MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – January 8, 1968
A regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, was held Monday, January 8, 1968 at 10:00 o’clock A.M. in the County Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, with the following members present: Commissioner H. A. Babb, Chairman; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Dykes and Livingston. Others present were County Attorney C. E. Duncan, County Engineer Gordon Hays, Jr., Zoning Director Webb, and Deputy Clerk Norma H. Coven.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman and the invocation was given by Mr. Webb.
Resolutions not classified elsewhere
Mr. A. T. Kirby, Traffic Manager, Tamiami Trailways, was present and asked Lake County’s endorsement of application to extend motor bus transportation that will connect the lower west coast of Florida with the Orlando area and provide direct service between the lower west coast of Florida and Orlando, Ocala, Winter Haven area, Cape Kennedy and Daytona Beach. Motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, adopting a resolution approving the applications of Tamiami Trailways for extension of its common carrier bus service between the cities involved now pending before the Florida Public Service Commission and requesting that Florida Public Service Commission and Interstate Commerce Commission grant the applications.
Roads – county
Mr. Bob Gray appeared and requested the Board to resurface Dicie Street, West of Bay Street, in Eustis. The Engineer was instructed to survey same and if under the minimum bid price, to contact the contractor who is presently surfacing Eustis streets and secure a proposal from him for the job, otherwise to advertise for bids.
Engineer Hays said he has notice from the SRD that the design of Kurt Street has been completed and bids will be received when the right of way acquisition is complete.
On recommendation of the Engineer, the Board approved a ditch along County Road 2-3021 to prevent a property owner from plowing up the right of way.
Engineer Hays reported that the City of Leesburg is agreeable to an exchange of property adjacent to the District No. 1 Barn, which can be used as one site for the motor vehicle inspection stations. On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston, the Attorney was instructed to prepare the petition for the exchange and to advertise same.
The Board appointed Lester Huey to appraise the properties of the City of Leesburg and Lake County relative to the exchange of same.
The Board discussed possible locations to construct the motor vehicle inspection lanes. Engineer Hays advised that Seminole County is taking bids on equipment for the lanes tomorrow, and would like to attend. He was authorized to attend the bid opening in Sanford, and also meetings with other Central Florida counties regarding the implementation of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Program.
Attorney Duncan was directed to commence negotiations with the State of Florida to secure funds to operate the inspection stations, on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Jack Jones was appointed architect on the inspection stations.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise for bids for the equipment of the inspection stations and lanes.
W. H. Reedy, Don Taylor and Willard Graves appeared with reference to the Safety Council conducting defensive driving course for the County employees. Mr. Taylor stated it is an either hour course with four sessions of 2 hours each. On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted to offer the course to County employees.
Roads – state
Chairman Babb instructed the engineer to request the State Road Department to erect one way signs on SR 19 in Umatilla at the Central motel and at the intersection of SR 450.
Autos & trucks
Mr. Hays reported he inspected the two junk trucks at the Minneola Barn and recommended that Gordon Hyatt’s bid of $50.00 be accepted for the trucks bearing numbers 4119-15040 and 4190-28601. The sale was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Coward and carried.
Engineer Hays advised the contractor has not met the specifications contained in the contract for resurfacing the streets in Silver beach Heights. He has required the contractor to improve the bad spots, however, the complete job is not smooth. He was instructed to handle this with the contractor to the satisfaction of the owner.
The Engineer recommended the Florida Transmission Gas Company be required to complete a permit form in addition to the resolution requested. On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the recommendation of the Engineer was approved and the Engineer was instructed to advise the company that permit forms will be required.
The Engineer filed the following use permits:
No. 102 to Florida Telephone for construction and maintenance of buried cable along County Road 5-8498 between SR 42 and Lake Mack.
No. 103 to Florida Telephone Corp. for construction and maintenance of buried cable along County Road 5-8998 between Paisley and SR 42.
Application before the Florida Public Service Commission from Sentinel Star Express Co. for extension of Certificate to remove weight restriction was to transportation of newspapers, approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
Engineer Hays informed the Board that representatives from the railroad company have contacted him and they advise that the crossings will be completed immediately.
Maps & Plats
The Attorney presented plat of Tanglewood Subdivision, owners Clell Coleman II and Eleanor D. Coleman, located in the City of Leesburg, and has been approved by the City, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the plat was approved and accepted for recording by the Board.
The Clerk presented a request from the Lake County Economic Opportunity, Inc. for the Board to appoint a representative to serve on its Board of Directors. The members concurring, the Chairman appointed Robert S. Webb to serve in this capacity.
Memo from the Soil Conservationist showing that 14,720 acres were mapped in November and December, making the total acreage mapped to date of 517,298.
Recess & reassembly
The Board recessed for lunch at 12 noon and reconvened at 1:30 P.M. to take up the remaining items of business. Clerk Owens was present during the afternoon session. Commr. Livingston was not present.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a change order was approved to extend the seining program to Lakes Eustis, Harris and Yale.
Chairman Babb appointed Commr. Dykes to serve on the Law Library Board for the ensuing year.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the following holiday schedule was approved for all County offices:
February 22 Washington’s Birthday
April 12 Good Friday
May 30 Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
September 2 Labor Day
November 11 Veterans’ Day
November 28 & 29 Thanksgiving
December 25 & 26 Christmas
January 1, 1969 New Years
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Robert S. Webb was authorized to serve as a consultant to the Pollution Committee of the Florida Association of Soil and Water Conservation district Supervisors.
Planning & zoning
The Zoning Director filed copy of resolution of the Board of Zoning Appeals approving the sale of alcoholic beverages in the labor camp at Sorrento.
On recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, a resolution was adopted amending the Zoning Rules & Regulations as they pertain to the following tracts of land to the classification designated after each description:
1. Government Lots 3,4 and 5 in Section 7, township 19 South, Range 26 East; LESS: the South 200 feet of Government Lot 4;
now classified and zoned as R-1 (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification R-3 (Residential).
2. That part of the North 400 feet of the SE¼ of the SW¼ in Section 24, township 20 South, Range 24 East, lying east of Highway U. S. 27, S.R. 25;
now classified and zoned as A (Agriculture), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification C-1 (Commercial).
It being the time advertised to hold a public hearing for the purpose of considering and acting upon proposed amendments to the Rules and Regulations of the Building Code, the Chairman called for interested persons to be heard at this time. No one appeared objecting to the amendments, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted authorizing the following amendments:
Section XI. SCHEDULE OF FEES AND PENALTIES – CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY
Section XI is amended by deleting line 11 reading as follows:
Original Fee Annual Fee
“Inactive Contractor $ ----------- $5.00”
and inserting in lieu thereof:
Original Fee Annual Fee
“Inactive Contractor $5.00 $5.00”
Section XII, Paragraph (6) thereunder, is deleted and the following inserted in lieu thereof:
(6) Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation Contractor
Scope of Limitations: Any person, firm or corporation who engages in any business under a contract, either express or implied, in the installation of altering and repairing of air conditioning, heating, mechanical refrigeration and ventilation equipment, and/or their component parts or controls, provided any component exceeds 50,000 BTU per hour input rating for heating and 1,800 BTU rating for an Air-Conditioning Unit.
Section XII, Paragraph (7), sub-paragraph (2) is amended by adding:
(20) Heating, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation Service.
Section XII, Paragraph (8) thereunder, is deleted and the following inserted in lieu thereof:
(8) Inactive Contractor
Scope of Limitations: Any person who has the qualifications to hold a Certificate of Competency and does not desire to engage in any business under a contract, express or implied, or perform any work as a contractor, and who desires to preserve his or her Certificate of Competency, may apply for an Inactive Certificate.
Inactive Certificates shall be issued annually and may not be issued for more than 5 consecutive years.
Representatives of the Fair Association, City of Eustis and the Flower Show appeared relative to the proposed plans of the fair grounds. Charles Norris was spokesman for the Fair Association committee and presented the committee’s recommendation. Mr. William Scott, L. R. Huffstetler, Don Porter, R. J. Schneider spoke on behalf of the City of Eustis recommendations. Mrs. Bernasconi presented a letter from Mr. Paul W. Bryan relative to the Flower Show specifications.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board appointed Jack Jones as architect and instructed him to proceed with tentative plans.
Engineer Hays informed the Board that the Committee appointed to study central sewage and water treatment plans and disposal facilities is ready to make its recommendations. For a long range plan, the committee recommends that Lake County employ a consulting engineering firm to make a further study of this problem.
During the interim period the following recommendations were made:
1. That central water treatment be required for all subdivisions.
2. That central sewage treatment and disposal facilities be provided where the density is such that more than three lots per acre are proposed and in such cases, Lake County will take over and maintain said sewage disposal plants provided the owner will donate said facilities to Lake County.
3. That septic tanks be allowed where percolation tests and soil analysis tests are satisfactory and where the density of lots does not exceed three per acre, provided however, that sewage treatment will be required in excess of 50 contiguous acres, and/or 150 dwelling units that are existing.
4. Any new development less than 50 acres contiguous to an area where the total of the areas exceed 3 lots per acre and a total of 50 acres, shall be required to install sewage treatment facilities.
The following persons appeared objecting to the above recommendations: Mr. E. T. Hall, and Rantson Davis.
Members of the Board concurring, the Chairman appointed the following to serve on a committee to further study this matter; and report to the Board on February 12 at 2 P.M.
Dr. Hall, E. T. Hall, Rantson Davis, Truman Morehead, Charles Squibb, C. E. Duncan, Gordon Hays, Robert S. Webb.
Reports – official
Clerk Owens presented Report of Receipts, Expenses and Net Income of the tax Assessor, R. G. Cassady for the year ending December 31, 1967, showing return to the County of $62,468.31 and to the Board of Public Instruction $14,807.27. The report was approved and check accepted on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Cancellation of warrants
The Clerk advised the following Fine & forfeiture warrants were issued in error and have
been cancelled: #124 payable to C. A. Howey - $5.00
# 52 payable to F. A. McCrae - $5.72
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the action of the Clerk was approved.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Clerk was authorized to pay from the Fine and Forfeiture fund to Paul Neeld, Baliff, $1.50 for each defendant fingerprinted in Circuit Court, same to be retroactive to the effective date of Chapter 67-214.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes, the Clerk was instructed to pay the City of Tavares taxes on Lots A, B, C, Block 41.
Commr. Dykes moved that the Engineer and Planning Director be authorized to attend any of the four inquiry sessions concerning differing phases of manpower needs of local government offered by the Florida State University. The motion was seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the request from Lake County Chamber of Commerce for January allotment of $1250.00 was approved.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the request form Lake County Development Commission for January allotment of $1250.00 was approved.
Request from the Juvenile Judge for two juvenile counselors and secretary to attend a 10 week course of the School of Social Welfare in Orlando was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
Request from the Circuit Judge for one new IBM typewriter for a net price of $291.00 was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the low proposal from Ford Press in the amount of $88.45 was accepted to print 1,000 folders “Packet for the Bride” for the Home Demonstration Agent.
Requisition from South Lake Memorial Hospital, Inc. for $80,000 to the Construction Fund and $20,000 to the Ambulance Fund was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
Expenses were approved for the Clerk and Deputy Clerk to attend Elections Workshop in Tallahassee on Jan. 17 and 18; also expenses of Emogene Stegall to the Workshop and Mid-Winter Conference Supervisor of Elections Jan. 19 and 20.
Request from the Tax Collector for $32,045.78 for commissions on taxes collected was approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
Request from Tax Assessor for $20,000 advance on commissions on 1968 tax roll was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes, the bill from Basic Asphalt Corp. in the sum of $1,989.95 for resurfacing Sylvan Point Drive streets was approved.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
General Revenue Fund - 431-601
Mosquito Control – State II - 20- 28
Fine & Forfeiture Fund - 39- 54
Road & Bridge Fund - 162-233
South Lake Memorial Hospital - 3
South Lake Memorial Hospital
Ambulance - 3
Northeast Lake County Hospital
Ambulance - 4
Northwest Lake County Hospital
Ambulance - 4
Letter from Conway Research, Inc. relative to Economic Development programs was read and filed.
Monthly reports from the following were filed:
Agriculture Agent and Assistants
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried the minutes of the regular meetings of December 4 and 11, and special meeting of December 26, 1967 were approved.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 4:00 P.M.