MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MAY 8, 1973
The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, convened in regular session on Tuesday, May 8, 1973, in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse Tavares, Florida, at 9:00 o’clock A.M. with the following members present: C. A. Deems, Chairman; James R. Carson, Jr., Thomas J. Windram, Glenn C. Burhans, and J. M. Hoskinson. Others present were: James C. Watkins, Clerk of Circuit Court; and Norma H. Coven, Deputy Clerk.
The Chairman called the meeting to order and the invocation was given by Commr. Carson. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited.
Commr. Windram presented request from the Mental Health Center in Leesburg for authorization to put in a partition in the large rear office, at their expense, and requested that a lease be drawn up between the Center and the County for the use of the facility in Leesburg. On motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and unanimously carried, the Board approved the partition, to be put in at their expense, and requested that the County Attorney prepare a lease agreement.
The Board approved the following changes to the indigent list:
District # 1 – DELETE Thomas Swanson
District # 1 – DELETE Edgar Johnson
District # 3 – INCREASE Gene Parker to $40.00 per month
laws & legislature
Commr. Hoskinson apprised the Board of information he obtained in Tallahassee regarding the proposed Multi-County Planning Commission Act of 1973, which the County has gone on record as opposing.
Mr. Watkins, Clerk, stated that Mr. Noblitt, Nationwide Insurance Company, reported the following losses under the automobile fleet policy for the past three years:
1970/1971 - $326.75
1971/1972 - $161.91
1972 to date - -0-
roads – county
The Chairman presented letter from the Department of Transportation stating that the Department would appreciate being notified whenever any street or road dedication that connects or is adjacent to any State maintained road or drainage facility is being considered for abandonment, to afford them an opportunity to outline to the County how the drainage will be affected by the closing. The matter was referred to the County Engineer.
autos and trucks
Keith Hall informed the Board that he was in contact with the Division of Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee and was informed that no application for title has ever been received on the 1952 IHC firefighting truck for Lake Louisa Security Patrol. He stated that a bill of sale from the Surplus Properties Division is needed before application for title can be made and before the Lake Louisa Security Patrol can obtain a license for same. The Chairman instructed the Clerk to contact Fred Bollenberg, Civil Defense Officer, for a copy of the bill of sale and apply for a title.
Resolutions not classified elsewhere
Dave Newell appeared and requested the Board pass a Resolution to preserve the Emeralda Marsh area as wetlands. On motion of Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Carson, and unanimously carried, the Board adopted Resolution to appropriate agency to request and encourage the State to negotiate the purchase or obtain donation of this land, as the Board feels this area to be environmental endangered wetlands and thereby should be preserved.
Terrell Davis, Forestry Service, advised the Board that he has requested the City to remove two dead trees located in front of the Courthouse, which are on City property, and after removal of same, will plant two trees in front of the building.
planning & zoning
The Board discussed the strengthening of platting requirements which would require the developers of 5-acre tracts to plat, and further discussed road requirements and standards for future subdivision developments.
recess and reassembly
The Chairman announced that the Commissioners will have lunch at the Silver Lake Country Club and invited members of the public and Press to join them on a Dutch-treat basis. The meeting adjourned at 12:00 o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:50 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
roads – state
The Engineer stated that the Florida Department of Transportation is undertaking a statewide review of the status of primary and secondary roads and presented a list of primary and secondary designations proposed by DOT.
The Engineer advised the Board that the water systems in Piney Woods, Valencia Terrace, and Morningview Subdivisions have not been approved by the State and he instructed the Planning Department not to issue any more building permits in these subdivisions until the water systems are approved.
The Chairman instructed the Engineer to notify the developer of Piney Woods Subdivision to make repairs to the County roads that were cut when developing this subdivision.
roads – county
The Engineer presented an Analysis of Implementing Access Controls which was prepared by the Department of Transportation for the Board’s review.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and unanimously carried, the Board directed that the Harrington trash pit located 4 miles east of Eustis, which was established on a trial basis, be closed as the pit is being utilized for purposes other than what was intended.
road & bridge department
The Engineer requested authorization to purchase an asphalt patch compactor at approximate cost of $650.00. The Board granted the Engineer permission to obtain a compactor on a trial basis only.
Joseph Flynn, Planning Director, informed the Board that in accordance with a Resolution adopted by the Board on February 20, 1973, an application for a government grant was sent to the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration to assist in defraying the cost of a Lake County Criminal Justice Planning Study. He stated that he was notified that funds will be made available in the amount of $17,500.00 with Lake County’s contributory share being $1,945.00. Mr. Flynn said the Board’s next step is to select a consultant firm to prepare the study and appoint an ad hoc advisory committee. Mr. Joe Carter from Carter Associates, a Law Reinforcement Consultant from Brevard County, appeared and explained what the 5-year Criminal Planning Study would entail. Mr. Carter stated that the grant money has to be obligated by June 30th. The Board instructed Mr. Flynn to contact the various consultant firms asking them to submit resumes and copies of similar work samples for the Board to review and to assist the Board in selection of a consulting firm to prepare the study.
right of way easements
The County Engineer presented petition from Alfred F. Washburn, Mount Dora, to vacate easement. On recommendation of the Engineer and Planning Director, and on motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and unanimously carried, Mr. Washburn was authorized to advertise to vacate the following:
25-19-26 – Beg at SW cor or sec, run E to lake, beg again at POB Run N 154.85 ft, N 37 deg, 52 min. E 58.3 ft., S 52 deg 08 min. E 232 ft. more or less to lake, Sw’ly along lake to intersect first line less road r/w.
The County Engineer presented petition from Donald Rothermel to close portion of St. Andrews Blvd. and Sonia Street in Mount Plymouth. On recommendation of the Engineer and Planning Director, and on motion of Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr . Windram and unanimously carried, the Board authorized Mr. Rothermel to proceed with the advertising to close portion of the above named streets, said closing to be subject to the vacating of Lots 13 – 22, Block 98, Mount Plymouth Subdivision.
laws & legislature
The Engineer presented memorandum from Frank Woodson, Supervisor of Motor Vehicle Inspection, requesting the Board to support/oppose various bills filed in the Legislature that will affect the Lake County Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations.
maps & plats
The Engineer presented plat of Coursey Subdivision, 12-19-25, District 1, with recommendation of the County Attorney, Engineer, and Planning Director attached. On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried, the Board accepted the plat and authorized the Chairman and Clerk to sign same.
The Engineer presented request from Dr. Savage, Orlando, to purchase the used up borrow pit on SR 474 west of SR 25. The Engineer stated that Dr. Savage made this same request last September and was denied at that time. The Board denied the request.
On motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried, the Board approved the Engineer’s request to transfer one Road and Bridge rubber tired loader to the Astor landfill and hire an operator, who will also act as an attendant, and hire an attendant only for the Paisley landfill.
funds – transfer
The Engineer stated that in order to assist other departments in preparing their budget and to assist the revenue of the Road and Bridge Department, he would like a six months fund to fund transfer for labor, gas and oil as follows:
Landfill - $3,183.68
Motor Vehicle Inspection $141.89
Planning Department - $1,262.44
Pollution Control Department - $564.98
On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried, the Board authorized the transfer of funds.
Commr. Hoskinson reported that he received a complaint from a Lake County resident regarding the expansion, by Manley Construction Company, of a borrow pit near his residence. On recommendation of the Attorney, the Chairman directed the Attorney and Planning Director to investigate to see if it may be a possible zoning violation.
licenses and permits
The Board granted the Engineer permission to confer with the Attorney regarding the possibility of enacting an ordinance requiring certification of road and underground utility contractors.
The Chairman read letter of resignation from Arthur J. and Joan A. Howe as Assistant Matron and Superintendent at the Lake County Juvenile Supervision Center effective May 1, 1973.
contracts & agreements
Commr. Carson moved that Mr. Flynn, Lake County Planning Director, be authorized to sign agreement with the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District for joint effort in improving the environment and safeguarding natural resources. The motion was seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried.
PLANNING & ZONING
After discussion with Joseph Flynn, Planning Director, regarding the employment of an Assistant Planning Director or an Administrative Assistant for the Planning Department, Commr. Carson moved that active solicitation of persons to fill the position of Assistant Director of Planning be deferred at this time. The motion was seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried.
Commr. Hoskinson recommended that a qualified Building Official be hired to head up the Building Department. The Board asked Commr. Hoskinson to obtain a copy of the requirements of the Southern Standard Building Code relative to filling the position of Building Official and to check with other counties regarding qualifications and salary range for this position.
maps & plats
Christopher Ford, County Attorney, reported that Don Driggers has 88 parcels of land, of which some tracts are less than five acres in size. On the recommendation of Mr. Ford, the Board instructed the Planning Department to issue building permits for those tracts which are five acres or more, including the roads, declining the building permits on the tracts that are under five acres in size until an assessor’s map is approved by the Engineer and Planner and filed.
bonds – miscellaneous
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and unanimously carried, License to Carry Firearms was cancelled for Joseph Castrogiovanni.
On motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and unanimously carried, the Board approved Bonds for Carrying Firearms for the following:
J. H. Alexander
Antonio J. Radosti
On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, Contractors Bonds for Certificates of Competency were approved for the following:
David E. Schutt dba Quality Air
William Hartsock dba Leisure Time Pools
William Thigpen dba Richey Pools
Jessie T. McLemore, Jr. (Carpentry)
licenses & permits
Use Permits, as filed with the Engineer, were approved on motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and unanimously carried, for the following:
#439 – Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain buried cable and “H” fixture on County Road Dist. 4-4385.
#442 – Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain buried cable on County Road 1-6611.
#444 – Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain buried cable along County Road 1-7310.
#445 – Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain a carrier bank on County Road 5-8872.
#447 – Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain a carrier bank on State Road S-452.
#448 – Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain buried cable crossing Dixie Avenue at Lake Ave. and from Lake Ave. to a point 210’ west in Lake County.
#450 – Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain buried cable paralleling County Road S-466A for 200’ south from Dist. Rd. 1-5508.
Sumter Electric Coop, Inc., to construct, operate and maintain an electric power line to cross County from Road 5-7528.
Sumter Electric Coop, Inc., to construct, operate and maintain an electric power line from S-48 to Robin Road.
Sumter Electric Coop, Inc., to construct, operate and maintain an electrical line from west side of Dist. Road 1-5702 to east side of Road 1-5702.
Sumter Electric Coop, Inc., to construct, operate and maintain an electrical distribution line from County Road 1-7310 to a point east 1/2 mile.
Sumter Electric Coop, Inc., to construct, operate and maintain 7.2 K.V. Distribution Line from County Road 2-1503 to a point 1000 feet SW of Road 2-1401.
Coca-Cola Company Foods Division to construct, operate and maintain 5” diameter Grove irrigation pipeline from underground west side to east side of State Road 455.
Teleprompter of Florida, Inc. to construct, operate and maintain Aerial CATV System, Clermont.
Driveway Permit – John A. Kroft
Driveway Permit – Charles R. Corns
Driveway Permit – Bob Carbaugh Builder, Inc.
Driveway Permit – Comfort Builders, Inc.
Driveway Permit – Keith Shamrock
The Chairman and Clerk’s action in granting petition for admission to A. G. Holley State Hospital for Rosie Lee Hill on May 2, 1973, was approved on motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried.
Discharge Notifications from W. T. Edwards Tuberculosis Hospital were received on William E. Hill and Gene Parker.
Certificates of Error and Correction on 1972 tax roll, numbered 228-235, were approved on motion of Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Carson and unanimously carried.
schools – miscellaneous
On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board adopted Resolution to execute the DWI School program and authorized the Chairman to sign the DWI School Agreement between Lake County and the Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts.
On motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Carson and unanimously carried, the Board authorized the Clerk to advertise bids for Workmen’s Compensation Insurance which expires July 1, 1973.
Mr. Ford, Attorney, suggested that when the Code Enforcement Officer has trouble serving zoning violation notices that the violator be served by registered mail and then if the violator refuses the violation notice, action be taken to file a suit against him.
Mr. Ford informed the Board that Judge Booth has objections to the Eustis Rule of Transition of the Courts. Mr. Ford stated that he has an appointment to discuss this matter with Judge Booth. He further stated that Judge Booth does not like the idea of it being a temporary rule and objects to the costs set forth in the rule.
Mr. Ford, County Attorney, distributed copies of a proposed Special Act which would create a zoning district in the Silver Lake Area for the Commissioner’s review.
Commr. Carson read letter from the Coordinator, Sun Rise Workshop, Inc. expressing gratitude for the entry road provided by the County.
Letter from Representative Gunter expressing his continued interest in the restoration of Lake Apopka was read and filed.
The Chairman read letter from D. B. Morris to the Vice President of WLBE regarding the strengthening of subdivision regulations.
The Chairman read letter from Louis de la Parte, President Pro Tempore, the Florida Senate, regarding SB 264 which provides for state funding and operation of juvenile detention.
Memorandum from the Veterans Service Officer regarding the condition of the air conditioners in his offices was read and referred to the Planning Director.
Letter from the Pilot Club requesting permission to erect a portable building on the Health Center site in Clermont for storage of cancer supplies was read and referred to Commr. Hoskinson.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
C. Motor Vehicle Inspection
D. Road and Bridge
E. Solid Waste Management
On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and unanimously carried, the Board authorized the Clerk to contract with Earl Evans, Leesburg, for one 125 ton Carrier air conditioning unit at cost of $29,238.00 (price includes $2,500 for installation plus $2,000 salvage allowance for old unit), and authorized necessary funds transfer from contingency to proper account to cover cost of same. This purchase was deemed to be an emergency as one compressor on old unit is inoperable. The Board also asked that Mr. Evans look into the air conditioning problem in the Courthouse Annex Building as reported by Keith Hall and Don Stephens.
On motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Carson and unanimously carried, the Board approved purchase of Blackhawk, 50 ton, hydraulic press from Lovell Auto Supply, at cost of $764.00, for the Road and Bridge Department.
The Board approved purchase of Eureka heavy duty vacuum cleaner for the Engineering and Planning Building, at cost of $92.00, on motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried.
On motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried, the Board approved payment to International Election Systems Corp. $14,000.00 for ten used voting machines.
On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board approved payment of $25,000.00 to Tax Assessor which is advance on commissions on 1973 tax roll.
On motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried, the Board authorized purchase of chalkboard from George Stuart, Inc., for the Agricultural Center at cost of $79.35.
On motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Carson and unanimously carried, the Board authorized the Clerk to employ Virgil Myers for painting necessary areas on the first, second and third floors of the courthouse at $3.00 per hour.
On motion of Commr. Carson, second by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board approved payment of the following vouchers:
General Revenue Fund 1508-1722
State II Mosquito Control 6
Auto Inspection 133-158
Fine & Forfeiture 215-551
Road & Bridge Fund 655-751
Capital Outlay Reserve
County Building 4
Fish Conservation 6-9
NE (Ambulance) 11
NW (Ambulance) 11
On motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Carson and unanimously carried, the Board accepted check from the Clerk of Circuit Court, in the amount of $1,739.16, which is refund from funds advanced to pay State witnesses.
cancellation of warrant
General Revenue Fund Check #1870, dated April 10, 1973, in the amount of $9.50 to Harrison Company was cancelled – duplicate payment.
The Board authorized the following fund transfers:
$14,000 from Contingency Item in General Revenue Fund to Acct #2441402 to pay for ten used voting machines.
$30,000.00 from Contingency in the General Fund to Acct #2670337-1 to pay for 125 ton unit for the Courthouse heating and air conditioning system.
Transfer $12,466.25 from Contingency in the General Revenue Fund to the following accounts to cover salaries in Planning Department:
$5575.00 to Acct. #3440102-2; $2045.00 to Acct #3440102-6; $206.25 to Acct #3440102-7 and $4640.00 to Acct #3440102-8
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 6:00 o’clock p.m.