MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – January 4, 1965
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, January 4, 1965, at 10:00 o’clock A.M. with the following members present: Chairman Babb; Commrs. Theus, Cowart, Dykes and Livingston, Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan, County Engineer Hays and Zoning Director Webb.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman and the invocation was given by Mr. Theus.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the minutes of the December 7th and 14th meetings were approved as submitted.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the minutes of the special meeting on December 21st were approved as submitted.
Bond – miscellaneous
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, bond was approved for Sam L. Pyles as a member of the State Racing Commission, 5th Congressional District, surety Glen Falls Insurance Company.
Roads – state
Paul Brown of Eustis appeared and introduced the new members of the Eustis City Council, said they were present to request this Board to ask the new State Road Board to honor the previous requests of this County for state roads especially State Road 19 though Eustis. Motion was made by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Theus and resolution adopted requesting the State Road Department to follow the previous requests of the County for state roads especially State Road 19 through Eustis and State Road S-468 in Leesburg east to State Road 25.
Mr. Pat Thomas of Leesburg appeared and introduced Claude Moore the new mayor of Leesburg. Mr. Moore made oral request on behalf of the City of Leesburg for the construction of State Road S-468 (South Street) in Leesburg east to State Road 25. Mr. Moore was advised that a resolution has already been adopted concerning this request.
Mr. Walter Shaffer appeared and reported on the progress of the soil survey. Said there have been two men in the County mapping since December 1st and they have 6,834 acres mapped. Al Furman who is in charge of the survey has also been working part time.
Mr. Dale Tietjen of Lady Lake appeared and objected to the rezoning for mobile homes in Baker’s Subdivision on Lake Griffin. Zoning Director Webb advised this recommendation was presented to the Zoning Commission and the usual procedure followed – there were no objections at the hearing.
Mr. Tietjen also requested if there is any way the property owners can be forced to maintain their yards while they are away during the summer months. Chairman Babb advised him the Board has no jurisdiction over this matter.
Road Maintenance – subdivisions
Mr. Tietjen raised the question of street maintenance. Chairman Babb advised him the street has been dedicated to the public but not accepted by the County for maintenance.
Mr. Howell Hopson appeared with reference to acceptance of the elevator installation from Otis Elevator Company which was accepted by the General Contractor on March 2, 1964. There is a 12-month free service period due the owner under the elevator contract and since the elevator has been used by both the owner and contractor since March 2nd, suggests that the free service period to the owner begin as of July 1, 1964. The Board agreed to this and instructed the Architect to get the approval of the contractor regarding the date.
Mr. Hopson presented sample of walnut finish plastic with white letters for door and departmental signs. The Board authorized Mr. Hopson to have the necessary signs made.
Mr. Hopson reported the bonding company has advised him the contractor is in the process of getting release of liens from creditors and subcontractors.
Copy of letter from Mr. Hopson to the contractor advising that the owner looks to them for the installation and completion of handrails at the three entrances to the Courthouse was read and filed.
Letter from Roy Christopher, Attorney, regarding amount due Lindsley Paving Company by the contractor was read and filed.
Notice from Martin Furniture Company, Inc. regarding amount due them by the contractor was read and filed.
Copy of Claim of Lien filed by Haynes, Inc. was submitted and filed.
Clerk Owens submitted letter from Eustis Dodge, Inc. objecting to the Board awarding bid for dump trucks in District No. 2 to a higher bidder. The Clerk was directed to forward Eustis Dodge, Inc. a copy of resolution adopted by the Board regarding the bid.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, easement from Herman C. and Dorothy B. Turner to the Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission for the construction of a boat ramp on Lake Dalhousie was approved and the Clerk authorized to forward same to the Game Commission.
Bonds – miscellaneous
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, bond for carrying firearms for Edward H. Riddle was approved.
Action was again deferred on petition for closing unnamed street in Mount Vernon Subdivision.
On motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board adopted a resolution authorizing advertising for a public hearing to be held on February 8, 1965 of intention to close a portion of St. Andrews Blvd. lying between Pine Valley Drive and Dubsdread Drive in Mt. Plymouth Subdivision, Section A.
Attorney Duncan submitted proof of publication of notice of filing of petition to close platted streets in Barclay’s Addition to Lane Park, and there being no objections to the closing, on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, a resolution was adopted authorizing the closing of the following described streets:
THE ENTIRE LENGTH of that unnamed street which lies between Blocks A and C, and Blocks B and D;
THE ENTIRE LENGTH of that unnamed street which lies between Blocks A and B, and Blocks C and D;
THE ENTIRE LENGTH of that unnamed street which lies between Blocks C and D on the North, and Blocks E and F on the South;
THE ENTIRE LENGTH of that unnamed street which lies East of Blocks B, D, and F;
LESS any portions thereof lying within the right of way of State Road 19, or within the right of way of the public road which now exists along the West side of Blocks A, C and E.
Roads – county
Attorney Duncan again brought up Irving Morse’s request that the Board disclaim property in Section 6, Township 22 S, Range 26 East. Commr. Dykes stated he would like to know the names of the property owners on both sides of the property to be disclaimed. Attorney Duncan was instructed to get this information from Mr. Morse.
Engineer Hays requested permission to have shed built out of materials from the old Mosquito Control Building to house cement and cement mixer, shed to be erected behind the Engineering Department’s sign shop. Permission granted provided the City of Tavares does not object.
Judge Milton appeared and advised he has set February 16th as “Day in Court” for the Juvenile Court and requested the County parking lot be reserved for interested parties. Chairman Babb said the board would take this request under advisement.
Later in the day the Board members agreed they could not set a precedent by reserving the parking lot and the Clerk was instructed to so advise Judge Milton.
Recess and reassembly
The meeting recessed for lunch at 12 o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:30 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
The Board members concurring, the Chairman set the time for the re-organizational meeting at 11 o’clock A.M. January 5, 1965.
The Engineer was advised that this Board has no jurisdiction over subdivisions located within incorporated areas.
Letter from the Engineer to Welborn Daniel regarding plat of resub of part of Suburban Shores advising what is needed before the plat can be filed.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise for furnishings and fixtures for the Clermont Health Center.
Planning & zoning
Zoning Director Webb filed list of officers of the Planning and Zoning Commission for 1965.
Four notices from the State Beverage Department of cars seized for violation of the beverage law were filed and the Clerk instructed to copy of notices to the Attorney.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the action of the Chairman and Clerk in approving applications to the Southwest Florida Tuberculosis Hospital for Coy Leon Strickland and Garth Alonzo Smith were approved by the Board.
Notices from the hospital as follows were filed:
Howard Stanton Wood – left against medical advice on 12/14/64.
James McClain – left against medical advice on 12/24/64.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, request from the Tax Assessor for approval of Certificates of Correction of Errors numbered 131 through 146 was granted.
Licenses & permits
Use permits as follows were filed by the Engineer:
To Sumter Electric Coop., Inc. for the construction and maintenance of power line along County Road 1-7114 between Road 1-721] and Illinois Street in Baker’s Subdivision.
To Sumter Electric Coop., Inc. for the construction and maintenance of power line along County Road 3-0946 south of Clermont.
Board of public instruction
Clerk Owens submitted request from the Board of Public Instruction for school bus stop signs to be placed at the bus stop in Ferndale. The engineer was directed to erect the signs as requested.
Roads – county
Letter from the Board of Public Instruction requesting the improvement of road from Howey Arch to Montverde and old State Road 50 from Montverde Junction to Minneola was read and filed.
Roads – state
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, Typical Section on the following jobs was approved:
No. 1 – Job 11502-8601-02-41, SR S-19A Diesem Corner to SR 19
No. 2 – Job 11507-8601-02-41, SR S-438 SR 25 at Minneola to Orange County Line
No. 3 – Job 11503-8602-02-41, SR S-561A South of Clermont to SR 561
Motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Attorney and Clerk were authorized to go to Tallahassee regarding the status of roads through the County and the bond issue.
Motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Attorney was authorized to forward to the State Road Department for payment bills from the Sheriff for service in condemnation proceedings Lake County vs Harley G. Morse, Law #7228, and Lake County vs James Snyder, Law #7196.
Clerk Owens advised the insurance company has settled with Hill York Orlando Corp. on claim resulting from fire loss to the Carrier Chiller in the Jail on or about November 29, 1963.
On motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Engineer was instructed to prepare plan for parking lot on property located south of the Pioneer Building.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Clerk was directed to write Lake Region Packing Assn. and request their employees to park their cars some place other than the County parking lot.
R. E. Norris, County Agent, appeared and extended invitation to the members to attend “County Commissioners Day” at the University of Florida on February 4th.
Reports – official
Annual Report from Willis V. McCall, Sheriff, for the year ended September 30, 1964 was filed. Check in the amount of $9,588.09 having been filed on that date.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Engineer was authorized to purchase material to case monuments to be erected as right of way markers on County right of way.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Engineer and Zoning Director were authorized to attend short course in fall-out shelter analysis in Orlando on February 18th and 19th.
Motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, expenses of the Board members, Attorneys and Engineer were approved for the County Commissioners meeting in Tallahassee on January 17, 18 and 19th.
On motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Clerk was authorized to purchase Remington Rand Printing Calculator at a cost of $503.23.
On motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Clerk was authorized to purchase International Business Machines Selectra Typewriter at a cost of $450.00.
Request from the Tax Assessor for advance on commissions on 1964 tax roll in the amount of $15,000 was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the payrolls for the month of December were approved.
Letter from Max Brewer expressing appreciation to the Board for their resolution was read and filed.
Resolution from Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce requesting the consideration of this Board and Supervisor of Registration regarding Mount Dora precincts being split and the purchase of additional voting machines was submitted for filing.
Note of thanks for flowers from the family of Hamp Walker was read and filed.
Note of thanks for flowers from the family of Lillie A. Futch was read and filed.
Report from the Supervisor of the Surplus Commodity Warehouse for the month of December, together with annual report was filed.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 3:00 o’clock P.M.