MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – June 14, 1965
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, June 14, 1965, at 10:00 o’clock A.M. with the following members present: Chairman Livingston; Commrs. Cowart, Dykes and Babb; Clerk Owens; Attorney Duncan; County Engineer Hays; and Zoning Director Webb. Commr. Theus was absent due to pressing business.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, and the invocation was given by Mr. Webb.
The minutes of the regular meetings on May 3 and May 10 were approved on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried; also, minutes of the special meeting of May 17.
Mr. Sherrill Dillard appeared with reference to exchange of property to be used as a garbage dump at Astor. Commr. Babb advised Mr. Dillard the appraiser has been appointed but do not believe the Board will trade all the lots – only the property used as a dump site.
Later in the day, on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board adopted a resolution effective July 1, 1965 officially closing the site used as a garbage dump, and violators to pay a fine not to exceed $100, said property being described as follows:
Lots 8 through 14 inclusive and Lots 18 through 23 inclusive, in Block 143, according to the First Addition to Astor as shown in Plat Book 3, Page 45.
The present indigent list was approved on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Mr. Ferdinandsen of Basic Asphalt Corp. appeared and requested permission to prepare Clay Boulevard and Eustis Street for resurfacing inasmuch as contract for the work has not been executed. He filed a performance bond with the Financial Fire & Casualty Company in the amount of $15,140. On the advice of the Attorney, the Chairman directed Mr. Ferdinandsen to proceed with the work.
Mr. Warren Crane of Leesburg appeared with reference to his application for rezoning to be considered by the Board today. Mr. Webb advised the time for the hearing is 2 o’clock p.m.; however, at the last regular meeting, the Board assured Mr. Larabee the Board would postpone action on this application until the second regular meeting in July. Mr. Crane stated he has not been advised of this postponement, whereupon, the Chairman recognized Mr. Crane and other interested parties.
Mr. Crane, R. C. O’Leary, Norman C. Robinson, Mrs. Mary Sticker, and Mrs. Dora DeWitt appeared in support of the rezoning.
A motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried that final determination on this matter be postponed until 2 o’clock p.m. on the second meeting in July.
Mr. Ed Zagar of the Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission appeared and explained his Commission’s plan for the proposed seining program in Lake Griffin. They propose to seal off a canal owned by Beverly Grizzard and use the canal for breeding fish for Lake Griffin and requests the County’s aid for necessary fill. Mr. Zagar further advised a dredging contractor has quoted a price of $1,000 for the fill. The Board concurred the work could be accomplished at a lower figure by a private contractor than by the County and suggested to Mr. Zagar he secure prices from other contractors. Clerk Owens advised there will be no money available for this project until the next fiscal year.
Engineer Hays advised he has been notified that Dura-Stress, Inc. has received a purchase order for a cast for a concrete ramp to be located at Lake Yale.
licenses and permits – dredging
Mr. Zagar advised that permits for dredging in meandered lakes are vested in the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund, and they look to the Game Commission for their recommendation regarding disturbances to the fish.
Mr. Hess appeared regarding the budget for the Civil Defense Office for the coming year and presented a new contract under the Florida Merit System which raises the coverage per employee to $100 and exempts the Director from the Merit System coverage effective October 1, 1965. Mr. Hess further advised his previous request for $427.50 for a direct phone circuit to WLBE and $2,000 for radio hookup to Ocala have been dropped from the budget. The Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute the contract for the coming year.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the request of the Supervisor of Registration for an additional clerk was approved, and the Clerk was instructed to include same in the budget.
Clerk Owens submitted resolutions from the Southwest Florida Water Management District levying the following millage for the 1965 tax year:
Southwest Florida Water Management District .122
Withlacoochee River Basin .509
Mr. Joe BonJorn of Clermont appeared with reference to redistricting Districts 2 and 3. Commr. Dykes stated in his opinion the County should have one road and bridge department under the supervision of the County Engineer. Engineer Hays reported his records reflect that District 5 has the most miles of clay roads in the County, and District 2 is second. No action was taken by the Board.
