MINUTES OF board of county commissioners meeting january 13, 1964
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Small Claims Office in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, January 13, 1964, at ten o’clock A.M. with the following present: Chairman Babb; Commrs. Theus, Cowart, Dykes and Livingston; Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan, Zoning Director Webb and Engineer Hays.
The invocation was given by Mr. Theus.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise for bids for an addition to the Ferndale Community Building. The bids are to be taken on February 3, 1964 at ten o’clock a.m.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes, the following changes were made to the present indigent list:
DISTRICT NO. 1 – ADD Ted Parker - $80
ADD Elizabeth Morgan - $25
DISTRICTS NO. 2, 3, 4, and 5 – NO CHANGE
roads – county
Upon a motion made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Gregg, Gibson & Greg, Contractors of Leesburg, Florida, were permitted to use Holly Road for detour purposes in connection with necessary work in the construction of an overpass at the intersection of State Roads 19 and 25 on the condition that when said road has served their purpose, that the same be returned to the County in as good condition as it is now and with the further condition that said road shall at all times be kept and maintained by said Contractors while being used by them, in a passable condition so as to prevent inconvenience to the travelling public.
Attorney Duncan presented a petition by Citrus Marketers, Inc. with reference and proof of publication of said exchange being filed to exchange of property with the County, WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, Citrus Marketers, Inc. has filed its Petition before the Board of County Commissioners, offering an exchange of properties of equal value, which will result in benefit both to Citrus Marketers, Inc. and Lake County, and
WHEREAS, Citrus Marketers, Inc. proposes to exchange the following tract in Lake County, Florida:
The North 18.92 feet of Government Lot 7, Section 24, Township 18 South, Range 24 East, Lake County, Florida, LESS the West 726 feet thereof (East of Sullen Road);
for the following property owned by Lake County, in Lake County, Florida:
The South 18.92 feet of the North 84.92 feet of Government Lot 7, Section 24, Township 18 South, Range 24 East, Lake County, Florida, LESS the West 726 feet thereof (East of Sullen Road);
and the Board of County Commissioners is satisfied that such an exchange will be beneficial to both Citrus Marketers, Inc. and Lake County;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that a Notice of proposed exchange of properties be, and is hereby authorized, which shall provide that at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon, on the 10th day of February, 1964, in its Offices in the Courthouse in Tavares, Lake County, Florida, the Board will take up and consider said Petition, and will hear any objections to the exchange of properties as above set forth.
Attorney Duncan submitted a letter to him from Seaboard Air Line Railroad in which they advise they will consider selling to Lake County abandoned right of way from Minneola to Clermont for a price of $200 an acre net to Seaboard; WHEREUPON, a motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston that the right of way be purchased provided we can get it paid for out of secondary road funds.
industrial & tourism commission
Commr. Theus filed the resignation of Ms. Buster Hancock as a member of the Industrial and Tourism Commission.
A motion by Commr. Livingston that Don Driggers of Mount Dora be added to the list of appraisers was seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
roads – state
A letter from the State Road Department advising it is not the policy of the Road Board to use primary funds for the construction of sidewalks except those necessary to reconstruct pre-existing sidewalks prior to the construction job. On a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the plans for the construction of four-laning State Road 19 through the City of Eustis requires a separation of the lanes and also requires the separation of northbound and southbound lanes by two city blocks, and
WHEREAS, the resulting plans will not include sidewalks for newly-constructed areas and certain areas where sidewalks heretofore have not been constructed, and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners is of the opinion that sidewalks along through-highways or in city limits are necessary for the safety and welfare of pedestrians, and
WHEREAS, the Commissioners have been advised by the State Road Department that the cost of the construction of new sidewalks cannot be paid from Primary Funds, but may be paid from Secondary Funds;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Department be requested to include in its plans for the construction of State Road 19 within the City Limits of Eustis, the construction of sidewalks on each side of the lanes, both North and South, of said highway, where the same have not heretofore been constructed; and that the cost thereof be paid from Secondary Road Funds allocated to Lake County.
roads – state
Upon a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus, the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute a right of way contract with the State Road Department on SR 25, Job 11200-2502, and the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the State Road Department of Florida has authorized and requested Lake County to furnish the necessary rights of way, borrow pits and easements for that portion of Section 11200, State Road 25, extending from a point in the Southwest ¼ of Section 29, Northerly through Clermont and Minneola to a point in the Northwest ¼ of Section 7, all in Township 22 South, Range 26 East, which has been surveyed and located by the State Road Department as shown by a map on file in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of said county and in the office of said department at Tallahassee, and
WHEREAS, the said Department will not begin construction of said portion of said Section in said County until title to all land necessary for said portion of said Section has been conveyed to or vested in said State by said County, and said lands are physically cleared of all occupants, tenants, fences, buildings and/or other structures and improvements upon or encroaching within the limits of the land required for said portion of said Section; and
WHEREAS, the said County is financially unable at this time to provide the necessary funds to acquire said rights of way, borrow pits and easements; now therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the State Road Department of Florida be and it is hereby requested to pay for the rights of way, borrow pits and easements for said road, including the removal of buildings, fences and other structures and improvements thereon, and for other expenses of acquiring title to said rights of way, borrow pits and easements by purchase or condemnation, from such funds and under such conditions as are set out in the contract hereto attached; and be it further
RESOLVED, that said County, through its Board of County Commissioners, comply with the request of said Department and procure, convey or vest in said State the free, clear and unencumbered title to all lands necessary for said portion of said Section and deliver to the State Road Department said lands physically clear of all occupants, tenants, fences, buildings and/or other structures and improvements situate upon or encroaching within the limits of the lands required for said portion of said Section and that the Chairman and the Clerk of this Board be and they are hereby authorized and directed to execute and deliver on behalf of said County to said Department the Contract in the form hereto attached; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the attorney for this Board be and he is hereby authorized and directed to proceed to take the necessary steps for the County to acquire in the name of said County by donation, purchase, or condemnation said rights of way, borrow pits and easements for said portion of said Section and to prepare in the name of said County by its County Commissioners all condemnation papers, affidavits and pleadings and prosecute all condemnation proceedings to judgment; and furnish to the Department the abstract search provided for in said Contract.
An executed copy of the Right of Way Contract on SR 44, Job 11110-2502 was filed.
On the recommendation of the Zoning Director and on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Board authorized a public hearing for February 10 at 2 o’clock p.m. on the amendment to the resolution previously adopted regarding changes in zoning permitting mobile homes in R1A classification.
advertising – roads
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board authorized advertising for resurfacing the following roads in District No. 1; bids to be opened February 10 at 10 o’clock a.m.:
Cutoff Road (Lady Lake) 62,300 sq. yards
Nursery Road (Leesburg) 1,021 sq. yards
Ice Cream Road (Leesburg) 1,464 sq. yards
Third Street (Leesburg) 2,568 sq. yards
recess and reassembly
The Board recessed for lunch at twelve o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:30 p.m. to take up the remaining items of business.
Mr. Howell Hopson appeared with reference to the heating system in the Lake Memorial Nursing Home. Mr. Hopson reported the Engineer has checked into this, and the system has been adjusted and heat is now sufficient to keep the building comfortable. Mr. Hopson recommended that the heating unit at the front door be changed and that the thermostat be relocated from its present position in the hallway. On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart, Mr. Hopson was authorized to make these changes as recommended.
On a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Change Order No. 4 in the amount of $42.83 to the contract for remodeling the Courthouse was approved and accepted.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the request of Val Rich Construction, Inc. in the amount of $51,107.00 was approved for payment.
A letter from Moore, Clark & Potter, Inc. with reference to insurance coverage on the Courthouse during the remodeling period was read and filed.
A letter from Raybro Electric Supplies, Inc. to Val Rich Construction, Inc. acknowledging payment in the amount of $19,019.96 was read and filed.
Chairman Babb appointed Commr. Dykes and Attorney Duncan to work with Mr. Hopson regarding the arrangement and furnishing of the County Commissioners Room.
Discussion was held regarding construction of a supper club along the Dora Canal. Commr. Dykes said he would ask the party interested in this project, namely Mr. Earl Harris, to come to the next Board meeting.
A motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart, that the Board enter into an agreement with the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission relative to a fish management program for Lakes Louisa, Minnehaha, Minneola and Cherry, and the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the State Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission of Florida has requested Lake County to designate certain lakes and streams in which said Commission may make a study of predatory fish and of fish propagation, and
WHEREAS, Lake County is particularly blessed with a large number of lakes suitable for fishing and the propagation of fish;
NOW, THERE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that in accordance with the request of the State Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission of Florida, the following lakes and streams be set aside and turned over to the State Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission of Florida for the above purposes and that the study of fish and development of game fish in Lake County be accomplished in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 372, Laws of Florida, 1963: Lake Louisa, Lake Susan, Lake Minnehaha, Lake Hiawatha, Lake Minneola, Lake Wilson, Cherry Lake to the Cherry Lake Dam, and that part of the Palatlakaha River which is a contiguous connection between the above lakes.
Mr. Emery Dillard appeared and presented the appraisal of the Atlantic Coast Line right of way north of Umatilla. Upon the motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Dykes, Mr. Dillard was authorized to contact the Atlantic Coast Line regarding the purchase of this right of way by the County, and he was given the authority to offer the Atlantic Coast Line $6,500 for the right of way.
Mr. Hopson reappeared and announced that he will prepare a sketch of the Commissioners’ Room on the second floor of the Courthouse showing the furniture arrangement, etc. and will present same to the Board at a later date.
On a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a sketch of a room for the State Attorney’s use on the 4th floor to be approved by the committee when the sketch is presented by Mr. Hopson.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus, the action of the Chairman and Clerk in approving admission of Frank Coulmier to the Southwest Florida Tuberculosis Hospital was approved by the Board.
A resolution from the Waterman Memorial Hospital requesting funds for the fiscal year 1963-64 was read by the Clerk. Attorney Duncan advised the hospital should submit their budget according to the act creating the Northeast Lake County Hospital District, and the Clerk was instructed to request the hospital to submit their budget to the Board by January 15, 1964. On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to issue a check to the Waterman Memorial Hospital in the amount of $30,000 when their budget is received according to law.
reports – official
The Annual Report for the year ending December 31, 1963 from the Office of Frank E. Owens, Clerk of Circuit Court, was filed showing a return to the County of $5,420.35; WHEREUPON, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart, a check from the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the amount of $5,420.35 was accepted.
Audit Report No. 5845 from the State Auditing Department with reference to an audit made of the records of the Tax Collector and Tax Assessor as of August 31, 1963 was filed.
Judge Milton appeared and advised that the galvanized gutters on the Juvenile Home need repairing and a mattress needs replacing, and these two items should not amount to more than $50. On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus, Judge Milton was authorized to have the necessary repairs made to the gutter and the mattress replaced.
trucks & autos
On a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a two-way radio for District No. 4 was approved, the cost not to exceed $500.
oklawaha water authority
Upon a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment by the Oklawaha Water Authority: No’s 43-61.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes, an additional $10 was authorized to be paid to Smith Furniture Company for use of the building by the election board.
The written request of Mrs. Katherine L. Baker for authorization to attend the Mid-Year Conference of Supervisors of Registration in Palm Beach during the week of January 21 was approved on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes, an advance on the 1964 tax roll of $15,000 to the Tax Assessor was approved for payment.
On a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart, commissions on remittances in the amount of $27,940.73 was authorized paid to the Tax Collector.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the statement from the Industrial and Tourism Commission was approved to be paid in the amount of $1,001.11.
On a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart, the following bills were approved for payment:
GENERAL REVENUE FUND VOUCHERS #370-576
ROAD & BRIDGE FUND VOUCHERS #262-393
FINE & FORFEITURE FUND VOUCHERS #43-59
MOSQUITO CONTROL STATE 2 VOUCHERS #14-20
JUVENILE DETENTION HOME VOUCHERS #3-4
AGRICULTURAL BUILDING VOUCHER #1
CAPITAL OUTLAY RESERVE
COUNTY BUILDINGS VOUCHER #3
SOUTH LAKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL VOUCHER #3
N. E. LAKE COUNTY HOSPITAL VOUCHERS #3-4
A copy of a telegram sent to the Board of Control recommending a site location for the proposed state university was read and filed.
A letter from Karl Lehmann expressing appreciation for a resolution was read and filed.
A letter from the Florida Board of Conservation regarding the Governor’s Conference on Water Resources was discussed, and it was the opinion of the Board that the Water Authority should have a representative at this meeting.
The annual report of the Clinical Psychologist for the year 1962-63 was filed.
The annual report of the Planning and Zoning Department for 1963 was filed.
The report of the Planning & Zoning Department for December was filed.
The report of the Public Defender for October, November, and December was filed.
The report of the Welfare Department for December was filed.
cancellation of warrants
Upon a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart, Clerk Owens was authorized to cancel warrant #623 drawn on the General Revenue Fund in the amount of $10 – supplicate payment to Mr. R. A. Debo.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned.