TUESDAY – july 27, 1972

The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, convened in special session in the Commissioners’ Room in the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, on Thursday, July 27, 1972, for the purpose of considering budget requests and any other business which might be brought before the Board.

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m. with the following members present:  Thomas J. Windram, Chairman; C. A. Deems; J. M. Hoskinson; and Kenneth VanAuken.  Commr. Carson was absent.  Others present were: Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; Frank E. Owens, Clerk of Circuit Court; Frank F. Meech, Sheriff; and Norma H. Coven, Deputy Clerk.


Sheriff Meech submitted rules promulgated by the Florida Police Standards Board providing for the administration of the Law Enforcement Salary Incentive Program structured within the Revenue Sharing Act.  Mr. Meech said $406,000 will be available to Lake County if the resolution is acted on immediately.  He advised he has sent in certifications on his employees, although some will not qualify under the requirements.

On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried, a resolution was adopted certifying the qualifications of each law enforcement officer presently employed by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.  The Clerk was instructed to furnish two certified copies each to the Florida Department of Revenue and to the Florida Police Standards Board.

public health

Chairman Windram reported on the trip to Tallahassee with reference to problems involving septic tank inspections.  Mr. Patton advises that reports by the State Board of Health reflect that only 96 people are needed to carry out this program throughout the State.  This is totally inadequate and recommends that the Lake County Health Department continue to handle the inspections and permits.  Commr. Hoskinson moved that Lake County negotiate with the State Department of Water Pollution regarding proper funding to contract for septic tank permits and sanitary landfill permits and that the Department be requested to authorize the continuation of permitting and inspecting by the Lake County Department of Health until an agreement can be reached.  The motion was seconded by Commr. VanAuken and unanimously carried.


The Chairman announced we still have no information from the Tax Assessor on evaluations and assessments and will have to meet to discuss the budget requests the first week in August.

There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.