MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS on
MONDAY – February 3, 1964
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Small Claims Office in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, February 3, 1964, at 10:00 o’clock A.M. with the following present:
Chairman Babb, Commrs. Theus, Dykes, Cowart, and Livingston; Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan, Engineer Hays, and Zoning Director Webb.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Babb.
The invocation was given by Commr. Theus.
Paul B. Brown appeared on behalf of the City of Eustis and read a resolution which had been adopted by the City of Eustis requesting the Board to
a) include that portion of Citrus Avenue between Bay Street (SR 19) and Grove Street (SR 19) in any improvements to Lakeshore Drive.
b) install sidewalks on Citrus Avenue and Lakeshore Drive on the south side from Eustis Street West to the City Limits and on the north side from Eustis Street to Jackson Street.
Motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus that the Board approve and grant the request. The motion carried and the following resolution was adopted:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the certain resolution adopted by this Board on the 6th day of January, 1964, amending the budgetary request for secondary roads in the fiscal year 1963-1964 be further amended by requesting that the description of the road sought to be resurfaced be extended from the intersection of State Road # 19 at the corner of Citrus and Bay Streets in the City of Eustis East to intersect with Grove Street and proposed northbound lane for through traffic in the City of Eustis, Florida, and
That sidewalks be installed on Citrus Avenue and Lakeshore Drive beginning at Eustis Street and extending Westerly in the following manner:
On the South side from Eustis Street Westerly and Southerly to the West City Limits and on the North side of Eustis Street to Jackson Street.
Minnie Weems of Astatula appeared before the Board to express appreciation for the work on the streets in Astatula and requested that she be brought up to date on the status of the proposed boat ramp and its location. Commr. Dykes advised of his discussion with various people and members of the Game and Fresh water Fish Commission and is awaiting their decision.
W. Troy Hall, Jr., Circuit Judge, and Architect Howell C. Hopson appeared before the Board and advised that there is need for an office for the State Attorney in the Courthouse, that space is available on the fourth floor adjacent to the court room and that same could be included in the present construction for the additional sum of $1,385.95. Commr. Dykes recommended and moved that the work be done and that the same be included in the present construction of the building as Change Order #5, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
At this time there was a general discussion with reference to a permanent office for the Chairman of the Board in the Courthouse. Chairman Babb stated he could not come up with any suggestions, the only possible solution being to so arrange the County Commissioners’ hearing room so that he could have a desk there. Action on this matter was deferred until a later date.
Mr. Owens read copy of transmittal letter from Architect Howell C. Hopson to Val Rich Construction, Inc. with reference to Change Order No. 4, which was executed in compliance with the Board’s authority at the last meeting.
Mr. Owens advised he has had a request from Roger W. Conner to be advised when bids will be taken for furniture and carpet for the Courthouse, and stated Mr. Conner’s name would be added to the list.
Ruby B Sapp of Cassia appeared before the Board with reference to an access way through the Tanner property, and was advised that this is a personal matter, is out of hands of the Board and that the County does not furnish rights of way to anybody. Commr. Dykes suggested to her that the property owners should get together and work out a right of way agreeable to them.
Bids – machinery and equipment
Notice having been advertised for the rental of Asphalt Distributor for remainder of fiscal year 1963-64, the following bids were received:
LINDSLEY PAVING CO. – Mount Dora, Florida
Provide Asphalt Distributor and 2 operators @ $12.00 per hours (1250 gal. capacity)
J. D. MANLY CONSTRUCTION CO. – Leesburg, Florida
Rental of Asphalt Distributor at $10.00 per hour
Upon motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Livingston, and carried, the bid of J. D. Manly Construction Company was accepted.
Mr. Owens advised the Board that he had received a letter from the City of Clermont asking when they could appear before the Board; that he had suggested to them that they appear at 1:30 P.M. on Monday, February 3, 1964.
Roads – state
Mr. Owens read letter from the State Road Department regarding SR 561. Commr. Dykes was requested to pursue the matter further and the letter was turned over to Mr. Dykes.
Mr. Owens read letter from the State Road Department acknowledging receipt of resolution regarding SR 452.
Mr. Duncan read letter from the State Road Department enclosing typical section for the design of SR S-452 (Lake Shore Drive) for execution. Motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston, and carried, that the Clerk be authorized to execute the same.
Mr. Duncan read letter from the State Road Department enclosing typical section for the design of SR S-468 (SR 44 S & E to SR 25) and requesting that the appropriate persons execute the affidavit at the top. Motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus, and carried that the Clerk execute the same.
Mr. Owens advised the Board that Lake County had been assigned the time of 4:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. on March 10, 1964 in DeLand with reference to preliminary budget hearings for primary and secondary projects for the period from July 1, 1964 to June 30, 1965, and suggested that the Board have its hearings on February 26, 1964 at 9:00 A.M. and that notices to such effect be sent to all interested parties and further that the Commissioners could meet at 9:00 A.M. on March 4, 1964 to adopt their budget request to the State Road Department. On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, Mr. Owens was authorized to send out said notices.
Mr. Duncan advised the Board that he has had a request from Don DRiggers that the names of Don Driggers and Leslie M. Willard be added to the approved list of appraisers. Motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, that these two names be added to the list.
Mr. Owens presented letter from R. G. Cassady, Tax Assessor, enclosing Certificates of Correction of Errors on the 1963 Tax Roll numbered 192 to 204 inclusive. Motion was made by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that same be executed and approved by the Board.
Mr. Owens advised the Board of a letter from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare granting lump-sum death payment on the social security account of Albert L. Waller in the amount of $237.00 and one-half of this amount ($118.50) will be forthcoming for reimbursement of burial expenses.
Mr. Owens filed with the Board Marine Certificate of Insurance on L. W. Conner in the amount of $3,000.00.
Tax assessment refund
Approval from the Comptroller’s Office authorizing refund of taxes for 1961 and 1962 to Henry and Stanley Denski was filed; WHEREUPON, on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Clerk Owens was authorized to issue warrant to Henry and Stanley Denski for refund of 1961 and 1962 taxes in the amount of $14.90 and $15.24.
Title Policy No. S466-772 as issued by Lawyers Title Insurance Corp. in sum of $6,500.00 on the property recently purchased from Minute Maid Corporation-Coca Cola Company by exchange, filed with the Board.
Title Policy No. FE 53241 as issued by Title & Trust Company of Florida in the sum of $7,000.00 on the property purchased from Kathleen A. Vasconsellos (Lots 18, 19, and 20, Block 57, according to the Official Map of Clermont) filed with the Board.
Mr. Ducan filed proof of publication of Notice of Intention to Close Platted Avenue (a portion of Oak Avenue in Okahumpka Subdivision), and on motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Livingston, and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the owners of the land abutting the following described street have presented to the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, a Petition to close said street, and said street is within the Subdivision known as Okahumpka Subdivision and Okahumpka Terrace Subdivision in Lake County, Florida, and more particularly described as follows:
That portion of “Oak Avenue” extending from the Southerly right of way line of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad on the North, in a Southerly direction to the Westerly right of way line of State Highway #33, as presently located, which portion of Oak Avenue appears on the Westerly side of Okahumpka Subdivision, a Plat of which appears in Plat Book 1, Page 38, Public Records of Lake County, Florida, and the other portion of which appears in a Plat of Okahumpka Terrace Subdivision, as appears recorded in Plat Book 9, page 59, public records of Lake County, Florida. Said portion of Oak Avenue lies between that portion of Block B of Okahumpka Subdivision lying Westerly of State Highway #33, and East of Block A in Okahumpka Terrace Subdivision.
And said petition is in proper order and form and
WHEREAS, said Board of County Commissioners did, on the 6th day of January, 1964, authorize publication of Notice of the filing of said Petition to close street; that said Notice was duly published in The Daily Commercial, a Newspaper of general circulation, published in Lake County, Florida, on the 13th and 20th days of January, 1964, due proof of which has been filed with this Board; that said Notice required all persons opposed to the closing said street to appear before this Board on the 3rd day of February, A.D. 1964, at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon, and present their objections, and
WHEREAS, said Board of County Commissioners has, on this the 3rd day of February 1964, at its regular meeting at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon, at its office in the Court House at Tavares, Lake County, Florida, considered said Petition to close street, and considered the advisability of renouncing or disclaiming any right of Lake County and the public in and to the above described street, and the advisability of vacating, abandoning, discontinuing and closing the same, and
WHEREAS, no objections have been made to the closing of said street, and it appears to this Board that the continued dedication of said street can serve no useful purpose to the public;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the street hereinbefore more particularly described be henceforth closed, abandoned, discontinued and vacated; that the Board of County Commissioners, acting for Lake County and the public, does hereby renounce and disclaim any right, title or interest in and to said street, and that title to said street be vested in the adjoining property owners in accordance with law.
Mr. Duncan submitted approval of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission of a proposed dredge and fill operation on property belonging to East Lake Harris Estates, near Astatula, as requested by Mr. Ernest Carr. On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston, and carried permission was granted to obtain this fill by dredging from Lake Harris, provided such dredging operation shall be completed on or before six (6) weeks from date.
Mr. Duncan submitted approval of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission on the request for fill by dredging on property of Frank H. Oberholtzer by Mr. Joe Andrews to fill existing upland from Lake Harris subject to the dredging rules previously accepted by Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and by Lake County. Motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston, and carried, approving the same, provided such dredging operation shall be completed on or before six (6) weeks from date.
Road and bridge department
County Engineer Hays advised he had received a letter from the State Road Department with reference to the Eustis Wayside Park. Mr. Hays recommended to the Board that four inches be taken out all over and be filled with clay, and estimated that it would take about 80 loads and that only cost to the County would be for hauling the clay, same to come out of park funds. Mr. Hays was given authority to work it out with the foremen.
Recess and reassembly
The Board recessed for lunch at 12:00 o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:30 P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the minutes of the regular meetings of January 6th and 13th were approved as submitted.
Roads – state
Joseph Bon Jorn, Mayor of City of Clermont, appears before the Board with reference to the proposed construction by the State Road Department of an overpass at the intersection of U. S. 27 and State Road 50 at the City Limits of the City of Clermont and requested the Board to join said City in objecting to such construction. Resolution adopted by the Clermont City Council was filed and taken under consideration.
Earl Harris appeared before the Board with reference to the filling of land on Dora Canal, approximately 900 feet on the canal and 90 feet on SR 19 and requested the County to someday obtain this property. Commr. Dykes suggested that Mr. Hays and Mr. Duncan get together for further discussion on this matter.
Road maintenance – subdivisions
Mr. Duncan advised that he had received four petitions from residents in Three Lakes Subdivision, Three Lakes Subdivision First, Second and Third Addition, Silver Lake Park, Silver Lake Park Replat, and Forest Lake Subdivision, with reference to the paving of streets. Motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, that said petitions be accepted for the purpose of checking to see if they comply with Chapter 63-1505. Mr. Hays was requested to make such investigation.
Emory Dillard appeared before the Board and advised that he had made inquiry with reference to availability of the land North of Umatilla at the end of the present railroad tracks to the railroad in Altoona and advised that same could be purchased by the County for the sum of $2,500.00. On motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Mr. Duncan was authorized to offer the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad the sum of $2,500.00 for a quit claim deed to the property.
Jack Hampton appeared before the Board and advised that the Zoning and Planning Commission were desirous of starting a short educational course for the benefit of all interested parties in airing the various problems of zoning in the County, and requested the Board’s endorsement of such plan and its financial assistance. Motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes, and carried that the County absorb a portion of the cost thereof not to exceed $300.00.
Industrial & tourism commission
Commr. Theus filed with the Board the resignation of W. F. Herlong, Jr. from the Lake County Industrial and Tourism Commission.
Letter from Col. George B. Buell advising he is closing road along the eastern edge of Lot 1, Block D, Cathedral Arch Estates for 24 hours was read and filed.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus, The Daily Commercial of Leesburg was designated as the newspaper in which the Tax Collector is to publish the delinquent tax list, and the Clerk was instructed to so notify Mr. Reed. Also, publish notice of Equalization Board in The Daily Commercial on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes, the action of the Chairman and Clerk in approving application of Franklin P. Holman to the Southwest Florida Tuberculosis Hospital was approved by the Board.
Resolution – not classified elsewhere
Mr. Owens read letter from Florida Association of Manufacturers, Inc. requesting that the Board adopt a resolution with reference to the purchase of Florida manufactured products.
Mr. Owens read letter of resignation from Myrtle Sudderth as County Welfare Worker. Motion was made by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart, and carried, that the resignation be accepted and a resolution was adopted expressing the Board’s regrets for the necessity of her resignation and expressing appreciation for Mrs. Sudderth’s loyal service to Lake County.
Mr. Owens read letter from Berna Eastwood stating her qualifications to serve as Lake County Welfare Worker. Motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston, and carried that Mrs. Eastwood be employed as County Welfare Worker at a monthly salary of $400.00 and an allowance of $125.00 per month for travel expenses.
Mr. Owens read letter from Mrs. Etta Lewis stating her qualifications to serve as Commodity Supervisor. Motion was made by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, that Mrs. Lewis be employed at a salary of $350.00 per month and a travel allowance of $100.00 per month.
Laws & legislature
Attorney Duncan filed certified copy of Chapter 63-578 pertaining to Psychiatric Wards.
Notary Bond with Transamerican Insurance Company for Lucile C. Tally was approved by the Board.
Reports – official
Annual Reports of Receipts, Expenses and Net Income for the following County Officials were filed:
Paul H. Reed - Tax Collector
R. G. Cassady - Tax Assessor
W. A. Milton, Jr. - County Judge
Commr. Livingston presented a check to the Board from Tavares Land Corporation for a culvert on Lakeshore Drive in the amount of $84.18. Motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston, and carried that check be accepted and credited to District No. 4.
Mr. Owens advised the Board of the annual mid-year conference of the State Association of County Commissioners of Florida to be held in Jacksonville March 15, 16, and 17, 1964. Motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes, and carried, that the expenses of the commissioners, County Attorney, and County Engineer be paid by the Board.
Monthly report of Robert S. Alderman, Supervisor Lake County Surplus Commodity Program was filed.
Inspection report on Lake County Jail and Stockade was filed.
Inspection report on Road Prison No. 58, Tavares, was filed.
Fines and Forfeitures Report of the County Judge for January was filed.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart, and carried, bill from Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company in the amount of $5.00 for chain sheet on Lot K, Block 6, Tavares (re Harry Johnson property) was approved for payment.
Motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart, and carried, that the payrolls for the month of January be approved.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, on motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned until Monday, February 10, 1964, at 10:00 o’clock A.M.