MINUTES OF regular MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
monday – february 6, 1961
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, February 6, 1961 at ten o’clock a.m., with the following present: Chairman Theus; Commissioners Cowart, Babb, Dykes, and Simpson; Attorney Duncan; Clerk Owens; and Engineer Goodson.
The meeting was opened with prayer by Chairman Theus.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Minutes of December 12, 1960 were adopted as read.
notary public bonds
Clerk Owens reported he has approved since the first regular meeting in January the following Notary Public Bonds with American Surety Company of New York: Opal W. Reich 1-12-61, Jacquelyn Hester 1-18-61, G. B. Skeen 1-18-61, Dorris L. Scott 1-18-61, Frank A. Sekins 1-26-61, W. F. Poole 2-1-61, H. E. Ferran 2-1-61, Catharine J. Broemel 2-2-61, Lawrence L. Hughes 2-2-61, Charles E. Bunnell 2-2-61, and D. J. Booth 2-6-61.
With Pan American Surety Company the following: Gladys Boorde -26-61, Sara Dickey 2-2-61, Elmer L. Smith 2-3-61;
With Fire and Casualty Company the following: Billie Barley 1-27-61, Betty J. Johnson 1-27-61, W. B. Johnson 1-27-61, Marvin L. Folsom 1-31-61, and William S. Moorehead 2-1-61.
With United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company: Pauline Kirkpatrick 2-3-61.
deputy sheriff bonds
The Board approved the following Deputy Sheriff Bonds with Hartford Accident & Indemnity Company: Stephen George Pemberton, Road Foreman D-3, for $1,000 for a term of 4 years and William Perry Sloan, Road Foreman D-2, for $1,000 for a term of 4 years.
Mrs. Derher appeared before the Board re a road into her property at Sunnyside Loop that needs work. Mr. Theus said he would look into this and see if the County has a road in there. If the County does not have a road in there, then it will be up to you and Mr. Kurtz to work this out. Mr. Duncan was instructed to look this up and see if the County has a road in there or if there is a street in there. If there is a street, Mr. Duncan will write Mrs. Derher.
Mr. Bowers appeared before the Board to see if the Commissioners will make a concession relative to the distance required to set back from his property line, as he does not have sufficient footage to comply with requirements of the Zoning Commission. Mr. Goodson was instructed to see if he can get this matter straightened out for the gentleman.
proposed jail and repairs to courthouse
Mr. Kirk Gunby appeared before the Board re this matter. Mr. Duncan stated we have been working on the bond matter re the jail and courthouse, and Mr. Gunby will tell you what you have to do from here on. Mr. Gunby stated the appeal period has elapsed without anyone appealing.
sale of the bonds
The bid forms are ready, and we announce we are ready; I think we should coordinate with Hopson, the architect, and see when he will be ready. Mr. Gunby stated a Notice of Sale must be published at least two weeks before the sale. After the bonds have been sold and you have awarded them to the highest bidder, it takes about a month to have them signed. Bids should be taken at 11:00 a.m. on the 5th day of April. Mr. Hopson said in early April we will set a bid date for construction. I do not like to take bids on Monday and would like to set a date on a Wednesday for construction bids. Therefore, April 5th at 1:30 p.m. was agreed on for construction bids. Mr. Owens announced that the Board has cash in the bank in the amount of $100,000, which can be used on the first estimate of the building. Mr. Gunby asked that Mr. Duncan read the Notice of Sale and see if the Board will authorize this notice for publication two times in a local paper. He requested that all inquiries be mailed to him. Mr. Duncan read the Notice of Sale, after which he stated a resolution should be adopted setting up this Notice of Sale, date, and paper in which the Notice will be published. Chairman Theus asked for a motion for a resolution to advertise the bonds; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and unanimously carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Bonds authorized by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners to be sold for funds to build a new jail and make certain alterations and repairs in the Courthouse have now been validated by an Order of the Circuit Court entered on the 16th day of January, 1961, and
WHEREAS, the specifications for the construction of the jail will be completed by the first of March, 1961 and Notice to Bidders will be prepared for publication;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Notice to Bidders be published in all of the newspapers of general circulation published in Lake County, Florida, that said Notice provide for the opening of bids at 11 o’clock (EST) on the 5th day of April, 1961, at the offices of the County Commissioners in the Courthouse in Tavares, Lake County, Florida.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and unanimously carried, Howell Hopson, Architect, was authorized to get plans and specifications ready in order that bids for the construction of the jail be taken on April 5 at 1:30 p.m.
home demonstration building back of courthouse
Mr. Hopson stated he would be ready to tear down the building by April 5th. Mr. Owens thinks the Agricultural Building will be ready early in April, and Mr. Norris asked that they make it the middle of April. Mr. Cowart stated we could accept bids for tearing down the Home Demonstration Building at the same time as accept bids for construction of the jail. Mr. Theus and Mr. Dykes stated it should be in the Notice that the air conditioner would not go with the building; also, other items should be salvaged by the Board.
After much discussion on whether or not the demolishing of the Home Demonstration Building should be included in the Notice to Contractors or get individuals to tear it down, the Board decided to leave the tearing down of the building out of the Notice and find out what can be done to get someone to tear it down. Mr. Hopson was instructed to see the two men who are interested and report back at the next meeting, Monday, February 13.
Mr. Hopson presented Contractors Request No. 2 for partial payment on the contract of L. T. Brennand, Inc. which had been approved by Mr. Hopson as follows:
TO DATE, TOTAL CONTRACT COMPLETED $38,099.60
LESS RETAINAGE OF 10% $ 3,809.96
LESS AMOUNT PREVIOUSLY DRAWN $16,672.50
TOTAL OF THIS ESTIMATE $17,617.14
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the 2nd request for partial payment on the contract of L. T. Brennand, Inc. as set out above was approved.
Mr. Hopson asked if the Commissioners would like to inspect the Sewage Plant today. The Board agreed to go at 1:30 p.m. to look it over.
Mr. Goodson reported on the railroad crossing extension on the south end of Sinclair Avenue and said he has asked for a permit. They want to use the crossing already in existence at the shop. The Board will look at this today and discuss the matter further after dinner.
agricultural center committee
R. E. Norris, Doug Igou, and Dave Lunford of this Committee appeared before the Board and asked for an appointment with the Board sometime next Monday. The Board told them to come at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
Mr. Winskey appeared before the Board re agreement to build. Mr. Goodson said he got a permit to build. Mr. Duncan said he will rewrite the agreement to read “structure” to be removed instead of improvements.
right of way on sr 44 – orange avenue east of eustis
Doug Igou again came before the Board re this matter. Mr. Duncan advised that Mr. Hanna said he would take this up with the State Road Department and report back to the Board re taking the right of way on the north side only. Mr. Owens was instructed to get in touch with the State Road Department now and see what the status is. Later, Mr. Owens reported he called Richey Green, who said that Mr. Hugh Hanna had brought to his attention Lake County’s request for a resurvey for right of way purposes on Road S-44 from LaRoe’s Corner West to the east city limits of the City of Eustis. Mr. Green suggested that the Board not take any action relative to pushing for this resurvey until they had made their annual request on March 9 and they had discussed it with the new membership of the Board, as any promises made by the old Board were not binding upon the new membership. Mr. Simpson suggested getting in touch with Mr. Brewer, the new Road Board Fifth District Member and see if we can get the right of way.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, of recent date the State Road Department has reconstructed portions of State Road 44 and constructed new sections of said road commencing at the St. Johns River west of Deland, Florida, and continuing southerly and westerly through Cassia, crossing State Road 437 at a point directly east of Eustis and ending at “LaRoe’s Corner,” approximately one mile east of the City Limits of the City of Eustis and has recently constructed State Road S-46A, which is a feeder line bringing traffic from Sanford into the City of Eustis, and
WHEREAS, the section of State Road 44 from LaRoe’s Corner into Eustis is narrow and insufficient to properly take care of the increased traffic over said road and has the further hazard of trees of considerable size growing within a few feet of the edge of the pavement, making traffic along said road extremely hazardous, especially in view of the increased traffic along said road as above stated, and
WHEREAS, the construction of this section of State Road 44 has heretofore been requested, preliminary plans have been prepared for the acquisition of right of way, and Title Search has been made for said properties, and
WHEREAS, an agreement was entered into between Lake County and the State Road Department for the construction of a new section of said road under the provisions of which Lake County would furnish for the construction of said Primary Road $150,000, the estimated one-half of the cost of the construction thereof in return for which the State Road Department would resurface that portion of “old State Road 44” not followed by the present State Road 44 and would construct that portion of State Road 44 from LaRoe’s Corner to the City Limits of Eustis, which agreement has been carried out to the extent of Lake County furnishing $150,000 toward the cost of paving a new section of said road, and
WHEREAS, said road complies with the sufficiency rating of the State Road Department in that it is a primary road connecting the County seats of Volusia County and Lake County;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Department requested to place in a priority position the construction of said section of State Road 44 commencing at “LaRoe’s Corner” and extending westerly to the City Limits of Eustis, approximately one mile, in their budget for the ensuing fiscal year of the State Road Department and that every reasonable effort be made to complete the rebuilding and constructing of said section of State Road 44.
highway patrol station
Mr. Duncan submitted to the Board for execution exact duplicates of the original option executed by Cross Country Truck Service, Inc. and requested that they be executed in lieu of the original option for the reason that Chairman Cross had not at that time, December 12, executed two. On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute the Option in duplicate.
Mr. Duncan presented a statement from Eugene Kenner as follows: “This is a statement for damage to property and grass on land owned by Eugene Kenner adjoining the County garbage pit west of Lady Lake. This damage was caused by a fire that occurred at the garbage pit on January 15, 1961. The damages required:
6 hours each – 2 men moving cows $15.00
Use of pickup truck to move cows $10.00
Post and tighting wire $40.00
210 bales of hay 210.00
to replace grass burned by fire started in the County garbage pit.”
After discussion as to whether or not this is the County’s responsibility, a motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried that the following resolution be adopted:
WHEREAS, it has been brought to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners that damage to a pasture of a resident of Lake County has been caused by fire emanating from a garbage dump owned by Lake County and maintained by it for the benefit of the citizens of Lake County, and
WHEREAS, for sanitary reasons, the citizens in the vicinity of said garbage dump have been encouraged to dispose of all garbage and trash in said County-owned garbage dump, and
WHEREAS, from time to time such refuse and trash has been burned in order to destroy it, and it appears that the burning of said trash has caused the spreading of a fire beyond the County property to the damage of one Eugene Kenner in that his pasture grass was destroyed, making it necessary for him to purchase hay in order to sustain his cattle which were feeding on the grass in said pasture prior to the fire, and it has been determined that the approximate cause for said fire was the fire set in the County garbage dump.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Clerk of the Board of the County Commissioners be authorized to issue from the proper fund a check in the sum of $275 to Eugene Kenner to repay him for damages caused by said fire, in accordance with a statement submitted to the Board of County Commissioners by the said Eugene Kenner.
recess and reassembly
The meeting adjourned for lunch and reconvened at 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Brennand appeared before the Board with Mr. Hopson re obtaining an operator for the Sewage Plant. Discussion followed on this. Mr. Owens said he talked to Dr. Hall, and he has two men who are well qualified to do this and would have them sit in on “instructions” in conjunction with the Janitor. Mr. Goodson said he has a man who lives in Eustis who could do this. This matter was left for Dr. Hall and Mr. Goodson to work out and meet with the men on Friday of this week.
demolishing of home demonstration building
Mr. Brennand stated he is interested in tearing down the Home Demonstration Building. The County is to salvage the air conditioner, heating unit, furniture, and shelving. Mr. Hopson stated he wants Brennand to be responsible for taking the whole thing out. Mr. Duncan said when it is a separate building from the property, he thinks it is OK without advertising for bids. Mr. Brennand thinks it could be down in about three weeks. He also stated he will take it down for the salvage minus air conditioner, heating unit, furniture and shelving, provided he could get started within the next two weeks. At the request of the Board, Mrs. Valentine came to the meeting at this time. Mr. Theus informed her that the Board has had a discussion on wrecking the Home Demonstration Building, and it might be necessary to move her office to another building before moving into the new building. Mrs. Valentine stated she is willing to cooperate in any way possible, but in March and April she will have meetings with about 75 to 100 people and would need a large space. She asked if it could wait until after the Fair in March. Mr. Hopson stated his estimate of cost would be around a thousand dollars to include tearing down of the building in the contract. Mr. Theus asked if Mr. Brennand is still interested if they have to wait until the 22nd of March to start. Mr. Brennand stated he “still will be interested.” Commr. Dykes said they should abide by the wishes of Mrs. Valentine to move out by March 22 and turn the building over to Brennand to tear down the week beginning March 22 and finish by the 17th of April 1961. Completely demolish the building, carry away the debris – Board reserving the air condition unit, heating unit, furniture, shelving, and one gas and one electric stove. Mr. Hopson, architect, recommended that a contract be entered into with Mr. Brennand; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, it was brought to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners that the Home Demonstration Building (formerly Lake County Jail) is partially located on the area upon which is to be constructed the new jail and for that reason will have to be removed, and
WHEREAS, because of the material used in the construction of the building, the same cannot be removed without demolishing the same, and the cost of demolishing such building, if contractor for the construction of the new jail is required to remove the same will run into several thousands of dollars, and
WHEREAS, an offer has been made to the Board to remove said building without cost to the County for the materials therein, and the Commissioners have been advised by the Architect that such offer to remove the building in time for the commencement of the construction of the new jail is in his opinion the best bid that can be received,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Chairman and Clerk of this Board be, and they are hereby authorized and empowered to enter into a contract with L. T. Brennand, Incorporated, for the removal of the Home Demonstration Building for the consideration of One Dollar ($1.00), reserving, however, to the County the air conditioning units, heating unit, all furniture and shelving, one gas stove, one electric stove, and all movable personal property located in said building.
Mr. Hopson reported that Sheriff McCall wants to tap into the sewer line opposite the dog pen and use water to clean out the pens. Dr. Hall said if they are going to keep the dogs there, they will have to have water there. Mr. Hopson stated there is the necessity of maintenance, and if the Commissioners have no objections, I will check into this.
Mr. Hopson asked on the proposed new jail, do you want a dedication plaque; if so, what members should be put on. Mr. Duncan said the current members’ names should be placed on the plaque. (Members serving at the time of dedication.)
Mr. Hopson stated he is the Architect for the School Board, and there is a question of drainage to be taken care of. Mr. Goodson asked him to wait until next Monday for a discussion on this. The Board agreed to wait.
plat of yale retreat
Buddy Marshall and Harry Padgett appeared before the Board and presented the Plat of Yale Retreat. Mr. Duncan advised that there is no access road into the subdivision, and the Board cannot accept the plat until the road is in existence. Mr. Marshall suggested that they be allowed to use the road through Marsh Park, to which the Board objected, and it was suggested they get a right of way from Sheriff McCall and Mr. Ferran on the east side of the property. They will try to do this.
A drainage easement between H. B. Ebersole and wife and Lake County for drainage purposes over and upon the west 25 feet of North 450 feet of NE ¼ of SE ¼ of Section 17-18-28 in District No. Four was filed with the Board for record.
deeds for right of way
Several deeds for right of way on Lake Unity Road from Picciola Road North about ¼ mile were presented by Mr. Theus. Motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried that the deeds be accepted and recorded when checked by Attorney Duncan.
wawryzcki house on road #19 from dream boat corner west
Mr. Goodson stated he called a house mover in Haines City, and he said he would come up and look at the house, but he did not come. He then called a mover in Jacksonville, and he came and looked over the building and quoted a price of $9,784.00 for moving the house. Mr. Duncan said someone had talked to him about buying the house and would let him know in a few days. Mr. Theus suggested that the County store the windows and doors and demolish the house, as the contractor is ready to go to work on that part of the contract and wants the house moved. Tabled until next Monday.
bill of orange state engineers, inc.
The bill of Orange State Engineers, Inc., Invoice #2649 covering work done on Lake Unity Road in the amount of $60 and Invoice #2549-B covering the Beverly Grizzard drainage easement in the amount of $25, with a letter from H. B. Harrell, Jr. stating the work was authorized by Cecil Theus, was presented to the Board and approved by C. E. Duncan, Attorney, and Cecil Theus, Chairman, for payment on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried.
request for road maintenance in remley heights subdivision
Commr. Dykes presented a petition signed by citizens in this subdivision requesting maintenance and care of 450 feet of road off of Remley Heights. Commr. Dykes said he would like to resurface and take over for maintenance the 450 feet of the 50-foot street; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, it appears that the subdivision known as Remley Heights, a Plat of which is filed in the public records of Lake County, Florida, is now occupied by a number of residents, that said subdivision is connected with State Highway by Indiana Avenue, which is fifty (50) feet in width, that said access road has considerable traffic and is in poor condition, that it will be for the best interests of the public that said road be placed under supervision of Lake County and maintained by it;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that Indiana Avenue, beginning with the intersection of State Highway No. (left blank) and extending Northerly to Elroy Boulevard be accepted for maintenance by the County and that such repair and construction be made thereon as shall be necessary to place the road in a safe, usable condition.
Mr. Dykes stated that the Board has agreed to take over the maintenance of this 450 feet in Remley Heights, and opposite of the Golden Heights Subdivision is a short strip of road between Road 19 and US 441, which I would like to hardtop. The road is 18 feet wide. Mr. Dykes would like to include in the advertisement for surfacing the two roads above designated and the surfacing of the County Parking Lot (Pioneer Building Lot). Mr. Theus said he would also like to include in the advertisement Pennsylvania Avenue (Fruitland Park).
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to advertise for bids for surfacing certain County roads (3) and a County parking area, more particularly described above, and bids to be taken on March 6, 1961 at ten o’clock a.m.
request from sheriff for fund transfer
Deputy Sheriff Roof of the Sheriff’s office appeared before the Board and presented a letter requesting the Board to grant the Sheriff of Lake County permission to transfer $3,500 from the Reserve for Contingencies to the Salaries of Deputies and Assistants.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the request of Sheriff McCall to transfer $3,500 from the Reserve for Contingencies to the Salaries of Deputies and Assistants was granted.
property for juvenile home and other business
Mr. Dykes reported that the three property owners in Block 50 Tavares have asked if the Board is anticipating purchasing these properties for the Juvenile Home. It was agreed that the Board at this time does not anticipate purchasing the property. Mr. Theus stated that he thinks eventually the Board should acquire the whole block.
Mr. Theus read a letter from Joe Jenkins, Superintendent of Public Instruction, asking that this Board set a date for a meeting with the School Board. It was decided for the Clerk to notify Mr. Jenkins the Commissioners would meet with him on Thursday, February 9, at 3:30 p.m. and meet with the Zoning Committee at 2 p.m. the same day.
S44-b – section 11682-2602
Mr. Duncan presented the appraisal of John Alden Murray, W. P. Wingler, and Ransford A. Potter on the above road in the amount of $26,733, together with a bill for each appraiser in the amount of $412.50 and a bill from “Girl Friday” Secretarial Service in the amount of $27 for secretarial work; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the bills as set out above were approved for payment, and the appraisal was accepted.
sr s-44-b – donnelly avenue – job 11682-3602
A letter from the State Road Department was read, which stated that bids will be received on the above road in the Holland Building, Tallahassee, until 10:30 a.m. on the 23rd day of February 1961.
sr s-44-b – donnelly avenue, job 11682-2602
Clerk Owens filed the following re the above-numbered road:
Original and three copies of right of way contract
Original and three copies of County resolution
Original Department Resolution
Original, sepia, and five prints of the map of survey and location.
WHEREAS, the State Road Department of Florida has authorized and requested Lake County to furnish the necessary rights of way, borrow pits, and easements for that portion of Section 11682, Donnelly Avenue, extending from Fifth Avenue in Mt. Dora northerly along Donnelly Avenue to State Road 500, which has been surveyed and located by the State Road Department as shown by a map on file in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of said County and in the office of the said Department at Tallahassee, and
WHEREAS, the said Department will not begin construction of said portion of said Section in said County until title to all land necessary for said portion of said Section has been conveyed to or vested in said State by said County, and said lands are physically cleared of all occupants, tenants, fences, buildings and/or other structures and improvements upon or encroaching within the limits of the land required for said portion of said Section; and
WHEREAS, the said County is financially unable at this time to provide the necessary funds to acquire said rights of way, borrow pits, and easements; now therefore, be it
RESOLVED that the State Road Department of Florida be and it is hereby requested to pay for the rights of way, borrow pits, and easements for said road, including the removal of buildings, fences, and other structures and improvements thereon, and for other expenses of acquiring title to said rights of way, borrow pits, and easements by purchase or condemnation from such funds and under such conditions as are set out in the contract hereto attached; and be it further
RESOLVED that said County, through its Board of County Commissioners, comply with the request of said Department and procure, convey, or vest in said State the free, clear, and unencumbered title to all lands necessary for said portion of said Section, and deliver to the State Road Department said lands physically clear of all occupants, tenants, fences, buildings and/or other structures and improvements situate upon or encroaching within the limits of the lands required for said portion of said Section and that the Chairman and the Clerk of this Board be and they are hereby authorized and directed to execute and deliver on behalf of said County to said Department the Contract in the form hereto attached; and be it further
RESOLVED that the attorney for this Board be and is hereby authorized and directed to proceed to take the necessary steps for the County to acquire in the name of said County by donation, purchase, or condemnation said rights of way, borrow pits, and easements for said portion of said Section and to prepare in the name of said County by its County Commissioners all condemnation papers, affidavits and pleadings and prosecute all condemnation proceedings to judgment, and furnish to the Department the abstract search provided for in said Contract.
Mr. Simpson reported that he has an old clay pit in Section 22-19-27 containing 3.95 acres, more or less, that he would like to advertise for sale; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to advertise in the Mount Dora Topic for sale the following described land: West 520 feet of S ½ of SE ¼ of SW ¼ of SE ¼ in Section 22, Township 19 South, Range 27 East, an old abandoned clay pit.
Mr. Goodson, County Engineer, reported he has arranged to store the pipe used in the Lady Lake disaster in Districts One and Four barns.
designation of paper to publish delinquent tax roll for 1960
Mr. Owens reported in the past we have rotated the paper publishing the list, and now it is time for the Mount Dora Topic to publish it. On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Mount Dora Topic was designated to publish the delinquent tax list for the year 1960.
notice of equalization board
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Lake County Citizen (Tavares paper) was designated to publish the Notice of Equalization Board to be published in July.
The Bill of the State Association of County Commissioners for annual dues for the year 1961 in the amount of $425 was approved for payment.
The bill of the State Association of County Officials for the County’s portion of assessment for the purpose of formulating and preparing the County Code to be presented to the forthcoming session of the Legislature in the amount of $60.75 was approved for payment on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
Clerk Owens presented a bill to him as Clerk of the Circuit Court in the amount of $3.03, the cost to redeem 7 percent of certificate #1039 of 1941 for the right of way through E ¼ of SE ¼ of Section 23, with a letter from R. G. Cassady, Tax Assessor, attached. The description is a part of the East 10 acres of the NE ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 23-19-28. On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the bill as above set forth was approved for payment.
The membership application of Sumter Electric for the Ag. Center was presented to the Board. On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the fee for the membership certificate with Sumter Electric for the Agricultural Center in the amount of $5.00 was approved for payment.
mile post ta-787
Clerk Owens presented an agreement with Atlantic Coast Railroad in duplicate re the above mile post; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following was ordered and spread upon the minutes:
“It is hereby ordered by the Board of County Commissioners that the form of agreement between the said County and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company dated December 29, 1960, by the provisions of which the said Railroad Company grants to the said County the right or license of improving and maintaining a public road or street crossing at grade across the right of way and track or tracks of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company, as particularly described in said agreement and as more fully shown on the blueprint attached to and made a part of said agreement, be and the same is hereby approved.”
“Further, that the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, are hereby authorized and directed to execute said agreement in the name and on behalf of said County.”
mile post t-814
Clerk Owens read a letter from V. A. Oswalt requesting the Board to request the Atlantic Coast Line to install a culvert under the railroad on Old Road 50. Oswalt and adjoining property owners will pay for this; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes 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 extreme high water over the past two years, considerable damage has resulted to properties in the area west of the City of Clermont and particularly to orange groves in that area, and
WHEREAS, one source of relief for such high waters is the construction of a culvert under the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad tracks at a point approximately located at mile post T-814/3700 feet, and the Engineers for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad have approved the location of a culvert at that point,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company, through its proper agents, be requested to install and construct a culvert under the railroad tracks at a point designated as Mile Post T-814/3700 feet, at the cost of the County, which costs will be defrayed by the adjoining property owners.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the action of the Chairman and Clerk in approving the applications of Connie B. Couch and Mary Helen Miller for admission to the T. B. Hospital was approved.
Clerk Owens advised the Board that the Budget Hearing with the State Road Department will be held in Deland on Thursday, March 9, and Lake County will present its requests for Primary and Secondary Roads at 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
estimate for photostat machine
An estimate in the amount of $3,754.08 to put the Photostat Machine in good order was filed by Clerk Owens. The estimate was from the Photostat Corporation. Mr. Owens stated he is working toward having only one person operate the Photostat Machine, but has not yet come to an agreement with the County Judge.
contract with reeves fence
On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute the Contract with Reeves Fence, Inc. for installation of a fence around the Home for the Aged and that Clerk Owens be instructed to mail a copy to the company.
forest hill subdivision resolution and various agreements
The Forest Hill Subdivision Resolution re street was discussed; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, this matter was tabled.
An agreement with Seaboard Airline – Mile Post #786 was filed with the Board.
An agreement with Atlantic Coast Line – Mile Post #TA-765 was filed with the Board.
A resolution with the Sheriff’s Return thereon re keeping an open road to Walker’s Camp was filed.
annual mid year conference of assn. of county commissioners
A notice of the Annual Mid-Year Conference of the State Association of County Commissioners on March 12, 13, and 14, 1961 was filed with the Board. This Notice also asked for an advertisement that would cost $92.50 for congratulations to Tallahassee and Leon County on the occasion of this meeting, but the Board declined to authorize the advertisement as it did not think it would benefit this County any.
following filed with the board:
A letter from Russell Guy Carr, President of Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, requesting assistance on road from SR 42 into Camp La-No-Che. Commr Babb to take care of road.
State Board of Health re hospitalization of indigents.
Application for management of County Home for the Aged from Mrs. W. K. Stark, Orlando
Hill-Rom Company acknowledging order for beds for Home
B. E. Thompson asking to be relieved of furnishing 3 dozen bedspreads for Home
following requests to be placed on list of bidders for proposed jail
Food Service Equipment Company, Tampa 1, Florida – Kitchen equipment
Algernon Blair, Inc., Contractor, Montgomery 2, Ala – Construction
The J. Orlando Co. Inc., 2862 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, Florida
filed with board
Letters from SRD re Job 11010-3111, SR 500 (11th Street). Also SR S-450 and SRS439
Copy of letter from Owens to Florida Power Corp re service for Ag Center
Report of Hunnicutt & Associates, Inc.
Letter from Comptroller’s office re Cassady v. Consolidated Navel Stores Co., refund of tax
Attorney Generals’ Opinion _____(left blank)
Copy of Resolution adopted by Oklawaha Basin re construction of Bickel Bridge over Palatlakaha
Letter from Karl Lehmann enclosing Civil Defense Resolution, not executed
Copy of letter from Sellar & Howell to C. E. Duncan re quit-claim deed from Newell to Lake County
Copy of Notice to Quixley and Murray to reappraise Clapp property
Copy of letter from Owens to J. Williams re road and copy of Williams’ letter
Copy of letter from Owens to State Beverage Dept. and letter from C. P. Goodson to Owens
Letter from Owens, Clerk of Circuit Court, to Board re refund of $121.65 re tax certs sale
Florida TB Hospital re discharge of Robert Earl Benton
Letter from State Board of Administration re Road & Bridge Interest and Sinking Fund Balance
Ray E. Green, Comptroller’s report re gas tax collected for January
the following reports were filed with the board:
Marian B. Valentine, Home Demonstration Agent, and two assistants
R. E. Norris, County Agent, and two assistants
County Service Office, J. C. Hunter
Contract dated 2-2-61 between Reeves Fences, Inc. and Lake County re fence around Home for Aged filed with bids under date of December 5, 1960.
/s/ Frank E. Owens___ /s/ O. M. Simpson__