may 23, 1972

The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, convened in special session in the auditorium in the Agricultural Center, Tavares, Florida, at 1:30 o’clock P.M. on May 23, 1972, for the purpose of hearing proposals on the development of central sewerage and central water systems in the unincorporated areas of Lake County.

The Chairman called the meeting to order with the following members present:  Thomas J. Windram, Chairman; James R. Carson, Jr.; C. A. Deems; J. M. Hoskinson; and Kenneth VanAuken.  Others present were: Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; James C. Watkins, Planning Director; Frank E. Owens, Clerk of Circuit Court; and Norma H. Coven, Deputy Clerk.

A list of others in attendance is filed with these minutes and made a part thereof.

public health

Attorney F. V. Gay, representing Lakco Citrus, spoke relative to 90 acres development at the intersection of SR 19 and SR 25.  The owners expect to have large motels in the area by November 1972.  The owners are not planning to install sewerage and water systems but are willing to rent from a private central system provided the “tap on” fee is reasonable.

Mr. Terry Edwards, a private owner, asked what development is planned for the area.

Representatives of developments in the area who spoke were as follows:

            Albert Davis, Jr., representing Wild Kingdom

            Marty Nelson and K. U. VanCott representing Holiday Inn


Mrs. Charles Jones, private owner, spoke regarding her interests.

Roger Neisweinder, representing East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, submitted written proposals and recommendation of the Council regarding private sewer and water services.

Odell Warren, representing Services Facilities Corporation, spoke and said his company is ready and willing to service the area, but cannot quote a rate structure because he does not know the number of developments in the area, but can furnish the service within 90 to 120 days.

Dr. R. J. Rudd, representing MAA Associates, Los Angeles, California, spoke and said his company has the expertise to furnish the service without any “tap on” charges to the county or owners.

Osceola County Commissioner Bill Beck and Planning and Zoning Commissioner Raymond Langston spoke and advised Osceola County has heard no proposals from Mr. Warren or Dr. Rudd in this regard, and present only to stop the rumor that Osceola County is discouraging private enterprise.

After all interested person were heard, the Chairman declared the opinion of the Board is toward a central system, although do not know which agency would have control, either governmental or the Public Service Commission.

The meeting was concluded at 3:15 o’clock P.M.


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CLERK                                                                                                                       CHAIRMAN