MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
september 3, 1968
The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, convened in regular session on Tuesday, September 3, 1968, in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, at 10:00 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, Engineer Hays and Deputy Clerk Norma Coven.
The meeting was called to order by the Vice Chairman and the invocation was given by Mr. Hays.
Oil and Grease - American Oil Company
Pure Oil Company
Standard Oil Company
Cities Service Oil Company
Sinclair Refining Company
Diesel Fuel & Gasoline - Standard Oil Company
Pure Oil Company
Cities Service Oil Company
American Oil Company
Gulf Oil Corporation
Sinclair Refining Company
Radio System - Motorola Communications & Electronics, Inc.
Crushed Stone, Slag and Limerock - Dixie Lime & Stone Company
Florida Crushed Stone Company
Shands & Baker, Inc.
Ocala Limerock Corporation
Steel and Aluminum Pipe - Thomas Metals, Inc.
Florida Pipe & Mfg. Company
Florida Steel Corporation
Metal Products Division, Armco Steel Corp.
Florida Culvert Mfg., Inc.
Culvert Mfg. Company
On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried, the bids were referred to the Engineer for study and recommendation to the Board.
It being the time advertised to receive bids on the following items, the Vice Chairman directed the Clerk to open and tabulate the bids, whereupon, the Clerk reported receiving bids as follows:
Sign Materials - Minnesota Mining & Mfg. Company
D. H. Smith & Associates, Inc.
Vulcan Signs & Stampings
Municipal Supply & Sign Corp.
John M. Warren
Dominion Signal Company, Inc.
Concrete Pipe - Lakeland Cement Company
Mitchell Concrete Pipe Company
Pinellas Industries, Inc.
Propane Gas - Mid-Florida Gas Company
Green’s Fuel Gas Service, Inc.
Asphalt Materials - Polk Materials, Inc.
Central Oil Asphalt Corp.
Central Oil Company
Humble Oil & refining Company
Chevron Asphalt Company
E. A. Mariani Asphalt Company
Asphaltic Concrete - Basic Asphalt Corporation
Orlando Paving Company
On motion of Commissioner Windram, seconded by Commissioner Cowart, and carried, the bids were referred to the Engineer for study and recommendation to the Board.
On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried, the Board authorized the Clerk to advertise for bids for a pickup truck to be used by the Pollution Control Board.
On motion Commissioner Cowart, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried, the Clerk was authorized to advertise bids on the following items:
Automobile for the Motor Vehicle Inspection Supervisor
Two Dump Trucks
Corrugated Underpass Structure on Emeralda Road
Electric Printing Calculator for Tax Assessor
Insurance expiring on November 1st.
Mr. Victor Roepke appeared with reference to the zoning of the Ocala Forest Camp Site and previous action of the Board regarding the required size of lots. After discussing this thoroughly and on recommendation of the Attorney, a resolution was adopted on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried, authorizing the Planning & Zoning Commission to issue permits for construction of dwelling houses and pertinent buildings on lots described in deed executed by A. B. Dean, Jr. and wife, Ruth H. Dean, and Harley G. Morse, and wife, Eula N. Morse, to Frank W. Stebbins and wife, Eleanor D. Stebbins, recorded in O.R. Book 109, page 680 etc., which lots are not of the required size as now required by the Zoning Rules and Regulations of Lake County.
Boundaries – county property
E. T. Hall and J. F. Sparks appeared relative to land owned by Mr. Sparks on Lake Griffin. Mr. Sparks said the purpose of the improvement to the property is a mobile home park. He has been advised by the County and the game & Fresh Water Fish Commission that he land involved is lake bottom and belongs to Lake County. Mr. Hall said the mean high water level has never been determined on Lake Griffin and in his opinion the land belongs to Mr. Sparks. The property is on the tax roll and Mr. Sparks is paying taxes on it. Attorney Duncan said Mr. Hall’s recommendation should be accepted unless we have evidence to the contrary. On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried, the following resolution was adopted:
See Page 266-267 of Minute Book 20.
The Attorney was instructed to prepare the necessary legislation to establish the mean high water level.
The Clerk presented a letter form the First State Bank & Trust Company advising that the Bank will accept $17,000.00 for the W. G. Wells Packing House property located on Sinclair Avenue in Tavares. On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted to purchase the property in the sum of $17,000, with a down payment of $500.00 and the balance to be paid during the month of December, 1968; with all 1968 taxes to be paid by Lake County.
Roads – county
Paul C. Cox appeared and presented affidavits signed by five persons stating that a certain road in 3-19-25 has been open to and used by the public for a period of more than twenty (20) years. Mr. cox further explained the road now has a fence across it. ON motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried, the Board adopted a resolution declaring the following described road to be a public road by prescriptive right, and that the road is to be open to the public at all times:
Commence at the center of Sec. 3, Tp. 19 S.R. 25 E., thence run Westerly along County Road 5-5929 (Lisbon Fernery Road) 300 feet more or less, to the Point of Beginning; thence run Northerly 650 feet more or less; thence run Easterly 400 feet more or less; thence run Northerly 1200 feet more or less, to the Southwest corner of the following described tract of land: Begin on the South side of right of way of Atlantic Coast Line Railroad 230 feet east of the Northwest corner of NE¼ of Sec. 3, Tp. 19 S.R. 25 E.: run Southwesterly along a drainage ditch to the West line of NE¼ of said Section; thence run South 692 feet, thence run East 660 feet; thence run North 821.5 feet; thence run West to the Point of Beginning.
Roads – county
On request of the Engineer and on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted authorizing the removal of junked, abandoned or wrecked automobiles from county rights of way.
Engineer Hays advised Orange County will erect “Local Delivery Trucks Only” signs on the Duda Road; whereupon on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted prohibiting through trucks on County Road #3-3168 known as Duda road, East form SR 448-A to the Orange County Line, and that the proper signs be erected.
On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried, a resolution determining a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour on County Road No. 5-5341, known as Northern Avenue in Bassville Park.
Engineer Hays stated the proposed access road north of the Eustis Sand Mine will not be maintained by the County.
Engineer Hays said the MMS Fruit Company has offered to clear the trees and underbrush from the Ferndale Loop road if the County will complete the East end of the loop. Commissioner dykes moved that project to be completed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried.
Bill Clements was present and informed the Board that Charles Norris is out of the state and he will wait until Mr. Norris returns to execute the lease with the County for the operation of the fair.
Mr. Clements said the Fair Association needs funds to construct a flower show building. Clerk Owens advised no funds were budgeted for this expense.
B. Marshall appeared representing the Lake Soil and Water Conservation district and presented the Board members with copy of soil map that will be used until the master report is completed. The maps will be sold for approximately 35ȼ to defray the cost of printing, which will be paid by the District and the Board.
Letter to the Chairman was read from the Soil Conservationist advising the soil survey should be completed by the first of the year and requesting use of the office until that time. The board agreed the soil men would continue to use the space.
It now being the time to hear objections to the closing of portion of Rose Street in the Plat of Villa City, no objections were given; whereupon, on recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commissioner Cowart, seconded by Commissioner Dykes and carried, a resolution was adopted closing the following described road:
Begin 200 feet East of the South west corner of block 155 and run thence West traversing Beach Avenue, to the waters of Lake Emma, as shown on said Villa City Plat, according to Plat Book 1, page 31, Public Records of Lake County, Florida.
The Board again considered the petition to close portions of Lime Street and Edgewater Street in Yalaha, an on motion of Commissioner Cowart, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried, the petition was denied.
Attorney Duncan presented petition of Edna Clark and Dorothy Mary Canova to close unnamed platted street in Hinsons Plan of the Town of Altoona. On motion of Commissioner Cowart, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried, a resolution was adopted accepting the petition and authorizing a public hearing to be held on the 7th day of October, 1968, requiring all persons opposed to said petition to appear and be heard at that time.
Recess and reassembly
The meeting recessed at 12:00 o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:30 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.
Roads – state
Engineer Hays informed the Board that the City of Eustis is under the impression that the County would resurface Bates Avenue in Eustis. This project is included in the State Road Department 1969-70 Budget. No action taken by the board, and the Vice Chairman commented the County should let the State Road Department build the road.
On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to include in the road construction program for 1969-70 through 1972-73, in lieu of the “Williams Road”, the widening and resurfacing of SR 455, commencing at Ferndale and continuing Northerly to intersect SR 561, and to include the “Williams road” later in the road building program.
On recommendation of the Engineer, and on motion of Commissioner Windram, seconded by Commissioner Dykes and carried, a resolution was adopted requesting the State Road Department to resurvey SR 530 and locate the proposed two-lane East Bound lanes in Polk County, rather than in Lake County as proposed.
With reference to maintenance of secondary roads, the Engineer suggested that the road & Bridge department maintain the roads rather than the State Road Department. He was instructed to discuss the feasibility of this with the District Engineer of the State Road Department.
Pollution control board
Mr. E. T. Hall and C. W. Sheffield representing the Pollution Control Board were present. Mr. Hall notified the Board the office and laboratory in the Pioneer Building will be inadequate for the space needed. He was requested to view the county owned house on Mary Street in Umatilla.
Mr. Hall further advised the Pollution Control Board recommends that the Pollution board cooperate with the Orange County Pollution Control board through September 30, 1969. This recommendation was confirmed on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried.
Mr. Hall also advised Mr. Sheffield has been employed as Acting Pollution Control Officers through September, 1969 and Mr. Wick’s employment will be effective October 1, 1968.
Mr. Hall filed copy of minutes of August 22nd meeting.
Mr. Hall invited the members to a dutch treat dinner with the Orange County Commissioners Pollution Control Boards and Engineers, on September 10th at 7:30 P.M. at the Lancer’s Restaurant, Leesburg.
Maps and plats
Mr. Hall informed the Board the developer of Orange Blossom Hills is ready to record the plat of the subdivision, but cannot do so until the sewer and water system is completed and approved. On recommendation of the Attorney and on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried, a resolution was adopted requiring the owner to furnish an estimate of the cost of the system; and requiring the owner to furnish a bond to cover the costs.
Upon advice from the Clerk, and on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried, an extra set of 1958 aerial maps in the Tax Assessor’s Office was declared surplus and offer of $100.00 from Lockmiller-Foster, Inc. for the maps was accepted.
Plat of Pease Subdivision located in Astor Park was considered and denied on advice from the Attorney that the title report shows a mortgage and the street is not released from the mortgage.
Autos and trucks
Engineer Hays reported a 1962 pickup truck, County #3320, was involved in an accident causing $792.00 damages. Insurance company is willing to settle for $500.00. Commissioner Windram advised the other truck involved was a personal truck of a Dura Stress employee and Dura Stress is willing to back up the repair bill. Mr. Hays was instructed to contact Dura Stress regarding this.
On recommendation of the engineer and on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried, permanent easements were accepted from the following, and the Clerk was instructed to record same in the public records:
Jack B. Keel and wife, Sally L. Keel - O.R. Book 365, Page 769
A. M. Garrison and wife, Mary r. Garrison - O.R. Book 365, Page 767
On recommendation of the Engineer, the Board approved new working hours at the Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations effective September 16th as follows:
Monday – 1:00 P. M. to 10:00 P.M.
Tuesday through Friday – 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Letter from the Attorney for Tri-County Equipment Company regarding balance due them was read and filed.
Salaries & wages
The board approved the following hourly overtime rates for the Motor Vehicle Inspection Station employees, on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried:
Supervisor $2.90 per hour
Chief Inspectors 2.45 per hour
Inspectors 2.30 per hour
Clerks 1.75 per hour
Road & bridge department
Engineer Hays advised he has received numerous requests from the Board of Public Instruction during the past two months for the use of county equipment and it is impossible to loan the equipment and operators out and keep up the road and bridge work. He was directed to notify the Board of Public Instruction that future requests must be made to the Board.
The engineer reported when repairing washouts on roads in Astor it was necessary to haul clay from Marion County. Have located a pit in Altoona. He was instructed to determine the size and cost of same.
With reference to the bridge at the Baxter property in Silver Lake, the Engineer informed the Board, Mrs. Baxter does not want the bridge removed.
Suits affecting county
Mr. Duncan was instructed to proceed with Suit to Quiet Title on North George Street in Astor.
On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried, contract with Gee & Jenson Consulting Engineers, Inc. for a Water and Sewer Study in Lake County was approved, and the Vice Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute the contract.
Amendment to contracts with Lennon’s Ambulance and the City of Leesburg were approved relative to payment for ambulance services for the month of October, 1967, on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried, and the Vice Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute same.
On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried, a resolution was adopted regarding hospital service for the indigent for the 1968-69 fiscal year showing the County’s portion to be $32,250. and State matching funds to e $10,241.00.
Notices from the W. T. Edwards Tuberculosis Hospital were filed as follows:
James Richard Harden was discharged with medical advice on 8/6/68
Jeremiah Adams was discharged with medical advice on 8/14/68
William M. Miller was discharged against medical advice on 8/16/68
Licenses & permits
Bond for carrying firearms was approved for on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried:
James R. Davis, III
Contractor’s bonds for certificates of competency were approved on motion of Commissioner Windram, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried as follows:
Nos. 68-A – Reinstatement
247-69, 359, 360, and 361
Outdoor recreational facilities
The Engineer advised the Sylvan Shores Park is being used as a dump. Attorney Duncan advised the dedication reads, “for the purpose indicated,” and it is dedicated to the public and the County is permitted to keep the area cleaned. Commissioner Windram recommended that three or four appropriate signs be erected in the park.
The Engineer was instructed to have the prison road crew clear the park on the West side of Haines Creek of weeds and underbrush.
Request of Allan Summersill, Volusia County prisoner, and former inmate of Lake County for money due him when he was released from the Lake County jail was approved on motion of Commissioner Cowart, seconded by Commissioner Dykes and carried.
Elections – special
Clerk Owens submitted notice from the Office of the Secretary of State that the Governor is calling for Special Primary Elections to be held September 17th and October 1st, to fill the vacancy in the Office of Circuit Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit. On motion of Commissioner Windram, seconded by Commissioner Dykes and carried, the Clerks and Inspectors who served on the Election Boards in the last primary were appointed to serve on September 17th; and the Clerk was authorized to pay the necessary expenses for the Special Primary.
On motion of Commissioner Cowart, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried, travel expenses were approved as follows:
Gordon Hays and J. C. Watkins to attend East Central Florida Regional Planning Council Subdivision Workshop in Winter Park on September 13, 1968.
C. W. Sheffield to attend National Water Pollution Control meeting in Chicago on September 23-26.
E. T. Hall to attend State Board meeting in Tallahassee on Rules and Regulations concerning the Lake County Pollution Control board, September 17-18.
Gordon Hays to attend St. Johns River Valley Advisory Committee meeting in Orlando on September 10.
Repairs to the roof on the District #3 barn were approved in the sum of $200. on motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried.
On motion of Commissioner Windram, seconded by Commissioner Cowart and carried, the Clerk was authorized to pay the interest and principal on Certificates of Indebtedness.
On motion of Commissioner Dykes, seconded by Commissioner Windram and carried, the payrolls for the month of August were approved.
Cancellation of warrants
On motion of Commissioner Cowart, seconded by Commissioner Dykes and carried, the Clerk was authorized to cancel Auto Inspection Fund Warrant #3179 duplicate payment to Girl Friday Office Supply.
Request from Mrs. Myra G. Sanders, representing a group of interested persons in the needs of mentally retarded people in Lake County, for financial assistance was denied on advice from the Attorney that the County has not authority to expend funds on this program.
Letter from Gustaf W. Anderson complaining of the condition of roads in Mount Plymouth was read and filed.
August report from the Building Department showing $2,732.20 revenue collected was filed.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 5:30 o’clock P.M.