wednesday – october 15, 1969

The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, met in special session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, at 2:30 o’clock P.M. on Wednesday, October 15, 1969, for the purpose of an informal discussion of county problems with the Honorable Claude Kirk, Governor of the State of Florida.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman Windram with the following members present:  Commr. Thomas J. Windram, Chairman; Commissioners James R. Carson, Jr., Alex J. Macdonell, James M. Hoskingson, and Kenneth VanAuken.  Others present were County Attorney C. E. Duncan, Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank E. Owens, County Engineer Gordon Hays, Jr., and Deputy Clerk Norma H. Coven.

Chairman Windram welcomed Governor Kirk and expressed the Board’s appreciation to him for taking time out from his busy schedule to visit with the Board and listen to existing problems.

Chairman Windram reported on the status of SR 530 since the Governor’s last visit.  A few small and less expensive parcels are under condemnation at the present time.  Total cost of the right of way will not exceed $150,000.00 although the appraisals were in excess of $341,000.00.

The Governor said he has inspected the bottle neck on U.S. 27 (SR 25) in Leesburg.  Commr. Carson mentioned that Mr. Peebles had suggested we might be able to borrow from the highway Secondary Trust Fund, but we have been notified that under the new Constitution this program is no longer available.   Governor Kirk said we have got to do something to be ready for Disney World.

Other matters discussed were Griffin Road sidewalk project, authority of the various pollution control boards, mandatory vocational education in local schools, and the enforcement of an ordinance to control anything affecting the health of the citizens of the county.  It was the Governor’s suggestion that his office be contacted with reference to these problems.

County employees

On recommendation of the County Extension Director, the resignation of Mary Jane Kirby as part-time secretary in the Agriculture and Home Economics Department was accepted effective October 16, 1969, and Susan Elizabeth Savage was employed effective October 20, 1969 at an annual salary of $1,664.00.

There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned.


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CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN