MINUTES OF the regular MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY commissioners

 tuesday - july 5, 1960

Monday, July 4th, being a holiday and a quorum not being present for the regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, Clerk Owens adjourned the regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners until Tuesday, July 5, at ten o’clock a.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Tuesday, July 5, with the following present:  Chairman Cross; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Bishop and Simpson; Attorney Duncan, and Deputy Clerk Robertson.  (Clerk Owens was attending Court.)

The Board was called to order by Chairman Cross.

On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Minutes of the Special Meeting of April 26; Regular Meetings of May 2 and 9; and Special Meetings of May 20, 26, and June 1 were adopted as read.

notary public bonds approved since first regular meeting in june

With American Surety Company of New York:  Elaine Winn 6-13-60, Nancy West 6-16-60, Alfred W. Rehbaum, III 6-22-60, Axel F. Olivenbaum 6-23-60, C. J. Ingalls 6-23-60, L. M. Friar 6-27-60, and Katherine E. Brough 7-1-60.

With American Fire & Casualty Company:  Gordon H. Savage, Jr. 6-16-60, T. R. Champion 6-20-60, and Hannah M. Palmer 6-29-60.

The Board approved the Notary Public Bond of H. A. Vogel with the Massachusetts Bond & Insurance Company of Boston as Surety.

On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following bonds for carrying firearms were approved:

Dr. Philip M. Bichard, Leesburg, with H. A. Vogel and Ruth A. Klotz as sureties for carrying a pistol made by Colt of 38 calibre and numbered 86891B.

Dr. William Chew, with Thomas A. Turner, M. D. and George E. Engelhard, M. D. as sureties, for carrying a pistol made by Colt Patent Fire Arms Mfg. Co of 38 calibre and numbered 86848LW

Willie Mae Barrett, Leesburg, with Max Kessler and L. D. Burdine as sureties, for carrying a pistol made by Smith & Wesson of .38 calibre and numbered 942618.

Plat of golden heights estate

Harry Meilke appeared before the Board and presented the Plat of Golden Heights Estate back of Riley’s Trailer Park between Road 441 and 19, with Title Policy Y-6-87-377-6672 issued by Lawyer’s Title Insurance Corp for $10,000 to Thelma B. Simpson and L. Grady Simpson; also, a letter from the Lake County Health Department.  Mr. Duncan stated everything seems OK for approval of the Plat; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Bishop, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the Plat of Golden Heights Estate was accepted and approved.

trade in air conditioner – offer of w. m. igou, inc.

Offer of a trade of a new two-ton window air conditioner, price $399.95 for the old air conditioner the County took out of the Booth Truck Stop on SR 19, which your engineer tells me you have no use for.  This price includes installation in the window.  Should there be any additional wiring required, we will do it at a cost basis.

On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the offer of W. M. Igou, Inc. as above was accepted.

A letter from Host Brothers, Inc. was read as follows:

“We consider a fair price for used Chrysler Airtemp 2 HP condensing unit, 80,000 BTU furnace, coil case, and evaporating coil to be $400.”

Clerk Owens reported that Mrs. Horner, County Judge, has requested a new air conditioner in her office, as the one she has is worn out, and the Repair Man said it is not worth repairing.

On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to get 3 or 4 quotations on air conditioners for the County Judge’s office and accept the lowest and best bid.

Commr. Bishop stated that Judge Hall says he needs some repainting where the plaster had to be patched, 3 more shelves in the library, and some more light fixtures.  Mr. Goodson was authorized to look over the plaster job and see what the cost would be.  Mr. Duncan stated he sees no objection to the 3 shelves Judge Hall wants to build.  Therefore, Mr. Goodson was instructed to tell the Judge to go ahead and build the 3 shelves.

Commr. Cross read a letter to Mr. Owens from Mrs. C. E. Shaw in which she asked for an answer in regard to painting the Historical Building, especially the roof of which she talked to the Commissioners at the meeting on June 13th.  Mr. Goodson said there is an addition on the north side of the building which has a heavy sloped roof.  A room for a vault should be built on the opposite side of the house to balance the appearance of the building.  Commr. Simpson suggested having a gable roof on each annex.  Mr. Goodson thinks the cost for the remodeling would be $1,200 outside of the painting.  Commr. Bishop and Commr. Theus suggested getting the roof painted now.  Mr. Goodson was authorized to get the painting of the roof done now and work out the vault at another meeting.

Mrs. Katherine L. Baker, Supervisor of Registration, appeared before the Board and talked to the Commissioners about a stool made by Mr. Neald for short people to stand on while voting.  Mr. Neald asked her to bring this before the Board.  The price is $2.50 each unfinished with 10 cents added to dip in a preservative.  The Board was not favorably impressed with the stool.  Would be more of a nuisance than do good.

no bid for typewriter maintenance

Notice having been advertised for a maintenance contract for servicing typewriters in the Courthouse, no bids were received, and Clerk Owens was instructed to negotiate with the companies servicing the typewriters and bring the results of this negotiation to the next meeting.

bids for resurfacing of carlton village road

Notice having been advertised for surfacing approximately six miles of road – Carlton Village Road, no bids were received.

Commr. Theus reported that J. D. Manly Construction Company told him they would bid 14 cents per square yard on the job and would verify this by letter.  The bookkeeper is on vacation and did not get in the bid.

On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, the bid of J. D. Manly Construction Company of 14 cents per square yard on the above job (Carlton Village Road) was accepted.

bids for snapping turtle mower

The following quotations for a Snapping Turtle Mower were read:


One new model ST25 Snappin Turtle Mower with 6 HP Wisconsin Motor             $406

Less used Snappin Turtle Mower trade-in                                                                 $ 86



One new model ST25 Snappin Turtle Mower with 6 HP motor no trade in             $358


One new model ST25 Snappin Turtle Mower with 5 ¾ HP Briggs motor               $356

Less used S. T. mower trade in                                                                                  $ 66



One new model ST25 Snappin Turtle Mower with 5 ¾ HP Briggs motor               $312

   With no trade in


One 6ST25 Snappin Turtle Mower, retail price less 15% - $406.25                        $345

Less $60.94


$315 and old mower                                                                                                   $315

On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the bid of Rogers Automotive Service, Tavares, to furnish Lake County one new Model ST 25 Snappin Turtle Mower with 6 HP Wisconsin Motor for $406 less used Snappin Turtle trade in of $86 for a total amount of $320 was accepted.  (This motion was rescinded on July 11, 1960.)

quotations on books

THE H & W DREW COMPANY, Jacksonville

2 Plat Book Binders, sheet size 22 x 28 – 12” gauge, two 5/8” diameter sectional posts – olive gray canvas with leather corners $49.85 each


2 22x28 Post Binders mfg by McMillan Book Company, Inc., Syracuse, NY, price of each binder $47.89 for a total of $95.78


2 No. 16 Plat Books as per books previously furnished, $44.95 each

On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the low bid of Bowen Supply Company was accepted.

Deputy Sheriff Roof appeared before the Board and filed a Report of Vehicle Seized, Beverage Law Violation for one 1960 Chevrolet ½ ton pickup truck, Serial No. 3HPC22315, Engine No. HBA 797753, 6 cylinder, license tag 7 G/K 7977, owner Lawrence Wood and Charlie Lewis.  The vehicle was stored in a barn at Sewell’s Ranch, Umatilla, Florida, and seized on June 19, 1960.  This truck should be disposed of.

calhoun (umatilla fruit company) property on r/w sr 500

Mr. Duncan presented a deed from the State Road Department to Lake County for the Calhoun property acquired for rights of way on SR 500.  Mr. Duncan stated the Board should proceed with the sale of the land as required by law.  A Notice of Sale should be published and should include in it that the purchaser must assume the cost of maintaining the grove since the date the deed from Umatilla Fruit Company (Calhoun) was recorded on March 8, 1960.  Mr. Duncan suggested that the Notice be published in the Eustis paper, since the parties particularly interested live in Eustis.  On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, C. E. Duncan, Attorney for the Board, was authorized to advertise for sale the property acquired from the State Board Department and that the deed be recorded.

title search on sr no. s-565-a

A title search on SR No. S 565A, Section 11681-2601, made by Lake Abstract Company was filed with the Board.

A letter from the State Road Department requesting a title search on a change in location on SR No. S-565A at Viti Corner easterly to SR 561 was read.  On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company was requested to make a title search on this.

Executed typical section on SR S 565A was filed with the Board.

The amended Title Report regarding Section 11010-2111, SR 500 was filed with the Board.

On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, Clerk Owens was instructed to advertise in the Eustis Lake Region News for resurfacing roads in District No. 4 as follows:

LaRoe Road from SR 44, north 2 miles

Wolf Branch Road from Brown Road East 1 mile

Limit Street 2.5 miles

Country Club Road South and East 3 miles

Robie Avenue, Highland Avenue, to New SR 500 .7 mile

extension of joanna shores road

A list of names of property owners and amount of payment for paving the extension of Joanna Shores Road was filed with the Board – District No. 4 amount paid by property owners of $1,165.87.

executed copy of utility relocation agreement

An executed copy of a Utility Relocation Agreement between the State Road Department and Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc. was filed with the Board.

golden isle subdivision located on 441 s of golden triangle and east of golden heights subdivision

Floyd Groo of Orlando appeared before the Board and presented the Plat of this Subdivision, stating they have approval of the railroad and highway for a crossing.  Mr. Duncan stated as it is now, they do not think they could accept this Plat, as there is no access road.  When the agreement from the Railroad Company has been received and lots filled in or have a performance bond that will fill in, we can accept it.

On a motion by Commr. Bishop, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the action of the Chairman and Clerk in approving on June 20th the application of Robert Carson Roundtree for admittance to the Southwest T. B. Hospital was approved.

On a motion by Commr. Bishop, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the Bill for $10 to the Clerk of the Circuit Court for a filing fee with an insolvency affidavit attached in the case of the State of Florida, plaintiff, versus Samuel G. Cooper, defendant, was approved.

discussion on lake saunders ditch

Mr. Goodson said 559 feet of pipe will be needed.  If they can get the State Road Department to put in the pipe, they can use convict labor to do the work.  Commr. Bishop thinks they should get it piped underground.  Commr. Bishop said for the time being, Mr. Goodson should get the dragline and get the thing done.

juvenile home air conditioning unit

A letter from George O. Pringle was filed stating if the Board wishes a complete contract made up, he will be glad to comply.  The Board did not think it necessary to have a complete contract on this unit.

speed limits on certain roads

C. P. Goodson, County Engineer, recommended that speed limits be placed on certain roads in District No. 3; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Bishop, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the following resolution was adopted:

WHEREAS, it has been brought to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that excessive speeds along the roads hereinafter described have become increasingly dangerous to the lives of those using the highway and to the lives and property of those living along the boundaries of said highway, and in order to protect them, a speed limit should be determined and posted along said roads;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour is determined and set for the following roads:

1.  Commence at a point on a County Road generally designated as Lake Shore Drive, said point being 300 feet south of the Palatlakaha River Bridge, located south of Lake Minnehaha and thence extending northeasterly and easterly along the margin of said Lake Minnehaha to intersect Hook Street in the City of Clermont as shown by the official map of the City of Clermont.

2.  Also commencing at the intersection of said Lake Shore Drive with Hook Street and then continuing easterly along a paved street to intersect US 27, State Road 25.

Anyone violating the provisions of this Resolution shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be prosecuted under the laws pertaining to misdemeanors.

recess and reassembly

The meeting was adjourned for lunch and reconvened at 1:30 p.m.

agricultural center building

The schedule of prevailing wage rates was filed.

The Special Advisory Committee of the Agriculture Center Project, namely Don Kemp; Dave Lundsford; R. E. Norris; Gil Sims; Robert Ford, Architect; Mrs. Valentine, Home Demonstration Agent; and Mrs. Nancy Fox, Assistant H. D. Agent, appeared before the Board for a discussion on the construction of the Agricultural Center.

Mr. Ford stated the water system of Tavares is inadequate to furnish water to the site and suggested that a well be dug at the site.  He stated he and Mr. Goodson have discussed this matter.  The parking area and the landscaping were discussed.  Mr. Norris thinks he can acquire plants and someone to help him plant them at a low cost.  Paving for parking 200 cars was also discussed, 6,400 square yards of paving.  Discussion on the amount of money and when available.  Mr. Duncan stated we begin collecting taxes in November, and most of it is in during December.

discussion on leaving off construction of auditorium at ag center at the present time

This would eliminate between $75,000 and $80,000.  Commr. Theus thinks they should go ahead with this.  Mr. Norris thinks they should get going on what they can.  Commr. Simpson asked if the Committee is willing to go on with the administrative part now, as the Board does not have funds to complete the entire project in one step, but when the funds come available, the auditorium will be constructed.  The Committee acceded to the revised proposal; WHEREUPON, Commr. Simpson moved that the Board of County Commissioners advertise for the construction of the administrative wing of the Agricultural building in accordance with the plans submitted.  The bids are to be received at the first meeting in October 1960, with the understanding that the balance of the building will be constructed when the other funds are available.  The motion was seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.

authority to summon witnesses, etc.

Attorney Duncan filed the following Opinion of the Attorney General:

“In answer to the question as to whether or not the County Prosecuting Attorney has authority to summon witnesses and requiring the County Commissioners to pay the witness fee, Opinion of the Attorney General issued in 1953 reads in part as follows: “County Prosecuting Attorney prosecuting in the County Judge’s Court has no authority to summon witnesses for investigation or in order to prepare cases for trial.”

Mr. Duncan stated the only thing to do is to try to amend the Act.

bert e. gatch road near altoona – discussion

Mr. Duncan read a letter from Harry E. Gaylord, Attorney, and filed a sketch of the road.  Commr. Cross stated this is a prescriptive road and should not be closed.  He also stated that the road has been in its approximate present location for far in excess of twenty years.  Commr. Cross also stated there is an affidavit on file to the effect that the road has been there for many years.  Mr. Duncan was instructed to answer Mr. Gaylord’s letter.

Commr. Simpson filed the following checks:

James R. Christie       $32.96 for pipe

J. E. Fortner                $71.75 for culvert

Mt. Dora Golf Club    $104.00 for asphalt

On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Payroll for the month of June was approved.

minute maid exchange of land discussion

The County is not satisfied with a 50’ road frontage.  Mr. Duncan was instructed to write Mr. Holbrook another letter and ask that he come over and bring a map of the site and see what they are willing to trade.

discussion on putting a fence around the home for the aged

Mr. Goodson was instructed to get prices on the fence.

On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Mr. Goodson, County Engineer, was authorized to put the fence around the Home for the Aged as discussed.

A letter from the State Board of Administration of Florida regarding Million Dollars Certificates and enclosing a copy of the Resolution adopted June 21, 1960 authorizing issuance of the Certificates and also a copy of the Notice of Sale inviting sealed bids to be received for Certificates on July 13, 1960 were read and filed.  (Certificates of Indebtedness to finance the acquisition of rights of way for SR 500 and other Primary Roads in Lake County)

Lake Woodward Pump Job No. 11010-3111

A Memorandum of Agreement regarding installation of an electric motor and pump was filed.

hospital care funds – indigents program

Clerk Owens filed a clipping from the Florida Times Union which indicated the end of this Program is seen unless $1 million is transferred.  Attached to the clipping was Provisions of the 1959 Legislature for the Hospital Care of Indigents with a recommendation of Dr. Hall, Health Director, Lake County, to “let State Welfare put up this money.  They have it.  J.B.H.”  Also, a notation “Mr. Talton (Orange County Chairman) will get in touch with Mr. Cross.”

the following letters were filed with the board:

Evena B. Ogden re road right of way – 50’ strip supposed to have been deeded to County requesting that the road not be abandoned.

Lake County Health Department re Forest Retreat Subdivision and report of Mid-State Engineering

Herman D. Bowers, Asst. County Agent expressing thanks for providing funds for 4-H boys to attend Short Course at U of F

Leroy Collins, Governor, re National Association of County Officials meeting at Hotel Fontainebleau on Miami Beach, August 12 to 17

Invitation from Mrs. Valentine, H. D. Agent, to attend 4-H Club Short Course Girls’ luncheon Monday, July 11 at 12:00 noon at H. D. Office.  The Board accepted the invitation.

J. Edwin Larson, State Treasurer – Automobile Liability Rate filing

Card of thanks for flowers from family of Mrs. Minnie Cassady

State Board of Administration re R/B Interest & Sinking Fund balance 5-1-60

Minutes of SR Board meeting June 16, 1960

Florida Inc. Comm. Dept. of Ind. Safety re elevator certificates of operation

the following monthly reports filed with the board:

R. E. Norris, County Agent, and two assistants

Marian Valentine, H. D. Agent, and 2 assistants

County Service Officer, J. C. Hunter

A special meeting for July 25th was announced.

list of jurors

In accordance with the laws of the State of Florida 1955, Chapter 41, Section 41.02, the County Commissioners selected the following list of jurors to serve in the County Judge’s Court in and for Lake County for the year beginning July 1, 1960:

(List available on pages 95 and 96 in Minute Book 18.)




/s/ Frank E. Owens___                                                           /s/ Fred Cross            __

CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN