MONDAY – OCTOBER 10, 1963

The Board of County Commissioners met with representatives of the Soil Conservation Service, Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations, and other interested parties on Monday, October 21, 1963, at 10:00 A.M. in the Agricultural Center at Tavares, for the purpose of hearing comments on a soil survey for Lake County.    

The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairman Babb.

The invocation was given by Mr. Theus.

Mr. Walter Shaffer opened the meeting and introduced the persons who spoke on the subject of the meeting.

Mr. O. C. Lewis spoke on the basic characteristic qualities involved in a soil survey. He said there are three general fields of work: soil conservation, investigation and interpretation.

Dr. R. E. Caldwell of the Gainesville Experiment Station was the next speaker.

B. P. Thomas of the State Soil Conservation Service gave a brief description of the duties and performance of the man in the field on soil survey work.

Mr. David P. Ventulett spoke on the desirability of a new survey for the County. Mr. Lewi said with their current personnel it would take approximately nine to ten years to complete the survey, however, it can be done in less time with help from the County with which to employ additional personnel.  

At the conclusion of the joint session, Mr. Bob Norris, County Agent, said he feels this session has been very helpful to all concerned and requested that the Board write Dr. J. R. Beckenbach, Director, Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations, Gainesville, for his views on getting the job done.

Vice Chairman Babb expressed the Board’s appreciation to the group present for being here this morning and the Board of County Commissioners adjourned to the Clerk’s office in the Courthouse to take up other items of business.

The meeting of the Board of County Commissioners  reconvened in the Clerk’s Office at twelve o’clock noon with the following present:

Vice Chairman Babb; Commrs. Theus, Cowart, and Livingston; Attorney Duncan; Clerk Owens; and Engineer Hays.

On motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Theus, Clerk Owens was instructed to write Dr. Beckenbach with reference to a new soil survey for Lake County.


Mr. Howell Hopson, Architect, presented Change Order No. 2 in the amount of $2,362.00 covering replacement of concrete joist on the fifth floor - $106.00; basement column repair $12.00; close in basement storeroom $348.00; replace southeast corner room floor on Fifth Floor $1,496.00; revise partitions to Circuit Judge’s Chambers $400.00.

On motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Theus, and carried, Change Order No. 2 in the amount of $2,362.00 was approved on recommendation of Mr. Hopson.

Mr. Hopson said at the time the bids on the Courthouse remodeling were opened, Alternate No. 1 covering new boiler and furnace in the amount of $3,000.00 was held in abeyance. The contractor has now removed the old boiler and recommends that a new one be installed and I also recommend that this Alternate be approved; WHEREUPON, on motion of Comr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart, Alternate No. 1 in the amount of $3,000.00 for the installation of new boiler and furnace was accepted by the Board.

eustis marina

Commr. Livingston said according to the Engineer we need trucks from each District to haul clay to the Marina, the members concurring it was agreed that trucks from each District be used and get the job done.


Commr. Theus said Stoffel Plumbing Company has contacted him with reference to unpaid bill for fire damage to the Nursing Home. On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston, Clerk Owens was instructed to contact the insurance company and request payment of this claim.

bids accepted

On recommendation of the County Engineer the following bids were accepted on motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Livingston, and carried:



Lakeland, Florida

- Plain and reinforced Concrete Pipe


Jacksonville, Florida

- #11, #15, and #18 Crushed Stone and Limerock


Ocala, Florida

- #11, #15, and #18 Crushed Stone and

  #11, #15, and #18 Slag



There being no further business before the Board at this time, the meeting adjourned at 12:30 P.M.


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CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN