MONDAY – march 9, 1970

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, March 9, 1970 at 9:00 o’clock A.M., with the following members present:  James R. Carson, Jr., Chairman; Alex J. Macdonell, J. M. Hoskinson, Thomas J. Windram, and Kenneth VanAuken.  Others present were:  Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank E. Owens and Deputy Clerk Norma H. Coven.  Later in the morning Attorney C. C. Ford, representing the firm Duncan and Ford, was present, also the County Engineer Gordon Hays, Jr.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman and the invocation was given by Mr. Windram.  Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited by all present.

road maintenance

Commr. Windram addressed the Board concerning action taken at the last meeting when he was not present relative to placing Lake Kathryn Circle on the road maintenance program, stating he feels this was a serious mistake and could be classified as a conflict of interest.  Commr. Windram moved that the action of the Board pertaining to this road be rescinded.  Chairman Carson remarked he feels Mr. Windram has a valid point and stepped down from the Chair and seconded the motion.  Vice Chairman Hoskinson called for the question with the Commissioners voting as follows:

                        Chairman Carson                    Yes

                        Commissioner Macdonell      No

                        Commissioner Windram        Yes

                        Commissioner VanAuken      No


The Vice Chairman abstained and declared the motion did not pass.

Commr. Windram stated he also objects to the Grovemont Estates Road being on the maintenance program until the right of way is acquired.  Commr. Macdonell said he will acquire the right of way, and if not, he will ask that the road be removed from the road maintenance program.


Dr. J. B. Hall, County Health Director, appeared at the request of the Board to discuss the audit report on his Department.  Chairman Carson asked Dr. Hall if the millage for the Health Department could be reduced in the next budget year.  In response Dr. Hall answered that the Health Department has to operate for five months without any revenue from the County, therefore, it is necessary to maintain a sufficient surplus to take care of expenditures during this period, including the employing of a clerk, registered nurse, sanitarian and dentist.  He further stated the Health Department has been operating on the same millage for a number of years without any increase and do not recommend a reduction at this time.


It now being the time advertised to receive bids for air conditioning and heating the Lake Memorial Nursing Home, the Chairman directed the Architect to open the bids and the Clerk to tabulate same, whereupon, Clerk Owens reported receiving the following bids:

                                         Ted Love Construction       $24,637.00

                                         A. W. Smith & Son              19,315.00

                                         True Temp, Inc.                    23,413.00


After reviewing the bids, the Architect recommended that the low bid be accepted, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Macdonell seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the bid from A. W. Smith & Son in the amount of $19,315.00 was accepted as the lowest and best bid.


On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried, the following change to the present indigent list was approved:

            District No. 4 – CANCEL Lebrado Rosado               $40.00

                                      ADD Joe Eley                                   $40.00


road closings

It now being the time advertised to hold a public hearing to consider petition to close a portion of Palmetto Drive in First Addition to Glenn’s Cove, Clerk Owens presented a letter from the Planning Department recommending that a turnaround be provided in accordance with County Regulations.  On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Board deferred action on the closing until the petitioner agrees to provide the necessary turnaround.

commodity program

Mr. E. Lee McCubbin and Robert S. Alderman appeared relative to the Board’s concern that the Federal Government will discontinue the surplus commodity program in favor of a food stamp program.  Mr. McCubbin explained fifty-two counties now have successful commodity programs in effect.  Orange and Collier Counties are the only two counties on the food stamp program.  Alachua and Dade have asked to be transferred from the commodity program to the food stamp program.  The food stamp program is more costly to the State and the counties.  The counties lose control of certification of recipients.  Chairman Carson asked Mr. McCubbin to speculate on size of a warehouse Lake County will need to adequately handle the program.  Mr. McCubbin said one sq. ft. per recipient, exclusive of aisles, office and county space, is required.  Mr. McCubbin complimented Mr. Alderman on a fine job and recommended that the program be expanded.  The Chairman thanked him for his time and interest and expressed assurance that the Board is much more informed regarding the program.


Commr. Hoskinson announced Mr. Watkins has been appointed Chairman of the Planning Committee for the East Central Regional Planning Council.

Engineer Hays advised Representative Chappell has asked him to serve on the Advisory Committee on Environmental Control in the Fourth Congressional District, and asked the Board’s approval of the appointment.  The Board members concurring, the Chairman said the Board will take this under consideration and investigate the committee further.


On recommendation of the Engineer and in view of the recent change of hours at the Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations, the Attorney was instructed to request a variance in the regulations of the Department of Public Safety requiring the Stations to remain open eight hours a day, five days a week.

recess and reassembly

The Board recessed for lunch at 12:30 o’clock P.M. and reconvened at 1:30 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.

road and bridge department

Commr. Macdonell informed the Board he has received a request from the Central Florida Camps for the County to excavate a canal on their property in exchange for the use of sand and clay stockpiled on the property in the construction of County Road 2-0729.  Attorney Ford advised inasmuch as the canal is incidental to the road and with written permission from the owner, the County has the right to do the work.  Commr. Macdonell moved that the work be accomplished subject to written authority from the owner.  The motion was seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.


Paul Milton appeared and submitted written recommendations implementing the Ordinance to control garbage collection.  The Board concluded that further study of the recommendations is necessary before any action is taken.


Clerk Owens presented letter from the Oklawaha Water Authority regarding letters of complaints of high water in the South end of the County.  On motion of Commr. Macdonell seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried, a Resolution was adopted requesting Southwest Florida Water Management District to make a re-study of the levels in the Palatlakaha Basin and if the District feels that reconsideration of the levels is advisable that public hearings be held for the purpose of considering the levels.

bonds – misc.

On motion of Commr. Macdonell seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, Firearms Bonds were approved for the following:

                        Wesley J. Walton

                        Thomas D. Weaver, M.D.


On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, contractor’s bond for certificate of competency on Virginia L. Santosuosso d/b/a Jonco Septic Tank Service was cancelled on request of the surety US. Fidelity & Guaranty Company.

contracts and agreements

Change Order No. 1 to the Agreement with the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission extending the completion date by thirty days for the seining on Lakes Yale and Griffin was approved on motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.

checks received

Check from the Clerk of Circuit Court in the sum of $143.28, unclaimed monies due owners of land sold on tax deeds, was accepted on motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried.

funds – transfers

On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Board approved transfer from the Contingency Item in the General Revenue Fund as follows:

                        $50.00 to Account #83682

                        $50.00 to Account #87382


and the Clerk was instructed to notify all departments that purchases made for items not budgeted must be submitted to the Board before purchasing.

accounts allowed

On motion of Commr. VanAuken seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, travel expense was approved for Ted Wicks to attend Florida Air & Water Pollution Control Board meeting in Tallahassee March 3rd.

Request from the Lake County Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $2,083.33 for February expenditures was approved on motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried.

Travel expenses were approved for J. W. Bryant as follows on motion of Commr. VanAuken seconded by Commr. Windram and carried:

            March 9th – Veterans Administration, Jacksonville

            March 13th – Veterans Administration, St. Petersburg


Action on request for the Civil Defense Coordinator to attend National Civil Defense Council in Washington, D.C. was tabled for further consideration on motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried.

Request from Jack Jones, Architect, in the sum of $455.00 for work performed on the Old Health Department Building was approved on motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried.

On motion of Commr. Macdonell seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, payment of interest on Certificates of Indebtedness was approved.

Request from the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council in the amount of $743.30 for January and $888.58 for February, was approved on motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.

On motion of Commr. Macdonell seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:

General Revenue Fund

Nos. 916 - 1149

Mosquito Control – State I

                              State II

22 – 26

44 - 48

Auto Inspection Fund

109 – 126

Fine and Forfeiture Fund

98 – 120

Road and Bridge Fund

356 – 447

Northeast Lake County Hospital


Northeast Ambulance Fund


Northwest Ambulance Fund



There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 4:00 o’clock P.M.


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CLERK                                                                                                                                                                                   CHAIRMAN