MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – January 3, 1967
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse in Tavares on Tuesday, January 3, 1967 at 10:00 a.m. with the following members present: Chairman Theus and Commrs. Cowart, Dykes, Livingston, and Babb. Also present were County Attorney Duncan, County Engineer Hays, Zoning Director Webb, Clerk Owens, and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman who gave the invocation.
Ray Newell and Roger Conner appeared representing a group of citizens opposing the use of County offices by the Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc. A motion was made by Commr. Dykes that the office space occupied by the Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc. be recalled, as the space will be required by Lake County, and the Attorney was directed to notify the Office of Economic Opportunity to vacate the offices within thirty (30) days. The motion was seconded by Commr. Livingston and unanimously carried.
road maintenance – subdivisions
John Korem of Bassville Park appeared and requested that traffic signs be erected on Lockwood Street. Attorney Duncan advised the streets in this subdivision are not dedicated to the public; therefore, the County has no authority to erect or enforce traffic regulations. He further advised in order for the streets to be accepted as public streets, center lines must be established. Mr. Korem stated he will begin work on this immediately. On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board authorized two “Children Playing” signs and one “Stop” sign for Lockwood Street, same to be erected by Mr. Korem.
The Engineer reported there is a new subdivision being developed east of Sorrento on State Road 437, and the owners have requested the County to help construct the streets. The members concurred in the Engineer’s recommendation that the County not agree to this.
right of way – roads
Otis Lee and Sherrill Dillard of Astor appeared with reference to the County establishing and erecting right of way markers on North and South George Streets. A motion was made by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, instructing the Engineer to survey the streets and erect the necessary markers.
Ed Zagar of the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission appeared and requested the County to furnish 200 cu.yds. of fill dirt to level the grounds of the new Fish Commission office building in Eustis. On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the request was granted.
Mrs. Katherine Baker, Supervisor of Elections, appeared and requested that an enclosure be erected in her office to be used as a private office. The Board members concurring, the Chairman informed her they will stop by her office after lunch for the purpose of recommending a desirable location for the enclosure.
elections – special
While Mrs. Baker was present, Clerk Owens presented a copy of the minutes of the Board of November 18, 1958, at which time the Board adopted the policy of charging $20 per day per machine for rental of voting machines used by the cities and towns within the County. All transportation costs and costs of setting up the machines will be paid by the town or city using the machines. The Board reaffirmed this action and authorized Mrs. Baker to so notify the users of the machines. Mrs. Baker’s office will notify the Clerk’s office when the machines are rented for municipal elections.
Attorney Duncan presented the opinion from the Attorney General with reference to the use of County equipment in the paving of municipal streets. The Attorney General advised the Board is without authority to repair municipal streets, but the County can enter into an agreement with city governments whereby the city would pay for the use of the equipment.
Clerk Owens presented a copy of a letter from the Lake County Health Department to the United States Department of Agriculture regarding the City of Tavares’ application for financial assistance for a proposed sewer project.
The Clerk presented a letter from the City of Mount Dora expressing appreciation for the Board’s action in providing funds for the construction of acceleration and deceleration lanes at the Golden Triangle Shopping Center.
It now being the time advertised to hold a public hearing on a petition to close a platted street, and no one being present to object to the closing, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, a resolution was adopted to close the following described street:
That certain unnamed street or road bounded by Blocks 1, 3, and 4 of the Map of Lands of George M. Bowen “Mount Homer” according to the map thereof filed 31 March 1914 and recorded in Plat Book 2, page 29, Public Records of Lake County, Florida.
maps and plats
Neil Haber representing Parkwood Construction Company appeared and presented the Plat of Leesburg Town Houses located within the City of Leesburg, said plat being already approved by the Leesburg City Council. Attorney Duncan examined the title binder issued June 17, 1966 by Lake Abstract and Guaranty Company. Mr. Haber said the property has been acquired from Jewel and Homer Hooks since this date and deed recorded in OR Book 322, Page 668. A motion was made by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes approving the plat for record.
resolutions not classified elsewhere
On a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Board adopted resolutions commending the Governor in the appointments of Jay W. Brown as Chairman of the State Road Department and in the reappointment of Willard Peebles as a member of the State Road Department for the Fifth District of Florida.
A resolution was adopted by the Board expressing sympathy to Robert S. Webb, Director of the Planning, Zoning and Building Department in the death of his father.
roads – county
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, the Board accepted Road #2-4007 to be added to the County Road System.
The Engineer presented affidavits signed by four persons stating the following described road has been in existence for a period of more than twenty years, whereupon, on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, a resolution was adopted declaring the road a public road by prescription:
Commence at the center of Section 14, Township 20 South, Range 24 East in Lake County, Florida, on State Road 48, thence run Easterly along State Road 48 a distance of 2020 feet more or less, to the point of beginning, thence run North and Northeasterly along the existing road a distance of 6050 feet more or less to the end thereof.
recess and reassembly
The Board recessed for lunch at twelve o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:30 P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
laws and legislature
Engineer Hays presented a written report of the meetings of the Legislative Committee on Roads and Highways and discussed with the Board results and opinions derived from the hearing held by the Committee.
planing and zoning (appointments)
Commr. Cowart appointed A. S. Brooks, Sr. and R. E. Nash to the Planning and Zoning Commission from District No. 2 for a period of four years.
Commr. Livingston appointed J. G. Ray, Jr. and J. W. Brooks to the Planning and Zoning Commission from District No. 4 for a period of four years.
bonds – misc.
A Deputy Sheriff bond for John C. MacAfee was approved on a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
roads – state
Clerk Owens submitted a letter from the State Road Department requesting a title search on State Road 19, Job 11100-1504 and advised that same was turned over to Lake Abstract and Guaranty Co. on December 20, 1966.
The Clerk presented a typical section on State Road S-474, Job 11518-3601 from State Road 33 to State Road 25, and the Board deferred action on same until the next meeting.
Certificates of Corrections of Errors and Corrections on the 1965 Tax Roll numbered 214 through 232 were approved on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried.
A motion was made by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried stating that if the property owners of Sylvan Shores Subdivision present an acceptable petition to the Board within six months requesting the East and West streets in the Subdivision be paved under the special Act 63-1505, Lake County will pave the North and South streets lying within the Subdivision.
Clerk Owens presented a letter from the Division of Community Hospitals and Medical Facilities relative to a proposed new health center for Lake Center. The Clerk was instructed to notify Mr. Forehand the Board does not have funds budgeted for this, but same will be considered for the 1967-68 budget.
licenses and permits
The Right of Way Agent filed a use permit to Florida Power Corporation for the construction and maintenance of a single-phase distribution wood pole line along County Road 4-3987 between Plymouth-Sorrento Road and Mount Plymouth.
e. central florida regional planning council
Minutes of the E. Central Florida Regional Planning Council meeting of November 16, 1966 in Sanford were filed and a copy distributed to each Board member.
A check from D. C. Waters Ford, Inc. in the sum of $276.37 was accepted on a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried, reimbursement for expenses incurred for repairs to a truck that should have been repaired by D. C. Waters Ford. The check is to be deposited to the Road and Bridge Fund.
Payrolls for the month of December were approved on a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Babb and carried.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the proposal from Richard C. Brown was accepted to clean the carpet in the Courthouse and Tax Collector’s office at a price of five cents per square foot.
Expenses of Imogene Stegall were approved to attend the Mid-Winter Conference of the Supervisor of Elections in Tampa on January 11-14th, on a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
On motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Livingston and carried, the action of the Clerk was approved in issuing a warrant in the amount of $24.90 transportation costs to return a juvenile to his home in Tunica, Mississippi. Also, transportation costs of $27.50 to transport an alleged incompetent person to Cincinnati, Ohio on the order of the County Judge.
Reimbursement to the Clerk of the Court in the amount of $64.55 for recording fees and money advanced for a license tag and title certificate was approved on a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a bill from James W. Stewart Grove Service in the sum of $29.25 was approved for disking in Lone Pine Clay Pit grove.
On a motion by Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a bill from Haines Creek Cottages for rental of a building for General Election, Precinct #9 was approved.
A copy of a letter from DeLos Kane re seining in Lake Griffin was read and filed.
Copies of letters from the State Board of Health regarding the following were filed: Coachwood Colony Trailer Park, Lake Harris Shores, and Malibu Groves.
A copy of grove service charges from James Stewart was filed for future reference.
The Treasurer’s Report of receipts and expenses of the Fair Association from July 1, 1965 to June 30, 1966 was filed showing a balance on hand of $21,958.49.
The following monthly reports were filed:
Planning, Zoning and Building Department
Veterans’ Service Officer
Surplus Commodity Warehouse Supervisor
At the close of the business session, the Board now proceeded with the annual election and appointments.
Commissioners Cowart and Livingston were sworn in as County Commissioners in District No. 2 and No. 4 respectively by Clerk Owens for a term of four years each. The loyalty oath was administered to each of them by the Clerk.
Clerk Owens announced the next order of business is the election of a Chairman and Vice Chairman; whereupon, Commr. Cowart nominated Herman T. Dykes as Chairman for the ensuing year. Commr. Livingston seconded the motion and moved that the nominations be closed and that the Clerk be instructed to cast a unanimous ballot declaring Herman T. Dykes Chairman for the Board for the ensuing year. The motion was unanimously carried.
The Clerk then called for nominations for a Vice Chairman, whereupon, Commr. Livingston nominated Herbert A. Babb as Vice Chairman for the ensuing year. Commr. Cowart seconded the motion and moved that the nominations be closed and that the Clerk be instructed to cast a unanimous ballot declaring Herbert A. Babb Vice Chairman of the Board for the ensuing year. The motion was unanimously carried.
Clerk Owens submitted written requests for re-employment from the following:
C. E. Duncan – Attorney
Gordon Hays, Jr. – Engineer
Robert S. Webb – Director, Planning, Zoning and Building Dept.
Murry Lowe – Courthouse Custodian
On a motion by Commr. Livingston, seconded by Commr. Cowart and unanimously carried, the above-named employees were re-employed for the year 1967.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Livingston and unanimously carried, the following named employees were re-employed for the year 1967:
Verna Eastwood – Welfare Director
Mary Hamner – Director, Lake Memorial Nursing Home
Robert S. Alderman, Supervisor, Surplus Commodity Warehouse
Floyd W. Hess – Director, Civil Defense
J. W. Bryant – Veterans’ Service Officer
J. Paul Milton – Director, Mosquito Control
Dan Heald – Assistant Courthouse Custodian
James W. Salter – Custodian, Agricultural Center
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 3:15 P.M.