MINUTES of regular MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
monday – MAY 14, 1962
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, April 9, 1962 at ten o’clock a.m., with the following present: Chairman Simpson; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Dykes, and Babb, also Attorney Duncan; Clerk Owens; and County Engineer Givens.
The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.
The invocation was given by Mr. Theus.
Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Theus and carried,
District #1 That no changes be made
District #2 That no changes be made
District #3 That no changes be made
District #4 That no changes be made
District #5 That Mrs. Corrine Fletcher, Leesburg, be dropped for care of Mrs. Leorna DeLidle for $40 per month
METER FOR FEDERAL DOCUMENTARY STAMPS
Mr. Owens requested authorization to purchase a meter for Federal Documentary stamps at an approximate cost of $50 for making the plate; $50 for dye and rental $45 per quarter. Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that Mr. Owens, Clerk, be authorized to make the purchase of the meter.
SECTION 11506-2601 SR S-452
Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that the bill of C. E. Duncan for services rendered in securing rights-of-way on the above road within the City of Eustis, in amount of $250 be approved and sent to State Road Department for payment out of secondary road funds.
WORK ON COUNTY ROAD IN MARION COUNTY
Commr. Babb filed Marion County Warrant #3721 in amount of $900 for work done on County road in Marion County per agreement.
Mr. Babb also filed a check from H. J. Hethcox in amount of $50 for sale of used grader tire.
Commr. Simpson filed check from LaRoe’s Shop in amount of $132.40 for sale of scrap iron from County barn.
EAST LAKE JOANNA ROAD PAVING
Commr. Simpson filed cashier’s check in amount of $1,000 donated by property owners for paving of East Lake Joanna Road.
PLANS FOR ENLARGING JUVENILE HOME
Discussion on the plans for enlarging Juvenile Home as presented by Howell Hopson, Architect. Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that the plans for enlarging the Juvenile Home be turned over to Mr. Hopson, architect, with instructions that he furnish the Board an estimate of the cost of this work as per the plans.
Request from the Board of Forestry for the coming year in amount of $1,324.50 was ordered held for the budget hearing.
HOUSE BILL #8612 – PENNSYLVANIA HOME RULE ROAD PROGRAM RESOLUTION
House Bill #8612 was read by Clerk Owens. Mr. Duncan suggested that the Board ask one of our Congressmen about this, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Mr. Duncan, attorney for the Board, was authorized to contact Honorable A. S. (Syd) Herlong, Congressman and ask him to give the Board a report on the Bill.
Request from Alice Lockmiller re: Road to Monk’s grocery on Highway #33 was referred to Commr. Cowart.
Request from Central Florida Council Boy Scouts of America for assistance on improving the road into Camp La-No-Chee was read by Clerk Owens. Clerk was instructed to take care of this matter.
SECTION 1101-207 SR 500
Copy of additional title search by Inland Abstract & Title Company, which was requested by State Road Department, was filed with the Board. Original and one copy, with bill for services, having been forwarded to State Road Department.
SHADY ACRES AREA
Deed from H. L. Pringle, individually and as Trustee, joined by his wife, to LAKE COUNTY for the right of way on road running North from old Silver Lake Forks was filed with the Board.
Deed from Minute Maid to Lake County for right of way in Section 17-19-25 was filed with the Board.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that the deeds be accepted and filed for record.
Clerk Owens suggested that the Board have the budget hearing on June 5th, WHEREUPON, Commr. Dykes made a motion that the Board meet on June 5 at 9:00 o’clock a.m. for the hearing of requests of the various County officials for the budget for the year 1962-1963. Motion seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
PEARL MANOR – OWNER PEARL STALLINGS, SECTION 2-19-24
Harry Padget appeared before the Board and presented Plat of Pearl Manor with title policy No. X-27-985 issued by Lawyers Title Insurance Company on 14 May 1962, showing title involved to be in Pearl Stallings free of any objections. Mr. Duncan stated there are no encumbrances. Report of Lake County Health Department dated May 7, 1962 showing property acceptable for septic tank purposes filed. The Plat has been approved by the Zoning Commission and signed by the owner, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Plat of Pearl Manor was approved by the Board.
PAVING HOOK STREET IN CLERMONT
The Board decided to wait and do this paving when get County Paving Equipment.
ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING LAKE MEMORIAL NURSING HOME
Clerk Owens advised the Board that there is enough money in the contingency item in the General Revenue Fund (County Buildings) to finish the administrative building, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Theus and unanimously carried, Clerk Owens was instructed to advertise for bids for the completion of the Administrative Building at Lake Memorial Nursing Home in Leesburg.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to advertise for bids for air conditioning the Administrative Building, also heating, and furniture for the building.
Engineer Givens presented final bill of David Morris for construction of Administrative Building at Lake Memorial Nursing Home in amount of $4,631.50, WHEREUPON on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and unanimously carried, the final payment of $4,631.50 to David Morris, contractor for construction of the Administrative Building at Lake Memorial Nursing Home, according to the contract, was authorized paid.
CONTRACTOR’S REQUEST NO. 2 ON LAKE MEMORIAL NURSING HOME
Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that the Contractor’s Request No. 2 – Change Order No. 1 – in amount of $33 for hooking up City of Leesburg sewer line with Administrative Building Lake Memorial Nursing Home be approved.
Estimated price for furniture for the Administrative Building $1,144.70 was presented to the Board by Mr. Givens.
Clerk Owens read a letter from Robert E. Dinsmoore, 1100 Washington, Mt. Dora, re Making one entrance to the ground floor when remodeling the courthouse with a ramp for wheelchairs. Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, that this request be referred to Howell Hopson, Architect, with the request that he be governed accordingly in making the plans for remodeling the Courthouse.
CERTIFICATE of the Board of County Canvassers Democratic Primary Election held on the 8th day of May 19652 was filed with the Board.
Mr. Owens advised the Board that Tallahassee does not know yet whether or not there will be a runoff on the Railroad & Public Utilities race, but they advised to go ahead and include both names on the ballot. (However, later during the day, Mr. Owens was advised there would be a runoff.)
Clerk Owens advised the Board that he and the attorney got bids on the ballots for the Second Primary Election from Mount Dora Topic $26.90 and Eustis Lake Region News $33.65; and awarded the contract to furnish the ballots to Mount Dora Topic, the low bidder.
A card from Sumter Electric Cooperative re: Meeting in Astatula for nominating candidate was referred to Mr. Dykes and Mr. Babb to attend the meeting.
INSTITUTE FOR JUVENILE COUNSELORS
Clerk Owens reported that there is ample money in the budget for W. T. Mills, Juvenile Counselor, to attend the annual delinquency Control Institute in Tallahassee, Florida State University, from June 17 to July 14. Judge Milton has asked for an advance of $250 for tuition, textbooks, transportation, and room and board. Motion by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to issue warrant for $250 advance to defray the expenses of Mr. Mills to the Institute.
Judge Milton was present and asked for $129.50 to enable the Juvenile house parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd C. Polhamus, to attend the Annual Workshop at DeLand Stetson University on June 25 thru June 29, also to pay for substitute house parents. Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that this request be granted.
DISCUSSION ON ROAD SIGNS, ALSO PURCHASING OF A MACHINE FOR MAKING SIGNS
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, that the Board purchase the machine for making road signs with the material.
Mr. Babb stated there should be a sign on Road S-450, about 1/2 mile West of Umatilla. There is a bad curve on the road and had a bad wreck there Sunday. Motion by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the following Resolution be adopted:
WHEREAS, the road signs located on Sate Road S-450, west of State Road 19, and located close to a curve to the south, which carries the road around a lake, is improperly located in that it is so close to the curve where several accidents have occurred because of inability of operators of automobiles to stop in time; and
WHEREAS, this sign does not properly describe the type of approaching curve and, unless the same is corrected, more serious accidents may occur at said curve;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Department be requested to locate its signs indicating dangerous curve further to the East, giving the driers of motor vehicles ample time to slow their cars and be able to make a safe turn at that point.
PURCHASE OF A PAVING PLANT
The Board agreed in February to purchase a paving plant and accessories. Engineer Givens advised the Board that the Paving Plant is awaiting delivery.
Discussion on where to set up the Plant – Board decided to have the Plant set up at the barn in Eustis for the present. Mr. Dykes thinks should have more than one place to set up the Plant.
Discussion of employing full time man to operate the machine – The Board thinks the same man should operate the machine at all times. (Steve and Perry to work this out.)
Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Theus and unanimously carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to notify Crenshaw Equipment Company, Orlando, to make delivery of the Paving Plant to the County barn in Eustis, and that warrant be issued for the balance of the payment for the equipment upon delivery.
MEETING ADJOURNED FOR LUNCH – RECONVENED AT 1:30 P.M.
Board called to order by Chairman Simpson.
Howard C. Mooney and Mat Gutherie again appeared before the Board re Partial Replat of Minnehaha Beach and presented the Plat with title Policy #X-27,987 T-8908 issued by Lawyers Title Ins. Corp, date of final examination being May 14, 1962. Letter from Lake County Health Department dated 5-14-62 re: septic tanks, based on letter of Billy Kelly, of the Department, dated May 10, 1955 was filed. (Later mailed copy of Kelly letter mailed to Mooney with copy of Dr. Hall’s letter.) Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried that the Partial Replat of Minnehaha Beach be approved.
FLOATING ISLANDS IN LAKE GRIFFIN FOR BIRD SANCTUARY
John B. Storer, 440 Henkel Circle, Winter Park, appeared before the Board re these islands for a bird sanctuary. Mr. Duncan stated he has taken this up with the State and Corps of Engineers to find out just who owns these islands. The County does not own any except navigable water. Clerk Owens suggested that the Board adopt a Resolution to set aside and reserve these islands for bird sanctuary, WHEREFORE, upon motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Audubon Society has requested the Board of County Commissioners to designate as wildlife sanctuaries five certain floating islands now located in the southwesterly section of Lake Griffin; and
WHEREAS, the rights of Lake County by and through its Board of County Commissioners are indeterminate under the provisions of the Act of the Legislature granting certain portions of the lake bottoms of Lakes Griffin and Harris to Lake County, but the Commissioners are agreeable to establishing said islands as wildlife sanctuaries insofar as the rights of Lake County are concerned;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the five floating islands now located in the southwesterly portion of Lake Griffin be, and the same are hereby designated and set aside as wildlife sanctuaries; that anyone molesting the wildlife on said islands, or in anywise disturbing their habitat shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punishable in accordance with the Laws of Florida.
Chas Givens, Zoning Director, presented the following applications with recommendations of the Zoning Commission that the requests be granted:
Paul W. and Anna B. Hart to rezone to R-1 from R-1-A part of Indian Hill Subdivision. (Hart address 317 Sunset Boulevard, Kissimmee)
B. E. Works, Okahumpka, to rezone a piece of land in 15-20-24 from C-1 to R-1. (located between SR 33 and SR 48 extending to West)
Charles H. Kelley, Howey, to rezone to R-1 – Tract 52 of Groveland Farms, Sec. 19-22-25, adjoining new colored school property in Groveland.
Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that the following Resolution be adopted:
WHEREAS, the Lake County Zoning Commission did, on the 26th day of April, 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 changes as requested in the particular applications hereinafter set forth, subject to 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 mended as they pertain to the following tracts of land, to the classification following each description:
1. Tract 52 in Section 19, Township 22 South, Range 25 East, according to the Plat of Groveland Farms, filed and recorded in the public records of Lake County, Florida, now classified and zoned as A (Agriculture) be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification R-1 (Residential).
2. That triangular shaped piece of land in the SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 15, Township 20 South, Range 24 East, bounded by the right of way of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, Sate Highway No. 1, and the South line of the said SW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 15, now zoned as R-1 (Residential) be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification C-1 (Commercial).
3. Lots 16 and 17 in Indian Hill being a subdivision of the NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 and the North 1/2 of the NW 1/4, lying East of Dixie Highway, in Section 15, Township 19 South, Range 24 East, said Dixie Highway being also designated as U.S. Highway 441 and 27, now classified and zoned as R-1-A (Residential) be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification R-1 (Residential), with special exceptions authorizing location of Mobile Homes.
FEE FOR LAKE COUNTY ZONING REGULATIONS, FIRE SAFETY & ELECTRICAL CODE
Mr. Givens reported to the Board that its regular monthly meeting held on March 29, 1962, the Lake County Zoning Commission voted to recommend that a fee of one dollar be placed on both the Lake County Zoning Regulations and the Lake County Fire Safety and Electrical Code, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Chas. Givens, Zoning Director, was authorized to charge one dollar fee on both the Lake County Zoning Regulations and the Lake County Fire Safety and Electrical Code.
The hour of 2:00 p.m. having arrived, Clerk Owens read NOTICE TO BIDDERS on clay base and surface treatment for a road near Grand Island and the following bid was received:
J. D. MANLY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, LEESBURG
.64¢ per square yard – 3380 square yards - $2,180.10
Commr. Babb sated this bid is too high and suggested that the bid be rejected. Clerk Owens reported that all the money collected is $1,110.00. Commr. Babb stated we should keep the money and do the work when we purchase the Paving Machine. Motion by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to notify J. D. MANLY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY that the Board rejected his bid as above.
JAIL AND SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Howell C. Hopson, Architect, presented final payment of Southern Steel Company in amount of $34,436.00 for work done on the Jail and Sheriff’s Department. Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Babb and unanimously carried, that the final payment of $34,436.00 to Southern Steel Company be approved for payment.
DISCUSSION ON METER FOR THE JAIL AND SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Hopson to work this out.
TYPEWRITER FOR SECRETARY TO THE BOARD
Clerk Owens advised the Board that Mrs. Robertson has decided to try out a new IBM typewriter as the one she is using has been in use about 20 years or longer. The price of the new machine is $400.50. Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and unanimously carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to purchase an IBM typewriter, with no trade-in (as the trade-in value of the old machine is only $7.50.
Letter from David S. Bird, President National Association of County Officials with program for the County Home Rule Congress 17th Annual Conference and Products Exhibit of the National Association of County Officials, was read and filed. (Conference to be in New York.)
Clerk Owens advised the Board that the Clerks’ Convention is to be held in Sarasota June 6-9, and he and two of his deputies expect to attend. At the same time of this Convention, the County Finance Officers Association Directors’ meeting will be held in Sarasota and the Board should authorize Mrs. Doris Babb, one of the Directors, to attend the meeting. Motion by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that Mrs. Doris Babb, one of the Directors of the County Finance Officers Association, be authorized to attend the Directors’ meeting in Sarasota at County expense.
MEETING WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES
Clerk Owens read a letter from Florida Inspection and Rating Bureau re: Buildings and contents, which acknowledge receipt of letter from the Board naming Mr. Lee Howard of Lee-Howard Insurance Agency, as agent of record on Lake County property.
The Insurance Agents in Lake County having been notified that the Board would hear them at 2:30 p.m. today to discuss insurance coverage on County property on competitive bid basis and a delegation of 23 County Insurance Agents being present, the following Agents addressed the Board and discussed the matter:
J. C. Noblitt, Mount Dora Mrs. Lucille Tally, Tavares
Lee Howard, Leesburg Mrs. Clayton Gates, Jr., Mount Dora
L. A. LeMaster, Leesburg Robert George, Orlando
Ted Ostrander, Leesburg T. D. Huffman, Eustis, as a tax payer, retired agent
M. C. Jenkins, Leesburg
Wm. P. Wingler, Mount Dora
(SEE YELLOW SHEET FOR LIST OF ALL PRESENT)
After hearing the remarks of the agent, and discussion on same, motion was made by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and unanimously carried, that Mr. Lee Howard, as Agent of Record for the Board be authorized to confer with the insurance companies and secure the rates on County properties.
Motion by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Theus and unanimously carried, that the insurance on County properties be opened for bids.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried unanimously, that Commissioner Dykes be authorized to represent the Board to confer with the Insurance Agencies.
FOLLOWING REPORTS FILED WITH THE BOARD
Fine & Forfeiture Report of the County Judge
Report of Myrtle Sudderth, County Welfare Worker
Gilbert Property: William P. Wingler and John Alden Murray having been appointed appraisers to appraise the Gilbert property filed appraisal showing total value of Real and Personal Property is $7,500.00.
Motion by Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, that the following vouchers be approved for payment:
General Revenue Fund #1029 through #1219
Road & Bridge Fund # 730 “ # 863
Fine & Forfeiture Fund # 107 “ # 126
State No. 2 Mosquito Cont. # 63 “ # 70
Capital Outlay Reserve
(County Buildings) # 17 “ # 20
Capital Outlay Reserve
(Ag. Building) # 22 “ # 27
Capital Outlay Reserve
(County Home) # 3
BOND INTEREST & SINKING # 3
FUND (Co. Bldgs.)
SOUTH LAKE MEMO. HOSP. # 6
/s/ FRANK E. OWENS /s/ O. M. SIMPSON