monday – july 9, 1962

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse at Tavares at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 1962, 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.

The invocation was given by Commr. Theus.

On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the application of Mrs. Mary Anne Poole, R-1, Box 258, Leesburg, for entrance of her daughter, Debra Denise, to the School for the Deaf and the Blind at St. Augustine; and the application of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Griffith, Box 456, Fruitland Park for entrance of their daughter, Cristi Naomi, to the School for the Deaf and the Blind at St. Augustine be approved.

pauper list

On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried:

D-1                              No changes be made

D-2                             Bonnie Frazier for $35 be canceled

D-3, D-4 & D-5          No changes be made

plat of banzhaf’s homesites

Paul Banzhaf appeared before the Board and presented this Plat, which is within the Town of Fruitland Park, with a letter from the Lake County Health Department showing property suitable for septic tanks.  The Town of Fruitland Park has accepted the plat.  On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Plat of Banzhaf’s Homesites was approved.

industrial and tourism committee

E. E. Huskey and Fred Camper appeared before the Board re:  hiring a secretary.  Mr. Huskey introduced Mr. Fred Camper, retired, and stated we have had several recommendations for the job, and we have chosen Mr. Camper.  He is highly recommended by Mr. Byron Herlong and others, and we have agreed to hire him.  As stated to you before, his salary will be $100 per month with an expense account of $100.  Mr. Huskey advised the Board the Industrial Committee has a good prospect of a New York plant for making men’s apparel locating in Lake County.  Discussion on setting up an office in Tavares for the Secretary.  Mr. Simpson stated the Board will work out something.  Mr. Owens stated money would have to be transferred from the contingency item to take care of this until the new budget – October 1, 1962.  Mr. Huskey advised they are not asking for anything from the County until the new budget.  Mr. Huskey stated George Daugherty has been selected as Chairman of the Industrial part and has hired C. L. Christiansen, Executive Secretary, to spend full time on this.  Mr. Christiansen’s salary to be paid by Mr. Daugherty.  The office is located in Eustis.  Discussion on Charter and By-Laws.  Mr. Daugherty asked for figures on land purchases.  Mr. Duncan will work with Mr. Daugherty and Mr. Huskey on this.

dedication for AGRICULTURAL center & regulations for use of facilities

Bob Norris, County Agent, appeared before the Board to discuss a date suitable for the dedication.  He stated that Dr. Reitz of the University of Florida can come on November 7, and this date was agreeable with the Board.  Mr. Norris filed a copy of written policies regarding the use of the Auditorium, Conference Room, and Kitchen Facilities at the Center, which have been compiled by Mrs. Valentine and Mr. Norris.  The recommendations were agreeable with the Board.

R. G. Bishop, former County Commissioner, appeared before the Board re:  an application for change in zoning which was approved by the Zoning Commission and recommended by the Commission, and a resolution adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on July 5, 1962, changing zoning from R-1-A to Agricultural zoning on property in NE ¼ of NW ¼ of Section 3, Township 21 South, Range 25 East.  Mr. Bishop stated this housing project for labor will devaluate the residential property which is just across the lake.  Mr. Duncan stated that Mr. Bishop should take this up with the Zoning Board of Adjustment and file notice with them and also the Zoning Commission.  If you want to stop the work now, would have to get a court order.

exchange of land with e. e. leitner on shoreline dredging company

E. E. Leitner appeared before the Board re:  this exchange, but at this time the appraisal to be made by Treadway and Waite has not been presented.  Mr. Duncan called Mr. Treadway and then reported to the Board that they hope to have the appraisal by the next meeting, August 6.

governor’s conference in miami on july 18th

On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, if possible, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Theus, and one other Commissioner was authorized to attend this Conference.

T. C. Hanson presented a statement re:  taxes, etc. which was filed.

special counselor for lake county

Judge Milton appeared before the Board and stated if the request for a Special Counselor is granted, will need space for an office.  He asked for the Small Claims court office when it is vacated.  Mr. Duncan stated this office is moving into the NW corner room vacated by the Sheriff.

little everglades drainage ditch

Tom Sawyer appeared before the Board and presented in triplicate the Plat of Survey of Centerline of Drainage Route through the Little Everglades area, with description of the route, and also presented a bill for the work in the amount of $2,100.  The work was completed on June 15, 1962; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the bill was approved for payment out of the road and bridge fund – five districts.  (Commr. Babb abstained from voting.)

assistance for c. e. duncan in condemnation suits

Mr. Duncan, Attorney for the Board, was authorized to ask for an Assistant from the State Road Department to assist in the trial and condemnation suits now being tried.  Mr. Duncan stated this will not cost the County anything.

road into tropical SHORES subdivision

Mr. Dykes stated the residents in this subdivision want a road built.  They will pay for same.  The Board advised him to get the money for the construction of the road and put in the bank before start of the work.

Commr. Dykes advised the Board that the County-owned property across the road from Beverly Grizzard’s subdivision at Astatula had a fire on it and burned the timber.  Someone has spoken to him about buying the timber and is willing to pay $5.00.  Commr. Dykes was authorized to sell the timber if it is dead, but if not dead, not to sell it.  He and Mr. Givens were instructed to go look at the timber.


The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.

jail and sheriff’s department

Howell Hopson, architect for the Jail and Sheriff’s Department, presented a letter recommending that the Board accept the building at this time, as it will permit the use of the facility, but not release the General Contractor from his responsibility of correcting the punch list items.  On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Board accepted the Jail and Sheriff’s Department, as recommended by the Architect, subject to the final completion of the punch list submitted by him.  (Prior to the final payment of 10 percent of the contract, the General Contractor will be required to satisfactorily complete the items included in the punch list and other contractual requirements.  Other requirements include a complete and satisfactorily executed Release of Liens, roof bond, various guarantees, and “as-built” drawings.)

On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Contractor’s request No. 14 in the amount of $7,706 be approved for payment.  (Retainer of 10% - $63,673.64 being withheld)

permit for dredging in lake harris

Neil Westbrook appeared before the Board re:  acquiring a permit for dredging in Lake Harris at Howey for Mr. Miller.  Mr. Theus read a letter from the Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission, signed by W. R. Peavy Jr., Regional Fisheries Biologist, recommending that the permit be granted provided the following regulations are abided by:

Dredging to be done in water deeper than 10 feet.

Dredging to be limited to waters offshore at least 150 feet.

Only a sand pump should be used.

Work should be completed within 22 work days.

On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the permit for dredging in Lake Harris at Howey was granted.

bids to be taken august 6, 1962 on asphalt grade rc-4

On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to advertise in the Eustis Lake Region News for bids on 100,000 gallons of asphalt, grade RC-4; 10,000 tons of limerock screenings, Grade 104; and bids for Drayage of Limerock Screenings Grade 104 from Rock Quarries at Brooksville to the Lake County Asphalt Plant site on SR 455 approximately 3.5 miles south of Howey.

zoning board

Mr. Amory and Miss Harris appeared before the Board re:  budget.  Mr. Amory stated the Zoning Director presented the budget that the Zoning Board did not know anything about until about ten days ago.  In the budget was set up only $4,000 for a planning technician, but this does not cover what we want.  We need a planner and an orderly plan to follow.  The cost for salary and expense of such a person would be around $8,000.  Commr. Theus suggested that this matter be taken under advisement.  Mr. Simpson inquired as to who the planner would be.  Mr. Amory stated they are not in a position at this time to release the name.  Mr. Cowart asked when he would start, and Mr. Amory stated as soon as they can get him.  Miss Harris, the Zoning Secretary, asked that the Chairman and Attorney of the Board of County Commissioners and Chairman and Director of the Zoning Commission meet and work out something in regard to resolution which activated the new Zoning and Planning law.  Mr. Duncan stated it would be impossible for him to do this right away, as he is tied up in Court on condemnation suits.

typical section on s-433

The typical section on S-433 Section 11580-3602-2-41, Orange County line to SR 46 at Cassia Station, was approved on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.  Length 1.863 miles; budgeted amount $190,000.

three letters from florida tb hospital

Three letters from the Florida TB Hospital re:  Mildred Ivory Cooper and Boyd Ralph Grove discharged with medical advice.  Charlie Clyde Anderson on 6-12-62 left the Hospital against medical advice.  Dr. Hall was present when these letters were presented, and he was told about the discharge without medical advice.

application for carrying firearms

The application of Christine Plunk, Route 6, Box 445-A, Orlando, re securing a license for carrying firearms in the National Forest was read by Clerk Owens.  Mr. Owens was instructed to inform her to apply to the Federal Authorities for a permit or to the Game &Fresh Water Fish Commission or National Forest Ranger Station, Ocala.

lake county jail – insurance coverage

On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the bill of Bob Liston for premium on two insurance policies in the amount of $614.64 each covering the Lake County Jail & Sheriff’s Department was approved for payment.  Policy #78-79-31 with National Fire & Insurance Company of Hartford and Policy #126442 with New York Underwriters Insurance Company.

The bill of Alan H. Hamlin, Court Reporter, for per diem, June 18, 19, 20, and 21, 1962 @ $20 per day on Law Cases #6437 SR S-46-A; #6417 SR 44; #6491 SR 565-A; and 6629 S-44-B was presented by Mr. Duncan for approval.  On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the bill of Alan Hamlin was approved and sent to the State Road Department for payment.

equipment purchased from crenshaw company

On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the bill of Crenshaw Equipment Company in the amount of $13,139.62, the balance due on equipment, was approved for payment, the total amount being $14,599.47 and 10 percent having been paid previously.

Clerk Owens was instructed to check with Dr. Hoffield about his bill for viewing three bodies at $25 each and one body at $10.

administrative building - lake memorial nursing home

The bill of Coven Construction Company for the balance due on the contract amounting to $2,193.00, of which $986.85 has been paid, was approved for payment on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried. The balance due being $1,206.15 plus $52 for two change orders.  Mr. Theus reported that Lenhart Payne Electric has installed the fan at the Nursing Home.

lake county chamber of commerce building

On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the bill of J. P. Hutchinson for remodeling the Chamber of Commerce Building was approved.  Contract price was $4,550 plus $275 for removing window sills and $250 for removing and replacing ceiling.  Total $5,075, balance due $3,075, less 10 percent retainer to be held for a period of six months.  Amount to pay this date $2,620.00.

agricultural center

Robert Ford, architect, appeared before the Board and advised the Board that the Agricultural Center building is completed.  This building has a 20-year bonded roof.  There are five change orders that amount to $1,826, which is included in the total final amount due of $12,233.61.  On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Graham Contracting Company’s bill in the amount of $12,233.61 was approved for payment, and the check delivered when the bond for roof and all waivers and liens have been presented.  The total cost of the building is $209,184.07.

Mr. Ford presented his bill for the Architects fee at 6 percent of Contracts, $12,551.04, less the amount paid previously of $12,123.06, making the amount due now $427.98.  He also presented the bill of Lennart-Payne Electric for kitchen equipment in the amount of $1,431.00.  Also, the bill of George Stuart, Inc. in the amount of $4,480.43 for folding banquet tables (28) and folding chairs (394).

On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb, and carried, the above listed bills as presented by Mr. Ford for the Agricultural Center was approved, and Clerk Owens was instructed to return the cashier’s check, bid bond, from Lenhart-Payne Electric.

vacation for janitor james salter

 Clerk Owens read a letter from James Salter requesting his vacation for one week the first to eight of August, then a week sometime in September.  On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, James Salter was paid for two weeks’ vacation, one week in August and one week in September, at the salary he is being paid now.

At the request of the Board, James Salter appeared before the Board, and Commr. Dykes explained to him that the Board has decided to make a change in work for the janitor.  He asked him if he would be willing to take over the Agricultural Center as janitor.  The Board will have another man to do the work around the Courthouse, and you will have to do the work out there yourself.  Salary to be $250 per month.  Mr. Norris will be in charge, and you will report to him.  If you are interest in this job, we will give it to you.  If not, we will have to get someone else.  Bill Young will do the yardwork out there, but you are to water the plants and yard.  You can talk this over with your wife and give us a report on or before the 20th of July.

On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, Murray Lowe was hired as custodian for the Courthouse, Jail, and grounds at a salary of $325 per month to commence work on August first.  The Board instructed Commr. Dykes to notify Mr. Lowe that he has been hired as custodian for the Courthouse, Jail, and grounds.

Eugene Jackson appeared before the Board and stated his sister, Daisy Clark, is in the hospital in Clermont and needs some help for the expenses.  Commr. Dykes said he would talk to Mrs. Sudderth about this.

floating islands in lake griffin

A letter from the Florida Audubon Society re:  erection of a rustic sign and metal signs on one of these islands.  Mr. Duncan was instructed to answer the letter and advise that the Board is in accord with the suggestions as to the erection of signs, etc.

dryer for asphalt plan

On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Charles N. Givens, County Engineer, was given authority to secure the necessary material to build a dryer for the asphalt plant.

amend budget – capital outlay reserve (agricultural building)

On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Capital Outlay Reserve (Agricultural Building) Budget of receipts was amended to include Item No. 186, Miscellaneous, which was an unanticipated receipt in the amount of $2,861.18, thereby increasing the total estimated receipts and balances to $124,145.38, and the estimated expenses were amended as follows:  Item No. 812-1, Construction of Building, $97,718.12; and that the total estimated expenses be increased to $124,145.38.

the following letters were filed with the board:

Copy of letter, with maps attached, from Wellman-Lord Engineering, Inc., Lakeland, to H. E. Lewis, Florida State Turnpike Authority re:  Sunshine State Parkway Project 2, Area 5, Section 12, Cross Roads, Lake County, presented by Co. Eng., was delivered to C. E. Duncan

Letter from Marion Jarvis of Dona Vista re:  speed limits through D.V. read and filed.

following reports filed with the board:

Report of Joint Meeting with County Commissioners and Lake Co. Planning and Zoning Commission April 18, 1962, when Mr. Gainer was present

Florida Division of Correction re:  Road Prison No. 5758 Tavares and Lake Co. Jail

County Welfare Worker’s report.

On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:

GENERAL REVENUE FUND, #1405 through 1585, State No. 2 Mosquito Control #81-90

ROAD & BRIDGE FUND, #988 through 1101, Capital Outlay Res. (Co. B.) #22-25

FINE & FORFEITURE FUND, #142 through 156, Capital Outlay Res. (Ag Bldg.) #35-38

Notice relative to 1962 assessments as published in Tavares Citizen filed.



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CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN