MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – FEBRUARY 12, 1968
A regular meeting of the Board County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, was held Monday, February 12, 1968, at 10 A.M. in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, in Tavares with the following members present: H. A. Babb, Chairman; Commrs. Theus, Cowart and Dykes. Others present were Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan, Engineer Hays and Planning & Zoning Director Webb.
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 for the sale and removal of residence and garage buildings, located on Barrow Avenue in Tavares, the Chairman called for bids, whereupon, the Clerk advised no bids have been received. Commr. Dykes moved that the house and garage be disassembled by the prison crew. The motion was seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the following were accepted as the best and low bids on equipment for the Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations:
Tri-County Equipment Co.
Southern Tire Equipment Co.
Counts Supply Company
Walter Kidde & Co.
Wood Oil Equipment Co.
Bailey Motor Equipment Co.
C. L. Steiner Company
Ned Smith Equipment Co.
Woodruff Equipment Co., Inc.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dyes and carried, the following changes were approved to the present indigent list:
District #4 - CANCEL Helen Camfiel $40
ADD Harriet B. Rennerfelt 60 for 2 months
Jack Jones, Architect, appeared and submitted tentative plans for the construction of three motor vehicle inspection stations. Mr. Jones gave an estimate of $20,000 for each building. On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the plans as submitted were accepted and approved and the Clerk was authorized to advertise bids for March 4th.
Attorney Duncan informed the Board negotiations have been made with the First National Bank of Mount Dora to borrow $100,000 at 4-1/2% interest for the operation of the motor vehicle inspection stations. On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a Resolution was adopted authorizing Lake County to borrow $100,000 for this operation.
right of way – roads
Winn J. Lane representing Shands & Baker appeared with reference to right of way for access road to clay pit owned by Shands & Baker. The County Engineer presented map of the location showing connecting property owners. He advised the road would be approximately ¾ mile long. Attorney Duncan advised the Statutes give the right to private individuals to condemn property provided they can show cause they are developing an industry in an isolated tract of land. Commr. Dykes stated in the event the right of way is secured, the road will be built at the expense of Shands & Baker. Mr. Duncan said Lake County cannot accept the road for a County road after it is built unless it is a 50’ right of way.
Attorney Duncan presented right of way deed conveying to the State Road Department the right of way acquired for SR S-474. On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the deed was approved and the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute same. (Recorded in O.R. Bk. 352, Pg. 815)
Representatives of the Fair Building Committee and the City of Eustis were present with the Architect who presented sketch of a master plan of the fairground facilities. Mr. Jones advised it will possibly be 10 years before all the buildings are completed. The first building to be constructed will be a multi-purpose building, 176’ by 100’ with removable booths that can be used for other activities all year. Secured price of $4.50 per sq. ft. from the University of Florida. The building will have concrete block sidewalls with metal roof and will accommodate 1250. It will contain 40,000 sq. ft. including office and restrooms. The poultry and livestock buildings will be salvaged from the present fairgrounds and relocated on the new site. Mr. Jones said he and the committee have not ignored the amount of money that is available and this is a long range plan. Mr. Clements said he was informed in Gainesville the State has no matching funds for this type project.
Mr. Bill Dupont, President of W. D. DuPont & Sons, Inc., manufacturers of steel buildings appeared and advised he has prepared preliminary drawings of metal buildings at the request of Mr. Livingston who is now deceased. A building 275’ long and 155’ wide with concrete floor and fireproof, including kitchen and restrooms will cost approximately $2.65 per sq. ft. We can eliminate 100’ and construct a building that is within the funds available.
The Architect and Fair Committee were instructed to continue working on the plans and to study Mr. DuPont’s proposal.
Mr. Jones asked the Board’s approval of the location of the fair buildings in order that land improvements may be started. On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the location was approved as presented in the plans and the Engineer was instructed to handle the land improvements with County labor.
Attorney Duncan advised there is no provision in the law for Lake County to lease the fair buildings when completed for other activities. Recommended that a special Act be prepared for this purpose. The Attorney was instructed to pursue this matter and advise.
Engineer Hays reported Mrs. Dolly Vorones (Battle) has moved her house trailer from the Eustis barn property.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes, the Engineer was authorized to dismantle the shed on the Eustis barn site with prison labor.
Inquiry from Clemons Agency regarding 250 acres of County property located in 27-22-25. The Clerk was instructed to notify them the County is not interested in selling the land.
Clerk Owens presented notices from the Division of Plant Industry advising that the following described properties have been approved for movement of soil into citrus producing areas:
S-6, T-22, R-26 BLOCK 4 acres, located junction of Hwys. 27 and Old Hwy. 50, 2 miles North, .5 mile East, North side of road, Minneola.
MARION CO. BLOCK 7.5 ACRES, located 2.1 miles West on Hwy 42 from Hwy. 19, Altoona.
Engineer Hays advised the portion of Lake Nettie Drive the Board has been petitioned to close is a dedicated County road. Commr. Dykes moved the petition be denied. The motion was seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried and the Attorney was directed to so advise the attorney for the petitioners.
Petition of Donald J. Barton to close portions of Pine Avenue and Franklin Avenue in Sorrento was accepted and public hearing was authorized for March 4, 1968.
Roads – county
Engineer Hays advised when Stin Haselton donated right of way for SR-452-A it was with the understanding that a 10’ by 10’ culvert would be installed connecting his property with Trout Lake. The State Road Department has designed a 3’ by 7’ and is not large enough for the passage of small boats as requested by Mr. Haselton. The Attorney was instructed to request the State Road Department to install the 10’ by 10’ culvert.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a Resolution was adopted establishing a maximum speed of 35 MPH on County Road 5-7465 commencing at SR 450 and extending North along Pine Street and continuing North along the Easterly side of Merrill-Vaughn Subdivision to Lakeview Drive in Umatilla.
bonds – county
Attorney Duncan advised he has requested the Attorney General’s opinion relative to the County issuing revenue certificates under Chapter 67-307 (17) for the operation of the motor vehicle inspection stations. He has copy of amendment to the act which was introduced in the Legislature by Rep. Reedy, providing that revenue certificates may be issued under Chapter 159, Florida Statutes.
recess and reassembly
The meeting recessed for lunch and reconvened at 1:30 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business. Commr. Theus was not present.
roads – state
Letter from the State Road Dept. was presented by the Clerk advising that no maintenance agreement was executed for resurfacing Job No. 11507-8602, SR S-438, Old SR 50 - SR 561 to SR 25 in Minneola, whereupon motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Chairman and Clerk authorized to execute same.
Corrected notice from the State Road Department advising the completion of SR 561 in Minneola to SR 25 and same has been returned to the County and/or City of Minneola for maintenance.
state road department
The Clerk presented letter from the State Road Dept. requesting amendment to the Resolution adopted on November 6, 1967 relative to reimbursement by the Department of the County Engineer’s salary due to the effective date of the bill. On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a Resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Dept. to reimburse Lake County the proportionate portion of the County Engineer’s salary applicable of that portion of the fiscal year commencing with the approval of the Act and extending to September 30, 1967.
Bond for carrying firearms for Thomas D. Weaver was approved on motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
The Engineer filed the following Use Permits:
To Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain buried cable paralleling a portion of Dist. 4-5167 located between Dist. 4-4581 and Dist. 4-5269.
To Florida Gas Transmission Co. for the construction and maintenance of 26 inch O. D. Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline on Rd. 4-3987 between Sorrento and Mount Plymouth.
To Florida Gas Transmission Co. for construction and maintenance of 26 inch O. D. Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline on Rd. 4-5884 between Johnson’s Corner and Sorrento.
To Florida Gas Transmission Co. for construction and maintenance of 26 inch O. D. Natural Gas Pipeline, Transmission, on Rd. 4-5983 between Eustis and Cassia.
To Florida Gas Transmission Co. for construction and maintenance of 26 inch pipeline on Rd. 4-6583 between Eustis and Johnson’s Corner.
To Florida Gas Transmission Co. for construction and maintenance of 26 inch pipeline on Rd. 5-7581 between Umatilla and Johnson’s corner.
To City of Tavares for construction and maintenance of 6” cast iron pipe on Rd. New Hampshire Ave. on North of US 441.
To Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain buried cable paralleling a portion of County Rd. 5-9883 located between SR 40 and Blue Creek Lodge.
To Florida Power Corp. to construct and maintain a 72,000 volt aerial electric transmission line crossing over Rd. 4-4981 between Mt. Dora and Cassia.
To Florida Power Corp. to construct and maintain a 72,000 volt aerial electric transmission line crossing over Rd. 4-4581 between Mt. Dora and Sorrento.
To Florida Power Corp. to construct and maintain a 72,000 volt aerial electric transmission line paralleling Rd. 4-4480 between Mt. Dora and Sorrento.
To Leon Ettinger to construct and maintain an 8” plastic pipe line from Lake Wilma crossing road 3-1346 located East of Clermont.
To Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc. to construct and maintain 7.21/12.5 KV electric line on Rd. 2-2729 between SR 19 and 1-1/2 miles West.
To Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc. to construct and maintain 7.2/12.5 KV power line on Rd. No. 2-0527 between SR 561 and 1.5 miles West.
Letter addressed to the Chairman from the Division of Community Hospitals and Medical Facilities giving an outline of local work to be done in order to expedite progress on the proposed Health Center in Tavares was referred to the Attorney to review this with Dr. Hall.
Dr. Hall appeared with Mr. Gordon Folke, Sanitary Engineer for the State Board of Health, relative to recommendations of the Water & Sewage Treatment Committee. The recommendations were submitted in writing and after discussing same, the committee was requested to make further studies of the problems and meet on February 19th with one or more County Commissioners.
outdoor recreations facilities
Ben Burton asked if the members were aware of the deliberate vandalism to County road signs in the Lisbon area. Chairman Babb informed him the Board is aware of this and the Road and Bridge Dept. is constantly replacing signs throughout the County.
Letter of complaint from Roosevelt James relative to a park in Twin Lakes Subdivision was read and the Clerk was instructed to request Mr. James to appear before the Board regarding this.
R. F. Shoup of Shoup Voting Machine Corp. was present and recommended the County buy four additional interlocks for each of the 93 voting machines. Clerk Owens advised until we know how many candidates’ names will be on the ballot, suggest we wait until after the qualifying dates. Mr. Shoup said the interlocks will cost $55 each and the straps will be $10 each. He will submit a written proposal and after qualifying time expires, the Clerk will make recommendations to the Board.
On recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Commission and on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart 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:
1. The West 500 feet of Lots 11 and 12; ALSO: Begin at the NW corner of Lot 2, run South 199.3 feet, North 76° East 355 feet North 23°28’30” West 123.78 feet to North line of Lot 2, West 293.2 feet to the Point of Beginning; ALL IN BLOCK 32 as shown on the revised and corrected plat of the Resubdivision of Silver Lake Estates as recorded in Plat Book 10, Page 68, public records of Lake County, Florida.
now classified and zoned as R-1-A (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification A (Agriculture).
2. The North 1268.09 feet of the West 1144 feet of Gov’t. Lot 4, in section 24, Township 18 South, Range 24 East;
now classified and zoned as R-1-A (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed
and rezoned to Classification A (Agriculture).
3. The Southwest ¼ of Southwest ¼ of Northwest ¼ of Sec. 9, Twp. 18 S. Rge. 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).
4. Tract 45 in Sec. 33, Tp. 22 S.R. 26 E., according to the plat of Postal Colony Company as recorded in Plat Book 9, Page 65, public records of Lake County, Florida;
now classified and zoned as R-1 (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification A (Agriculture).
5. Begin at the Southeast corner of Sec. 14, Tp. 19 S.R. 25 E., run thence North 1707 feet to a C.M. on South side of Ohio Street, thence West 190 feet to East side of Cook Avenue, thence South 10°30’ West 300 feet, thence South 58° West 400 feet, thence North 32° West 315 feet more or less to Southerly edge of canal, thence in a Southwesterly direction along canal 550 feet more or less to the East side of a 20 foot right of way, thence South along said right of way 302 feet to Northerly side of Cook Avenue, thence North 58° East along the North side of Cook Avenue 314 feet, thence South 32° East 230 feet to Southeast corner of Tindell lot, thence South 58° West 100 feet, thence North 32° West 200 feet, thence South 58° 230 feet, thence South 270.71 feet, thence South 58° West 100 feet, thence South 500 feet to the Southwest corner of SE ¼ of SE ¼ of said Section 14, thence East 1320 feet to Point of Beginning;
now classified and zoned as R-1 (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification R-3 (Mobile Home Park Subdivision).
On recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Commission and on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board authorized advertising for a public hearing to be held on March 11th to consider a proposed amendment to Classifications R-3 (Mobile Home Park Subdivision), Paragraph B (Uses Permitted) of the Zoning Regulations.
Letter from the Juvenile Judge advising that the annual Day in Court has been scheduled for February 29th and asking the Board members to attend.
Annual report of the operation of the Juvenile Shelter for the 1967 calendar year was filed.
Two days’ vacation was approved for the County Engineer, Gordon Hays, Jr., for February 15 and 16.
Resignation of Mr. and Mrs. Lane as Asst. Superintendent and Asst. Matron of the Juvenile Shelter was accepted effective January 31, 1968.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, two weeks’ vacation pay was approved for Lester E. Spalding and one day overtime for Emmet S. Lane.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, check in the amount of $60 was accepted from Robert J. Macher as reimbursement for road materials.
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board authorized expenditure for materials to erect a basketball goal at the Juvenile Shelter and instructed the Engineer to furnish the clay required.
Request from the Lake County Development Commission for $1,250 monthly allotment was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Payment of $11,000 to the Florida Board of Conservation Division of Geology was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, payment of $100,000 was approved to the Waterman Memorial Hospital.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, final payment on contract to Shoup Voting Machine Corp. in the sum of $2,069.08 was approved.
Request from Lake County Chamber of Commerce for monthly allotment of $1,250 was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On recommendation of the Veterans Service Officer the low proposal of Lake Business Machines, Inc. on executive desk and chair in the amount of $434.03 was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Travel expenses were approved for Robert Mack Jones to attend 4-H Dairy Judging at the State Fair in Tampa February 13th.
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
General Revenue Fund
602 – 809
Mosquito Control – State II
29 – 40
Fine & Forfeiture Fund
55 – 76
Road & Bridge Fund
234 – 318
Capital Outlay Reserve – County Buildings
1 – 2
South Lake Memorial Hospital
South Lake Memorial Hospital – Ambulance
Northeast Lake County Hospital
3 – 4
Northeast Lake County Hospital – Ambulance
5 – 6
Northwest Lake County Hospital
Northwest Lake County Hospital – Ambulance
5 - 6
The following reports (monthly) were filed:
Florida Division of Corrections regarding Lake County Jail and Stockade and Road Prison 58.
Seine haul reports of Lake Dora and Lake Harris were filed. Also report of Lake Improvement Assn. re: above.
Letter of appreciation from Mrs. Katherine L. Baker for cabinets installed in her office.
Letter from Lake County Safety Council to Smallwood Sign Co. re: shielding the sign floodlights on sign near the Eustis interchange.
opinions - legal
Attorney Duncan filed Attorney General’s Opinion relative to the County expending funds to provide equipment and supplies to the State Attorney’s Office.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the minutes of January 2nd and January 8th and Special Meeting on January 16th were approved as submitted.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 3:30 P.M.