wednesday – February 26, 1964

The Board of County Commissioners met in special session in the Small Claims Office in the Courthouse at Tavares on Wednesday, February 26, 1964, at 9:00 o’clock A.M. for the purpose of hearing requests for secondary and primary road projects for the 1964-65 State Road Department Budget, and such other business as may be brought before the Board.

The following were present:  Chairman Babb, Commrs. Theus, Cowart, Dykes, and Livingston; Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan, and Engineer Hays.

The invocation was given by Mr. Theus.

Chairman Babb announced requests will be heard in accordance with schedule prepared by the Clerk.

CLERMONT: Mr. Howard Young, Mr. Edward Olivenbaum, and Mr. O. C. Priebe were present representing property owners and taxpayers of South Lake County.  Mr. Young presented six petitions listing requests of the signers of improvements to roads in South Lake County.

Mr. Joe Bon Jorn, Mayor of Clermont, and Mr. Charles M. Pool, Jr. were present representing the City of Clermont.  Mr. Bon Jorn read a resolution adopted by the city council of Clermont.


MASCOTTE:  No one present.  Commr. Cowart recommended that SR 50 be four-laned from Clermont to Mascotte in accordance with last year’s request.

UMATILLA:  A delegation of eight were present – C. S. Stephens, Jr., Neff Sebree, C. E. Vaughn, J. F. Nelson, Jr., F. L. Carpenter, Jack Hartwright, Judge Louis Burg.  Mr. Stephens presented brochure to the Board members, which includes a resolution adopted by the city council of Umatilla.

EUSTIS:         A delegation of seven were present – W. M. (Bill) Reedy, Paul B. Brown, Mayor, George K. Reedy, R. M. Hendrick, E. P. Kidd, City Manager, Don Porter, and John H. Rhodes.  Mayor Brown presented written request from City of Eustis and it was agreed that No. 3 and No. 4 of their Primary request would be reserved.

TAVARES:    E. I. Burleigh, Mayor, and John Rapalje, Clerk, were present and a resolution adopted by the City of Tavares was read by Mayor Burleigh endorsing the request of Eustis and Umatilla for the repaving of SR 19.

MOUNT DORA: A delegation of ten were present – Lewis E. Shipley, O. M. Simpson, Henry W. Link, George J. White, Sr., Oscar E. Schubert, Robert O. Grantham, Tom Champion, Jesse D. Willmott, Mayor, John G. Cain, and Roy Christopher, Attorney for the City of Mount Dora.  Mr. White read a resolution from the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. Schubert presented a resolution adopted by the City Council.

Upon motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Dykes, the following resolution was adopted:

WHEREAS,  the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, feels that State Road 46 is rapidly increasing in importance for cross-state traffic, and particularly for cross-state traffic serving Cape Kennedy, and the area to the North now under development, and

WHEREAS, State Road 46, in its present state, will shortly be insufficient to safely carry such traffic, and

WHEREAS, said State Road 46 also serves the City of Sanford and Seminole County as an important cross-state road, and its development will be a benefit to both Lake and Seminole Counties, and surrounding areas, and

WHEREAS, Lake County intends to request the State Road Department to include in its 1964-65 Budget the four-laning of State Road 46 from Highland Avenue in the City of Mount Dora to the Wekiwa River – the County Line between Lake and Seminole Counties;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Board of County Commissioners of Seminole County be urged to include in its requests for construction of roads for the 1964-65 State Road Department Budget, the four-laning of State Road 46 from the Wekiwa River Easterly to its termination at the East Coast.

Recess and reassembly

The meeting recessed for lunch at noon and reconvened at 1:30 P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.

LEESBURG:  Lake-Sumter Junior College was represented by Dr. Paul D. Williams, President, and three members of the Advisory Board – Mrs. Adelaide D. Hatfield, Mrs. Marie B. Bowden, and Howard E. Kurfiss.  Dr. Williams requested construction of roads and streets within the College campus.

A delegation of six was present from the City of Leesburg – Manager M. W. Thomas, Normal C. Hendricks, Mrs. Walter F. Dempsey, Mrs. R. L. Ogden, J. Carl Smith, and Marjorie Rosendahl.  City Manager Thomas presented written requests.

HOWEY:        No one present.

ASTATULA:  No one present.

MONTVERDE: A delegation of five persons was present – Rex McCammack, W. O. McQuaig, Ray Eggers, Van B. Crews, and Harold Creech.  Mr. McCammack, President of the Town Council, presented brochure together with a resolution adopted by the Town Council.

State agencies

At the request of Commr. Dykes, Clerk Owens was authorized to write Mr. F. J. Banks, Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee, requesting the construction of a boat ramp at Astatula.

Road closing

Attorney Duncan presented petition for closing streets in Snyder’s Subdivision, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board adopted a resolution authorizing advertising for a public hearing to be held on April 6, 1964, of the intention to vacate, abandon, and close the following described streets in Snyder’s Subdivision:

All of Orange Avenue

All that unnamed Street extending from Orange Avenue south between Lot 1 of Block E and Lot 6 of Block F, and between Lot 1 of Block B and Lot 6 of Block C;

Also, that unnamed Street extending from Orange Avenue South, and lying between Lot 1 of Block D and Lot 9 of Block E, and between Lot 1 of Block A and Lot 9 of Block B.

Also the alleys lying between Blocks C and F, B and E.

Condemnation proceedings

Upon motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes, Attorney Duncan was authorized to forward bill from the Sheriff of Martin County for service in Law Case #7114, Lake County vs Tyndall, to the State Road Department for payment.

Florida traffic safety council

Mr. W. H. (Bill) Reedy appeared before the Board with reference to the Florida Traffic Safety Council.  Mr. Reedy said he has been working with this group and feels it would be to the County’s advantage to establish a local safety council.  He is to contact the Director, Wm. J. Jamison, and bring him to a future meeting of the Board for further discussion on this matter.


The meeting adjourned until Wednesday, March 4, 1964, at 9:00 o’clock A.M., at which time road requests will be designated.



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CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN