MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
monday – November 12, 1962
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the County Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, November 12, 1962, at ten o’clock a.m. with the following present: Chairman Simpson; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Dykes; and Babb; Attorney Duncan; and Clerk Owens.
The Board was called to order by Chairman Simpson.
Mr. Theus gave the invocation.
Clerk Owens advised the Board that Sheriff McCall reported that he will check the application of Alan Janowski for carrying fire arms.
Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Theus and carried that in
Districts No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 – NO CHANGES BE MADE.
District No. 5 – That Mrs. Lou Crow, c/o Mrs. A. R. Blakemore, 210 N. 2nd Street, Leesburg, be granted $40.00 per month.
Statements for services rendered to medically indigent patients during the Fiscal Year ending September 30, 1962, from the following hospitals were presented:
Waterman Memorial Hospital.................................. $5,310.00
South Lake Memorial Hospital................................. 4,920.00
Theresa Holland Hospital & Clinic.......................... 1,475.00
WHEREUPON, on motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Theus and unanimously carried, the statements as set forth above were approved for payment.
lake unity road
Letter from State Road Department to Mr. Duncan re this road was read.
cherry lake road
Section 11686-2601 – SR S-478
Bill of Dalton S. Payne for services rendered as Right of Way Agent for 4 days work at $25.00 per day - $100.00 – on this road was approved for payment on motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
taxes on day (BRIDGEMAN) property
Mr. Duncan reported that two parties – Day (Bridgeman) and Connell – have signed deeds for rights of way and the Board should pass on whether or not it will pay for the balance of the taxes due on the land. Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that the Board pay its part of the taxes on the property purchased from E. B. Connell and the 1962 taxes on the Day (Bridgeman) property which amounts to $100.59 less discount. Mr. Duncan to furnish the figures on the Connell property.
PILINGS IN LAKE DORR
Mr. Duncan read a letter from Headquarters Sixth Naval District U.S. Naval Base, Charleston, S. C., in part as follows: “A diligent search of the records at this headquarters has failed to reveal any evidence that the Navy at any time has used Lake Dorr.”
lighting eusTIS interchange
Clerk Owens read a letter from Fred Belton, Lt. Col. U.S.M.C. (Ret) urging immediate steps to have lighting installed if it is a County responsibility. If it is a State responsibility he urges immediate representation to the State for correction of the deficiency.
It was also called to the attention of the Board that a request should be made to the State Road Department to put lighting on the Interchange at SR 47 and U.S. 441 East of Mount Dora.
WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION of the Board of County Commissioners that the two interchanges on State Road 500 (U.S. 441), one located east of Mount Dora at the intersection of State Road 500 with State Road 47 and the other located south of Eustis at the intersection of State Road 500 with State Road 19, are not lighted, and, because of the maze of roads, constitute dangerous intersections at night; that a lighting system at said interchanges will lessen the danger to traffic.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Board, through its proper department investigate said interchanges and suggest a system of lighting the same which will be beneficial to the traveling public and reduce the danger of such intersections.
bids for trucks in district no. 5
Mr. Babb stated there has been an error in the specifications as advertised for trucks in District No. 5 and he has told most of the bidders to come in this afternoon and the bids would be returned and re-advertised.
Mr. Simpson stated that on the 8th of November, at the Governor’s call, he, Mr. Cowart and Mr. Lehmann, Civil Defense Director for Lake County, attended the Civil Defense Conference in Tallahassee. Most of the incorporated cities of Lake County had people in attendance at this meeting. Between 7 and 8 hundred people were present. He stated that he feels now that we are in a better position for work in time of an emergency. Dr. Hall also gave a report on the meeting. He stated there is one thousand dollars set up in the budget for Civil Defense.
discussion on having classes for medical survival course
Motion by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, that the Board authorize Mr. Karl Lehmann, Civil Defense Director for Lake County, to go ahead and arrange the setting up of a maximum of five classes for medical surgical courses at a cost of $80.00 per class.
sinclair avenue paving in tavares
Some documents to be executed in triplicate on this project were referred to the County Engineer. Commr. Dykes reported that there are two small parcels of land needed for rights of way purposes on this Avenue. One of the owners wants $500.00 for his parcel and the other one wants $150.00. The appraisal was $88.00. The State Road Department suggested asking the owner to accept $250.00, but Mr. Dykes said Russell Coven would not take the $250.00, but the State Road Department will not pay any more. Therefore, District Three agreed to pay the additional $250 out of the Road and Bridge Fund. WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, District Three was authorized to pay to Russell Coven $250.00 out of Road and Bridge Fund for the right of way property.
request purchase of adding machine
A request was made from Zoning Department for purchase of one adding machine at $189.00. Motion by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, that the Zoning Department be authorized to purchase an adding machine for the sum of $189.00.
heat for county judge license office
Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to instruct the Janitor to make heat available for this office, either by installing a radiator or purchasing an electric heater.
heat for historical society building
Clerk Owens reported that two of the gas heaters used by Hunnicutt are not in use now and the heater at the Historical Society Building has worn out, and these heaters would be ample to heat this building, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to instruct the Janitor to have the two heaters installed in the Historical Society Building. Use vents if possible.
HEATING THE AGRICULTURE CENTER BUILDING
Discussion to the two tanks which have been installed at the Center. Mr. Hays, County Engineer, was authorized to check on these tanks and advise the Board. The County owns one of the tanks, but no one seems to know who installed the other one.
APPRAISAL of property
Re: Property lying east of Dead River, north of the north boundary of SR 500. Bill of C. B. Treadway for appraising the above described property in amount of $25.00 was approved for payment on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
sr s -433
Tabulation of bids on above road was filed.
county canvassing board
Certificate of County Canvassing Board for the General Election held on November 6, 1962, was filed with the Board.
Survey was made October 23, 1962, by Mutual Inspection Bureau on property located as follows:
123 S. Texas Avenue; South Sinclair Avenue; 1350 State Road 19 South of Tavares; South Sinclair Avenue and Ruby Street; 315 W. Irma Street; 404 W. Irma Street, all in Tavares.
Recommendations were filed today, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to instruct the Janitor to comply with the recommendations as far as possible, and get the fire hose fixed.
plans for remodeling the courthouse
Commr. Dykes stated he does not agree with the suggestion to keep the old elevator after remodeling the courthouse.
Mr. Owens stated that Mr. Hopson was in his office last Thursday and stated that the plans for remodeling the courthouse are far advanced and any changes now are out of the question. Discussion on information booth. Central Switchboard. Commr. Dykes, Attorney Duncan and Howell Hopson were instructed to go over the plans to be approved and recommend to the Board today.
Petition of Elizabeth Marshall, et al., requesting the Board to hard surface the road East of Lake Eldorado was referred to Engineer Hays to check the right of way.
Dedication of Road right of way easement by the Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, as and constituting the State Board of Education of Florida, for a perpetual easement was read, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Comr. Dykes and carried, Lake County accepted the dedication by the State for road right of way purposes subject to reversion if the road is not built in three years, over the Wes 25 feet of the South 1122 feet of the W 1/2 of the SE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 17, Township 19 South, Range 24 East.
A letter from Haley B. Lewis, Attorney, Arcadia, re: reapportionment was read and filed.
redistricting of lake county
Commr. Dykes suggested that this Board go ahead with the plan of redistricting Lake County before were forced to by some court. He then made a motion that the Board start now toward redistricting Lake County in cooperation with the County Engineer and the Abstract offices. Motion was seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
southwest Florida water management district meeting in ocala
Letter from Virgil L. Milbrath, County Attorney, extending an invitation to the Board to attend this meeting on November 16th beginning with a luncheon at 12:30 at the Ocala Boat Club was read. Mr. Duncan stated he will come back from Jacksonville and stop for part of the meeting. Mr. Theus said he would go after dinner.
floridA national forest
Letter from U.S.D.A. re Florida National Forest purchasing tracts of land within the boundaries of the Ocala National Forest, Lake County, was read. The Board is not in favor of the National Forest Board purchasing this land as this would remove it from the tax roll. Mr. Duncan stated we could negotiate with them and see if we can make an exchange with them. Of course they can condemn the land. This letter was referred to Mr. Duncan for reply.
road in clermont
Mr. and Mrs. Elling Pederson again appeared before the Board re this matter. Mr. Duncan was instructed to prepare a form of affidavit for two people to sign stating of their own knowledge the road has been there for 20 years.
salary of planner for zoning commission
Motion by Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to transfer from the Contingency item in the General Revenue Fund $5,161.67 to Item # 676-10 – Salary Planner for Zoning Commission.
THE BOARD ADJOURNED FOR LUNCH - RECONVENED AT 1:30 P.M.
Chairman Simpson called to Board to order.
CATHEDRAL arch estates
Mr. Theus read a letter from Mrs. Christine A. Seltakopf (Mrs. O. R.) in which she stated the County, in building a road, destroyed some of her trees and she is claiming $500 damage. Mr. Theus stated there has never been a road there, but we have cleaned it off with a bulldozer, after it was stated, but have not knocked down any trees as far as I know. Mr. Theus and Mr. Hays will check this. The letter was referred to Attorney Duncan.
bids for servicing typewriters, etc.
Clerk Owens was instructed to hold the bids at the present.
florida association of deans
Request of Judge Milton for $43.50 for Mrs. Seiler, Special Counselor, to attend Florida Association of Deans and Counselors 13th Annual Workshop in West Palm Beach December 6, 7 and 8, 1962 was approved on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
purchase of trucks in district no. 5
Notice having been advertised for the purchase of trucks in District No. 5, Commr. Babb advised the bidders present that the specifications were in error and he would like to turn back to the bidders the bids and ask that the Engineer and dealers get together and work out specifications on heavy duty trucks. Therefore, the two bids – Westerman-Ford, Clermont and Boast Motors, Inc., Leesburg – were returned to the bidders.
recommendations on remodeling the courthouse
The Committee of three – Mr. Duncan, Mr. Theus and Mr. Dykes – reported that they are ready to go ahead with the plans as submitted by Howell Hopson, Architect, on remodeling the courthouse, WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Committee was authorized to go ahead with the plans for remodeling the Courthouse and close this matter and that Howell Hopson, Architect, be authorized to advertise for bids.
purchasing crawler tractor for mosquito control
Fred Tanner, Director Mosquito Control, appeared before the Board and stated he has drawn up specifications for the purchase of a crawler tractor for mosquito control work. The machine will be paid for out of County funds and State matching funds. The money will be available in December.
Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that Fred Tanner, Director Mosquito Control, be authorized to purchase a crawler tractor for mosquito control work. Tanner and Gordon Hays, County Engineer, were instructed to write the advertisement.
construction of a new building for mosquito control
Mr. Tanner stated the total cost for this building will be approximately $17,000.00. It will be constructed on a tract of land east of the Dora Canal.
discussion on sanitary landfill
Mr. Tanner reported that the new sanitary landfill will start tomorrow and sand will be provided for fill-in.
road across from jones country store on u. s. 27 (SR 25)
Mr. Tanner reported that the State Board of Health Engineer was here and he did not see how we would be justified for Mosquito Control to make this road. Tanner, Dykes and Hays will work on this the first of the week. Commr. Dykes was authorized to inform the people that they have the backing of the Board in regard to the road.
jefFeris estates subdivision
Mr. Mielke appeared before the Board re the Board taking over for maintenance the street in this subdivision. After discussion, Engineer Hays was instructed to inspect this street and see if it is done in accordance with State Road Department specifications and make a report to the Board.
lake county indUStrial and tourism commission
E. E. Huskey appeared before the Board and stated that “We have the Charter now.” He inquired about the one thousand dollars from each commissioner which has been pledged and asked if it is available at this time. He stated we will raise a reasonable amount to get it started. We plan to raise ten to fifteen thousand dollars. Mr. Theus stated the Commission would have to raise its share before the County enters into this.
Mr. Huskey asked the following:
1. We want to know if you have the money. Board replied “yes.”
2. Would like to draw one thousand dollars a month on this.
3. Have $4,000.00 set up on some schedule where throughout the year we will know it is coming in.
Mr. Theus suggested a thousand dollars per quarter on a matching basis.
Huskey asked for an advance on this budgeted amount. Mr. Duncan stated this has to be handled in accordance with the Act and suggested that Huskey bring in a statement for moneys already spent.
Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that E. E. Huskey, President Lake County Industrial and Tourism Commission, be instructed to bring in a statement for moneys already spent to be approved as of December 10th.
hospital insurance for county EMPLOYEES
Bill Bryant and his partner again appeared before the Board re insurance on County employees. He stated this Company will insure regardless of specified percentage of employees. County will not participate in any payment of premium. Administration will be handled by Insurance Company excluding reductions.
Will have one payroll deduction plan.
Bids to be taken December 10, 1962 – above coverage or better.
Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to advertise for insurance coverage on County employees, bids to be taken on December 10, 1962.
courthouse bond trustees
Correspondence from G. G. Ware, Chairman Emeritus, re complete payment of Lake County Courthouse bond issue, was read and Mr. Duncan stated “until the County has received final accounting from Trustees, do not know of anything required by the Board.”
bids to be taken on trucks, etc.
Motion by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to advertise for three trucks for District No. 3 and one Cab and Chassis; also three trucks for District No. 5. Bids to be taken on December 10th.
other bids to be RECEIVED on december 10th
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that Clerk Owens be authorized to advertise for bids to be taken on December 10th 1962 for the following:
Corrugated Metal Pipe
Asphalt – Crushed Stone and Slag
Diesel Fuel and Regular Gas
Robert Webb, Zoning Director, presented application of Glen Burhans, et ux, for change in zoning of property now zoned C-2 and R-1 to office and storeroom for parts – C-2. The Zoning Commission recommended that present 200 feet of C-2 zoning be extended to 350 feet and that owner screen proposed building from cemetery view with wild myrtle shrub. WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the Lake County Zoning Commission did, on the 25th day of October, 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 application hereinafter set forth, subject to approval of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County and the Board of County Commissioners having reviewed said application, 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 tract of land in Lake County, Florida to the classification designated after the description:
1. Begin at the concrete marker at the intersection of the North boundary of the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 35, Township 18 South, Range 26 East and the West right of way line of the old Eustis-Umatilla Highway; run thence westerly on said North boundary of said SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 to the Northwest corner of said SW 1/4 of NW 1/4; thence run South on subdivision line 204 feet to canal. Begin again at point of beginning, run Southwesterly on said West boundary of said old Eustis-Umatilla Highway 46 feet; thence run westerly parallel with said north boundary of said SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 a distance of 206 feet; thence run south 110 feet, more or less to canal; thence run Westerly along canal to intersect first line; now classified and zoned as C-2 (Commercial) and R-1 (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned by extending the present classification of C-2 (Commercial), which extends 200 feet from the right of way line of the old Eustis-Umatilla Highway from the present 200 foot zoning area of 350 feet from the right of way of said highway, provided that the owner of the property screen any proposed buildings form the cemetery view with Wild Myrtle Shrubs. In the event the hedge, or screen of Wild Myrtle Shrubs is not planted and properly cared for within a period of one year from the date hereof, the zoning classification shall revert to the classification existing prior to the adoption of this Resolution.
Motion by Commr. Theus seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the following Vouchers be approved for payment:
General Revenue Fund 1 Thru 193
Road & Bridge Fund 1 Thru 135
Fine & Forfeiture Fund 1 thru 17
Bond Int. & Sink (Co. Bldgs.) 1
Cap. Outlay Reserve (Ag bldg.) 1 thru 8
Cap. Outlay Reserve (Juv. Home) 1 thru 2
Mosquito Control State #2 1 thru 13
South Lake Memorial Hospital 1 thru 2
LETTERS FILED WITH THE BOARD
T. B. Hospital re discharge 10-31-62 of Ella Johnson with medical advice
Docket No. 6703 Rule Fla RR & Pub Utilities Com.
Also report of Welfare Worker.