MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
and tax adjustment board
august 21, 1973
A regular meeting of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the Tax Adjustment Board was held on Tuesday, August 21, 1973 at 9:00 in the forenoon in the Commissioners Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida.
The Tax Adjustment Board was called to order by the Chairman with the following members present: C.A. Deems, Chairman; Glenn C. Burhans; Donald Berry; and Mrs. Wyckoff. Mr. Hoskinson was absent because he had gone to Tallahassee with the County Attorney.
The Invocation was given by Mr. Berry, who led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Mrs. Proie was present. She would like to postpone her hearing until September 4, 1973.
On the motion of Mr. Berry, seconded by Mrs. Wyckoff and carried unanimously, the Board of Tax Adjustment was recessed until 9:00 a.m., September 4, 1973.
The meeting reconvened as Board of County Commissioners with the additional members present: Commr. Windram, Commr. Carson and Deputy Clerk, Norma Coven.
The Chairman submitted a letter from Carter Associates concerning the Comprehensive Criminal Justice Plan with a completion date of September 30, 1973.
There were three letters of appreciation to the Board for paying the way of three girls to go to the 4-H State Congress in Gainesville.
The Chairman read a letter from the mayor of Jacksonville regarding an application for a Federal Research Grant. It was referred to Commr. Carson.
The Chairman read a letter from Jack Haddox thanking the Board for the flowers that were sent to him in the hospital.
The Board received a resumé from Dennis M. Mitchell, who is applying for the position of Lake County Pollution Control Officer. The resumé was read and copies were distributed to each Board member.
roads – state
Chairman Deems read a letter from the Florida Senate regarding future meetings for road reclassifications.
Nathan Winstead of DOT was present regarding SR 19A to SR 500, section 1150-1507. The DOT wanted to know what the County wanted done in this area. Mr. Harpster recommended floating mediums with left hand storage lanes. Need at least 120 feet of right-of-way.
Mr. Winstead wanted the Board’s recommendation on SR 19 from SR 561 to SR 500A in Tavares. The Engineer recommended the minimum width on a divided highway. Mr. Dedier of the City of Tavares was present and recommended a four lane road.
On SR 500A from the east city limits of Tavares to the west city limits of Mount Dora needs resurfacing and deceleration lanes at Sinclair and St. Clair Abrams.
Mr. Harpster presented a request from the Town of Montverde for the Board to consider approving the change of speed limit through town to 35 mph. Also, they submitted a check for four speed limit signs. On the motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, a resolution was approved to change the speed limit on SR 455A from 40 to 35 mph. On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the signs requested by Montverde were approved.
Mr. Winstead appeared for the DOT regarding Dixie Avenue. The existing road needs resurfacing, widened, and elevated. It also needs 15 feet of right-of-way on each side.
John Cain said Lincoln Street in Mount Dora needs to be resurfaced. Mr. Harpster said that the problem is the drainage. On the motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board will put in the drainage with the understanding that the City of Mount Dora will participate in the cost.
Chairman Deems received a letter from Jack Holloway thanking the Commissioners for allowing the Lady Lake Clay Pit to be used for motorcycle trials on Sunday, August 12, 1973. The attorney advised that if they did not become a nuisance they could continue to use the clay pit.
roads – county
Commr. Carson read an article regarding the Attorney General’s opinion on County roads. It was referred to the County Attorney.
Commr. Carson read an article regarding financing on the Courthouse from the Attorney General.
Commr. Carson had a brochure from Russell and Axon Engineers asking to be considered as architects for the new Courthouse Complex.
There was a request from the Historical Society for the prison crew to clean the grounds. On the motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the request was approved.
Chairman Deems received a letter from Waterman Memorial Hospital regarding a meeting Wednesday, August 28, 1973 at 8:00 p.m. The meeting concerns Emergency Services in Lake County.
On the motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, J.W. Conley, Sr. was appointed to the Examining Board of Lake County.
Chairman Deems read a letter from Mr. Harpster stating that Volusia County residents use the Astor Landfill for dumping and should pay.
The Clerk read a letter from the State Forest Service with recommendations for improvements to the Astor and Paisley landfills. There was no action taken.
The Chairman read a letter from the Juvenile Superintendent. The appointment of Glenda B. Wood was approved by the Board of Visitors.
A letter of resignation from Sara Harden, receptionist at the Agricultural Center, was accepted.
road and bridge
On the motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, assistance to clear the drainage ditches near the football fields at Mount Dora and Eustis was approved.
Bonds for carrying fire arms were approved on the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously for the following:
Robert Hall, Jr.
William S. McClelland
C. Dayton Kurtz
Contractor bonds for Certificates of Competency were approved on the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously for the following:
#559 Elzie Hall (masonry)
#597 Willard Watson
#835 James G. Mathews
#1076 William W. Smith for Blue Dolphin Pools of Seminole County
schools – misc
There was a letter from the School Board regarding the awarding of a scholarship to nursing student, Mary Helen Hodge, for $135 to attend Eustis Vo-Tech School of Nursing.
The Board received a letter from the Sumter County Board of Commissioners concerning the write-off accounts for Leesburg General Hospital. The Board asked Mrs. Babb to send for this information.
The Board received a letter from Continental Camper Resort concerning a Clay factory being built on SR 44 and SR 468. They want assurance that Chitty Chatty Run and Lake Okahumpka will not be polluted. Commr. Carson said this property is in Sumter County and they should get in touch with the Sumter County Board of Commissioners.
Commr. Carson reported the City of Tavares is holding a public hearing in September regarding the closing of Texas Avenue.
Mort Aulls requested authorization to advertise a petition for the closing of Southwind Drive in Breezee Shores. It was approved to be considered September 11, 1973.
It now being the time to receive bids for the following various items:
Gasoline and Diesel Fuel
Standard Oil Company
Product Price Minimum Gal. Maximum Gal.
Chevron Gasoline $.1855 133,278 222,130
Chevron Supreme Gasoline $.2105
Chevron Diesel Fuel $.1930 43,984 73,306
On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the bids from Standard Oil Company were accepted for gas and diesel fuel and the engineer was instructed to contact the local dealers in Eustis and Clermont for a possible classification on the amounts they will let us have.
Bids on sign material were received from the following:
Dave Smith and Company
Sidal Aluminum Corporation
Vulcan Signs & Stampings, Inc.
Dominion Traffic Sign & Signal Co., Inc.
John M. Warren
McCain Sales of Florida, Inc.
On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the bids on sign material were referred to the engineer for study and recommendation.
Bids on traffic paint from Dave Smith and Associates:
Yellow - $3.15 per gal.
White - $2.53 per gal.
Black - $2.19 per gal.
On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the bids for traffic paint was accepted.
On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the bids on annual requirements for the following will be advertised for September 11, 1973 at 10:00 a.m.
Rock and Slag
The Clerk asked for approval to advertise for bids on insurance expiring November 1. Approved on the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously.
outdoor recreational facilities
There was a delegation from Lake Dalhousie. Mike Fellows was the spokesman. Mr. Ford’s associate, Dave Cauthen, said he had written the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. The County has no responsibility as the property belongs to the State.
Mr. Fellows asked the County to empty the trash barrels. Commr. Windram recommended that the Board negotiate with the garbage collection agencies to pick up the trash in the County barrels. The Chairman instructed the engineer to work out a contract with a garbage collector to pick up the trash.
recess and reassembly
The Board of County Commissioners meeting was recessed for lunch at 12:20 p.m. The Commissioners will have lunch at the Silver Lake Country Club and the press and public are invited on a dutch-treat basis. The meeting reconvened at 1:30 p.m.
maps and plats
Mr. Flynn submitted a plat of Lake Yale Heights. Written notice from the attorney that the plat meets all requirements was filed. On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the plat was approved for recording.
contracts and agreement
Mr. Flynn submitted an interlocal agreement with the Regional Planning Council and the County. Dave Cauthen said it is satisfactory with the County Attorney if the County wants the council to charge fees. The developers pay the fee to the council not the County. The final authority of DRI is Tallahassee and does not lie with the Board of County Commissioners. On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the contract was approved.
Mr. Harpster regarding the contract with Marion County. The Engineer reported it is costing the County $513 and the present contract is for $500 annually for road maintenance. Commr. Carson recommended the Engineer meet with the Marion County Engineer and get his reaction on a new contract.
Mr. Harpster presented four deeds conveying rights-of-way from the following on Lisbon and Turkey Farm Roads:
Carl R. Ragnitt
Ira D. Starkey
On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the deeds were approved for recording.
It now being the time to hold public hearing on zoning reclassification.
106-73-1 The Zoning Classification is A (Agricultural) and would like to be changed to R-3 (Mobile Home Park Subdivision).
Kent Fuller appeared and objected to the rezoning.
M. L. Chappell, adjoining land owner, appeared and objected to the rezoning.
Myra Scott appeared and objected to the rezoning because she has two children and does not want any new roads going in.
L. E. Taylor, attorney for the applicant, appeared in support of the rezoning.
On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning was overturned and the recommendation of the Department was upheld and the rezoning was denied.
The Chairman recessed the meeting for the County Attorney to make a telephone call.
The Chairman called the meeting to order and advised that it had been brought to his attention that the cases were not properly advertised, and that the cases will be readvertised for September 12, 1973 at 2:00 p.m.
On the recommendation of the attorney and on the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board rescinded the action in the case of 106-73-1, and all interested parties will be notified that the case will be reheard.
Roxy House, representing Major Realty, appeared regarding CUP 395A-4. He presented draft #7. Mr. Flynn recommended that the Commissioners appoint a committee of two commissioners, the attorney, and the planning director to review this and bring back recommendations to the Board.
The Chairman suggested a committee of District Commissioner plus Planning Director, Attorney and Engineer to see if the problem can be resolved.
Mr. Flynn wanted to postpone the hearing on September 12 until Planning and Zoning is notified by Regional Planning Council that they have made their application to them for determination of DRI. On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, CUP 395A-4 was tabled until a later date.
The Chairman announced that there will be a public hearing regarding the budget on September 4, 1973 at 10:00 a.m.
Mr. Harpster requested the purchase of a dynamometer for the MVI brake testing machine in Eustis. The cost is $157 plus freight for the MVI. On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the request was approved.
Mr. Harpster presented a request for Frank Woodson to travel to Daytona Beach to attend the Fall Vehicle Inspection Supervisors Conference on September 6-8. Estimated cost is $100. On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the request was approved.
On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Clerk was instructed to purchase three Hover upright vacuum cleaners at $70 each.
On the motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Clerk was authorized to purchase one electric typewriter for the third floor. The Chairman voted no.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.