MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – december 9, 1968
The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, convened in regular session in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, on Monday, December 9, 1968 at 10:00 a.m. with the following persons present: Herbert A. Babb, Chairman; Commissioner C. C. Theus, Vice Chairman; Commissioner Herman T. Dykes; and Commissioner Thomas J. Windram. Others present were Clerk Frank E. Owens, Attorney Carl E. Duncan, Engineer Gordon Hays, Jr., and Deputy Clerk Barbara L. McCall.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, and the invocation was given by Mr. Hays.
bonds – official
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following officials’ bonds were approved: Richard H. Langley, J. M. “Jim” Hoskinson, T. O. Moorhead, R. G. Cassady, Paul H. Reed, Katherine L. Baker, Willis V. McCall, Frank E. Owens, W. A. “Bill” Milton, Jr., and Donald L. Berry.
On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the following changes were approved to the present indigent list:
District No. 1 – ADD Elvish Handsbough
CANCEL Elvina Nelson
District No. 4 – CANCEL Charlotte Fitch
roads – county
On the recommendation of the County Engineer and on a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a resolution was adopted prohibiting the dumping of garbage and trash along County Road #2-2005 (Tuscanooga Road) in Mascotte and that appropriate signs be erected.
Commr. Theus presented a letter from Dr. Sullivan requesting the County to pave the road along his property in Sec. 24/18/24, as was promised. The letter was referred to the Engineer.
Morton D. Aulls appeared before the Board and asked permission to publish a Notice of Petition for Closing (East 12th Street, Assembly Heights, Umatilla). On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, said permission for publication was granted, and the public hearing was set for January 6, 1969.
roads – subdivisions
Engineer Hays presented the dedication to the public for roads located in Shorewood Park Subdivision, which was accepted, approved and directed recorded on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried. (RECORDED 371, page 690) John A. Harder and wife.
On a motion by Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, petitions to resurface streets in Broadvue Heights and Rainbow Ridge and Tropical Shores in accordance with Chapter 63-1505 were approved and accepted and a resolution adopted authorizing a public hearing to receive objections or complaints on January 13, 1969.
right of way – roads
The Engineer advised Earl Harris and Rufus Pace had contacted him and requested a 50-foot right of way from the pit to SR 452. The County has a 50 foot right of way that is adjacent. They offered to pave the road if the County will pay $1,000 of the paving cost. Action on this was deferred until the new Board convenes.
road and bridge department
Gordon Hays reported that Ralph Jones had called him and advised that the Igous old house opposite the Buick establishment in Eustis is ready to be torn down. The Igous have suggested that if the County is interested they may tear down the house for the materials. Attorney Duncan advised that a contract would be needed to cover workmen working on privately owned premises. Board members felt it was a good idea and that the materials could be put to good use at the Fairgrounds. On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Engineer was directed to make the arrangements.
Engineer Hays reported he has received a call from the State Road Department relative to a flashing signal at the railroad crossing on Lakeshore Drive in Eustis by Igous Store. He was instructed to determine the cost of a signal and report on same.
Gordon Hays, Jr. reported that Forest Carpenter had requested him to ask the Board on his behalf if the County will construct Hunter Street in Umatilla between SR 19 and Kentucky Avenue this year. Said action was approved by the Board on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.
Commr. Windram discussed the request of the City of Eustis for paving parts of Clifford and Floral Streets in Eustis. He met with Sidney Everatt, City Manager, last week and the City wants the County to pave 250 feet of Floral and one block of Clifford at an approximate cost of $1,750.00; or 250 feet of Floral and two blocks of Clifford at a cost of $2,500.00. The City is requesting that the County bear the expense of the paving. Discussion resulted by Board members and the decision was reached that the paving be done on a 50/50 basis, on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.
Mr. Hays reported on his meeting with Jim Payne relative to Mr. Payne’s desire to a county borrow pit near his property. Mr. Payne owns some property in Mascotte between the right of way of SR 50 and the railroad, which he is willing to trade the county for the borrow pit. On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board authorized Dalton S. Payne, Groveland, to appraise the properties.
Engineer Hays advised the Board of some available clay at the Northeast corner of SR 33 and the Turnpike, which the owner will sell for a reasonable price. Will be an asset to the County to have a clay pit in this area. On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Board authorized an appraisal of the site which is two or three acres.
Right of way easements – except roads
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, permanent easement for citrus loading area was accepted and ordered recorded upon the public records:
GRANTOR: Finney Lambert and Mary Louise Lambert, his wife
The South 15 feet of: The E ½ of the NE ¼ of the NW ¼ of Section 24, Township 18 South, Range 26 East.
