MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
monday – february 8, 1971
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, February 8, 1971 at 9:00 a.m. with the following members present: J. M. Hoskinson, Chairman; James R. Carson, Jr.; C. A. Deems; Thomas J. Windram; and Kenneth VanAuken. Others in attendance were Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; Frank E. Owens, Clerk of the Circuit Court; and Deputy Clerk Norma H. Coven.
Chairman Hoskinson called the meeting to order, and the invocation was delivered by Mr. Carson, after which the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited.
roads – subdivision
John McCormick, Attorney, appeared and introduced Gordon Roepke, Allen Gore, and Tommy Meyer. Also present was J. C. Watkins, Lake County Planning Director. Mr. McCormick advised his group is present to discuss a plan the developers can work with concerning subdivision streets that will be acceptable to the Board of County Commissioners. A proposed escrow agreement between the developers and the county was discussed, and Mr. Watkins reviewed the changes in the subdivision regulations that will affect the developers. He explained the developers want provisions for improved streets but not surfaced streets. After a lengthy discussion, the Chairman said this cannot be resolved today and asked the gentlemen to meet with the Planning Director and the County Attorney and put suggestions and ideas in writing to be reviewed by the Board at a later date.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the following change was approved to the present indigent list:
District No. 1 – ADD Steve Pittman - $15.60
Paul Milton, Mosquito Control Director, appeared with representatives of the garbage and refuse collectors relative to proposals for franchise and area protection.
Stratos Culurians, Amos Marcey and Zack Haris of Town and Country Refuse, Inc. appeared and asked that customers’ as well as collectors’ responsibilities be included in the proposed franchises. Mr. Harris said he does not think the pollution and litter problems will be controlled until garbage collection is mandatory and the responsibility of the county. The collector must have a commercial business to survive.
Bernard J. Prunier of Dump All, Inc. appeared and explained that his service is not in competition with any business that is presently in Lake County. His company serves only Pantry Pride and J. M. Fields. Stationary units stored outside the stores makes it a good investment for the stores, because it reduces fire hazard and pilferage.
Donald Sparks, collector serving South Lake County, spoke and said he uses a new pickup truck and is desirous of increasing his business and the area served.
Dennis O’Dell of Rollins Purple, Inc. spoke and said his company does not operate in Lake County but has applied for an exclusive franchise.
Pat McGuire of South Lake Refuse Service appeared and stated he is serving the residents of South Lake County as well as residents in District No. 5.
Ward Sturdevant appeared and said he is serving the Bassville Park area, and there are some areas where a compactor truck could not get in and out. He operates two pickup trucks at a reasonable price.
Chairman Hoskinson recommended that Mr. Milton complete the map designating the areas to be served by the operators and go over same with them for approval by the Board. Mr. Milton was instructed to furnish the operators with a copy of the proposed regulations.
recess and reassembly
The meeting recessed for lunch at 12:00 noon and reconvened at 1:30 p.m. to take up the remaining items of business.
resolutions not classified elsewhere
The request from the Orlando Chapter of the American Society for Metals soliciting Lake County’s support in proclaiming the week of February 21-27, 1971 as National Engineer’s Week was approved on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, and a resolution to this effect was adopted.
maps and plats
The proposed application for vacating Lots 7 through 12 of Kenmore Subdivision was accepted, and a public hearing was authorized to hear objections if any to the application for March 15, 1971 on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried.
Clerk Owens submitted an agreement prepared by the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Company covering the construction of a public crossing 1,533 feet south of Mile Post AS-805 near Leesburg. On the recommendation of the Attorney and on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Board approved the preparation of a similar contract with the developers of the Corley Island Mobile Manor before executing the contract with the railroad company.
The resignation from Robert H. Norton as County Engineer effective March 1, 1971 was accepted on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, and a resolution was adopted expressing to Mr. Norton the Board’s thanks for the efficient and professional manner in which the office was operated by him and extending to him the Board’s regrets for his resignation.
A letter of resignation to Judge Milton from Pat Vanderbleek as Chairman of the Board of Visitors to the Juvenile Shelter was read and filed, and the Board members expressed their appreciation to Mrs. Vanderbleek for her service on the Board of Visitors.
On the recommendation of the Attorney and on a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, a quitclaim deed from Lake County to J. M. Turner and his wife, Lena B. Turner, covering the following described property was approved, and the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute same:
Commence 10 chains and 20 feet East and 20 feet North of the Southwest corner of SE ¼ of SW ¼ of Sec. 29, Tp. 19 SR 27E, said point being the Northeast corner of Fifth and Highland Avenues, run thence East 180 feet, thence North 216 feet, thence West 180 feet, thence South 216 feet to point of beginning, in Mount Dora, Lake County, Florida.
Said deed being a deed of correction.
The Clerk presented an offer of $12 from Lorrine Retey to purchase six chairs, County Property Nos. 4500, 3511, 1558, 4279, 1554, and 4501. The Clerk was instructed to inform Mrs. Retey the Board is not ready to dispose of the chairs at this time.
laws and legislature
Bill Ward representing Florida Power Corp. appeared regarding the proposed local bill granting Lake County the authority to charge franchise fees. The Attorney advised the County can levy a franchise fee and not be discriminatory.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, Mr. Windram was authorized to approve the specifications for bids to purchase bleachers for the Livestock Show Building at the Fairgrounds. The bids are to be received March 1, 1971.
right of way easements – except roads
On the recommendation of the Attorney and on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Clerk was instructed to record a Disclaimer from the Department of Transportation releasing a drainage easement on SR 25 (located in Parcel 139) in exchange for a certain storm sewer easement (located in Parcel 139), same being recorded in OR Book 424, Pages 442-445 inclusive.
roads – county
On the recommendation of the County Engineer and on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, a resolution was adopted establishing a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour on County Road #3-3637, known as Lane Park Road.
roads – state
On receipt of letters from McElyea Fernery & Groves, Inc. and J. N. Clerk, both of Yalaha, Commr. Deems moved for the adoption of a resolution requesting the Department of Transportation to make a traffic study of SR 48 through Yalaha to determine the feasibility of reducing the speed limit in this area for the safety of the traveling public and the residents of the Yalaha area. The motion was seconded by Commr. Carson and carried.
suits affecting county
Attorney Ford informed the Board he has contacted the attorney for Diamond Auto Salvage advising him that the plants recently planted along the fences were frozen by the last freeze and that the County expects the plants to be replaced immediately. Mr. Ford said he expects to hear from the attorney soon.
laws and legislature
On the recommendation of the State Association of County Commissioners and on a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, a resolution was adopted endorsing the concept of federal revenue sharing and encouraging early Congressional action on enactment of a federal program. Copies of the resolution are to be forwarded to the Congressional Delegation, the Honorable Richard A. Pettigrew, and the State Association.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Board approved the following changes in the offices of the Juvenile Complex Building, not to exceed $300:
Erect a partition
Cut and install a door through the closet.
Chairman Hoskinson advised the Florida Power Corp. recommends electric strip heat for heating the Old Health Department Building, which would cost approximately $308 per year.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, C. S. Pettyjohn and Stephen Vaughn were appointed to serve as members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, A. S. Brooks, Sr. was reappointed to serve as member of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Clerk Owens presented a letter from Lake County Mosquito Control concerning complaints received regarding the condition of a drainage ditch in Yale Mobile Home Village from Powell’s Dairy into Lake Yale, and same was referred to Commr. VanAuken.
funds – transfer
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the following transfers of funds were approved:
From the Contingency Item in the General Revenue Fund:
$300 to Account #56822 “Maintenance of Building” (Juvenile Home)
$5,333.28 to Account #67602-8 “Salary of Associate Planner” (Planning Department)
From the Fish Conservation Fund – Account #34400:
$300 to Account #34414 “Supplies not otherwise Specified” (Soybean Cake)
$100 to Account #34423 “Maintenance of Equipment” (Battery)
accounts allowed or refused
A request from the Finance Department to purchase a Steno Chair was approved in the amount of $62.40 on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried.
Travel expenses were approved for two clerks in the Finance Department to attend meetings in Tallahassee on Reclassification of Accounts on a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried.
A statement from Lennon’s Ambulance Service in the amount of $90 for transporting a patient from Eustis to Tampa was refused on a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried.
The architect’s fee in the amount of $127.20 to Louis C. George for supervision on the Livestock Show Building was approved on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, and the fee on the Heating System in the Multi-Purpose Building was refused.
A statement from True Temp, Inc. for work performed on the Heating System in the Multi-Purpose Building was refused for lack of approval by the Architect and statement that all subcontractors have been paid and release of liens from vendors submitted.
Travel expenses for C. W. Sheffield and Ted Wicks to attend a conference in Tallahassee with the State Pollution Control Board on February 16, 1971 were approved on a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried.
Travel expenses for Royce Williams to attend the Pest Control Conference in Gainesville on February 23 and 24, 1971 were approved on a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried.
A request from Mary Hamner for her and two nurses to attend clinical session in Gainesville, February 10, 1971, was approved on a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried.
A request from the Juvenile Court Office to purchase one Executive Chair in the amount of $53.64 was approved on a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.
Reimbursement to the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council in the amount of $1,214.97 for December 1970 expenses was approved on a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried.
Reimbursement to the Lake County Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $2,083.33 for February expenses was approved on a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried.
Requisition No. 1 from Harvey Spears General Contractor, Inc. for work performed on the Livestock Building in the amount of $1,341 was approved on a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, the following vouchers were approved for payment:
General Revenue Fund Nos. 737-979
Mosquito Control – State I 16-21
Mosquito Control – State II 18-24
Fine and Forfeiture Fund 76-104
Road and Bridge Fund 256-343
Capital Outlay Reserve
County Home 7
County Buildings 6-8
Fish Conservation Fund 3-4
Northeast Hospital District –
Northwest Hospital District –
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.