monday – october 15, 1962

The Board of County Commissioners met in special session on Monday, October 15, 1962, t 9:00 o’clock a.m., in the County Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, for the purpose of considering the applications for the position of County Service Officer; hiring a County Engineer and such other matters as may be brought before the Board with the following present:  Chairman Simpson; Commissioners Cowart, Dykes, and Babb; Commr. Elect Livingston; and Clerk Owens.  (Commissioner Theus and Attorney Duncan were absent due to illness.

The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.

Mr. Theus gave the invocation.

Mr. Simpson announced that this meeting is called to consider the applications for County Service Officer and consider the hiring of an Engineer.

bond of james r. carson

Mr. Simpson announced that he, Commissioners Theus and Dykes signed the Bond of James R. Carson, Jr., as member of the Board of Oklawaha Basin Recreation and Water Conservation and Control Authority on the 11th day of October 1962 with U. S. Fidelity & Guaranty Company as surety.

applications for veterans service officer for lake county

Mrs. Robertson, Deputy Clerk, read the names of the applicants which have been listed in previous minutes, after which Commr. Babb nominated W. D. Thomas of Umatilla as Veterans Service Officer for Lake County.

After discussion on the nomination Chairman Simpson called for any further nominations.  There being no further nominations Commr. Dykes moved that the nominations be closed and that Mrs. Robertson, Deputy Clerk, be authorized to cast a unanimous vote declaring W. D. Thomas Veterans Service Officer for Lake County for the ensuing year commencing on December 1, 1962 at a monthly salary of $350.00.

application for county engineer

Chairman Simpson read the application of Mr. Gordon Hays, Jr., of Fort Myers, enclosing copy of letter of resignation from Mr. Hays to the State Road Department giving the effective date as of October 31, 1962.  Mr. Theus stated that Mr. Hays is a native of Arcadia, Florida, graduate of University of Florida, and has been with the State Road Department for eleven years and is a licensed, registered surveyor and engineer.  Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Theus and carried that the Board of County Commissioners employ Gordon Hays, Jr., as Engineer for Lake County, to commence work on Monday, November 5, 1962 at a yearly salary of $9,600.00.

planner for lake county zoning commission

Commr. Theus advised the Board that Mr. Hampton said he would accept the job as Planner for Lake County Zoning Commission at a salary of $475.00 per month, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board of County Commissioners employed H. J. Hampton as Planner for the Lake County Zoning Commission at a monthly salary of $475.00 to commence work at his earliest convenience.

salaries of county agent

Commr. Babb stated that Mr. R. E. Norris, County Agent, brought to his attention that the salaries of the employees of the County Agent and Home Demonstration Agent, Marian B. Valentine, should be on a more equal basis and asked that this matter be considered by the Board.  The Board agreed to look into this matter.

increase in salary for lake county health director

Chairman Simpson brought to the attention of the Board Dr. Hall’s, Lake County Health Director, request for an increase in salary.  Mr. Duncan stated “other counties are paying additional salaries for professional employees from the General Fund.”

It was pointed out that Dr. Hall receives for his services as Medical Officer, a salary much less than a number of Counties in the Sate pay professional employees similarly employed.  It was also pointed out that Dr. Hall was also employed by the County for additional services in connection with mosquito control and Civil Defense.  Upon motion made by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Theus, it moved that Dr. Hall be paid for his services, in connection with mosquito control and Civil Defense, a salary of $3,000.00 per year, payable on a monthly basis from the General Fund of the County beginning as of November 1, 1962.

Motion by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to transfer from the Contingency Item in the General Fund the sum of $3,000.00 to Item 219-4 – supplemental salary of Health Director.

request for frank e. owens, clerk to purchase ibm typewriter

Motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to purchase one IBM typewriter for his office at an approximate cost of $400.00.

Mr. Theus filed check from Orange Memorial Hospital in the amount of $152.50 – refund on hospital bill for Paul E. Smith representing insurance payment.

pipe for tram road in district no. 3

Commr. Dykes reported that Mr. Arnold wants 4 sections of 24” pipe for drainage under this road, but since the road is not a County road, Dykes does not think he is authorized to purchase the pipe.  The people will do the dragline work, but want the County to buy the pipe.  The Board suggested that Commr. Dykes consult the Water Authority on this matter.

interchange at intersection of sr 19 and u.s. 27

Discussion on adopting a Resolution requesting the Turnpike Authority to put an interchange at intersection of SR 19 and U. S. 27.

Motion by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, that the following Resolution be adopted:

It has been brought to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the location of n interchange for the Sunshine State Parkway Turnpike, in Lake County, has been located, according to Maps submitted to the County Commissioners, at a point West of the intersection of the said Turnpike with State Road 19 and South of the Town of Howey-in-the-Hills; and

WHEREAS, at the time of the passage by the Legislature of the Amendment to the original Turnpike Act, the Members of the Legislature from Lake County supported the Amendment to said Act, the Members of the Legislature from Lake County supported the Amendment to said Act upon the understanding and agreement by the Florida State Turnpike Authority that the Interchange for the above approximate location would be at the intersection of the Turnpike and State Road 19 (to be located within one mile North of the intersection of State Road 19 with State Road 25 – U. S. 27); that the purpose of locating the Interchange at said point was to render the best access and service to those residents of Lake County residing in the Northern part, particularly the municipalities of Tavares, Eustis, Mount Dora, Umatilla, Altoona, Astor, Astor Park, Paisley, Cassia, Sorrento, Grand Island and Lisbon and for the access and service of residents of Lake County living South of said Intersection, particularly Groveland, Clermont and Minneola; and also for the benefit of the traveling public using State Road 19; and

WHEREAS, it appears that the location of said Interchange at a point West of State Road 19 will result in great inconvenience to the residents and traveling public above mentioned, in that it will be necessary to enter a highway with ever increasing traffic and then leave the same, before entering the Turnpike; and

WHEREAS, State Road 19 is a part of the proposed through route from the City of Jacksonville to the City of Tampa and, upon its completion, it has been requested that said Road be designated as U. S. 23 and will be an essential part of the Road System of the State of Florida.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners fo Lake County, Florida, that the State of Florida Turnpike Authority be, and it is hereby requested to correct the plans for the Interchange of the Turnpike with State Road 19, south of the Town of Howey-in-the-Hills, in accordance with the original agreement by said Turnpike Authority with Members of the Legislature of the State of Florida in the Legislature at the time of the enactment of the Amendment to the Turnpike Authority, locating said Turnpike Westerly of the East Coast and through certain portions of the Central part of Florida.

On motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board adjourned at ten o’clock a.m. to attend a meeting with the Florida State Turnpike Board in Tampa at 1:30 p.m. today.


/s/ Frank E. Owens                                                                                                                             /s/ O. M. Simpson

Clerk                                                                                                                                                   Chairman