MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
monday - june 10, 1968
A regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, was held in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, on Monday, June 10, 1968, at 9:00 o’clock A.M. with the following members present: Commissioners Herbert A. Babb, Chairman; Cecil C. Theus, J. C. Cowart, Herman T. Dykes and Thomas J. Windram. Others present were Clerk Frank E. Owens, Attorney C. E. Duncan and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman who announced the purpose of meeting at 9:00 o’clock A.M. is to permit the Lake County Pollution Control Board to organize and elect officers.
Members of the Pollution Control Board present were Carol Floyd, E. T. Hall, Roy J. Snell and Joseph Yazvac.
Chairman Babb called for nomination for Chairman.
Mr. Yazvac nominated Mr. Snell as Chairman. Mr. Hall seconded the motion and moved that the nominations be closed. The motion was unanimously carried.
Mr. Babb relinquished the Chair to Mr. Snell who called for nominations for Vice Chairman. Mr. Hall nominated Mr. Yazvac as Vice Chairman. Mr. Floyd seconded the motion and the motion was unanimously carried.
Chairman Snell called for volunteers for the office of Secretary. Mr. Hall stated he will serve as Secretary.
On motion made and duly carried, the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 o’clock P.M. was established as the regular meeting date. The Lake County Commission agreed that the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse will be available for the meetings.
Chairman Snell initiated a discussion relative to the County employing a pollution control director. Attorney Duncan advised there are no funds available at the present to employ such a person. He further advised that Lake County has corresponded with Orange County relative to the two counties cooperating on the pollution problems. It may be possible that one director could work with both pollution boards and save the counties money.
Mr. Hall asked if the Pollution Board could expect legal assistance if needed. The Lake County Commission instructed the County Attorney to assist the Pollution board until funds are available.
The Commission also approved incidental expenses until funds for same are available.
Chairman Snell appointed Mr. Floyd to serve with him as a committee relative to employing a director.
Mr. William West, the fifth member of the Pollution board, was present at 9:35 A.M.
Chairman Snell informed the members Dr. Lackey is speaking at the Leesburg Community Building Thursday morning at nine o’clock and urged the members who possibly can to attend this meeting.
The Chairman requested the Secretary to compile a list of addresses and telephone numbers of the Board members and supply a copy of same to each member.
The meeting of the Pollution Control board adjourned at 9:50 o’clock A.M.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman and the invocation was given by the Rev. Grover C. Sewell, Jr., Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Eustis, Florida.
On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart, and carried, the minutes of the regular meetings held May 6th and May 13th respectively were approved as submitted.
It being the time advertised to receive bids on Workmen’s Compensation Insurance, the Clerk recommended that all bids be rejected and readvertise the bids. On motion of Commissioner Theus, seconded by Commissioner Windram, and carried any and all bids were rejected and the Clerk was authorized to readvertise for bids for July 1, 1968.
It being the time advertised to receive bids on aerial photographs, Clerk Owens read a letter form Clyde E. Williams & Associates, Inc. relative to the degree of accuracy required in paragraph 4 of the specifications engineer Hays stated he advised this firm to submit a bid on its qualifications.
Bids from the following were received and tabulated:
Rader and Associates
On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Theus, and carried, the bid of Mapco, Inc. was accepted as the best and lowest bid, and the Tax Assessor was authorized to pay $2,563.50 for one set of the photographs from excess fees from his office.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart, and carried, the 1964 aerials were declared surplus, and the Clerk was authorized to advertise for the sale of the aerials for July 8, 1968, subject to receipt and acceptance of the new aerials.
On motion of Commissioner Cowart, seconded by Commissioner Dykes, and carried, the following change was approved to the present indigent list:
District No. 2 – cancel Sara Fender $15.00
Mr. J. C. Noblitt appeared and presented letter form the Underwriting Division of Nationwide Insurance Company commending the Board on loss experience under the Workmen’s Compensation coverage. Mr. Noblitt said the modification experience rate is set by the Industrial Commission, and it is unusual for an underwriter to issue such a complement.
On recommendation of the Engineer, the Board authorized amending the Road and Bridge budget request to add the cost of two laborers at a monthly salary of $330.00 or $1.60 per hour for 47 ½ hours. The two laborers will be trained to substitute at the Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations during vacation periods.
The Attorney was instructed to notify the contractors of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations that the County intends to recover moneys lost in salaries due to the fact that the stations were not completed according to the contract.
Right of way – roads
Engineer Hays advised the right of way the State Road Department wants from Marshall Baker at the intersection of SR 19 and 19-A between Eustis and Dona vista was appraised at $50.00. Advised him to work with the State Road Department regarding the pipe he wants installed.
The Engineer reported on the building in Astatula. Checked the property line and the building is half on county property and half on city property. Checked with the City and they did not give anyone permission to erect the building. The crew of prisoners is removing the building today.
Road maintenance – subdivisions
Commissioner Dykes advised the property owners on the unpaved portion of Green Cove Road will pay the cost to resurface the road. The Engineer was instructed to figure the cost at contract price.
Engineer Hays informed the Board he had checked the records relative to the portion of road in Piney Woods Subdivision Emmett Peter, Jr. wants closed and found that the original deed which granted a right of way does not follow the street or highway which Mr. Peter wants partially closed. Attorney Duncan was instructed to so notify Mr. Peter and suggest to him that he employ an attorney to check into the questions raised and then present them to the Commission.
William Wagner of the Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission was present with reference to the proposed seining program in Lakes Eustis and Harris. Mr. Wagner advised the Tallahassee office has prepared a proposed budget on this project. Clerk Owens stated he talked with Mr. Zagar regarding the special requirements the Board wants included in the contract. Mr. Wagner advised the county does maintain one-half interest in the seine, and the supervision of the program will be by a representative of the Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission.
Bonds – misc.
Contractors’ bonds for certificates of competency numbered 346-348 were approved on motion of Commissioner Windram, seconded by Commissioner Theus, and carried.
Deputy Sheriff bonds for the following were approved on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart, and carried:
Charles Lester Breedlove
Johnny Ray Sapp
Robert A. Gnann
On motion of Commissioner Cowart, seconded by Commissioner Theus, and carried, the action of the Chairman and Clerk was approved in approving applications to the tuberculosis hospital for the following:
Virginia Johnston McGough
Robert Alexander Claborn
On motion of Commissioner Theus, seconded by Commissioner Dykes, and carried, the following depositories were designated for the 1968-69 fiscal year:
General Revenue Fund - First State Bank & Trust Co., Eustis
First National Bank & Trust Co., Eustis
First National Bank, Mount Dora
Bank of Tavares, Tavares
Fine and Forfeiture Fund - Citizens Bank of Clermont, Clermont
Peoples State Bank, Groveland
Road & Bridge Fund - Citizens National Bank, Leesburg
First National Bank, Leesburg
Bank of Mount Dora, Mount Dora
Road & Bridge Special Assessment Fund Bank of Tavares, Tavares
First National Bank, Mt. Dora
Citizens Bank of Clermont
Bank of Mount Dora, Mt. Dora
Capital Outlay Reserve Fund -
County Buildings - Umatilla State Bank, Umatilla
County Home - Peoples State Bank, Groveland
Health Clinic - Bank of Tavares
Bond Interest & Sinking Fund - Umatilla State Bank, Umatilla
South Lake Memorial Hospital Citizens Bank of Clermont, Clermont
South Lake Memorial Hospital
Ambulance Fund - Citizens Bank of Clermont, Clermont
Northeast Lake County
Hospital District - First State Bank & Trust Co., Eustis
Northeast Lake County
Hospital Ambulance Fund - First State Bank & Trust Co., Eustis
Northwest Lake County
Hospital District - Citizens National Bank, Leesburg
Northwest Lake County
Hospital Ambulance Fund - Citizens National Bank, Leesburg
State I, Mosquito Control - First National Bank & Trust Co., Eustis
State II, Mosquito Control - Bank of Tavares
Auto Inspection Funds - First National Bank, Mt. Dora
Citizens National Bank, Leesburg
Citizens Bank of Clermont
Fish Conservation Fund - Bank of Tavares
Clerk Owens advised the air conditioning system in the Chamber of Commerce Building is not working properly because of insufficient ducts. On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Theus, and carried, the Clerk was instructed to have a survey made for a new duct system.
On motion of Commissioner Theus, seconded by Commissioner Cowart, and carried, the Clerk was directed to advertise notice that the Board will sit as a Board of Equalization on August 5, 1968 at 9 o’clock A.M. to receive testimony as to the value and classification of any property as fixed by the County Assessor of Taxes.
Elections – primary
Report of the Canvassing board for the May 28, 1968 Primary Election was filed.
The following use permits were filed by the County Engineer:
To Water Resources Division of U.S. Geological Survey for the construction and maintenance of observation wells on County Rd. 1-7212 east of Lady Lake; 5-7037 six miles northeast of Eustis; 4-5983 six miles east of Eustis.
To Florida Power Corporation for the construction and maintenance of aerial electric transmission line crossing over County Rd. 4-4981 between Mount Dora and Cassia.
Memorandum No. 5 from the State Board of Health relative to the latest State regulations on “Pollution of Waters” was read and referred to the Pollution Control Board.
Letter from the U. S. Department of Interior, Water Resources Division to the Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Commission was referred to the Pollution Control Board.
Recess and reassembly
The meeting recessed at 12 o’clock noon for lunch and reconvened at 1:30 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
L. R. Huffstetler, Jr., County Prosecutor, appeared and presented budget request for the operation of the County Prosecutor’s Office for the next fiscal year. Attorney Duncan was instructed to review the Statutes regarding the request for additional funds other than salary of the Prosecutor.
Mr. Fred Kramer, Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission and Mrs. Julia Schaal, deputy Director, were present and submitted recommendations from the Planning & Zoning Commission to amend the Zoning Rules and Regulations. Letters objecting to certain changes from Dr. Franklin W. Cory, Orlando; and Vera I. Madden, Watesboro, N. C. and Wilmer Zee, Richwood, N. J. were read and filed.
Arthur Roberts, Attorney, appeared and spoke in behalf of the rezoning amendment #41-68. On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart, and carried, this amendment was approved after the owner stated he will remove the junk cars and parts from the property and that he intends to erect a fence in the near future. Mr. Ray was asked to give the Board a letter of intent on the above stipulations.
On motion of Commissioner Windram, seconded by Commissioner Cowart, and carried, a resolution was adopted amending the following tracts of land, to the Classification designated after each description:
See Page 231 of Minute Book 21.
On recommendation of the Chairman and on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram, and carried, the Clerk was directed to request the Marion County Board to install another 30” culvert, 42’ long, under SR 42 for the purpose of equalizing water levels in the Nicotoon Chain of Lakes located in South Marion County and North Lake County.
Roads – county
Copy of letter from the County Engineer to the Forest Service advising that a proposed scenic road through portions of the Ocala National Forest, as proposed by former County Commissioner D. H. Livingston, is not expected to be constructed for quite some time, as read and filed.
Estimated mileage reports for the following employees were presented and review:
William T. Mills
Louise R. Shay
H. D. Underwood
On recommendation of the Clerk and on motion of Commissioner Theus, seconded by Commissioner Dykes, and carried, the Board authorized a survey for a modern telephone system for the Courthouse complex.
Funds – transfer
On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram, and carried, the following transfer of funds in the Auto Inspection Fund was approved:
From Account No. 79176 to 23625 Medical & surgical Supplies & Expenses $250.00
From Account No. 79176 to 23645 Contract Services ---------------------------- 300.00
On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart, and carried request from the Lake County Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $1,250.00 was approved.
Request form the South Lake Memorial Hospital for $35,000.00 and $15,000.00 to the ambulance Service was approved on motion of Commissioner Cowart, seconded by Commissioner Dykes and carried.
Requisition from Leesburg General Hospital in the sum of $2,900.00 was approved on motion of Commissioner Theus, seconded by Commissioner Dykes and carried.
Request for payment No. 2 from the Graves Co of Kissimmee, Inc. in the sum of $14,241.60 for work completed on the construction of Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations was approved on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart, and carried.
Architect fees in the amount of $433.13 on the Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations to Jack Jones were approved on motion of Commissioner Theus, seconded by Commissioner Dykes and carried.
Request for payment No. 1 from the Graves Co. of Kissimmee, Inc. in the sum of $5,011.20 for work completed on the relocation of the fairground building was approved on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart, and carried.
Statement from the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Co. covering cost of installation of public crossing 374 feet northeast of Mp TA-788, Sorrento, in the amount of $358.49 was approved on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Theus, and carried.
Expenses of Royce Cecil Williams were approved to attend Weed Science Short Course at the University of Florida on June 21, on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Theus, and carried.
On motion of Commissioner Theus, seconded by Commissioner Dykes, and carried, a resolution was adopted approving emergency repairs in the amount of $2,022.95 to road grader County No. 1022.
Proposal from Clements’ Pest Control to renew 5-year contract for termite treatment to the Courthouse Annex at an annual cost of $45.00 was approved on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Theus.
On motion of Commissioner Cowart, seconded by Commissioner Dykes, and carried, the action of the Engineer in purchasing three electric typewriters for the Motor Vehicle Inspection States from F & R. Office Supply, Inc. for $220.00 each was approved.
Travel expenses for Paul Milton and Horace Cannon to attend Hyacinth Control meeting in Orlando on June 16-19 were approved on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram; also, expenses of Paul Milton to attend conference in Tampa on Encephalitis Research and Surveillance June 25th were approved.
On motion of Commissioner Theus, seconded by Commissioner Dykes, and carried, Doris Babb was authorized to attend planning session for the County Finance Officers Association in Miami Beach, June 28-30.
On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart, and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
General Fund 1446 - 1701 Bond Interest & Sinking – Co Blgs. 3
Mosquito Control – State I 2 South Lake Memorial Hospital 6
State II 68 - 71 South Lake Memorial – Ambulance 6
Fine & Forfeiture 136 - 154 Northeast Lake Co. Hospital-Ambulance 11
Road & Bridge 550 - 621 Northwest Lake Co. Hospital 7
Northwest Lake Co. Hospital-Ambulance 11
State road department & budget
Clerk Owens submitted 1968-69 Secondary Budget and proposed secondary program for the next four years, which was filed.
Letter from the U.S. Department of Transportation together with an Informational Guide for Inspection of Highway Bridges were filed.
Memorandum from the State Beverage Department relative to April Cigarette Tax Collections was filed.
Copies of letter from the State Board of Health regarding the City of Leesburg were filed.
Copy of letter from the State Board of Health regarding Twin Lakes Youth Camp was filed and referred to the Planning & Zoning Director.
The following monthly reports were filed:
Veterans Service Officer
Statement of Florida Board of Conservation to the Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Congress, relative to 1969 federal appropriations for Florida public works program of water related projects was filed.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 2:45 o’clock P.M.