The Board of County Commissioners met in adjourned session in the County Commissioners’ room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Friday, October 16, at 9:30 a.m., for the purpose of receiving bids for surfacing certain Lake County roads, and such other matters as may be brought before the Board, with the following present:  Chairman Simpson; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Bishop, and Cross; Attorney Duncan; and Mrs. Robertson, Deputy Clerk.  (Clerk Owens absent)

The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.

Mr. Cowart reported that he has appointed Mr. A. S. Brooks, Sr., Groveland, as a member of the Zoning Commission in place of Mr. John S. Arnold, who resigned.




J. D. Manly Construction Company - Leesburg

Roads in Montverde and Minneola areas

16,150 square yards asphaltic concrete type II 1” thick

   At $1.00 sq. yd.                                                                                          $16,150.00

Bid deposit attached


East Lake Company – Fred F. Cross, Jr. Partner and

                                   Matthew P. Cross, Partner – Eustis


Reconditioning and surfacing existing clay road

in Lake County according to specifications


0.53 per sq. yd. of reconditioned clay base and surface.

Accompanying this bid is a bond of $1916.59, 5% of the total amount


J. D. Manly Construction Company – Leesburg

            Surfacing roads in the Fruitland Park, Okahumpka & Yalaha areas.

            72,324 sq. yds. Reconditioning existing clay base and

            Double surface treatment @ 41˘                                                                   $29,652.84


Bid deposit attached.


Mr. Duncan announced that J. D. Manly Construction Company is the low bidder in the two bids, and the only bid on the asphalt.

Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that the bid of J. D. Manly Construction Company for surfacing roads in the Fruitland Park, Okahumpka and Yalaha areas, etc. of 72,324 sq. yds. Reconditioning existing clay base and double surface treatment at 41˘ or a total of $29,652.84 be accepted; and that Clerk Owens be instructed to return the bid deposit of Manly Construction Company on the asphalt bid, also the East Lake Company’s bid deposit on the other roads.

Mr. Bishop stated there is no way of telling, until can get the road cut out, a definite figure in yardage on the asphaltic concrete type road, therefore he suggested not to accept the Manly bid and re-advertise when know what the yardage will be.


Mr. Goodson asked if in the event we are not able to get the slag would the Board entertain an idea of stone or Victor slag.  Mr. Theus suggested not to do anything until find out if can get the slag, as Victor slag not quite as good as the other slag.  Mr. Goodson stated should have a supplement agreement between the County and the Contractor in view of the fact that it may be impossible, due to the steel strike, to get certain material for road contract.


Clerk Owens instructed to give each of the Commissioners and Mrs. Sudderth a copy.



Mr. Duncan stated that this Board should request the Town of Tavares to furnish water and lights and keep the facilities locked at night and opened in the day time and keep them clean.  Mr. Duncan instructed to take this up with the Town of Tavares and also contact Mr. Burrell about restrooms at Burrell Locks (Separate bids).  Goodson to furnish information, and the Oklawaha Authority to pay its share of the cost.

Mr. Duncan said on October 12, the Board activated Zoning rules and regulations.  Now should have someone to take care of this in regard to handling the permits, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, Chas. P. Goodson, Zoning Director, was authorized to employ the necessary clerical help for this Zoning work and get the person employed bonded.


Mr. Goodson reported that the surveyor is surveying out the ditch this morning.  Mr. Bishop stated he wants the dragline in there by Monday morning.  The other Commissioners agreed to help with this.


Mr. Simpson reported that they have had a wash-out at Burrell Locks and District 4 is hauling broken cement blocks to fill in.  Will need a dragline to place the blocks.  Mr. Goodson was instructed to see about getting the dragline and other members of the Board will help haul the cement blocks.

houston gas corp

Mr. Duncan was instructed to request Houston Gas Corp. to set a definite date when they will fix the roads.

discussion on raising orange avenue road

Mr. Simpson advised that perhaps Mr. W. C. Daniells would furnish the clay for this road.  The road is one-fourth mile long and 24 feet wide.  Mr. Cross will see if he can get the clay from Mr. Daniells.

Motion by Commr. Cross seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:

WHEREAS, it has been brought to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners that prior to the construction of State Road S-44 (running Easterly and Southerly to connect with State Road 44) that at a point approximately 4,775 feet Northerly of the Intersection of State Road S-44 with State road 44, there was located a culvert, to carry off excess waters accumulating at said location; and

WHEREAS, it appears that when said road was constructed the culvert was removed, but not replaced, and that subsequent thereto, during heavy rains, waters have collected at that point, but without facilities to carry said waters under the road to lower areas, with resulting damage to the road and the shoulders thereof.

NOW, THEREFORE,  the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, do respectfully request the State Road Department to replace the culvert under the above road, known as the “Eldorado Road” at the location above set forth, in order to preserve the road and the shoulders thereof, and to protect surrounding properties.

discussion on PURCHASING secondhand trailer in district no. 1

Mr. Theus stated he is in need of a trailer.  J. D. Manly Construction Company has one that is in good condition.  The Board authorized Mr. Theus to buy the trailer from Manly.

agricultural building location

Mr. Bishop reported that Gil Sims and his committee have found two pieces of land belonging to Chas. Lovell and they want to know if they should get the price on this land.  Mr. Bishop told Mr. Sims to get the prices on the land.  Mr. Gorman and Mr. Lovell will get an appraisal.  The land is between the block plant on Road 19 and Lake Juinetta with 675 ft. frontage on Highway 19.

discussion on juvenile building

Mr. Duncan stated that the Advisory Committee has requested him to ask the Board what the plans are now in regard to the building.  Mr. Theus said J. M. Spencer is doing some work on the building now, but does not have money to advance to meet the payroll and asked if the Board could pay the bill twice a month.  Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, that Clerk Owens be instructed to pay J. M. Spencer every two weeks for work on the Juvenile Home.




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

CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN