MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MONDAY – march 16, 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 16, 1970, at 9:00 o’clock A.M. with the following members present: James R. Carson, Jr., Chairman; Commissioners Alex J. Macdonell, J. M. Hoskinson, Thomas J. Windram, and Kenneth VanAuken. Others present were: County Attorney C. E. Duncan, Engineer Gordon Hays, Jr., Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank E. Owens and Deputy Clerk Norma H. Coven.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman and the invocation was given by Mr. Hays. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited by all present.
road and bridge department
Chairman Carson explained the Board has received a request from the Oklawaha Water Authority to load and haul 25 to 30 loads of rubble from Trustone Plant in Tavares to the M-1 Structure South of Lake Harris on the Palatlakaha River. The structure has received severe damage due to the high water, and the riprapping is needed to prevent the banks from eroding. Commr. Hoskinson moved due to the emergency involved that the Road and Bridge Department be authorized to haul the necessary rubble to the site. The motion was seconded by Commr. Windram and carried. Commr. Macdonell voted against the motion.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Macdonell and carried, the following holidays were approved for 1970:
January 1, 1970 New Year’s Day
February 22, 1970 Washington’s Birthday
May 30, 2970 Memorial Day
July 4, 1970 Independence Day
September 7, 1970 Labor Day
November 11, 1970 Veteran’s Day
November 26, 1970 Thanksgiving
December 25, 1970 Christmas
If the holiday falls on a Saturday the preceding Friday is to be observed; if the holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday is to be observed. Time off for religious services will be allowed by arrangement with the department supervisor and will not be deducted from annual leave.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Board adopted a Resolution establishing Rules of Procedure for the introduction, reading, amendment, advertising and passage of ordinances.
Commr. Hoskinson informed the Board there are repairs needed to the Circuit Courtroom as well as the necessity to provide separate restrooms for women and men jurors. On motion of Commr. VanAuken seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, Mr. Hoskinson was authorized to obtain proposals on the necessary repairs.
Commr. Hoskinson advised he is in receipt of a letter from Henry Pelfry threatening to sue the City of Clermont and Lake County if the drainage problem created by the Drive-In Theatre is not corrected within thirty days.
On motion of Commr. Macdonell seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Clerk was instructed to answer letters of complaint of water problems in South Lake County by advising the parties that their letters were referred to the Oklawaha Water Authority and the Board of County Commissioners has requested the Southwest Florida Water Management District to make a restudy 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.
On motion of Commr. Macdonell seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried, the Clerk was instructed to request the City of Leesburg to participate in a joint animal shelter problem.
Commr. Macdonell recommended that the entire work session in April be devoted to discussing with the Attorney and Mosquito Control Director the prevention and control of trash burning. Commr. Windram also recommended that Griffin and Wise be in attendance with reference to aerial spraying. The Clerk was instructed to notify the above parties to appear at ten o’clock on April 13th.
MAPS AND PLATS
John Kruesi appeared and presented revised Plat of Umatilla Park Subdivision for the purpose of returning the property to acreage and relocating the road. The following persons appeared and opposed the closing of the present road: A. B. Marshall, Grover Bryan and Bob Collins. The Board deferred action on this until the road is viewed by the members.
W. J. Rees appeared and presented Plat of Western Shores, Second Addition. The Planning Director advised the Plat has not been presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission, whereupon, action was postponed until the Plat is considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Macdonell and carried, a Resolution was adopted that the extension of time as granted in the Resolution adopted on the 14th day of April 1969 for the preparation and filing of subdivision plats, be construed to mean the first meeting in the month of April 1970, to-wit: the 6th day of April 1970.
William S. Hanks and Lionel Winter, Coordinator and President of the Sunrise Workshop were present for the purpose of acquainting the Board with the endeavors of the Workshop, which was chartered in 1964. Mr. Winter said they provide services for the emotionally disturbed, handicapped and mentally retarded. The workshop is classified as a work activity center and do not train for any particular type of jobs. The goal is for the disabled person to get a job in the community. They work with the Division of Rehabilitation, Welfare and Child Services and the Community Mental Health Center at Waterman Memorial Hospital. The Workshop has a staff of six and an enrollment of 25. Funds come from the sale of items made by the handicapped, from the United Appeal, donations and a minimum amount from parents and friends. Charge a nominal fee of $25.00 per month and $1.50 transportation fee per day. State funds amount to approximately $10,000 annually; have no Federal participation. Will eventually have to obtain residential facilities. Mr. Winter invited the Board members to visit the Workshop to become better acquainted with the program.
licenses and permits
Bill Roberts of TM Communications Co. Appeared and reported the City of Clermont has placed on first reading an Ordinance approving the installation of cable television and the City of Minneola has indicated they will approve the request.
Commr. Hoskinson said he has received complaint that the canal from Lake Merritt to Lake Apopka needs cleaning out. Attorney Duncan advised before anything can be done, we should contact the railroad for approval in the event their embankment is endangered.
Mrs. Mary Conner appeared relative to the water problems on Lake Saunders. She asked that the culvert under Old U.S. 441 and the railroad be cleaned out to allow for maximum drainage to Lake Dora. Engineer Hays advised if easements can be obtained, the existing ditch can be cut to control the water. Mr. Neil Barton, Howard Pearson and Wendall Moore also were present regarding Lake Saunders. Commr. Windram stated he has been contacted by others in the area also, the Water Authority advises that a resident appeared before them and said the water is not too high. Mr. Lincoln Rees was present and advised the ditch was dug after the highway was built in the thirties and feels certain the necessary easements are on record. The Engineer was instructed to search the records for the easement. Chairman Carson remarked the Water Authority is the agency that has the authority to correct this situation.
J. G. Ray, Attorney, appeared and submitted Petition to Close Platted Street in Sylvan Shores Point. On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Macdonell and carried, the petition was accepted and notice of public hearing was authorized for April 20, 1970.
suits affecting county
Attorney Duncan advised in regard to the suit brought by Lake County against Hooten, have collected all but one-fifth of the judgment. Amount still due under the judgment is $2,762.00 plus interest. Have received an offer of $3,000.00 to conclude the suit. On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Macdonell and carried, the Attorney was instructed to accept the compromise offer of $3,000.00.
recess and reassembly
The Board recessed for lunch at twelve o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:15 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business. Attorney Duncan was not present during the afternoon session.
bonds – misc.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, Bonds for Carrying Firearms were approved for the following:
Arnold P. Frady
Thomas D. Weaver
Contractor’s Bond for Certificate of Competency was approved for Don Gilileo dba Gilileo Contractor on motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Macdonell and carried.
Application to the W. T. Edwards Tuberculosis Hospital for Clarence Wilson, Jr. was approved on motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.
licenses and permits
Use permits filed by the County Engineer were approved on motion of Commr. VanAuken seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried, as follows:
No. 204 to Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain buried cable paralleling a portion of County Road #5-6748 between Grand Island and SR 452.
No. 205 to Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain buried cable paralleling and crossing a portion of County Rd. #4-4981 between SR 44 and County Road #4-4681.
No. 206 to Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain buried cable crossing County Road #4-5876 between SR 44 and County Road #4-5771.
No. 207 to Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain buried cable crossing County Road #4-6280 between SR 44 and County Road #4-5781.
No. 208 to Florida Telephone Corp. to construct and maintain buried cable paralleling and crossing a portion of County road #3-1067 between Silver Sands and Orange County.
To City of Leesburg for the construction and maintenance of a 4” gas main along SR S-468 and a 2” gas line along County Rd. #1-5306 in Fruitland Park.
To Astor-Astor Park Water Assn., Inc. to construct and maintain a water supply line along County Road #5-9587 between Astor and Alco Dock Area.
To Astor-Astor Park Water Assn. to construct and maintain a water supply line along County Road #5-9884 between County Rd. #59883 and C. K. Forest Shores.
To Astor-Astor Park Water Assn., Inc. to construct and maintain a water supply line along County Rd. #5-9589 between County Rd. #5-9587 and St. Johns River.
To Astor-Astor Park Water Assn., Inc. to construct and maintain a water supply line along County Rd. #5-9883 between SR 40 and Blue Creek.
roads – state
Clerk Owens submitted letter from the Department of Transportation requesting authorization to use secondary funds to make a survey and construct deceleration and acceleration lanes at the intersection of SR S-473 and SR 500. Commr. VanAuken moved for the adoption of a Resolution authorizing the Department to charge the cost of such survey only to secondary funds and that as a result of such survey, report be made to this Board together with an estimate of the cost of construction of such lanes. The motion was seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.
roads – county
On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried, the following roads were accepted for maintenance and added to County Road System:
McDonald Terrace – County road #4-4266
Clear Lake Road Continuation – County #4-6172
Pine Hill Road – County #4-8098
Engineer Hays presented to the members written results of the March 17th road trip.
roads – subdivisions
Engineer Hays submitted petition for resurfacing Oakshade Drive in accordance with Chapter 63-1505, that same shall be paid in full by the property owners. On motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Engineer was instructed to survey and estimate the cost with the understanding that the County will not maintain the street.
On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Engineer was instructed to survey and estimate the cost of resurfacing Grove Lane. Work to be paid in full by the property owners with the understanding that the County will not maintain the street.
right of way easements – except roads
On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried, permanent easement was accepted from A. C. Munn and wife, Myra W. Munn said easement measuring 7-1/2 feet on each side of the following described centerline:
Commence at the West ¼ corner of Section 20, Township 19 South, Range 24 East; thence run South 1325.89 feet; thence run North 89° 51’ East 773.12 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence run South 0°03’ West 216 feet more or less to the roadside ditch of County Road #1-4706.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, bid from Basic Asphalt Corp. was accepted to resurface streets in Belle Ayre Estates at a unit price of $.90 per sq. yd., provided the bid price is firm for 120 days.
After considering Representative Chappell’s request for the County Engineer to serve on the Advisory Committee on Environmental Control, Chairman Carson said he will notify Mr. Chappell it is the Board’s feeling that the Engineer’s time is fully scheduled and regret that the Board feels the necessity to deny the request.
Clerk Owens submitted copy of letter from the City of Eustis to the Tax Assessor advising that 1971 will be the first year for assessment of municipal property under Chapter 69-54.
road and bridge department
Commr. Macdonell reported there is more work involved to correct the drainage problem at the Central Florida Camps than we realized.
O. T. Jenkins appeared and advised fill dirt has been located to be hauled to the Bassville Park Volunteer Fire Department site. This matter was referred to the Engineer.
On motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried, the Board approved for the Road and Bridge Department to haul gravel from Manly Construction Co. in Leesburg to the Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 21st, with the cost to be reimbursed by the Fair Association.
salaries and wages
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Board approved the employment of Karen Pelfrey, Secretary in the Building Department, effective March 16, 1970 at an annual salary of $3,000.00 to be increased to $3,500.00 after three months.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, approval was given for the Clermont High School and the Eustis High School to use Shoup Voting Machines in the schools elections, transportation costs to be paid by the schools.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, travel expenses were approved for Tom Chapman, Civil Defense Coordinator, to attend National Civil Defense Convention in Washington, D.C., March 29 – April 3, 1970.
Request from Waterman Memorial Hospital for $125,000.00 was approved on motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried.
Travel expenses were approved for Ted Wicks and one Pollution Control Board member to travel to Tallahassee concerning coordination of State and local control programs, March 25-26, on motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried.
Travel expenses were approved on motion of Commr. Macdonell seconded by Commr. Windram and carried for Frank Woodson, MVI Supervisor to attend meeting of MVI Supervisors in Tallahassee March 20 – 31.
The Clerk read a letter from the Yale Canal Civic Club requesting a hearing before the Board regarding condition of road in Yale Retreat Mobile Home Village. He was instructed to notify the group to appear on April 6th.
Letter from Producers Supply & Chemical Co, Tampa, concerning Minneola Lake Drive in Clermont was read and the Clerk was instructed to advise the writer that this street lies within the City of Clermont.
Letter from Mrs. Anne McGuire, Eustis, was read concerning the screening of junk yards and the Clerk was instructed to advise her that Lake County is in the process of enacting an Ordinance that will clean up all unsightly areas in the County, as well as screen the junk yards.
Letter from the Dept. of Health and Rehabilitative Services regarding Bonfire Mobile Home Park was read and filed, also, letter regarding sewage treatment plant to serve the City of Clermont.
Report from the Division of Corrections pertaining to Lake County Jail and Stockade was read and filed.
Report of cigarette tax collections and distributions for March was filed.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 2:15 o’clock P.M.