MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – NOVEMBER 1, 1965
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Monday, November 1, 1965, at 10:00 o’clock A.M. with the following present: Chairman Livingston, Commrs. Cowart, Dykes, Babb and Theus, Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan, Engineer Hays and Zoning Director Webb.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman and the invocation was given by Mr. Webb.
It now being the time advertised to receive bids on trucks for District 3 and District 5, the Chairman directed the Clerk to open the bids and the Engineer to tabulate same, whereupon, the Engineer reported receiving bids from the following:
Joe Creamons Chevrolet, Inc.
Jungle Auto Service
Eustis Motor Company
Eustis Dodge, Inc.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the bids were referred to the Engineer for study and recommendation to the Board.
Later in the day the Engineer reported Joe Creamons Chevrolet, Inc. is the low bidder meeting all specifications, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the bids of Joe Creamons Chevrolet, Inc. were accepted.
It now being the time advertised to receive bids on two tax billing machines, the Clerk reported the following bid received:
National Cash Register Company – 2 machines @ $9,220.00 each $18,440.00
On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, acceptance of the bid was deferred until approved by the Tax Collector.
Later in the day Mr. Paul Reed appeared and recommended the bid be accepted, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the bid from National Cash Register Company was accepted and a resolution adopted authorizing the Tax Collector and Tax Assessor to pay for the machines from their office funds.
At this time Vice Chairman Theus presided due to Chairman Livingston having a bad cold.
Mary Hamner appeared and reported on the necessity of additional space for storing equipment and supplies at the Nursing Home. On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Engineer was instructed to draw a tentative plan of what is necessary.
Paul Milton appeared regarding the barge bids received on October 11, 1965 and advised none of the bidders submitted a lease agreement, however, the Health Department is willing to purchase the barge from State I funds, and bid from Indian River Mosquito Control District in the amount of $3200 is the low bid. On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Mosquito Control Director was authorized to purchase the barge with same being paid for by the Health Department from State I funds. Mr. Milton will place the order for the barge.
Roads – county
Mrs. Elizabeth Wass de Czege appeared and presented petition signed by twenty-three (23) residents of Astor Park petitioning the re-opening of access road to Lake Schermerhorn.
Mr. Walter Auffenberg appeared in opposition to the petition and stated the County has never maintained the road.
Mr. Ronnie Greenbaugh appeared in support of the petition and stated the road has been in existence for more than 20 years.
The Engineer was instructed to attempt to secure right of way for a suitable road.
Mr. Greenbaugh requested permission to keep his bar and restaurant open until 2 o’clock A.M. on the eve of the opening of hunting season. The Vice Chairman advised him this matter would be taken under advisement and he will be notified.
Later motion was made by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, that Mr. Greenbaugh’s application be refused.
Board of public instruction
Jack Morgan appeared and presented resolution adopted by his Board expressing appreciation to the Board of County Commissioners for its assistance and cooperation.
Roads – state
On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to grade and surface road from State Road 19 to State Road 439 and delete Cassady Avenue Extension and Skyline Drive from the present budget.
On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to make a traffic survey of the portion of State Road 19 bordering the Altoona School premises.
At this time Chairman Livingston left the meeting to go to the doctor.
Roads – county
Attorney Duncan was instructed to write Mrs. Evans at Glenn’s Cove to stop burning trash on the road right of way.
Commr. Dykes advised he has agreed to install two culverts across Little Creek and fill in tram road. The Oklawaha Water Authority has agreed to pay for half of the culverts. The Engineer was directed to work out a schedule with the road foremen on this work.
Dr. S. Rovert Klar representing the Board of Visitors appeared with reference to construction of a kitchen for the Juvenile Home. The Clerk advised $9200 has been budgeted for this item. The Engineer was instructed to work with Howell Hopson, Architect, who is drawing the preliminary plans.
Dr. Klar advised the position of assistant superintendent of the home has been filled.
Rights of way
Attorney Duncan presented recommendations for acquiring rights of way for proposed secondary roads resulting from a conference with representatives of the State Road Department. Mr. Duncan stated he will submit the recommendations to the State Road Department in the form of an agreement with a copy to each Commissioner.
Recess and reassembly
The Board adjourned for lunch at 12 o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:30 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
Roads – county
The Engineer was instructed to write the owners of groves on County Road 1-4124 in the Sunnyside area advising if the trees having branches hanging over the road are not trimmed to the County’s satisfaction, the County will trim the trees.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to center line stripe SR S438 and SR S 561-A (Minnehaha-Lakeshore Drive).
Commr. Cowart submitted for filing letter to the State Road Department consenting to the Road Department hauling material for the construction of South Street over County Road 2-4006, provided the road is restored to its original condition when construction is completed.
Roads – state
Clerk Owens advised he has received request for title search on State Road 25, Job 11200-1505, and turned same over to Lake Abstract on October 28th.
Notice from the State Road Department was filed advising Macasphalt Corp. was low bidder on the following secondary roads:
Job No. 11506-8602, Woodward Ave. in Eustis between SR S-452 and Grove Street
Job No. 11510-8602, SR S-437 from Orange County line north to SR 46
Job No. 11520-5601, SR S-565 from SR 50 in Mascotte southerly approximately 9.5 mile
Job No. 11550-5602, SR S-449 (Silver Lake Road) to SR 44.
On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the amended budget for 1964-65 as follows was approved:
SEE PAGES 329-334
Engineer Hays reported the City of Clermont is desirous of establishing a railroad crossing from SR S561-A along Lakeshore Drive to the negro bathing beach in Johnson’s Replat (Section 23, Township 22, Range 25) and request the Board’s assistance in securing permission from the railroad for the installation of same. The Attorney was instructed to write the City of Clermont for confirmation that the city will pay for the crossing and maintenance of same.
Engineer Hays reported on resurfacing the existing streets into the Fairgrounds (Hazzard Avenue and Eustis Street). The City of Eustis would like to have Eustis Street widened to 32 feet. The Engineer was directed to make an estimate of the cost and determine if they City of Eustis is willing to pay one-half of the costs.
Road & bridge department
The Engineer reported on property for a clay pit for Districts 2 and 3. The owner, D. R. Horst, wants to sell the entire tract. Mr. Hays was instructed to have Mr. Dillard contact the owner regarding selling only 5 acres.
The Engineer advised Ewell Engineering & Contracting Company is desirous of using the clay pit site off County Road 3-0159 for their asphalt plant location. On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute agreement for this purpose.
On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a resolution was adopted authorizing exchange of deeds between Lake County and Franklin P. Holman and Margaret Maxwell Holman, for the purpose of properly establishing property lines in accordance with the possessory title of the respective parties, the effect of which deeds would be merely corrective and not conveyance of title.
Road & bridge department
The Engineer was instructed to write the General Electric Company with reference to the distance of sending and receiving on the radios. Do not think we are getting maximum performance from the equipment.
The Engineer was directed to write Grove Equipment Company unless bill for corrugated metal pipe placed in their grove is not paid within 30 days the pipe will be removed.
Commr. Livingston initiated discussion regarding Eudora Road. Clerk Owens advised the City of Mount Dora has officially extended its city limits and were advised by the County Attorney if the city limits were extended they must maintain the road.
Memorandum from the Conservation Service was filed reporting a total of 14,166 acres mapped during the month of October.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute supplement to the Cooperative Agreement between the County and Soil Conservation Service amending the effective date to cover period from October 1, 1965 to June 30, 1966.
State road department
Clerk Owens submitted letter from the State Road Department denying request for additional crossover on State Road 25 near the Hodges Equipment Company. On motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Attorney was directed to request representatives of the State Road Department, including the road board member, to meet with representatives of the County to view this proposed location in the interest of safety to the traffic traveling both North and South.
Jack Jones, Architect, appeared and advised the contractor was to start today on the construction of the Engineering Building but he has not received performance bond.
Request of Walter Shaffer, Soil Conservationist, to use the two southeast corner second floor room in the Pioneer Building for the soil scientists was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Clerk Owens advised the Courthouse officials have agreed on the following holidays for the remained of the year:
Veterans Day - November 11
Thanksgiving - November 25 and 26
Christmas - December 24
On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Commr. Theus was authorized to consult with the Architect, Howell Hopson, regarding an appropriate sign for the Courthouse building.
Reports – official
Clerk Owens submitted report of receipts, expenses and Net Income from the County Judge for nine month period ending September 30, 1965, showing a return of $13,685.33 due the County.
The Clerk submitted letter of transmittal and report for period ending September 30, 1965 from the Sheriff returning $7,148.22 to the County from 1964-65 budget.
Clerk Owens advised an Assistant Public Defender has been appointed for the Fifth Judicial Circuit at an annual salary of $7500 to be divided among the five counties on a per capita basis and Lake County’s share, including supplement to the secretary’s salary of $900.00 annually, is $3,410.30. Sumter County will pay the Assistant Public Defender and Lake County will pay the secretary, whereupon on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Clerk was authorized to issue warrant in the amount of $2,510.30 to the Clerk of Sumter County.
Oklawaha water authority
The Clerk submitted letter and resolution from the Water Authority requesting this Board’s support of resolution to the Southwest Florida Water Management District regarding additional reservoir in the Green Swamp area. On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted requesting the establishment of an additional reservoir.
Copy of correspondence between Lake Improvement Assn. and the Game Commission regarding the rotenone treatment in Lake Griffin, also, reports from the Game Commission of total number of rough fish removed from the Lake were read and filed.
The Clerk submitted letter from Dr. Wm. R. Daniel, Orlando, requesting assistance for services rendered indigent patient Eddie Reed. The Clerk was instructed to request the Welfare Director to investigate and report to the Board.
On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the action of the Chairman and Clerk was approved in approving applications for the following to the Southwest Florida Tuberculosis Hospital:
Isaac Eddie Murphy, Wm. Lesley Webb, John Lee Bell
Notices as follows were filed with the Board:
Garth Alonzo Smith was discharged with medical advice on October 7, 1965
Joseph Burnett was discharged with medical advice on October 29, 1965.
Licenses & permits – use
The Engineer filed the following use permits:
To O. P. Dasher for the construction and maintenance of conduit jet under County Road #4-4265.
To Florida Telephone Corp. for construction and maintenance of buried cable along County Rd. #5-8872 between SR 19 and Marion County line.
To the City of Mount Dora for the construction and maintenance of water main on the East side of County Road #3-4664.
Deputy Sheriff Bond for Ruth R. Cottrell was approved on motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the resignation of Charles E. Gore, Veteran Service Officer, was accepted effective October 31, 1965, and the Clerk was authorized to pay Mr. Gore on the basis of $400.00 per month in lieu of increase authorized on September 13, 1965.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the resignation of Lois Elaine Stanley, Assistant Home Demonstration Agent, was accepted effective December 10, 1965.
On motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board approved the employment of Daniel Heald as assistant to the Courthouse custodian and voting machine custodian at a monthly salary of $425.00 effective December 1, 1965, and the Clerk was instructed to notify Mr. Heald.
Salaries & wages
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board approved salary increase for Murry Lowe, Courthouse Custodian, to $450.00 per month effective November 1, 1965.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following monthly wage scale was authorized for the road crews effective November 1, 1965:
Operators $385.00 per month
Truck Drivers 320.00 per month
Laborers 290.00 per month
On motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise for front end loaders for Districts 1 and 2. Bids to be received December 6, 1965.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise for storing and hauling voting machines. Bids to be received December 13, 1965.
Veterans service officer
On motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Clerk was instructed to contract the State Veterans Service Office and request temporary help until the position of Service Office can be filled.
The Clerk presented applications for this position and action was deferred by the Board until the next meeting.
The Clerk was instructed to notify Bill Young to have the prison crew unload commodities for the Board of Public Instruction when unloading at the Commodity Warehouse.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the minutes of the regular meetings held on September 6 and September 13 were approved as submitted.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, IBM Typewriter was authorized for the Engineering Department, approximate cost $450.00.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, local phone service was authorized for the Soil Conservation Office in the Pioneer Building. No toll charges authorized.
On recommendation of the Zoning director, and on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Clerk was instructed to refund $14.50 to L. B. Holloway for building permit #5162, and $65.00 to Wm. B. Bass, contractor, for building permit #5127.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Clerk was authorized to order nine (9) cleanable type aluminum air filters for the Courthouse from J. J. Floreth & Associates, Inc.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, proposal from Lake Office Equipment Company was accepted for 1 Royalmetal Roll-out Verti-file, price $337.53, for the Small Claims Office.
Clerk Owens submitted proposals on criminal file folders for the Clerk’s Office, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the low price submitted by Southern Printing Company in the amount of $394.00 for 2,000 folder was accepted.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Clerk was authorized to purchase Cott Index Book for County Commissioners’ minutes from Bowen Supply Company, cost $189.50.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Clerk was authorized to purchase two Register of Instruments books from Bowen Supply Company, cost $149.00 each.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the payrolls for the month of October were approved.
Letters from St. Johns County, State Assn. of County Commissioners, Florida Mobile Home Assn. and resolution from Dade County regarding Amendment No. 5 on tax status of mobile homes were filed.
Letter and pamphlet from the Corps of Engineers regarding “Recreation” were referred to the Planning and Zoning Director.
Copy of letter from the State Board of Health regarding the City of Leesburg was filed.
Letter and questionnaire from the Florida League of Municipalities were referred to the Planning and Zoning Director.
Acknowledgment of flowers from the family of Jesse E. Dykes was read and filed.
Note of thanks from Mrs. Walter L. Mertz for resolution adopted by the Board was read and filed.
The following reports for the month of October were filed:
Planning, Zoning and Building Department
Surplus Commodity Warehouse Supervisor
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 4:00 o’clock P.M.