MINUTES OF special MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
friday – july 26, 1963
The Board of County Commissioners met in special session in the County Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Friday, July 26, 1963, at 10:00 A.M. for the purpose of hearing requests and complaints from the public in regard to the tentative budget for the fiscal year beginning on October 1, 1963 and ending September 30, 1964, as published in each of the papers in Lake County and such other matters as may be brought before the Board, with the following present:
Chairman Dykes; Commrs. Cowart, Theus, Livingston, and Babb; Clerk Owens; and Attorney Duncan.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Dykes.
The invocation was given by Mr. Theus.
Clerk Owens submitted the 1963-64 budget of the Oklawaha Water Authority. After reviewing the budget, on a motion made by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Oklawaha Water Authority budget for 1963-64 as submitted was approved. A certified copy of the resolution adopted by the Water Authority was filed.
Clerk Owens read a letter from the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce requesting allocation in the budget for eliminating shad and gar in Lake Griffin. The Clerk advised this allocation has already been included in the budget.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried that the budget be amended to include the Capital Outlay Reserve (Health Clinic) Fund.
Mr. T. C. Hanson, representing the Lake County Property Owners League, appeared and offered the following objections: #1 – Due to agricultural legislation it is doubtful if Lake County will have any increase in valuable property for several years, and the expected increase in population will increase the exempt property, resulting in higher taxes in the County. #2 – The steady increase in the cost of County Government must be stopped. Thinks the County should consolidate the Road and Bridge Districts and operate on a countywide basis.
Chairman Dykes said he is heartily in accord with putting the Road and Bridge under one supervision.
Mr. Hanson filed his written objections to the budget.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart, the budget as amended was adopted, and Clerk Owens was instructed to forward two copies of same to the Comptroller – Tallahassee. The motion was unanimously carried.
Commr. Livingston presented a check from Bishop Broomfield in the amount of $50.74 dated July 12, 1963 for 18-inch corrugated pipe. Mr. Livingston stated it was impossible for the contractor to buy this pipe anywhere in the county and it was for the protection of a state road. He also presented a check from Dora Thornburg in the amount of $144 dated July 10, 1963 for cutback.
Motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried that the check from Mr. Broomfield be accepted due to an emergency for the protection of right of way of SR S-450 and the reason that the pipe was not available elsewhere to complete the job.
Also, acceptance of a check from Dora Thornburg for $144 for cutback was approved by the Board.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, 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, Section 40108 (2), supra, authorizes 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), 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 by the Bureau of Vital Statistics of this state; and
WHEREAS, the estimated population of Lake County for the current year made by the Bureau of Vital Statistics of this state of 61,700 inhabitants; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County meeting in Tavares, Florida, this 26th day of July, 1963, that effective October 1, 1963, Lake County will participate in said statewide program, designed 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 $30,850.00, which amount is not less than fifty cents per capita of County Funds based on the above estimated population of Lake County; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the “Lake County Indigent Hospitalization Fund” shall be administered as follows:
1. Expenditures from this fund will be made only for the provision of essential hospital care for indigent and medically indigent residents of the 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 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;
A. County Funds (50 cents per capita) $30,850.00
B. State Matching Funds $10,112.28
Total County Indigent Hospitalization Fund $40,962.28
3. A determination that the patient is acutely ill or injured and that hospitalization is essential to the patient’s treatment will be made for each recipient of hospitalization under this program by a physician, duly licensed to practice medicine in this state;
4. Authorizations 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 nonprofit 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 to the hospital providing essential hospital care to medically 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 physician who diagnosed patient and certified hospitalization essential to his treatment.
e. Physician’s diagnosis.
f. The calendar days of hospitalization received.
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 at least monthly 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 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 direct payments to the Lake County Board of County Commissioners or other local official agency 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 Medical Society, the Lake County Health Department and the State Board of Health.
railroad mile post t-814
Attorney Duncan filed two letters from J. L. Kennedy, Superintendent, Atlantic Coast Line, with reference to the re-establishment of crossing over ACL tracks at Mile Post T-814.
sr 500 – highland ave., mount dora
Attorney Duncan said he has a reply from the State Road Department regarding Mount Dora’s request to widen Highland Avenue, Old SR 500, in which they advise that their budget for the year has already been approved, and this project was not included. Mr. Duncan is to advise the City of Mount Dora.
Copy of letter from Mr. Duncan to Mr. Walter Shaffer re soil survey for the County and Mr. Shaffer’s reply advising that he has forwarded Mr. Duncan’s letter to Mr. Ventulett in Orlando. Mr. Duncan stated that Mr. Ventulett has been to see him and wants an appointment with the Board to thoroughly discuss this. It was agreed that the Board would hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 1963 to hear Mr. Ventulett. Mr. Duncan is to notify him of this meeting.
