 1963 tax roll numbered 223 through 244 from the Tax Assessor were approved on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
Clerk Owens read a letter from the State Association of County Commissioners regarding Gordon Hays being appointed to a committee to study the problems connected with the Secondary Gas funds. Clerk Owens advised the Board that this subject should be carefully considered before any action or changes are made in the present system.
Request from the Boy Scout Council that the prisoners be allowed to clean out the brush at Camp La No Che before June 7th. Clerk Owens was instructed to send the prisoners to Camp La No Che before the date specified.
planning & zoning
Letter from Gerald L. Dake of George W. Simons, Jr. regarding the County planning program was read and filed.
Application from Russell M. O. Jacobsen for the position of County Planner was read and the Zoning Director was instructed to hold this for future reference.
recess and reassembly
The Board recessed for lunch at 12:15 o’clock P.M. and reconvened at 1:30 P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
roads – county
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted determining a speed limit of 35 MPH on County Road No. 3-4158, extending from Old State Road 500, South to State Road S-452, near Lake Dora.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a Resolution was adopted determining a speed limit of 50 MPH on the Eustis-Tavares Lakeshore Drive, designated as County Road Nos. 3-5154, 4-5154, excepting that part lying within the City Limits of Eustis.
Commr. Dykes stated he has been requested by the Town of Astatula to turn abandoned sand pit over to them to use for recreational purposes. Commr. Dykes said he would investigate this matter further.
Letter was read from the Florida Development Commission advising that the architect’s plans for the Clermont Auxiliary Health Center have been accepted.
Upon motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, Clerk Owens was instructed to ask the Courthouse custodian to tag four working air conditioners from the Courthouse buildings to be used in the Lake Memorial Nursing Home.
Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Clerk was instructed to write the Tax Assessor to provide a list of all County owned property to the Board.
Letter from the Lions Club of Tavares requesting permission to purchase used air conditioner was read by Clerk Owens. Engineer Hays was instructed to look at his equipment and advise if it is repairable.
Letter from the Rainbow Division Veterans requesting endorsement to their Resolution requesting that SR 50 be designated as “The 42nd Rainbow Division Memorial Highway” was read and Clerk Owens was instructed to forward same to Richey Green, Deland.
right of way – roads
At the request of Commr. Dykes the Attorney was instructed to write Gene Smith, Triangle Auto Parts, requesting him to remove from the County right of way cars parked there.
Attorney Duncan presented proof of publication of Notice of Filing of Petition to Close Platted Streets in Snyder’s Addition to Okahumpka and there being no objections to the closing of said streets, on motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a Resolution was adopted to close streets as follows:
All of Orange Avenue;
All that unnamed Street extending from Orange Avenue South between Lot 1 of Block E and Lot 6 of Block F, and between Lot 1 of Block B and Lot 6 of Block C;
Also, that unnamed Street extending from Orange Avenue South and lying between Lot 1 of Block D and Lot 9 of Block E, and between Lot 1 of Block A and Lot 9 of Block B.
Also the alleys lying between Blocks C and F, B and E.
On recommendation of Attorney Duncan and on motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Theus, deeds conveying the following described properties to Lake County were accepted and ordered same recorded upon the public records:
GRANTOR: W. T. ADAMS, JR. as Executor of the Estate of WILBUR T. ADAMS, aka W. T. ADAMS, deceased, and JOYCE H. GANO, as Administrator of the Estate of EUNICE ADAMS GANO, deceased.
East 50 feet of West 629.67 feet of that part of Government Lot 12 (said Government Lot 12 being also described as SE ¼ of SW ¼), of Section 24, Township 18 South, Range 24 East, lying South of Public Road.
GRANTOR: NORBERT P. SULLIVAN and HELEN M. SULLIVAN, his wife
West 50 feet of the East 83.1 feet of the West one-half (1/2) of the Northeast one-quarter (1/4) of the Northwest one-quarter (1/4) of Section 25, Township 18 South, Range 24 East, Lake County, Florida.
GRANTOR: JOHN C. DALE and wife, BLANCHE LOUISE DALE, of Harrison, Ontario, Canada
THE SOUTH 25 FEET OF:
The South 56 feet of the Southwest Quarter (SW ¼) of the Southwest Quarter (SW ¼) of Section 13, Township 21 South, Range 25 East.
GRANTOR: O. J. ROBERTS and JUANITA ROBERTS, his wife
THE SOUTH 25 FEET OF:
The south 165 feet of the Southwest Quarter (SW ¼) of the Southwest Quarter (SW ¼) of Section 13, Township 21 South, Range 25 East.
GRANTOR: JOHN TIEDTKE and wife SYLVIA S. TIEDTKE
THE NORTH 25 FEET OF: The North 165 feet of the Northeast Quarter (NE ¼) of the Northwest Quarter (NW ¼) of Section 24, Township 21 South, Range 25 East.
GRANTOR: EPH WIYGUL and wife, CATHERINE M. WIYGUL
THE NORTH 25 FEET OF: The North 165 feet of Northwest Quarter (NW ¼) of the Northwest Quarter (NW ¼) of Section 24, Township 21 South, Range 25 East.
Letter of complaint from R. D. Keene was read and referred to Mr. Dykes.
Letter from Ernest Liipke was read and Clerk Owens was instructed to forward same to the Florida Fire Service in Leesburg.
Attorney Duncan advised that the County Judge had notified him that unless it is required by law, he does not want bars installed on the windows of his office when his department moves to the Third Floor of the Courthouse. Attorney Duncan was instructed to review the law and if not specifically required to notify the Architect of same.
chamber of commerce
Mr. Beck Johnson of the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce appeared and requested assistance from the Board in sending Janet Baker, “Miss Lake County,” to the World’s Fair. Chairman Babb advised Mr. Johnson that the law prohibits the Board from participating in such a program as this and suggested that he contact the Lake County Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial and Tourism Commission.
Zoning Director Webb requested the Attorney’s opinion on unified program for building contractors.
Upon motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Attorney was instructed to forward bill from Sheriff McCall regarding service in condemnation suit Lake County vs. H. L. Shadley to the State Road Department for payment from Secondary Road Funds.
licenses & permits – firearms
Bond for license to carry firearm from Harvey Thomas was approved on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
licenses & permits – dredging
Requests for dredging permits for the following were approved on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried:
Kenneth Hanson in Lake Griffin by Ernest Carr
Buddy Low in Lake Griffin by Ernest Carr
J. W. Fisk in Dead River by Joe Andrews
L. A. Davison in Lake Harris by Joe Andrews
licenses & permits – use
The following permits were filed by the Engineer:
i. Permit No. 20 to Florida Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of a buried cable paralleling and crossing County Road No. 1-4124 Sunnyside Loop at Leesburg.
ii. Permit No. 21 to Fla. Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of a buried cable paralleling County Road 1-4419, Fern Drive and Fern Circle at Leesburg.
iii. Permit to Lake Apopka Natural Gas District for the construction and maintenance of a 1-1/2” gas line along County Road No. 3-1269 between Winter Garden and Clermont.
iv. Permit to Lake Apopka Natural Gas District for the construction and maintenance of a 1-1/2” gas line along County Road No. 2-1629 between Clermont and Groveland.
right of way
Attorney Duncan submitted copy of letter to Seaboard Railroad regarding deed to the County for abandoned right of way between Minneola and Clermont.
Check from American Fire & Casualty Company in payment for damage to county barn in the amount of $74.20 was accepted and the Clerk was instructed to endorse same in payment to Bob Caubaugh Builder, Inc.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes, Zoning Director Webb and Attorney Duncan were authorized to attend the Annual Conference on Planning & Zoning in Tampa on May 20, 21, 22, and 23rd.
Motion was made by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, that the Supervisor of Registration be allowed $100.00 for extra help for both primary elections and the general election.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried payrolls for the month of April were approved.
Inquiry from the Florida State Chamber of Commerce regarding the Sabal Palm was read and Clerk Owens was instructed to forward same to the State Road Department, Deland.
Notice from Fla. T. B. Hospital that Willie Thomas Parker was discharged with medical advice on April 10, 1964 was filed.
Information Bulletin regarding SAL –ACL Merger was filed.
Letter from Chas. E. Gore was read expressing his appreciation to the Board for his appointment to the position of County Service Officer.
Letter from the State Board of Health regarding swimming pool for the First Church of God was filed.
Letter from the State Board of Health regarding Villa Lagoon Resort swimming pool was filed.
Letter from the State Board of Health regarding Lake-Sumter Junior College sewage treatment plant was filed.
Letter from Lake-Sumter Junior College expressing appreciation to the Board for their assistance in the formation of a central lake on the campus.
Letter from Lake-Sumter Junior College to State Dept. of Education regarding paving needs on the campus was filed.
Minutes of Annual Mid-Year Conference of the State Assn. of County Commissioners was filed.
Notice and Public Law 88-206 from the U. S. Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare regarding Federal grants for air pollution control programs were filed.
Service Officer’s Report for April 1964 was filed.
Commodity Warehouse Supervisor’s report for April 964 was filed.
County Judges Fine, Forfeitures and Costs Report for April 1964 was filed.
County Agents and two assistants’ reports for April were filed.
Home Demonstration Agent’s and two assistants’ reports for April were filed.
Florida Division of Corrections regarding Road Prison No. 58 and County Jail were filed.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 2:30 o’clock P.M.