MINUTES OF regular MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY commissioners
monday – mARCH 9, 1959
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners’ room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, March 9, 1959, with the following present: Chairman Simpson; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Hooten and Cross; Attorney Duncan and Mrs. Florence Robertson, Deputy Clerk. (Mr. Owens attending court.)
The Board called to order by Chairman Simpson.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried:
D-1 That Ernestine Hamm c/o Mrs. Corrine Fletcher, Leesburg, be added to the list for $40.00 per month
D-2 That the address of Mr. Albert Atkinson be changed to c/o Mrs. W. M. Richardson, Richardson Home for the Aged, Wildwood, Florida
D-3 That no changes be made
D-4 That Mrs. Emma Barnard, Star-R, Eustis, be dropped from the list as she has moved from the County
D-5 That the address of Mrs. Daisy Fox be changed to c/o Mrs. W. B. Gibson, Lady Lake, FL
A hospital bill for Isaac Muck (c) was discussed
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, that the bill of Waterman Memorial Hospital for Isaac Muck District Four be approved for 30 days plus ½ rate for 25 days, but this is not to be taken as a precedent.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Hooten and carried, that the Board limit hospitalization for indigents to 15 days maximum.
bids for sale of clay pit in district no. 5
Notice having been advertised for bids for the sale of a clay pit in District No. 5, described as Lot 1-A Blk. 20 according to the Plat of Silver Lake Estates, containing five acres, more or less, the following bids were received:
George E. Engelhard, M.D., Leesburg $2,000.00
Silver Lake Estates, Ltd. – Jack N. Purdum, Mgr., Leesburg $5,016.00
Hilltop Subdivisions – D. T. Larabee, Leesburg $1,000.00
Paul O. Kreger – Leesburg $2,110.00
J. D. Manly Construction Company – W. L. Manly, Pres. $1,100.00
Motion by Commr. Hooten seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried that the bids be taken under advisement until Mr. Cross returns to the meeting.
Mr. Williams and Mr. Joe Murphey again appeared before the Board re: Road in the Bayview, Saltsdale section. Commr. Cross left the meeting to go with the gentlemen to view the road and see about getting the rights of way.
Chas. P. Goodson, County Engineer, and Mr. C. E. French, Chairman of Zoning Commission, appeared before the Board and presented Preliminary Report of the Zoning Commission which Mr. Goodson read. The Chairman called for motion of acceptance of the Report and Mr. Duncan suggested that the report be accepted subject to the hearings to be held on the Report. Whereupon, on motion of Commr. Cross seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Report of the Zoning Commission was accepted subject to the hearings that will be heard on it.
Attorney Caldwell appeared before the Board and presented Plat of Springs Bath Yacht Club Unit No. 3, with letter from Lake County Health Department stating Unit No. 3 is favorable to septic tanks, and public water supply is being installed at this time, which has been approved by the Bureau of Engineers, Florida State Board of Health. Copy of Title & Trust Company of Florida Policy #FE 14853, and copy of Tax Receipt with statement of Tax Collector as follows: “This includes W 500 feet of Gov. Lot 7 (less S. 660 ft.) less R/W of ACL” filed. Mr. Duncan stated everything is in order for approval, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Plat of Springs Bath and Yacht Club Subdivision was approved.
Mr. Irving Morse, Attorney for the Hamlin Estate, appeared before the Board to inquire if the Board is still interested in the purchase of the Duncan-Hamlin Building. Mr. Morse stated we would like to know something definite if you can give it to us. We have put in the bathroom. The prices is $19,000.00. The property was appraised before the bathroom was put in – between 15 and 16 thousand dollars. Mr. Simpson stated I do not see how we can buy something at a higher price than the appraised value. Commr. Theus suggested having a new appraisal. Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that the Duncan-Hamlin property on Irma Street be reappraised.
Mr. Duncan presented a plat which had been left in the Clerk’s office by E. T. Hall – North Addition to East Section of Crow’s Bluff Community Center – with letter from Lake County Health Department showing the Subdivision suitable to septic tanks; and Binder Title No. 6760 of Title & Trust Company of Florida. Mr. Duncan stated they would have to have a release from the Board of Education of the State of Florida on the drainage canals. Therefore, the Plat was not approved at this time.
Mr. Duncan presented a Plat of North Lakewood Park First Addition, with letter from Lake County Health Department stating this location is apparently suitable for septic tank installations. Lawyers Title Insurance Corp Policy #Y138-827 was presented. Motion by Commr. Hooten seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that the Plat of North Lakewood Park First Addition be accepted and approved.
Plat of Stoer Island Subdivision Second Addition, with letter from Lake County Health Department, and Title Opinion of Atty. P. B. Howell, Jr., was presented to the Board for approval, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Plat of Stoer Island Subdivision Second Addition was approved.
Chairman Simpson filed check of Superior Asphalt Company – W. C. Stubble – in the amount of $2.06 for one joint connector on culvert pipe.
Letter from J. P. Williams offering his home for sale for Old Folks Home for $14,500.00 was read and filed.
Letter from Leslie Huffstetler, President Lake County Chamber of Commerce inviting the Commissioners to the Fair in Eustis was read and filed.
Two telegrams from A. C. Church, State Highway Engineer Re: Awarding bid on Job No. 11100-3501 SR 19 between North City Limits of Umatilla and SR 42 to Campbell Paving Company of Clearwater, Florida for $40,993.21 and re: awarding bid on Job No. 11590-3601 Bridge and approaches over Lake Dora Canal Tavares to Hubbard Construction Company of Orlando for - $37,245.40 were read. Motion by Commr. Hooten seconded by Commr. Theus and carried that the action of the State Road Department in awarding the bids as above be concurred in by the Board and the Clerk instructed to notify SRD of this action.
Motion by Commr. Hooten seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the Attorney for the Board be instructed to prepare the necessary bills for Legislature on paying Lake County Chamber of Commerce; South Lake Hospital and the Historical Society on a monthly basis.
List of Pensioners (Confederate) Mrs. Lenora Haire, Umatilla and Mrs. Mona Gray, Mascotte was approved by the Board.
Mr. Duncan stated he has prepared a new Plat Law to present to the Legislative Delegation. Mr. Cross was absent at this time and this matter was tabled until after dinner.
Mr. Duncan reported that he and Mr. Oldham have reframed the Houston Gas Company Resolution. The Board decided to table this Resolution until Thursday, March 12 at 2:00 PM.
bids received for equipment for county judge’s office
Notice having been advertised for the purchase of a typewriter accounting machine for probate accounting for County Judge’s Office, the following bids were received:
Burroughs Corporation, Orlando
1 Burroughs style F-1306 with required features $5,580.00
Less 5% gov. discount 279.00
Net cost of recommended equipment $5,301.00
The National Cash Register Company, Orlando
1 National accounting typewriter machine 32-10-10
(38X) SP 10:16 $5,670.00
Alternate bid $4,632.00
Judge Hall recommended that the Board buy the National machine.
Mr. Duncan stated Judge Hall should put in complete information as to why he prefers the higher bid.
Motion by Commr. Hooten seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the bid of National Cash Register Company to furnish the County Judge’s office – Judge Hall – a National accounting typewriter machine for the sum of $5,670.00 be accepted. (Specifications as advertised.) (For Resolution for accepting the higher bid, see March 12 – meeting page 365.)
Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Theus and carried that the request of Judge Hall for the following office equipment be approved.
1 desk $120.00; 1 typewriter table $25.00; 1 filing cabinet $108.50
resolutions re: juvenile home filed
Clermont-Groveland Lodge #1848, B.P.O. Elks
Lake County Federated Women’s Clubs – Mrs. Emil Krahnke, President
Tavares Unit No. 76 American Legion Auxiliary – Mrs. Alice LeViner, President
Blessed Sacrament Church Holy Name Society
Eustis Jr. Chamber of Commerce –R. E. Kilpatrick, President
Clermont Kiwanis Club
Clermont Rotary Club
Mr. Duncan reported he has received a letter from Mrs. Davis – Sister of Mrs. Frank – who owns the property north of the Juvenile Home. Mr. Duncan was instructed to find out what price she will take for the property and report to the next Board meeting.
Mr. Duncan reported that Judge Futch gave him a name of a consultant we should obtain re remodeling of the Court Room – a Mr. Jones.
Motion by Commr. Cross seconded by Commr. Theus and carried that the bid of Silver Lake Estates, Ltd. In the amount of $5,016.00 for the purchase of the clay pit located on Lot 1-A Block 20 according to the Plat of Silver Lake Estates containing 5 acres, more or less, be accepted.
Motion by Commr. Cross seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the deed from Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Inc., for a colored cemetery be accepted and the owners be paid $150.00.
Attorney Duncan presented and discussed the Lake County Platting Law, giving the minimum widths for streets as 50 feet and alleys as 12 feet. He was authorized to proceed on a proposal for such a law to be brought up before the legislative hearing and report to the Board.
Mr. Cross asked that the Board consider an act to amend the license law requiring a larger fee from transient peddlers working in the County as peddlers from the large cities come into the County and sell thousands of dollars’ worth of knick-knacks and other items, then take the money out of the County. Mr. Duncan was authorized to proceed with this Amendment.
Motion by Commr. Hooten seconded by Commr. Theus and carried that the action of the Chairman and Clerk in approving the application of Mrs. Jennie Elvira Weideman of Minneola for admittance to the T. B. Hospital be approved.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cross and carried that the following Vouchers be approved for payment:
General Fund 660 thru 801
Road & Bridge Fund 512 thru 642
Fine & Forfeiture Fund 76 thru 95
County Home #2 and #3 – Leesburg Clinic #5
Clerk Owens filed executed Right-of-Way Contract SRD No. 1, on Job 11610-2601; SR S-445 Alexander Springs Road.
Clerk Owens gave a report on the Roper Property which was made by Lake Abstract Company, showing no deeds from Roper to Lake County in Sections 10-11-14-15-16-21-23 in Tp. 21 R. 26. In 1951 2 certificates by Mr. Stokes and Mr. Dykes on Sections 17-20-21, Tp. 21, R. 26 state “no county maintained roads.” Mr. Hooten stated Mr. Roper said he had made the deeds. Mr. Duncan stated he would check his files and see if the deeds have been given to him.
FOLLOWING FILED with THE BOARD
Letter from Willis V. McCall, Sheriff, re: Mrs. T. E. Hite – ambulance bill
State Board of Administration re: Bond report. Next report will be as of 6-30-59
Report of Myrtle Sudderth, County Welfare Worker
Letter from Mount Dora B & P Club re: Reactivating Civil Defense.
MEETING ADJOURNED to 10:00 o’clock AM Tuesday, March 10, for designating Primary and Secondary Roads..
/s/ Frank E. Owens /s/ O. M. Simpson