monday – APRIL 12, 1971

The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, convened in regular session on Monday, April 12, 1971, in the Commissioners’ Room, in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, at 9:00 o’clock in the forenoon. 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 Norma H. Coven, Deputy Clerk.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, and the invocation was delivered by Mr. Carson and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was given.

laws and legislation

Attorney Ford reported he is in receipt of a telegram from the State Association of County Commissioners urging the support of any legislation that would clarify and broaden the home rule powers of non-charter counties.  On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Attorney was authorized to telegraph each member of the Lake County Delegation supporting the above described legislation; also, opposing any acts limiting or withdrawing race track funds from the counties.

suits affecting county

Attorney Ford reported on the status of the suit filed by the Soap and Detergent Association and recommended that the soap manufacturers be given an extension of time beyond the January 1, 1972 deadline because they have not been able to come up with a dishwasher or commercial or industrial soap that meets the requirements of the Ordinance.  He was instructed to negotiate on the basis of extending the ban on detergents for six months and for one year on heavy duty detergents and industrial soaps.


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

            District No. 4 – ADD Nickie Brown one month only - $40.00


It now being the time advertised to receive bids for the purchase of one (1) 1971 Model Sedan, the Chairman directed the Clerk to open and tabulate the bids; whereupon, Clerk Owens reported receiving the following bids:

Bob McCullers Ford, Inc.                                         $3,245.24

A. G. Polk Buick-Rambler, Inc.                                 2,949.82


The bids were referred to the Pollution Control Officer for study and recommendation to the Board.  Later in the day, he recommended that the low bid from A. G. Polk Buick-Rambler, Inc. be accepted as the best and lowest bid, whereupon, on motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the low bid in the amount of $2,949.82 was accepted.


Philip Edwards, Pollution Control Officer, presented a Resolution adopted by the Pollution Control Board recommending that the Commission erect “No Burning” signs at all sanitary landfills in the County.  The Attorney was instructed to research the law concerning the legality of the signs.

public health

Jere Hughes representing Aero Mosquito Control, Inc. was present relative to an aerial mosquito control spray program.  He was asked to give the Board a written proposal of the costs.


Addendum No. 3 to the Cooperative Equipment Lease with the Division of Forestry for the Yalaha Volunteer Fire Department covering water pump to be mounted on the fire engine, was approved on motion of Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried.

contracts and agreements

On recommendation of the Chairman and on motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Board agreed to enter into a contract with Claude E. Smoak, Jr. to remove clay from the following described property owned by Mr. Smoak at a cost of 25¢ per yard to the County:

All that part of Block 18, lying East of the Easterly right of way of SR 25, according to the Official Map of the Town of Minneola.


laws and legislation

The Clerk was instructed to write to each member of the Legislation Delegation and ask for an expression from them regarding the special acts for Lake County as submitted by the County Attorney and other County officials.


On information from Commr. VanAuken of a number of incidents and burglaries in the Paisley area and his suggestion that a Deputy Sheriff be employed and assigned to the area, he was requested to discuss this further with Sheriff McCall.

water pollution

Fred Waldinger of the State Air and Water Pollution Control Board and Ed Zagar of the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission appeared relative to the Lake Apopka Restoration Program.  Mr. Waldinger informed the Board the purpose of the draw down is to lower the lake to 58 feet in order to obtain basic information.  The lake is now 65.5 feet.  The engineering plans for the program are not complete, and it will be January 1973 before the plan to restore the lake can be commenced.  The Board members assured the gentlemen that Lake County’s interest is to protect the County’s lakes from shad and hyacinths.  Mr. Zagar stated the Southwest Florida Water Management District has installed a boom to catch the hyacinths, and efforts are being made to install a net to stop the shad. Mr. Zagar was requested to give the Board a proposal to remove the dead shad.


Chairman Hoskinson advised the Probation Officer is again requesting that a partition be erected in the Probation Office.  The members of the Board concurring, he will notify the Probation Officer that funds for this work are not available but will be considered in the next year’s budget.

recess and reassembly

The Board recessed for lunch at 12:00 o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:30 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.

building department

At the request of the Board the following members of the Board of Examiners were present:

                        Philip Owens, Leesburg

                        Louis George, Leesburg

                        James Sheddan, Mount Dora

                        A. A. Hungerford, Leesburg

                        Jack Rolland, Clermont

                        R. F. Oatman, Building Administrator

                        James C. Watkins, Planning Director


A discussion was held concerning a uniform building code and recommendation was made by the Board of Examiners to require the municipalities to comply with the County’s regulations.


Request from the Central Florida Boy Scout Council for the prison laborers to clear the property at Camp La No Che was approved on motion of Commr. Carson seconded by Commr. Windram and carried.


Clerk Owens submitted offer from A. J. Freeman in the sum of $125.00 for one (1) 1945 GMC Truck, County Property No. 2113, and same was accepted on motion of Commr. VanAuken seconded y Commr. Windram and carried.

bonds – miscellaneous

On motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr VanAuken and carried, bonds for carrying firearms were approved for the following:

J. H. Alexander

Horace Morrison

Donald Wrightam

William Ray Gahlbach

Thomas L. Benfield

Troy Taylor


tax assessments

Request from the Southwest Florida Water Management District for authorization to exempt all properties acquired by the District through condemnation proceedings was approved on motion of Commr. Carson seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, Resolutions were adopted cancelling taxes on certain properties described beginning as of the date that said acquisition is made.

roads – county

On recommendation of Commr. Deems the Board accepted affidavits from three (3) residents acknowledging that a certain described road running Northerly from the Westerly end of County Road #2-1206 in Section 28, Township 22 South, Range 24 East, has been open and used by the public for more than 20 years and authorized a public hearing for May 17, 1971 to determine if said road should be declared a public road by prescriptive right.

roads – subdivIsions

On recommendation of Commr. Deems, the Road and Bridge Department was authorized to erect one “Dead End” sign on the entrance road to Corley Island Mobile Park and two “Children Playing” signs.

roads – state

Chairman Hoskinson filed permit from the Department of Transportation for the operation and maintenance of a Multi-Phase Traffic Signal located at the intersection of SR 25 and SR 466-A (Picciola Road) in the City of Leesburg.

contracts and agreements

Attorney Ford submitted contract between the County and the City of Eustis concerning the assessing and collecting of city taxes, which has been altered by the City Attorney requiring the Tax Collector to provide the City Clerk contemporaneously a report of taxes and requiring the Tax Assessor to prepare a separate tax roll for the City.   Mr. Ford was instructed to request the City Attorney to confer with the Tax Assessor and Tax Collector regarding the contract.

accounts allowed

On motion of Comr. Carson seconded by Commr, VanAuken and carried, the Board approved a key switching system for two additional trunk lines in the Pollution Control Office at a cost of $27.75 monthly, plus installation cost of $52.00.

On motion of Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Pollution Control Officer was authorized to purchase various laboratory equipment in the total sum of $2,249.00.

Payment to the Department of Natural Resources in the amount of $2500.00 for water resources study made by the U. S. Geological Survey was approved on motion of Commr. Carson seconded by Commr. Deems and carried.

On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Board approved the purchase of 25,000 Motor Vehicle Inspection certificates for the inspection period beginning June 1, 1971 at a cost of $10,000.00.

Advance to the Tax Assessor in the amount of $25,000 for Commissions on the 1971 Tax Roll was approved on motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried.

Advance of $1,500.00 to the Clerk of the Circuit Court to pay State Trial Witnesses before the Spring Term of Court was approved on motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried.

On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, a Resolution was adopted authorizing emergency repairs to front end loader, County Property No. 2189, in the amount of $1,133.63.

On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Board approved the following:

Payment of $2,083.33 to the Lake County Chamber of Commerce for April expenses.


Payment of $671.33 to the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council for February expenses.


Final architect’s fee to Louis C. George in the amount of $127.20 on the Livestock Building.


Final payment of $4,450.00 to Harvey Spears General Contractors, Inc. on the livestock Building.


F & R Office Supply, Inc. $94.75 for one 3-drawer file cabinet and $165.00 for one 5-drawer map cabinet for the Engineering Department.


Advance of $45.00 for 4-H members, agents and judges to attend Camp McQuarrie District Events Weekend, May 7 and 8.


Travel expenses for Sam Mazzotta to Clearwater on March 19, and to and from McCoy Jet Port, March 23 and 24.


Travel expenses for W. T. Mills to attend Semi Annual Juvenile Administrators’ Conference in Tampa, April 28-30.


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

General Revenue Fund

Nos. 1192 - 1452

State I

27 – 31

State II

35 – 40

Motor Vehicle Inspection

116 – 135

Fine and Forfeiture Fund

127 – 158

Road and Bridge Fund

423 – 508

Capital Outlay Reserve – County Buildings

12 – 14

Northeast Lake County Hospital Ambulance


Northwest Lake County Hospital Ambulance



On recommendation of Commr. Carson, the Clerk was instructed in the future before the bills are presented to the Board for approval, to have the bills segregated according to the areas of responsibility assigned to each Board member.

There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 3:30 o’clock p.m.



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CLERK                                                                                                                                               chairman