On the recommendation of the Architect and on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Change Order No. 1 to the contract on the addition to the Courthouse Annex was approved covering the cost of the electrical circuit and meter to include the Annex and the Health Department on the main circuit for the Courthouse and Jail.
Mr. Theus was present at this time.
Chairman Livingston appointed Commrs. Dykes and Theus to serve as a Committee with Mr. Hopson to recommend replacement of pictures of Lake County pioneers and public servants to the Circuit Courtroom. The Committee to confer with Judge Hall on this.
machinery and equipment
Engineer Hays advised the rental rate on the diesel motors and pumps was established on January 7, 1963; however, on reviewing the rates established, his recommendation is as follows:
$12.50 per hour for each motor and pump
1,000 feet of pipe or fraction thereof $2.50 per hour
Minimum change of $30 per day for motors, pumps and pipe
Rental day to commence when equipment leaves County Barn
Lessee to purchase fuel in tanks at a time of delivery to Lessee
Equipment to be returned to the County in the event of an emergency and upon notification of same.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the rental rates as recommended by the Engineer were approved.
recess and reassembly
The Board recessed for lunch at 12 o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:30 p.m. to take up the remaining items of business. Mr. Theus was not present during the afternoon session.
Mr. Martin appeared with reference to the closing of Virginia Avenue and Tazewell Avenue in the Virginia Land Corp. Subdivision on July 1, 1957 without the owner’s knowledge. Mr. Martin advised his father-in-law, D. D. Taylor, owned Lot K at the time of the closing. On the advice of Attorney Duncan, the Board agreed to consider this matter at 1:30 p.m. on July 6, and the Attorney was directed to notify Harry Gaylord, Attorney, and John F. Nelson, President of Lunel Groves, Inc. of the hearing.
Engineer Hays advised Mr. Getford is not willing to give the County the additional ten feet of right of way on Cedar Street in Eustis Meadows in exchange for closing other streets in the subdivision. On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Attorney was instructed to prepare the petition to close the streets in Eustis Meadows for Mr. Getford.
roads – state
The Engineer reported on meeting with Mr. Baisden of the State Road Department and Mr. Andrews regarding the crossover on SR 500. Mr. Baisden does not recommend a crossover at the location desired by Mr. Andrews.
A report compiled by the State Road Department entitled “The Financing of All Florida Roads, Bridges, Streets, Toll Facilities, Parking and Allied Functions in 1963” was filed.
roads – county
A petition and affidavits having been filed previously with the Board and on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a resolution was adopted declaring the following described road or right of way as a public road by virtue of prescriptive right and use of said road for a period of more than 20 years by the public:
A strip of land or road right of way 20 feet in width, measured 10 feet on each side of the following described centerline:
Begin at the S ¼ corner of Section 19, Township 21 South, Range 25 East, and run thence West one-half mile to the Southwest corner of said Section 19; thence run North on the Range line 327.36 feet more or less, to the Southeast corner of Section 24, Township 21 South, Range 24 East (said variance in Section corners being shown by the original Government Surveys of Township 21 and Ranges 25 and 24); thence run West 2883.54 feet more or less to the South Quarter Corner of said Section 24, Township 21 South, Range 24 East; thence North to the center of said Section 24, thence West to the Palatlakaha River in Lake County, Florida.
The Attorney submitted two affidavits stating that the following described road has not been maintained by the County and used by the public as a public road for a period of twenty years or more, whereupon, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a resolution was adopted declaring the road a public road by virtue of prescriptive right, and the Sheriff of Lake County was instructed to remove any obstructions which may be placed thereon:
That certain road which commences approximately 1 ¼ miles West of the City Limits of Leesburg on South Street Extended and run South for approximately one-half of a mile.
Clerk Owens advised the Board members the Tax Assessor will present the tax assessment roll for the tax year 1965 on July 1, 1965 at 9 o’clock a.m. in the Clerk’s Office.
The Engineer was authorized to have 170 feet of curb installed in the Lake Memorial Nursing Home parking lot – approximate cost $68.
It now being the time to consider the proposed amendments to the Zoning Rules and Regulations, the Chairman called for interested persons to be heard. There being no objections or complaints and on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted amending the Zoning Rules and Regulations as they pertain to the following tracts of land to the classifications designated after each description:
1. The South 500 feet of SE ¼ of SW ¼ lying East of the right of way of State Road 33, in Sec. 10, Tp. 21 , R. 24 E, in Lake County, Florida, now classified and zoned as A (Agriculture), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification M-1 (Manufacturing).
2. Lots 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, and 86 according to the Plat of Monroe Park, which Plat is recorded in the public records of Lake County, Florida, in Plat Book 9, Page 84, now classified and zoned as R-1 (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification C-2 (Commercial).
3. The East 330 feet of North 200 feet of SE ¼ of SE ¼ of Sec. 28, Tp. 18 S, R. 24 E, in Lake County, Florida, now classified and zoned as R-1A (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification R-1 (Residential).
4. Begin 250 feet South of the South boundary of SAL Railroad right of way on the West line of the SE ¼ of SW ¼ of Sec. 24, Tp. 19 S, R 25 E, in Lake County, Florida, for a point of beginning. From this point run South 300 feet, thence East 134 feet to the West boundary of the road right of way; run thence North 300 feet, run thence West 134 feet to the point of beginning; now classified and zoned as R-1A (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification C-2 (Commercial).
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute a Supplement to the Agreement with the Soil Conservation Service amending the effective date to cover the period from July 1 through September 30, 1965.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise for bids for furnishing counters, kitchen equipment, carpet, and movable petitions in the Courthouse Annex Addition. Bids to be received on July 6, 1965 at 10:00 a.m.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise for bids for resurfacing Old Frazer Road in District 4. Bids to be received on July 12, 1965 at 10:00 a.m.
permits – firearms
The approval of a bond for Carrying Firearms for Ross Golden was deferred until Commr. Theus is present.
Clerk Owens presented a letter from the Welfare Director advising she does not consider Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Schoeller, Jr. (Louise) residents of the State of Florida. Mrs. Schoeller has been confined to the Southwest Florida Tuberculosis Hospital and agreed to pay the full per diem cost.
laws & legislature
A letter from the Great A & P Tea Co., Inc. requesting a copy of Lake County laws pertaining to their business was referred to the Attorney.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment by the Oklawaha Water Authority:
Voucher No.’s 95 through 107
transfer of funds
A motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried that the Clerk be authorized to transfer $1,000 from Contingency Item in the General Revenue Fund to Item 858 – Engineering Building.
Expenses of the Zoning Director to attend the E. Central Florida Regional Planning Council meeting in Titusville on June 16, 1965 were approved on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Expenses of Commr. Cowart to attend the National Convention of County Commissioners Association in San Diego, California in July were approved on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
A second request from Fred Kuhlman, Contractor, on the Courthouse Annex Addition in the amount of $15,905 was approved on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a request from Waterman Memorial Hospital Association for $17,000 was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a request from South Lake Memorial Hospital for $27,000 was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
General Revenue Fund No.’s 1483 through 1691
Mosquito Control – State II 48 through 52
Road and Bridge Fund 913 through 1048
Fine and Forfeiture Fund 145 through 167
Capital Outlay Reserve – County Buildings 23
South Lake Memorial Hospital 5 through 6
Northeast Lake County Hospital District 6 through 7
Special Guarantee Fund 1
A letter from Carolina Home Life Ins. Co. regarding the insurance plan presented by their representative, C. Lacy McCumber, Jr., was read and filed.
A letter from the Director of the Florida Board of Conservation regarding their program for the public works program for 1966 was read and filed.
A copy of a letter from the State Board of Health regarding the Florida Baptist Retreat Camp was filed.
A copy of a letter from the State Board of Health regarding Bonaire Heights was filed.
A note of thanks from the family of T. C. Cork was read and filed.
A resolution adopted by the Lake Improvement Association expressing appreciation for the cooperation extended to their organization by the Legislative Delegation and the Board was read and filed.
A report from the County Welfare Director for the month of May was filed.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 2:50 P.M.