MONDAY – MAY 18, 1970

A regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners was held in the County Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, on Monday, May 18, 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:  County Attorney C. E. Duncan, Clerk of Circuit Court Frank E. Owens, County Planning Director J. C. Watkins and Deputy Clerk Norman H. Coven.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman who gave the invocation; after which the Pledge of Allegiance was given.

public health

Dr. J. B. Hall, Lake County Health Director, and William Bostwick of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, were present to discuss possible ways to restrict or regulate well and sewage facilities in subdivisions within the County.  Mr. Bostwick said the Department does not recommend individual septic tanks for mass housing projects.  Dr. Hall said there is a Bill before the Legislature that will take this problem away from the Health Department, the County Commissioners, and place it under the State Air and Water Pollution Control Board.  Commr. Macdonell recommended that this Board plan a work session with the Planning and Zoning Commission on this subject; whereupon the Chairman designated July 13, 1970 at 9:00 A.M. the time to further discuss this problem with the Planning and Zoning Commission.

roads – subdivisions

Commr. Windram submitted letter from former County Engineer Gordon Hays, Jr., relative to drainage problem in Harry Mielke’s subdivision on N. Bay Road and, in his opinion, the sub-drainage is due to underground water not being able to reach the 8” drain which Mr. Mielke installed several years.  The Clerk was instructed to so notify Mr. Mielke.

Commr. VanAuken reported the residents on California Street in Bassville Park have offered to pay approximately $150.00 for clay to improve the street.  Need the Board’s approval to use the County grader and approximately 60 loads of clay.  It was determined this is a 30’ dedicated right of way, and Mr. VanAuken is to investigate further.

roads – county

On motion of Commr. Macdonell, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, a Resolution was adopted determining a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour for County Road #2-3223 and #2-3224, located West of Yalaha in the Springs Bath area.

On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, a Resolution was adopted determining a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour for County Road #3-0840 (Oswalt Road) running Easterly from County Road #3-1040 and located in Sections 12 and 14, Township 23 South, Range 25 East.

road closings

It now being the time advertised to hold a public hearing to consider a petition to close a portion of Mills Avenue in Haines Creek Mobile Homesites, the Chairman called for interested persons to be heard.

Mrs. Norma Robinson appeared and opposed the closing.  She also presented letter from John J. Kirk who is opposed to the closing.

Mr. D. T. Larabee representing the petitioners appeared in support of the petition.

On motion of Commr. Macdonell seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the petition was denied.

county land sales

At 10:00 A.M. bids were received for the sale of County property having been declared non-essential for County purposes and County Attorney Duncan advised a bid of $100.00 was received due to the reservation for the County to continue to remove clay from the property for a period of one year.  On motion of Commr. Macdonell seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the bid of $100.00 from Robert Beucher representing Packing House By-Products Co. was accepted for the sale of the following described property:

Commence at the Southeast corner of Sec. 23, Twp. 20 S., Rge. 25 E.; thence run West 3,702.6 feet; thence run North 8.85 feet; thence run North 14°27’ East 84.22 feet to the Northeast boundary of a public road and Point of Beginning; thence continue running North 14°27’ East 439.1 feet to the South right of way line of SR 48; thence run North 76°03’ West along said right of way line 643.57 feet to its intersection with the Northeast right of way line of aforementioned public road; thence run South 42°02’ 10” East 159.06 feet along said right of way line; thence run South 57°13’20” East 96.40 feet along aid right of way line to the Point of Beginning.


laws and legislature

Rev. Gilbert E. Barrow and Rev. R. E. Rutland appeared representing the Ministerial Association of Leesburg and asked the Board’s support of a general Bill of local application increasing the population required for the issuance of liquor license, comparable to adjoining counties.  On motion of Commr. Macdonell seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Board approved the request and instructed the Attorney to determine the ratio for licenses in adjoining counties and to prepare a Resolution accordingly for the Board’s review.


Commr. Hoskinson reported he is receiving complaints from people who cannot locate the County Dog Pound and recommended that signs be erected on SR 561 directing people to the Pound.  Commr. Macdonell said he does not think we should encourage the public to go into the pound because of the existing conditions.   No action was taken by the Board.

funds – general

Commr. Windram brought up for discussion the funds on demand account which are not drawing interest. Clerk Owens advised additional funds could only be placed on time deposit for thirty days because of the time of the month the bills are approved and paid.  He was instructed to place all available funds on thirty days’ time deposit.

recess and reassembly

The meeting adjourned for lunch at 11:45 o’clock A.M. and reconvened at 1:30 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.

county agents

Jackson Haddox appeared and introduced Mrs. Jeanne Marian Allen, Extension Home Economics Agent, recently employed by the Board.


Clerk Owens was instructed to pursue the disposal of old Photostatic equipment which is not being used by the County.


Clerk Owens reported the bids received for surfacing County Road #3-4857 for Sumter Electric Coop., Inc., were rejected by Sumter Electric and the bidders have been notified.

federal agencies

Notice from the U.S. Forest Service that the Service is considering acquiring 240 acres of land and 49-1/2 lots in East Lake County near the St. Johns River was read and filed.  This acquisition will help consolidate National Forest lands in the area.

road and bridge dept.

Clerk Owens submitted letter from the Town of Howey-in-the-Hills advising that the repair work to the town streets is unsatisfactory.  Commr. Macdonell agreed to investigate the complaint.

roads – state

The Clerk presented letter from the Department of Transportation advising that the traffic signal study has been completed at the intersection of SR 25/500 and SR S-4660-A (Picciola Road) and the findings indicate a need for the signal. The Board agreed to the installation provided the City of Leesburg will maintain same.

road maintenance

Communication from George H. Porzig requesting improvement to the access road leading to his place of business (Tuxedo Feed & Garden Shop) off of Old SR 500 was referred to Commr. Windram.

planning and zoning

It being the time designated by the Board to further consider Conditional Use Permit #186-4, which was deferred from the meeting of May 11, 1970, the Chairman called for interesting parties to be heard.

David Brown appeared and objected to the permit.

Frank Wagner, applicant, was present in support of the permit.

On motion of Commr. Macdonell seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Board approved Conditional Use Permit #186-4 to allow Mr. Wagner to construct, maintain and operate facilities for the extraction of fill dirt and clay from the property described in the permit.

bonds – misc.

Bond for Carrying Firearms for Francis J. Barrett was approved on motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried.

Contractors’ bonds for Certificates of Competency were approved on motion of Commr. VanAuken seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried, as follows:

            No. 292 – Swan McBee dba McBee Roofing (Renewal)

            No. 440 – Norman Rivers dba Rivers Construction Co. (Renewal)


licenses and permits

The following Use Permits were approved on motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and carried:

To the City of Eustis for the construction and maintenance of 6” water line along County roads 4-5167 and 4-5269 between East Crooked Lake Drive and Old Country Club Road.


To City of Clermont for the construction and maintenance of 2” water line on the West side of County Road 3-1040 for a distance of approximately 300 feet.


To Sumter Electric Coop., Inc. for the construction and maintenance of power line along County Road 5-8572 between SR 19 and Lake County’s Boys Ranch.



Applications to the W. T. Edwards Tuberculosis Hospital for the following were approved on motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried:

                                    Evelyn Evelyna Smith

                                    John Adams


The Clerk submitted letter from the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services listing licensure deficiencies at the Lake Memorial Nursing Home.  Chairman Carson reported that the majority of the items have been taken care of and the others are being considered.  The Board approved the following appointments:

                                    Dr. Leroy Oetjen – Emergency Doctor

                                    Dr. Paul Tumlin – Alternate Emergency Doctor

                                    Mr. Charles Butler – Pharmacist

                                    Mrs. Louise Monroe – Consulting Nutritionist



Offer by Mrs. Ruby Mayo to purchase unused Underwood typewriter, Inventory Property No. 3502 was referred to Commr. Hoskinson.


Memorandum from the Welfare Director advising that Minnie Gill and Martha Merritt are not eligible for County assistance was read and filed.


Request from the Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts to use the County dump near Paisley for Camp La-No-Che was approved calling attention to a “No Burning” regulation and that same be observed.

accounts allowed

Request from Judge Milton for the Juvenile Shelter Superintendent and Matron to attend annual workshop for Child Care Staff at Stetson University was tabled for additional information.


Report of cigarette tax distribution for the month of March 1970 was filed.


At 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon the Board recessed to receive budget requests from the various departments until Monday, May 25, 1970, at 9:00 o’clock A.M.



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CLERK                                                                                                                                                                                                           CHAIRMAN