MINUTES OF the MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY commissioners
monday – JULY 11, 1960
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners’ room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday July 11, 1960, at ten o’clock A.M., with the following present: Chairman Cross; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Bishop and Simpson; Attorney Duncan; and Clerk Owens.
Board called to order by Chairman Cross.
Reading of the Minutes of the June meetings was postponed.
Bond of Howard E. Young, who was appointed on the 13th day of June 1960, Member of the Board of Oklawaha Basin Recreation and Water Conservation and Control Authority in Lake County to hold his office from the date of his commission until June 30, 1963 and until his successor is appointed and qualified according to the Constitution and Laws of the State of Florida, was approved by the Board. Said Bond was with Indemnity Insurance Company of North American, with Power of Attorney attached. Mr. Bishop presented the Bond; therefore it was given to him to deliver to Mr. Young.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried.
District #1 - That no changes be made
District #2 -That no changes be made
District #3 -That Clovis Ashmore, c/o Mrs. W. B. Gibson, Gibson’s Nursing Home, Lady Lake, be approved for $40.00 per month
That Samson Scott, c/o Mrs. A. R. Blakemore, 120 N.2nd Street, Leesburg, be approved for $22.00 per month
That Eddie Edwards, R-2, Lincoln Park, Clermont, for $20.00 per month be cancelled
District #4 - That John Johnson, Mount Dora, be granted $20.00 per month
District #5 - That no changes be made
Fred Duncan of Leesburg appeared before the Board re: Contract for Storage of Voting Machines to take care of storage of 55 machines instead of 50.
Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that the contract as prepared by Attorney for the Board – Mr. C. E. Duncan – be entered into by the Board and Fred Duncan, d/b/a as Leesburg Transfer Company.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the bill of Fred Duncan in the amount of $112.00 for transporting 4 voting machines during the Primary Elections be approved for payment.
flooded conditions / mascotte and groveland
A delegation from Mascotte appeared before the Board and presented a Petition signed by 107 persons requesting the Board to take such steps as may be required in order to relieve the flooded conditions in that area lying between the business section of Groveland and Mascotte, Florida, because of improper drainage. Mr. Louis Larson was the spokesman for the group and stated this is an emergency and should be attended to immediately. The area is the Empire Church Road and Highway 50. Mr. Cowart said he talked to Mr. Larson about this problem last week and he thinks Mr. Gaines will put in another culvert this week. Mr. Bishop stated he, Cowart and Gaines went over the situation last week and Gaines is willing to cooperate. Some place between Gaines’ culvert and the railroad and the highway there is a bottle neck. A gentleman representing Mr. and Mrs. William Greggs stated the septic tanks are not working and something should be done about this. Mr. Cross said he would ask the County Engineer to look at this problem and see what can be done.
Mr. Sawyer, representing Harley Morse, presented Plat of Grand Island Shores off of Road 44. A letter from Lake County Health Department re this subdivision was filed on June 6, 1960 and Orange State Engineers filed a letter today. Title Policy #76-0-5 issued by Title & Trust Company of Florida showing the property in Harley G. Morse and wife, subject to two mortgages, was presented to the Board. Partial release signed by both of the mortgagees, releasing all the streets, will be filed with the Plat. Motion by Commr. Bishop seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that the Plat of Grand Island Shores be accepted and approved.
C. Howell Hopson appeared before the Board and presented Plat of the area of survey that T. O. Moorhead, surveyor, made for the sewage plant to serve the new jail and Courthouse. Mr. Duncan said Irving Burleigh has offered to sell the land to the County at the same price he sold the adjacent land and will enter into any kind of option agreement that the Board suggests. Motion by Commr. Bishop seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, that C. E. Duncan, Attorney for the Board, conclude a tentative trade with Irving Burleigh for this land.
The new disposal plant has become necessary since the old disposal system will be torn out to make way for the proposed $800,000.00 County Jail behind the courthouse building.
Mr. Hopson presented estimated cost to the proposed jail in order to provide for two more floors on the four-story building in the future – to be $45,000.00. Mr. Theus stated he thinks this addition should be left off for present and the Board agree with Mr. Theus.
Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, that the bill of T. O. Moorhead, surveyor in the amount of $877.00 for survey in Blocks 5, 6 and 40 Tavares, and South end of Sinclair Avenue, be approved for payment and that Clerk Owens be authorized to transfer from the Contingency Item in the General Revenue Fund to Item 821- Jail, sufficient amount to take care of the above item of $877.00.
Motion by Commr. Simpson seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, that C. Howell Hopson be authorized to make borings to ascertain the depth of muck on the land at an approximate cost of $250.00.
program for indigent patients
Dr. Hall appeared before the Board and stated the money available to the County for indigent patients for this year – 1960-1961 – will be $10,000.00. He also stated there is no money for July, August and September for State Welfare. Cannot approve 7 days hospitalization for these months and recommended only approval of 4 days. Discussion followed. No action taken.
Robert Ford, Architect, appeared before the Board re architectural services on the agricultural center. He stated that effective on July 1st he took over the courthouse architectural work and is not connected with Glenn Frazier anymore and payment should be made to him (Mr. Ford) individually as he has bought out Frazier’s interest. Mr. Ford presented bill and letter and said he would get a release from Glenn Frazier and send to the Board. Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, that the bill of Robert V. Ford, Architect, in the amount of $7,000.00 – be for professional services on the Agricultural Center – 4% of $175,000.00 – be approved for payment subject to securing release of pending contract.
plat of golden isle subdivision
Mr. Groo again came before the Board re this plat. He presented some exhibits and stated they do not yet have a railroad crossing. One of the Exhibits was a personal check but the Board advised he should furnish a bond instead of the check, or a Cashier’s check would be acceptable. Motion by Commr. Bishop seconded by Commr. Theus and carried that the Plat of Golden Isle Subdivision be accepted pending acquisition of the railroad crossing.
MEETING ADJOURNED FOR LUNCH AND RECONVENED AT 1:30 P.M.
Mr. Duncan presented a bill from Emery Dillard for appraisal on SR 500. Motion by Commr. Simpson seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, that the bill of Emery Dillard in the amount of $100.00 for Appraisal Atlantic Coast Line By-Pass SR 500 be approved by the Board of County Commissioners for payment by the State Road Department.
Mr. Duncan presented a bill from John S. Arnold for appraisal on SR S-565.
Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, that the bill of John S. Arnold in the amount of $150.00 for appraisal for changes in rights of way on SR S-565 be approved by the Board of County Commissioners for payment by the State Road Department.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, that the bill of H. B. Harrell & Son for services rendered in settling Eminent Domain Proceedings on SR 500 re: Beverly Grizzard, in amount of $150.00 be approved for payment.
Mr. Duncan stated that for several years we have been negotiating with Beverly Grizzard re a Road North of Leesburg, and he has finally come up with a proposition that is much more reasonable than any submitted before. Grizzard has agreed to accept $3,000.00 for his damages to the property plus right of way. Mr. Duncan said he needs the approval of this Board on this settlement to see if the State Road Department will help out with this. Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, that the Board approves the settlement with Beverly Grizzard on this basis and that the Attorney for the Board approves the settlement with Beverly Grizzard on this basis, and that the Attorney for the Board negotiate with the State Road Department to see if they will help out on this bill.
Bill of H. B. Harrell & Son for services on Unity Road was presented to the Board. Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the bill of H. B. Harrell & Son in amount of $400.00 for acquisition of deeds on rights of way on Unity Road be approved for payment.
removal of houses west side of lake woodward on sr 500
Mr. Duncan presented a bill of Linwood A. Bledsoe in the amount of $1,850.00 for removal of houses on West side of Lake Woodward – SR 500. After discussion of the amount of the bill, Mr. Duncan suggested that the Board approve it and he will take it up with State Road Department and see if they will pay it. Mr. Edwards of SRF approved the price of moving the houses.
Mr. Duncan read a letter from Chas R. Yates quoting price of $6,500.00 for Lot H, Block 40, Tavares, pending time deal is closed. Motion by Commr. Simpson seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that H. T. Dykes and C. B. Treadway be appointed appraisers to appraise Lot H, Block 40, Tavares.
R. E. Norris, County Agent, appeared before the Board and presented Job Description and Standard of Performance of the County Agent, Lake County. He also gave the Board members a sample of lychees from Gen. Rice’s orchard in Clermont.
home for the aged
Mr. Selsor, Director Child Welfare Unit, Mrs. Haley, State Welfare Worker and Mrs. Sudderth, Lake County Welfare Worker, appeared before the Board re: Plans for running the Nursing Home, and Home for the Aged. Mr. Selsor stated grants for clients can be made for a Nursing Home, and they want to cooperate and help in any way they can. Mr. Duncan read a letter from Polk County re: Operation of Home for the Aged. Discussion followed on Nursing Home and Home for the Aged. It was agreed that Dr. Hall, Mrs. Haley, Mr. Theus and Mrs. Sudderth draft the plans on how the Home is to be run, and present to the Board.
Definition of a public institution and interpretation of the definition as given in the Manual of Public Assistance of the Department of Public Welfare, Section 326.18 – 326.19 – filed with the Board.
closing easy street in eustis
Mr. Roy Christopher, Attorney, appeared before the Board re this matter, and stated he has had the advertisement re-published and is now ready for the Board to approve or disapprove the closing.
Mr. Owens advised the Board that several months ago he notified the Board that he would object to the closing of this street if, and when the Petition was presented. He now explained to the Board why he objected to the closing. The closing would make a dead end street. Mr. Owens stated he will waive his objection if the School Board will buy additional property and eliminate the dead end street. Mr. Christopher stated he will report the objection to the School Board and see what it is willing to do.
exchange of land with minute maid corporation
Mr. Duncan stated this Corporation made an offer to exchange some property with Lake County and now they are willing to convey to Lake County 800 feet. Mr. Theus said this is high land and he is willing to go along with this offer. Should find out if the State Road Department will approve this for a right of way. Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried that Mr. Duncan, Attorney for the Board, be authorized to negotiate with the State Road Department for approval of this right of way.
bids for typewriters
Notice having been advertised for bids to be received on July 5th for servicing the typewriters in the Courthouse, and no bids having been received on that date, Clerk Owens was authorized to negotiate with the typewriter companies for bids, whereupon the following bids were received today:
WILLIAM J. RUMLEY – Leesburg
For manual typewriters regardless of carriage widths $12.50
On all electric typewriters 30.00
On all electric adding machines 17.50
On all manual operated adding machines 7.50
This with a 10% reduction as is our custom after the first year.
LEESBURG TYPEWRITER SERVICE – Leesburg
Manual typewriters $14.50
Electric typewriters 27.50
Hand adding machines 17.50
Electric adding machines 20.50
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the bid of WILLIAM J. RUMLEY, Leesburg, to service the typewriters and adding machines in the Courthouse at the prices as quoted above be accepted as this is the lower bid.
air conditiOner for county judge’s office
Mr. Owens having been instructed previously to get quotations on an Air Conditioning Unit for the County Judge’s office, as the old one is worn out, he submitted the following quotations:
LENHART-PAYNE – Leesburg
1 – Frigidaire Conditioner $283.42
CHAS. BUTLER – Eustis
1 – 1 ½ ton Fedders $269.95
DUNNAGAN, INC. – Leesburg
1 – 1 ton Carrier $285.00
ADVANCE ELECTRIC – Clermont
1 Frigidaire Conditioner $300.00
Mr. Owens advised the Board as Chas. Butler was the lowest bidder he gave the order to him. Whereupon, on motion of Commr. Bishop seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the Board approved the action of Clerk Owens in accepting the bid of Chas. Butler for the air conditioner for the County Judge’s office – that being the lowest bid.
Mr. Simpson filed check for $32.96 from Mr. Christie for pipe.
bid on snappin’ turtle mower
Motion by Commr. Bishop seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, that the action of the Board in accepting the bid of Rogers Automotive Service for a Snappin’ Turtle Mower be rescinded and that the bid of Whirler Glide for a Snappin’ Turtle Mower for the sum of $315.00 be accepted, as this is the lower bid and an error was made in accepting the bid of Rogers Automotive Service on July 5th.
Fred Tanner, Director of Mosquito Control, reported to the Board that one of his employees had a wreck with a jeep and the insurance company has sent check in amount of $194.71 – the amount of the repair bill – said check is made payable to Mosquito Control, Lake County. Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, that the check be endorsed and deposited to Lake County General Fund and that Clerk Owens be authorized to issue warrant in said amount to Lynn’s Inc., in payment of the repair bill.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, that the bill of Gregg-Gibson & Gregg, Contractors, in the amount of $20,633.89, payment on the contract for the Home for the Aged be approved.
Mr. Goodson stated he has an estimate for a second coat of paint on the bedrooms and hall in the Home for the Aged in amount of $676.00. After discussion on the painting, Mr. Theus moved that Mr. Goodson be instructed to have the second coat of paint put on the bedrooms and hall in the Home for the Aged at a cost of $676.00. Motion seconded by Mr. Cowart and carried.
Hunnicutt & Associates, Inc. filed Resume of work completed to date in a connection with the Lake County Revaluation Program. Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried that the bill of Hunnicutt in the amount of $11,767.98 be approved for payment.
Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that the bill of Northeast Florida State Hospital in the amount of $317.86 covering the expenses of transfer to Spencer State Hospital, Spencer, West Virginia, patient – W. C. Miller – who was committed from Lake County by County Judge’s Court to NE Fla. State Hosp. be approved for payment.
Motion by Commr. Simpson seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, that the bill of Citrus Culture in the amount of $127.00 for working the Calhoun grove now belonging to Lake County be approved for payment.
Job 11682-2602 SR S-44-B (Donnelly Avenue) North limits of Mt. Dora to SR 500, motion by Commr. Simpson seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, that Inland Abstract & Guaranty Company be requested to make title search on the above Job.
expenditures on historical society building
At the meeting on June 13 Mrs. Shaw came before the Board and requested the Commissioners to paint the roof on the Historical Society Building, to which the Board instructed Mr. Goodson to get two or three estimates on painting the house and roof and present to the Board. Now this matter being again brought before the Board, Clerk Owens advised that there is no money in the budget for this work. Mr. Theus suggested that the Clerk write Mrs. Shaw that on the advice of Attorney Duncan we are unable to do the work on the Building at this time.
title search on sr 500 west of dream boat
Request for title search on SR 500 West of the Dream Boat was again discussed. Mr. Goodson said he would write for another map as the one we had is misplaced.
Mr. Goodson reported that the water is going over the banks at Burrell Lock and they need 30-inch pipe to drain it off. If not fixed will break down the rip rap at the Spillway. The Board agreed to let the convict labor install the pipe if the Water Authority will pay for the pipe.
Mr. Goodson, Director of the Zoning Commission, presented recommendations on changes in certain Zoning areas, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Lake County Zoning Commission did, on the 23rd day of May, A.D. 1960, after due Notice of Hearing, review application for changes and revisions of the Zoning of a certain area in Lake County, and did approve certain change as requested in the particular application hereinafter set forth; and the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, having reviewed said application, and the recommendations of the Lake County Zoning Commission;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Zoning Rules and Regulations of Lake County, be altered and amended as they pertain to the following tract of land, to the Classification following the description:
1. That part of the Northwest Quarter (NW1/4) of Section 14, Township 20 South, Range 26 East, lying 270 feet Northerly from the North boundary of State Road 448, and lying Westerly of the Apopka Canal (Apopka-Beauclaire Canal), now classified and zoned as A (Agriculture), be reclassified, amended, changed and rezone to Classification C-1 (Commercial).
Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Lake County Zoning Commission did, on the 14th day of June, A. D. 1960, after due Notice of Hearing called for that purpose, review applications for changes and revisions of the zoning of certain areas in Lake County and did approve certain changes as requested in the particular applications hereinafter set forth; and the board of County Commissioners of Lake County, having reviewed said applications and the recommendations of the Lake County Zoning Commission;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Zoning Rules and Regulations of Lake County be altered and amended as they pertain to the following tracts of land, to the classification following each description:
1. Lot 23 and 74 in Tropical Shores Manor Subdivision, as recorded in Plat Book 13, page 9, public records of Lake County, Florida, now zoned and classified as R-1-A (Residential), be reclassified, amended, changed and rezoned to Classification A (Agriculture).
Mr. Simpson and Mr. Goodson presented a matter re roads pertaining to the Eustis High School and Mount Dora High School. Mr. Simpson asked that this be a matter of record as the School Board Member – Mr. Williams – said he will pay this back if can get it from the School Board.
Motion by Commr. Simpson seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that District #4 be authorized to do the road work for the Eustis High School and Mount Dora High School, provided he is reimbursed for doing this work.
Mr. Goodson filed Bid of J. D. Manly Construction Company dated July 5, 1960 with Proposal Bond and Power of Attorney attached. This bid having been referred to in the Minutes of July 5th, re: Carlton Village Road.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Lake County Commissioners have been requested to assume the maintenance of a certain Drainage Ditch hereinafter described, to insure proper drainage for property located between Fern Drive and Tomato Hill, near the City of Leesburg; and
WHEREAS, the maintenance of said drainage ditch will add considerably to the development of the properties served thereby, and will add considerably to the tax rolls of Lake County;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that at such time as a drainage ditch shall be dug and placed in operation in a manner satisfactory to this Board and the County Engineer, and the County is tendered an instrument conveying to it the title to, or easement over and upon the following described tract of land, to-wit:
A drainage system beginning within the Fern Circle Subdivision, being a part of the NE ¼ of the NE ¼ of Sec. 30, Tp. 19 S. R. 25 E., at a point 400 feet Southwest of the Northeast Corner thereof, thence run Northeasterly 430 feet to the Northeast corner of Sec. 20, Tp. 19 S. R. 25 E., thence continue Northeasterly a distance of 275 feet to a point 180 feet East of the West line of Sec. 20, Tp. 19 S.R. 35 E., thence run North parallel to the West line of Sec. 20, Tp. 19 S., R. 25 E., 780 feet to the County road, thence run Easterly along the South boundary of said County road right of way 210 feet to a culvert under said road, thence along the North boundary of the County road right of way run West a distance of 500 feet to a Pond;
This Board will take over and maintain the operation of the drainage ditch over and upon said property.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, that Lake County will, within six (6) months from this date, pave the following street located within the Town Limits of Fruitland Park and will take over maintenance thereof:
Pennsylvania Avenue commencing at its intersection with Palm Avenue and running Southerly to Old State Road 500 South of City Limits of Fruitland Park.
Motion by Commr. Simpson seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to advertise for the surfacing of the following roads:
Lake Shore Drive from Eustis to SR 19 Tavares
Lake Shore Drive from Mount Dora to Holler Point
following letters filed with the board
Leedy, Wheeler & Alleman requesting information on new proposed County jail
SRD re: New Maintenance Engineer – P. W. (Bill) Ekey. Also Luster is retiring
City of Tavares requesting that restrooms in Summerall Park be finished
Orange State Engineers, Inc. – re: Proposed subdivision of Harley G. Morse – Grand Island Shr.
C. E. Duncan enclosing quit claim deed from SRD conveying Clahoun grove and re: advertising for sale
Report of M. Sudderth, co. Welfare Worker filed.
On motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
General Revenue Fund #1310 thru 1477
Road & Bridge Fund # 952 thru 1069
Fine & Forfeiture Fund # 158 thru 174
County Home #10
Agricultural Bldg. #4
/s/ Frank E. Owens___ /s/ Fred Cross __