MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING OF the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
TUESday – january 5, 1971
A special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, was held Tuesday, January 5, 1971, in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, for the purpose of organizing the Board, and any other matters which may be brought before the Board. The Honorable Frank E Owens, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Ex-officio Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, presided. The elected commissioners present were C. A. “Lex” Deems, District No. Two, and Thomas J. Windram, District No. Four. Others present were James R. Carson, Jr., Commissioner, District No. One; James M. Hoskinson, Commissioner District No. Three; Kenneth VanAuken, Commissioner District No. Five, Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney and Deputy Clerk Norma H. Coven.
The meeting was called to order by Clerk Owens, and the invocation was given by Mr. Windram, after which the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited by all in attendance.
The Clerk announced the first order of new business is to swear in the duly elected Commissioners, whereupon, the oath of office was administered to C. A. “Lex” Deems and Thomas J. Windram.
Clerk Owens then announced the first order of business for the new Board is to elect a Chairman. Commissioner Windram nominated James M. Hoskinson, Commissioner, District No. Three, as Chairman. Commissioner VanAuken seconded the motion and moved that the nominations be closed and a unanimous vote was cast declaring James M. Hoskinson Chairman of the Board for the ensuing year.
Thereafter, with the new Chairman presiding, the Board was called to order and the Chairman announced the next order of official business is the selection of a Vice Chairman. Commr. VanAuken nominated Thomas J. Windram, Commissioner, District No. Four, as Vice Chairman. Commissioner Carson seconded the motion and moved that the nominations cease and a unanimous vote was cast declaring Thomas J. Windram Vice Chairman of the Board for the ensuing year.
On motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and unanimously carried, the following persons were appointed to the respective offices:
Christopher C. Ford - County Attorney
Robert H. Norton - County Engineer
James C. Watkins - Planning Director
Mary Hamner - Nursing Home Director
Verna Eastwood - Welfare Director
J. Paul Milton - Mosquito Control Director
Robert S. Alderman - Surplus Commodity Warehouse Supervisor
Murry Lowe - Courthouse Custodian
James Salter - Agricultural Center Custodian
On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, J. W. Bryant was appointed Veterans Service Officer to serve until January 15, 1971, the effective date of his resignation.
On motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, a Resolution was adopted commending James R. Carson, Jr. for the exceptional manner in which he handled the Chairmanship of the Board during the year 1970.
On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, a Resolution was adopted commending Alex J. Macdonell for his service to Lake County during his tenure of office as County Commissioner from District No. 2.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.