Mr. Watkins brought to the Board’s attention a letter from Owens & Sons, Clearwater, Fla. This firm is going to construct a governmental building in the vicinity of Paisley and request that the electrical permit fees be waived. Waiver was granted on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
Mr. Watkins requested the Board to make a recommendation to fill Mr. Emil Yde’s post to the Board of Adjustments caused by Mr. Yde’s recent death. Recommendation needs to be made to the Governor. (Other members of the Board are: Glenn Brown, Mount Dora; Fred Wolfe, Clermont; Jack Allen, Jr., Umatilla; Kermit Clay, Groveland.)
Salaries and wages
Robert E. Pierce, Public Defender, appeared before the Board relative to the need of employing an Investigator to the Public Defender’s Office. The salary recommended by Mr. Pierce was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried as follows:
Annual rate of $7,200.00 first three months ($600 per month) and $7,500.00 next six months ($625 per month).
maps and plats
Clerk Owens presented a letter from Hall, Farner and Associates guaranteeing that street markers will be placed in La Dora Manor Subdivision within thirty days from December 2, 1968.
Clerk Owens advised that bids were advertised for repairs to the Nursing Home to be received today, but the Architect called and said it was impossible to get the specifications and plans ready in time and asked for permission to readvertise the bids for January 6, 1969. On motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Clerk was authorized to readvertise the bids.
bonds – misc.
The following contractors’ bonds for certificates of competency were approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried:
Nos. 375 John L. Brennan and Elwood Electric Co., Inc.
377 Carl O. Clements
378 Roy E. Mailliard
379 Jack Asbury
340-69 W. L. Collier
137-69 Tom Adair
Clerk Owens presented a notice from the W. T. Edwards Tuberculosis Hospital that Alice Ruth Lee was discharged on November 8, 1968 with medical advice.
Planning and zoning
Mr. Watkins requested permission to amend the Mobile Home Park administrative permit process so that inspection would be made on the mobile home hook-up to power and sewerage only when the first mobile home moves into an allotted space; subsequent mobile homes coming and going would require no fee or inspection. Any additions to mobile homes would still require permit and inspection. Should the Mobile Home Park owner not observe setbacks, a periodic inspection of the park would reveal this condition and any non-conforming mobile homes would have to be removed.
On recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following changes were approved to the Zoning Rules and Regulations as pertain to the tracts of lands described to the Classifications designated after each description:
WHEREAS, the Lake County Planning and Zoning Commission, after giving Notice of a Hearing upon applications for change of zoning classifications, including a Notice as to the time such applications, if approved, would be presented to the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, did, on the 26th day of September, 1968, review applications for changes and revisions of the zoning of certain areas in Lake County, and did approve certain changes as requested in the particular applications hereinafter set forth, subject to approval of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County as above provided; and the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, having reviewed said applications, and the recommendations of the Lake County Planning and Zoning Commission;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, that the Zoning Rules and Regulations of Lake County, be altered and amended as they pertain to the following tracts of land, to the Classifications designated after each description:
1. The East 1681.85 feet of the West 1706.85 feet of the S ¼ of the NW ¼ of Sec. 31, Tp. 19 S. R. 28 E., LESS: The South 12.5 feet thereof;
now classified and zoned as R-1 (Residential), be, and the same is hereby amended, changed and rezoned to Classification A (Agriculture).
And the said Lake County Planning and Zoning Commission having reviewed on the 31st day of October, 1968, the application for change and revision of the zoning of a certain area in Lake County, hereinafter set forth, and did approve the certain change as requested in the particular application referred to, subject to the approval of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County as above provided; and the Board of County Commissioners having reviewed said application and the recommendations of the Lake County Planning and Zoning Commission;
The following rezoning applications were denied on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried:
Case No. 66-68-3 From R-1-A to A
73-68-4 From R-1 to A
74-68-1 From R-1-A to C-1
The following Conditional Use Permits were approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried:
CUP Nos. 100 and 102.
At this time Mr. Watkins discussed with the Board condemnation of a building on Hull Road, South of Groveland. The State has condemned the building as of today and they would like the County to join in the efforts. There are no sanitary facilities and no water. The building is somewhat of a labor camp establishment. On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, Mr. Watkins was directed to write to Clayton Hull, Clermont, owner of the building, and ask him what his intentions are to correct the situation.
Earl Kelly, County Agricultural Agent, and Miss Alice Blackburn, Assistant Home Economics Agent and 4-H Coordinator, presented 4-H members Tommy Lee, Mary Ann Matthews, and Barry Eveland who expressed their appreciation to the Board for making the 4-H trip possible. Mrs. Barbara Eveland and Mrs. Matthews and Mrs. Marian Valentine, Home Economics Agent, were also present. They all expressed their gratitude to the County for such county-supported programs, and presented plaques to the Commissioners. Chairman Babb thanked the group for attending the meeting and presenting their fine program.
East central florida regional planning council
Representatives of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council were present, to-wit: Al Rehbaum, Treasurer; Gordon Wagner, Executive Director; Lee Maxwell (Volusia County), President. The representatives spoke about the advantages of being a member county in their organization. They advised that in the next year there will be a reappraisal of their goals and efforts due to Disney World. Questions were asked by Commissioners Theus and Windram with regard to what the Council has in mind specifically for Lake County in the next few years. Mr. Wagner seemed to feel that the roads in Central Florida are far from adequate in view of the population explosion the State will experience due to Disney World. He feels that we will need a network of thruways in this part of the State, and that this will be just one of the goals the Council will for in Central Florida. The representatives of the council were thanked for their attendance.
Mr. Owens reported the Council had requested him to allow them to set up their display in the Courthouse lobby, which he did. On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the action of the Clerk was approved.
Mr. Grubbs, Florida Forestry Service, appeared before the Board regarding firefighting equipment availability in small communities. He advised that the equipment is military or forestry surplus and it is given to the community by the forest service. Each community must organize itself so it has a volunteer fire service, and then apply to the forestry service for such equipment. When a town is not incorporated, the County will be held responsible for such equipment and insurance thereon. The form of lease is a catchall lease which would cover all fire districts set up in unincorporated towns. The Board accepted this arrangement as policy on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
reports – official
Clerk Owens submitted the Annual Report for the Board of County Commissioners for the Fiscal Year 1967-68 and same was approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, and the Clerk was authorized to forward same to the Comptroller for approval.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Attorney was instructed to notify the Graves Company of Kissimmee, Inc. that final payment in the amount of $1,957.80 will be made when the County receives assurance from them that the Graves Company of Kissimmee, Inc. will defend any action at its own expense involving Lake County relative to moving the livestock building at the Fairgrounds.
Request from the Veterans Service Officer to purchase IBM Typewriter for the sum of $450.00 was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
Travel request from Emogene Stegall to attend the Mid-Winter Conference of the State Association of Supervisors of Election in Panama City, January 29-31, 1969, was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, a resolution was adopted authorizing emergency repairs to Galion Tractor, County Property No. 2502, in the amount of $1,140.34 by Cummins Diesel Sales Corp.
Bill from the Clerk of Circuit Court for appeal costs in Criminal Case No. 5642, Lewis McIntyre, in the amount of $63.12 was approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the Board approved a payment to Addressograph Multigraph Corp. in the amount of $10,164.35.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, payments as follows were approved to Harvey Spears General Contractor:
Flower Show Building $3,466.80
Multi-Purpose Building $12,688.20
Carnival and Trailer Facilities $864.00
Request from the Tax Collector for commissions collected on the 1968 tax roll in the amount of $38,884.81 was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
Payment to the Florida Board of Conservation, Division of Geology, covering water resources investigation for the period October 1, 1968 to September 30, 1969 in the amount of $9,500.00 was approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried.
Payment to the Florida Forest Service was approved by the Board as follows:
Fire Control Assessment 1968-69 $12,033.60
Forest Management Project $2,000.00
November allotment to the Lake County Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $2,083.33 was approved on motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried.
Travel expenses for Bill Bryant, County Service Officer, to attend the Mid-Winter Conference in St. Petersburg on November 20-22, were approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, an expenditure not to exceed $66.00 was authorized to L. W. Conner for additional licenses to comply with I. C. C. Regulations.
On motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
General Revenue Fund Nos. 262-489
Mosquito Control State I 3
Mosquito Control State II 5A-9
Motor Vehicle Inspection Fund 26-45
Fine and Forfeiture Fund 30-54
Road and Bridge Fund 93-179
South Lake Memorial Hospital District 1-2
South Lake Memorial Hospital Ambulance Fund 1-2
Northeast Lake County Hospital District 1-2
Northeast Lake County Hospital Ambulance Fund 2-4
Northwest Lake County Hospital District 1-2
Northwest Lake County Hospital Ambulance Fund 2-4
Architect fees to Jack Jones were approved on motion of Commr. Dykes, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried:
Flower Show Building $719.28
Rest Rooms and Trailer Facilities $291.26
Multi-Purpose Building $960.47
Clerk Owens read a letter from Mrs. Claudia Cowart, widow of former Commissioner J. C. Cowart.
Resolution from Sarasota County urging the calling of a Constitutional Convention to consider a revision of the entire Constitution was presented and the Board deferred action pending the decision of the new board members.
The following monthly reports were filed:
Assistant County Agents
Florida Division of Corrections regarding the Lake County Jail and Stockade
On motion of Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Dykes and carried, the minutes of the meetings of November 4 and 12, 1968 were approved as submitted.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned.