MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
tuesday – november 2, 1971
A regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, was held in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, on Tuesday, November 2, 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 present were County Attorney, Christopher C. Ford; Clerk of the Circuit Court, Frank E. Owens; and Deputy Clerk Norma H. Coven.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, and the invocation was delivered by Mr. Windram, after which the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was given.
Doris Babb, Deputy Clerk, appeared and presented the Amended Budget for the fiscal year 1970-71, and the same was approved as submitted and filed with the Board and made a part of these minutes.
On inquiry from Mrs. Babb, Chairman Hoskinson stated the Project Director for the Youth Service Bureau will be the Chairman of the Board. On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, the budget for the Youth Service Bureau was adopted and approved with the following changes:
Add Item 200.03-1, Other Personal Services - $1800
Add Item 200.03-2, Other Personal Services, Record Keeping, Local Consultant, $1800
Mrs. Babb presented an agreement with the State Dept. of Health & Rehabilitative Services, Division of Family Services, providing funds for use in meeting operation expenses to expand and improve the distribution of donated commodities to households. Mrs. Babb advised the Commodity Warehouse Supervisor has already received approval for funds to be used for labor, renovation, electrical repairs, rent, etc. totaling $5,424.60. On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the agreement was accepted and the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute the same, upon approval of the County Attorney.
Chairman Hoskinson notified the Board members the Canvassing Board will convene in the County Judges’ Office Wednesday, November 3, 1971 at 9:00 a.m. and all members were invited to attend.
The Chairman reported he has received an estimate of $528 to erect partitions in the old Health Dept. Building and $456 to retile the floor. On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, he was instructed to obtain another quotation on each job and accept the low proposal.
On a recommendation of the Chairman and on a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, the Board approved the use of a room in the Pioneer Building to be used by an employee of the Division of Family Services for screening commodity recipients.
Chairman Hoskinson advised the new law concerning juveniles requires that the Juvenile Shelter should have three full time couples working sometime during the coming year. It is the recommendation of County Judge W. A. Milton, Jr. that the Board arrange to have Mr. Jeff Schembera, Regional Supervisor for the Bureau of Community Services, Division of Youth Services, to come to the Board to discuss the requirements of the new law. The Clerk was instructed to make the arrangement for December 7, 1971.
Commr. Windram said Ted Wicks is interested in attending the Vocational Technical School and wondered if he is covered under the assistance program established by the Board. Attorney Ford said if the courses taken will make him a more efficient and effective employee and the public will be directly benefited, he would be acceptable. Mr. Windram stated he will discuss the job relationship with Phil Edwards.
Chairman Hoskinson said he has notified the Board members to contact the County Attorney regarding any new special acts.
The Chairman reported he has requested the County Attorney to review the law concerning appointments to the Board of Zoning Appeals, whereby the members could be appointed by the BCC instead of the Governor.
It now being the time advertised to receive bids on the following items, the Chairman directed the Clerk to open and tabulate the bids, whereupon, Clerk Owens reported receiving bids from the following:
ONE (1) 1972 PICKUP TRUCK
Eustis Dodge, Inc. $2,524.20
Bob McCullers Ford, Inc. $2,552.64
Richey Buick-Pontiac, Inc. $2,477.14
Bob Wade Ford, Inc. $2,719.94
D. C. Waters Ford, Inc. $2,516.64
ONE (1) KJELDAHL UNIT
Curtin Scientific Co. $1,839.88
Scientific Products $1,823.25
TWO (2) MOBILE TWO-WAY RADIO UNITS INSTALLED
Motorola Communications & Electronics, Inc. $1,816.00
RCA Mobile Communications $1,657.50
Glen Mar Electronics (General Electric) $ 840.00
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the bids were referred to the County Engineer and Pollution Control Officer for study and recommendation.
Because of an apparent error in the bid from Glen Mar Electronics, the bids were referred to the Engineer. Later in the day, a letter withdrawing the bid of Glen Mar Electronics Service, Inc. because of an error was received and filed with the Board.
Odell Warren of Service Facilities Corp. and Jack Glatting of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council were present and submitted a Comprehensive Feasibility Report on a study made for an overall master plan of utilities for the South Lake County area, including areas of Polk, Osceola and Orange Counties. Mr. Warren said areas excluded from the study are all municipalities and Disney World. After much discussion, Mr. Warren said there are two proposals Lake County can consider: (1) Adopt its own regulations for franchising the utility companies; or (2) adopt a resolution assigning the responsibility to the Florida Public Service Commission. He further explained it is the intent of the Orange County Commission to invite the other three counties to a meeting to discuss this in more detail. The Board members concurring, the Chairman stated he feels Lake County should make no decision on this important matter until after the meeting, which will be held in the Orange County Courthouse on November 11, and he urged all members to attend if possible.
planning & zoning
Mr. Louis Fister of Sorrento appeared and asked several questions in regard to rezoning applications, advising that property adjoining his was rezoned from Residential to Agricultural, and the owners are holding rodeos on the property and disturbing the neighbors. Attorney Ford said if this can be declared a public nuisance, the County Prosecutor would be involved. The Chairman asked the Planning Director to help Mr. Fister contact the County Prosecutor.
Atty. Mort Aulls and Mrs. Ruby Sapp appeared and requested the Board’s reconsideration of a resolution closing a road in the Lisbon area for Ben Chrisley, as the closing will affect access to her property. Engineer Harpster said the closing did not deny access to the property but may have denied direct access, and there is other access to the property. Atty. Ford informed the Board reconsideration could be given to the closing; however, there is a problem in this case. The attorneys and engineer were instructed to pursue this and try to reach a workable solution.
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.
E. M. Tally, Attorney, was present during the afternoon session in place of Mr. Ford.
planning and zoning
The Chairman announced that it is time to consider the proposed amendments to the Zoning Rules and Regulations. On the advice of the Planning Director that a public hearing to consider the regulations was not advertised and on a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, a public hearing to consider the amendments was authorized for November 16, 1971 at 10:15 a.m.
Dr. Hall, County Health Director, was present with Mr. Mulrennan and Mr. Philin of the State Dept. of Health to discuss the operation of the Mosquito Control Department. Mr. Mulrennan said the Board is responsible for the arthropod program in the County. When the County enters into a program with the State Dept. of Health, the Board has delegated its authority to the County Health Dept. If the Board wants to operate differently, it is the Board’s prerogative to do so through another individual. The Department is opposed to split administration. There is an apparent lack of communication between the Health Dept. and the County Engineer. The Board is supposed to submit a detailed budget to the State by the first of July each year. The budget is then approved and recommendations made and returned to the County. It is then certified and returned to the State by Sept. 15. This has not been done this year.
Dr. Hall stated the detailed budget has been prepared, but in discussing the program with the Chairman, he was informed the Board was considering splitting up the operation of the two programs; therefore, the budget has not been sent in.
Mr. Mulrennan continued relative to purchase of equipment, advising that the Board can purchase any equipment up to $3,000 without authority from the Dept. of Health. Any amount over $3,000 must be submitted to the State for approval before bids are advertised. Mr. Philin said the specifications on the dragline and bulldozer, which the Board has received bids on, do not meet the State’s standards. Neither has the State received a proposal from the County to operate the 92 acres recently purchased for a landfill site. The Chairman asked if the County Engineer could act as a consultant with Dr. Hall for the operation of the landfill. Mr. Mulrennan said there is no objection to the Engineer acting in a consulting capacity under the direction of Dr. Hall and leave the arthropod program under the M. C. Dept. He recommended that the Board submit a detailed budget and specifications for the equipment to the State for approval, and a proposal for operation of the landfill. Mr. Philin said he will review the specifications and return them to the Board as quickly as possible.
Dr. Hall initiated a discussion regarding the operation of the Tri City Landfill. Mr. Harpster advised the equipment at the Tri City site is M. C. equipment, the attendant is paid by Tri City, and the operator is paid by the Board. Dr. Hall said the original agreement was that the County would buy the first bulldozer and furnish an operator, and after five years the cities could purchase a bulldozer and take over the operation.
The Board was informed by the representatives of the Health Department from Jacksonville to go ahead and pay any bills and salaries involved, and the County will be reimbursed when the budget is approved.
maps and plats
The Engineer presented the Plat of Penlan Park (Sorrento Area) and said the plat complies with Chapter 177, Florida Statutes, owners Gwinn Davies and Mary Davies. On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram, the Plat of Penlan Park was approved for recording.
On the recommendation of the County Engineer and on a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson, the low bid from Shelfer Ford Tractor, Inc. on three (3) rotary type mowers was accepted as follows:
1 Model 910 Ford pull type $654.55
2 Model 910 Ford lift type $548.70
On the recommendation of the County Engineer and on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken, the low bid from Richey Buick-Pontiac, Inc. on one (1) 1972 GMC pickup truck was accepted in the amount of $2,541.00.
The Engineer advised the low bid of LeTourneau Tractor Co. on the Articulated Front End Loader in the amount of $25,545 does not meet the required specifications and recommended that the bid of De Wind Machinery Co. be accepted; whereupon on a motion by Commr. Van Auken, seconded by Commr. Carson, the bid from De Machinery Co. in the amount of $28,143 was accepted as the lowest and best bid.
On the recommendation of the County Engineer and on a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson, bid was accepted from State Tractor & Equipment, Inc. to furnish Lake County one (1) new Northwest Dragline in the amount of $33,071 as the lowest and best bid.
On a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Deems, authorization was given to transfer Fedders Air Conditioner, County #4019, from the Pioneer Bldg. to the Surplus Commodity Warehouse.
On the recommendation and on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems, Gregory Road was reinstated into the County-maintained road system and Road #1-4606-A was assigned to same.
Requests from citizens of Lake County to re-open a road formerly known as County Road #2-0605 near Bay Lake were referred to the County Engineer.
A letter from the School Board requesting assistance in constructing access roads to a future school in the Groveland-Mascotte area was referred to the Engineer.
A letter from Ross Teeguarden complaining that the County only maintains Penn Street in the Lake Kathryn area from SR 42 South to Lake Drive and does not maintain the entire street as was his understanding. A letter was referred to the Chairman and Engineer.
The action of the Chairman and Clerk in approving applications to the W. T. Edwards Tuberculosis Hospital for the following was approved on a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr VanAuken: Rollin Franklin Byrd and Elizabeth Hart Mitchell.
Notices were filed that the following patients were discharged with medical advice:
Simmie Kitchen – 9/14/71; Gloria J. Taft – 9/24/71; and Luther Smith – 10/27/71; and Earnest Woodall was discharged 10/12/71 against medical advice.
bonds – misc.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson, firearm bond on Barbara Marshall was denied.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken, firearm bonds were approved for the following: Walter Thomas Noling, Melvin M. Pottorff, and Billy Joe Yarbrough.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram, a surety bond in the amount of $10,000 for John Cain as a Director, Lake-Sumter Community College, was approved.
A Deputy Sheriff Bond on Justin Morgan was approved on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems.
Contractors’ Bonds for Certificates of Competency were approved on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems for the following:
No. 538 – Renewal – L. P. Contella
586 – Renewal – Herman Scott
641 – New – Charles F. Howard
642 – Willie Rushing
643 – Charles Wingo
645 – Jack Crouch, Jr.
646 – Harry L. Patton
647 – I. H. Collins
648 – Clyde T. Strickland
649 – Thomas F. Evans
A notice from Continental Casualty Co. (Lassiter-Ware) that two Sheriff Deputies over 70 years of age are not covered under the Occupation Death policy recently awarded to them. On the recommendation of the Attorney that the two men be covered, he was instructed to talk to the Agent of Record about this.
resolutions not classified elsewhere
The Resolution from Putnam County was submitted concerning the aquatic weed problem existing in the St. Johns River, and on a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Carson, a resolution was adopted requesting the Governor and the cabinet members to implement a constructive program of developing a workable method of harvesting water hyacinths by mechanical means from the St. Johns River.
roads – state
The Primary and Secondary Work Program for 1971-72 thru 1975-76 from the DOT was referred to the County Engineer.
licenses and permits
A letter from the County Judge recommending that the issuance of licenses by the County Judge’s Office be transferred to the Tax Collector was referred to the County Attorney.
The Notice from the Southwest FWMD that the permit issued to H. M. Hartwig to cut canals into Lake Harris, Yalaha, has been cancelled due to his death, and there is apparently no responsible party remaining to complete the project.
road and bridge dept.
On the recommendation of the County Attorney that the Sunrise Workshop is operated for the poor indigent and on a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson, the Board authorized the R & B Dept. to furnish two loads of clay to the Sunrise Workshop.
Requests from the Town of Fruitland Park and the City of Mount Dora for the use of voting machines on Dec. 7 and 14 were approved on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems.
A letter from Dr. Louis R. Bowen regarding the condition of the sanitary landfill adjacent to property owned by him in Section 7, Township 20, Range 26 was read and filed.
A letter from Attorneys for Samuel J. Quinter objecting to a proposed canal by Mr. Lee from the St. Johns River in the Astor area was referred to the Attorney for answering.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson, the Board authorized carpet in the Secretary’s office in the Pollution Control office from Henry Sapp Carpet & Tile in the amount of $120.
Purchase of lab equipment for the Pollution Control Office from Scientific Products in the amount of $79 was approved on a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems.
Travel was approved for J. C. Watkins to attend the annual P & Z Conference in Jacksonville, Dec. 7 – 11, and on a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson, a resolution was adopted authorizing emergency repairs to the Mosquito Control bulldozer, County Property #2189 in the amount of $3,735, subject to approval by Dr. Hall.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson, a resolution was adopted authorizing emergency repairs in the amount of $1,267.85 to Koehring Dragline, County Property #2590.
Travel was approved for the County Attorney to attend any meetings within the state concerning information on the President’s wage freeze on a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Carson.
salaries and wages
On a recommendation of the Planning Director and on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems, the Board approved the employment of Darla Corbett as Secretary in the Planning Dept., effective November 1, 1971 at an annual salary not to exceed $4,200; and Polly Jane Merrick, as Secretary in the Youth Service Bureau, effective November 15, 1971 at an annual salary not to exceed $4,200.
youth service bureau
Chairman Hoskinson reported he received a letter from County Judge Milton advising that the sub-committee on the Governor’s Council on Criminal Justice did not recommend funding the Lake County project during 1972. He discussed this with Mr. Watkins, and there is quite a lot to be accomplished during the one-year funded program. Have requested Mr. Watkins to report on the implications in the letter and if it will affect the office space allotted to the State Juvenile employees.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.