The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida met in special session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, on Monday, February 17, 1969, at 9:00 o’clock A.M. for the purpose of receiving primary and secondary road requests for the next budget year, and any other business which might be brought before the Board.

The Chairman called the meeting to order with the following members present:  Commissioner Thomas J. Windram, Chairman; Commissioner James R. Carson, Jr., Alex J. Macdonnell, J. M. Hoskinson, and Kenneth VanAuken.   Others present were County Attorney, C. E. Duncan; County Engineer Gordon Hays, Jr.; County Planner, J. C. Watkins and Deputy Clerk Norma H. Coven.

The invocation was given by Mr. Hays.

ROADS – County & State

The Chairman announced the requests will be heard in accordance with the schedule prepared by the Clerk, whereupon, representatives of the municipalities presented the following requests:

Mount Dora:   Primary Roads:

1.      Four lane SR 46 from US 441 to Interstate 4 West of Sanford.

2.      Four lane SR 19 from the Golden Triangle Shopping Center to US 441 overpass south of Eustis.

3.      Widen Highland St. (Old SR 500) from 5th Ave. to South City limits.

4.      Resurface Old SR 500 from West City limits to intersection of SR 19A and on to Tavares.


Secondary Roads:

1.      Widen and resurface Eudora Road from Old SR 500 to US 441.

2.      Widen and resurface Old Eustis Road from Donnelly St (S-44B) west to Morningside Drive.

3.      Grade, pave and construct a secondary road from Liberty Street southerly to Palm Island.


Eustis:             Primary Roads:

1.      Resurface and widen SR 44 (Orange Avenue) to 48 feet from the east city limits to SR 19 (Bay St.).

a.       Rebuild SR 19 (grove St.) from Orange Ave. south to Herrick Ave.

2.      Widen and resurface Bates Ave. from SR 19 (Grove St.) to SR 19 (Bay St.)

3.      Four lane SR 19 from north city limits of Eustis to Umatilla.

4.      Expand the intersection of SR 19 and US 441 to full cloverleaf.

5.      Four lane SR 44, with municipal section, from the intersection of SR 19 and SR 44 at the north city limits west to the fairground.

6.      Four lane SR 19A from Eustis interchange to Old SR 500.


Secondary Roads:

1.      Designate Lakeview Ave. as a secondary road from the intersection of SR 19 East to East Crooked Lake Drive, southeast to US 441, widen and rebuild.

2.      Install automatic signals at the Seaboard Coast Line R.R. crossing on Lake Shore Drive and Woodward Avenue.

3.      Install a pedestrian overpass on SR 19 (Bay St.) at Taylor St.



1.   Four lane SR 19 from Umatilla to Eustis.

                        2.   Four lane SR 19 from SR 450 at the railroad to SR 42 in Altoona.

                        3.   Pave and construct clay road East of Airport from SR44A to SR450.


Leesburg:        Primary Roads:

1.      North-South traffic artery from Dixie Ave. to North Boulevard (SR500).

2.      Widen 14th St. (SR 25) north of Sunshine Ave. south to Dixie Ave.

3.      Construct acceleration and deceleration lanes on SR 25 at the Palm Plaza Shopping Center and Thirftway Store.

4.      Construct longer turning radius at the intersection of SR 25 and SR 44.


Clermont:        Primary Roads:

1.      Four lane SR 50 from West city limits of Mascotte, east to Orange County line.

2.      Four lane SR 25 (US 27) from Polk County north to existing four lane in Clermont.

3.      Designate SR 19 as US 23.


Secondary Roads:

1.      Construct and pave Bronson Road from SR 561 to Minnehaha Lake Shore Drive.

2.      Construct and pave Loghouse Road from SR 561 to Minnehaha Lake Shore Drive.

3.      Construct and pave Cherry Lake Road from SR 478 to SR 561-A.



1.      Improve SR 455 from SR S-561 to SR 19.

2.      Improve the shoulders and approaches on SR 455 in the Town of Montverde.



1.      Four lane SR 50 from Groveland through Mascotte.

Attorney Duncan was instructed to contact the attorney for the State Road Department for an explanation of the theory to validate Lake County’s $1,750,000.00 road bond issue.

This concluded the road requests.

The Board members concurring, the Chairman announced the road requests will be considered on Wednesday, February 19, 1969 at 9:00 o’clock A.M.


Mr. Jerry Kelch and Mr. Frank Skilbred were present and asked the Board’s consideration of a 2:00 o’clock A.M. closing Monday through Friday at the Hula Hut Lounge, due to the other businesses in the area located in the City of Leesburg having this closing hour.  Consideration of this request was deferred to a regular meeting of the Board.


Commissioner Carson announced the Lake Improvement Association is holding a meeting tonight in the First Federal Building in Leesburg with reference to the Governor’s appointment to the G&FWFC to represent the Central Florida area.  The appointee is from Jacksonville and the LIA is opposing this action by the Governor.  They would like the Board members to attend this important meeting.  Attorney Duncan said the appointment must be confirmed by the Senate and the Senate is in session today, and it would be in order to contact our Senators.  Commissioner Carson said he will pass this information along to the LIA.


On recommendation of the engineer and on motion of Commissioner Carson, seconded by Commissioner VanAuken and carried, a 5.3% increase in salary for the Road and Bridge Department employees was approved effective March 1, 1969.  Vacancies in two laborer positions and two truck driver positions will remain vacant to allow for the pay increase with no additional funds needed.

On recommendation of the Planning Director, Wilfred Kline’s services as Aide to the Planner were terminated as of March 31, 1969.


On deferred action of the Board, Attorney Norman Smith, appeared representing Ben M. Crawford, applicant for Conditional Use Permit 110-5.  The Chairman called for interested parties to be heard.

Morton Aulls, Attorney, and Ralph Jones appeared and objected to the applicant using the present access road; whereupon, Attorney Duncan said this would be a matter to be determined by the Court.

On motion of Commissioner Carson, seconded by Commissioner Macdonnell and carried, the CUP was approved and upon voting the Commissioners voted as follows:

                        Carson             Yes                  Hoskinson       No

                        Macdonnell     Yes                  VanAuken       Yes



Commissioner VanAuken moved that the Board make a study of the use of county property including buildings, vehicles and other county equipment, with reference to the use of said properties by political parties, clubs and organizations or individuals except as proved under the Florida Statutes, and that the Board determine a policy with reference to county property at the next regular Board meeting.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Hoskinson and carried.


On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commissioner Carson, seconded by Commissioner Hoskinson, and carried, all bids received February 10 on resurfacing the streets in Tropical Shores Subdivision were rejected, and the Clerk was authorized to re-advertise the bids for March 10, 1969.


Travel expenses for Robert F. Oatman to attend Short Course for Building Officials in Gainesville on February 23-26 were approved on motion of Commissioner Hoskinson, seconded by Commissioner Carson and carried.

On recommendation of the Planning Director, the low proposal from Fla. Newsreel in the amount of $135.00 for Kodak Slide Projector was approved on motion of Commissioner Carson, seconded by Commissioner Hoskinson and carried.

FUNDS – Transfer

On motion of Commissioner Hoskinson, seconded by Commissioner Carson, and carried, transfer was approved of $250.00 in the General Revenue Fund from Acct. #67745-1 to Acct. #67702-3, for the purpose of employing a secretary for the month of March.


Attorney Duncan reported on the Conflict of Interest staying this is a code of ethics set up for the Legislature; however, the county may adopt this code.  The Clerk was instructed to report on previous action of the Board regarding this.


There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting recessed at 12:15 o’clock P.M. until February 19, 1969 at 9:00 o’clock A.M.


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CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN