tuesday, june 25, 1957


The Board of County Commissioners met in called session in the County Commissioners Room in the Courthouse in Tavares on Tuesday, June 25, 1957, for the purpose of considering the tentative budget for the year beginning October 1, 1957 and ending September 30, 1958, and such other matters as may be brought before the Board, with the following present:  Commissioners Singeltary, Hooten, Simpson, and Cross.  In the absence of Chairman Cowart, Vice Chairman Singeltary presided and called the meeting to order.  Attorney Duncan and Clerk Owens were present.

Everett Huskey and Larry Hughes appeared before the Board regarding promoting an international airport for Central Florida to be located somewhere in Lake County, as it would serve over a half million people within a radius of 45 miles, which would take in adjacent counties.  These gentlemen asked that the Board endorse the project.  Mr. Duncan stated they would probably have to have an act of the legislature.

On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the Board endorsed the project and the feasibility of same.

The Board appointed the following named persons to serve on the Lake County International Airport Development Committee:

District 1 – Paul Miller, Leesburg

District 2 – Waldron F. Schanz, Howey

District 3 – Oakley Seaver, Clermont

District 4 – Everett Huskey, Eustis

District 5 – Larry Hughes, Eustis

Attorney Duncan stated subcommittees representing the other counties should be appointed.  No action was taken on this at this time.

Karl Lehmann, Chairman of the Children’s Committee, appeared before the Board and gave a report from the Children’s Committee in Lake County.  Mr. Lehmann stated that the Committee had asked that the National Probation and Parole Association be contacted relative to making a survey of Lake County, but no action had been taken up to the present.  Therefore, he had been requested by Mr. Singeltary to contact this organization relative to the price for making a survey, and they had advised it would cost $750 and would take approximately five weeks.

Vice Chairman Singeltary stated he will entertain a motion to authorize Mr. Lehmann to employ the National Probation and Parole Association to make a survey of Lake County as to the Juvenile problems and notify the Governor that we have done this; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, Karl Lehmann was authorized to contact the National Probation and Parole Association and ask them to make a survey of Lake County as to the Juvenile problems at a price of $750.

Clerk Owens reported he contacted Commr. Cowart, and he told him to select the three real estate appraisers and contractor and ask them to make an appraisal on the Peter’s house at Fruitland Park and have the report by Monday.  The real estate appraisers selected are Carlton Huey, Frank McGill, and Carl Ferran; the contractor is Paul Miller.

Clerk Owens reported he contacted the Hotel Commission in Tallahassee, and they reported “no jurisdiction unless going to rent rooms.”  Mr. Owens called Dr. Hall, Director of the Lake County Health Unit, and he stated his report would cover the Fire Marshall, and Bunny Stevens of Leesburg would make the inspection.  He called the Welfare Unit in Leesburg, but could not get any information at the local office.  Mrs. Bishop is to come to see Mr. Owens this afternoon.  Commr. Singeltary said the Mayor of Fruitland Park called him and told him the Town Council had to pass on the feasibility of having the home for dependents in the town limits.

The Surety Bond of E. J. Burrell as member of the Board of the Oklawaha Basin Recreation and Water Conservation and Control Authority in and for Lake County, for said office from July 13, 1957 until July 13, 1961 in the amount of $2,500 was approved by the Board.

Clerk Owens presented and filed an executed copy of a right of way contract dated June 27, 1956 regarding State Road 445, Job 1161-250 (150 School Buys Road, extending from Road 19 northeasterly to Astor Park).

Attorney Duncan presented an Amended Appraisal on Section 1161-250 (150), State Road S-445.

On a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the Amended Appraisal on Parcel No. 3, Section 1161-250 (150), State Road S-445, in the amount of $3,509.70 as filed with the Board of County Commissioners on June 25, 1957 was accepted and approved.

Commr. Cross appointed 3 appraisers on the Silver Lake Road, as follows:  W. Brunson Gibson, J. O. Todd, and Ernest Robuck.

Mrs. Rowley, Assistant Home Demonstration Agent, appeared before the Board and reported there are 20 4-H Girls Clubs in the county.  A new Club was organized this year, and they are working on the organization of one more.

Harold Hopson appeared before the Board regarding a contract with the County relative to the Health Unit to be built in Leesburg and was advised to contact Dr. Hall on this matter.

Clerk Owens reported he has contacted Orange County Commissioners regarding hyacinths in the Apopka-Beauclair Canal, and they have taken care of this.

Commr. Cross stated that Mr. Cowart, Chairman, has appointed him and Jack Hooten to serve with the County Advisory Committee, and they are to go to lunch with the Committee this coming Thursday.

Commr. Hooten stated he thinks the Mosquito Control should be a separate agency.  Attorney Duncan was instructed to check on this and give a report to the Board.

After considering the budget, on a motion by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Cross and carried, the salary of Myrtle Sudderth, County Welfare Worker, was increased from $3,600 to $4,200.  The Board requested Clerk Owens to get further information in regard to the budget for the Sheriff’s office, at which time the Board will resume work on the budget.




/s/ Frank E. Owens                                                                  /s/ O. M. Simpson           

CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN