MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – January 9, 1967
A regular meeting of the Board County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, was held in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, in Tavares, Florida at 10:00 o’clock A.M. Monday, January 9, 1967, with the following members present: Commrs. Dykes, Chairman, Theus, Cowart, Livingston and Babb. Also present were County Attorney Duncan, County Engineer Hays, Zoning Direction Webb, Clerk Owens, and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman and the invocation was given by Mr. Webb.
It now being the time advertised to receive bids on the following items, the Chairman directed the Clerk to open and tabulate the bids; whereupon, the Clerk reported receiving bids from the following:
surfacing county park at groveland
Lindsley Paving Company, Inc. 2,988 sq. yds. @ 53¢ per sq. yd.
Carroll Contracting Company 84¢ per sq. yd.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Board accepted the low bid of Lindsley Paving Company, Inc.
METAL PLATE EMBOSSING MACHINE
Addressograph Multigraph Corp. $3,198.10
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the bid was referred to the Tax Collector and Tax Assessor for study and recommendation to the Board.
Later in the day the Honorable Paul Reed, Tax Collector, appeared and recommended that the bid of Addressograph Multigraph Corp. be accepted. Motion was made by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Babb and carried that the bid of Addressograph Multigraph Corp. be accepted in the amount of $3,198.10 and that the cost thereof be paid from funds received by the offices of the Tax Assessor and Tax Collector.
SURPLUS PROPERTY (Abandoned Clay Pit)
Prior to opening the only bid received for the purchase of the following described County property a Resolution was adopted declaring the land to be surplus property and the value of same not in excess of $50.00:
The West 396 feet of the South 150 feet of the SE ¼ of the NE ¼ lying East of the County Road in Sec. 21, Tp. 22 S, Range 24 East.
Clerk Owens submitted bid from Mr. and Mrs. Lee A. England in the amount of $50.00.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the bid of Mr. and Mrs. England was accepted.
On motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the following change in the present indigent list was approved:
District No. 1 – DELETE Geo. Dewey Collins $7.50
And the following patients were approved for admittance to private nursing homes at a cost of $58.00 per patient per month:
District No. 2 – Rosie Cowart
District No. 4 - Nancie Mae Johnson
Mr. Wallace of Mt. Plymouth appeared and requested that two streets in the town, namely, Coleman Avenue between Walton Heath Avenue and Deal Drive, and Deal Drive between Walton Health Avenue. And Creston Avenue, be maintained by the County. Mr. Livingston and Mr. Hays were instructed to view the streets and report on this at the next meeting.
roads – state
Engineer Hays reported he had checked with the State Road Department relative to the type of pavement shown on the typical section for Job 11518-3601, State Road S-474. The Road Department recommends the Type I Asphaltic Concrete because slag freezes in the cold weather and the difference in the cost for this road is only $12,000. Motion was made by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, approving the typical section and authorizing the Clerk to execute same.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Board adopted a Resolution the State Road Department to establish a 45 mile per hour limit for State Road S-473 from State Road 500 (U.S. 441) North to the first curve and that proper signs be erected to advise the traveling public of such speed limit.
On request of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Board referred right of way contract from the State Road Department on Job 11514-2601, State Road S-48 from State Road S-561 easterly to State Road S-448-A, to the Engineer for study. Later in the day on recommendation of the County Attorney and on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Babb, the Board approved the right of way contract and adopted a Resolution agreeing to furnish the necessary rights of way, borrow pits, and easements for said portion of said road and authorized the County Attorney to proceed with condemnation proceedings. The attorney was instructed to contact the State Road Department relative to terms of the contract pertaining to appraisers’ fees.
Commr. Livingston informed the Board he has had complaints that the Saw Grass Road is barricaded and closed. The Right of Way Agent was directed to view this road immediately.
The Engineer initiated a discussion relative to the Board establishing criteria for accepting new roads, abandonment of roads, etc. Chairman Dykes stated a committee should study this problem and he instructed the Engineer to notify the Chairman and Board members when the ground work has been completed.
Clerk Owens submitted a letter from Frank Tapp requesting the County to maintain the Canal and Canal Road in Lancaster Beach Subdivision. Letter was referred to the Engineer.
Commr. Babb reported the Directors’ meeting he attended in St. Petersburg on December 18th was called to elect a new present of the State Association of County Commissioners. Willmott Edwards from Bay County was elected president and Lamar Hancock from Suwannee County was elected Vice President.
Chairman Dykes made the following appointments for the current year:
D. H. Livingston – E. Central Florida Regional Planning Council
St. Johns River Valley Advisory Committee
Cecil C. Theus - Lake County Law Library Board
On request of Paul Milton, Mosquito Control Director, the Board authorized the Clerk to advertise for bids for one crawler dragline and bucket. Bids to be received February 6, 1967.
Mr. Milton advised there is now a watchman at the Lady Lake Land Fill. He stays until dark each day and when the water is hooked up, he will be on the property all the time.
autos & trucks
Mr. Milton advised the only dump truck the mosquito control owns is broken down and not worth repairing. Would like to buy an old truck from the County. Engineer Hays stated there is none available for sale at this time. Mr. Milton said he would only need to use a truck about three (3) days a week. The Board members concurring, the Chairman instructed the Engineer to cooperate with the Mosquito Control and arrange to have a truck and driver at Mr. Milton’s disposal when needed.
Mr. Fred Stover, Councilman for the City of Tavares, appeared and requested the County’s aid in claying the Little League Baseball fields in the City. On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted determining that the furnishing of clay for such purpose is for a general public interest and authorizing the Chairman and Clerk to enter into an agreement with the City of Tavares providing for the clay for a sum of $10.00.
The Clerk presented a letter from the Lake County Safety Council requesting the County to furnish adequate office space for the Council’s needs. On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Board approved the three east rooms on the second floor of the Chamber of Commerce Building for use by the Safety Council.
reports – official
The Tax Collector filed Report of Receipts, Expenses and Net Income for the year ending December 31, 1966, showing a refund to the County of $64,625.51 and to the Board of Public Instruction of $8,426.39.
Clerk Owens field Report of Receipts, Expenses and Net Income for the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court for the year ending December 31, 1966, which shows a return to the County of $9,036.04.
licenses & permits
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, Bonds for Carrying Firearms were approved for the following:
Leslie L. Godrey
Neil F. Wetsig
The action of the Chairman and Clerk in approving petition to the Southwest Florida Tuberculosis Hospital for Ray Swentzel Hanna was approved on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
The following notices from the Hospital were filed:
Isaac Eddie Murphy expired on December 13, 1966.
Earl Clifford Alger was discharged with medical advice on Dec. 14, 1966.
Wilson Harvey Pardue was discharged with medical advice on Dec. 14, 1966.
Lovie Mae Melvin was discharged with medical advice on December 22, 1966.
John Paul Crutchfield was discharged with medical advice on Dec. 23, 1966.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Mount Dora Topic was designated as the newspaper in which the Tax Collector is to publish all delinquent tax lists and the Clerk was instructed to so notify Mr. Reed.
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.
Miss Carole Cole of the County Judges’ Offices was present during the afternoon session.
J. Y. Clark appeared and presented written proposal to service the heating and cooling equipment in the County buildings. Proposal calls for four (4) annual inspections and “on per call basis” as needed. Motion was made by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that True Temp, Inc. make a survey of the equipment in the County buildings in order to give an approximate cost for the service.
roads – county
The Attorney submitted affidavits signed by three (3) residents of Lake County stating the following described road has been open to and used by the public for a period of more than twenty (20) years, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Theus, the Board adopted a Resolution declaring the said road to be a public road by prescription and that the road shall be open to the public at all times:
A road which commences at the center of Sec. 32, Tp. 20 S., R. 25 E., and thence run West for approximately 1320 feet.
On recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted amending the Zoning Rules and Regulations as they pertain to the following tracts of land, to the Classification designated after each description:
The E ½ of NE ¼ of SW ¼; the East 396 feet of the N ½ of NW ¼ of SW ¼; the W ½ of NE ¼ of SW ¼; and the East ¾ of SE ¼ of SW ¼; ALL in Sec. 34, Tp. 18 S., R. 24 E., now classified and zoned as R-1-A (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification A (Agriculture).
The West ¾ of S ¼ of Sec. 28, Tp. 19 S., R. 24 E.; the South ½ of Sec. 29, Tp. 19 S., R. 24 E.; All of Sec. 32, Tp. 19 S., R. 24 E., LESS the West ¾ of S ½ of N ½, ALSO LESS the NW ¼ of NW ¼ (these exceptions already being zoned A); All of Sec. 33, Tp. 19 S., R. 24 E., LESS the NE ¼ of NE 1/4 ; now classified and zoned as R-1 (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification A (Agriculture).
On recommendation of the Juvenile Counselor and on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Board accepted the resignation of Imogene Merrill, Secretary Juvenile Court Office, effective December 15, 1966, and approved the employment of Dorothea Mursch to this position at the same salary.
On motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston, the Board approved the employment of Charles Cassidy to the position of Maintenance Foreman effective February 13, 1967 at a monthly salary of $430.00 for a ninety day probation period, at which time his salary will be increased to $440.00 per month; also, approved effective February 1, 1967 the promotion of Mike G. Murphy to Construction Foreman at a salary of $460.00 per month for a ninety day probation period, at which time his salary will be increased to $475.00 per month.
Letter from Paul Milton, Mosquito Control Director, recommending Charles Cassidy for the above position was read and filed.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Board authorized the Clerk to issue warrant to W. P. Harrington and Margaret Mary Harrington for the purchase of 3.039 acres to be used as a clay pit and forward check to the Attorney for handling.
Memorandum from Walter W. Shaffer, Soil Conservationist, advising that 14,669 acres were mapped in December, making a total acreage mapped 377,131.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Board authorized the Supervisor of Elections to have partition installed in her office by Simplex, Inc. in the sum of $795.00, to be used as a private office.
Expenses of Herbert A. Babb and any other Board members were approved to attend State Association of County Commissioners’ meeting in Gainesville January 22-24, on motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the proposal submitted by Coven Construction Company in the sum of $635.00 for changes to the stairway between Third and Fourth Floors in the Courthouse as requested by Sheriff McCall was accepted as the lowest and best proposal.
Commr. Livingston was authorized to attend conference on Government Communications to be held in Titusville on January 26th on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
Request from the Tax Collector for commissions on taxes collected in the amount of $32,134.70 was approved on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
Request from the Tax Assessor for $20,000 advance on commissions on 1967 tax roll was approved on motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
Expenses of Doris Babb to attend County Finance Officers conferences in Cocoa Beach on January 12 and 13 and in Winter Park on January 20 and 21 were approved on motion of Commr. Gabb seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Motion was made by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, that the following vouchers be approved for payment:
General Revenue Fund
Voucher Nos. 460 – 650
Mosquito Control – State I
7A – 10
7A - 11
Fine and Forfeiture Fund
40A – 60
Road and Bridge Fund
174 – 244
Capital Outlay Reserve – Juvenile Home
South Lake Memorial Hospital
Northeast Lake County Hospital
Northwest Lake County Hospital
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, minutes of regular meetings held December 5 and 12 and minutes of special meeting of December 28, were approved as submitted.
resolutions not classified elsewhere
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board adopted a Resolution expressing sympathy to R. G. Cassady and family in the death of his sister, Mrs. Glenn Shinn.
Notice from Florida Board of Conservation regarding annual conference on water resources development to be held in Tallahassee on January 31st was filed.
Copy of notice mailed to residents of Sylvan Shores Subdivision by the Sylvan Shores Action Organization was filed and copy distributed to each Board member.
Monthly reports from the following were filed:
Welfare Department Director
County Agents and Assistants
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 3:00 o’clock P.M.