MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – december 6, 1965
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, December 6, 1965, at 10:00 o’clock A.M. with the following present: Chairman Livingston, Commrs. Theus, Cowart, Dykes, and Babb; Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan, Engineer Hays, and Zoning Director Webb.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman and the invocation was given by Mr. Theus.
It being 10:00 o’clock the time advertised to receive bids on two front end loaders, the Chairman directed the Clerk to open the bids and the Engineer to tabulate same, whereupon, the Engineer reported receiving bids from the following:
State Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc.
Richardson Tractor Company
Square Deal Machinery
Jos. L. Rozier Machinery Company
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the bids were referred to the Engineer for study and recommendation to the Board.
A delegation of city officials from Eustis appeared and presented resolution requesting approval by this Board of the site location offered by the City of Eustis as the location of the Vocational and Technical Training Center to be built in Lake County requesting that same be recommended to the Board of Public Instruction and the selection committee.
Commr. Dykes moved the adoption of a resolution endorsing the site offered by the City of Eustis and requesting approval of same by the Board of Public Instruction. Chairman Livingston vacated the chair for the purpose of seconding the motion and the motion was unanimously carried.
Mayor Roy Walker presented resolution adopted by the City of Eustis requesting that contract on State Road 19 through Eustis be extended to include construction o pedestrian sidewalks. On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Engineer was instructed to make a survey of the sidewalks needed and report on the cost involved.
Rep. Bill Reedy appeared and stated it is the recommendation of the Traffic Safety Council that a pedestrian crossover for the Eustis Elementary School over State Road 19 be constructed. On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department study and survey the necessity of such a crossover.
Roads – state
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to provide deceleration and acceleration lanes at each of the entrances to the campus of the Lake-Sumter Junior College from State Road 500.
Rep. Reedy stated in his opinion a crossover is vitally needed on State Road 25 near Hodges Equipment Company. Commr. Theus advised this Board has already requested the State Road Department to provide a crossover at this location and he has met with the Board Member and Engineer at the site and they are to advise this Board of their recommendation.
Traffic safety council
Mr. Reedy advised the Lake County Safety Council has been operating with only five members and himself. Do not have a representative from Clermont of Umatilla. Commr. Babb recommended the Safety Director from Golden Gem Growers and Comm. Dykes recommended Axel Olivenbaum.
Road maintenance – subdivisions
Mr. Wm. Gibbons from Lake Harris Estates appeared with reference to resurfacing of streets in this subdivision. Commr. Babb said if the property owners are agreeable to paying the cost of the materials he will have his road crew do the work on the condition the County will not maintain the streets. The Engineer was instructed to figure the cost of same and advise Mr. Gibbons.
Sam Bryant appeared and stated the District 5 road crew is objecting to the monthly rate of pay – would prefer to be paid on an hourly basis. On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Clerk was instructed to figure the wages of the road crews on an hourly basis effective December 1, 1965.
Right of way – roads
Emery Dillard appeared with reference to acquiring rights of way for County roads. What can be done when eighty or ninety percent of the property owners are willing to donate rights of way and have one or two holdouts? Attorney Duncan advised if we ever pay any money for right of way, we will never get any other donations in the future. No action taken.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Dalton Payne was appointed to appraise the following described property to be used as clay pit:
The East ½ of the NE ¼ of the NE ¼ of the NW ¼ of Section 12, Township 21 S., Range 25 East.
The right of way agent was instructed to have this property checked by the Division of Plants and tested for nematodes.
On recommendation of R. E. Norris and on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board authorized leave of absence with pay for Glenn Loveless from January 3, 1966 to March 15, 1966, while working on advanced degree at Auburn University.
Architect Jack Jones appeared and submitted estimate of cost of storage room and other necessary changes at the Nursing Home as follows:
Convert Shower into toilet
Motion was made by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that the Clerk advertise for bids for this work.
Recess and reassembly
The Board recessed for lunch at 12:00 o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:30 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
Judge Milton and John Booth appeared and presented budget of cost of operation of the Second County Judge in the amount of $17,025.00. On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the expenses for the second County Judge were approved as submitted and the Clerk was authorized to amend the budget accordingly.
Roads – county
Mr. Joe Story of Mount Plymouth appeared in support of the proposed resurfacing of roads in the Mount Plymouth area. Letters from Francis Lee Albert and W. Wyeth Willard, property owners, supporting the improvement to the roads were read and filed.
The Clerk presented letter from Charles W. Walters requesting connecting road in Section 15, 16, 21, 22 and 27 in Township 24 S, Range 26 East. The letter was referred to the Engineer.
Roads – state
Rex McCammack of Montverde appeared and requested that State Road 455 through Montverde be designated a secondary road instead of primary road. Attorney Duncan stated he believes secondary money can be designated for primary roads. No action taken by the Board.
The Engineer presented letter from the Central Christian Church requesting the speed limit on State Road 19-A between the Interchange and the Golden Triangle Shopping Center be reduced. The Clerk was instructed to request the State Road Department to make a survey of this section and advise this Board of their recommendation.
On motion by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Clerk was instructed to request the State Road Department to survey and study Section 11550, SR S-449, and establish speed limit on same.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart, deeds were accepted conveying the following described properties to Lake County and ordered recorded upon the public records:
GRANTORS: MEALY W. REED and WELMA P. REED, his wife
THE NORTH 25 FEET OF: The Northwest ¼ of the Northeast ¼ of the Southeast ¼, Section 3, Township 18 South, Range 24 East.
GRANTORS: ROBERT D. DOUGLASS and THALIA HILL DOUGLASS, his wife
THE NORTH 25 FEET OF: The Northeast ¼ of the Northeast ¼ of the Southeast ¼, Section 3, Township 18 South, Range 24 East.
GRANTORS: JESSIE J. EDWARDS and PAULINE M. EDWARDS, his wife;
JOHNNIE W. EDWARDS and VERNA A. EDWARDS, his wife
THE NORTH 25 FEET OF: The North Half of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, of Section 28, Township 18 South, Range 24 East, lying East of the East right of way of State Road 500.
GRANTORS: MORRISON FRUIT CO., INC.
All that part of the following described property in Section 16, Township 24 South, Range 26 East, Lake County, Florida:
The Northwest ¼ of the Southeast ¼ lying above a line which is 50 feet upland from the high water line of Green Swamp, AND
The West ¾ of the Northeast ¼ of the Southeast ¼ lying above a line which is 50 feet upland from the high water line of Boggy Marsh,
LYING WITHIN TWENTY-FIVE FEET ON EITHER SIDE OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED CENTERLINE:
Commence at a point on centerline beginning North 0o56’15” West, 1,317.95 feet and North 89o57’08” East, 237.37 feet from the Southeast corner of the Southwest ¼ of the Southeast ¼; thence run South 89o57’08” West, 570.44 feet to a Point of Intersection; thence run South 37o46’08” West 78.70 feet to a Point of Intersection on this centerline.
GRANTORS: WILLIAM W. ARNOLD and MARTHA JANE ARNOLD, his wife
All that part of: The Northwest ¼ of the Southeast ¼ of the Southeast ¼ of Section 21, Township 24 South, Range 26 East, Lake County, Florida,
LYING WITHIN TWENTY-FIVE FEET ON EACH SIDE OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED CENTERLINE:
Commence at the Southwest corner of Section 22, Township 24 South, Range 26 East, Lake County, Florida, thence run North 89o45’18” East, 162.93 feet to centerline and Point of Beginning; thence run North 5o13’13” East 440.89 feet to a Point of Intersection; thence run North 42o43’17” West 372.55 feet to a Point of Intersection, thereby crossing into Section 21, Township 24 South, Range 26 East; thence run North 29o30’07” West, 499.34 feet to a Point of Intersection; thence run North 50o07’27” West, 449.11 feet to a Point of Intersection, thence run North 14o00’27” West, 432.78 feet to a Point of Intersection; thence run North 25o34’27” West, 276.75 feet to the North boundary of the Southeast ¼ of Section 21, Township 24 South, Range 26 East, said intersection point being North 89o23’27” West, 838.60 feet from the East ¼ corner of said Section 21.
GRANTORS: PAUL H. TAGGART and GLADYS MARIE TAGGART, his wife
THE SOUTH 50 FEET OF:
Tract 41, Groveland Farms Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, page 10, Public Records of Lake County, Florida, lying and being in Section 13, Township 23 South, Range 25 East.
GRANTORS: J. A. GETFORD and CAROLYN W. GETFORD, his wife
THE WEST 10 FEET OF: Lots 1 and 5, Block 3:
Lots 1 and 3, Block 15 and that portion of a closed street (Orange Street) between Blocks 3 and 15:
THE EAST 10 FEET OF: Lots 4 and 8, Block 2:
Lots 4 and 8, Block 14 and that portion of a closed street (Orange Street) between Blocks 2 and 14:
All in Eustis Meadows Town Plat and recorded in Plat Book 1, page 2, Public Records of Lake County, Florida, and lying and being in Section 36, Township 18 South, Range 26 E.
Commence at the Southwest corner of Block 12, Eustis Meadows Subdivision as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 2, Public Records of Lake County, Florida: thence run North 35 feet; thence run East 25 feet; thence run South 50 feet; thence run West 10 feet; thence run North 15 feet; thence run West 15 feet to Point of Beginning in Section 36, Township 18 South, Range 26 East.
GRANTORS: A. M. McFADDEN and FAY M. McFADDEN, his wife
THE SOUTH 35 FEET OF: The East ½ of Block 11,
Eustis Meadows Subdivision, Plat Book 1, Page 2, Public Records of Lake County, Florida; in Section 36, Township 18 South, Range 26 East.
The Engineer reported the City of Eustis wants to use limerock on Eustis Street instead of clay. Their share of the cost would be $2,237 and the County’s share $2,370. On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Engineer was directed to secure commitment from the City of Eustis that they will pay one-half of the costs.
The Engineer was advised the abandoned clay pit the County owns located in Marion County on State Road 42 three miles West of Altoona has been closed by the Marion County Health Department, and cannot be used as a dump site. The property will be cleaned up and fenced in.
Planning & zoning
Zoning Direction Webb presented Preliminary Draft of Urban Planning Assistance Project for Lake County, whereupon, motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that Lake County request participation in the Urban Planning Assistance Program provided for under Section 701 of the Federal Housing Act of 1954, as amended.
1965 Research Series prepared by the East Central Florida regional Planning Council on the following subjects were referred to the Lake Development Commission:
Water Needs & Resources
Transportation – Air Facilities
Transportation – Mass Transit
Attorney Duncan submitted letters from Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company advising that changes to be made to the crossing east of Dead River were planned for the week of November 15, 1965.
Letter from the City of Clermont was submitted by Attorney Duncan advising the City has not made final decision to open the crossing at Minneola Lake Shore and Twelfth Street in the City of Clermont.
Attorney Duncan presented letter from Harry E. Gaylord advising “the Holmans do not care to sign a deed recognizing easement, although the failure to exchange the deeds will allow the cloud to remain on their title as well as the title of the County.”
On recommendation of the County Service Officer and on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board approved the employment of Julia Hoverstock as Assistant County Service Officer, effective December 15, 1965, annual salary $4,200.00.
On recommendation of the County Service Officer and on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board terminated the services of Marie McMullen effective December 20, 1965.
Request from Verna Eastwood, Welfare Director, for one week vacation leave from December 27 through December 31, 1965 was approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes.
Resignation of Elizabeth Anne Bornemann effective December 31, 1965 was accepted on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Resignation of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Polhamus effective December 31, 1965 was accepted on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Letter from J. W. Bryant accepting the appointment as County Service Officer was read and filed.
Dr. Hall appeared with reference to letters from Dr. Daniel regarding indigent patients. Clerk Owens presented letter from Mrs. Eastwood to Dr. Daniel. Dr. Hall advised there is a tumor clinic in Leesburg now and this will not present such a problem in the future. Dr. Daniel is not asking for reimbursement for his services but for equipment, supplies, x-rays, etc. Clerk Owens was instructed to request Dr. Daniel to quote a specific charge for these patients.
On motion of Commr. dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute agreement with the Soil Conservation Service for office space in the Pioneer Building.
Contracts and agreements
Clerk Owens presented signed contract with The Shoup Voting Machine Corporation covering the purchase of 15 voting machines.
Licenses & permits
Bond for Carry Firearms to H. C. Kelly was approved on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
Request from the Tax Assessor for approval of Certificates of Correction of Errors on the 1965 Tax Roll numbered 1 through 126 was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
Deputy Sheriff Bonds for the following were approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried:
John David Hart
Joyce H. Hartkop
Arla L. Shiplett
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the action of the Chairman and Clerk in approving admittance to the Southwest Florida Tuberculosis Hospital for the following was approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried:
John Paul Crutchfield
Alfred Howard Glover
Notice from the hospital was filed advising that Charlie Perry was discharged with medical advice on November 24, 1965.
Memorandum from the Soil Conservationist that a total of 10,963 acres was mapped by the soil scientists during the month of November was filed.
State road department
Statement of the status of Construction Trust Fund as of September 30, 1965 was filed and copy distributed to each Board member.
Clerk Owens submitted letter from the State Road Department denying the Board’s request to take over for maintenance Grove Street, commencing at Badger Street and continuing South to the Interchange of State Road 19 and State Road 500, and suggesting that this project be included in the budget requests for 1966-67.
Licenses & permits
The following use permits were filed by the Engineer:
To City of Mascotte for the construction and maintenance of water line under and along County Road 2-1813 for a distance of about 300 feet.
To Sumter Electric Coop., Inc. for the construction and maintenance of power line along County Road 2-2824.
To Sumter Electric Coop., Inc. for the construction and maintenance of power line along County Road 2-2924.
To Florida Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of buried cable along County Road 2-1309 between Bay Lake Road and Empire Church Road.
It now being the time advertised to hold a public hearing on notice of correction to close the following described streets, the Chairman called for interested persons to be heard at this time:
Forrest Road and Evergreen Lane, according to the Plat of Cathedral Arch Estates recorded in Plat Book 11, Page 17, public records of Lake County, Florida, the centerline of said streets being more particularly described as follows:
Commence at a point on the centerline of said “Forrest Road” which is North 89o54’ West 12.50 feet, and North 0o04’ West 57.74 feet from the Southwest corner of Lot 4, Block B, of Cathedral Arch Estates, same point being the start of a 6o30’ curve to the right with a delta angle of 89o55’, thence run along said curve a distance of 521.98 feet to the point of beginning; thence continuing running in a Northeasterly direction along said curve a distance of 861.35 feet to the end of said curve; thence run North 89o51 East 375.74 feet to the intersection of “Evergreen Lane”; thence run South 0o00’45” East 656.72 feet to the end of said centerline; LESS: a 35 foot right of way dedicated to Lake County, and crossing said road from Lot 3 in Block B to Lot 4 in Block A.
There being no objections or complaints, motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and a resolution adopted correcting the description as described above and rescinding the resolution adopted by this Board on the 13th day of September, 1965, which is recorded in Official Record Book 296, Page 771, and closing and abandoning the above described streets.
Mr. Harry Mielke appeared and complained of Art Rich burning cars in the junk yard adjacent to Golden Heights Subdivision. The Zoning Director advised there is no answer to the smoke problem and suggested the residents assist in documenting the evidence needed to present to the Health Department. Mr. Webb was instructed to contact Mr. Rich regarding this problem.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Engineer was instructed to investigate the cost of truck with cage to transport approximately ten prisoners to work on the roads and parks, also, the number of guards required.
On request of the City of Tavares and on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a resolution was adopted cancelling the taxes of Russell R. Jones and wife, Rheba M. Jones, on unnumbered lot in Southeast corner of Lake Dora Estates.
Road & bridge department
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board authorized payment of asphalt distributor, diesel tractor and gasoline tractor to be divided equally among the districts.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise for bids for furnishings and equipment for the Engineering and Zoning Building. Bids to be received on January 3, 1966 at 10 o’clock A.M.
Right of way – roads
Attorney Duncan presented a letter from the State Road Department with reference to procedures of acquiring rights of way for County roads. Letter states they are in accord with the procedures as previously discussed with the exception of one minor detail.
Chamber of commerce
The Clerk submitted letter together with financial statement as of September 30, 1965 showing a balance of $25,356.84.
Reports from the Game and Fresh Water fish Commission regarding the Lake Griffin rough fish program were read and filed.
Letter from the Lake Improvement Association was read complimenting the Game Commission on the results of the rotenone application in Lake Griffin.
Autos & trucks
Clerk Owens presented request from Nelson Harrell, Bainbridge, Georgia for release of financial responsibility of accident with County equipment. The Clerk was instructed to advise Mr. Harrell when the total amount of damages in the amount of $384.16 is paid, the release will be executed.
E. Central Florida regional planning council
Minutes of meeting held on October 13th in Titusville were filed and copy distributed to each member.
Chairman Livingston advised the Eustis police have picked up two teenaged boys with county property in their possession, five or six road signs. The police want to know if the County is going to prosecute. The Board authorized Mr. Livingston to notify them the County will not prosecute and for the City to include the cost of the signs in their fine, approximately $71.42.
Request from the Oklawaha Water Authority to purchase 11 culverts was read and then Engineer advised the culverts have already been ordered.
Attorney Duncan submitted a letter to Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company requesting crossing in the Town of Sorrento.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, check in the amount of $17.50 from A. R. Matteson was accepted and the Clerk was authorized to deposit same to the General Fund.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Verna Eastwood, Welfare Director, was authorized to attend seminar in Clearwater on December 13 and 14.
Motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, approving the Clerk’s action in authorizing the County Service Officer to travel to St. Petersburg on December 1, 2, and 3, for further instructions from the State Office.
Payroll of Clerks and Inspectors at the Special General Election held November 2, 1965 was approved on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, transportation costs to L. W. Conner for transporting surplus commodities from Tampa to Tavares was increased $5.00 per trip.
On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, payrolls for the month of December were approved.
Commr. Babb reported on the Directors Meeting in Gainesville. Very informative and interesting meeting.
Letter from Walt Disney to Mr. Theus acknowledging telegram welcoming Mr. Disney to Central Florida was read and filed.
Letter from the State Board of Health regarding Sun Eden Subdivision was read and filed, with copy to the Zoning Director.
Letter from the State Board of Health regarding City of Leesburg was read and filed.
Identification cards from the State Association were distributed to each member.
The following monthly reports were filed:
Division of Corrections re Lake County Jail & Stockade and Road Prison #58
Planning, Zoning and Building Department
Commodity Warehouse Supervisor
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 4:30 o’clock P.M.