Attorney Duncan filed a copy of the laws affecting Lake County which were passed in the 1963 session of the legislature, as follows:
House Bill No.’s 1984 (63-560), 2172 (63-613), 2173 (63-1510), 2200 (63-1509), and 2483 (63-689)
Senate Bill No.’s 506 (63-1505), 732 (63-578),753 (63-1508), 1179 (63-979), and 1351 (63-1090)
Clerk Owens was instructed to send a copy of House Bill No. 2483 (63-689) to all surveyors, engineers, and developers in the county.
florida forest service
Clerk Owens stated in the meeting on April 1 you agreed to enter into an agreement with the Florida Forest Service in the Cooperative Forest Management Project, which cost is divided between Lake and Seminole Counties. We now have the contract; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute the contract.
equipment – clerk’s office
Quotations on two Acme Visible Cabinets were submitted as follows:
SIMONS OFFICE EQUIPMENT, Leesburg, Florida – 1 Virginian Line Cabinet with 62 – 8 x 3-3/8 hinge pockets per tray, $273.35 each
ACME VISIBLE RECORDS, INC., Miami, Florida – 2 Virginian Line Cabinets with 62 – 8X 3-3/8 hinge pockets per tray, $273.35 each
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the bid from Simons Office equipment for two cabinets at a price of $273.35 each was accepted.
industrial & Tourism commission
Commr. Theus said he would like to name Mr. William Herlong and Mr. W. L. Seeley, both of Leesburg, as members of the Industrial & Tourism Commission. These appointments were approved by the Board, and the Clerk was instructed to notify these men of the appointments.
oklawaha water authority
Attorney Duncan explained the new law pertaining to the Lake County Water Authority that it is now necessary for the County Commissioners to approve all bills and expenditures before payment of same is made with the exception of rental of a branch office other than in the City of Tavares. WHEREUPON, a motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried that the rent bill in the amount of $75 for the period July 15 to August 15, 1963 be paid out of the General Revenue Fund for the period specified.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the following bills of the Oklawaha Water Authority were approved for payment:
FLORIDA POWER CORP. – Service at Eustis Office & Burrell Locks $63.63
CITY OF EUSTIS – Service Eustis Office $ 4.75
FLORIDA TELEPHONE CORP. – Service Eustis Office $ 9.25
FLORIDA TELEPHONE CORP. – Service Burrell Locks $83.86
PURE OIL COMPANY – Gas and oil – R. C. Brown $35.57
BRONSON HARDWARE CO. – Paint & Supplies 218.06
ORANGE STATE ENGINEERS, INC. – Surveying & Drafting at Spillway 258.75
HOOVER SIGN SERVICE – Sign Eustis Office $ 6.00
BOB LISTON AGENCY – Bond for F. E. Owens $12.50
CARL E. DUNCAN – Retainer for June, 1963 100.00
DURABLE PRODUCTS – Repairs to marker in Dora Canal $50.00
RO-MAC LUMBER & SUPPLY, INC. – Padlock $ 2.00
GEE & JENSON CONSULTING ENGINEERS, INC. – Office Services ($65.40) and Travel Expenses (198.65) 264.05
BOSWORTH AERIAL SURVEY – Aerograph Palatlakaha River 300.00
EXPENSES – E. J. BURRELL – June 20 – July 17, 1963 500.00
EXPENSES – H. E. YOUNG – June 17 – July 17, 1963 $50.00
PAYROLL – June 1963:
Robert Carrol Brown $562.50
Catherine Louise Brown $187.50
Gladys L. Lillie $250.00
Henry McClendon $ 20.00 $1,020.00
Commr. Babb presented a letter from Attorneys Stebbins & Reilly, Eustis, with reference to an obstruction in Suanee Street in Rosenwald Gardens subdivision; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, it has been brought to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that a portion of Suanee Avenue, as it appears in Rosenwald Gardens, a subdivision located in Section 1, Township 19 South, Range 26 East, which Avenue is a Dedicated Street, in accordance with the Laws of Florida, has been partially obstructed and blocked by the location of personal property privately owned, and
WHEREAS, the continued obstruction of said Avenue may result in loss of use of a portion of said Avenue, for the purpose for which it was Dedicated, unless said obstructions are removed;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Honorable Willis V. McCall, as Sheriff, in and for Lake County, Florida, be, and he is hereby empowered and instructed to give notice to the owners of such personal property obstructing said Suanee Avenue, to remove the same instantly; and that upon failure to do so within a period to be determined by the Sheriff, the Sheriff cause such obstructions to be removed from Suanee Avenue.
A letter from Louis Broemel was submitted, and Commr. Livingston said he would advise Mr. Broemel this is a problem for the State Road Department, and he will see that this complaint gets in the right hands.
A motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried that Lake County General Revenue Warrant #1856 dated July 8, 1963, made payable to Mrs. A. R. Blakemore for $50 be cancelled, as the payee has passed away.