MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
tuesday – january 2, 1968
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, January 2, 1968 in the County Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, at 10:00 A.M. with the following members present: Commr. H. T. Dykes, Chairman; Commissioner Theus; and Commr. Cowart. Others present were C. E. Duncan, County Attorney; Gordon Hays, Jr., County Engineer; Frank E. Owens, Clerk of Circuit Court; and Norma H. Coven, Deputy Clerk.
The Chairman called the meeting to order and the invocation was given by Mr. Webb.
Paul Milton, Mosquito Control Director, was present relative to bids received on December 11, 1967 for three pickup trucks and advised the low bidder was Eustis Dodge, Co.; however, the Clerk is in receipt of a letter dated December 28th withdrawing the bid. Mr. Milton then recommended that the second low bid of Creamons Chevrolet, Inc. be accepted, whereupon, motion was made by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, accepting the bid of Creamons Chevrolet, Inc. at a net price of $4,655.08 as the lowest and best bid.
Request from the Tax Collector to advertise for one validating machine was approved for February 2nd, on motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
Proposals from Gordan Hyatt and Odis Thomas to purchase abandoned trucks stored at the District #3 Barn were referred to the Engineer.
public health and leases
Mr. Milton presented lease signed by Vicie Collier leasing land in the Sorrento area to the County for a garbage disposal pit. Mr. Milton informed the Board that he does not believe the land covered in the lease encompasses the entire site the County expects to use as a disposal pit and access road, and that other owners are involved. The Engineer was instructed to survey the area involved, including access road.
Attorney Duncan advised the Board that no signed agreement can be found on the Tri-City Landfill and suggested that representatives of the three cities be asked to appear before the Board on January 8 to discuss this matter. The Attorney was instructed to request the representatives to appear at 10 A.M.
Mr. Maurice E. Day appeared with reference to lease with the County for a clay pit and stated it was not his understanding that the County would remove the overburden from his property. Engineer Hays said this is a misunderstanding on both parties, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the Engineer was instructed not to remove any more overburden from Mr. Day’s pit.
The Engineer submitted for the Board’s approval the list of Maintenance Projects previously discussed with the members. Chairman Dykes requested that the access road to Lake Saunders Manor be added to the road maintenance list. On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted accepting the following described roads for maintenance by Lake County:
Name Number Project
West Owens Lane 5-7764 Maintenance
Dodson Cutoff 3-4460 Maintenance
Nooney Subdivision Streets 4-5466 Maintenance
Lady Lake Road 1-7504 Maintenance
Hubbard Subdivision Streets 2-3311 Maintenance
Franklin Drive Sorrento -------- Add clay, one lane wide
with “one shot”
Fullerville Road 5-8897 Maintenance
Umatilla Sewage Treating -------- Grass shoulders and install spillway
Lake Saunders Manor 3-4257 Patch and maintenance
The Engineer submitted list of Lake County Road Priorities dating from 10/3/66 to date showing proposed improvements to be completed in the future. He also presented petition signed by owners agreeing to donate 50 feet r/w along the existing clay road on the south side of Lake Minnehaha, designated as County Road 3-1039.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, projects 34, 35, 36 and 37 were approved to be added to the list of roads to be constructed.
Engineer Hays also filed list of Projects Let to Contract dated from 10/3/66 to date and reviewed with the Board the roads that were declined.
Terrell Davis, Farm Forester, appeared and requested a survey of the property the Earth Science Space Center will be located on in Howey, in order to prepare for a nature trail. Mr. David said the property is owned by the Board of Public Instruction. The Engineer was instructed to make the necessary survey.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, deeds conveying the following described properties to Lake County were accepted and ordered recorded upon the public records:
THE WEST 25 FEET OF:
The North ½ of the NW ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 31, Township 18 South, Range 24 East.
THE NORTH 30 FEET OF:
The North ½ of the NE ¼ of the SE ¼
The NW ¼ of the SE ¼ lying East of State Road 500, in Section 28, Township 18 South, Range 24 East, Lake County, Florida.
On request of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the R/W Agent’s car, Inventory No. 3816, was transferred to the Road Supt. Alfred Ponds.
Engineer Hays submitted petition correcting description of roads to be improved in Suburban Shores under Chapter 63-1505, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted accepting the petition and authorizing a public hearing to hear complaints or objections on February 5th at 2 P.M.
The Engineer informed the Board no progress is being made by the Coast Line Railroad to construct railroad crossings approved by the Board. The Attorney was instructed to contact the railroad personally in regard to the crossings.
Attorney Duncan presented a petition signed by Richard F. Weinmann requesting the closing of an alley located in Block 2 of Paxton and Somerville Subdivision in Sorrento. On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, a resolution was adopted accepting the petition and authorizing a public hearing on February 5th at 10 A.M.
Clerk Owens submitted a letter from the Department of Public Safety acknowledging resolution relative to the County operating the Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations and requesting the Department be advised when the locations of the stations are determined.
Letter from Brevard County Chairman requesting Lake County’s participation in a 13 county mutual exchange of information relative to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations was read and filed.
Applications from Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Tanner to work stations were referred to the Engineer.
The Board discussed the implementation of the program with the consensus of opinion being that a liaison man be employed to work under the direction of the County Engineer in supervising three stations located throughout the County.
Attorney Duncan presented a letter from the Department of Public Safety concurring in the Board’s request to have the troopers initial any reports made by the troopers for ambulance service, and that the troop commander in this area will be so notified.
Notice from the Board of Conservation regarding the annual conference on water resources development to be held on January 29th was referred to the Oklawaha Authority.
It being the time advertised to hold a public hearing to hear objections to the exchange of the following tract of land situated in and owned by Lake County for the following described tract of land owned by the City of Eustis:
PROPERTY OF LAKE COUNTY:
Commence at the South Quarter corner of Sec. 34, Tp. 18 S.R. 26 E; thence run North 1°18’55” East 310.59 feet to the tangent line of a 5° curve on State Road 44 with an external angle of 47°23’30”, said point being located 162.87 feet North 85°35’55” East of the Point of Tangency; thence run North 85°35’55” East along said tangent line a distance of 387.98 feet to the centerline of State Road S-452 and start of the centerline of State Road S-452-A, said point being 47.77 feet North 85°35’55” East of the Point of Intersection of aforesaid curve; thence run North 55°17’55” East along the centerline of State Road S-452-A a distance of 50.08 feet; thence run Southeasterly along a portion of a 2.0355° curve (Easterly right of way line of S.R. S-452) with an external angle of 19°00’, a distance of 50.08 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue running Southeasterly along said curve 8.63 feet, said point being located 379.41 feet Northwesterly from the start of said curve; thence run North 89°28’13” East 275.67 feet; thence run North 1°15’54” East 190.95 feet to the Southerly right of way line of State Road S-452-A; thence run Southwesterly along said Southerly right of way line a distance of 159.38 feet (located on a portion of a 4.1446° curve with an external angle of 34°06’) to the start of said curve; thence run South 55°17’55” West 181.96 feet to the Point of Beginning;
AND PROPERTY OF THE CITY OF EUSTIS:
THAT PART OF:
The SW ¼ of the SE ¼ of Sec. 34, Tp. 18 S. R. 26 E, EXCEPT right of way for State Road 452,
lying within 50 feet on each side of the centerline of survey of Road S-452-A, said centerline being described as follows:
Commence at the Southwest corner of the SE ¼ of Sec. 34, Tp. 18 S.R. 26 E., thence run North 1°18’55” East, 310.59 feet to the centerline of State Road 44, thence run North 85°35’55” East, 387.98 feet to the centerline of State Road 452; thence run North 55°17’55” East, 234.95 feet to the beginning of a curve concave to the Southeasterly and having a radius of 1432.69 feet; thence along said curve with a central angle of 4°00’, a distance of 192.97 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue running along said curve a distance of 659.53 feet to the end of said curve; thence run North 89°23’55” East, 1263.53 feet to the East line of said Section 34, at a point 717.57 feet North of the Southeast corner of said Section for the end of this centerline description;
has been published, due proof of which has been filed with the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, and which provided that the Board of County Commissioners would, on the 2nd day of January, 1968 at 10:00.
There being no objections or complaints, a resolution was adopted authorizing the exchange of lands described on Page 129 and empowering the Chairman and Clerk to execute a deed conveying the land owned by Lake County in exchange for a deed executed by the City of Eustis conveying to Lake County the tract of land last above described.
Clerk Owens advised the occupant of the house located on the property recently purchased for the Health Department Building has been notified to vacate the premises by March 1, 1968 and has also collected December rent of $50.00 from her.
Attorney Duncan stated the former owner of the N ½ of Block 44, Tavares, requests 90 days in which to remove the buildings from the property. Same was approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
roads – county
Letter addressed to Mr. Duncan from Harry L. Rigney with reference to barricade across County Road 2-0462 was read. Commr. Cowart advised the fence has been removed.
Request from Florida Gas Transmission Company relative to the construction and maintenance of gas lines on, across and along all county roads was referred to the Engineer.
The Engineer filed the following use permits:
To Florida Power Corp. for the construction and maintenance of pole line along County Road 3-4859 between Eustis and US 441.
To Sumter Electric Coop. Inc. for the construction and maintenance of distribution line along County Roads 5-8698 and 5-8498 at Lake Mack.
To Florida Power Corp. for the construction and maintenance of a steel tower aerial electric transmission line along County Road 1-6602 between Wildwood and Fruitland Park and along County Road 1-4602 between Wildwood and Leesburg.
To Sumter Electric Coop. Inc. for the construction and maintenance of power line along County Road 2-2117 between SR S565 and Lake Emma.
To Florida Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of buried cable paralleling and crossing a portion of County Road 5154 between US 441 and Eustis.
Letter from Pierce Groves, Inc. in Clermont giving the County permission to landscape and clear the brush weeds from the area around Spring Lake was read. Chairman Dykes advised in the interest of a future television show from this area, the County did the clearing and the City of Clermont will do the landscaping.
chamber of commerce and development commission
Chairman Dykes initiated a discussion regarding the Chamber of Commerce and the Development Commission combining. He reported the Development Commission has raised several thousand dollars for its operation and do not feel this Board should withhold funds from the two agencies or compel them to combine their offices. Commr. Cowart moved that the Board rescind its action of December 11, 1967 requesting the two agencies to consolidate by February 1, 1968 or funds would be withheld. Chairman Dykes vacated the Chair to second the motion, whereupon, the Clerk called for a roll call vote with members of the Board voting as follows:
Commissioner Theus No
Commissioner Cowart Yes
Commissioner Dykes Yes
The Clerk declared the motion carried.
recess and reassembly
The meeting recessed for lunch and reconvened at 1:30 P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
Certificate of Competency Bonds for contractors numbered 223-254 were approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
east central florida regional planning council
Council Keynotes and minutes of regular meeting held November 22nd in Titusville were filed and copy distributed to each Board member.
Certificates of Correction of Errors and Corrections on the 1967 tax roll numbered 90-103 were approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Clerk Owens presented copy of letter from the Attorney for the City of Tavares to the Governor requesting temporary postponement of a public hearing under the Air and Water Pollution Control Act, until further studies of the Lake County lakes are completed.
Planning and Zoning Director Webb informed the Board that the State Soil and Water Conservation District has requested him to serve in an advisory capacity relative to the pollution problem and asked the Board’s approved of same. He was told to investigate the time and effort involved and advise the Board.
planning and zoning
Chairman Dykes appointed Jay Vander Meer of Clermont to the Planning and Zoning Commission to replace John Stokes who resigned.
On recommendation of the Zoning Director and on motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Attorney was instructed to notify junk yard violators the deadline for screening the junk yards was January 1 and the Board intends to take further action.
Letter from Clem Kukowski relative to regulations in the Ocala National Forest (Ocala Forest Campsites) was referred to the Zoning Director.
Application from Susan Odom for the position of Executive Secretary to the Chamber of Commerce when same is consolidated with the Development Commission was filed.
Notices from the W. T. Edwards Tuberculosis Hospital were filed as follows:
Randolph Hudson Sanford was discharged with medical advice on 12/6/67
Chester Plimpton Stanclift was discharged with medical advice on 12/13/67
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Engineer was authorized to purchase a fertilizer spreader from Meincke Spreader Works for a cost of $475.00, unit to be converted to be used as a sand spreader.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the low proposal of Florida Forms and Systems covering two Register of Instruments Filed Books in the amount of $195.00 for the Clerk’s Office was approved.
Payrolls for the month of December were approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried.
Letter from the State Board of Health regarding Fretwell Laundry was filed.
Results of the seining program in Lake Griffin by the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission was filed.
The following reports were filed:
Veterans Service Officer
County Agents and Assistants
Surplus Commodity Whse. Supervisor
Department of Corrections re: Lake County Jail and Stockade and Road Prison #58
At the close of the business session, the Board now proceeded with the annual election and appointments.
Clerk Owens announced the first order of business is the election of a Chairman and Vice Chairman; whereupon, Commr. Cowart nominated Herbert A. Babb as Chairman for the ensuing year. Commr. Theus 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 Chairman for the Board for the ensuing year. The motion was unanimously carried.
Commr. Theus nominated Dewey H. Livingston 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 Dewey H. Livingston Vice Chairman for the Board for the ensuing year. The motion was unanimously carried.
Clerk Owens submitted written requests for reappointment for the year 1968 from the following:
C. E. Duncan County Attorney
Gordon Hays, Jr. County Engineer
Robert S. Webb Planning and Zoning Director
C. W. McCauslin Building Administrator
W. Murray Lowe Courthouse Custodian
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the above appointments were unanimously approved.
On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following appointments were approved for the year 1968:
Verna Eastwood Welfare Director
Mary Hamner Lake Memorial Nursing Home Director
Robert A. Alderman Supervisor, Surplus Commodity Whse.
Floyd W. Hess Director, Civil Defense
J. W. Bryant Veterans Service Officer
Paul Milton Director, Mosquito Control
Daniel Heeld Assistant Courthouse Custodian
James Slater Custodian, Ag. Center
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 2:30 P.M.