The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, June 30, 1992, at 7:00 p.m., in the Lake County School Board Administration Building, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Michael J. Bakich, Chairman; C. W. "Chick" Gregg; Richard Swartz; and Catherine Hanson. Commr. Bailey was not present due to a prior commitment. Others present were: Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney; Peter F. Wahl, County Manager; Mike Anderson, Director of Capital Improvements; Jim Stivender, Executive Director of Public Works; John Swanson, Executive Director of Planning and Development; Greg Stubbs, Director of Current Planning; Tom Neumayer, Director of Corrections; Dave Warren, Tourist Development Director; Jim Barker, Director of Pollution Control; Steve Hiney, Recycling Coordinator; and Sandra Carter, Deputy Clerk.
There were approximately 20 to 25 people present in the audience.
Commr. Swartz, District 3 Commissioner, presided over the meeting.
Mayor Eugene Glenn, City of Tavares, gave the Invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTS
Mr. Mike Anderson, Director of Capital Improvements, appeared before those present and discussed various projects, current and future, within the County system. He stated that various county departments that presently lease office space in and around the City of Tavares will now be housed in the round Courthouse, after certain renovations have been made and many of the departments presently housed in same are relocated to the new Judicial Center. The old Jail will be renovated and made into administrative offices for use by the Sheriff's Department. The Property Appraiser's Office will be renovated and the Tax Collector's Office will be
relocated to the Old Post Office, once Property Records moves into their new facility. The County also has proposed a Tourist Reception/Information facility, which will be located on Hwy. 27, in the vicinity of Hwys. 19/27 and the turnpike.
Mr. Anderson stated that staff will be revisiting the interior renovations of the old Courthouse during the next fiscal year and noted the various offices that are proposed to be relocated to the round Courthouse, and on what floors said offices will be located.
UPDATE ON ROAD PROJECTS IN THE TAVARES AREA
Mr. Jim Stivender, Executive Director of Public Works, appeared before those present and discussed past, current, and future county road projects, as well as future FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation) projects in and around the Tavares area. He had distributed, prior to the meeting, a list indicating said projects and the cost of same. He then answered questions from the audience and the Board regarding said projects.
Mr. Tom Neumayer, Director of Corrections, appeared before those present and discussed the new Jail, as well as a future program that the County will be involved with, in conjunction with the Department of Immigration & Naturalization Service and with the U.S. Marshall Service. He noted that the Jail staff and inmates moved into the new facility less than two weeks ago and are very pleased with it. He commended the Board, former and present, for their foresight in building this type (direct supervision) and size (1,000 bed) of facility. He stated that it is far less expensive to build a direct supervision type of facility and that it is a better run facility. He stated that the County presently has contracts with the U.S. Marshall Service and the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Service for the leasing of 115 beds, which will bring approximately $1.8 million in revenue into the County, which he noted will go into the General Fund. He stated that, over the next five years, leasing of the bed space could bring approximately $15 million in revenue into the County, which he noted could not have been possible had the Board not had the foresight to build the Jail larger than what was needed. He noted several things that the County provides for the inmates, which are either grant funded or provided through volunteer services, and discussed a joint project between the Public Works Department and the Department of Corrections, whereby inmates will pick up trash and debris along the highways in Lake County. He then answered questions from the audience regarding the new Jail and proposed projects for the inmates.
Commr. Swartz introduced several Boy Scouts and their Troop Leader, from Boy Scout Troop 154, who were present in the audience working on earning their "Citizenship in the Community" merit badge.
Commr. Swartz noted that the next townhall meeting will be held in District 4 sometime during the next several weeks.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
G. RICHARD SWARTZ, JR., CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK