MONDAY – august 8, 1966

A regular meeting of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners was held Monday, August 8, 1966, at 10:00 o’clock in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida with the following members present:  Chairman Theus, Commissioners Cowart, Dykes, Livingston and Babb.  Also present were Clerk Owens, Engineer Hays and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, who also gave the invocation.


It now being the time advertised to receive bids for the sale of the following described County property, the Chairman directed the Clerk to open and tabulate the bids, whereupon, Clerk Owens reported receiving the following bid:

Commence at the north Quarter Corner of Sec. 6, Tp. 19 S, R. 24 E., run thence East along the Section line 520.30 feet to a point, the point of beginning for this tract; thence continuing East a distance of 210 feet, thence run South 210 feet, thence run West 210 feet, thence run North 210 feet to the point of beginning.

            Nathaniel Allen           $25.00

On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the bid of Nathaniel Allen was accepted and the Attorney was instructed to prepare the deed conveying the property to Nathaniel Allen and Gussie Allen, his wife, and the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute said deed.


On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the following change was made to the present indigent list:

District No. 2 – DELETE Leuvean Anderson - $30.00

District No. 1, 3, 4 and 5 – No Change



Engineer Hays reported he had investigated the vacating of Blocks 9 and 10 in Silver Lake Estates and the property owners on the present SR 473 (Haines Creek Road) will not have access to their property.  The Board members concurring, Chairman Theus instructed the Engineer to secure 50 feet right of way from Mr. Pringle for an access road for the property owners.

Water levels

The Engineer reported he inspected the canal under State Road 44 which runs into Lake Joanna and found there is an obstruction built across the ditch, and at the end of the culvert there are concrete blocks which keep the water from flowing through the culvert.  Commr. Livingston said since we have had no complaints of the water being too high or too low, think we should watch this and in the event of a hurricane we will remove the obstruction.


Engineer Hays advised the Zoning Director is ill today and will not be present, however, he advised there are no re-zoning applications to be presented.  Mr. Hays further advised Mr. Webb asked that he convey to the Board the names of the newly elected officers to the Board of Zoning Appeals:

                        Chairman         -           Fred L. Wolfe

                        Vice Chairman-           Glenn L. Brown

                        Secretary         -           Julia B. Schaal

On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the action of the Board of Zoning Appeals in the election of officers was approved.

Chairman Theus instructed Mr. Hays to notify Mr. Webb the Board members will meet Thursday, August 11, 1966, at 9 o’clock A.M. to discuss the preliminary general planning objectives with the members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

County engineer

Clerk Owens presented a letter from the State Association of County Commissioners advising that Gordon Hays, Jr. Lake County Engineer, has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Legislative Council Committee on Roads and Highways.  The Clerk also submitted copy of House Concurrent Resolution No. 814 providing for this committee.

The Chairman congratulated the Engineer on being appointed to serve on this Committee.

e. central florida regional planning council

Commr. Livingston reported he and the Zoning Director had attended a meeting in Orlando called by the E. Central Florida Regional Planning Council with reference to an $80,000 tourism study to be made by the Council.  $60,000 will be financed by the Federal Government and the balance by commitments made at the meeting.  W. H. Reedy has been appointed to raise the funds.  The study will be made in the seven county area. 

Road closings

In the absence of the Attorney, the Clerk presented Petition for Closing Platted Street by James E. Clark and Mary A. Clark and Dorothy Canova and Warren P. Canova.  On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a resolution was adopted accepting the petition and authorizing public hearing to be held September 6, 1966. 


Clerk Owens submitted letter from the Governor’s office advising that John Nelson has been appointed to the Concentrate Quality Committee and requesting another recommendation to the Oklawaha River Basin Water Management Board.  Motion was made by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, that this Board again request a recommendation from the Oklawaha Water Authority.

Budget – bpi

Clerk Owens presented resolution as adopted by the Lake County Board of Public Instruction in special meeting on July 29, 1966, fixing the millages to be assessed for School Districts for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1966 and ending June 30, 1967, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the millages as submitted by the Lake County Board of Public Instruction for the said fiscal year were approved, and the Clerk was instructed to order the Honorable R. G. Cassady, Tax Assessor to assess the millages as contained in said resolution, and instructed the Honorable Paul H. Reed, Tax Collector, to collect the taxes according to the millages contained therein.  Said resolution being filed and made a part of these minutes.

            SEE PAGES No. 478, 479, and 480.

Public health

The Clerk submitted copy of letter from the Health Department to W. H. Vernon, Inc. with reference to septic tank installation in the Ocala Campsites No. 1, advising that permits must be obtained from the Health Department before installation can be made.

Soil survey

Memorandum from Walter Shaffer, Soil Conservationist, advising that 4,669 acres were mapped during the month of July was read and filed.


Request from the Sheriff that 30 days good time be disallowed for Eddie Worthey was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.

Public health

Transcript of the St. Johns River Valley Advisory Committee meeting of July 27, 1966 regarding water pollution was filed and copy delivered to Mr. Livingston.  

State agencies

The Clerk read a letter from DeLos Kane addressed to the Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission regarding further seining program in Lake Griffin.

Clerk Owens submitted for filing letter from the State Board of Forestry concerning the Farm Forestry Project in Lake County.

Outdoor recreational facilities

Letter from the State Road Department regarding proposed sanitary facilities at the wayside park on Lake Harris was read and the Chairman advised the City of Leesburg has agreed to maintain the facilities.  The Clerk was instructed to so notify the State Road Department.

After discussing needed improvements to Summerall Park in Tavares, Commr. Dykes and the Engineer are to survey the park and make recommendation of necessary improvements.

Commr. Livingston stated he thinks the Board should consider and study the feasibility of developing a County parks Department in order to have a crew responsible to maintain and make necessary repairs to the County parks.

The Clerk advised the Lake County Chamber of Commerce office advises that the profits realized from the Alexander Springs operation from February 1st to August 1st is $8,545.86.


Clerk presented notice from the State Tuberculosis Board advising that effective August 1, 1966 hospitalization charge for patients in any of the State Tuberculosis Board Hospitals will be $13.35 per day.

County employees

Request from Verna Eastwood, Director, County Welfare Department, that she be allowed vacation leave from August 26th through September 2nd was approved on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.

Veterans service officer

On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Clerk was instructed to notify J. W. Bryant, Service Officer, of the Board’s policy in requiring that any purchases over $50.00 must be approved by the Board, and also, to confine his traveling to within the County, and before making trips outside the County to first get the Board’s approval.

Recess and reassembly

The Board recessed for lunch at twelve o’clock noon and reconvened at 2:15 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.


On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, deed from R. E. Brown conveying the following described property to Lake County was accepted and ordered recorded upon the public records:

The East 25 feet of the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4  of the NE 1/4 of Section 24, Township 21 South, Range 26 East.

ALSO: Commence at the Northwest corner of the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 34, Township 21 South, Range 26 East; thence run South 0°14’45” West 19.97 feet; thence run North 81°05’45” East 125.58 feet; thence run North 89°45’15” West 123.98 feet to point of beginning.

Commodity program

At the request of the Board, the following persons were present:

            F.W. Hinson, Executive Director, Lake County Economic Opportunity, Inc.

            Geraldine Feld, Acting Child Welfare Supervisor, State Dept. of Welfare

            Verna Eastwood, Director, Lake County Welfare

            Patricia Howard, Assistant Director, Lake County Welfare

            Robert Alderman, Supervisor, Surplus Commodity Warehouse

Chairman Theus stated the purpose in having these representatives present is that all agencies involved in the welfare and commodity programs will understand what the duties and prerogatives of the various agencies are.  Mr. Hinson gave a detailed outline of their program, which includes eight components as follows:

1.      Surplus Food Distribution

2.      Home Management

3.      Consumer Education for Mothers

4.      Legal Aid and Information for the Poor

5.      Family Consultants and Social Workers

6.      Day Care Schools

7.      Employment Counselor

8.      Nursing

Mr. Hinson advised the program will be financed 90% by the Federal Government and 10% by local funds for a two year period.  After that it will be on a 50/50 basis under one year contract.

Miss Feld advised the Jacksonville office of her department informed her the present agreement between the County and the State Department of Welfare will continue on the same basis.

On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, action on this matter was deferred for further study and consideration.

Water levels

Mr. John Kauffman of Grand Island appeared and complained that the water level of Lake Yale is too high.  On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Engineer was directed to contact Howard Young, Chairman of the Oklawaha Water Authority, and the two of them are to study this problem and recommend desired level.  


The Clerk notified the Board the first Monday in September is Labor Day, therefore, the Board will meet on Tuesday, September 6th.


On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the minutes of the regular meetings held July 5th and July 11th were approved as submitted, and the minutes of the special meetings held July 1st, July 7th and July 27th were approved as submitted.

Accounts allowed

Motion was made by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, that the Board members, Attorney, Engineer, Zoning Director, and Clerk be allowed to attend the County Commissioners State Convention in Hollywood, September 11-14.

On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the Board approved the purchase of a typewriter from Lake Business Machines, Inc. in the net amount of $120.00 for the office of the Veterans’ Service Officer.

On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, expenses were approved for the Veterans’ Service Officer to attend special meeting in St. Petersburg on August 19th.

Request from the Civil Defense Director to attend Civil Defense Conference in Palm Beach on August 31 – September 2nd, also to include Assistant Director, was approved on motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.

On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:

            General Revenue Fund                       Nos. 1963 – 2146

            Mosquito Control – State I                               2

                                             State II               Nos.     42 -      45

            Road and Bridge Fund                               1208 – 1335

            Fine and Forfeiture Fund                              192 -    211


Copies of letters from the State Board of Health were filed advising that monthly operation reports for wastewater treatment plant have not been submitted on the following:

            Florida Baptist Convention Retreat, Lake Yale

            Leesburg Mobile City (Formerly Rest Haven Trailer Park)

            The Mark Trailer Park

            Villa Lagoon Motel

            Tavares Mobile Park

Copy of letter from the State Board of Health regarding Mount Dora Motor Lodge was filed.


Monthly report from the County Welfare Director was filed.

There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 5:00 o’clock P.M.


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CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN