MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – april 4, 1966
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 4, 1966, in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse in Tavares at 10:00 o’clock A.M. with the following members present: Chairman Theus; Commrs. Cowart, Dykes Livingston, and Babb. Also present were Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan, County Engineer Hays, Zoning Director Webb and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Theus, and he also gave the invocation.
roads – county
On the recommendation of the Engineer and on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a resolution was adopted prohibiting heavy trucks over the following described roads and that signs be erected at each location:
1. Old State Road S-466, commencing at the Cemetery bordering Road S-466 and located in Sec. 20, Tp. 18 S., R. 24 E. and continuing Southeasterly and Easterly to Lady Lake.
2. That portion of Lake Griffin Drive commencing at its intersection with Lemon Street in the Town of Lady Lake and continuing South.
3. That portion of McLendon Drive commencing at its intersection with State Road 500 (US 441) in the Town of Lady Lake and extending Easterly.
On a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a resolution was adopted amending a resolution adopted on March 14, 1966 to allow single axle trucks and tractors on the Eustis-Tavares Lakeshore Drive (SR S452) on a temporary basis or until State Road 19 is completed.
A letter from Leontine Williams of Lisbon was submitted requesting additional clay on the road leading to his home was read and referred to Commr. Babb.
Chairman Theus presented a letter from Oakley Seaver, Postmaster at Clermont, with reference to the location and four-laning of SR 530. No action taken by the Board.
Clerk Owens submitted a letter from the State Road Department requesting a title search on SR S-48, Job 11514-1601, and advised the right of way map was turned over to Inland Abstract & Title Company on March 24, 1966.
Attorney Duncan filed the title opinion from Lake Abstract & Guaranty Company affecting the title to the property of Eric M. Hooper and Foley A. Hooper which the Board agreed to an exchange of property on January 3, 1966 subject to the title opinion. Said opinion shows the property involved is subject to a mortgage dated January 9, 1964 to The Travelers Insurance Company and an Oil, Gas and Mineral Lease dated August 28, 1965 to Socony Mobile Oil Company, Inc. The Clerk was instructed to notify the owners before the exchange of property can be made; it will be necessary that we have partial releases or subordination of encumbrance.
planning and zoning
Mr. J. E. Brown, member of the Planning & Zoning Commission, appeared and presented a letter requesting payment of $360 for Planning and Zoning meetings attended during the past three years for which he had not claimed per diem allowance. Chairman Theus advised Mr. Brown the Board cannot pay him for any meetings other than the ones he has attended during this fiscal year and advised him to prepare his bill and present same to the Board for payment.
Zoning Director Webb reported on a request for aid under the 701 Urban Planning Assistance Program. Commr. Livingston filed a copy of a letter to Representative Herlong and his reply regarding this matter.
Mrs. Wanda Isaacs representing the Lake Improvement Assn., Inc. appeared and reported the Association is happy with the results of the seining program in Lake Griffin and would like to see the other large lakes in the county under the same program.
Discussion followed regarding the bag limit of panfish, whereupon, on the recommendation of the Lake Improvement Association, Inc. and on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a resolution was adopted requesting the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission to reduce the bag limit in Lake County to twenty-five (25).
Mrs. Isaacs requested that the County refrain from spraying the hyacinths in Lake Griffin. She advised the Corps of Engineers also sprays the hyacinths in Lake Griffin, and with both the County and the Corps spraying, the hyacinths will soon be eradicated. Want the hyacinths controlled but not eradicated.
A copy of a letter from Lake Improvement Association, Inc. to the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission regarding the Lake Griffin Seining program was read and filed.
Commr. Cowart advised Mr. V. Buchta is desirous of closing County Road 3-2232 which runs East of Deacon’s Lake and located in Section 34, Twp. 21, Range 25. After statements by Commr. Cowart and Commr. Dykes that this is a County-maintained road, the Attorney was instructed to notify Mr. Buchta this road cannot be closed.
Commr. Dykes advised he has received numerous complaints about the conditions of the County dog pound. Sheriff McCall was present and stated he is in the process of moving the location of the pound but will advise the rabies control deputy to improve the conditions at the present location.
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Clerk Owens advised when Claude Locke was appointed to the Council, the length of time he would serve was not specified, whereupon, on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Mr. Locke was appointed to a three (3) year term as a member of the Council from Lake County.
The minutes of the meeting held February 9, 1966 in Daytona Beach were filed and a copy distributed to each member, along with the amendment to the bylaws regarding Personnel Rules and Regulation.
bonds – misc.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Deputy Sheriff bond for Aubrey Glenn Bryant was approved.
licenses & Permits
On a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Bond for Carrying Firearms for Willie Mae Barrett was approved.
A permit application to the Southwest Florida Water Management District to Shoreline Dredging and Construction Company to dredge in Dead River was read and filed, with Commr. Dykes voicing his opposition to the dredging.
The Engineer reported the following use permits have been issued:
No. 69 to Florida Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of buried cable along County Road 5-7464 between SR 19 and SR S-450.
No. 73 to Florida Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of buried cable along County Road 3-1741 between Minneola and SR S-561A.
No. 74 to Florida Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of buried cable paralleling and crossing County Road 1-6611.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the action of the Chairman and Clerk was approved in approving petitions to the Southwest Florida Tuberculosis Hospital for the following: William Hampton Fleming, Thomas Huffman Spencer.
The following notices from the hospital were filed:
John Lee Bell was discharged with medical advice on March 4, 1966.
Burton Wilder Smith left against medical advice on March 7, 1966.
Anderson Able was discharged with medical advice on March 23, 1966.
William Lesley Webb was discharged with medical advice on March 29, 1966.
Lettie Frances Hill was discharged with medical advice on March 30, 1966.
Certificates of Corrections of Errors and Corrections on the 1965 tax roll numbered 160 through 174 were approved on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, applications for duplicate Tax Sale Certificates were approved for the following:
Tax Sale Certificate No. 128 – Samuel B. Gaskins $59.13
138 ditto $51.25
139 ditto $51.25
140 ditto $56.66
141 ditto $56.66
153 ditto $14.79
Clerk Owens submitted a letter from R. J. Riebold, Forest Supervisor, US Department of Agriculture, requesting the County’s approval of the purchase of a ten-acre tract in Section 11, Twp. 15 S., R. 28 E. from Mr. Albert J. Pekkola by the US Department of Agriculture; whereupon, on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the above purchase was approved.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Clerk was authorized to redeem Tax Certificate #17 issued May 31, 1963 to Peter H. or Ruth M. Johnson in the amount of $37.77.
Engineer Hays advised a resident of Lake Harris Estates is interested in the railroad crossing at this subdivision being relocated. The Engineer was instructed to contact this party and find out if he is willing to pay the cost of relocating the crossing.
The Clerk read a memorandum from the Soil Conservationist advising that 13,910 acres were mapped during the month of March.
elections – general and primary
Clerk Owens presented letters with reference to the May 3rd Primary as follows:
List of Democratic candidates who qualified
Certification to the Supervisor of Elections of candidates without opposition
Certification to the Secretary of State of candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties.
Letter to the State Democratic Executive Committee forwarding check for $1,368 representing filing fees of candidates
Letter to the Lake County Democratic Executive Committee forwarding check for $912 representing assessment fees collected from candidates.
A letter from Robert Lee Skinner withdrawing as a candidate for the office of Democratic State Committeeman was read and filed.
A copy of a letter was read and filed from the Florida Department of Public Safety to the Lake County Safety Council advising the Highway Patrol will sponsor a periodic motor vehicle inspection bill during the 1967 Legislature.
Judge Milton appeared and presented a written request to use approximately $200 from the Juvenile Court budget as salary for Jack Herrin, student at Florida State University, to work in the Juvenile Court during July and August. On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the request was granted.
transfer of funds
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, Sheriff McCall’s request that $8,500 be transferred from the Contingency Fund to the following accounts was approved:
Salaries of Deputies and Assistants $4,000.00
Expenses other than salaries 500.00
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a statement from Waterman Memorial Hospital in the amount of $204.05 for Wilbur Edwards, colored prisoner, who expired in the Hospital was approved for payment.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board approved the purchase of an artificial leg for J. H. Broome, former county employee, in the amount of $450.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the request of the County Service Officer to attend the Annual Service Officers’ School and Conference in Miami Beach April 30 – May 7 was approved, and the requests of Lorrine Retey and Julia Hoverstock to attend the same conference were denied.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the payrolls for the month of March were approved.
The Board approved the purchase of a road roller from Fred Cross, Jr., in the sum of $200 on a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
A letter from the Central Florida Fair regarding Lake County’s participation in the Fair was read and filed.
Letters from Senators and Representatives acknowledging the resolution relative to the transfer of the MOL program from Cape Kennedy were filed, together with a printed copy of the hearing held on February 24, 1966.
A letter from the Department of Agriculture re the “Greenspan” program was read and filed.
A letter from the Florida Board of Conservation was read and filed advising that funds will be appropriated in 1967 to initiate a study under Section 206, Public Law 86-645 in the St. Johns River Basin.
A letter from the State Board of Health was filed regarding the American Cheerleaders Association.
The following reports for the month of March were filed:
Florida Division of Corrections pertaining to Road Prison No. 58 and the Lake County Jail and Stockade
Planning, Zoning and Building Department
Surplus Commodity Warehouse Superintendent
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 12:00 o’clock noon.