thursday - JUNE 20, 1963

The Board of County Commissioners met in special session in the County Commissioners room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Thursday, June 20, 1963, at two o’clock p.m. for the purpose of receiving bids for the remodeling of the Lake County Courthouse and any other matters which might be brought before the Board.

The following were present:  Chairman Dykes; Commrs. Theus, Cowart, Livingston, and Babb; Attorney Duncan; and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven.  Howell C. Hopson, Architect, was also present.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman.

The Chairman announced he had made an appointment with Mr. Claude H. Wolfe, Chairman of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, to meet with the Board at 2:30 p.m.


It now being 2:00 p.m., the time advertised to receive bids on the remodeling of the Lake County Courthouse, it was moved by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried that Mr. Hopson, Architect be directed to open and tabulate the bids; WHEREUPON, the following bids were tabulated (all with a bid bond of 5 percent and all companies from Orlando, except for Gregg, Gibson & Gibson of Leesburg):

BIDDERS                     BASE BID                    ALT. NO. 1                   ALT NO 2                     EXCAVAT.                   REINFORCING   CONCRETE

A.D. Arnold Co.           $484,135.00                 Add $2,990                   Deduct $3,930             $1.50                              $.05                                $30.00

Earl Downs Const.       $517,206.00                 Add $1,915                   Deduct $3,930             $2.00                              .085                                $26.00

Gregg, Gibson               $519,889.00                 Add $3,450                   Deduct $4,155             $1.50                              .15                                  $38.00

Langford Constr.         $519,900.00                 Add $2,490                   Deduct $3,970             $2.20                              .10                                  $28.00

Pan Am Eng & Con    $519,210.00                 Add $2,000                   Deduct $3,900             $3.00                              .07                                  $33.80

R. C. Stevens Con       $479,650.00                 Add $2,980                   Deduct $4,100             $3.00                              .115                                $33.80

Stobs Bros. Const.       $499,732.00                 Add $2,100                   Deduct $4,300             $3.00                              .12                                  $25.00

Val-Rich Constr.          $457,000.00                 Add $3,000                   Deduct $4,000             $2.00                              .15                                  $23.00

ALTERNATE NO. 1 – Provides New Boiler

ALTERNATE NO. 2 – Omits Pneumatic Tube System

On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the bids were turned over to the Architect for study and recommendation to the Board on Tuesday, June 25, 1963 at 2:00 p.m., at which time the bid will be awarded.

Mr. Hopson introduced Mr. Ralph Cleland of his firm and Mr. Walter Denson, Orlando, air conditioning engineer, and stated these men have worked with him on the plans.

license for carrying firearms

The bond for carrying a firearm of Robert H. Roof with D. B. Sewell and James L. Yates as sureties for carrying a pistol made by Smith & Wesson of .38 calibre and numbered 613767 was approved by the Board.

revocation of good time

A letter from Sheriff Willis V. McCall was read by the Chairman advising that James Brown who was sentenced on June 3rd on a forgery charge, refused to work and requests that his accumulated five days good time be disallowed.  The Deputy Clerk was authorized to advise the Sheriff that the Board concurs in this.

former board member – h. pryor jones

Mr. Theus advised the Board that Mr. H. Pryor Jones, a former member of the Board of County Commissioners, had passed away; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following resolution was adopted:

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has learned of the death of a former member of this Board and wish to express their regret at his passing, and

WHEREAS, it appears from the records of Lake County that the Honorable H. Pryor Jones served Lake County as a Commissioner from January of 1945 to March of 1946 during the turbulent time at the close of the Second World War, and

WHEREAS, the Board recognizes the value and service of anyone who has served the public in the capacity of a County Commissioner and is aware of the sacrifices made in such public service;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that this Board express its sorrow and regret at the passing of the Honorable H. Pryor Jones, a former member of this Board and that we express to the members of his family our deep regret and sorrow at this passing.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the members of the Family of the Honorable H. Pryor Jones.

eustis marina

Mr. Gordon Hays, County Engineer, appeared before the Board and reported on the marina in the City of Eustis.  Mr. Hays said we have a serious problem here inasmuch as we have discovered there is a muck pocket at this location.  To remove the muck and replace it with a suitable fill will be a costly operation.  Commr. Livingston suggested before we proceed with this project that we acquaint the City of Eustis with the problem; WHEREUPON, the Chairman appointed a committee of three, Mr. Livingston, Mr. Babb, and Mr. Hays, to meet with the City of Eustis regarding this problem.


The hour of three o’clock p.m. having arrived and there being no further business to bring before the Board and Mr. Wolfe not being present, the meeting was adjourned.




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CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN