MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – November 13, 1967
A regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, was held Monday, November 13, 1967, in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse in Tavares, at 10:00 o’clock A.M. with the following members present: Commrs. Babb, Theus and Livingston. Others present were Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan, Engineer Hays, Zoning Director Webb and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven. Commrs. Dykes and Cowart were on vacation.
The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairman Babb and the invocation was given by Mr. Webb.
It being the time advertised to receive bids on the following items, the Vice Chairman directed the Clerk to open and tabulate the bids, whereupon, Clerk Owens reported receiving the following bids:
MICROFILM CAMERA Eastman Kodak Company $3,540.00
After determining the bid was in accordance with the specifications, the Clerk recommended the bid be accepted. Motion was made by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that Eastman Kodak Company bid be accepted.
CONSERVA FILE UNIT Simons Office Equipment Co. $3,376.79
Stepladder $ 187.00
On recommendation of the Clerk and on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the bid of Simons Office Equipment Company was accepted.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the second low bid from RCA in the amount of $2,156.00 was accepted as the best and lowest bid for the installation of radio communication equipment for the Building Dept.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, bid of Creamons Chevrolet Company for two dump trucks in the amount of $5,984.58 was accepted as the low bid.
The following changes were approved to the present indigent list on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried:
District #3 – DELETE Tessie Payne $40.00
District #5 – DELETE Pearl Lambert $25.00
Harry Gaylord and D. C. Lennon appeared relative to proposed agreement with Mr. Lennon to operate an ambulance service in the Northeast Hospital District. Mr. Lennon said his operating expenses for ten months period is $19,700 and feels he can operate the service with $2,000 a month from the County. Attorney Duncan advised the amount assessed in the Northeast District is all the money the Board can pay for the service. Clerk Owens advised the amount anticipated from taxes will be $25,000. On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted authorizing an agreement with Mr. Lennon for the ambulance service.
Roads – county
Kenneth Van Auken of Lake Kathryn appeared and requested the roads in the Paisley area be improved. Vice Chairman Babb advised Mr. Van Auken the Board does not assess taxes for County roads. The County will do the work if the residents will pay the cost. The Engineer was instructed to give Mr. Van Auken an approximate cost in order for him to contact the property owners.
On recommendation of Attorney Duncan and on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted disclaiming any interest or right to the following described road for the purpose of removing any objection to a certain deed executed by Alice H. Fitz Ellingson in favor of Herbert H. Fitz and Alice M. Fitz Ellingson:
Beginning 434 feet West of the Northeast corner of the NE ¼ of SW ¼ of Sec. 28, Tp. 21 S., R. 25 E., run thence South 27°13’ West 1528.64 feet to the shores of Indian House Lake, thence North 24° West along the shores of said Lake 100 feet, thence North 20°45’ East 1372.81 feet, more or less, to the North boundary line of said NE ¼ of SW ¼ of said Sec. 28, thence East 271 feet to the point of beginning, SUBJECT to 20 feet for roadways off the North side or for such width as may be required by the County of Lake.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted determining a maximum speed for the following roads at the speeds indicated:
Silver Point Drive, 25 miles per hour
Palmetto Street (County Road 4-4465), 35 miles per hour
Silver Lake Drive (County Road 5-5327), 40 miles per hour
O’Brien Road (County Road 2-2427), 45 miles per hour, except on the major curve in said road; that a speed limit of 25 miles per hour is set for the extent of said curve.
The Engineer reported a resident has blocked North George Street in Astor, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted directing the Sheriff to remove any barriers within the right of way of N. George Street within the Town of Astor.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to review the State road portion of Silver Lake Drive for the purpose to determine the proper maximum speed limit to be 40 miles per hour.
right of way – roads
Engineer Hays informed the Board the City of Eustis is desirous of exchanging approximately 100 feet of right of way for one acre of land at the new fairground site. On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, a Resolution was adopted to advertise the proposed exchange of properties with objections to be heard at 10:00 o’clock A.M. on January 2, 1968.
Mrs. Evelyn Holly of Mt. Plymouth and Lyle Reese of Camp Challenge appeared with reference to the County extending the entrance road into the camp approximately ¼ mile. Both stated the right of way would be donated. The Engineer was instructed to make a survey of the road and report to the Board.
Donald J. Barton of Exmoor Riding Academy in Sorrento appeared relative to improvement to Franklin Street from Vine to Church Street, a distance of approximately 500 feet. The Engineer was instructed to investigate and report to the Board on this.
maps and plats
Plat of Pleasure Island Point was submitted showing owner to be W. M. Johnson. Attorney Duncan said this is a replat of Lot 1, Crescent Cove Development, and title opinion from Irving F. Morse, Attorney, certifies the title is free and clear of all liens and encumbrances and taxes for 1967 have been paid. Letter from the Engineer states percolation and soil analysis tests are not required due to the size of the tract. Zoning Director Webb asked what the requirements will be regarding zoning. Attorney Duncan advised this is a replat of a plat prior to the time Zoning Regulations went into effect. On motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried the plat was approved.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Board approved transfer of 1962 Chevrolet Stake Body Truck, Inventory No. 2235 from the Mosquito Control to the Courthouse Custodian.
Clerk Owens advised proposal for installation of a toilet in the Pioneer Building, Second Floor, is approximately $685.00. He was instructed to have the toilet installed and to include floor covering in the job.
Motion was made by Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that decision on the location of the new Health Department Building be deferred until all members of the Board are present.
Clerk Owens advised interest received on time deposits for the Fiscal Year 1966-67 was $42,718.02.
recess and reassembly
The meeting 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.
Report from the Soil Conservationist showing that 26,003 acres were mapped during September and October, making a total acreage mapped 502,578.
On recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and on motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, a Resolution was adopted amending the Zoning Rules and Regulations as they pertain to the following tract of land, to the classification designated after each description: SEE PAGE 105
The Planning and Zoning Director reviewed for the Board’s information correspondence and interviews with Mr. Herbert E. Ferran regarding a multiple housing project in the Eustis area. Attorney Duncan advised the party interested should be willing to prove to the Board there is a need for this type housing. The Attorney was instructed to ask Mr. Ferran to bring other evidence to the Board to substantiate the need for this type housing.
Rep. W. H. Reedy and Capt. C. C. Reynolds and Lt. Jack Walden of the Florida Highway Patrol appeared relative to the Act requiring semi-annual inspection of all vehicles registered in the State of Florida. Capt. Reynolds gave a brief resume’ of the requirements under the Act. Operators of the stations will be trained by the Department of Public Safety. Cost will be $2,000 or less per lane to equip a station. Two men will be required for one lane - one to do the checking and one to do the paperwork. Lanes will be 14’ wide, 14’ high and 45’ long.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, action was deferred until the first meeting in December. Capt. Reynolds asked for the Board’s decision as soon as possible.
reports – official
Annual Report of the Sheriff’s Department for the year ended September 30, 1967 showing a refund to the County of $10,239.02 was accepted and filed.
Annual Report of the Board of County Commissioners for 1966-67 was approved on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, and the Clerk was instructed to forward same to the Comptroller.
C. W. Sheffield, Chairman of the Governor’s Committee on restoration of Lake Apopka, was present and he gave an outline of the Committee’s proposed plan. Survey has been requested from Lake Apopka through the Oklawaha River to Haines Creek. Will introduce a joint venture with Lake County considering a dike on both sides of the Beauclair Canal. The Vice Chairman advised Mr. Sheffield that Lake County only has $2500 funded for this project.
roads – county
The Engineer reported the residents in Sylvan Shores are continually requesting patch work and other miscellaneous items to the roads in the subdivision.
roads – state
Engineer Hays reported the State Road Department has created a drain problem on Mr. Canavaugh’s property from SR 466 West of Lady Lake. He was instructed to have the owner request the State Road Department to eliminate this problem.
The following use permits were filed:
To American Tel. & Tel. Co. for the construction and maintenance of buried cable under and across a portion of County Road 3-0561.
To Florida Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of buried cable along County Road 1-4708.
opinions – legal
Letter from the Attorney General to the County Attorney relative to funds for the prosecution and defense of juveniles was read and filed.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Clerk was directed to make the following transfer of funds:
General Fund – Contingency Item to Item 21113 - $ 50.00
General Fund - Contingency Item to Item 21104 - 100.00
R & B Fund – Contingency Item to Item 45125 - 300.00
R & B Fund – Contingency Item to Item 45291 - 2,000.00
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, check was accepted in the amount of $111.02 from the U. S. Treasurer due Lake County from Lake Woodruff Refuge.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Lennon’s Ambulance Service bill in the amount of $17.00 for Rebecca Horton dated 10/6/67 was approved.
Motion was made by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, bill from Jarvis Heating and Air Conditioning in the sum of $315.00 for repairs to compressor in the Welfare Office was approved.
Statements from Inland Abstract and Title Company for title search on South Street $25.00 and title search on SR 44 $50.00, were approved on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
Request from the Chamber of Commerce for monthly allotment was approved together with last month’s request, on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
Request from the Prosecuting Attorney to attend Seminar in Daytona Beach, November 29 – December 1, was approved on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
Purchase of two filing cabinets from Addressograph Multigraph Corp. by the Supervisor of Elections was approved in the amount of $389.85 on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Clerk was authorized to pay from the Equipment Account $2,600 to the Sheriff, plus $1300 monthly allotment in order to effect a trade on a new car needed by the Sheriff’s Department.
On motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Board approved December allotment of $1250 to the Lake County Development Commission with the stipulation that no additional payments will be made until January.
Request of Doris Babb to attend planning session for the Spring Convention of County Finance Officers in Orlando and December 1 and 2 was approved on motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
Request of R. S. Webb to attend Planning and Zoning Conference in Miami Beach on December 6 – 9, was approved on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
The Clerk was authorized to deposit with the Tavares Postmaster $300.00 to insure return postage for jury questionnaires.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
Road and Bridge Fund - Nos. 1 – 86
General Revenue Fund - Nos. 1 – 219
Mosquito Control – State II - Nos. 1 – 9
Fine and Forfeiture - Nos. 1 – 18
Northwest Lake County Hospital District - Nos. 1
The Clerk was instructed to return bills from the South Lake Hospital for ambulance service to be paid from the Ambulance Service Fund.
On motion of Comr. Theus seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, minutes of the regular meetings of October 2 and 9 and special meeting of October 11, 1967, were approved as submitted.
Letter from the Town of Minneola thanking the Board for improvements to Old SR 50 from SR 25 to Main Avenue was read and filed.
Copy of letter from the State Board of Health regarding Golden Gem Growers was filed.
Monthly report from the Welfare Director was filed.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 4:00 o’clock P.M.