A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
february 12, 1974
The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, convened in regular session in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, on Tuesday, February 12, 1974, at 9:00 a.m. with the following members present: James R. Carson, Jr., Chairman; C.A. Deems; Thomas J. Windram; Glenn C. Burhans; and J.M. Hoskinson. Others present were: James C. Watkins, Clerk; Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; Norma Coven, Deputy Clerk and Andrea Gambrell.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James R. Carson, Jr. The Invocation was given by James C. Watkins, who also led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
bids and proposals
Commr. Burhans moved that the Leesburg Daily Commercial be designated to publish the Delinquent Tax List and Tax Adjustment Board, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously.
Commr. Carson read a letter of appreciation from Mr. Keith Reeves for being the Architectural Consultant.
Mr. Joseph Carter appeared before the Board to present the Lake County Criminal Justice Study. It was suggested by James C. Watkins that the report be accepted as submitted. It was moved by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried that the Lake County Criminal Justice Report be accepted as submitted and that Mr. Carter be paid the remainder of his fee in the amount of $1,500.00.
machinery and equipment
Commr. Windram presented a request to the Board of County Commissioners concerning the Annual Tractor Pull at the Lake County Fairgrounds. It was moved by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously that road and bridge equipment be used under the same conditions as it was for the past three years.
Commr. Windram brought before the Board a letter from Seminole County asking for the names, addresses and phone numbers of the Fire Departments in Lake County so that they may be advised of special problems, minimum standards council classes, etc., in fire science and administration. This was given to the Clerk for his attention.
roads – county
Commr. Hoskinson brought before the Board a letter from the residents of East Lake Harris Estates concerning their roads. They asked if the County would assist them with guiding them in what they would be required to purchase to put in a satisfactory road. The County Attorney thought they could do this with the Special Assessment Policy on a 75 percent basis. Commr. Hoskinson moved that the County Engineer work with the East Lake Harris Estates residents and the County Attorney be available on assessments procedures, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously.
Commr. Hoskinson voiced his concern with regard to the leniency of the Gun Permit Policy. Commr. Hoskinson stated that he would take the responsibility of conferring with the Attorney about this matter.
salaries and wages
Mr. Joseph Hill, Chairman of the Lake County Pollution Control Board, appeared before the Board concerning a pay raise for Bill Hennessey and Ted Wicks. He stated that they are doing a fine job and felt that their salary should be increased. Commr. Windram moved that Bill Hennessey receive an increase from $9,989 to $12,000 and that Ted Wicks be raised from $9,389 to $10,000 effective as of February 1, 1974, it was seconded by Commr. Deems, and carried with Commr. Burhans voting “no.”
Joe Hill reported that in his opinion Lake County should remain in the Southwest Water Management District rather than changing to St. Johns River Basin.
Commr. Hoskinson, on the recommendation of Michael Willett, moved that the Public Hearing regarding the amendment to Zoning Ordinance concerning R-3 be cancelled and referred back to the Planning and Zoning Board due to the fact that the Planning and Zoning Board had not finished their study, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously.
road – state
Commr. Hoskinson read a letter concerning the widening and resurfacing of S-44A. Discussion followed. It was brought up that possibly the funds could be transferred in order to surface Highway 19 because this would receive more traffic than S-44A. Commr. Hoskinson stated that he would check into this along with researching the cost of resurfacing Highway 19.
It was brought to the attention of the Board that veterans from other counties are availing themselves to the Lake County Veterans Service. It was moved by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson that Mr. Bolenberg be instructed to check the residence of veterans coming into his office, and if they cannot prove that they live or are staying in Lake County he is to refuse them service. It was carried unanimously.
Commr. Hoskinson brought before the Board the question concerning time off as submitted by Mr. Bolenberg. Discussion was held at this time. It was stated that County Policy rules that there will not be accumulation of vacation time or time compensation unless extension is approved by the Board, otherwise if it is not taken by the end of the year it will be forfeited. It was decided that Mr. Bolenberg would be notified that County Policy would be followed.
roads – county
Mrs. B.J. Jones appeared before the Board on the closing of an unnamed road in Mount Plymouth. Advertisement is on file. No one appeared to object to the road closing. Commr. Windram moved, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously, to adopt a resolution to close, vacate and abandon unnamed road in Mt. Plymouth in the following description:
A short unnamed street leading from Troon Road to a reserved area shown on map of Mt. Plymouth recorded in Plat Book 8, pages 85-85D, Lake County, Florida; said unopened street being between Lot 19, Block 72 and Lot 34, Block 73, of Mount Plymouth, Florida.
Mr. Oliver A. Wallace appeared before the Board in the absence of Mr. Ronald L. Giampeitro concerning the closing of Acorn Road in Astor Forest Campsites. There was no proof of advertisement presented. Discussion was then held. Commr. Burhans moved that this petition be tabled until the County Engineers could check into the drainage problem that was cited, and a public hearing will be held again on March 12, 1974 at 11:00 a.m. Seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously.
Commr. Burhans brought before the Board a request to take in a road in Altoona. Discussion was then held. Commr. Burhans moved that the road be extended 250 feet provided that the County receives the 50 foot easement and right of way and that the residents clean up the debris around the road with the understanding that they would participate on a 1/3 and 2/3 basis, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.
bids and proposals
At 11:30 a.m. Mr. James C. Watkins was instructed to open the sealed bids for the ¾ ton pickup truck for Mosquito Control and were read to the Board by Larry Morey, Assistant Engineer.
1. Richey Buick Pontiac - $3,597 – delivery date of 90 to 100 days but cannot guarantee. This bid is subject to change.
2. D.C. Waters Ford - $3,708.44 – with delivery date of 60 to 90 days.
3. Cecil Clark Chevrolet - $3,575 – cannot promise delivery date.
4. Inland Equipment wrote a letter stating that they would be unable to submit a bid at this time.
It was moved by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, that the bids be referred to the County Engineer for specifications.
contracts and agreements
Mr. Robert M. Hopkins, City Manager of Clermont, appeared before the Board requesting a letter of concurrence from Lake County. Commr. Hoskinson moved that a letter of concurrence from the Lake County Board of County Commissioners to FHA for assistance in the amount of $155,000 for improvements to the municipal water and sewers system of Umatilla and Clermont, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.
Commr. Hoskinson moved, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried that the contract with Gene Smith Triangle Metal and Paper Salvage be approved as amended.
The meeting adjourned for lunch at 12:00 p.m. to reconvene at 1:30 p.m. Chairman James R. Carson announced that the public and press were invited to join them at the Mount Dora Motor Lodge on a dutch treat basis.
Commr. Burhans informed the Board that Mr. Fred Glessner declined the offer of the position at the Animal Shelter. At this time he mentioned that he had received an application from a student at Lake Sumter Community College who was working towards a degree as a DVM. Commr. Burhans continued to say that he thought she might work out well along with the volunteers that he has on his list. The Board asked that Commr. Burhans look into how well this situation would operate.
hearing no. zv 74-1 – alleged violator, allen c. wowart – junk cars
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously, Mr. Cowart was found in violation of Ordinance 70-1 and declared a public nuisance and given 30 days to conform to the Code Enforcement Section.
hearing no. zv 74-5 – alleged violator, dan w. miller – junk on property
On a motion by Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, Mr. Miller was found in violation of Ordinance 70-1 and was declared a public nuisance and was given 30 days to conform to the Ordinance.
hearing no. zv 74-2 – alleged violator, brannon t. collins – on property rented to mr. mcdonald, nature of case: running a business in an agriculture zone
Mr. McDonald appeared before the Board on his own behalf. On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously, this violation was against Ordinance 70-1 and declared a public nuisance and Mr. McDonald was given 30 days to remove materials, drums, and equipment from said property to conform to above mentioned ordinance.
hearing no. 74-4 – alleged violator, charles harris – junk on property
Mr. Harris appeared before the Board on his own behalf. Mr. Erving Willis, John Rivers and Mrs. Norma Killy appeared before the Board requesting that Mr. Harris be made to conform to the County Ordinance. Commr. Burhans moved that Mr. Harris was in violation of Ordinance 70-1 and declared a public nuisance and that he be given 60 days to conform to the Ordinance. Seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously.
hearing no. zv 74-3 – alleged violator, david hall – running a commercial business in a residential zone
There was no violation present when this was presented to the Board and Commr. Hoskinson moved that this case be dismissed, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously.
hearing no. zv 74-6 – alleged violator, colonial penn hawthorne – nature of case: mobile homes being set too close
At the request of Michael Willett, Commr. Windram moved that this case be postponed until March 12, 1974 at 2:00 p.m., seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously.
planning and zoning
Mr. King Heile of King Heile Planning Group, Inc. appeared before the Board to propose that their firm be hired to complete a Comprehensive Development Plan for Lake County. Michael D. Jennings outlined the program and stated that there would be meetings throughout the County with the public to discuss what land there is available and what is planned for its use. It was also stated that this Plan would conform with the ELMS Committee regulations, should this legislation be passed. Mr. King Heile stated that Lake County has much of the information needed but it must be coordinated and updated. This report will not be in excess of $22,000. Commr. Hoskinson moved that King Heile Planning Group, Inc. draw up their proposed contract and submit it to our County Attorney, Christopher C. Ford, for his recommendations to be brought before the Board on February 19, 1974. Seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously.
vacancies of office
Mr. Michael Donoghue appeared before the Board for an interview for the position of Public Works Director.
oklawaha basin rec. & water conservation & control authority
Commr. Hoskinson asked the County Attorney about speed limit signs being posted in the Apopka Canal. This was referred to the Water Authority.
roads – county
Mr. Morey reported back to the Board his findings on establishing a speed limit sign in the Wester Shores area. On the recommendation of Mr. Morey, Commr. Burhans moved that a resolution be adopted establishing a 30 mph speed limit on County Road 1-5341 to Carl Drive and a 35 mph speed limit sign on Northern Avenue, and that a “No Dumping” sign be placed on Northern Avenue, at a place to be determined by the Engineer, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.
Mr. and Mrs. Conn requested that certain roads in the Phillipsburg Subdivision be closed. Commr. Burhans moved that a public hearing be authorized on March 12, 1974 at 11:00 a.m. for the closing of said roads, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously.
Mr. Morey brought before the Board a request from the residents in Hilltop Estates Subdivision in Sorrento concerning “Children Playing” and “School Bus Stop” signs being erected as well as a speed limit sign on SR 437 in Sorrento. Commr. Windram moved that the “Children Playing” and “School Bus Stop” signs be erected, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously. The Board felt that speed limit signs would not be practical along this stretch of road.
It was reported that the residents of Blue Ridge Subdivision have collected their 2/3 of the cost for the installation of the culvert under DR 5-8688. Commr. Burhans moved that this work be authorized, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.
Mr. Morey reported that there was an incorrect illustration in the Subdivision Regulations Book, and that there was a contractor in violation of the written requirements. Commr. Windram moved that the contractor be instructed that he must conform to the written regulations and that the illustration be corrected to coincide with the written specifications. Seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously.
right of way – roads
Request from Sumter Electric Corp. for right of way easement. This was referred to the County Engineer for further explanation of why 50 feet by 350 feet is needed.
licenses and permits
Larry Morey presented to the Board for approval Utility and Driveway Permits. Commr. Windram moved that these be accepted as submitted, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously.
Permit No. Permittee Purpose Road
525 Florida Telephone Corp. Buried Cable S-656
547 Florida Telephone Corp. Buried Cable & Alt 27
repeater site & 441
548 Florida Telephone Corp. Buried Cable SR-S-44A
2-203 City of Leesburg Gas Service S-468
2-204 City of Leesburg Water Main S-468
3-202 Sumter Electric Corp. Distribution Line 3-2257
4-201 Green Grass Sprinklers Irrigation Pipe 4-5167
Gladys A. Howard S-44A
John J. Mathews 4-3898
Frank Adams S-466
Ralph D. Olson S-563A
William Boyd 4-5881
Dr. W.J. Wilkins 5-6349
trucks and autos
A letter was read by Mr. Morey from Inland Equipment expressing their regret that they would be unable to supply the County with the ¾ ton truck they bid on due to plant shut down and the termination of the manufacture of some parts until around July. Commr. Windram moved that this bid be reviewed and that the next lowest bidder be contacted to inquire if they would still be interested and report back to the Board on February 19, 1974. Seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously with Commr. Carson abstaining due to a possible conflict of interest.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried with Commr. Burhans abstaining from voting on Iona Burhans and Joyce Vaughn, petitions to carry firearms were approved for the following:
Keith Ellis (self-protection)
Ben T. Davis (guard at Golden Gem)
Richard Ranize (Security Guard)
Iona Burhans (self-protection)
Oscar Lewis Berry (Security Guard)
Joyce Vaughn (self-protection)
The petition on Myra Morse was declined because she is a County Employee and it is against the County Policy for employees to carry weapons. She is to receive a letter concerning this and if she has any questions, she is to speak with Dr. Bradley.
On a motion by Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, Contractor Bonds were approved for the following:
1091 – David M. Williams (Specialty)
1158 – George W. Tadlock (Specialty)
1157 – Wm. S. Eisenbrandt, Jr. (Mechanical)
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried, a Deputy Sheriff Bond was approved for the following:
Charles J. Hammond
Mr. Edward Weaver spoke to Commr. Carson requesting that he have a public hearing prior to his dismissal. Commr. Burhans moved that a public hearing be scheduled for March 12, 1974, at 10:00 a.m., seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously.
On a motion by Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the following changes were approved:
District 3-Cancel-Barbara Ttegal $40
District 4-Cancel-Loda Allan $40
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously, a disclaimer deed is to be drawn up on lots 20-24 and lot 17 in the Mount Plymouth Estates in order to clear up the cloudy title.
A letter was read by James C. Watkins from the DOT stating that the realignment of SR 19 north of Umatilla has commenced.
Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney, reported that the Assessors Contract had not yet been approved in Tallahassee.
Christopher C. Ford presented to the Board the latest draft of the Conditional Use Permit for Royal Palm Beach for their inspection.
Commr. Deems moved, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, for transfer of $215 in the General Revenue Fund for DWI School from account #3993205 “Office Supplies” to account #3993402 “Equipment”; and transfer from Contingency General Revenue Fund to “Equipment” Pioneer Building for air conditioners authorized January 8, 1974 by Board of County Commissioners in the amount of $1,718.00.
Commr. Deems moved that $170,031.31 be paid to Asphalt Pavers for partial payment on work completed on resurfacing project, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously.
Commr. Hoskinson moved, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously that traveling expenses be allowed in accordance with the law to appointed members on the Board and Committees of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, travel was approved for three nurses from the Nursing Home to Orlando on March 26, 1974 for continuing education.
On a motion by Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, travel was approved for Mr. Herbert Dudgeon to Tampa on February 24-27, 1974.
Commr. Windram moved, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously that the request from the Sunrise Workshop for $5,000 be authorized for the benefit of the indigents of the County.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson, $2,500 was approved as our part in the agreement with the USGS, Lake County and the Water Authority, it was carried unanimously.
It was moved by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson that microphones be purchased at the cost of $400 to complete the new sound system in Courtrooms A and B, the motion was carried unanimously.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
Revenue General Fund 712-989
Fine and Forfeiture 115
Mosquito Control State 2 9-12
County Building 2
Road and Bridge 292-376
Auto Inspection 80-100
Certificate of Indebtedness
Sinking Fund 1-2
Construction Trust Fund 7-10
Northwest Hospital District
Ambulance Service 7
Northeast Hospital District
Ambulance Service 5
Fish Conservation 14-19
There being no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:47 p.m.
james r. carson, jr., chairman
James C. Watkins, Clerk