monday – november 27, 1967

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, met in special session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, on Monday, November 27, 1967 at 9:00 a.m. for the purpose of considering contract relative to ambulance service in the Northeast and Northwest Lake County Hospital Districts, and any other business which might be brought before the Board.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman with the following members present: Chairman Dykes, Commrs. Theus, Cowart, Livingston and Babb; Clerk Owens, Attorney Duncan and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven. 

Ambulance service

Attorney Duncan submitted contracts as prepared by the attorneys for the Hospital Districts and recommended the following provisions be included in the contracts:

1.      That the contracts can be cancelled by either party with thirty (30) days’ notice.

2.      That the other parties will furnish their own liability insurance.

3.      That payments to the other parties will be made on the last day of each month.

4.      That financial statements and audits must be prepared by a CPA at the end of each annual period and submitted to the Board.

Motion was made by Commr. Babb accepting and approving the contracts subject to the inclusion of the above, and the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute the contracts.  The motion was seconded by Commr. Theus and unanimously carried.

Notary public

On recommendation of the Attorney and on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Notary Public Bond for J. R. Duncan was approved.


William Austin appeared relative to agreement with the Board for paving the streets in Silver Beach Heights.  Mr. Austin said he would like to get the paving completed as soon as possible, but due to the fruit season his firm will be unable to pay its share of the contract price until January 10, 1968.  On recommendation of the Attorney and on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board agreed to accept promissory note from W. F. Austin & Sons for one-half the cost of the paving, note to become due January 10, 1968.


On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, bid of Carroll Contracting Company, Inc. in the amount of $8,231.02 for resurfacing the streets in Silver Beach Heights was accepted.

Water pollution

Attorney Duncan advised he attended a meeting regarding the Governor’s Committee on Lake Apopka.  Mr. Sheffield and Mr. Folke also attended the meeting.  A joint program was proposed with Orange County and Lake County splitting the costs.  Have written Orange County for their opinion but have not received a reply as of today.

Accounts allowed

On motion of Commr. Babb, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Board approved increase to L. W. Conner for hauling commodities from Tampa to Tavares from $60.00 to $70.00 per round trip, effective November 1, 1967.

SEE Amended Budget for 1966-1967, Book 21, Pages 109-112

Roads – county

Robert Pierce, Attorney representing the McGuires at Astor, appeared relative to the barricade across South George Street in Astor.  Gordon Hays, County Engineer, was present at the Board’s request.  Mr. Pierce presented a map showing the road in question and advised he can find no deed of record to the railroad.  Mr. Pierce further stated each time the county maintains the road, the road is widened.  Commr. Babb stated the right of way is 42-1/2 feet and the road has been in use for over 70 years.  Attorney Duncan said the railroad apparently did not have a deed to all the right of way and when abandoned they claimed 120 feet and gave a quit claim for 120 feet.  Several years ago the County accepted the streets as dedicated streets.

Commr. Babb moved that South George be opened to 42-1/2 feet approximately one-quarter mile from Clare Street to Alcoa Road.  Attorney Duncan stated this matter should be settled by the Court.  The motion died for lack of a second.  Mr. Pierce said he will file a suit to quiet title within a short time.

Commr. Babb advised one of the civic clubs has a target range set up in the access road into the cemetery at Astor Park.  The Clerk was instructed to notify the Sheriff and request that same be removed.

There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 10:30 o’clock A.M.


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CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN