MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – april 3, 1967
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, met in regular session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse in Tavares on Monday, April 3, 1967 at 10:00 a.m. with the following members present: Chairman Dykes, Commr. Cowart, Theus and Babb. Others present were Clerk Owens, County Attorney Duncan, County Engineer Hays, Zoning Director Webb, and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven. Commr. Livingston was out of town on E. Central Florida regional Planning Council business.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman and the invocation was given by Mr. Webb.
It being the time advertised to receive bids for repairs and painting to the Districts 2 and 5 Barns, the Chairman directed the Clerk to open and tabulate the bids, whereupon, the Clerk reported receiving bids from the following:
Glenn Wise District No. 5 Barn $2,570.00
Adair-Robertson Construction Co. “ No. 2 Barn 2,640.00
“ No. 5 Barn 4,377.00
Sterling Huggins “ No. 2 Barn 500.00
“ No. 5 Barn 940.00
Coven Construction Company “ No. 2 Barn 3,190.00
“ No. 5 Barn 3,298.00
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the low bids of Sterling Huggins were accepted.
Maps and plats
Clayton Weir, Attorney, presented Replat of Green Acres Subdivision located in Section 15, Twp. 22 S., range 25 E., owners Matthew H. Guthrie and Flora H. Guthrie, his wife, and John C. York and Virginia A. York, his wife. Mr. Weir stated it is also the owners’ intent to return the replatted portion to acreage. Mr. Weir was instructed to file affidavits relative to ownership and taxes, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the plat was approved and ordered recorded in the public records.
John Cherry, Attorney, presented Petition to Vacate Portions of Plat of East Leesburg, all lying within the City of Leesburg. Attorney Duncan said notice to vacate has been properly advertised, and affidavits as to owners and city and county taxes have been paid are attached. Also, certified copy of resolution from the City of Leesburg vacating the lands.
Motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, adopting a resolution vacating portions of the Plat of East Leesburg and retuning same to acreage.
Engineer Hays presented lease from ray and Pearlier Newman to allow Lake County to dig and remove fill material to be used on county roads. On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb, the lease was accepted and ordered recorded upon the public records.
Licenses and permits
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Permit for Grading on Private Property along SR S-48 from W.A. and Opal Keen was accepted.
The Right of Way Agent filed the following Use Permits:
To Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc. for the construction and maintenance of power distribution line along County Road #5-6034 between Haines Creek and Haines Creek Mobile Home Sites.
Permit No. 87 to Florida Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of buried cable along County Road #4-4288 between SR 435 and County Road #4-4388.
To the City of Leesburg for the construction and maintenance of sewer line at the intersection of County Road #1-5108 and SR 25 and 500.
roads – County
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a resolution was adopted declaring a maximum speed limit of 35 Miles Per Hour on County Road #1-4807, Edgewood Park Loop and County Road #1-4907, Industrial Street, and authorizing that proper signs be erected.
The Board agreed to meet with the Engineer on April 17th to review the road priority list and set up a schedule for the next quarter.
The Engineer filed affidavits signed by eight (8) residents of Lake County certifying the following described road has been in existence and use for more than twenty (20) years. On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the road was accepted as a county road by prescriptive right.
Commence at a point where the North and South 1/4 line of Sec. 15, Tp. 20 South, R. 26 E., crosses State road 448; thence run South along said North and South 1/4 line, a distance of 1760 feet ± to a point that is 660 feet ± South of the center of Sec. 15, tp. 20 South, R. 26 East, Lake County, Florida.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the following additions and deletions were made to the present road system:
ADD – Road #5-8272 DELETE – Road #4-4492
The Engineer was instructed to make name plate signs for the better known and highly travelled roads, same to be designated by districts by each Board member.
Engineer Hays reported years ago the county dug a ditch paralleling Wolfe Branch Road for George M. Woods to relieve high water. Mr. Woods now wants the spoil from the ditch leveled out on his property. Mr. Hays was instructed to notify Mr. Woods the Board will require an easement to do this, or the spoil to haul away.
Road maintenance – subdivision
Harry Miekle and Mr. Dingee appeared and requested the County to accept for maintenance Simpson Lane and Dale Court (Off of Holly Drive) in Golden Heights Estates Subdivision. Motion was made by Commr. Babb that this is a hardship case and when Mr. Mielke applies 1” of hot mix to the streets that same will be maintained by the County. The motion was seconded by Commr. Theus and unanimously carried.
Roads – state
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Engineer was authorized to clay a 50’ x 100’ area to be used as a loading ramp on State Road right of way along SR 25, approximately three miles north of the Polk County Line.
The Engineer reported the County has overdug a clay pit obtained from P. G. Jeffcoat and he is willing to give the County title to an additional 47 feet, plus a connection to the old clay pit and an access road, all located in Section 8, Twp. 19 S., Range 24 E., West of Fruitland Park. The Engineer was instructed to have the necessary instruments prepared.
Mr. Hays said he has a request for the prisoners to be allowed to cut the weeds in Lake Dora. He was instructed to refer this to the City of Mount Dora.
Howell Hopson appeared relative to the alterations to the Third Floor requested by the County Judge and stated that the work can be done. Mr. Hopson estimated the cost to be $1200 to $1500. On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Mr. Hopson was authorized to proceed with plans for the work and advertise same.
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.
E. L. Williams, Mayor of the City of Eustis, together with R. J. Schneider, R. M. Hendrick, and Richard T. Mullins, presented written offer to the County of twenty (20) acres of land located in the Southwest corner of the Eustis Industrial Park to be used as a County Fairground site. Mayor Williams said the offer is made as a gift from the City of Eustis, and includes a reserve area for parking. Chairman Dykes stated a minimum of ten acres will be needed for parking. Motion was made by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that the Board accept the property offer for consideration.
Clerk Owens submitted letter from L. R. Huffstetler offering to sell twenty (20) acres of land to the County for fairground location for $60,000; also, letter from Wm. W. Boyd offering fifty acres between SR 561 and SR 19 for $1,000 an acre. Letters were filed.
Planning & Zoning
Harry Folsom appeared representing W. H. Vernor, Inc. and objected to the deletion of Paragraph 2, Section 7, of the Zoning Rules and regulations, which is being considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Chairman Dykes advised Mr. Folsom any changes made will not be retroactive.
The Zoning Director submitted copy of the proposed regulations for subdivisions as prepared by Adley Associates and requested the members study this before the meeting to consider same on April 19th.
Clerk Owens read a letter from Dr. Hall requesting that study and consideration be given before regulations pertaining to plats and building lots are changed.
Seven mobile home and motel operators appeared with reference to the proper procedure of operating their disposal plants. Earl Harris stated the owners have no facilities for making the necessary laboratory tests and requested the County to consider providing the necessary personnel and facilities and to charge the operators on a pro rata basis.
A motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that the Board request Dr. Hall and Mr. Gordon Folke to appear at the next meeting to discuss this problem. The Clerk was instructed to notify the owners present of the time.
Rights of way – roads
Chester Crum of Inland Abstract & Title Company appeared and advised in making title search on railroad right of way at Astor, he finds no deeds of record to the railroad for the right of way. On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted determining the part of the right of way occupied by the railroad to be a dedicated street.
Roads – state
The Engineer reported he has received only one quotation for the retaining wall on the Ransick property on SR 19 and it was from O. A. Baxter for $1,186.28. he was instructed to attempt to secure other quotations.
The Clerk submitted a letter from Manco, Inc. regarding values on the buildings at the Fairgrounds. Letter advises that the company no longer provides engineering services for estimating values. The board deferred action pending appraisal of the property.
On request of the Chairman, the Clerk read a letter from the governor requesting the Chairman to serve on the Governor’s committee to study the water pollution problem. Mr. Dykes instructed the Clerk to notify the Governor he will be happy to serve.
Clerk Owens read a letter from the town of Astatula requesting assistance form the County in repairing Monroe Street in the town limits. Attorney advised the Board cannot do the work until a working agreement is finalized.
Certificates of Corrections of errors and corrections on the 1966 tax roll numbered 249 through 281 were approved on motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
Suits affecting county
Notices from the U. S. District Court that the two cases involving Lake County have been set for trial on April 18, 1967 at 9:30 o’clock A.M. at Ocala, Florida, were referred to the County Attorney.
Elections – special
Certificates of the Canvassing Boards for the Second Special Primary Election on March 14 and the Special General Election on March 28 were filed.
Copy of Mount Dora Ordinance No. 124 was read declaring the intent of the City of Mount Dora to annex certain unincorporated lands lying adjacent to present city limits being Eudora Road right of way. The ordinance was approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried. Copy of Ordinance No. 125 was filed declaring the City’s intent to annex certain state road right of way on new SR 500 from its intersection with Eudora Road to Old SR 500 in Orange County. Also, copy of ordinance of the City’s intent to annex certain state road right of way from the present South city limits on Old SR 500 to the Southerly intersection with New SR 500.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, applications to the Southwest Florida Tuberculosis Hospital as approved by the Chairman and Clerk were authorized for the following:
Ophelia Estell McCray
Henry Delmas Killingsworth
Johnnie Donaldson, Jr.
Notices from the hospital were filed as follows:
James Thomas Archer was discharged with medical advice on March 3, 1967
Isaac Edgar Mincey expired on March 22, 1967
James Bailey was discharged with medical advice on March 31, 1967.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, Pitney Bowes Mailing Machine, Inventory #3430, was declared obsolete and surplus equipment, and sale of same to Frank E. Owens for $150.00 was approved.
Miscellaneous inventory items as described on the reports of property records from the Juvenile Shelter and Mosquito Control were declared junk and obsolete and ordered removed from the inventory records.
E. Central Florida regional planning council
Minutes of regular meeting held February 22, 1967 in New Smyrna beach were filed and copy distributed to each member.
Memorandum from the Soil Conservation that 10,816 acres were mapped in February was filed.
Commr. Babb advised he toured the North Lake County chain of lakes with Col. Herbert Gee and it is his recommendation that a spillway similar to Burrell Locks be constructed in Lake Yale.
Right of way – roads
Clerk Owens submitted letter from Camp Ocala relative to camp sign being erected at the intersection of SR 19 and Forest Road 95. The Clerk was directed to advise the owners the County has no jurisdiction over state road rights of way or forest roads.
Request form the Mosquito Control Director for two employees to travel to the Koehring Dragline factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee for instruction in the use and maintenance of dragline recently purchased, at no expense to the county, was approved on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On recommendation of the Attorney and on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, costs of publication of proposed legislation was approved.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, $90.00 was authorized for cabinet in microfilm room, to be built by Coven Construction Company.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, C. E. Duncan was authorized to assist the Lake County Legislative Delegation at least two days each week during the session on the basis of $100.00 per diem, plus mileage and room rent; also, that telephone expense of $100.00 per month and rental of dictating equipment be allowed W. H. Reedy.
On recommendation of the County Judge and on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, installation of two awnings on the Juvenile Shelter Kitchen in the sum of $115.75 was approved; also, part time relief for Superintendent and Matrol during vacation period was increased to $16.00 per day.
Expenses in the amount of $45.00 was allowed for 4-H members to attend District Events Day at Camp McQuarrie on April 21 and 22, on motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
Requests as follows from the Veterans Service Officer were approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried:
J.W. Bryant – Travel to St. Petersburg to confer with State Service Office, April 7.
J.W. Bryant – Travel to Daytona Beach for annual convention April 28-May 6.
Julia Hoverstock – travel to Daytona Beach April 29-May 1.
Lorrine Retey – travel to Daytona Beach May 1-May 6.
Payroll of Clerks and Inspectors for the First and Second Special Primary Elections and Special General Election in the amount of $15,234.89 was approved on motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Payrolls for the month of March were approved on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Letter from Polk County was read and filed expressing appreciation to this Board for allowing the Engineer to confer with Polk County on road building program.
Letter was read and filed from E. L. Atkinson thanking the Board for improvement to Sugar Loaf Mountain Road.
Letter form the Florida Ambulance Assn. to Mayor of Lady Lake was filed.
Proposed legislation as approved by Dade County was filed.
Copies of letters from the State Board of Health were filed regarding Central Florida Bible Camp, State Road Department Wayside Park and City of Leesburg.
Notice from the U.S.D.A. regarding quarantine revision permitting the entry of Japanese grown Unshu oranges into this county was filed.
Notice form the U. S. Corps of Engineers relative to approval of bridge plans across the Indian River on SR 510 at Wabasso was filed.
Resolution from Leesburg Chamber of Commerce was filed requesting that rough fish seining program be continued in Lakes Harris, Eustis and Dora.
Report from the Lake Improvement Assn. regarding the seining program in Lake Griffin was filed.
Monthly reports from the following were filed:
Veterans Service Officer
Planning, Zoning & Building Dept.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 4:30 o’clock P.M.