MINUTES OF called MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
wednesday – november 8, 1961
The Board of County Commissioners met in called session in the County Commissioners room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Wednesday, November 8, 1961 at nine o’clock a.m. for the purpose of considering the adoption of a resolution regarding Job #11010-25-2 (207), SR 500, Lake County (Leesburg North Bypass) and such other matters as may be brought before the Board, with the following present: Vice Chairman Cowart; Commissioners Babb, Dykes, and Simpson; Attorney Duncan; and Clerk Owens.
The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairman Cowart.
The Board approved the Bond of E. J. Burrell as a member of the Board of Oklawaha Basin Recreation and Water Conservation and Control Authority with American Surety Co. of N.Y.
Attorney Duncan announced that the purpose of this meeting is to consider the adoption of a resolution to secure title for the North Bypass in Leesburg. He filed with the Board the following on Job #11010-2502 (207), SR 500, North Bypass, Leesburg:
Right of Way Contract in quadruplicate
State Road Department Resolution
County Commissioners Resolution to be adopted.
Mr. Duncan stated that this road is in Commr. Theus’ district, but he is not present; WHEREUPON, the Vice Chairman asked for a motion on the adoption of the Resolution. A motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and unanimously carried that the following resolution be adopted:
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 11010, State Road 500, extending from State Road 25, southeasterly and easterly to State Road 44 and 500 in the Northwest ¼ of Section 30, Township 19 South, Range 25 East, 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 he 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 judgement and furnish to the Department the abstract search provided for in said Contract.
petition of shoreline dredging & construction
A petition of the Shoreline Dredging & Construction Co., signed by E. E. Leitner, President, for exchange of properties was filed.
transfer of property in section 25, tp 19 sr 25 east on dead river
Mr. Duncan read a letter from E. E. Leitner, M. D. regarding the above-mentioned property as follows:
Jacksonville 2, Florida
November 6, 1961
Board of County Commissioners of Lake County
Re: Transfer of property in Section 25, Township 19 South, Range 25 East
I hereby authorize you to proceed with the legal work of transferring title to property described in the appraisal by Mr. C. B. Treadway and Mr. Edwin R. Waite dated August 11, 1961.
I also agree to placing of deeds in escrow until the conditions of the appraisal plus removal of the old bridge across Dead River are complied with and agree to the terms that if the work is not completed within three years, the title to the property shall remain with the original owners.
Very truly yours,
E. E. Leitner, M. D.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the attorney for the Board was authorized to proceed with the advertising for exchange of the property described in the appraisal of C. B. Tredway and Edwin R. Waite dated August 11, 1961 subject to the removal of the old bridge across Dead River.
interchange on sr 19 and us 441 south of eustis
A delegation from the City of Eustis, namely Ernest Kidd, City Manager; C. A. Waterfield, Mayor-Commissioner; Donald Porter; Gerald Jacobs; Owen Kreigsman; Leslie Huffstetler; and Warner Dillard, appeared before the Board and presented a Resolution of the City of Eustis protesting the recommendation of the Board of County Commissioners on November sixth to name the interchange on new US 441 at its intersection with State Road 19 near the South city limits of the City of Eustis “Golden Triangle Interchange,” and requesting that said Interchange be designated upon all records, files, routes, maps, and other appropriate facilities as the “Eustis Interchange.” (Copy of said Resolution filed.) WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and unanimously carried, the motion made on November 6, 1961 by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried “that the State Road Department be requested to name the interchange on Road 19 and US 441 south of Eustis “Golden Triangle Interchange” was rescinded.
Commr. Simpson stated, “Since I made the motion, it would be well to state that it was not my intention to go against the wishes of the City Council of the City of Eustis in naming the interchange the “Golden Triangle Interchange,” but I was not aware of the fact that they had selected the name “Eustis Interchange.”
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, State Road 500, Section 11010-2111, which is that portion of State Road 500 extending from the Orange County line southeast of Mount Dora, northerly and westerly to intersect State Road 19 at the “Dreamboat Corner,” at which point there has been constructed an underpass and interchange with State Road 19, and
WHEREAS, said Section of Road 500, which will become a part of US Highway 441, will be dedicated by the Honorable Farris Bryant, Governor of the State of Florida, on the 15th of November, and
WHEREAS, the interchange between State Road 500 and State Road 19 has been given no official name, but should have a name descriptive of its location and service to the public, and
WHEREAS, said interchange is located approximately 2 miles south of the center of the City of Eustis and near the City Limits of the City of Eustis, and a logical designation of said Interchange is one which will inform the public of the nearest City to such Interchange.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Department be requested to designate the Interchange between State Road 500 and State Road 19, just south of the city of Eustis as the “Eustis Interchange,” and that proper signs be erected at said interchange to designate the same.
Clerk Owens was instructed to mail certified copies of the above resolution to the City Council of Eustis; Max Brewer, Fifth District Road Board Member, Titusville; and Richey Green, District Engineer, State Road Department, Deland.
Mr. Huffstetler reminded the Board that plans have been made to have the Interchange dedicated at 2:00 p.m. on November 15th and asked that the Board attend the dedication services.
Mr. Jacobs read a letter from the City of Eustis requesting that the City limits of Eustis be incorporated in one of the newly-aligned districts. Eustis is presently divided approximately in half by two districts, which is very confusing to our people. Eustis is the second largest municipality with the county. Therefore, we feel that the interests of the citizens of Eustis would be better served if this request is granted. Mr. Jacobs also presented a letter from the Eustis Chamber of Commerce endorsing the request of the City of Eustis on this matter.
trees along right of way
Mr. Simpson stated the trees along the right of way of Road 44 East of Eustis should be removed, as this is very hazardous. After discussion on this, Mr. Duncan suggested that two or more of the members of the Board go to Deland and request the Road Board to do this. Mr. Duncan was requested to make an appointment for this meeting on Thursday, November 16th, in the afternoon and request that Max Brewer be present if possible.
abandoned clay pit southeast of altoona
Commr. Babb stated there is an abandoned clay pit southeast of Altoona that has not been used for 15 or 20 years, and he would like to have it returned to the original owner.
WHEREUPON, after discussion of this matter, Commr. Babb moved the adoption of the following resolution. The motion was seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
WHEREAS, it has been brought to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners that Lake County owns the following described tract of land in Lake County, Florida:
From the Northeast corner of SE ¼ of SE ¼ of Sec. 6, Tp. 18 S, R. 27 E, angle South 88̊ 30’ West 747 feet, thence South 1̊ 15’ East 16 feet to a point in the fence line, being point of beginning, thence South 1̊ 15’ East 300 feet to a point, thence South 88̊ 30’ West 400 feet to a point, thence North 1̊ 15’ West 300 feet to a point in fence line, thence North 88̊ 30’ East 400 feet to place of beginning; and
WHEREAS, it appears that said tract of land was used for excavating clay and that this clay has been removed from said tract; that said tract of land has no further useful purpose for Lake County, and
WHEREAS, the adjoining property owner has requested the purchase of said property in such a manner as is provided by the laws of Florida.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the above-described tract of land be designated as not essential to Lake County and that the same be advertised for sale by sealed bids to be received in such manner as shall be designated by such notice.
THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS, THE MEETING ADJOURNED.
/s/ Frank E. Owens___ /s/ J. C. Cowart
CLERK VICE CHAIRMAN