thursday – january 8, 1959


The Board of County Commissioners met in called session in the County Commissioners’ room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Thursday, January 8, 1959, at one o’clock p.m. for the purpose of hearing the reading of the Auditor’s Report No. 4887 regarding a purchase of land by the Board of County Commissioners, Lake County, on February 4, 1957, 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, who announced the reason for calling this special meeting at this time is that Mr. Owens called and said the Report is going to be released to the press, and I thought it proper that the Board be called and advised of the Report before losing any more time.  Clerk Owens was now instructed to read the Report; WHEREUPON, he read a letter from Mr. Willis, State Auditor, stating the Report is enclosed and then read the Report in its entirety.  After reading the Report, the Chairman asked for comments from any member of the Board.  No one commented.  The Chairman then asked the Attorney if he has any remarks.  Mr. Duncan stated that apparently Commr. Hooten was connected with the Lake County Fertilizer Company and received some of the money paid for the land purchased by the County.  I think Commr. Hooten should have the right to clear the matter up as to whether or not the money came directly from the money paid by the County for said property.  Chairman Simpson stated this meeting was called so the Board could be informed of the Report of the Auditor.  I understand this Report has been sent to the press.  Some of the reporters present reported they have copies of the Report, as they requested a copy directly from the Auditor’s office.  Mr. Duncan stated if any action is taken on the matter, the Governor would take it.

Commr. Theus stated he needs another man to help acquire rights of way on Road 468; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Marshall E. Wilson, Leesburg, was appointed right of way agent to assist Harry A. Vogel in acquiring rights of way on Road 468, Section 1165, Montclair to Fruitland Park.

On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, the meeting adjourned.


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

CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN