special MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – february 28, 1966
The Board of County Commissioners met in special session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse in Tavares on Monday, February 28, 1966, at 9:00 A.M. for the purpose of designating Primary and Secondary Roads for the 1966-67 State Road Department budget, and any other business which might be brought before the Board.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman with the following members being present: Commrs. Theus, Cowart, Dykes, Livingston and Babb. Others present were Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan, and Engineer Hays.
Clerk Owens presented a notice from the City of Leesburg of public hearing to be held on March 3, 1966 on the rezoning of the following described property in the City of Leesburg from “R-1-A Residential District to C-1 Commercial District”:
South 150’ of North 450’ of East Leesburg Sub. lying South of Dixie Avenue as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 69, public records of Lake County.
On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the rezoning as described above was approved.
Chairman Theus submitted a request from Rev. Phil W. Dunford for a letter from this Board recognizing the Lake County Economic Opportunity, Inc. as the chartered community action committee to carry out programs and projects under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Attorney was instructed to notify Rev. Dunford.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Lake County Economic Opportunity, Inc. was authorized to use the three east rooms on the second floor of the Chamber of Commerce Building, now occupied by the Engineering Department, and to use the desk and furnishings now in the offices. This is to become effective when the Engineering Department vacates the offices.
Resolutions not classified elsewhere
Letter and resolution from the Brevard County Commission opposing the transfer of the MOL Project from Brevard County to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, were read and on motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a resolution was adopted objecting to the transfer of this Laboratory Program with copies of same to the Florida Senators and Congressmen.
On motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board agreed to the installation of Atlantic Coast Line Railroad crossing at a point 1,559 feet east of Mile Post TA-787 in Sorrento and to pay the estimated cost of $175.00 to install flange boards and paving between the ends of the cross ties.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, request was approved from the Civil Defense Director for him and H. G. Drake to attend the Civil Defense Association Spring Conference in Gainesville March 2-4.
On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, expenses of the Board members, Attorney, Engineer and Zoning Director were approved to attend the Mid-Year Conference of the County Commissioners Association in Palm Beach on March 27-29.
roads – state
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a resolution was adopted as follows:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the State Road Department of the State of Florida consider for construction of primary roads in Lake County, in conjunction with adjoining counties, the proposed projects hereafter set forth in the priority in which they appear to the extent that primary funds are available for said purposes.
No. 1 – SR 50. Four-lane SR 50 from its intersection with SR 33 in the City of Mascotte and extending Easterly to the Westerly city limits of Clermont.
No. 2 – SR 455. Widen and resurface SR 455 beginning at its intersection with SR 561-A in Ferndale and continuing Southeasterly and Southerly to (new) SR 50 (excepting portions resurfaced in the Town of Montverde.)
No. 3 – SR 25. Four-lane SR 25 commencing at the Southerly end of the present four-lane road just South of the Palatlakaha River Bridge and continuing Southerly to the North city limits of Minneola.
No. 4 – SR 19. Four-lane SR 19 from the South city limits of Umatilla Southerly to the North city limits of Eustis.
No. 5 – Four-lane with municipal section, including sidewalks, a 1200’ connecting road between SR 25 and SR 500, more particularly described as follows: Beginning 419 feet Southeast of the Southeasterly right of way line of Shelfer Street on the Westerly right of way line of SR 500 in the City of Leesburg, and run thence Southwesterly and West to intersect with the East right of way line of SR 25, said road having a right of way width of 107 ½ feet. The North right of way line of said proposed road at the West end thereof being 505 feet South of the intersection of the South right of way line of Shelfer Street and on the East right of way line of SR 25. With this request Lake County pledges $25,000.00 from Secondary Funds allocated to Lake County.
No. 6 – SR 44. Four-lane with municipal section SR 44 from the East city limits of the City of Eustis, West to intersection SR 19 (Bay Street).
No. 7 – SR 561. Resurface SR 561 beginning at its intersection with SR 50 in the City of Clermont and continuing Southerly to intersect SR 33.
No. 8 – SR 19-A and Old SR 500. Four-lane SR 19-A from the interchange of SR 19 and SR 500 South of Eustis and running Southerly and Easterly to intersect Old SR 500 and continuing on Old SR 500 to the East end of the Golden Triangle Shopping Center.
No. 9 – SR 19. Four-lane SR 19 commencing at SR 450 in the City of Umatilla (at the depot) and running North along the present SR 19 and railroad right of way, recently purchased from Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, to the North end of said purchased right of way North of Altoona.
No. 10 – SR 44. Widen and resurface SR 44, East Main Street in the City of Leesburg, commencing at Lake Street and continuing east to intersect SR 500. (Approximately .4 mile) (Right of way already acquired.)
No. 11 – SR 44. Four-lane SR 44 commencing at SR 25 in Leesburg and continuing west to the Lake County line. It is respectfully requested that Sumter County join in this request by continuing the four-laning of SR 44 to intersect Interstate 75.
No. 12 – SR 25 (U.S. 27). Acquire additional right of way on SR 25 and SR 44 at the intersection of said roads in Leesburg for the purpose of increasing the radius of said intersection. Also, acquire additional right of way on said roads to accommodate the enlargement of the intersection above described.
No. 13 – SR 44. Four-lane with municipal section SR 44 commencing at its intersection with SR 19 in the North city limits of Eustis (Trout Run) and continuing West through Fort Mason.
No. 14 – Old SR 500 in Mount Dora. Widen and resurface Highland Street in the City of Mount Dora commencing at its intersection with Fifth Avenue in Mount Dora and run South to the Lake County line.
No. 15 – SR 46. Four-lane SR 46 from the Eastern county line (Wekiwa River) Westerly to its intersection with SR 500.
No. 16 – SR 19. Resurface SR 19 from its intersection with SR 445 North of Pittman and continuing North to the county line. (This is a portion of proposed U.S. 23.) It is respectfully requested that Marion County join in this request to resurface SR 19 from the Marion County line Northerly to Salt Springs.
No. 17 – SR 19. Re-align SR 19 beginning South of the “Howey Concrete Bridge” (over Little Lake Harris) and veer to the left to connect with Citrus Avenue in the Town of Howey-in-the-Hills (eliminating the right angle intersection of SR 19 with SR 48.) This is a section of proposed U.S. 23.
No. 18 – SR 500 and SR 19 Intersection. Construct to full cloverleaf the interchange at the intersection of SR 500 with SR 19 South of the city limits of the City of Eustis.
No. 19 – Request the Federal Highway Commission to designate as U.S. 23 the following highways in Florida: Commence at the Southern extremity of U.S. 23 in Jacksonville and continuing South on U.S. 17 to its intersection with SR 19 Northwest of Palatka and following SR 19 South to its intersection with SR 50 and SR 33 in Groveland, and continuing South on SR 33 to its intersection with Interstate 4 South of Polk City.
On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, under Section 208.44 Florida Statutes, known as the “Secondary Road Assistance Act of 1949” and Section 339.08 Florida Statutes, the State Road Department will receive 80 percent of the proceeds of this county’s pro-rata share of the Seventh Cent gasoline tax, to be used as prescribed by regulations of the said Department within this County, as requested by resolution of this Board of County Commissioners and approved by the Department for one or more of the following purposes: construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of State roads and bridges, the lease or purchase of bridges connecting State roads, the acquisition of rights of way for State roads, and the reduction of road and bridge indebtedness; and
WHEREAS, the State Road Department has requested this County Board to recommend the purpose for which, and the roads on which, this County’s 80 percent surplus gas tax and Federal Aid Secondary allocations should be spent for construction and improvement; and
WHEREAS, the State Road Department requires this information so that it may be considered in the preparation of the Annual Budget of the State Road Department; and
WHEREAS, this Board conferred with the State Road Department concerning the projects to be selected and the specifications with respect thereto,
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the State Road Department is hereby requested to use such funds for construction (including rights of way acquisition, surveys, plans, maintenance, etc.) on the following roads:
No. 1 – SR S-473 (Bassville Park Road a/k/a Haines Creek Road). Grade, pave and construct SR S-473 commencing at its intersection with SR 500 West of Dead River, thence run North and West to intersect SR 44 (at Orange Bend.) Eminent Domain proceedings to acquire right of way have been instituted.
No. 2 – SR S-48 (Astatula East to SR 448-A). Designate as secondary highway and grade, pave and construct over present clay road secondary highway, commencing at SR 561 in the Town of Astatula and extending East and Northeasterly to intersect SR 448-A South of Lake Jem.
No. 3 – Construct a bridge across Palatlakaha River on connecting road between SR 25 and SR 33, said road commencing at SR 25 in Section 1, Township 21, Range 24, and extending Westerly to SR 33. Bridge to be located in Section 11, Township 21, Range 24 and will serve U.S. Experimental Station bordering the Palatlakaha River.
No. 4 – SR 19 Cross-over. Construct pedestrian cross-over over SR 19 in the City of Eustis at Taylor Street.
No. 5 – Survey, grave, pave and construct a road connecting SR 19 with SR S-439, more particularly described as follows: Commence at the intersection of State Road 19 with State Road 450 at the location of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot, and thence continuing Easterly along the North boundary of Section 13, Township 18 South, Range 26 East, and Southerly around the South boundary of the lake, and thence Northerly to the Saltsdale Road; and thence continuing Easterly to intersect State Road 439 at the Northeast corner of Section 15, Township 18 South, Range 27 East.
No. 6 – Designate that part of Grove Street in the City of Eustis commencing at Badger Avenue and continuing South to intersect SR 19, as secondary road, and widen and rebuild the same.
No. 7 – Acquire right of way commencing at the South end of Kurt Street in the City of Eustis and run South to SR 500 and then grade, pave and construct said road, continuing North on Kurt Street to Atwater Avenue and thence East along Atwater to SR 19 (Bay Street.)
No. 8 – Acquire right of way and grade, pave and construct a road through Green Swamp commencing at SR 25 at or near the South boundary of Lake County in Township 24, South, Range 26 East, run West and Northwesterly to intersect SR 33 near the Northwest corner of Section 28, Township 24 South, Range 25 East.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the methods and standards employed by the State Road Department for determination of major improvement features, including the specific alignment, the types and widths of pavement, and the Department’s standard specifications for construction are concurred in and approved by this Board. It is requested: That the Department will consider the projects in the order listed above insofar as practicable, but not to the extent of retarding the whole program; that the termini of the projects as described in the resolution and shown on the accompanying map, rather than any estimate of funds therefore, shall control the Department’s allocation of funds; that this resolution shall remain in effect throughout the year; and that after the current year the recommendations of this resolution shall constitute a continuing improvement program for the County, unless changed by a subsequent annual resolution.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS under the State Wide Urban Highway Program established recently by Governor Burns and the State Road Board, the City of Leesburg in Lake County, Florida is included in the “24 other cities over 10,000 population, according to the 1960 U.S. Census,” and is therefore entitled under said program to primary funds for the construction of urgently needed streets, and connecting links, and
WHEREAS the City of Leesburg has designated the following as a proposed four-lane street including parking on both sides, with curb and gutter and sidewalks, within the City of Leesburg as an urgently needed highway,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the construction of the following designated street in the City of Leesburg as proposed by said City is approved; that the State Road Board is requested to include in the State Wide Urban Highway Program, acquisition of right of way and construction of a four-lane street including parking on both sides, with curb and gutter and sidewalks, along the following route in the City of Leesburg:
Commence at the intersection of Third Street with North Boulevard (SR 500) and run thence South along Third Street to intersect and cross the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad right of way, thence veer to the Southeast to intersect Second Street, and thence continuing South on Second Street to intersect Dixie Avenue.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 12:00 P.M.