The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, April 11, 1989, at 9:00 a.m., in the Board of County Commissioner's Meeting Room, Lake County Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: C. W. "Chick" Gregg, Chairman; Thomas J. Windram; Richard Swartz; Michael J. Bakich; and Don Bailey. Others present were: Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; James C. Watkins, Clerk and Acting County Manager; Ava Kronz, Assistant to the County Administrator; Robert K. McKee, Chief Deputy Clerk; and Linda Springston, Deputy Clerk.
James C. Watkins, Clerk, gave the Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commr. Bailey.
CLERK OF COURTS CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Bailey, seconded by Commr. Bakich and carried unanimously, the Board approved the following:
Bonds - Contractor
Cancellation of the following Contractor Bonds:
4452-89 Kerry Williamson dba Executive Plumbing of
Central Florida, Inc.
4511-89 Billie W. Tanner dba Quality Solar Systems
Satisfaction of Judgment, Case No. 88-1352-CJ, for Benjamin Ellis Stephens, Juvenile, and Donald Stephens and Nancy Stephens, Parents, in the amount of $50.00.
Satisfaction of Judgment, Case No. 89-146-CJ, for Joseph H. Corrow, Juvenile, and Jacqueline Corrow and Clayton Corrow, Parents, in the amount of $50.00.
Satisfaction of Judgment, Case No. 89-44-CJ, for Johnny A. Engram, child and his mother Minnie Lee Engram, in the amount of $50.00.
Accounts Allowed/Checks Received/Contracts, Leases & Agreements
Emergency Management/State Agencies
Acknowledged receipt of a check in the amount of $3,201.90, from the Department of Community Affairs, Division of Emergency Management, Payment Number 2, Contract Number 89EM-26-06-45-22-031 Hazardous Materials Plan.
Acknowledged receipt of the February 1989 Progress Report, for the Lake County Resource Recovery Facility, Okahumpka, Florida, from Ogden Martin Systems of Lake, Inc.
Acknowledged receipt of the Monthly Distribution of Revenue Traffic/Criminal Cases, for the month ending March 31, 1989, in the amount of $128,044.58.
BUDGET TRANSFERS/CONTRACTS, LEASES & AGREEMENTS
Sheriff George E. Knupp appeared before the Board to discuss a request to lease additional office space, in Tavares, for the Technical Services Division.
Sargeant Russell, Lake County Sheriff's Office, appeared before the Board and stated that the Technical Services Division is presently operating public storage area, office space, and lab space in 2,034 square feet. The building proposal submitted consists of 6,000 square feet, which will allow ample room for expansion. He explained that the space will be for the Technical Services Division, which consists of a lab area, and is also used for the intake of housing and property. This new space would enable the Division to be housed under one roof, which would ensure proper warehousing techniques and inventory control. The rental space is at the corner of Alfred and Disston Streets, in Tavares, at a lease rental rate of $2,000.00 per month. Mr. Joe Nolette, the owner of the building, will pay up to $l0,000.00 toward the installation of a phone system, security system, and exterior window bars.
Considerable discussion occured regarding the duration to allow for the leasing of the space.
It was the consensus of the Board to direct the County Attorney to prepare a lease agreement, which would benefit the County, for the rental of the building.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved to authorize the rental of the building, at the corner of Alfred and Disston Streets, in Tavares, for three years, with the lease option of additional years, and that the funds be transferred from the County's Contingency Fund into the Building Fund.
COMMITTEES/PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT/SUBDIVISIONS
Mr. John Swanson, Director of Planning and Development, appeared before the Board to discuss the preliminary approval of Osprey Heights, Phase I, located on Buckhill Road. He stated that this discussion was continued from the previous meeting, because several questions have arisen regarding whether property owners were properly notified and the location of the sewer well and treatment plant. He noted that his department has received additional information, therefore, would like to postpone this discussion until the following week.
Mr. Michael Boswell, Project Manager for Osprey Heights, appeared before the Board to address the issues, such as the location of the sewage treatment plant. He stated that he was under the impression that all of the issues were resolved at a meeting, which was held after the April 4, 1989, Board of County Commissioner's meeting, involving himself: Commr. Swartz; John Swanson, Director of Planning and Development; David Clapsaddle, Director of Development Coordination; and Don Roof, Right-of-Way Supervisor.
Mr. Boswell stated that, in consideration of the County's regulations, the modification of the location of the sewage treatment plant was considered not to be substantial: therefore, it was not required to go before the Planning and Zoning Commission for approval. The modification of the location was required to go before the Subdivision Advisory Committee, and that requirement had been met.
Considerable discussion occurred regarding the fact that changes, such as the movement of the plant, are not brought before the Board for their approval.
Mr. Swanson stated that the proposed subdivision preliminary plat had been presented to the Subdivision Advisory Committee, and at that time, the location of the water well and sewage treatment plant were noted.
Commr. Swartz stated that it is required County policy that plans and support data be approved by the Development Review Committee, and that it did not go before that Committee subsequent to the change of the location of the sewage treatment plant.
Mr. David Clapsaddle, Director of Development Coordination, stated that the plant, as it is presented today, went before the Subdivision Advisory Committee, which reviews subdivisions. It is made up, of the same individuals that are on the Development Review Committee, which reviews developments, but it was not brought before the Development Review Committee. He noted that the adjoining property owners were not notified, because the change had been determined to be nonsubstantial.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Swartz and carried unanimously, the Board postponed the preliminary approval of Osprey Heights, Phase I, in order for it to be brought before the Development Review Committee, for their approval: that the adjoining property owners be notifed, and then be bought back before the Board at 9:15 a.m., at their regular scheduled meeting of April 18, 1989.
COUNTY MANAGER CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Bailey, seconded by Commr. Swartz and carried unanimously, the Board approved the following:
A resolution to recognize Mr. Ed Nichols, of the Sun Lake Fire Station, as Honorary Assistant Fire Chief.
Request by property owners to change the name of Hawkins Road to Flowertree Lane.
Request by property owners to change the name of Opal Lane to an extension of Amber Avenue.
Request by property owners to add the name of Rose Street (Extension) to a portion of CR 44A.
Request by property owners to change the name of Ben More Court to Noble Court.
Request to release an Irrevocable Letter of Credit, in the amount of $8,334.26, for performance of the well at Cherokee at Leesburg, and to release a Certificate of Deposit, in the amount of $3,400.00, for maintenance.
Request to release a Maintenance Bond, in the amount of $3,241.00, for Clear Lake Place Subdivision.
Request for final approval of Plantation At Leesburg, Casa Del Lago, and acceptance of an Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit, in the amount of $752,279.00, for performance.
Bonds - Mobile Home
Request from the Zoning Department to cancel the following mobile home bonds:
Thomas Harman - Clermont Area - District 3
Charles Powell - Bassville Park Area - District 1
Appointment of Debra Williams, to the Code Enforcement Board, to fill the subcontractor vacancy, with a term to expire October 31, 1990.
Accounts Allowed/Public Works
Purchase of two IBM Memory Writer 6 Typewriters, at a cost of $657.00, each, with a total cost of $1,314.00, for the Public Works Department.
Deeds/Right-of-Ways, Roads & Easements
E. Russell & Georgianna S. Fatic Camp Rd. #3-3442
Hussman & Co. Apshawa Rd. #3-2035
Ralph E. & Janet A. Thayer Apshawa Rd. #3-2035
Rabern J. & Marsha S. Chiles Apshawa Rd. #3-2035
Ivan & Arlete Miller McKinley Rd. #5-5661
J. E. & Mattie R. Kemp McKinley Rd. #5-5661
Mini-Storage of Leesburg Spring Lake Rd. #l-6104
COUNTY MANAGER DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS
BUDGET TRANSFERS/COUNTY POLICY/ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
Mr. Don Findell, Director of Environmental Services, appeared before the Board to discuss the request for authorization to request proposals for consultant assistance, to review County stormwater management regulations. He noted that the request is due to the County Stormwater Regulations being 15 years old, and a substantial amount of technology changes have occurred within that time.
Mr. Findell noted that, in the Environmental Services budget, there are funds available in the Professional Services and County Attorney line items, and he would like to transfer out of those line items to pay for this study.
Commr. Gregg stated that, he would like to see Lake County's Stormwater Policy more in line with the St. Johns River Water Management District's Policy.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request for the authorization to request proposals for consultant assistance to revise County stormwater management regulations, and authorized the transfer of funds from the Professional Services and County Attorney line items of the Environmental Services budget.
ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES/POLLUTION CONTROL
Mr. Don Findell, Director of Environmental Services, appeared before the Board to discuss the review of Reedy Creek Improvement District's (Walt Disney World) application for a spray irrigation site, in South Lake County, and to request to employ an independent consultant to assist staff in project review. He stated that this site would utilize approximately 2,000 acres.
Mr. Findell noted that the impact of the project is of a very technical nature, and that his department does not have adequate staff to perform a review of this magnitude, which this project warrants; therefore, he is requesting outside consultants to be hired for independent review in developing the study.
Mr. Findell informed the Board that he would like the Board to hire the firm of Gerahty and Miller, who is one of the premier groundwater firms in the United States, and who are also working on the contamination assessment for the Astatula Landfill. In order for the County to hire Gerahty and Miller, without going through requests for proposals, the County would have to declare this an emergency; and the rationale for declaring this, is that the scope of study for the project is being developed at the time the firm is on board to assist.
Mr. Findell further stated, that the Reedy Creek Improvement District has employed another firm to develop the study for Reedy Creek, which Reedy Creek will then present to the Board, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Department of Environmental Regulations. Lake County will hire independent consultants to protect the County's interests in this project, and to perform an independent review.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to employ Gerahty and Miller, as independent consultant, to assist Lake County staff in the project review of the Reedy Creek Improvement District's spray irrigation site, in South Lake County, at Reedy Creek Improvement District's expense, for the review of technical matters.
At 10:l0 a.m. Commr. Gregg turned the chairmanship over to Commr. Bakich.
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/FIRE PROTECTION
Mr. Lonnie Strickland, Director of Health and General Services, appeared before the Board to discuss the request from Bassville Fire District #5, to purchase one Noma Outdoor Products 12 HP, 39" cut riding mower, with a Briggs L Stratton Industrial/Commercial Engine, from Lowes, at a cost of $999.00. He stated that this mower will be used at all of that district's fire stations, and this size is needed to cut in the right-of-ways and ditches.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Bakich and carried, the Board approved the request from Bassville Fire District #5, to purchase one Noma Outdoor Products 12 HP, 39" cut riding mower, with a Briggs & Stratton Industrial/Commercial Engine, from Lowes, at a cost of $999.00.
Commr. Gregg was not present for the vote.
At l0:12 a.m. Commr. Bakich returned the chairmanship to Commr. Gregg.
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/MENTAL HEALTH/PUBLIC HEALTH
Mr. Strickland appeared before the Board to discuss the request to assign to the Lake/Sumter Mental Health Center, the telephone system located at the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) office, on Duncan Drive South, in Tavares. He stated that EMS is moving, and the system, which is presently being utilized, is not compatible with the telephone system within the Courthouse. He also stated that, since Mental Health is moving into that space, the system should be left for Mental Health's use, and to be provided as an indirect contribution to Mental Health.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved to accept the request to assign to the Lake/Sumter Mental Health Center, the telephone system located at the Emergency Medical Services office, on Duncan Drive South, in Tavares, with the value of $3,000.00 being utilized as indirect match, subject to the determination by the County Manager that the equipment is not suitable for other County Departments, including the Sheriff's Department.
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/CONTRACTS, LEASES & AGREEMENTS
Mr. Lonnie Strickland, Director of Health & General Services, appeared before the Board to discuss the request from the Lake County Health Department, for signatures on Change Order No. 2, adding $783.00, to the contract for trenching and installing 475 feet of PVC for underground wiring, for the site lights on the Umatilla Health Department. He stated that Florida Power Company is furnishing the power for the project, and there is a considerable extra charge by Florida Power to furnish this underground service.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Swartz and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request from the Lake County Health Department, for signatures on Change Order No. 2, adding $783.00, to the contract for trenching and installing 475 feet of PVC for underground wiring, for the site lights on the Umatilla Health Department.
GRANTS/RIGHT-OF-WAYS, ROADS & EASEMENTS
Mr. John Swanson, Director of Planning and Development, appeared before the Board to discuss the request for authorization to start right-of-way acquisition for the paving of Merrell Avenue, in Southeast Umatilla, under the Community Development Block Grant Program. He stated that this is a requirement under the Block Grant, that right-of-way be purchased on the program, and that he recommends offering the higher amount, which is less than $200.00, for all five parcels.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request for authorization to start right-of-way acquisition for the paving of Merrell Avenue, in Southeast Umatilla, under the Community Development Block Grant Program.
Mr. Jim Stivender, Director of Public Works, appeared before the Board to discuss the request to accept an amendment to the assessment roll for Astor Forest Campsites. He noted that this request is to correct the assessment rolls in Astor, where the actual road length was more than the paved length.
Commr. Gregg noted that there was a conflict between the request and the resolution, in which the footage was reversed, and directed Mr. Stivender to research that before any action is taken.
Commr. Gregg brought to the attention of the Board a letter he had received from James C. Watkins, Clerk and Acting County Manager, requesting that he be compensated, in an approximate amount of $16,500.00, for performance of his additional duties as Acting County Manager. He noted that, when Mr. Watkins agreed to accept the interim position of Acting County Manager, the Board would try to compensate him in some way, since as Clerk, he cannot receive salary other than as provided in the Florida Statutes.
Commr. Swartz stated that the Board should consider compensating other County employees and Clerk's staff, who have assumed additional duties.
Mr. Watkins noted that those Clerk's employees have had their salaries increased, and those County employees, which have assumed additional departments, were also compensated.
On a motion by Commr. Bakich, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board directed the Finance Department to upgrade, in accordance with the Board policy adopted since 1983, the retirement contribution of James C. Watkins, Clerk, in recognition of the service he has performed managing the daily affairs of the County, as recommended by Commr. Gregg.
Commr. Gregg brought to the attention of the Board a memorandum he had received from Mr. Mike Anderson, Assistant Director of Public Works, regarding the Jail air sampling test results.
Mr. Mike Anderson appeared before the Board and stated that the tests have identified the presence of asbestos, but that those results do not require mandatory evacuation. Bulk samples have been taken based on visual observations, which are now being evaluated. He noted that the preliminary reports state that the Jail does have asbestos in various forms, for example, the vinyl floor tiling, sprayed on ceiling insulation, and piping insulations, that are in various forms of deterioration within the testing area. As the final bulk sample tests become available, they will be accompanied by recommendations for abatement or nonabatement of the Jail.
Commr. Gregg stated that the public needs to be aware of the situation, and complimented the Acting County Manager and the staff on the way this problem has been handled.
Mr. Watkins recognized Mr. Neil Kelly, Director of Administrative Services, who originally handled this task before Mr. Anderson was assigned to it.
ORDINANCES/PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
At this time, Commr. Gregg stated that the time had arrived for the l0:30 a.m. Public Hearing regarding the Ordinance creating the Indian Lakes Municipal Service Taxing Unit.
Mr. Steve Richey, Attorney representing Greater Construction Company, appeared before the Board and stated that the Ordinance is for the Indian Lakes project on Highway 50, in South Lake County. It was noted that the proper proof of publication was on hand as it appeared in The Orlando Sentinel, The Lake Sentinel.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved and adopted Ordinance 1989-5, with the following title:
AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO SPECIFIED AREAS OF THE UNINCORPORATED TERRITORIES OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA: CREATING INDIAN LAKES MUNICIPAL SERVICE TAXING UNIT FOR STREET LIGHTING, DRAINAGE AND RETENTION POND AND OTHER COMMON AREA REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE; PROVIDNG FOR GOVERNANCE OF THE TAXING UNIT BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS; AUTHORIZING THE LEVY OF A MUNICIPAL SERVICE AND BENEFIT AD VALOREM TAX WITHIN THE TAXING UNIT NOT TO EXCEED FOUR (4) MILLS; PROVIDING FOR BUDGET PROCEDURES; PROVIDING FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THIS ORDINANCE AND SEVERABILITY OF THE PROVISIONS HEREIN; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/ASSESSMENTS/RESOLUTIONS (C0NT'D.)
Mr. Stivender returned before the Board, after having researched the length of the road in the Astor Forest Campsites, as requested, and stated that the staff would like to amend the length to 87 feet, to adjust the assessed footage and cost.
On a motion by Connr. Bakich, seconded by Conmr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to accept an amendment to the assessment roll for Astor Forest Campsites.
Commr. Gregg brought to the attention of the Board a letter, which he had received from Ms. Deborah Shelley, Environmental Specialist, Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve, Department of Natural Resources, requesting that the Board consider waiving the landfill fees for refuse from the 12 structures, which the Department has been instructed to remove on sovereign lands within the Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve.
On a motion by Conmr. Windran, seconded by Connr. Bakich and carried, the Board approved the request from Ms. Shelley, Department of Natural Resources, to waive the landfill fees for refuse from the 12 structures, which the Department has been instructed to remove on sovereign lands within the Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve.
Commr. Bailey was not present for the vote.
Commr. Gregg brought to the attention of the Board the landfill tonnage rates for the month of March, and stated that the rates have increased since February. He noted that there will be additional tonnage coning from the City of Leesburg.
Commr. Swartz questioned the County Attorney regarding the County doing assessments for collection for the incinerator project.
Mr. Chris Ford, County Attorney, informed the Board that, if the County is going to do assessments, it must be arranged during the first quarter of this year.
Commr. Swartz stated that, in regards to the meeting of last week, concerning alcohol warnings and the training program for alcohol servers, he has had some of the elected officials of cities within his district, to request that the County consider adopting both of those ordinances county wide, advising the cities of its intentions, and giving those cities the option of participating.
It was the consensus of the Board to make the cities aware of the County's proposed ordinances regarding alcohol, and that the ordinances will be prepared in a manner in which the cities may participate, if they choose to do so.
Commr. Windram distributed to the Board a list of individuals who have expressed a willingness to serve on the Federal Prison Site Review Committee. He stated that, occassionally this Committee will need staff assistance in putting information together, and that he would like these individuals to have an opportunity to see one or more of the Federal Institutions. The Committee members are as follows:
Tom Windram - County Commissioner - Mt. Dora
Derryl Benton - Banker - Eustis
Richard Huff - Realtor - Clermont
Nora Hill - Attorney - Fruitland Park
Welton Cadwell - City Clerk - Umatilla
Fred Kurras - MAI - E. Lake County
Howard Hewitt - Road Contractor - Leesburg
Mrs. Emogene Stegall, Supervisor of Elections, appeared before the Board and introduced Mr. Mark Langer and Mr. Glen Moore, with American Information Systems, for a demonstration of the voting equipment, which their company produces.
Mr. Langer distributed a packet to each Commissioner with general information about how these machines operate. He outlined the procedures for the Board, those being, that a voter will go into a booth with a paper ballot (which is individually coded with its own precinct identification), mark their ballot with a pencil, then insert that ballot into a secrecy sleeve, which is then dropped into a ballot box. After the polls are closed, the ballot box is sealed and transferred to a central location for countup. Mr. Langer stated that this voting system will count 220 ballots per minute, including write-ins. He also stated that, the Supervisor of Elections Office can operate this system with no outside help.
Mr. Langer reviewed the preventive maintenance agreement, which is $350.00, for each election, regardless of the number of machines, should the County elect to utilize it.
Mr. Langer stated that the Federal Elections Clearinghouse requires that each County must have some type of recountable document, and also that the ballots be kept for a minimum of 22 months for a Federal election, and 12 months for County and State elections.
Mr. Langer noted that his company proposes four of these machines for Lake County, and that this type of system will save on storage space. He also noted that, with growth, the County will only have to buy additional ballot boxes, in lieu of additional voter machines.
Mrs. Stegall stated that her office will certify the number of ballots delivered to each precinct, and that, at the close of the polls, the precinct will fill out a ballot accounting form, and the number of spoiled ballots will be placed in an envelope, which all of the pollworkers will be required to sign, ensuring that each ballot is accounted for.
Commr. Swartz requested Mrs. Stegall to compile a budget, consisting of the anticipated voter machines, booths, ballot boxes, and any other special equipment which may be needed.
Commr. Bakich requested Mrs. Stegall to review the possibility of selling the old machines, as a method of disposal.
RECESS & REASSEMBLY
At 11:25 a.m., Commr. Gregg announced that the Board would take a brief recess, until 11:30 a.m., for the scheduled agenda item.
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT/ROADS-COUNTY & STATE/STATE AGENCIES
Mr. John Swanson, Director of Planning and Development, appeared before the Board to discuss the proposed Northwest Beltway alignments. He noted that this proposal had been published in the newspaper, and notices have been sent to the property owners.
Mr. Swanson acknowledged Mr. Henry Fuller, Department of Transportation, and Mr. Mark Callahan, Design Engineer, Greiner and Associates, consultants representing the Department of Transportation, who were in the audience.
Mr. Swanson stated that the environmental documents concerning the alignments of the beltway will be presented to the Department of Transportation in the following week. Also, he stated that written comments will be accepted until May 1, 1989, concerning the proposed alignments; and also on that date, at 9:00 a.m., there will be a special meeting with the Department of Transportation, and comments also will be discussed at this time. On May 9, 1989, Greiner and Associates will announce their preferred alignment; and on May 10, 1989, there will be a meeting with the Technical Review Committee in Orlando; then on June 1, 1989, there will be a public hearing conducted by the Department of Transportation concerning the alignment; with a final decision proposed to be made on June 5, 1989.
Mr. Swanson noted that the staff has reviewed the three alternate alignments, and the ultimate route for the beltway needs to meet several objectives, which relate to different aspects of the overall task of finding the best alternative. These objectives are:
1. Maintain and improve the function of State Road 46, as a major east-west route serving both local and through traffic.
2. Plan new facilities so that resultant development and population can be served with necessary infrastructure in the most cost-efficient manner.
3. Meet the policy that newly constructed, or improved, highways should follow the path of existing right-of-ways to the greatest practical extent.
4. Minimize, to the degree possible, negative impacts to the natural environment.
5. Minimize negative impacts to current population in the area affected, including land acquisition, construction, traffic and access-related impacts; and provide both current and future residents with safe and convenient transportation routes.
Mr. Swanson informed the Board that staff has reviewed several viable alternative routes and associated interchange locations developed by the Department of Transportation and its consultant, and recommends that routes G and F be given further consideration.
Of the two general interchange sites, the westernmost site, nearest Mt. Plymouth, is recommended over the easternmost site. He then reviewed with the Board the advantages and disadvantages of each route, and the basis for recommending the interchange site.
Mr. Dick Edgerton, a concerned citizen, questioned the distances between the interchanges.
Mr. Swanson noted that the distance is approximately 4,400 feet between the interchanges.
Mr. Robert Griggs, Executive Director of the Florida Easter Seal Society, stated his concerns to the alternative closest to Camp Challenge.
Mr. Mark Callahan, Greiner and Associates, stated that Alternative B, will have the greatest impact on wetlands and the flood plain.
Mr. Matt Black, a home and land owner in the area, informed the Board that Alternative F runs through his property, and that he prefers Alternative B.
Mr. Hershel Haskins, who lives in Cassia Station, stated that he preferred Route E.
Mrs. Dorie Hotstettler, Environmental Chairman for the Golden Triangle Women's Club, stated that her group believes Alternative G will relieve the traffic load on State Road 46, and is the most advantageous.
Mr. Steve Richey, Attorney representing BMK Ranch, which owns 8,000 acres in the area, stated that his client prefers Route F or B, with the most easterly interchange (Option 2), which enables the BMK Ranch to keep some of their developable land.
Mr. Bill Petrey, who owns property along 46 and 46A, stated that he was concerned with the property owners in the area, and that he prefers Alternatives B and E, and interchange Option 2. He also stated that he is opposed to Alternative F, because it restricts access to the woodlands behind their homes, and there would be heavy traffic on both sides of the homes.
Mr. Robert Griggs, Executive Director of the Florida Easter Seal Society, again appeared before the Board and stated that the Easter Seal Society owns and operates Camp Challenge, which has been in its present location since 1961. He noted that Alternative G passes 1,650 feet from the easternmost boundary of Camp Challenge; and Alternatives E and F, pass 2,800 feet to the east of the camp: and Alignment B will pass 5,000 feet from the easternmost boundary; also the western interchange will be between 800 and 1,000 feet from the eastern boundary, and the eastern interchange will be approximately 6,000 feet from the eastern boundary. The majority of the camp's facilities are located in the northeastern section of the camp property. He also stated that Camp Challenge is in favor of Alignment B, with the eastern interchange (Option 2), because it has the least impact on the camp.
Mr. Joseph Chavis, who owns B & J Cypress in the area, stated his opposition to Alternative G, which would have a detrimental effect on his business.
Mrs. Erma Dennis, a property owner in the area, stated her opposition to Alternatives G and F, and preference to Alternative B or E.
Mr. Henry Fuller, Department of Transportation, informed the Board that the Department will give their recommendation on May 9, 1989, at the regular Board of County Commissioners meeting.
Commr. Swartz stated that all of the alternatives have similar impacts on the wetlands, except for Alternative G. He felt that the BMK Ranch would form a favorable boundary, and that he prefers Alternative B, with interchange Option 2.
Commr. Windram felt that all of the alternatives have reasons for concern, and that he prefers Alternative F, with interchange Option 2.
Commrs. Bailey, Gregg, and Bakich all consented their preference to Alternative B, with interchange Option 2.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried, the Board approved to recommend to the Beltway Authority and the Department of Transportation, the preference of Alternative B, interchange Option 2, which is the easternmost interchange site, as the site which the Board supports, and encourage the Department of Transportation and the Beltway Authority to select the same.
Commr. Windram stated some concerns with State Road 46 returning to Lake County, for constructing the four laning of that road.
Mr. Fuller indicated to the Board that it is unlikely that would happen, as it would be done as part of the Beltway project.
Commr. Windram voted "No".
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 12:47 p.m.
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK