MINUTES OF regular MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY commissioners
thursday, september 25 1958
The Board of County Commissioners met in called session in the County Commissioners Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Thursday, September 25, 1958, for the purpose of receiving bids on the equipment for the Leesburg Clinic, Group A and Group B and such other matters as may be brought before the Board, with the following present: Chairman Simpson; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Hooten, and Cross; Attorney Duncan; and Clerk Owens.
The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.
notary public bond
The Board approved the Notary Public Bond of C. E. Duncan with E. I. Burleigh and W. L. Duncan as sureties.
bids for purchase of office equipment for leesburg clinic
Notice having been advertised for the purchase of equipment for the Leesburg Clinic, Group A and Group B, the following bids were received:
SKIPPER’S OFFICE SUPPLY AND EQUIPMENT CO., Leesburg
Group A (office equipment) total (52 items) $2,416.45
LEESBURG TYPEWRITER SERVICE, Leesburg
Group A (office equipment) total (52 items) $2,410.00
SOUTHERN PRINTING COMPANY, Eustis
Group A (office equipment) total (52 items) $2,577.56
MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANY
Group A (office equipment) total (52 items) FOB New York $2,128.86
MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANY
Group B $1,183.30
Clerk Owens stated the office equipment bids will have to be referred to the Florida Development Commission for its acceptance.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the bids on office equipment for the Leesburg Clinic, including the Group B bid, were to be turned over to Dr. Hall in order for him to confer with the Florida Development Commission regarding same.
K. B. Sears, Marvin Roberts, Mrs. Kendall Jones, and W. W. Friedman, Coordinator for the Junior College for Lake County, appeared before the Board. Mr. Sears was spokesman for the group and said we meet all requirements for a Junior College except pledging of funds. We must indicate we have some definite pledge of where the money is coming from. We do not feel that we can take it away from the School Board. We need 5% of the amount spent in the first to twelfth grades inclusive, which would be between $20,000 and $21,000. We request the Board to attempt to pledge this amount for a Junior College. Will not need this until the college is established – probably will be 1960 before need it. Mr. Friedman stated that funds have been pledged by County Commissioners in several other counties; Sumter County has pledged its portion. Putnam, Clay, and St. Johns have pledged. Bay County took its money out of the general fund. Mr. Duncan and Mr. Friedman discussed how to raise the funds. Mr. Duncan stated should have instructions from the Board what to do before the next session of the Legislature. Mr. Owens reported the Schools get 1/3 of the race track money. Mr. Owens filed cards from 5 Tavares citizens urging that the Board of County Commissioners participate in this program.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cross and unanimously carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, under the provisions of Section 230.48 and subsequent Sections, Florida Statutes, 1957, the Legislature of Florida provided for the establishment of Junior Colleges within the State of Florida under certain prerequisites for the determination of an area suitable for the location of a Junior College and the providing of a minimum sum of money for the establishment and construction of said College, and
WHEREAS, Lake County and Sumter County have been designated as an area entitled to the location for an establishment of a Junior College, subject to the fulfillment of certain requirements, and
WHEREAS, a Committee appointed for the purpose of investigating the need for a Junior College in this area and determining whether or not there is a Public demand for a Junior College and determining whether or not a location for the college acceptable to the State Board of Public Instruction can be located have appeared before this Board and have reported that all of the requirements for the establishment of a Junior College in the Lake-Sumter area have been met, with the exception of the providing of funds by the County Board as required by said Act; that according to the valuation and assessments of properties in Lake County for the calendar year of 1959 and the assessments for the support of grades 1 to 12 inclusive in Lake County, a sum not to exceed $21,000 is the minimum requirement for sums to be furnished by Lake County to establish a Junior College.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that this Board reaffirm its interest and approval in the establishment of a Junior College for the Lake-Sumter area and that said Board pledges it will make every effort to provide for the financial support of a Junior College in a sum not less than 5 percent of the minimum local financial effort required to support the minimum foundation program for grades 1 to 12 inclusive, provided only that said monies may be legally assessed and collected by this Board under the laws of the State of Florida.
John Ragen and Billy Kelly of the Health Department appeared before the Board to get the Board’s opinion on subdivisions in cities as to septic tanks. Commr. Cross suggested leaving this with the cities. Chairman Simpson said they should ask the cities to avail themselves of the services the Health Department is providing and cooperate with the County and the cities be requested to incorporate this in their code. Commr. Cross then suggested that the Towns and Cities be notified of the Health Department’s service and that the County is using it; WHEREUPON, it was moved by Commr. Hooten, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried that the Board of County Commissioners request the respective municipalities in Lake County to incorporate in their ordinances or policy that any plat within said municipality will not be accepted for filing and recording until an approval of the lands included in said plat for proper drainage and sanitation has been secured from the Lake County Health Department and filed with the governing body of said municipality.
Clerk Owens read a letter from Governor Collins regarding the Civil Defense meeting in Orlando on October 9th at 9:00 a.m. in the County Commissioners room in the Courthouse.
Clerk Owens brought to the attention of the Board that Mr. Charles Davy of Sorrento fell in front of the courthouse on Tuesday, broke his leg, and was taken to the hospital in Eustis. Dr. Vincenti called Mr. Owens this morning and said it is necessary to keep someone with Mr. Davy at all times. Dr. Hall said he is eligible for hospitalization for 30 days under the program at $22 per day. Dr. Hall is to talk to Mrs. Sudderth regarding this matter.
Mr. Goodson stated that the Architect has submitted a statement for work on the proposed County Home in the amount of $1,840 and showed a set of prints for work that has been done and explained the plans. The bill was ordered held until the second meeting in October when other bills are considered.
Commr. Theus reported that he talked to Mrs. Singeltary about naming the Leesburg Clinic for Mr. Singeltary, and she is willing to have it named for him and appreciates the suggestion of the Board. WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, Lake County, in cooperation with the State and Federal Health Departments, has recently constructed a Medical Clinic in the City of Leesburg for the benefit of the people of Lake County, and
WHEREAS, during his lifetime George L. Singeltary and while Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners took a very active and interested part in the planning and locating of said Clinic, and the realization of the plans and building was in a large measure the result of his efforts in that behalf, and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners feel that recognition of his efforts for the benefit of the people of Lake County should be shown in some material way so that a lasting memorial would commemorate his name.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Medical Clinic of the Lake County Health Department located in Leesburg, Florida, be and the same is hereby named and shall hereafter be known as “George L. Singeltary Clinic,” and that a proper plaque be secured and placed under the direction of the Lake County Health Department in a conspicuous place on said building.
Clerk Owens presented a list of warrants on hand and said they should be authorized canceled; also 3 outstanding warrants that should be canceled and stop payment placed on same. WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cross, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Clerk was authorized to cancel the following warrants:
FUND NO. DATE ISSUED TO AMT. PURPOSE BANK
Road and Bridge 184 12-3-56 J. R. Ashmore $10.56 Ins.CV7442 Citizens Natl, Leesburg
Road and Bridge 281 1-13-58 Fla Tel. Corp $10.87 Ph.D-4 1st Natl Leesburg
F&F 13 11-4-57 Jack Love $4.10 Wit. Juvenile Ct Citizens Bank Clermont
F&F 14 11-4-57 Mrs. Jack Love $4.10 Wit. Juvenile Ct Citizens Bank Clermont
F&F 326 5-6-57 Bud Pace $4.10 Wit. Juvenile Ct Citizens Bank Clermont
F&F 559 8-5-57 J. Sheffield $4.10 Wit. Juvenile Ct Citizens Bank Clermont
F&F 563 8-5-57 F. Sheffield $4.10 Wit. Juvenile Ct Citizens Bank Clermont
F&F 237 7-14-58 H. A. Corson $4.10 Wit. Juvenile Ct Citizens Bank Clermont
F&F 241 7-14-58 J. Johnson $4.10 Wit. Juvenile Ct Citizens Bank Clermont
F&F 334 9-8-58 Willie Jones $3.20 Wit. Juvenile Ct Citizens Bank Clermont
General 1679 7-14-48 M. B. Booth $2.00 Inq-Incompt 1st Natl Bank, Eustis
General 1726 7-14-58 Thelma Stewart $6.00 Care Incompt 1st Natl Bank, Eustis
AND STOP PAYMENT BE PLACED ON THE FOLLOWING WARRANTS:
NUMBERS 184, 281, and 326 as listed above.
Clerk Owens read a request of Assistant State Attorney McCormick for a Gray Audograph Dictation Machine with a quotation from the Lanier Company of $455.93.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Board approved the purchase of an Audograph Dictation Machine for the State Attorney and Assistant State Attorney, subject to getting additional bids and buying from the lowest bidder acceptable to the Attorneys for the State, the bid to be approved by the Chairman and Clerk.
Mr. Duncan stated that when the question of the Presbyterian College came up, the Board agreed it would build a road into this property, since about two miles of the road would be in Lake County, and requested permission to write a letter to the Orange and Seminole County Commissioners asking them to cooperate in the plans, provided the bridge is built by the developers and paid for by them. Commr. Simpson stated he thinks this is an opportunity to open up new territory. Lake County was not involved in the building of the bridge.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the Attorney for the Board was authorized to write a letter to the Orange and Seminole County from State Road 46 south through Sections 30 and 31, Tp. 19 SR 29 East to the Orange County line Commissioners asking them to cooperate in the plans for construction of a road, provided the bridge is build and paid for by the developers.
Sheriff McCall appeared before the Board and stated that the maintenance of the jail and the maintenance of the Courthouse and yard is a two-man job.
/s/ Frank E. Owens /s/ O. M. Simpson