MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – APRIL 11, 1966
A regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, was held in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, at 10:00 o’clock A.M. Monday, April 11, 1966, with the following members present: Commissioners Cecil Theus, Chairman; J. C. Cowart, H. T. Dykes, D. H. Livingston and Herbert A. Babb. Also present were Clerk Frank E. Owens, Attorney Carl E. Duncan, County Engineer Gordon Hays, Jr., Zoning Director Robert S. Webb, and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven.
Chairman Theus called the meeting to order and gave the invocation.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the following changes were made to the present indigent list:
District No. 1 - DELETE Ponnie Mound - $20.00
DELETE Larry Stone - 40.00
2 - DELETE Mary Francis Archie - 30.00
3 - ADD Mary Francis Archie - 30.00
4 - No change
5 - No change
W. H. Reedy appeared and advised Bud Jenkins has resigned from the Safety Council and Pat Thomas of Leesburg has been appointed to fill the vacancy. Also, associate members as follows have been appointed to the Council:
J. V. Calhoun
outdoor recreational facilities
Mr. Reedy reported the contract for the construction of the wayside park on Lake Eustis West of Tavares will be let at the May meeting of the State Road Board. He requested that the County Engineer be instructed to contact the District Engineer to work out the details of the location of restrooms, parking areas, boat ramps, etc.
Mr. Hugh Hanna of the State Road Department appeared later in the day and advised the contract will only cover the fill and the construction of a retaining wall. There will be no stabilizing and no pavement included in the contract. Mr. Hanna stated the plans and estimated cost exceed the money available, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to pay from Secondary Funds the original sum of $25,000 previously requested and such balance as necessary to complete the construction in accordance with plans approved by the State Road Department.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a Resolution was adopted requesting the Outdoor Recreational Planning Committee to advance to the State Road Department the sum of $18,000.00 for the purpose of adding to the recreational area located on the West side of Lake Harris adjoining State Road 25.
road maintenance – subdivisions
maps & plats
Mr. E. T. Hall appeared with reference to survey requested by the Board regarding road problems in subdivisions. Mr. Hall reported he and the County Engineer have visited all adjacent counties except Sumter and they all have problems. Mr. Hall stated the counties with rigid restrictions are having problems because the developers are using metes and bounds descriptions. Lengthy discussion followed and Mr. Hall filed list of recommendations to be worked out with an inter-county committee in order to help all the adjacent counties solve their problems.
roads – state
On recommendation of the Asst. District Engineer, Hugh Hanna, and on motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a Resolution was adopted to accept additional easement from James D. Boyt to the State Road Department to correct outfall ditch under State Road 25 with necessary installation of pipe to be located 748.65 feet South of the intersection of South Street and State Road 25, said pipe to be installed in conjunction with the South Street project.
The Clerk submitted letter from the City of Umatilla requesting that road signs bearing the name of Umatilla and mileage be placed at the interchange South of Eustis on State Road 500 and also on State Road 19 North of Eustis Interchange. Commr. Babb moved that the State Road Department be requested to cooperate in placing the signs as requested. The motion was seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
Clerk Owens read letter from the State Road Department advising that bids will be received on April 28, 1966 on SR S-473, Bassville Park Road, in Tallahassee.
ROADS – COUNTY
Commr. Livingston stated his road crew will pave Getford Road between Getford Avenue and Bates Avenue in District No. 5.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a Resolution was adopted establishing 35 mile speed limit on E. Crooked Lake Drive from State Road 500 to Haselton Street and that proper signs be erected.
Clerk Owens submitted letter from C. Arthur Yergey requesting “No Dumping” and $100.00 penalty signs be erected on County road from Double Run to the Yergey property in Section 7, Twp. 21, Range 27 near the Howey Arch. The Engineer was instructed to erect the signs as requested.
Chairman Theus presented letter from the State Road Department regarding the required clearances for the proposed bridge over the Palatkaha River, whereupon on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a Resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to construct this bridge in accordance with requirements of the Oklawaha Water Authority.
Right of Way Agent Emery Dillard appeared with reference to exchange of property with Maurice E. Day in Section 24, Twp. 18, Range 25 for additional land to be used as clay pit in District 5. Area involved is approximately 5 acres. Mr. Dillard was instructed to have appraisal made of the properties involved and the Clerk was authorized to advertise this exchange.
Three letters from the Division of Plant Industry were filed approving the following clay pits for movement of soil or clay into citrus producing areas:
Paisley Pit – District 5
Black Still Lake Pit – District 3
Tram Road Pit – District 3
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Comr. Dykes and carried, the Engineer was instructed to erect additional signs at all the clay pits as follows:
“Dumping prohibited due to U. S. Department of Agriculture rejection – reason nematode”
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a deed was accepted conveying the following described property to Lake County and ordered recorded upon the public records:
GRANTORS: H. H. McTureous and Mildred C. McTureous, his wife
E. W. McTureous and Crystal T. McTureous, his wife
THE SOUTH 25 FEET OF:
The SE ¼ of the SE ¼ of the NE ¼ of Section 22, Twp. 18 S., R. 25 E., LESS the West 82 feet of the South 131 feet thereof.
recess and reassembly
The Board recessed for lunch at twelve o’clock noon and reconvened at 2:00 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
County Agent Norris and K. S. McMullen of the Agriculture Extension Service appeared with reference to the two vacancies for assistant home economic agents in the County. Mr. McMullen said in his opinion these jobs are vacant so much due to the fact that girls right out of college are employed and they leave to get married. Suggest in the future Lake County employ experienced agents with master’s degree which will increase the annual salaries $1290.00 in one position and $700.00 in the other. On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Board accepted Mr. McMullen’s recommendation and agreed to pay annual salaries of $4,080.00 and $3,230.00 for two (2) Assistant Home Economic Agents effective June 1, 1966, or when available.
Mr. McMullen discussed the Board’s action in refusing to pay salary to Assistant County Agent Loveless while he is attending school to work on his degree. Chairman Theus advised Mr. McMullen the Board’s action was based on an opinion from the Attorney General and on recommendation of the State Auditor. No action taken by the Board.
C. A. Buchanan and R. W. Conner of Tavares appeared and objected to the Board participating in the Anti-Poverty Program (Economic Opportunity Committee) sponsored by the Federal Government. Commr. Dykes advised the Board has furnished office space to this Committee but does not intend to participate farther.
suits affecting county
Attorney Duncan reported on the status of the Hooten case. Stated he is withholding filing execution until Mr. McEwan, Attorney for two of the defendants, can work something out with the defendants.
On recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted amending the Zoning Rules and Regulations as they pertain to the following described properties, to the classification designated after each description:
1. From the N ¼ corner of Sec. 18, Twp. 18 S., Rge. 25 E., run East 1528.25 feet, S 8°56’ West 1000 feet, East 985.76 feet for Point of Beginning. Run N 50°18’10” W 794.87 feet, S 70°0’30” W 20 feet, N 19°58’30” W to North line of Gov. Lot 1, East to Northeast corner of Section, South to point East of POB, W to POB – less that part in Lake Griffin.
AND: Begin 1528.25 feet East of Southwest corner of SE 1/4 ,Sec. 7, Twp. 18 S., Rge. 25 E.; run East to Southeast corner of Section, North 1980 feet, West 1454 feet, South to road, Easterly along road to a point North of Point of beginning, South 63.3 feet to POB.
AND ALSO: The South ½ of the Southwest ¼, and the South ½ of the Northwest ¼ of the Southwest ¼, Sec. 8, Twp. 18 S., Rge. 25 E.;
Now classified and zoned as R-1-A (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification A (Agriculture).
2. All of Block G; the East ½ of Block H and the E ½ of Block U, according to the Plat of Okahumpka as recorded in Plat Book 1, page 38, Public Records of Lake County, Florida;
Now classified and zoned as R-1 (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification R-1 (Residential) with Mobile Home Exception.
3. That part of the Northwest ¼ of the Northwest ¼, Section 7, Township 22 South, Range 26 East, lying East of U.S. Highway 27;
Now classified and zoned as A (Agriculture), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification C-1 (Commercial).
4. The West ½ of the Northwest ¼ of the Southwest ¼ AND the South 50 feet of the West 200 feet of the Southwest ¼ of the Northwest ¼ of Section 13, Township 22 South, Range 24 East;
Now classified and zoned as R-1 (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification A (Agriculture).
5. Begin at the intersection of North right-of-way of S.R. 40 and the West boundary of Lot 28, Block 1, Manhattan Sub., as recorded in Plat Book 2, page 13, Public Records of Lake County, Florida; thence run North 280 feet; thence East parallel with said right-of-way to East boundary of Lot 32, Block 1, Manhattan Sub.; thence run South 280 feet to said right-of-way; thence West to Point of Beginning;
Now classified and zoned as A (Agriculture) and R-1 (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification C-3 (Commercial).
6. From the intersection of the East line of Section with North boundary of State Highway 2 (S.R. 19A), run Westerly along the North line of Highway 946.87 feet to Point of beginning, North 400 feet, North 80°50’ West 181.17 feet, South 11°51’ West 400 feet, South 76°22’ East 257.31 feet to Point of Beginning;
Now classified and zoned as C-1 (Commercial), be and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification C-2 (Commercial).
Chairman Theus submitted tax receipt and homestead exemption application from E. H. Adler. Mr. Theus advised Mr. Adler is ill and he sent the money for his taxes and homestead application to the Courthouse by a relative who failed to take the homestead application to the Assessor’s office. Motion was made by Commr. Livingston authorizing the Tax Assessor to grant the homestead exemption in view of the fact the taxes are paid and this is a hardship case. The motion was duly seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise for bids for a sand spreader. Bids to be received May 9, 1966.
bonds – misc.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Deputy Sheriff bonds for the following were approved:
Herbert Carol Flavell
Edward St. Germain
elections – primary
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, list of Clerks and Inspectors were approved for the Primary Election to be held on May 3, 1966, and same filed with the Clerk.
Clerk Owens submitted a letter from Judge Milton requesting that space be made available for use as a jury room for County Court. The Board members concurring, the Chairman directed the Clerk to notify Judge Milton there is no room available in the Courthouse and to suggest to him to work out arrangements with the Circuit Judge to use a jury room on the Fourth Floor, or use the Commissioners’ Room, or the former jury room, now occupied by Judge Booth.
Clerk Owens presented reports from the Mosquito Control Director of the following changes to the inventory records:
Property No. 2231 – Fire Extinguisher – Stolen
2411 - Fire Extinguisher – Stolen
2168 – Hand Duster - Used for parts
2324 – 3/8 Drive Socket Set - Broken
Motion was made by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, that the inventory records be corrected accordingly.
resolutions not classified elsewhere
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a Resolution was adopted expressing deep-felt sympathy in the loss of Richey Green, District Engineer, State Road Department.
chamber of commerce
Clerk Owens submitted reports from the Chamber of Commerce regarding Alexander Springs and the Lake County Fair and Flower Show.
The clerk presented letter from Mr. Oberdahn regarding contacts for industrial or commercial prospects, also, financial report of the semi-annual dinner meeting held April 5, 1966.
Engineer Hays presented check from the City of Eustis in the amount of $2,019.13 to cover the City’s share of costs for paving Fairground streets. On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the check was accepted and the Clerk was authorized to deposit same to the Road and Bridge Fund.
cancellation of warrant
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Clerk was authorized to cancel General Fund Warrant #1600 payable to State Tractor and Equipment Company in the amount of $3.95 as this was a duplicate payment.
On recommendation of the County Agent and on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Board approved $49.50 expenses for 4-H Boys and Girls to attend District Events’ Day at Camp McQuarrie on April 15 and 16.
On recommendation of the Architect and on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, Change Order No. 2 to the Engineering Building contract was approved in the amount of $494.85.
On recommendation of the Architect and on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, final payment in the amount of $8,447.85 was approved to Fred Kuhlman on the Engineering Building when releases of liens are filed with the Clerk.
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, request of Paul Milton, Mosquito Control Director, Phil J. Yoder and Katherine Wright to attend meeting in Daytona Beach on May 8 – 11 was approved. The Board also approved travel expenses for other Mosquito Control employees to attend one day sessions in staggered shifts.
Expenses of the Zoning Director to attend Annual Planning and Zoning Directors’ meeting in Tampa on April 21 – 23 were approved on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
Expenses of the Engineer to attend Annual Convention of National Assn. of County Officials in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 16 – 21 were approved on motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On request of the County Service Officer and on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board rescinded its action of April 4 in denying request of Julia Hoverstock to attend Annual Service Officers’ School and Conference in Miami Beach April 30 – May 7, 1966, and authorized Mrs. Hoverstock to attend the meeting.
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, expenses of C. E. Duncan in the amount of $61.50 for trip to Tallahassee on March 22 and 23, regarding ambulance service, were approved.
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, expenses of the Clerk and Secretary and Doris Babb and Donna Jean Hayes were approved to attend County Finance Officers’ meeting in Daytona Beach April 27 – 30.
Request of Fred Kuhlman, Contractor, for work performed on Juvenile Kitchen in the sum of $1,314.00 was approved on motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
On motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, 2,000 Chancery Case Binders for the Clerk’s Office in the amount of $344.63 from Dotherow Office Supply Company were approved.
On motion of Commr. Cowart seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, statement from Soil Conservation Service, USDA, for expenses in connection with soil survey in the sum of $2,855.50 was approved.
Request of the Clerk of Circuit Court for $1,000.00 advance for paying State Trial Witnesses at the Spring Term of Court was approved on motion of Commr. Babb seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On motion of Commr. Livingston seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, bill from Eustis Lake Region News in the amount of $50.60 was approved for printing absentee ballots for the Primary Election on May 3, 1966.
Request from the Tax Assessor for $20,000.00 advance on commissions on 1966 tax roll was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Expenses were approved for three juvenile counselors, W. T. Mills, Louise Shay, and Harrold Underwood to attend Semi-Annual Counselors’ Conference in Ocala April 20 – 22.
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board authorized monthly mileage allowances as follows:
$ 75.00 per month
Assistant Welfare Director
100.00 per month
75.00 per month
Home Economics Agent
75.00 per month
Assistant County Agents (each)
100.00 per month
Juvenile Counselors (each)
104.16 per month
On motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
General Revenue Fund
Nos. 1125 – 1341
Mosquito Control – State II
23 – 29
Fine and Forfeiture
112 – 131
Road and Bridge
668 – 796
Capital Outlay Reserve
Juvenile Detention Home
Bond Interest & Sinking Fund
South Lake Memorial Hospital
Letter from the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund enumerating the studies made by the E. Central Florida Regional Planning Council was read and filed.
The following monthly reports were filed:
Veterans Service Officer
County Judge’s Fines, Forfeitures and Costs
The minutes of the regular meetings held on March 7 and 14 were approved as submitted on motion of Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
The Board recessed to the Clerk’s Office at five o’clock P.M.
Mr. Charles Fox representing the State Auditing Department was present and discussed and recommended that consideration be given to the following subjects:
Leave records and travel and car allowance
Court Reporter billing per diem cost in criminal cases
Civil Defense Office combined with Service
Cost of publicity
Bills need to be identified with more information of purpose and use
Equipment in District 5 not numbered according to inventory
Bids on motor oil and propane gas
Equipment repairs amount to more than $1,000 should be bid or declared an emergency
Better control over purchasing
Centralized road system
Salary overpayment to Commissioners
Clerk Owens advised the last Legislature abolished travel and office expense for the Commissioners effective July 1, 1965 and the Bill increasing the salaries did not become effective until October 1, 1965. Through error the salary increase was paid for the months of July, August and September; consequently it is necessary that the Board Members repay to the County $450.00 each, overpayment of salary for July, August and September 1965. Motion was made by Commr. Dykes seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, authorizing the Clerk to withhold $150.00 per month effective May 1, 1966 to correct the overpayment of the Commissioners’ salaries.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 5:45 o’clock P.M.