MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Tuesday – September 28, 1971
A Special Called Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, was held in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon, with the following Members present: J. M. Hoskinson, Chairman; James R. Carson, Jr.; C. A. Deems; Thomas J. Windram; and Kenneth VanAuken. Also present were County Attorney, Christopher C. Ford; Planning Director, J. C. Watkins; Clerk of the Circuit Court, Frank E. Owens; and Deputy Clerk, Normal H. Coven.
The Chairman called the Meeting to order, and announced the purpose of the Meeting is to discuss with Members of the Pollution Control Board a proposed study of the Oklawaha Chain of Lakes.
P. R. Edwards and Joe Hill of the Pollution Control Board were present, and Mr. Edwards reported the Department of Interior is funding a pilot program in an effort to establish an aquatic environmental monitoring program for aquatic areas in Florida and the Southeastern United States. The Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife has proposed that a study of the Oklawaha Chain of Lakes be made for the purpose of rejuvenating the waters in the Chain. Mr. Edwards recommended that a technical advisory committee be formed to coordinate the efforts of the State, Federal and Local Agencies interested in such a program.
On motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson, and carried, the Clerk was instructed to request the Governor to invite representatives of the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, together with representatives of all other interested Agencies, including the State Department of Air and Water Pollution Control, to a meeting in the Central Florida area, for the purpose of discussing the advisability of a Technical Advisory Committee to plan, coordinate and conduct future work in the Oklawaha Chain of Lakes.
Joe Hill, Chairman of the Lake County Pollution Control Board, stated he had personally ordered the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Company to stop construction of the trestle over the Palatlakaha River at SR 48, because the construction was polluting the river. Mr. Hill asked the Board’s endorsement of halting the construction of the trestle until it is definite the Palatlakaha Watershed Project will be approved by the State Department of Air and Water Pollution Control.
On recommendation of the Planning Director, and motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. VanAuken, and carried, a Resolution was adopted authorizing a comprehensive water and sewer development plan with application for a grant being made to Farmers Home Administration, USDA.
On motion of Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson, and carried, the Board approved the purchase of an addressograph machine for the Ag Center for a net price of $231.00.
On motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson, and carried, the Board approved an expenditure of $5,000.00 to the Sunrise Workshop to assist in the Welfare Program of the poor and indigent persons at the Workshop. On recommendation of the Attorney, the Workshop will furnish the County a statement showing the number of persons benefitting from the expenditure and the amount per person.
On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems, and carried, the Board approved the purchase of Hydraulic skids to be used on a flatbed trailer, in the amount of $995.00.
Attorney Ford advised the Board he has been summoned to appear before the Senate Subcommittee on Environment in Washington D.C., and would like the Board’s permission for P. R. Edwards to go with him. The request was granted on motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. VanAuken, and carried.
Chairman Hoskinson said the Town of Minneola is desirous of leasing a County clay pit to be used as a target range, and requested the Attorney to prepare a Lease Agreement with a cancellation clause, for the Board’s review.
On motion of Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. VanAuken, and carried, the County Engineer was instructed to prepare specifications and advertise Bids for two draglines (one R & B, one for Mosquito Control), and crawler type tractor for R. & B. Bids to be received October 19, 1971.
Mr. Watkins presented a check from the Department of Transportation in the amount of $489.32, payment for the Planning Department’s assistance in the mass transit study for the City of Leesburg.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 2:30 o’clock p.m.