MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – OCTOBER 10, 1966
The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, met in regular session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse in Tavares on Monday, October 10, 1966, at 10:00 o’clock A.M. with the following members present: Vice Chairman Cowart, Commrs. Dykes, Livingston and Babb. Also present were Clerk Owens, Engineer Hays, Zoning Director Webb and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven. Chairman Theus was absent due to pressing business until 11:45 o’clock A.M. Attorney Duncan was in Circuit Court.
The meeting was called to order by the Vice Chairman, and the invocation was given by Mr. Hays.
It now being the time advertised to receive bids on comprehensive fleet liability and comprehensive hospital liability coverage, the Vice Chairman directed the Clerk to pen and tabulate the bids, whereupon, the Clerk reported receiving bids from the following:
FLEET LIABILITY - Olivenbaum Insurance Agency $6,181.06
Whitney Insurance Agency 4,961.50
HOSPITAL LIABILITY-Bob Liston Agency, Inc. 891.00
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the low bid of Whitney Insurance Agency on the fleet liability was accepted; and the bid of Bob Liston Agency, Inc. on the hospital liability was accepted.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the bid of Standard Oil Company on oil and grease received October 3, 1966 was accepted as the best and low bid as Sinclair Refining Company’s bid was not firm.
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the following changes were approved to the present indigent list:
District No. 1 - ADD Marion Forsythe - $40.00
2 - INCREASE Alice Tomlinson to $40.00
3 - DELETE Ira Belle Kirkland – $12.50
ADD Tessie Payne - $40.00
4 - No change
5 - DELETE Lucile Compton - $40.00
maps & plats
Mr. Jesse Sparks appeared and presented for approval by the Board replat of Sparks’ Rod ‘N Reel Marina for boat slips only. Mr. Sparks filed title opinion from Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company stating the land is insurable in the name of J. F. Sparks, Sr. and wife Dorothy O. Sparks. The Engineer stated no percolation tests are required. Motion was made by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes that the plat be accepted for record. Motion was unanimously carried.
The Engineer explained since the last meeting when the sick leave benefits were amended and since some employees have already been off this year for funerals, he recommended that each County employee begin the 1966-67 Fiscal Year with five (5) days sick leave to his credit. On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the above policy was approved.
At this time the Eustis High School Seventh Grade Civic classes visited with the Board. The Vice Chairman welcomed the group and Commr. Dykes gave a brief explanation of the functions of the Board as related to County government.
oklawaha water authority
H. E. Young, Chairman of the Oklawaha Water Authority, appeared with reference to the necessity for the reconstruction of the bridge over the Palatlakaha River at State Road 48 due to the excavation of the river. Before the excavation contract can be awarded, it is imperative to know that the bridge will be reconstructed as soon as possible – if not the watershed project will be delayed at least one year. Mr. Young explained the Water Authority has no funds budgeted to reconstruct the bridge and will receive no help from the Federal Government for same.
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to redesign and reconstruct the bridge over the Palatlakaha River at State Road 48 East of Okahumpka and to pay cost of same from secondary funds due Lake County.
roads – state
Verdual Hamlin and Bob Hendrick of the City of Eustis appeared and presented a Resolution adopted by the City Council requesting the widening and resurfacing of Orange Avenue in lieu of the pedestrian overpass on State Road 19 at Taylor Street. On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to amend its 1966-67 secondary road budget by deleting the pedestrian overpass over State Road 19 at Taylor Street in Eustis and insert in lieu thereof the widening and resurfacing to a width of thirty-six (36) feet, State Road 44 (Orange Avenue) from the East city limits of Eustis West to Bay Street (State Road 19 Southbound lane).
Chairman Theus was present at this time.
roads – county
Engineer Hays presented list of road projects in priority order which will be handled under the new road department system. Motion was made by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Cowart that the list of roads as presented to the Engineer be approved. Motion was unanimously carried. Said list being as follows:
No. 1 - Lake County Agricultural Center
2 - Mascotte Streets
3 - Lockwood Street – Bassville Park
4 - Lake Franklin Park
5 - Lake Tavares Road (Anderson Drive)
6 - Patrick Subdivision Road
7 - Beasley Road
8 - Trout Lake Road
9 - SR 19 Park – Groveland
10 - Tram Road – Boggy Marsh Road
11 - Hartsock Sawmill Road
12 - Lewis Road
13 - Clay Boulevard – Tack II slag.
lake county development commission
Chairman Theus presented annual report of the Development Commission.
Commr. Cowart appointed Richard E. Toole of Groveland to serve from District Two as a member of the Development Commission.
recess and reassembly
The Board recessed for lunch at twelve o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:30 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
The Chairman submitted request from the Agricultural Agent that Commissioners Dykes and Livingston serve on the Lake County Farm-City Week Committee for 1966. The Board members concurring, the Chairman approved the appointments.
bonds – misc.
Deputy Sheriff bond for Jay Ramer Eustis, Florida, was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
state road department
The Clerk submitted for filing Requirements for Title Search as prepared by the State Road Department.
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the petition to the Southwest Florida Tuberculosis Hospital for Lovie Mae Melvin was approved.
On recommendation of the Zoning Commission and on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a Resolution was adopted amending the Zoning Rules and Regulations as they pertain to the following described property to the classification designated after the description:
Lots 1 through 12 and Lots 23 through 34 in Block H, according to the Partial Replay of Rosenwald Gardens, a subdivision in Section 1, Township 19 South, Range 26 East, as recorded in Plat Book 12, Page 84, Public Records of Lake County, Florida,
From R-2 (Residential) to C-1 (Commercial).
On recommendation of the Zoning Commission and on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board authorized a public hearing for November 14, 1966 to consider the extension of zoning within Lake County.
On recommendation of the Zoning Director and on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a Resolution was adopted authorizing the Sheriff to serve an order upon E. R. Kimbrell commanding him to desist from the storage of junk and scrap material in a residential area and to remove the junk and scrap material immediately.
On recommendation of the Zoning Director and on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted authorizing the Sheriff to serve an order upon Arthur L. Britt commanding him to desist from the storage of junk and scrap material in a residential area and to remove the junk and scrap material immediately.
state road department - roads – state
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a Resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to pay from secondary funds the cost of title search on State Road S-452-A.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise for a hew pickup truck for Steve Pemberton, bids to be received November 14, 1966.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, easements conveying the following described right of way to Lake County were accepted and ordered recorded upon the public records:
GRANTORS: W. M. Ottaway and Patricia C. Ottaway, his wife
The North 7-1/2 feet of Lot 123, ElDorado Heights Subdivision as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 7, Public Records of Lake County, Florida.
GRANTORS: C. W. Ransick and Elva M. Ransick
The South 7-1/2 feet of Lot 122, ElDorado Heights Subdivision as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 7, Public Records of Lake County, Florida.
Affidavits of R. G. Cassady, Tax Assessor, certifying the intangible personal property assessment roll and real and tangible personal property were approved and signed by the members of the Board on motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, and the Clerk was instructed to record the warrant to the Tax Collector in the minutes of this meeting as follows:
TO PAUL H. REED, TAX COLLECTOR OF THE COUNTY OF LAKE,
You are hereby commanded to collect out of the real estate and personal property, and from each of the persons and corporations named in the annexed roll, the taxes set down in each roll opposite each name, corporation or parcel of land therein described, and in case taxes so imposed are not paid at the time prescribed by law, you are to collect the same by levy and sale of the goods and chattels, lands and tenements so assessed, or of the person or corporation so taxed; and all sums collected for the State taxes you are to pay to the State Treasurer at such time as may be required by law and at the same time you are to pay to the County Depository all sums collected for County taxes, District School Board taxes and other special taxes; and you are further required to make all collections on or before the first Monday in April; and on or before the first Monday in July you will make a final report to and settlement with the Comptroller and County Commissioners.
Given under my hand and seal this the 10th day of October in the year A.D. 1966.
/s/ R. G. Cassady
Assessor of Taxes, Lake County
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, check from the Clerk of the Court in the amount of $554.50 was accepted, refund from money advanced to pay State Trial Witnesses.
Clerk Owens presented letter from Johnson Service Company outlining installation necessary to correct the air handling units in the Recording and Law Departments in the Clerk’s Office at a cost of $1800.00. The Clerk was instructed to refer this to the Architect, Howell Hopson.
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board approved request of the Agricultural Agent to purchase blackout drapes for the Agricultural Center Auditorium in the amount of $206.00 and purchase of studio type piano from McNeely Piano Sales & Service at a cost of $695.00, of which $50.00 will be paid by the Board and the balance to be received from the Farm Bureau and the Home Demonstration Council.
Motion was made by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that purchase of file cabinet and storage cabinet by Judge Hall from Southern Printing Company in the amount of $183.44 be approved for payment.
Request of Doris Babb to attend County Finance Officers’ meeting in Miami Beach on October 12-15 was approved on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, credit of $25.00 from Sears, Roebuck & Company for damage to freezer installed in the Juvenile Shelter Kitchen was accepted as recommended by the County Judge.
Proposal from Whitford’s Appliance to furnish and install 1966 Whirlpool Air Conditioner in the Veterans’ Service Officer’s Office at a cost of $209.00 was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Clerk was authorized to issue warrant to Adley Associates, Inc. final payment in the amount of $950.00, pending receipt of final reports from Adley.
Request of W. T. Mills to attend Semi-Annual Juvenile Counselors’ Conference in Orlando October 12 – 14, was approved on motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried; also, H. D. Underwood and L. R. Shay to attend for one day.
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Board approved the purchase of one new Royal Standard Typewriter in the amount of $209.25 for the Veterans Service Office.
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board approved regular monthly pest control service by Clements’ Pest Control for the Pioneer Building, Engineering Building and Juvenile Shelter Kitchen at an added cost of $15.00 per month to the present contract.
Requests to attend Public Administration Continuing Education Service meeting in Kissimmee October 19 and Planning Seminar at Florida State University, Tallahassee, October 27 -29 by the Zoning Director were approved on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, request of the Mosquito Control Director to attend Fall Conference of Florida Anti-Mosquito Assn. in Redington Beach on November 1 – 3 was approved.
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
General Revenue Fund
2344 - 2536
Mosquito Control – State I
51 - 57
Road and Bridge Fund
1468 – 1609
Fine and Forfeiture Fund
231 – 247
Juvenile Detention Home
7 – 8
Bond Interest & Sinking Fund
South Lake Memorial Hospital
11 – 12
Northeast Lake County Hospital
13 – 14
Letter from the Tavares Chamber of Commerce recommending a close evaluation of the County Chamber of Commerce and the Development Commission was read and filed.
Letter from Mrs. Paul Bryan, President Lake County Council of Federated Garden Clubs, regarding preserving the natural beauty of the area in the vicinity of the Palatlakaha River was read and filed.
Notice from the Agricultural Agent regarding hearings on water pollution control was read and filed.
Monthly reports from the following were filed:
County Judge’s Fines, Forfeitures and Costs
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the minutes of the regular meetings of September 6 and 12, 1966 were approved as submitted.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 2:30 P.M.