MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
monday – october 1, 1962
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, October 1, 1962 at ten o’clock a.m., with the following present: Chairman Simpson; Commissioners Cowart, Dykes, and Babb; Commr. Elect Livingston; and Clerk Owens. (Commissioner Theus and Attorney Duncan were absent.)
The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.
Commr. Dykes gave the invocation.
notary bonds approved by clerk owens
The Notary Bonds approved by Clerk Owens since the first regular meeting in September were as follows:
Highway Insurance Company: John F. Cherry 9-12-62, Rose Marie Monn 9-12-62, Walter C. Green 9-13-62, Louise M. Doland 9-13-62, Arthur M. Roberts 9-13-62, Joy S. Beard 9-13-62, and Bette Jane Wagner 9-19-62.
American Fire and Casualty Company: A. B. Dean, Jr. 9-12-62 and W. B. Justison 9-27-62.
New York Underwriters Inc. Co.: Chas Z Osborne 9-10-62.
U.S. Fidelity & Guaranty Co.: John R. Wescott 9-6-62 and H.G. Morse 9-12-62
American Surety Company of New York: Joan W. Byrd 9-2-62 and Mary Hurlburt 9-12-1962.
waterman memorial hospital
A delegation of 35 citizens from Eustis and surrounding communities appeared before the Board re soliciting County funds for assistance for the indigent hospital patients (not qualified for County or state assistance) who have been treated at Waterman Memorial Hospital between October 1, 1961 and August 31, 1962.
Mr. Flippo was the spokesman for the group, and he stated the Hospital has charged off $68,000 during 1961. We cannot continue this. The only alternatives are to get the money, close the doors, or turn the hospital over to some religious groups to operate. We ask for help in solving this problem. Commr. Dykes stated a millage has been assessed on South Lake Memorial Hospital and asked if this group thinks this should be done in this instance. Mr. Flippo stated this is under consideration at the present time, and we will have a bill drafted for the next regular session of the Legislature. We are having to borrow money to meet our payroll now and have borrowed $3,500 last month and in April or May borrowed ten thousand dollars. We cannot go on this way unless we get some help now. This is definitely an emergency situation.
Mr. Owens and Mr. Simpson suggested that the Welfare Worker and Dr. Hall check the list presented by the Hospital and determine who is qualified for assistance and report to the Board at the next meeting. Mr. Flippo said the list has been checked.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the list presented by the Hospital was to be turned over to Dr. Hall, Lake County Health Director, and Mrs. Sudderth, County Welfare Worker, to make a thorough investigation of the parties to determine who is eligible for assistance and report back to the Board at the next regular meeting.
pine meadows drainage ditch
D. R. Igou and Earl Lundy appeared before the Board re drainage of this ditch. The ditch was originally known as Hick’s ditch. Mr. Igou stated the ditch needs cleaning out, and he thinks it is a County problem, since it helps drain areas in Eustis and Umatilla into Lake Eustis. It is a natural drainage. All property owners have agreed to give an easement in order for the County to go in and clean out the ditch. Mr. Babb stated he will see what he can do about cleaning out the ditch. He has used County equipment and cleaned out a section of the ditch and can continue when the property owners give the County easements to allow its equipment into the area.
declaring a public railroad crossing in clermont
Mrs. Elling Pederson and Mr. T. G. Boggs, Clermont, appeared before the Board to determine what is necessary to have a railroad crossing declared a public crossing. Mr. Pederson stated that the crossing has been established for 12 years. Commr. Dykes said he would talk to Attorney Duncan about this as soon as he returns from vacation. A copy of the agreement and a sketch of the crossing were filed with the Board.
bids for furniture and desk for small claims court
Notice having been advertised for the purchase of furniture and a desk for the Small Claims Court, the following bids were received:
Leesburg Typewriter Service, Leesburg, Base Bid $3,001.00 - installed 30 to 45 days
Simons Office Equipment, Leesburg, Base Bid $3,769.00 – installed 60 to 70 days
George Stuart, Inc., Orlando, Base Bid $3,306.90
Letters from Bishop Office Equipment, Orlando, and Bowen Supply Company, Plant City, stated they were unable to bid.
Howell Hopson, architect, was present when the bids were read.
Mr. Lackey, representative of George Stuart, Inc., and Mr. Simons were present. Mr. Hopson suggested if the apparent low bidder did not contact his office prior to making the bid, that the bid be rejected, as it is based on substitution.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the bids were to be referred to Howell Hopson, architect, to study and make a report to the Board at the next regular meeting.
application for planner on lake county planning & zoning commission
J. E. French, Chairman, appeared before the Board and presented the application of H. J. Hampton, III of Leesburg for the job of Planner with the Lake County Planning & Zoning Commission. Mr. French said the Zoning Board approved the application at a salary to start at $500 per month. On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb, the application of H. J. Hampton was to be taken under consideration. The motion carried unanimously.
highway signs recommended by zoning director
Bob Webb presented recommendations on Highway Signs for the Board’s approval. He suggested that metal tags be placed on each outside existing sign stating that a permit has been issued. A permit will be issued with subsequent signs. He suggested a fee of $5.00 for the permit.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the recommendations of the Zoning Director were referred to Attorney Duncan for study.
zoning board of adjustment
Bob Webb stated that in talking with Mr. Prosser of the Board, he suggested that this Board needs to be reappointed, as the term expired in July of this year as it was only appointed for three years. Mr. Owens suggested that the members be appointed on a staggering basis. No action was taken on this matter.
bond for secretary of zoning director
Mr. Webb reported that his secretary is handling all of the money that comes into his office, and she should be bonded; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Bob Webb, Director of the Zoning Commission, was authorized to have his secretary bonded.
traffic meeting in gainesville on november 14-16, 1962
Mr. Webb stated he would like to attend this meeting if the Board will make it possible; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Bob Webb, Zoning Director, was authorized to attend the meeting in Gainesville on November 14-16 at County expense.
plat of piney wood in section 32 and 33, tp. 18 sr 24 east
Harry Padgett, engineer, appeared before the board and presented this Plat, which is owned by E. B. Peter, Jr. and his mother and is located northwest of Fruitland Park. Title Insurance Policy #X-2-69-209 issued by Lawyers Title and Insurance Company shows no mortgages or easements. A letter from the Lake County Health Department states “Based on survey of Mid-State Engineering Corp’s report (copy attached), we are accepting their recommendations on this property for septic tank installations under normal operating conditions.” Commr. Dykes stated the streets are the proper width, and a County road runs through the subdivision. The Plat has been approved by the Zoning Department. On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb, and carried, the Plat of Piney Wood Subdivision located west of the Episcopal Church, Fruitland Park, was approved.
motor grader for district no. 2
Commr. Cowart advised the Board that he needs a motor grader and wants to advertise for bids, with a caterpillar No. 212 to trade in. On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to advertise for a motor grade with a caterpillar No. 212 to be traded.
Commr. Babb advised the Board that James Scobie of Umatilla said the Turnpike Authority has damaged some of his land, and he would like to receive remuneration for same. Clerk Owens was instructed to write Mr. Scobie that the Board of County Commissioners is not responsible for any damage done by the T/P Authority.
turnpike authority print of two sheets
Clerk Owens presented one print of two sheets showing the Interchange at US 27 – SR 19 in Lake County, which was sent to Mr. Duncan at the request of H. E. Lewis, Chief Engineer, Florida State Turnpike Authority. Clerk Owens stated that the map appears to be passing up the Interchange for SR 19 as pledged in the beginning, and he thinks a delegation should go before the Authroity and request this Interchange. Also, the Chambers of Commerce should be contacted and asked for assistance. On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Clerk Owens was to contact the Turnpike Authority and find out when they will hear a delegation from Lake County.
recess and reassembly
The meeting adjourned for lunch, and the Board reconvened at 1:30 p.m.
The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.
Mrs. Hatfield, Member of the Board of Visitors of the Juvenile Home, and Judge Milton appeared before the Board and presented some problems that have come up before the Board of Visitors. Mr. Hatfield read several requests for assistance from the Board as follows:
1. Request area used by Shelter be fenced completely rather than in two areas. Request Board to get permission from the City of Tavares to close the alley as shown on the drawing attached.
After discussion on the erection of the fence, Commr. Babb moved that Paul Polhamus be instructed to erect the fence around the Juvenile Shelter, with the assistance of the boys in the Shelter.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, C. E. Duncan, attorney for the Board, was instructed to contact the City of Tavares about the closing of the alley in Block 40 and take whatever procedure is necessary.
2. Re: Purchase of furnishings. On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the recommendations were approved and the architect, Howell Hopson, was instructed to work with the Board of Visitors in the selection of the paint colors for the new and old buildings. Also, in the preparation for advertising for the bids for the furnishings for the Juvenile Shelter.
3. Taken care of in motion on number two.
4. Request permission and necessary funds for Mr. and Mrs. Polhamus to attend the Detention Home Superintendents workshop at the George Washington Hotel, Jacksonville, October 9th and 10th.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Mr. and Mrs. Polhamus were granted permission to attend the workshop in Jacksonville, October 9th and 10th, 1962 at County expense.
request of judge milton to install an extension phone
The expense will be $3.75 per month. On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the request was granted.
request of judge milton to purchase two ibm typewriters
The request of Judge Milton to purchase two IBM typewriters at an approximate cost of $449.50 each – Motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried that Judge Milton be granted permission to purchase two IBM typewriters.
REQUEST OF MRS. VALENTINE
The request of Mrs. Valentine, Home Demonstration Agent, for the following:
14 place settings of china at $5.69, in sets of four $ 79.66
1 featherweight sewing machine at $ 92.38
1 Slant-O-Matic 503 for heavy work at $172.98
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the request of Mrs. Valentine, Home Demonstration Agent, to purchase china and two sewing machines was approved.
insurance on vehicles and equipment
Lee Howard appeared before the Board and presented a request from the National Bureau of Casualty Underwriters for a list of the vehicles and equipment to be included in the County Automobile Insurance Schedule. Clerk Owens was authorized to sign the letter to the Bureau enclosing the list.
Mr. Lehmann appeared before the Board and requested information relative to who would be authorized to carry on if the Chairman of the Board was incapacitated. Discussion on this matter, but no definite decision. Mr. Lehmann will talk to Mr. Duncan about this when he returns.
zoning commission appointment
Commr. Babb advised the Board that Herman Turner has resigned from the Zoning Commission. Therefore, he appointed Russell Bryan of Umatilla to fill the vacancy.
hot mix asphalt to be purchased
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to advertise for 10,000 tons of Hot Mix Asphalt.
Park Place in Sylvan Shores and Eudora Road West of Sylvan Shores – also Paving Parking Lot at Ag Center.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to advertise for bids for putting down approximately 1,200 lineal feet, 30-feet wide, of Hot Mix on Park Place in Sylvan Shores; Also, for finish course, one inch thick, approximately 2,900 lineal feet, 20 feet wide, and 2,500 lineal feet, 18-feet wide – approximately 11,400 square yards on Eudora Road, West of Sylvan Shores; Also for finish course one inch thick, approximately 2,280 square yards on Parking Lot at Agricultural Center. Bids to be taken on Monday, October 22, 1962 at ten o’clock a.m.
bridge on lake norris road
Mr. Simpson stated the bridge on the Lake Norris Road off of SR 44 was built out of equipment from the old Howey Bridge and is worn out. He would like to advertise for bids for the construction of a concrete slab bridge on this road. On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to advertise for bids for the construction of a concrete slab bridge on Lake Norris Road over Black Water Creek. The bids are to be taken October 22 at ten a.m.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Chairman Simpson was authorized to employ an engineer to write the specifications for the bridge, the engineer’s fees not to exceed a maximum of $900.
petition re country club road
The Petition re Country Club Road, etc. signed by William L. Kelly and five others from Rainbow Ridge was read and filed. No action was taken.
title certificate for water tank and truck
Mr. Simpson read a letter from C. E. Duncan in connection with obtaining a title certificate for a second hand truck in District No. 4. On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the bill for $700 in payment of the truck purchased some time ago was approved for payment.
petition to vacate part of plat of lake ella and part of plat of dundee
A letter from Cherry & Booth, attorneys, re this matter was read. Clerk Owens stated he notified them to come before the Board at 1:30 p.m. on November 5th.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Notice from the Tax Assessor to the Tax Collector to collect taxes on the real estate property and on the tangible personal assessment roll for the year 1962 was approved and signed by the Commissioners, and Clerk Owens was instructed to record the Warrant to the Tax Collector in the Minutes as follows:
THE STATE OF FLORIDA
TO: Hon. Paul R. Reed, Tax Collector of the County of Lake
You are hereby commanded to collect out of the real estate and personal property and from each of the persons and corporations named in the annexed roll the taxes set down in each roll opposite each name, corporation, or parcel of land therein described, and in case taxes so imposed are not paid at the time prescribed by law, you are to collect the same by levy and sale of the goods and chattels, lands and tenements so assed, or of the person or corporation so taxed; and all sums collected for the State taxes, you are to pay to the State Treasurer at such time as may be required by law, and at the same time you are to pay to the legally qualified Depository all sums collected for County taxes, district school taxes, and other special taxes; and you are further required to make all collections on or before the first Monday in April; and on or before the first Monday in July you will make a final report to and settlement with the Comptroller and County Commissioners.
Given under my hand and seal this 1st day of October in the year A.D. 1962.
R. G. Cassady, Assessor of Taxes, Lake County
request of frank e. owens
The request of Frank E. Owens, Clerk Circuit Court, for $500 for paying State Trial Witnesses at the Fall Term of Court was approved on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
Clerk Owens advised the Board that the Eustis Lake Region News was the only paper who could print the absentee ballots, and the price for same was $32.45 for 500 ballots, so he awarded the contract for printing the absentee ballots to the Eustis Lake Region News; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the action of Clerk Owens in having 500 absentee ballots printed for the price of $32.45 was approved, and Clerk Owens was authorized to have the ballot published in the Eustis Lake Region News one time, seven days before the election.
Clerk Owens advised the Board that the machine ballots have to be printed in Tampa; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Clerk Owens was instructed to have the voting machine ballots for the General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 1962, printed in Tampa, and that a copy of same be published one time in the Eustis Lake Region News.
requests of sheriff mccall
The request of Sheriff McCall for transfer of $8,100 to pay three additional employees was read; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to transfer out of the Sheriff’s Contingency Item in the Fine & Forfeiture Fund $8,100 to Item #316, salaries of deputies and assistants.
The request of Sheriff McCall for $21,675 was presented to the Board; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the request of Sheriff McCall for $21,675 was approved.
transfers from contingency item in general revenue fund
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to transfer $600 from the Contingency Item in the General Revenue Fund to Item #314, salary of secretary to Asst. State Attorney.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to transfer $600 from the Contingency Item in the General Revenue Fund to Item #681-8, salary of Janitor for Agricultural Building.
fall convention county finance officers association of florida
Clerk Owens advised the Board that this Convention will be held at the Cherry Plaza Hotel in Orlando on October 11-13, 1962, and Mrs. Babb and Mrs. Robertson, bookkeeper and secretary, request authority to attend the Convention. WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Mrs. Babb and Mrs. Robertson were authorized to attend the Convention in Orlando, with the expenses paid by the County.
servicing typewriters and adding machines
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to advertise for bids for the yearly contract for servicing County-owned typewriters (except IBM machines) and adding machines. Bids to be taken on November 5, 1962.
sale of timber
Clerk Owens advised the Board he received a check from Todd Lumber Company, Ocala, in the amount of $217.30 made payable to the Board of Public Instruction in payment of stumpage on 10,865 feet of pine timber from J. T. McCullough. He wrote the company, and they replied that the check was made out to the School Board through error and to have the School Board endorse the check to the Board of County Commissioners, which they did, and the check has been deposited.
audit reports as follows filed with the board:
Report No. 5532 dated August 17, 1962 – Oklawaha Basin; Clerk of Circuit Court; Tax Collector; Assessor of Taxes; County Judge; and Sheriff
Report No. 5544 dated September 30, 1962 – Board of County Commissioners
Clerk Owens gave each Commissioner Report of the State Road Department on the status of County secondary funds as of July 1, 1962 and a statement for the year ending June 30, 1962.
Clerk Owens read a letter from Beeman McWhorter requesting to be retained on the County work until January, 1963. On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Beeman McWhorter was to be retained by the County through the month of February 1963.
applications for the position of county service officer
The applications for the position of County Service Officer were presented by Clerk Owens as follows:
D. M. Lantz, Leesburg W. D. Thomas, Umatilla
R. S. Franklin, Jr., Leesburg Ronald Coven, Tavares
W. W. Thomas, Leesburg Tom Burschnell, Eustis
Brad Hester, Leesburg Robert F. Oatman, Tampa, formerly of Tavares
The applications previously presented were as follows:
Willis Fairley, Leesburg
Billy Kelly, Tavares
Mrs. Julia Hoverstock, Tavares, Assistant Service Officer
Bernard McCabe, Mount Dora, who later withdrew his application to take another job.
The Board decided to meet at a later date to discuss the applications when all Board members are present.
Dr. Hall, Director, Lake County Health Unit, appeared before the Board and stated he has been invited on a jet flight, expenses paid, to the Annual American Medical Association (National) in Chicago this week.
hospitalization for indigents
Clerk Owens read a copy of a letter to Dr. Hall from the State Board of Health re hospitalization for indigents; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, Chapter 401, Florida Statutes, creates a program known as “Hospital Service for the Indigent” for the purpose of providing essential hospitalization for acutely ill or injured persons in this state who are medically indigent; and
WHEREAS, the 1961 Legislature appropriated $1,025,000 to the State Board of Health for the biennium, July 1, 1961 through June 30, 1963, for the administration of this program and for the purpose of allotting State funds to each county in proportion to its population to augment County funds which may be provided for these purposes; and
WHEREAS, Section 401.08 (2), supra, authorized each Board of County Commissioners or other local official agency of this State to budget for and provide County funds as may be necessary to match on a formula basis the County’s part of the cost of this program; and
WHEREAS, Section 401.06(2)(a), supra, provides that the financial participation required of each county each year shall be equal to at least one-half dollar for each inhabitant of said county according to the estimate of the population of said county for such year; and
WHEREAS, the estimated population of Lake County for the current year is 61,300 inhabitants; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County meeting in Tavares, Florida, this 1st day of October 1962 that effective October 1, 1962, Lake County participate in said statewide program designated to provide “Hospital Service for the Indigent” as provided by Chapter 401, supra, and for these purposes there is hereby established as an item in the County Budget the “Lake County Indigent Hospitalization Fund” in the amount of $28,750 consisting of County Funds in the amount not less than fifty cents per capita of County Funds based on the above-estimated population of Lake County and the State Matching Funds in the amount of $11,377.50 and
1. Expenditures from this fund will be made only for the provision of essential hospital care for indigent and medically indigent residents of Lake County who are acutely ill or injured.
2. The indigency or medical indigency of all recipients of hospitalization under this program will be determined through an investigation made by the Lake County Health Department or its duly authorized representative, except that when it is determined a patient is a recipient of benefits under the State Department of Welfare, no further check as to his indigency shall be necessary.
3. A determination that the patient is acutely ill or injured and the hospitalization is essential to the patient’s treatment will be made for each recipient of hospitalization under this program by a doctor of medicine, duly licensed to practice in this State.
4. Authorization for hospitalization under this program shall be made by the Lake County Health Department.
5. Payments for hospitalization from the “Lake County Indigent Hospitalization Fund” will be limited to the non-profit basic cost to the hospital for providing essential hospital care to the medically indigent patient.
6. Payments for hospitalization from the “Lake County Indigent Hospitalization Fund” will be made by this Board of the hospital providing essential hospital care to medical indigent and acutely ill or injured residents of Lake County whose hospitalization has been authorized under the provisions of this program by the Lake County Health Department.
7. A record will be maintained by this Board of all expenditures made from the “Lake County Indigent Hospitalization Fund,” and these records shall include:
a. The patient’s name, age, sex, and race; and if married, the full name of the patient’s spouse
b. The parents’ full names if the patient is a minor
c. Patient’s address
d. Name of medical doctor who diagnosed patient and certified hospitalization essential to his treatment
e. Physician’s diagnosis
f. The calendar days of hospitalization received
g. A record of payment to this hospital
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Board will make all medical and financial records supporting direct expenditures from the “Lake County Indigent Hospitalization Fund” available for review by the State Board of Health, and this Board will submit quarterly to the State Board of Health a certification identifying hospitalized cases and the payments for the case of each made from the “Lake County Indigent Hospitalization Fund” together with a quarterly statement of expenditures certifying that all such payments were made in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 401, supra, and on the basis of such requisition, this Board will request the State Board of Health to authorize payments to the Lake County Board of County Commissioners from Lake County’s share of the State appropriation for this program, less any charges that may have been paid to hospitals outside of Lake County by the State Board of Health for necessary emergency treatment of indigent Lake County residents; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all payments received from the State of Florida through this program shall augment the “Lake County Indigent Hospitalization Fund” and shall be expended in addition to County Funds herein appropriated in accordance with County Annual Budget Statute, Chapter 129, Florida Statutes; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Resolution be submitted to the Lake County Health Department and the State Board of Health.
the following letters were filed with the board:
Copy of letter from C. E. Duncan to Lake Abstract Company re title search on land in Sec. 33-19-24
Copy of letter from Howell C. Hopson, architect, to David D. Morris re water damage to Juvenile Shelter
Copy of letter from Floyd C. Polhamus, Supt, Juv. Shelter, to Hopson re same as above
Letter from Emogene Dorsey re purchasing house on Juvenile lot
the following reports were filed with the board:
County Service Officer, J. C. Hunter
County Agent, R. E. Norris, and 2 assistants
Home Demonstration Agent, Marian Valentine, and two assistants and secretary
Florida Division of Correction
Fine & Forfeiture Report of County Judge for month of September
Bob Webb, Zoning Director, appeared before the Board re regulations for highway signs and stated the presented regulations are as follows: “No off-site sign shall be placed closer than 1,000 feet from the nearest off-site sign. Off-site signs shall be placed no nearer than 250 feet from any intersecting road or from any residential area.”
Mr. Webb also stated the need for a system of identifying all outdoor advertising signs is great. It is not the intent of this new program to penalize anyone; therefore, we plan to start by placing a metal tag on all existing signs, which will then point out quickly in the future any signs on which permits have not been issued. Then, of course, as permits are issued on new signs, the metal tag will be given to the applicant, and he will place it on the sign at the time it is erected.
We do not have anything against the outdoor advertising business. This is just a system whereby we can help them to know our regulations and get the sign placed correctly the first time. Mr. Webb suggested a fee of $5 for the permit.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the recommendations of the Zoning Department re metal tags on outside signs (Highway Signs) were approved.
Ben Reaves of Astatula appeared before the Board and asked that the people in Apopka who have leased some land near Cassia previously owned by Elzie Royal be requested by the Board to keep the gate opened so people can get into their property to hunt. They have put a lock on the gate. Mr. Reaves said he would furnish Mr. Duncan more information about the description and the name of the people.