MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
monday – march 12, 1962
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, March 12, 1962, at 10:00 a.m. with the following present: Chairman Simpson; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Dykes, and Babb; Attorney Duncan; Clerk Owens; and County Engineer Givens.
The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.
Commr. Theus gave the invocation.
notary public bond
The Notary Public bond of Doris J. Crews, P.O. Box 1316, Eustis, with American Fire & Casualty Company was approved by the Board.
bond for carrying firearms
The Bond for Carrying Firearms of Murrel B. Mackey with Central Surety and Insurance Corp. was presented and ordered held until Sheriff McCall checks on this party.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried:
D-1 Mrs. Corrine Fletcher, 1709 E. Main Street, Leesburg, be granted $40 per month for care of Mr. Tessie Smith
Mrs. A. R. Blakemore, 210 N. 2nd Street, Leesburg, be granted $50 per month for care of Mrs. Edith Hallmyer.
D-2 Mrs. Bonnie Frazier, Box 255, Groveland, be granted $35 per month
D-3 No changes be made.
D-4 No changes be made.
D-5 Mrs. A. R. Blakemore, Leesburg be granted $40 per month for care of Mrs. Hattie Pollock, Umatilla.
Mrs. Corrine Fletcher, Leesburg, be granted $20 per month for care of Mrs. Leorne DeLidle, Lisbon.
bids for radio equipment for new jail and sheriff’s department
Notice having been advertised for the purchase of radio equipment for the new jail and Sheriff’s Department, the following bids were received and read by Howell Hopson, Architect.
MOTOROLA, INC., Lakeland, John R. Conyears, Rt. 3, Box 1830 $15,481.00
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, 420 W. LaFayette St., Room 222, Tampa $13,535.00
Mr. Hopson stated he thinks one-half of this cost would be reimbursed by Civil Defense and suggested that the Board not award the contract right now. Sheriff McCall was present and said he does not want government control over any part of it. Discussion on government control followed.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Architect was to investigate the possibility of Civil Defense reimbursing the County for part of the cost of this equipment and come back to the meeting today with his recommendations.
orange blossom estates subdivision
James Leitner appeared before the Board and requested permission to widen a canal in this subdivision. After discussion on this, a motion was made by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried that James Leitner be granted permission to widen the canal in Orange Blossom Estates Subdivision.
J. C. Noblitt appeared before the Board re: Insurance, and Clerk Owens read a letter from Mr. Noblitt re his proposal. Mr. Noblitt asked that insurance requirements be put under competitive bids. No action taken on this.
primary and secondary road requests – amendment
Mr. C. A. Benedict of the State Road Department appeared before the Board re Amendment to primary and secondary road requests. Mr. Benedict suggested that Nos. 9, 15, and 16 be given priority; in secondary requests that No. 3 be changed to No. 13. Eliminate No. 10 and 11 in Primary and place in No. 3 Secondary, also place in No. 3 Secondary Nos. 9, 15, and 16. WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the State Road Department be requested to amend the PRIMARY ROAD REQUESTS of 1962-1963 by substituting in lieu of the chronological requests as submitted on the 8th of March, 1962, the following:
LAKE COUNTY PRIMARY ROAD REQUESTS 1962-1963
1. Construct – 4 lane – SR 500 from the Eustis Interchange westerly through Tavares to Silver Lake Forks.
2. Widen and resurface SR 19, beginning at south end of S-445, run south to SR 42 (approximately 4.7 miles); widen and resurface existing pavement on SR 19, each side of railroad beginning at north city limits of City of Umatilla, run south to intersection of SR S-450 south of Umatilla. (No additional right of way required.) Construct Municipal Section on SR 19 – beginning at SR 44 North of Eustis, run south to interchange at SR 500. Survey, locate, and construct SR 19 – beginning at north city limits of City of Groveland, run south to the Lake-Sumter County line.
3. Four-lane SR 50 from west city limits of Clermont to west city limits of Mascotte – with Municipal Section within city limits of Groveland.
4. Four-lane SR 25 from Leesburg south to intersection of SR 19. Also four-lane SR 25 from north city limits of Minneola south to SR 50 (200 foot right of way already acquired).
4a. Construct additional safety zones on SR 25 and SR 500 north of Leesburg as follows:
Establish a safety zone on east side of median at approximately Station 122.
Establish a safety zone on east side of median at approximately Station 117.
Establish a safety zone on east side of median between Stations 104 and 105.
Enlarge safety zone on west side of median at Station 67.
All according to road map for SR 25 and SR 500, Section 1104-204.
Provide 40-foot turning radius at intersection of SR 25 and SR 44.
5. Widen and resurface East Main Street in Leesburg (SR 44) from Lake Street East to intersection of SR 500 (approximately .4 mile) (right of way already acquired).
6. Widen and reconstruct SR 44 from east city limits of Eustis to intersection of S-44-A and SR 44 (LaRoe’s corner)
7. Four-lane SR 46 from Old SR 500 (Highland Avenue in Mount Dora) East to Seminole County line.
8. Widen and resurface SR 561 from SR 19 south of the city limits of Tavares to SR 25 at Lake Sheppard.
9. Widen and resurface SR 455 from SR 561 south of Astatula through Ferndale and Montverde to new SR 50.
10. Four-lane SR 50 from Orange County line to SR 25.
11. Designate present US 441 (SR 500) at its intersection with new SR 500 in Orange County and continue through Mount Dora and Tavares along the present route to intersect new SR 500 in Tavares as an alternate route and provide four-lane approaches at both intersections.
12. Survey and construct S-433 from SR 46 to Orange County line, passing through Sections 30 and 31 in Township 19 S., Range 29 East. (Lake County will contribute on matching basis up to $60,000 out of Secondary Road money toward completion of this.) (Refer to Item 13 Secondary Road Requests.)
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
LAKE COUNTY SECONDARY ROAD REQUESTS 1962-1963:
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the State Road Department be requested to amend the SECONDARY ROAD REQUESTS OF 1962-1963 by substituting in lieu of the chronological requests as submitted on the 8th day of March, 1962, the following:
LAKE COUNTY SECONDARY ROAD REQUESTS 1962-1963:
1. Grade, pave, and construct Cherry Lake Road – S-478 from SR 19 North and East to Section line between Section 4 and 3, Township 22 SR 25 East.
2. Grade, pave, and construct Lake Unity Road beginning at SR 466A (known as Picciola Road) and run North to intersect Eagle Nest Road.
3. Resurface SR 448 and SR 561 East through Lake Jem to Orange County line. Resurface Dora Avenue in Tavares from Lake Dora North across Old SR 500 and continue northerly and easterly to Eustis Interchange. Resurface Road S-25A beginning at South city limits of Leesburg, run westerly, southerly and southeasterly to SR 25. Resurface SR 450 beginning approximately one mile west of SR 19 in Umatilla and continue westerly to Marion County line (approximately 4 miles). Resurface SR 42 beginning at SR 19, run west .8 mile to Marion County line.
4. Grade, pave, and construct Palatlakaha River Bridge and approaches south of Lake Minnehaha on S-561A.
5. Widen and resurface Sinclair Avenue in Tavares from Ruby Street North to Alfred Street (SR 500) and resurface Sinclair Avenue north from SR 500 to SR 19.
6. Construct an approach at intersection of 11th Avenue in Mount Dora and SR 500.
7. Construct bridge with 12-foot clearance above high water level and a minimum horizontal clearance of 25 feet over canal connecting Eustis municipal marina with Lake Eustis on Eustis Lake Shore Drive to Tavares (S-452) Section 11506-1601. Also, construct approaches with sidewalk.
8. Grade, pave, and construct Bassville Park Road from SR 500 North to SR 44 (approximately 4 miles).
9. Survey and construct approximately four miles of road beginning at SR 33 in Okahumpka, run west to Sumter County line.
10. Extend Road S-466 from Sumter County line to SR 500 in Lady Lake.
11. Survey and construct a road beginning at the northwest corner of S44A (Griffin Road), run west to S468 (less than one mile).
12. Widen to 42 feet SR 33 beginning at Euclid Avenue in Leesburg run West to 12th Street, and widen Sumter Street to 50 feet from 12th Street to SR 25 (right of way already acquired).
13. Survey and construct S-433 from SR 46 to Orange County line, passing through Sections 30 and 31 in Township 19S, Range 29 East. (Refer to Item 12 Primary Request where the above request has been made.) (Lake County agrees to match funds with State Road Department up to $60,000).
14. Survey, locate, and construct extension of SR 19 beginning at north city limits of Groveland, run southwest to Lake-Sumter line. (Matching interfund contributions not to exceed $300,000). (See item 2 Primary road requests)
15. Grade, pave, and construct a road from S44A east of Umatilla via Umatilla airport to S450 approximately 2 miles.
16. Construct a wayside park and boat ramp on SR 500, Federal Highway 441, at a point just west of the mouth of the Dora Canal on Lake Eustis. (See resolution adopted September 3, 1957).
Mr. Duncan advised the Board that Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E. Gee own a strip of land on the right of way of SR 500 between Tavares and Leesburg, and they have agreed to sell the land to Lake County for the sum of $1,350, and he has prepared the contract re this. On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus, and carried, the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute the contract and hold same for the time being.
Mr. Duncan stated the appraisal from the west city limits of Tavares to Silver Lake Forks has been completed and accepted by the Board. After the appraisal was sent into the State Road Department, we were advised that in the new regulations the form did not meet the requirements, and the change of the form will take considerable time, at least two weeks, and will incur more expense. In view of this situation, Mr. Duncan wrote to the Board Member of this District and requested that the appraisement be accepted as is with the understanding that in the future appraisements will meet with the required form. He has not had a reply. Mr. Duncan advised that the appraisement from the Interchange to the West city limits of Tavares is in identical form.
industrial and tourism commission for lake county
Mr. Owens read a letter from B. E. Thompson, Eustis and a letter from First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Eustis favoring the organization of an Industrial and Tourism Commission as presented by E. E. Huskey.
Each Commission presented the names of five persons from each District for the Industrial and Tourism Commission as follows:
DISTRICT NO. 1.
Herbert L. Butler, Butler Chevrolet Co., Leesburg
Frank C. Cole, First National Bank, Leesburg
Beverly Grizzard, N. 14th Street, Leesburg
Byron Herlong, Lake Griffin, Leesburg
R. Parks Williams, 305 Lakeshore Drive, Leesburg
DISTRICT NO. 2
J. E. Fairchild, Groveland
Richard Jones, Boast Motors, Leesburg
F. Garcia, Groveland
W. H. Ross, Box 187, Howey
Dalton S. Payne, Groveland
DISTRICT NO. 3
C. D. Blount, Tavares
George Daugherty, Tavares
John Aull, Clermont
W. W. Boyd, Clermont
R. P. Cochran, Mgr. Citrus Tower, Clermont
DISTRICT NO. 4
Col. L. E. Allen, Florida Central Academy, Mt. Plymouth
Herbert L. Eckblad, First Federal Savings & Loan Association, Eustis
Robert E. Warfiled, Ex V. President First National Bank & Tr Co., Eustis
George J. White, Jr., First National Bank, Mount Dora
Alfred Renbaum, Jr., Mount Dora
DISTRICT NO. 5
E. E. Huskey, 901 S. Bay Street, Eustis
J. A. “Tar” Boyd, Box 571, Leesburg
Neff Sebree, Umatilla
F. L. Carpenter, Umatilla
Robert Lee Skinner, Umatilla
Clerk Owens was instructed to notify these men that they are appointed to the Commission.
A letter from Gov. Bryan re an Institute relating to Juvenile Court Law Procedure will be held at Tampa April 10 and 11, 1962 and requesting that the County Judge be authorized to attend this Institute was read by Clerk Owens. On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, W. A. Milton, Jr., County Judge was authorized to attend the Institute in Tampa on April 10 and 11, 1962.
Commr. Dykes advised the Board that the Juvenile Detention Home Manager needs to spend small amounts for small items at various times, and he told him to go ahead and purchase these necessary items up to $10. This agreement met with the approval of the Board.
recess and reassembly
The Board adjourned for lunch and reconvened at 1:30 p.m.
The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.
A salesman for aluminum corrugated pipe brought to the Board a sample of pipe and discussed its merits. On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to advertise for bids for aluminum pipe when the State Road Department approves the use of same. Mr. Givens is to write the advertisement.
Mr. Simpson stated he has a request from Roy Christopher of the Sailboat Regatta Committee in Mount Dora to use a dragline belonging to the County to load and unload the sailboats. After discussion of this matter, a motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried that this request be denied and that Clerk Owens be instructed to notify Mr. Christopher that due to the fact of the coverage of insurance on the dragline and the objection of the Auditing Department, this request cannot be granted.
radio equipment for new jail and sheriff’s department
Mr. Hopson again appeared before the Board and stated that based on past experience and expense of a maintenance technician, the Sheriff would like to request the Board to allow him to buy the Motorola Radio equipment instead of General Electric, which is the low bidder. Mr. Hopson stated that the two cases are pending – one in Hardee County and one in Lakeland – re Civil Defense reimbursing for part payment of the equipment; under these conditions he recommended to forget Civil Defense in this matter. Mr. Duncan advised that there is quite a difference in price on the two bids, and if the Board accepts the higher one, it will be criticized by the Auditing Department. Sheriff McCall stated if the Board so desires, he will get Martin Kirkland, maintenance officer of the Sheriff’s Department, to come to this meeting and discuss the matter. In a few minutes, Mr. Kirkland did appear before the Board and discussed the radio equipment, stating that he personally favors the Motorola. (Play the record for further details of his statements.) Following this discussion, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has received bids for the sale of two-way broadcasting units to be operated by the Sheriff’s Department of Lake County, and
WHEREAS, two bids were received of different amounts, and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners received a statement from one Martin Kirkland, an expert in the care and maintenance of such type of equipment in which Kirkland stated in his opinion the County will benefit in the long run because of the quality of the equipment and the low cost of maintenance in purchasing the equipment which has the higher price, as shown by the attached copy of portions of the statement of Martin Kirkland;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the bid of Motorola, Inc., of Lakeland, Florida, for the sale of Motorola equipment be accepted, upon the basis of the statement above set forth, as the lowest and best bid for radio equipment to be used by the Sheriff’s Department of Lake County.
meter for jail and sheriff’s department
Discussion as to using two meters or one - could leave on one and pro-rate if it would be a saving. Hopson to check this.
contractor’s request no. 10
The contractor’s request no. 10, Fred S. Conrad Construction Company – total net due this estimate $39,404.36. On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Request No. 10 on the Jail and Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $39,404.36 was approved for payment.
change order no. 5 – lockers in sheriff’s department & jail
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to execute the Change Order No. 5 re lockers.
agricultural center auditorium
Robert V. Ford, architect, appeared before the Board and stated that Graham Contracting Company, the successful bidder on the Auditorium, now wants to change sub-contractors. Mr. Ford recommended that the sub-contractors as written into the agreement be honored and that these changes not be allowed, WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the recommendations of Robert V. Ford, architect, were accepted.
Mr. Ford presented his bill in the amount of $2,695 representing 3 percent of the cost of the Auditorium, WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the bill of Robert V. Ford, architect, was approved for payment.
A delegation from Tropical Shores Subdivision appeared before the Board. John C. Deirise, R-1 Box 857, Tavares, was the spokesman for the group. He asked that a road in the subdivision be graded and some clay put on it. The County Engineer was instructed to look at this road, and Commr. Dykes said he will go with him on Wednesday of this week. Commr. Dykes stated if the people will buy the material, he will spread it on but not maintain the road.
Clerk Owens read a letter from C. J. Wilhalm re spiking courthouse lawn. After a discussion on this, a motion was made by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried that Clerk Owens be authorized to have the work done.
petition of alfred w. taylor
A petition of Alfred W. Taylor and 6 others of Sorrento requesting the Zoning Board, Department of Public Health, and County Commissioners make an inspection of the area from the intersection of Highways 46 and 437, northward along 437 for a distance of one mile – to determine if zoning laws are being complied with in respect to trailer living units located on 437 – 1 ½ miles north of said intersection on the west side of said road; also, an inspection ¾ mile north of said intersection on west side of said intersection, on west side of 437, of an extensive area that is being used for the dumping of wet garage. This Petition was read and referred to County Engineer Givens to make an inspection.
typical section on sr 25
A typical section on SR 25 to SR 25A was filed without being executed.
appeal for homestead exemption
An appeal for Homestead Exemption by Marion R. Coffey, Mount Dora, with Notice of Lake County Taxes 1961 was filed with the Board.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Attorney Duncan was instructed to look into this matter and see if the exemption can possibly be allowed.
It was brought to the attention of the Board that the Girl Scouts want permission to plant flowers between the parking lot on Irma Street and the Masonic Building. The Board advised Commr. Dykes to notify the Girl Scouts it is all right for them to plant the flowers.
garbage disposal for three cities – eustis, mt dora, and tavares
Fred Tanner appeared before the Board and discussed the Garbage Disposal project. He reported that the Committee has an option to purchase some land, about 80 acres east of Umatilla. He stated that Umatilla might be interested in joining the three cities in this project. Mr. Tanner asked whether or not they would be able to put in next year’s budget a sufficient amount for a bulldozer – equipment for disposal – which would cost about $22,000. Mr. Owens stated they would have to increase the millage enough to take care of about $16,000. On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board agreed to set up in the budget for next year millage to take care of this.
Chas N. Givens, Zoning Director, presented the applications of L. R. Busk, Edward R. Truby, John H. Long, and Mrs. Nancy A. Penn, with recommendations of the Zoning Commission; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Lake County Zoning Commission did, on the 21st day of February, 1962, after due notice of the hearing, 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 as hereinafter set forth, subject to the approval of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida; 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 classifications designated after each description:
1. Begin 440 feet east and 600 feet north of the southwest corner of Section 13, Township 19 South, Range 25 East, on the East boundary of Haines Creek Road for the point of beginning; thence run East 300 feet, North 385 feet, West 300 feet to the East boundary of Haines Creek Road, South 385 feet to the point of beginning, which is now zoned R-1 (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed, and rezoned to Classification C-3 (Commercial).
2. Lots 6 and 7 of Lake Harris Estates, according to the Plat thereof filed and recorded in the public records of Lake County, Florida, now zoned as R-1-A (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed, and rezoned to Classification C-2 (Commercial).
3. Blocks No. 5 and 12 of Reeves Subdivision of Sorrento, according to Plat recorded in Plat Book 1, page 32, public records of Lake County, Florida, now zoned as R-1 (Residential), with a variance permitting the use of trailer homes.
4. Blocks 12 to 17 inclusive; 19 to 23 inclusive, 47 to 54 inclusive, 63 to 68 inclusive, 86 to 94 inclusive, and 96, now zoned as R-1 (Residential) be, and the same is hereby amended, changed, and rezoned to Classification R-1-A (Residential); and that Block 105 to 115 inclusive, 37 to 46 inclusive, and 70 to 80 inclusive, now zoned as A (Agriculture) be, and the same is hereby amended, changed, and rezoned to Classification R-1 (Residential); and that Blocks 69, 70, 81 to 84 inclusive, 95, and 97 to 104 inclusive, now classified and zoned as A (Agriculture) be, and the same is hereby amended, changed, and rezoned to Classification R-1-A (Residential), all according to the Plat of East Umatilla Subdivision, a subdivision in Section 8, Township 18 South, Range 27 East, in Lake County, Florida, said Subdivision sometimes known as Rowe Hollywood Estates.
the following letters were filed with the board:
Copy of letter to Tom Henderson, office of Attorney General, from C. E. Duncan re enabling act for the County to finance and operate a psychiatric ward in one of the local hospitals.
SRD re: Section 11610 – Boat Ramp at Alexander Springs
State Board of Administration to H. E. Hayes, Ketchikan, Alaska re: lost bond
Daily Commercial to Cecil C. Theus re: rate charged for publications
J. B. Hall, M. D., Director Health Unit, to O. M. Simpson re: doctor’s absence from Co.
SRD re: Section 11010-3111 – Robie Street drainage
Florida RR & Public Utilities Commission Docket No. 6267-RR
Welfare Worker’s Report
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the following Vouchers were approved for payment:
General Revenue Fund #702 through 860
Road & Bridge #492 through 613
Fine & Forfeiture Fund #67 through 87
State No. 2 Mosquito #43 through 52
Capital Outlay Res. (Co. bldgs.) #9 through 11
Capital Outlay Res. (Ag bldg.) #11 through 18
South Lake Memorial Hospital #4 and 5