TUESday – SEPTEMBER 29, 1960


The Board of County Commissioners met in called session in the County Commissioners’ room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Tuesday September 9, 1960, at 9:00 o’clock A.M., for the purpose of receiving and considering proposals for the issuance of $1,250,000.00 of bonds or certificates to be paid for over a period of ten years and such other matters as may be brought before the Board with the following present:  Chairman Cross; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Bishop and Simpson; Attorney Duncan; and Clerk Owens.

The Board was called to order by Chairman Cross.

county bonds

Two Schedules of Prevailing Wage Rates applicable to Building Construction for the installation of a Sewage Disposal System, Tavares, Florida; and heavy construction for the installation of a Sewage Disposal System, Tavares, Florida, were filed with the Board.

Proposals having been requested for issuance of bonds or certificates the following proposals were received and read by Clerk Owens:


            $4.90 per $1,000.00 principal amount of securities sold and delivered.

THORNTON, MOHR & FARISH, INC. – Montgomery, Alabama

$4.40 per $1,000.00 bond issued or .44%, and such fee also is not applicable unless and until the entire deal is consummated.

W. J. MEREDITH & COMPANY, INC. – Orlando, Florida

            $7.00 for each $1,000 par value of bonds actually sold and delivered

In event County employs attorneys to handle the validation proceedings and other legal matters, our fee would be $4.00 per each $1,000.00 par value of bonds sold and delivered.


B. J. VAN INGEN & CO., INC. – Miami, Florida

This Company was represented by Mr. D. Kirk Gunby, President of Gunby & Company, Deland, who sated these 2 companies decided to make the proposals together.


            #1        All expense                             $6.95

            #2        Less County Atty                    $2.95

                        and Bond Atty


LEEDY, WHEELER & ALLEMAN – Orlando, Florida


            #1        $7.90 per $1,000 certificate issued and sold


            #2        In event County employs legal counsel; this fee would then be $3.90 per $1,000 certificate issue and sold.


Mr. Duncan stated it is better to consider these applications not including Attorney’s fees.  Mr. Cross asked if there is a recommendation from the Board.  Mr. Theus said Gunby Company is the low bid and should take this bid.  Mr. Cowart suggested taking the bids under advisement, but Mr. Cross stated time is of the essence.

WHEREUPON, Commr. Theus made a motion that the contract be awarded to B. J. VAN INGEN & COMPANY, INC. and GUNBY & COMPANY for $2.95 for each $1,000 obligation issued and sold for the purpose of construction of a jail and repairs and renovations to the Courthouse.  Motion seconded by Commr. Simpson and on District vote was unanimously carried.

Motion by Commr. Bishop seconded by Commr. Simpson, and carried, that the Chairman and Clerk be authorized to execute the agreement between B. J. Van Ingen & Company, Inc. and Gunby & Company and the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida.

Clerk Owens read a letter from Ralph A. Potts – stating not interested in submitting a proposal for acting as your fiscal agent, however, when your bonds or certificates are advertised for sale I will plan to be in account bidding for same.  Letter from Pierce, Carrison, Wulbern, Inc., re bonds was also read by Clerk Owens.  (AGREEMENT DATED SEPTEMBER 20, 1960, FILED WITH THE BOARD.)

Ernest Zabor, Mayor of Lady Lake, again appeared before the Board re:  High Water around his place.  He said the State Road Department will not assist in this matter, but stated they have turned this over to Mr. Chas. Goodson, County Engineer, WHEREUPON, on motion by Commr. Simpson 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 because of the excessive high water in Lake County, and particularly at Lake Silva just South of Lady Lake, the water is at present over the surface of the newly constructed highway; that the traffic on said highway is quite heavy and passes along said area at high speed.  That as a result of such high speeds, waves are created which wash against the business property located at that point and is doing considerable damage to the building;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Department be requested to immediately place, both North and South of the flooded area above mentioned, signs to read as follows:  ‘STOP – THEN PROCEED NOT IN EXCESS OF FIVE MILES PER HOUR.”

Mr. Theus suggested that the Board request the State Road Department to put a pipe in from Lake Silva at Lady Lake to Lake Griffin.  Mr. Simpson suggested that the County Engineer take the Resolution and aerial map to Tallahassee, also a member of the Board, go with him.  Mr. Theus said he would go with Mr. Goodson, but suggested try and see first what the State Road Department will do.

Two gentlemen from Leesburg Tractor Sales came before the Board and discussed the cost of pipe needed to run between Lake Silva and Lake Griffin.  They were asked to submit to the Board a rough figure on the pipe.  Drainage wells were discussed again and Dr. Hall reported on the number of wells in Orange County.  Dr. Hall is not in favor of drainage wells in Lake County.

Clerk Owens read a Resolution from the Town of Fruitland Park re:  High water, which requested the Board of County Commissioners to take such action and steps as are within their power to obtain emergency relief for the Town of Fruitland Park.  No action was taken by the Board. Clerk Owens was instructed to write the Town of Fruitland Park.

Clerk Owens read a letter from George B. Buell stating that the private road traversing the eastern edge of his property was closed for the full legally required period of 24 hours on September 5 and 6.

Clerk Owens read a letter from L. M. Galloway, Post Master Eustis, requesting the Board furnish and install 14 street signs for mail delivery in the territory North of Bates Street and East of Palmetto Street in Eustis so the Post Office can give the people living in this territory better mail service.   The Post Office will number the houses.  Mr. Theus stated he has done this in certain places in Leesburg.  The Board is not willing to do this.  Mr. Duncan said the people should buy the signs and install same.  The letter was referred to Mr. Simpson for reply.

Executed Typical Section Job No. 11550-8601-2-41 SR No. S-449 – Silver Lake Road – filed.

Clerk Owens read a letter from State Road Department stating bids will be received on September 30, 1960 on the following roads:

State Secondary Project, Job No. 11020-8501, SR 33 from SR 50 in Mascotte N to SR 25; Job No. 11180-8501, SR 455, approx..1.718 miles in Montverde; and Job No. 11550-8601 SR S-449, from SR 500 S. E. of Silver Lake north approximately 1.236 miles.

CERTIFICATE OF COUNTY CANVASSING BOARD OF PRIMARY ELECTIONS Official Democratic Second Special Primary, Lake County, filed with the Board.

Amendment to appraisement on SR S-439, Section 11685-2601 – The total amount of this Appraisement is amended to show as follows:  $22,430.30 – Appraisers W. Bryant Calhoun; W. I. Carleton; A. B. Dean, Jr., filed with Board.

Title Search on 4 properties on SR No. 33, Section No. 11020 by Lake Abstract and Guaranty Company filed with the Board.

Mr. Duncan read a letter from Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company re:  Application of the Board for authority to open a public road crossing over Coast Line’s right of way and track at a point 2,232 feet southwest of Mile Post S-807, Near Okahumpka, Florida – stating it will be satisfactory for Lake County to open this crossing, as proposed with the understanding that the installation will be at the entire expense of Lake County, under supervision of the Railroad’s Maintenance of any department, and subject to execution of the usual form of agreement to cover.  The County will be advised later regarding estimated cost of raising communication lines to provide standard clearance at the crossing.

Motion by Commr. Bishop seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that H. T. Dykes and C. B. Treadway be appointed appraisers to appraise the property located on the corner of Irma and Barrow Streets in Tavares – Lot G, Block 40 – belonging to J. D. Slone.

Chas. P. Goodson, County Engineer, read a letter from the Town of Astatula requesting that the Building Code be extended to said town.  Mr. Goodson was instructed to notify them they can come over under the Code, but will have to share expense of inspection.  Mr. Cross said should have a Resolution from the Town on this.  Mr. Goodson was instructed to obtain the Resolution.

Easements from little everglades to little lake harris

Mr. Bishop asked if the Board can accept easements from the property owners on this ditch and the County have full control of this?  Owners of 75% of the property want the County to control the ditch.  Mr. Duncan stated if can get permanent easements from all the property owners, it will be OK, but if one blocks the project, this will not do.

Motion by Commr. Bishop seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the following Resolution be adopted:

WHEREAS, Lake County, acting through the Board of County Commissioners acquired, in trust for the Lake County Fair Association, a certain 1945 Ford Pick-up Truck, 8 cylinder, identification number 99C64802, Title Certificate Number 1807558, but which truck was used mainly for the benefit of the Lake County Fair Association; and

WHEREAS, the Fair Association has negotiated the sale of said truck and has sold the same and has now requested the transfer of the Title Certificate held by Lake County in trust for said Association.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Chairman and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners be, and they are hereby authorized and empowered to execute and deliver an assignment of the Title Certificate above described to the Ford Pick-up Truck in favor of such persons as shall be designated by the said Lake County Fair Association.



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

CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN