MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS on
MONDAY – february 11, 1963
The regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners convened Monday, February 11, 1963, at ten o’clock A.M. in the County Commissioners room in the Courthouse at Tavares with the following present:
Chairman Dykes, Commrs. Theus, Cowart, Livingston, and Babb; Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan and County Engineer Hays.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman.
Mr. Theus gave the invocation.
Motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the following changes be added to the present indigent list:
DISTRICT NO. 1 - Address of Mrs. Edith Hallmeyer changed to:
c/o Mrs. V. F. Hutchinson, Rt. 2, Box 417R Leesburg
Increase Mr. Ed Daniels to $40.00
Cancel Mr. & Mrs. James Clack - $40.00
ADD Mrs. Annie Bell Morris, c/o Mrs. A. R. Blakemore
210 N. 2nd St., Leesburg - $37.00
DISTRICT NO. 2 - No change
DISTRICT NO. 3 - Jack Marshall, 523 W. Irma St., Tavares - $30.00
DISTRICT NO. 4 - No change.
DISTRICT NO. 5 - Cancel Mrs. Lou Crow, Leesburg - $40.00
Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that Lake County General Fund Warrant #616, dated January 14, 1963, made payable to Mrs. Lou Crow for $40.00 be cancelled as payee has passed away.
license for carrying firearm
Bond for carrying forearms of Fred Schwan with Edna v. Schwan and Alex J. Macdonell as sureties for carrying pistol made by Harrison & Richards of 22 caliber, and numbered S62130, was approved by the Board.
Check from Insurance Company of North America in the amount of $13.19 for collision damage to 1962 Chevrolet truck was presented by the Clerk. Check to be deposited to Road & Bridge Fund - District No. 2.
assistant welfare worker
Clerk Owens read letter of resignation from Mrs. Lavada Faircloth dated January 21, 1963, who was to begin work on February 1, 1963 as assistant welfare worker, but due to recent heart attack is forced to resign. Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that resignation of Mrs. Lavada Faircloth be accepted.
Mrs. Myrtle Sudderth, Welfare Worker, submitted application from Mrs. Verna Eastwood for the position of Assistant Welfare Worker;
Whereupon, motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that Mrs. Verna Eastwood be employed as Assistant Welfare working for the duration of the commodity program effective today, February 11, 1963, at a salary of $350.00 and expenses of $100.00 per month.
Mr. Livingston announced that Bob Alderman had requested him to tell the Board that the commodity warehouse is now ready to receive commodities and he would like to have the three loads as soon as possible so that all the shipments will not arrive at one time.
Clerk Owens advised he has corrected copy of allocation notice that 800 balers of flour will be shipped as soon as possible. Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, that the Clerk notify the State Department of Welfare in Jacksonville to send these notices to the Commodity Supervisor at the warehouse in the future.
Letter from Mrs. Margaret Miller read by the Clerk requesting employment during the commodity program. The Clerk was authorized to advise Mrs. Miller that the Board has already employed the necessary help for this program and no more help is needed at this time.
lease commodity warehouse
Motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that lease with J. B. Kirkpatrick, Jr. and wife, nannie F. Kirkpatrick, be executed by the Chairman and Clerk and copy of lease to be mailed to Mr. and Mrs. Kirkpatrick.
Motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb, and carried that Clerk Owens be authorized to transfer $10,000 from contingency item in general fund to the following items:
564-5 Salary of Commodity Supervisor $2,800.00
564-6 Travel Expense Commodity Supervisor $50.00
564-7 Salary Assistant Welfare Worker $2,675.00
564-8 Travel Expense Asst. Welfare Worker $764.00
564-9 Warehouse Rental $800.00
564-10 Utilities and Telephone $500.00
564-11 Supplies and Incidentals $1,000.00
564-12 Transportation $1,410.71
Mr. Bert Bush from Plymouth Terrace, Sorrento, appeared and requested that the County repair SR 437 one mile South of Sorrento as twenty families living in the area need the use of driveways. Mr. Livingston advised Mr. Bush that the County has no responsibility here, but he will look into this and see if some relief can be obtained for these people.
road off u.s. 27 south of lake harris roadside park
Mr. John R. Galbraith and Mr. R. J. Schlereth appeared and requested the County to repair right of way on U. S. 27 and their road which is the first road off U.S. 27 South of the Lake Harris Roadside Park. This is a dangerous mud hole. Commr. Theus advised these gentlemen that this right of way is actually owned by the State Road Department, but he feels something should be done to give these people some relief. Motion by Mr. Theus, seconded by Babb and carried, that the following resolution be adopted:
Whereas, it has come to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners, that the approach of a public road located east of the right of way of State Road 25 (U.S. 27), and 2.10 miles South of State Road 44 (just South of the fill crossing a portion of Lake Harris) is in such shape that it is difficult to traverse the same, and needs to be repaired with some stable surface, from the paved highway to the easterly right of way line of said State Road 25.
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Department be requested, through its maintenance department, to repair and stabilize the approach of said public road from the pavement thereof easterly to the east right of way line of said State Road 25.
Drainage problem from old U.S. 441 in Sylvan Shores, located just West of Park Place, Sylvan Shores, and approximately 0.65 miles east of State Road 19A. After discussion and recommendation from the County Engineer, motion was made by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that the County Attorney be instructed to take this matter up with the State Road Department.
voting precinct – bassville park
Mr. Livingston reported that Mr. S. C. Merritt had called him regarding a more convenient voting place for Bassville park precinct. Commr. Babb advised he will look into this.
aircade citizenship action meeting
Letter from Orange County Board of Commissioners regarding Aircade Citizenship meeting to be in Orlando, Florida, February 20, 1963, at the Cherry Plaza Hotel, read by Clerk Owens. No action taken.
South street – eustis
Letter from Arthur P. Hutt, Eustis, regarding improving South Street east from Grove Street. The Clerk was authorized to write Mr. Hutt that the Board is prohibited from taking over for maintenance or working any road that is less than 50 feet in width, and to advise him to secure by gift or purchase the necessary width for the road, at which time the County would consider accepting the road for maintenance.
lake norris bridge
Motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that Hubbard Construction Company’s second estimate in the amount of $7,565.76 for work on Lake Norris Bridge be paid. Letter from R. O. Newman regarding progress of the work filed.
Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that bill from the Lake County Industrial & Tourism Commission be paid in the amount of $545.09.
Clerk Owens read a letter from C. Welborn Daniel requesting the Circuit courtroom for the nights of February 20th and 21st at 7:30 for hearings by the Lake County Legislative Delegation on local bills.
Clerk Owens announced we have a letter and endorsement from Moore, Clark & Potter, Inc. regarding additional premium of $57.58 on Associated Indemnity corp. policy F-138105. The Clerk was authorized to write Lee Howard advising him that the insurance was awarded on a firm bid and the Board refuses to pay additional premium for miscalculation on the agent’s part.
Discussion on Workmen’s compensation policies. Clerk Owens to contact Fred Tanner and Lee Howard and check these premiums.
Clerk Owens presented check for $234.15 from Clerk of Circuit Court for unclaimed monies due owners of land sold on applications for Tax Deeds. The following amounts listed being in excess of tax sale certificates plus costs:
Ctf. No. 175 1958 Annie Mae West Heirs $1.03
249 1959 John O. Thorpe $75.64
282 1959 Katharina A. Duda $46.59
87 1958 All Southern Investment Corp. $2.47
199 1959 Willie Mae R. Moore $6.64
20 1960 Cora Lee Frederick and Elizabeth Williams $101.78
bookkeeping machine – clerk’s office
Clerk Owens advised that the present bookkeeping machine in the Clerk’s office is now eleven years old and giving considerable trouble. Would like to advertise for bids for a new machine at an approximate cost of $9,300.00 to be shipped after October 1, 1963. Want to keep old machine to use as a second machine. Motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Livingston and carried, that the Clerk be authorized to advertise for new bookkeeping machine to be included in next year’s budget.
Request from Karl Lehmann for $2,000.00 for the Lake County Fair Association. Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that the Lake County Fair Association be advanced $2,000.00.
The Clerk announced that he has forwarded notices to interested parties regarding road requests to be heard by the Board on February 27th beginning at 9 A.M.
He also stated that March 7th has been set by the State Road Department in Deland for hearings on budget requests and Lake County is scheduled from 4:00 to 4:30 P.M.
Clerk Owens presented bill from the Florida Power Corporation for service at the Juvenile Shelter in the amount of $197.26 plus tax. Discussion on this and the County Engineer was requested to look into this and advise.
manly construction company contract
Motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart, and carried, that the following resolution be adopted:
Whereas, the Board of County Commissioners on the 27th day of December, 1961, entered into a contract with J. D. Manly Construction Company for grading, surface treating and mineral seal upon various roads in Lake County, being therein particularly described, for a total consideration of $42,367.31, and
Whereas, subsequent to the execution of said contract, it was advisable that certain of the roads listed therein be not completed at this time, but that certain other public roads in Lake County were in such condition that immediate treatment was essential; that the roads which did not at this time require treatment are described as follows:
Eudora Road, West of Sylvan Shores Subdivision; Easter Seal Camp Road, East of Mount Plymouth, and Haselton Avenue, East of Eustis;
that the roads needing immediate treatment are described as follows:
Rumley Road, near Leesburg; Picciola Road, additional extension; Rimes School Road, West of Leesburg; Fern drive, East of Leesburg; Twin Palm Road; Cathedral Arch Road, near Lady Lake; Whitney Church Road, West of Leesburg; Moss Avenue, North of Leesburg on Lake Griffin; Griffin Drive, North of Leesburg on Lake Griffin; Woodside Drive on Lake Griffin; Lake View Avenue on Lake Griffin and street within Town of Lady Lake connecting with State Road 466, and
Whereas, the total cost of such additional roads will not exceed the total contract price which the County agreed to pay the said J. D. Manley Construction Company for work completed;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the deletion of the roads first above described from said contract be, and the same is hereby approved, and that the addition of the remaining roads described above within said contract be approved, subject to the approval of said J. D. Manly Construction Company.
typical section – jobs 11508 – 8601 and 11507 – 8601
Copy of letter from the State Road Department to C. E. Duncan filed. No action taken at this time. Mr. Duncan to check into this.
lake unity road
Motion that Lester Huey be appointed appraiser to appraise the lands to be taken for right of way on Lake Unity Road, and that Mr. Theus notify him of this appointment.
launching facilities – john’s Lake
Letter from the Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission regarding improving launching facilities on John’s Lake. Mr. Duncan and Mr. Hays to check into this and report their findings at the next regular meeting.
Attorney Duncan filed seven deeds for right of way on road West of U. S. 27. Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, that the deeds be accepted for right of way. Deeds to be recorded and charged to District No. 3.
MEETING ADJOURNED FOR LUNCH
Meeting reconvened at 2 P.M. and called to order by the Chairman.
Board of PUblic Instruction
A delegation from the Board of Public Instruction appeared with Assistant Superintendent Bernard McCabe as spokesman. Mr. McCabe stated that as previously discussed with the Commission, the present office facilities for the School Board are very inadequate and they would like to have provisions included in the proposed budget for the coming year for adequate office facilities. He stated the School Board has sufficient funds to build – provided the Board of County Commissioners will pay one-half of the cost and that they already own land to build on. After lengthy discussions, on motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
Whereas, the Lake County School Board appeared before the Board of County Commissioners at its regular meeting on February 11, 1963, and reported to the Board on the condition of the present offices and facilities of the School Board, pointing out the various inconveniences and drawbacks to such present facilities, and
Whereas, the said School Board has indicated to the Board of County Commissioners that new facilities can be constructed upon lands already owned by the School Board, and located in the City of Tavares, at a cost not to exceed $110,000.00, and
Whereas, the Lake County School Board has agreed to finance one-half of the cost of such structure;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that funds be provided in the next year’s budget for the purpose of paying one-half of the cost of building a structure for the School Board as above set forth, but not exceeding the total sum of $55,000.00, and that the Lake County School Board be advised of this pledge.
pine meadows country club estates
Everett Huskey and others appeared before the Board and presented Plat of Pine Meadows Country Club Estates – Ernest M. Breed individually and as Trustee and Charlotte N. Breed his wife, owners in trust and as individuals. Referred to as Nelson Property.
Mr. Duncan stated this Plat covers 14 lots. Streets meet requirement of law. SR 19 on the West gives proper access and plans for the disposal system have been approved by State Board of Health. Easement granted for water line. Reservations in favor of the State of Florida as contained in deed from Trustees III of the State of Florida to Ben F. Reaves dated January 27, 1941, recorded in Deed Book 191, Page 236, public records of Lake County Florida, of easement for State Highway affecting the West ¾ of the South ½ of the NW ¼; and the East 165 ft. of the West ½ of the NE ¼ of the NW ¼ of Section 35-18-26 in Lake County, Florida only.
Mr. Duncan stated this reservation does not affect the Plat with reference to road 200 ft. reservation.
The Title Report of the Inland Abstract Company does not show that the mortgage from Ernest M. Breed Trustee for Lewis R. Bowen has been released. Letter from Inland Abstract & Title Company states “has caused to be made a search of the records in Lake County, Florida affecting the lands described in Schedule B of Owner’s Policy No. X269-114 issued by Lawyer’s Title Insurance Corp. and we find nothing filed for record from the effective date of the said policy to February 7, 1963, at 8:00 A.M., other than a partial release of mortgage releasing all streets and avenues shown upon the plat of Pine Meadows County Club Estates from the lien of the mortgage recorded in Official Record Book 197, page 181, public records of Lake County, Florida.”
Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart, and carried, that the Plat of Pine Meadows County Club Estates be accepted contingent to meeting the specific requirements of the State Board of Health.
parkwood avenue – edgewood school subdivision
Motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that the following resolution be adopted:
Whereas, it has been brought to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County that a certain street, designated as Parkwood Avenue, in Edgewood School Subdivision, near Groveland, and located in Section 19, Township 22 South, Range 25 East, was constructed primarily to serve the Edgewood School, located adjacent to said street, and
Whereas, it appears that Parkwood Avenue is in need of repairs, and should have immediate attention before the condition of the street grows considerably worse;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Board of County Commissioners take over the maintenance of Parkwood Avenue above described and make such repairs thereto as shall be necessary to bring said street up to standard for public traffic.
application for rezoning
The Zoning Director filed four applications for rezoning; Whereupon, on motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
Whereas, the Lake County Planning & Zoning Commission did, on the 11th day of February, 1963, after due notice of the hearing, review applications for changes and revisions of the zoning of certain areas in Lake County, and did approve said changes as requested in the particular applications hereinafter set forth, subject to the approval of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida; and the Board of County Commissioners having reviewed said applications and the recommendations of the Lake County Planning & 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 tracts of land, to the classifications designated after each description:
1. W ½ of Tract 24, and All that part of Tract 9B lying South of SR 50, and North of the W ½ of Tract 24, according to the Plat of Lake Highlands, of Section 29, Township 22 South, Range 26 East, in Lake County, Florida, now classified and zoned as C-1 (Commercial), and R-1 (Residential, be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification M-1 (Industrial).
2. Lot 10 in block A, less the North 461.55 feet thereof, and also less that part thereof conveyed to the State Road Department for Road right of way, according to the Plat of Frank and Fannie Polak Subdivision, which Plat is recorded in Plat book 5, page 31, public records of Lake County, Florida, now classified and zoned as R-1-A (Residential), be and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification C-1 (Commercial) to allow the construction and operation of a Truck Brokerage Office and parking facilities.
3. The East 400 feet of the following described tract of land: All that portion of the North 21 chains of the West 20 chains of Section 2, Township 19 South of Range 26 East in Lake County, Florida, lying East of the right-of-way of old State Road 19 as it existed prior to the year 1954 and West of a line drawn parallel to and 75 feet West of the following described line: Beginning at a point on the North line of said Section 2, 162.87 feet West of the Northeast corner of the NW ¼ of the NW ¼ of said Section; run thence South 30°35’54” West 1271.26 feet to the beginning of a curve concave to the Easterly and having a radius of 2864.93 feet; thence Southerly and Southeasterly along said curve, through a central angle of 25°41’ to the South line of the North 21 chains of said Section 2; now classified and zoned as R-2 (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification C-1 (Commercial).
4. The NW ¼ of SW ¼ of Section 35, Township 18 South, Range 28 East, now classified and zoned as R-1-A (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification A (Agriculture).
The Zoning Director advised that at a recent meeting the zoning Commission appointed Richard Gardner, Chairman; J. E. French, Vice Chairman, and A. S. Brooks, Secretary.
Mr. Webb further advised that the minutes of the meetings of the Zoning Commission have never been typed in the minute book and these need to be brought up to date and he would like to hire someone to type the minutes of past meetings and bring them up to date; whereupon, on motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Zoning Director was authorized to hire Mrs. Phyllis Gilson at a rate of $10.00 per day to type the Zoning Commission minutes using Mr. Livingston’s office facilities.
Mr. Webb also advised that his secretary has resigned effective February 15 and he is having a hard time finding a competent replacement at the present salary scale. Mr. Theus moved that the Zoning Director be authorized to pay secretarial help a minimum of $250.00 per month and if necessary to pay $275.00. Motion was seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
The Zoning Director stated that on February 28th the Planning & Zoning Committee was holding a meeting to outline the program as set up by the Planner and extended an invitation to the Board to attend. He was advised that the members would be busy on the 28th and suggested that the Planner come to the March 4th meeting and give a report of his work.
legal counsel – juvenile court
Letter from W. A. Milton, Jr., Juvenile Judge, advising that he has secured the services of J. C. Adkins, Jr. of Gainesville, Florida to represent the Juvenile Judge in the case brought against him in Circuit court and requests that a retainer fee of $500.00 be forwarded to Mr. Adkins. Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that retainer fee of $500.00 be paid to J. C. Adkins, Jr.
county finance officers meeting
Clerk Owens advised that the State Association of County Finance Officers is holding a meeting in Jacksonville on February 27, 28, and March 1, and 2, and he and Mrs. Babb would like to attend this meeting; whereupon, motion was made by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, that the expenses of the Clerk and Mrs. Babb be paid to attend the County Finance Officers Meeting in Jacksonville on February 27, 28, March 1 and 2.
Mr. Hays gave each member three sketches of re-districting proposals and asked that they study same.
Mr. Hays reported on the old garage behind the Juvenile Shelter stating that Judge Milton wants to include it in the fenced area and recommended that the juvenile authorities be allowed to use this shed and fence it in. Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, that the juvenile authorities be authorized to convert the old garage behind the Juvenile Shelter to a protective area for the children.
Mr. Hays stated he has purchased transit, rods and chain for approximately $540.00 and invited the members over to his office to inspect same.
Clerk Owens advised the Board that Mr. Stan Center, 84 years old, who lives at the Hibiscus Trailer Park, fell down the back steps to the Courthouse on February 1, 1963. He was taken to the doctor. There is no responsibility involved here – just notifying you of same.
The Clerk reminded the members of invitation from the City of Eustis for informal gathering on Lake Eldorado at 6:30 P.M. Wednesday, February 13, 1963.
discussion on legislative bills
Attorney Duncan advised he is working on this.
Motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, that the following vouchers be approved:
General Fund 568 – 772 inclusive
Road & Bridge 401 – 531 “
Fine & Forfeiture 52 – 67 “
State II Mosquito Control 36 – 43 “
Juvenile Detention Home 7 – 9 “
the following letters and reports filed:
Executed copy of Contract with State Road Department on Lake Unity Road
Information Bulletin No. 2 – ACL-SAL Merger
Report from Planning & Zoning Department for month of February 1963
Report from County Welfare Director for month of January 1963
notice of equalization & delinquent tax lists
On motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Livingston, and carried, the Tavares Lake County Citizen was designated as the newspaper to publish the 1962 delinquent tax lists, also, to publish the Notice of Equalization Board.