MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – december 11, 1967
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners convened in regular session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse in Tavares on Monday, December 11, 1967 at 10:00 a.m. with the following members present: Commr. Dykes, Chairman; Commrs. Theus, Cowart, and Babb. Others present were County Attorney Duncan, County Engineer Hays, Zoning Director Webb, and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven. Commr. Livingston was absent due to illness.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, and the invocation was given by Mr. Webb.
Mrs. Verna Eastwood, Welfare Director, was present and informed the Board that Mr. Paul Jones, Administrator of the three private nursing homes in the county, is interested in the County depleting the waiting list of indigent patients by placing the patients in the private homes and the County to pay the monthly supplement. The Board agreed not to extend the number of patients previously approved in the private homes.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Board approved the supplement to the Leesburg Convalescent Center for Henry Lee Wilkerson and approved the supplement on a temporary basis to Lake Highlands Rest Home for Minnie Mae Sherman.
Mrs. Eastwood advised there are several patients in the private nursing homes who need more medicine than the State Welfare allows, and the County has been requested to buy the additional medicine. The Board took no action on this until the number of patients requiring additional medicine is determined.
Mrs. Eastwood further advised the County is requested to pay technician’s fees for the patients in the private homes. She was instructed to refer this matter to Dr. Hall.
Mrs. Eastwood reported the new Lien and Recovery of the State Welfare Dept. is causing quite a bit of confusion with the indigent recipients.
It now being the time to receive bids on three new pickup trucks for Mosquito Control, the Clerk was instructed to open and tabulate the bids, whereupon Clerk Owens reported receiving bids from the following:
Med Lakes Ford Co.
Mag Low Motors, Inc.
D C Waters Ford
Jungle Auto Service
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the bids were referred to the County Engineer and the Mosquito Control Director for study and recommendation.
Paul Milton, Mosquito Control Director, appeared relative to the access road into the new landfill at Sorrento; approximately 600’ needs claying. The Engineer instructed to survey r/w for the road. Also requested that the prisoners be allowed to clean the refuse which is scattered in a ¼ mile area. Mr. Milton advised the County will not have spare equipment to leave at this site. His plan is to use the bulldozer at the Tri-City Landfill at this site twice a week. Mr. Babb moved that the Attorney notify the three cities involved in the Tri-City Landfill to arrange to purchase new equipment to be used at the Tri-City Landfill. The County will continue to operate the present equipment until new equipment is purchased. The motion was seconded by Commr. Theus and unanimously carried.
The Engineer informed the Board the owner of a subdivision on Lake Harris is experiencing difficulty in obtaining septic tank permits. Chairman Dykes stated it is his opinion that the Board should adopt a policy regarding subdivisions already approved and accepted by the Board. Commr. Theus moved that the action of the Board on December 4, 1967 pertaining to septic tank permits in Imperial Mobile Homes, 3rd Addition, be extended to include any subdivision approved by the Engineering Dept. as to percolation tests and accepted by the Board and ordered recorded in the Public Records prior to December 11, 1967. The motion was seconded by Commr. Cowart, and the resolution approving the above was adopted.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a resolution was adopted prohibiting the dumping of garbage and refuse on the r/w of County Road 1-5508 and that appropriated signs be erected.
Engineer Hays informed the Board that Mr. Harry Fogg is willing to remove his trees from the r/w of County Road 3-4353 and requests that the drainage problem be corrected. Commr. Theus moved that a culvert be installed when the road is improved. The motion was seconded by Commr. Babb and carried. The Engineer was instructed to determine the cost of the culvert.
The R/W Agent filed a list of parcels covering r/w acquired from land owners along SR S474. Mr. Dillard stated the r/w is conveyed to Lake County and needs to be deeded to the SRD. Mr. Duncan requested Mr. Dillard to supply him with copies of the deeds from the property owners.
Girard Kelch representing the Hula Hut Bar and Lounge appeared and requested permission to keep the bar and lounge open on New Year’s Eve until 2 a.m. The Board members concurring, the Chairman advised the Board has never extended hours and refused the request.
Mr. Kelch asked if a closed door or private party would be permitted. Attorney Duncan advised this is under the jurisdiction of the Beverage Dept.
Mr. McCauslin appeared with reference to amendments to the rules and regulations pertaining to the building code. Attorney Duncan advised a public hearing was held to adopt the rules and regulations, and in order for any amendments to meet the requirements of the law, a hearing must be held. On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted rescinding the action of the Board on October 9, 1967 approving the amendments to the building code, and the Clerk was authorized to advertise for public hearing for January 8, 1968 to hear objections.
Dick Williams of Cocoa and Joe Metz of Orlando appeared relative to the vehicle inspection stations and advised they are interested in a franchise to operate the stations in Lake County. Estimate $22,000 will be needed to equip the necessary stations on County property, three persons will be required at each station, and two inspectors can inspect 300 vehicles per eight-hour day. Chairman Dykes stated Lake County has not budgeted funds for this project. Atty. Duncan advised the Act provides the counties may borrow money from the state for this purpose, and he read a letter from the Dept. of Public Safety on this subject.
Mr. Duncan reported he has talked with Col. Kirkman of the Dept. of Public Safety advising if the County does not take over the Vehicle Inspection Stations, the State will enter into a contract with private enterprise.
Howell Hopson, Architect, appeared with reference to additional space for the Office of the Supervisor of Elections. He recommended that storage cabinets be built in her office, and she is agreeable to this. He has secured a price of $323 for the work, and same was approved on a motion by Commr. Cowart and seconded by Commr. Theus for Mr. Howell to proceed with the work.
road and bridge department
Engineer Hays advised that Paul Cox of Eustis has property in the Grand Island area which he is willing to sell for a clay pit. Engineer Hays was instructed to survey the property and approximate the cost of same.
recess and reassembly
The Board recessed for lunch at 12:00 noon and reconvened at 1:15 p.m. to consider other matters brought before the Board.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the position of permanent r/w agent will be discontinued as of December 31, 1967, and the services of Emery Dillard will be terminated as of the same date. The Clerk was authorized to pay him ½ month severance pay. Effective January 1, 1968, the r/w agent will be employed on a per diem basis, and pay for same will be determined at a later date.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board approved the following change in Road and Bridge Dept. personnel:
Lester D. Sutton to Road Maintenance Foreman effective January 1, 1968, monthly salary of $440.00, to replace Dee McLendon who is retiring.
Engineer Hays advised he is in receipt of a letter from SRD relative to letting the contract on SR 474 in March 1968. Attorney Duncan stated the suit can be started, and when the r/w is acquired, the defendants can be eliminated from the suit. Mr. Hays was instructed to request the SRD to proceed with the suit.
The Engineer advised the petition for resurfacing streets in Suburban Shores includes 90.4 percent owners and 86.6 percent front footage. On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, a resolution was adopted accepting the petition and public hearing authorized to hear objections to the resurfacing.
Attorney Duncan presented a letter from Humble Oil Co. advising the boring tests they required have been completed. Engineer Hays advised he has been furnished with information obtained from the survey. Mr. Hays was instructed to furnish this information to the Geological Survey Service.
The Zoning Director submitted an application for a change of zoning of Joe Boutwell from R-1 (Residential) to M-1 (Industrial), which was denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission on 11/30/67. Mrs. Katherine Keen was present representing Mr. Boutwell who is appealing to this Board to reconsider his request. On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission was upheld and the appeal denied.
Mr. Webb filed a resolution adopted by the Board of Zoning Appeals authorizing the issuance of building permits in Indian Hill Subdivision (Mobile Home Park Subdivision) for the reason that the park already has a number of residences, and in Astor Forest Campsites (unrecorded plat) for the reason that the substandard lots were laid out prior to zoning.
Chairman Dykes informed the Board that the City of Tavares has requested the County to make street signs for the city at its expense. The Attorney was instructed to advise the City of Tavares the request is denied due to the fact that the same request has been refused other cities.
On the recommendation of the Attorney and on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Attorney was instructed to prepare deeds for the purchase of the S ½ of Block 44, Tavares and the N ½ Block 44, West of Railroad, Tavares, and the Clerk was authorized to issue warrants in the amounts of $1,000 and $6,500 respectively for the properties.
Attorney Duncan presented a letter from Orange County regarding a pollution program advising that they are interested in such a program.
Mr. Duncan also presented a letter from Mrs. Marguerite Prinz of Mount Dora stating she feels a number of Orange and Lake County residents would be willing to donate funds to support a local pollution program board to handle this problem.
Letter from Selma S. Brickman complaining that County Road 4-4183 is impassable and has not been improved for nine years. This matter was referred to the Engineer.
Chairman Dykes informed the Board that D. A. Haggerty is complaining of boats that are tied to trees in Lake Harris in front of his property. The Attorney was instructed to advise Mr. Haggerty the Board has no jurisdiction over private property.
chamber of commerce and development commission
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Clerk was instructed to notify the Chamber of Commerce and the Development Commission to arrange a consolidation of the two organizations by February 1, 1968 or funds allocated by the Board will be discontinued. The Board also requests the recommendation of an executive secretary to be approved by the Board.
On the request of the Clerk and on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the amendment to the Road & Bridge Budget to set up anticipated receipts of $25,000 to cover future special assessments for street paving under Chapter 63-1505 was approved.
funds – transfer
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, transfer of $75 from Acct. #55822 to #85882 was authorized.
A request from the Welfare Director to purchase a used electric vacuum cleaner for $75 was approved on a motion by Commr. Babb.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board approved replacement of a Come-along chain hoist at an approximate cost of $37.50.
The request from the Tax Collector for $31,770.42 commissions on taxes remitted was approved on a motion by Commr. Cowart and seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
Payments to Shoup Voting Machine Corp. in the amounts of $6,684.72 and $6,660.66 were approved on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Lake County’s 1967-68 Farm Forestry Assessment in the sum of $2,000 was approved to the Florida Forest Services.
A request from the E. Central Florida Regional Planning Council for Lake County’s participating share in the Council for 1967-68 was approved in the sum of $8,832 on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board approved a 16 mm sound projector and screen for the Lake County Safety Council.
Payment to the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission in the sum of $2,815.43 for Lake County’s portion of the Lake Griffin seining program was approved on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
The December allotment of $1,250 to the Lake County Chamber of Commerce was approved on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
The following vouchers were approved by the Board:
General Revenue Fund Voucher Nos. 220-430
Mosquito Control – State II 10-19
Fine & Forfeiture Fund 19-38
Road & Bridge Fund 87-161
Capital Outlay Reserve – County Home 1-2
Bond Interest & Sinking Fund – County Building 1
South Lake Memorial Hospital 1-2
South Lake Memorial Hospital – Ambulance 1-2
Northeast Lake County Hospital 1-2
Northeast Lake County Hospital – Ambulance 1-3
Northwest Lake County Hospital 1A-2
Northwest Lake County Hospital – Ambulance 1-3
Mrs. Eastwood was instructed to return statements from the South Lake Hospital for ambulance service and to inform the Hospital that they are to be paid from the Special Ambulance Fund.
A letter from Fiske-Gay Associates, Inc., Engineers, regarding the Industrial Waste Treatment Plant to serve Golden Gem Growers, Inc. was filed.
A letter from the State Board of Health regarding Greenhough Restaurant & Motel was filed.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the minutes of the regular meetings of November 6 and 13 and special meeting of November 27, 1967 were approved as submitted.
The monthly report from the Welfare Director was filed.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 3:00 o’clock P.M.