MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
tuesday – december 7, 1971
The Board of County Commissioners convened in regular session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, on Tuesday, December 7, 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 Clerk of the Circuit Court, Frank E. Owens and Deputy Clerk Bernice P. Conner.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, and the Invocation was delivered by Commr. Carson, after which the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was given.
With regard to the Minutes of September 7, 1971, on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Board under the heading “appointments,” on Page 8, changed the date of expiration of the terms for Ralph Roane, Dennis Holcomb, and Joe Hill from August 31, 1971 to May 31, 1971. On a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, the Minutes of September 7, 1971, as amended, were approved.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the minutes of September 10, 1971 were approved as submitted.
In the Minutes of September 21, 1971, Chairman Hoskinson brought up the fact that on Page 13 under the heading “Fire Districts,” Line 4, the sentence “Attorney Ford said that the Board isn’t going to set up fire districts right now” should be eliminated and that there should be added at the end of the paragraph the words “and suggested that he advise the Sylvan Shores Association what procedure must be followed to set up a fire district.” On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, the Minutes of September 21, 1971 were approved as amended.
outdoor recreatonal facilities
Chairman Hoskinson reported on securing fifteen people for a Committee on purchasing outdoor space and recreational facilities. He recommended the following persons for a task force Committee, said Committee to report back to the Board on the feasibility of the issuance of bonds or some other method of financing for the purchase of acquiring of these lands which would be set aside for recreational and conservation purposes. The names of the persons recommended by Chairman Hoskinson are as follows:
Bill Burleigh, Tavares
Reba Harris, Eustis
Dorie Hostettler, Eustis, Mount Dora, Tavares
Richard Sherman, Eustis (Lake-Sumter Student in Ecolocrisis)
Horace Jones, Jr., Leesburg
James Gregg, Leesburg
V. H. Eveland, Cassia
N. L. Hutchingson, Clermont
Regina Labbate, Eustis
Leonard Seaver, Groveland
Charles Allison, Umatilla
Mrs. Harvey Heise, Howey
Mrs. G. Y. Middleton, Clermont
Clifford a. Harden, Mount Dora
Mr. Beverly Grizzard, Leesburg
The first meeting of this Committee is to be December 15, 1971. Mr. Watkins was appointed as an advisor to the Committee which will work with all interested agencies.
At this time, Attorney Ford arrived at the Meeting, as did Mr. Watkins.
It now being the time advertised for a public hearing on the Redistricting of Lake County, as required by the Constitution of the State of Florida, the Board proceeded to discuss the subject matter. No one appeared to object to or comment on said Redistricting. The purpose of Redistricting by the Board is to even the populations in districts as nearly equal in population as practicable. Plans were drawn up by the Planning and Zoning Department under the supervision and direction of the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Watkins, the Planning Director, presented a map prepared by his department to the Board with suggested changes in the Districts. The 1970 Census figures were used in drawing up this plan, which is projected to 1990, and tried to assign areas as equally as possible according to population. Mr. Watkins estimated that his Department and the Chairman had spent as much as sixty to seventy hours in developing a plan that met the guidelines set down by the law. Attorney Ford also pointed out that there was an eight-page legal memorandum prepared by him setting forth guidelines for redistricting. There was a lengthy discussion by the Board Members and Mr. Watkins as to possible changes in the various districts and precincts.
Three precinct changes were suggested and set forth on the Map that had been presented to the Board due to the change in districts. The changes were as follows:
(1) District 1, Precinct 41 to be abolished and merged into Precinct 29.
(2) The eastern portion of Precinct 27 in District 2 to be put into Precinct 10 in Dist. 1
(3) The Eastern portion of Precinct 39 in District 3 to be put into Precinct 40 in Dist. 4
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Board adopted the Redistricting Map for Lake County. The Board also stated that the records should show that the Redistricting Plan was done with the assistance of the Lake County Planning and Zoning Department, using guidelines set forth in an eight-page Memorandum Brief submitted by Attorney Ford as a basis of the new Districts, using the 1970 Census figures.
The Chairman asked for comments from the audience, and there were none.
The Clerk was authorized and directed to advertise the Redistricting Plan with a description of the legal boundaries in accordance with Law.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Board directed that the legal advertisement be placed in the Leesburg Daily Commercial.
Attorney Ford was instructed to check the law as to whether polling places have to be inside the Precinct or whether they can be outside of the Precinct.
Mrs. Nancy Penn and her Attorney, Jeff Ray, appeared before the Board at this time, with reference to the uses permitted under R-1A Zoning. Mr. Ray presented Mrs. Penn’s case to the Board and requested the Commissioners to take action with reference to what they feel is a public nuisance and a type of health hazard in the area in which Mrs. Penn resides and which is now zoned as Rural Residential. Mr. Ray distributed copies of a map of the area to the Members of the Board and also presented pictures to the Board, said pictures showing automobiles that have been junked and have been there for many months, some of them for years according to Mrs. Penn and also showing a pigpen where pigs are housed and slaughtered. Mrs. Penn stated that these pigs are on properties owned by F. C. Edge and Elmer Warren, said properties being in the same area in which she lives. Basically, Mrs. Penn is saying that these properties owned by Mr. Edge and Mr. Warren are a public nuisance and therefore the type which the Commissioners have the authority to control. Therefore, she is asking for the enforcement of the present regulations, if there are regulations that will cover it. Also, Mrs. Penn pointed out that there is a building being erected on the property which she considers to be a shack, but which the owners purport to be a barn. Mrs. Penn claims that this barn is not being erected within the property lines according to the Zoning requirements. Also appearing before the Board was Mr. Beard, representing R. D. Flippo and John Nelson, owners of the property in this same area known as the Assembly Groves property. They consider the properties of Mr. Edge and Mr. Warren a public nuisance. The owners of the Assembly Groves property are interested in developing, but feel that they cannot do so under the existing circumstances. The Board instructed Mr. Watkins and his staff to vigorously prosecute whatever action they can within the Zoning Regulations.
Mr. Watkins brought to the attention of the Board that a Mr. Murray who purchased a mobile home on November 11, 1971 and placed it on Astor Forest Campsites before the change in Zoning Regulations became effective wishes permission to remain on said site, although his mobile home is not of the required square footage under the new Zoning Regulations. Since the mobile home and lot were purchased before the change in Zoning Regulations, permission was granted by the Board for Mr. Murray to remain where he is.
Mr. E. C. Aulls, Jr. appeared before the Board representing A. L. Madison of Altoona, who has been cited for a violation of zoning Ordinance 70-1 in connection with having junk vehicles on his property. Mr. Aulls said that they are not qualified as junk vehicles, as they are being used to carry things such as tools, etc. around the trailer park. The Board asked Mr. Aulls to secure an Affidavit from his client that he uses the vehicles in his business.
Attorney Ford reported that Mr. Yeager has moved some of the junk which was in violation of Ordinance 70-1 from his property, but that some of it is still there. His opinion is that there should be a contempt citation against Mr. Yeager.
Peter Rhoads of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and William Bishop, Consultant Engineer, appeared before the Board with reference to the Oklawaha Basin Study and Countywide Sewage System. They asked the Commissioners for approval of study and execution of an Agreement with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and William Bishop as Consultant Engineer for a Master Sewage System Plan for Lake County. Under this Agreement, Mr. Bishop would prepare the entire Engineering Master Plan under the direction of the Regional Planning Council in a joint effort with the Lake County Planning Department. This will be a working report and will include a study of what Mr. Bishop considers the most economical plan of the following: (1) A central plant where all sewage in the County would be pumped and treated at that site. (2) A limited centralization where sewage would be pumped, treated, and disposed of. (3) Decentralization where there are a number of plants. The only cost to the County, in addition to its regular contribution to the Council will be a sum of $20,000 for the Consultant Engineer to prepare the date required.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute the Agreement with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and William Bishop, said Agreement to be completed by March 1, 1972.
Jeff Schembera, Regional Supervisor for the Bureau of Community Services, Division of Youth Services, appeared before the Board with reference to requirements under the new Laws and Guidelines, which will go into effect by the first of the year. He congratulated the Board on the fact that from his investigation, the present requirements are being met in the administration of the Juvenile Center. Mr. Schembera explained the requirements under the new laws which set the minimum standards for the detention of children and youth. One of the requirements under the new laws is that there be three full-time couples to comprise the staff of the Juvenile Center, since there must be an employee awake and on duty at all times. Chairman Hoskinson stated that the changed rules and regulations should have been discussed with the Board before they were adopted, since the Board has to pay the bills. The Board instructed Mr. Deems to meet with Mr. Stroud, Mr. Schembera, and the Board of Visitors and investigate, discuss and learn more about this as far as the state regulations are concerned and to report back at the County Commissioners meeting next week with his analysis and recommendations.
The Board of County Commissioners discussed with Mr. Stroud the possible utilization of the “Cadet Program,” which provides financial assistance in the hiring of students as part of their educational program to work in the area of law enforcement as part-time or supplemental help. Mr. Stroud reported that at this time, Lake County could hire a total of three people at sixteen hours a week at a salary not to exceed $2 an hour, according to their qualifications. Also, under the Program, these people may be employed during the summer fulltime. Mr. Stroud then requested that the Board allocate $600 from the General Revenue Fund as its portion to be used in this program. On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Board authorized employment of three individuals on the basis as stated above. However, the Board of Visitors and any County Commissioner who wishes to be present should interview these individuals prior to their employment.
Charles Davoli of the Governor’s Council on Criminal Justice appeared before the Board and reported that there will probably be funds available to continue the Youth Services Project for the fiscal year of 1973. It appears, however, that the funds will not be available for the next budget year beginning October 1, 1972. There appears to be a surplus of funds under the present program that would permit its continuation for several months, probably from October 1, 1972 to January 1, 1973. This was simply a report, and no action was taken by the Board.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Board adopted a Resolution relieving Judge Milton as the Project Chairman for the Youth Services Project and appointing the Chairman of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners to replace him and indicating at this time that J. M. Hoskinson is Chairman and also appointing Jim Watkins to be responsible for seeing that all documents, data and reports on the Project are submitted to the State of Florida.
recess and reassembly
The Meeting recessed at 12:40 for lunch and reconvened at 1:45 p.m. to take up the remaining items of business.
Richard Brock, Manpower Division, U. S. Department of Commerce, appeared before the Board with reference to the Emergency Employment Act, also Nat Turnbull and Ed Hayes. Mr. Brock spoke of the new federal program which provided transitional employment and 10 percent matching funds from the County; in-kind money would be required. It is an attempt to provide needed public works in local government entities, and persons employed under this program will be able to work into permanent jobs at the end of the two year funding of the Act. Mr. Brock stated that he had with him a simple form of Contract if the County desires to participate in this program. The money is allocated for salaries only and personnel benefits, also only Lake County residents, and unemployed for at least thirty days. He stated that there were 2027 unemployed people in Lake County as of July, 1970, exceeding 13 percent of the population, and that Lake County therefore has been allocated jobs under this program. After a lengthy discussion, on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Board agreed to enter into a Contract with the Florida Department of Commerce along the general lines of the Agreement form presented to the Board with whatever changes the County Attorney deems necessary and proper, thereby availing itself of this program for needed public services in this county, and the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to execute the Contract with the Department of Commerce. The Board appointed Mr. Watkins as the contact man for this program and instructed him to meet with Mr. Brock and get the Program started along the lines as discussed.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the second reading of a proposed Ordinance setting forth zoning Regulations for Lake County was postponed until later in the day.
Later on, the Board returned to the business of the proposed Ordinance, and on a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Zoning Ordinance was placed on second reading by title only for adoption:
ARTICLE I – TITLE AND JURISDICTION
This ordinance shall be known as the Zoning Regulations of Lake County, Florida, and shall apply to all unincorporated areas of Lake County. The Regulations herein established shall be construed to be minimum requirements; these regulations may also apply to any municipality in Lake County that elects to use them.
ARTICLE II – ENACTMENT AND AUTHORITY
The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, pursuant to authority granted under Chapters 57-1486, 61-2374 and 65-1783, Special Acts, State of Florida, and Chapter 59-578, Florida Statutes and the Constitutional Laws of the State of Florida, ordain that the following articles and sections and appendices be, and the same is hereby adopted.
ARTICLE III – PURPOSE AND INTENT
It is the purpose of these regulations to promote, protect and improve the public health, safety, comfort, convenience, prosperity and general welfare of the citizens of Lake County, Florida; similarly it is the intent of the regulations to establish standards of development which will encourage the sound economic utilization of the land and the creation of a healthful living environment.
Chairman Hoskinson brought up the problem of billboards springing up all over and thinks that it should be limited to billboards to be for identification and directional purposes only. On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Board adopted an Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance restricting off-site billboards for identification and directional purposes only.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, as amended, the Zoning Ordinance was approved as read.
Chairman Hoskinson brought to the attention of the Board that a Collective Bargaining Ordinance for the State was discussed at a meeting of the County Commissioners Association. It was recommended that an Ordinance be prepared that there should not be any action taken on the counties this year, thereby giving the counties the opportunity to study these matters. Counties are now on Home Rule Powers, and it was suggested that each County adopt their own local Ordinance as to whether they wish to adopt a Collective Bargaining Ordinance or not.
Philip I. Stackpole and George Doster, Manager and Representative respectively of Blue Cross & Blue Shield, appeared before the Board with reference to Group Hospital and Life Insurance. They want to submit a bid in February when the present contract runs out. On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Clerk was directed to furnish the necessary information to the Representative of Blue Cross & Blue Shield so they can make a bid on the policy on County Health Insurance.
It was reported to the Board by a member of the Engineering Department that according to the report of Joyner & Associates, Consulting Engineers, their recommendation would be to pursue one of the following courses with reference to the Dual Sixty Ton Chillers at the Courthouse: (1) Provide condenser water treatment. (2) Utilize a closed condenser water system employing a cooling tower with a small amount of water treatment for the closed system operation. (3) Provide an air cooled condensing system. The Board instructed Mr. Harpster to consult with Joyner & Associates further with reference to their study and secure estimated costs on design plans and specifications.
Mr. Watkins presented in booklet form the Sanitary Waste Water Treatment and Disposal Plan as related to septic tank development, this being the local phase of the Pollution Abatement Program. On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Board authorized the offering for sale of copies of this booklet for $5 each.
Chairman Hoskinson read into the record a letter from the Kiwanis Club of Clermont with reference to a story in the December 1st issue of the Lake Sentinel, in which “it was apparent that serious consideration is actually being given to an effort of the Lake County Pollution Control Board to kill the Palatlakaha River Water Shed project.” The Board instructed the Clerk to send a copy of the letter to each member of the Pollution Control Board and to the Control Officer, one to the Chairman of the Board and one to Bill Herlong, Chairman of the Oklawaha Water Authority Board.
Chairman Hoskinson has been requested to attend a meeting of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council on December 13 at 2:00 p.m. with reference to the Four Corners Sewer Project Study and the feasibility of Lake County participating in such a study. They want to evaluate one portion of Lake County specifically for sewer and water systems. Mr. Watkins stated to the Board that he felt that the present local study underway would give the Board all that data and that it was not necessary to have an additional study, that he felt the Board could wait until the results from the present study were available. The Board’s feeling is that they are not interested in the Four Corners Sewer Project Study.
Chairman Hoskinson brought to the attention of the Board that on December 14 there is supposed to be a Work Session with the garbage collectors.
permits and licenses
The Board instructed Attorney Ford to research the Special Act on the certification of certificates of competency and licenses.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Board approved the acceptance and ordered the deposit of a check from Everett E. Miller in the amount of $16.12 in payment for the cost for installation of a dead end sign on a dedicated but not maintained right of way.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, Attorney Ford was instructed to send a telegram to our legislative delegation, requesting them to do everything possible to eliminate the provision in the Corporate Tax Bill which would make County and Municipal Bonds subject to the corporate tax.
The Board instructed Attorney Ford to notify the State Legislature that the Board opposes the Veterans Service Office being under state regulations and prefers the Veterans Service Office to be under County regulations.
Chairman Hoskinson brought to the attention of the Board a letter from the Governor who is recommending the making of the state into governing districts, since he thinks the counties are too small a unit to deal with government. In this recommendation, all present districts in the state would be abolished and everything would be funneled through the District instead of the County. The Board is opposed to this procedure.
Mr. Watkins brought to the attention of the Board that he had a quote of $919 from the local Motorola dealer for a radio mobile unit. Action on this matter was postponed until the next meeting.
On a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, the Board authorized the Clerk to advertise for bids on four tandem dump trucks, said bids to be opened on January 11, 1972 at 9:00 a.m.
county buildings and grounds
Chairman Hoskinson stated that he had been informed that steer pens were needed at the Fairgrounds before the next fair. The Board instructed Commr. Windram to check with Charles Norris concerning this matter.
Mr. Owens read into the record a letter from the Department of Transportation in DeLand with reference to Project No. 11070-1510, Budget Item No. 512512 in which they requested a statement from the County as to whether or not the project is in accord or in conflict with the County’s planning. The Commission has twice by resolution requested top priority for four-laning State Road 40 from State Road 33 in Mascotte to State Road 33 in Groveland. However, the Department of Transportation is placing the top priority on four-laning the road from Clermont to the Orange County line. Commr. Windram suggested that a letter be written to the Department of Transportation telling them that we are interested in both projects being completed, but that the priority which we had originally submitted and recently reaffirmed the Board still feels is the proper order in which to proceed. On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Clerk was instructed to write a letter to the Department of Transportation in line with the above suggestion.
The County Engineer reported on the letting of a contract for widening 14th Street in Leesburg. He reported that the Department of Transportation had informed him that the bids were too high and were therefore rejected and that there were insufficient monies to cover the cost of the construction. The rejecting of the bids will delay the road widening project. There was no action taken by the Board at this time.
roads – county
The County Engineer brought to the attention of the Board a letter from Ray Anderson of Clermont in which he thanked the Board for installing a 35 mph speed sign in his area. However, in his letter he stated that the people are ignoring the speed signs and are still going too fast through that area. He asked the Commissioners if there was any way that the speed limit could be enforced. The Board instructed the Clerk to refer the matter to the Sheriff and to write to Mr. Anderson, telling him that the Board has turned the matter over to the Sheriff and asked him to do what he can.
Mr. Hoskinson brought to the attention of the Board a letter from Fred T. Pinkney of Tavares in which he is requesting the County to repair the extension of Mansfield Road East of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad for approximately 30 lineal feet of a 12-foot wide road and in which he informed the Board that the property owners are willing to pay for the entire cost of the material that would be used. The Board referred this matter to the County Attorney for study and recommendation.
right of way easements – except roads
The County Engineer brought to the attention of the Board a request for an easement beside County owned property on State Road 441 near the airport leading to the Warren property. After some discussion, the matter was referred to the Engineer for his study and recommendations.
Chairman Hoskinson brought to the attention of the Board a letter from Robert M. Colteryahn of Umatilla in which he complained for himself and his neighbors about the dogs without collars running loose through their properties and being a nuisance to everyone in the neighborhood. The Board instructed the Clerk to write a letter to the Sheriff, sending him a copy of Mr. Colteryahn’s letter, telling him that the Board will appreciate anything that he can do about this matter.
suits affecting county
With reference to the Injunction suit brought against Tyler Crusades, Attorney Ford informed the Board that he had secured the Injunction. He also told the Board that he had a call from Attorney Gillis of Orlando, who represents Tyler Crusades, and that Mr. Gillis asked for an extension of time for the purpose of taking the trailers off the property of Tyler Crusades, which extension of time Attorney Ford allowed him.
In the case of Lake County vs. Grant, Attorney Ford reported that the jury had awarded the Defendant Grant the sum of $12,500.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, a right of way deed conveying the following described property to Lake County was accepted and ordered recorded in the public records:
GRANTOR: Delena M. Vincenti
DESCRIPTION: The South 20 feet of: The South half of Government Lot 2 of Section 4, Township 21 South, Range 25 East.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, the Board referred the request of LeRoy Bronson for a Quit Claim Deed, releasing road reservations, to the County Engineer for study and recommendations.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Board authorized F. Gould Garcia and others to advertise for a hearing on closing streets in Villa City on January 4, 1972 at 10:00 a.m. The Board instructed the County Engineer to check the property.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, the Board approved Certificates of Error & Correction on the 1971 Tax Roll, numbered 1 – 123, which were presented by the Tax Assessor.
bonds – misc.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, Firearms Bonds for Conley W. Fisher (New) and Russell W. Harned (Renewal) were approved.
On a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, Firearms Bonds for James T. Glenn (Renewal) were approved.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Notary Public Bond for Mrs. Sandra O. Stephens was approved.
On a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried, Bonds for contractors for certificates of competency and three renewals were approved for the following:
#496 – Aubrey Long (Renewal)
#505 – Edward E. Kilby, doing business as Interstate Electric Co. (Renewal)
#554 – Willie J. Adams, doing business as Adams Masonry (Renewal)
#662 George Clark
#663 – Beauren Collins
#664 – James B. Johnson, doing business as Whisenhunt Development Corp.
#665 – Robert H. Craven
#666 – Grover Reed, doing business as Grover Reed Masonry
#667 – George E. Golden
#668 – James H. Hollins
#669 – Glenn E. Wright
#670 – Freeman Melvin
The following Use Permits filed by the County Engineer were approved on a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried.
No. 316 to Florida Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of buried cable paralleling Dist. Road 3-1838 located between State Road 561-A and District 3-1837.
#317 to Florida Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of buried cable paralleling a portion of County Road Dist. 3-1837 located between SR S-478 and 3-1838.
#315 to Florida Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of buried cable paralleling County Road Dist. 5-6349 located between Eustis and Leesburg.
#314 to Florida Telephone Corp. for the construction and maintenance of buried cable paralleling a portion of County Road Dist. 3-3637 located between Tavares and Howey.
The following reports were filed with the Board:
a. Annual audit of East Central Florida Regional Planning Council for fiscal year ending September 30, 1971.
b. Annual audit of NW Lake County Hospital District.
c. Cigarette tax collection and distribution for August and September.
d. Veterans Service Officer for November.
A copy of a letter from the U.S. Department of Interior to R. O. Newman re probable hydrologic effects of sand mining in the muck land areas west of Clermont.
A letter from Game & Fish Commission that the regulations concerning commercial fishing in Lake County lakes will be reviewed at a meeting on December 17.
A letter from the District Forester, advising receipts and expenditures on the Cooperative Forest Management Program for the last fiscal year amount to $12, 212.61.
A questionnaire from the Vo-Tech Center re: hiring students for experience purposes only with no financial obligation. The Board referred the questionnaire to Mr. Watkins.
A letter from Mrs. Viola E. Kettner complimenting Jeanne Allen on the knowledgeable sewing class held at the Agricultural Center.
A letter from the Lake County Conservation Council expressing appreciation for the Board’s consideration of a committee to study the County’s rural and recreational lands for preservation.
A letter from Mr. and Mrs. Martin Sopocy, complimenting employees in the Planning Department for their courtesy and tact, and also Jim Watkins on the class he conducts at the Junior College. The Board instructed the Clerk to send this letter to Mr. Watkins, keeping a copy for the Board’s file.
Letter from Southwest FL Water Management District urging the Board to adopt a local ordinance to control construction and development in flood-prone areas. The Board referred this letter to Mr. Watkins.
Letter of thanks from McElyea Fernery for establishing a speed zone on SR 48 through Yalaha.
Notice from the Department of Transportation that Marion Construction and Ocala Lime Rock Corp. were successful bidders on the construction of SR 455 from SR S-455 at Ferndale to SR 19 south of Howey.
Letter from Geiger, Holstein, Church, Inc. attaching a letter from the Travelers showing what is being paid to Robert Alderman for his injury of August5 16, 1969.
Letter from the Department of Community Affairs, Division of Emergency Government, addressed to Thomas E. Chapman, Jr., Director of Lake County Civil Defense, informing Mr. Chapman that the Construction and Housing Emergency Management of Resources plan has been approved by the State Director of the Construction and Housing Agency.
Copy of letter from W. Troy Hall, Jr. to Sheriff Willis V. McCall, with reference to Wade Tompkins, a prisoner confined in the Lake County Jail.
Letter from Otis Elevator Company recommending that the Board install emergency car lighting for the elevator in the Courthouse as a safety measure. The Board referred this matter to the County Engineer.
Robert Stroud, Coordinator of the Lake County Youth Services Project, requested payment from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1, since he began full-time implementation of the project on Sept. 23. The Board requested Mr. Stroud to secure a letter from Judge Milton requesting this payment to Mr. Stroud.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, the Board authorized travel expenses for Robert Stroud to go to Tallahassee December 8-10.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Board authorized the renovation of the Planning & Zoning Department Building, as long as the cost of the material necessary for remodeling is within the budget.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Board authorized travel expenses for Mr. Watkins to St. Petersburg for the purpose of attending a seminar January 5-6, 1972 in the amount of $40.60.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, the Board authorized Mr. Watkins to accept the low bid of $799.75 for the printing of plumbing and electric permit forms.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Board authorized travel expenses for the County Commissioners Board of Directors meeting December 4, 1971.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Board authorized travel expenses for Mr. Harpster to Gainesville December 9-10.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Board authorized the expenditure of $440 for the repair of a Mosquito Control Caterpillar Tractor.
On a motion by Commr. VanAuken, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, the Board authorized payment to True-Temp, Inc. for equipment, material, and labor to install heating in the Old Health Building, the sum of $711.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Board authorized up to $200 for work on turning end rails into the walls for a safety measure in the Nursing Home in Leesburg.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Board authorized the purchase of an emergency generator hookup for the radio system for the Engineering Department in the sum of $372.91.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried, the Board authorized the purchase and installation of a door on the Leesburg Barn in the sum of $195.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried, the Board authorized payment of $600 from the General Revenue Fund for the employment of three individuals under the Cadet Program.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. VanAuken and carried, the Board approved the employment of Robert Lupinek, Field Aide, Pollution Control, effective December 1, 1971 at an annual salary of $4,725.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.