thursday – march 14, 1968

The Board of County Commissioners met in special session on march 14, 1968 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, for the purpose of hearing all interested parties relative to the proposed buildings at the new Fair Ground site, and any other business which might be brought before the Board.

The following members were present:  Commissioner Babb, Chairman; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Dykes and Windram.  Others present were Clerk Owens, Engineer Hays and Deputy Clerk Norma H. Coven.

Before any business was conducted, Chairman Babb acknowledged Kathy Giles of Leesburg Realty Company, who said she has been appointed to a committee to work on subdivision regulations.  She invited the Board members to a dinner meeting with the Board of Realtors on Tuesday, March 19, at the Lancer’s Restaurant at 7 P.M., to discuss the proposed regulations.

State agency

Clerk Owens presented letter from the Director, Division of Economic Opportunity, Office of the Governor, regarding Statement of Intention to Designate a Community Action Agency.  Letter advised the dead line for the designation is March 15, 1968.  On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the designation was approved and the Clerk was authorized to execute same.


On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Board approved the action of the Chairman and Clerk in approving petition of Jeremiah Adams to the W. T. Edwards T. B. Hospital.

Federal agencies

Clerk Owens presented letter from the Department of Interior offering the following described public domain land for sale; which is located on Cypress Lake:

                        T. 24 S., R. 25 E., Lake County, Florida

                        Sec. 1, Lot 2, containing 2.31 acres.

On motion of Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Clerk was directed to notify the Department that Lake County is interested in purchasing the property.


The following persons were present during the discussion of the proposed Fair Ground buildings:

            Jack Jones, Architect

            Chas. Norris, President Fair Assn.

            Bill Clements, Chairman Fair Committee

            Jack Chisholm, Dupont Steel Buildings

            Mr. Bill Dupont, Dupont Steel Buildings

            Sidney Everett, City Engineer, City of Eustis

            Clarence McCaulsin, Building Dept. Adm., Lake County

The following items were discussed:

1.      Structural system for the multi-purpose building. Water & Sewage system.

2.      Restroom facilities for the public

3.      Site development

4.      Removal of buildings at the present site and rebuild same on new site

5.      Restrooms for carnival workers and hook-up for trailers

6.      Office space for the Fair operation

Mr. Jones explained that the expense of the site development will not come out of the funds available, as the County has agreed to do this.

It was the general opinion the cost of the following facilities must come out of the available funds:

1.      Architect’s fees

2.      Water and Sewage system. Mr. Everett estimated this cost to be $30,000.

3.      Removal of metal building and reconstruction. Mr. Jones gave estimate of $5,000 to remove the building and pour slab at new site.

4.      Construction of the main building, including public restroom facilities.

Cost of restroom facilities for the carnival workers can be included in next year’s budget.

5.      Rebuild livestock pavilion, shop and storage building.

6.      Foundation and floor for the Game & Fish Commission building, also, flower show building.

Mr. Jones recommended a building with 100’ clear span to provide for additional wings.  Will attempt to complete the plans in order to take bids in June.

On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Architect was authorized to advertise bids for the removal of the metal building.


Clerk Owens advised the Board needs to elect a Vice Chairman to fill the office vacated by the death of D. H. Livingston.  Commr. Cowart moved that Cecil C. Theus be nominated for the office of Vice Chairman.  Commr. Dykes seconded the motion and moved that the nominations be closed.  Mr. Theus was unanimously elected Vice Chairman for the remainder of the 1968 calendar year.

Accounts allowed

Clerk Owens presented proposal of Ace Drapery Cleaners of Orlando to clean and rehang the drapes in the Courthouse.  No one in Lake County will do the complete job in one operation.  On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the proposal of Ace Drapery Cleaners in the sum of $648.60 was approved and accepted.

There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 11:00 o’clock A.M.


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CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN