A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
2005 STATE OF THE COUNTY
OCTOBER 20, 2005
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners held the 2005 State of the County Address on Thursday, October 20, 2005, at 7:30 a.m., at Lake Receptions, Mount Dora, Florida. Commissioners present were: Jennifer Hill, Chairman; Catherine C. Hanson, Vice Chairman; Welton G. Cadwell; and Robert A. Pool. Commissioner Debbie Stivender was absent. Others present were: Sanford A. “Sandy” Minkoff, County Attorney; Cynthia W. “Cindy” Hall, County Manager; Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager, Board of County Commissioners’ Office; James C. Watkins, Clerk of Courts; Barbara Lehman, Chief Deputy Clerk, County Finance; and Judy Whaley, Deputy Clerk.
The Honorable Jennifer S. Hill, Chairman, Lake County Board of County Commissioners, welcomed everyone to the 2005 State of the County Address.
The Honorable Mark J. Hill, Circuit Court Judge, gave the Invocation.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The Honorable Bob McKee, Lake County Tax Collector, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Commissioner Hill introduced other members of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. She recognized Constitutional Officers Mr. Bob McKee, Lake County Tax Collector; Mr. Ed Havill, Lake County Property Appraiser; and Mr. James Watkins, Lake County Clerk of Courts; and city and town officials who were present.
2005 WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME
The Honorable Ed Havill, Property Appraiser, announced that the Lake County Women’s Hall of Fame inductee for 2005 is The Honorable Emogene W. Stegall, Lake County Supervisor of Elections. He gave a brief narrative of the accomplishments of Ms. Stegall, noting that she was first elected in 1972 and has been with the Supervisor of Elections’ Office a total of 47 years. Mr. Havill explained that Ms. Stegall is in Mississippi celebrating the 100th birthday of her mother, typically putting others first. Mr. Jerry Foster, Assistant Supervisor of Elections, accepted a plaque and lapel pin on Ms. Stegall’s behalf.
PRESENTATION OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS
Commissioner Hill gave brief historical remarks and presented plaques of appreciation to the following Chambers of Commerce: Astor Area, East Lake County, Lady Lake Area, Lake Eustis Area, Leesburg Area, Mount Dora Area, Northeast Lake, South Lake, Tavares and Umatilla.
STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS
Commissioner Hill expressed pride in the accomplishments made by Lake County this year. She applauded the cooperative efforts of citizens, businesses and County staff. She noted that the State of Florida continues to be a popular place to call home and that Lake County experienced its fair share of growing pains. The Board of County Commissioners is committed to meeting the increased demand for governmental services. Planning for new fire stations, aggressive transportation improvements and expansion of government facilities are underway. Commissioner Hill remarked that County government is working hand-in-hand with citizens, businesses, civic groups, planning organizations and municipal leaders to strengthen and protect our communities. A new Comprehensive Plan will be the foundation for an effective “blueprint” for preservation and development of land for the future of Lake County. She stressed that protection of our natural lands will be paramount as Lake County continues to grow. This year, the County began an initiative to purchase public lands for preservation and to promote its pristine “blueways.”
Commissioner Hill introduced a video montage, “Strength in Community,” with excerpts from the 2005 Annual Report, and which highlighted the wonderful accomplishments of Lake County Government during this past fiscal year.
In closing, Commissioner Hill recognized Lake County Attorney Sandy Minkoff and County Manager Cindy Hall. She expressed her gratitude to the employees who made today’s presentation possible and to all those employees who work everyday in dedication and service to Lake County. She concluded by thanking the sponsors of today’s event: Colonial Bank; Florida Hospital Waterman; Lake Receptions; Leesburg Regional Medical Center; Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, PA; Progress Energy; Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc.; United Chambers of Lake County; and United Southern Bank.
The 2005 State of the County Address ended at 8:30 a.m.
JENNIFER HILL, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK