MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
march 9, 1973
The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, convened in regular session on Friday, March 9, 1973, in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, at 9:00 o’clock A.M. with the following members present: C. A. Deems, Chairman; J. M. Hoskinson, Glenn C. Burhans, Thomas J. Windram. Others present were: James C. Watkins, Clerk of Circuit Court and Norma H. Coven, Deputy Clerk.
The Chairman called the meeting to order and the invocation was given by Commr. Windram. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board approved the minutes of special meeting held on February 27, 1973, as submitted.
right of way – easements
On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Burhans and unanimously carried, the Board approved returning drainage easement to Frank Koss since the County does not plan to utilize same.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the following were reappointed to the Board of Examiners:
Morton Barnes (Plumbing)
Clarence Bishop (Specialty)
Jesse Dooley (Refrigeration)
Robert Drew (Class A)
Louis C. George (Architect)
James Sheddan (Electrical, Heat & Air)
On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Burhans and unanimously carried, the 1972/1973 landfill budget was approved and the Chairman was instructed to sign same.
laws & legislature
Commr. Hoskinson presented a letter from Brevard County urging Lake County to support their effort in requesting the legislature to provide funding for the implementation of Article V, and requested that Lake County consider adoption of Resolution regarding same. On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board adopted a Resolution requesting the Florida Legislature to provide full funding for the implementation of Article V and for the Public Defender’s and State Attorney’s Offices and their supporting staff. The Chairman instructed the Clerk to send a copy of the Resolution to the Legislative Delegation, Judiciary and Finance Committees.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board approved South Lake Memorial Hospital’s application for federal funding of an ambulance, but with no commitment on the part of the County in providing any matching funds.
The Chairman presented copy of letter from Judge Milton to Judge E. C. Aulls, Jr. regarding request for travel expenses for County Court Judges. The Board instructed the Clerk to write Judge Aulls, referring to this letter, and inform him that the Board will consider any requests for travel upon application.
roads – state
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Burhans and unanimously carried, the Board adopted a Resolution to furnish the Department of Transportation the necessary rights of way, borrow pits and easements for that portion of Section 11070-2505, State Road 50, extending from State Road 25 Easterly to Orange County line and authorized the Clerk and Chairman to sign the right of way contract.
county buildings & grounds
On motion of Commr. Burhans seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board authorized the Road & Bridge Department to clean up the grounds around the American Legion Hall; the property is owned by the County.
On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried, the Board authorized the Clerk to advertise bids for a sedan for the Mosquito Control Director.
roads – state
The Chairman presented letter from the Department of Transportation regarding the interchange of SR 25 and SR 19 south of Leesburg. The Department reviewed the interchange in response to the Commissioners’ request and believes this interchange to be adequately marked. On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Clerk was requested to write to the Department of Transportation requesting a further study be made and ask the Department to discuss this matter on the site with the County Engineer and/or County Commissioner.
It now being the time advertised for the Board to consider petition to close unopened roadway; the Chairman called for interested parties to be heard. Mr. J. B. Huppel, of King & Huppel, Inc., applicant appeared before the Board and presented petition. On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board adopted Resolution closing the following unopened roadway:
SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Section 30, Township 21 South, Range 26 East, except the East five (5) acres of that part of the above described tract of land lying north of S 561A, subject to twenty (20) feet for roadway off West side or for such width as required by the County of Lake.
It now being the time advertised for the Board to consider closing park in the plat of Lake Saunders Subdivision, the Chairman called for all interested parties to be heard. Roy Christopher, Attorney, appeared and presented the petition. Hearing no objections from the public and since it was the obvious intent of the replat, filed on February 8, 1939, for the park to be vacated, Commr. Hoskinson moved that the Board adopt a Resolution to close the following described park:
Lot 45 and 56, Plat of Lake Saunders Subdivision, recorded in Plat Records 4, Page 30, Public Records of Lake County.
licenses and permits
Larry Taylor, Attorney, representing Rosy D. Marks, appeared before the Board regarding Rosy D. Marks’ application for a permit to obtain an occupational license as a palmist.
Clerk Watkins informed the Board of report of investigation into the said application received from the Sheriff’s Department.
In answer to the questions raised in the Deputy Sheriff’s report, Mr. Taylor stated that the applicant does reside in Lake County and is a registered voter of Lake County. He further stated that the required letters have been filed from citizens of Lake County attesting to the good moral character of the applicant.
On the basis of the applicant meeting all the requirements of the State statutes, the Board approved the application submitted by Rosy D. Marks, on motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried.
road & bridge department
Commr. Burhans stated that a car went through the bridge on Sunset Drive at Paisley (#5-5684) and asked the Engineer to advise whether it is the responsibility of the County to repair the bridge. The Engineer recommended that the bridge be replaced with the installation of an 8’ culvert at approximate cost of $2,500. On motion of Commr. Burhans seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board instructed the Engineer to remove the bridge and block the road on either side approaching the bridge.
It now being the time advertised to receive bids for the purchase of one new 1973 3/4 ton pickup truck, the Chairman directed the Clerk to open the bids; whereupon the following bids were received:
Cecil Clark Chevrolet, Inc. $3,210.00 30-45 days delivery
Inland Equipment Company $3,296.91 60-90 days delivery
(The Engineer stated that this bid does not meet the 350 cubic inch minimum specifications.)
D. C. Waters Ford, Inc. $3,337.15 30-60 days delivery
Bob Wade Ford, Inc. $3,372.96 approx. 5 weeks
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board referred the bids to the Engineer and Mosquito Control Director to check specifications and make recommendation to the Board.
wage and salaries
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board approved the employment of Michael Willett at an annual salary of $20,000 effective March 12, 1973, and Barbara Dorf at annual salary of $9,500 effective April 4, 1973, to fill positions at the Planning Department.
contracts and agreements
Mr. Flynn, County Planner, presented contract with City of Umatilla requesting planning assistance from Division of Community Planning, with check in the amount of $250.00, which is a retainer for planning services. On motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board authorized the Chairman to sign the contract with the City of Umatilla.
Jean Stervinou, Lykes Electronics, presented a demonstration of the Sony Video Tape Recorder and accessories. The Chairman asked Mr. Stervinou to submit a proposal on the equipment.
recess and reassembly
The Chairman announced that the Commissioners will have lunch at the Silver Lake Country Club and invited the public and press on a Dutch-treat basis. The meeting was recessed at 12:00 o’clock noon and reconvened at 1:30 o’clock P. M. to take up the remaining items of business.
schools – miscellaneous
On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Burhans and unanimously carried, the Board approved application to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind for William Derek Skipper, Minneola.
east central florida regional planning council
Clerk Watkins presented letter from the Lake County League of Cities recommending Mr. G. R. M. Pearson as the cities’ representative to the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board appointed Mr. Pearson to serve on the Council.
Mr. Watkins, Clerk, presented application from the Lake Louisa Security Patrol, Inc. for frequency coordination with letter attached from Motorola Communications and Electronics, Inc. stating that in order for this license to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission, the application must be accompanied by a statement from the Clerk stating the Lake Louisa Security Patrol has legal jurisdiction over the area to be served for fire protection. On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Burhans and unanimously carried, the Board authorized the Clerk to send a letter stating that Lake Louisa Security Patrol is a volunteer fire department and has legal jurisdiction over the area to be served.
oklawaha basin recreation & water conservation & control authority
Clerk Watkins presented request from the Oklawaha Basin Recreation and Water Conservation and Control Authority for the County sign shop to make six (6) signs to be posted by the Authority along the Palatlakaha River to help prevent the spread of underwater weeds in the river. On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Burhans and unanimously carried, the Board authorized the County sign shop to construct said signs.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Burhans and unanimously carried, the Board approved Certificates of Error and Correction on the 1972 Tax Roll, numbered 174 through 197.
Mr. Watkins, Clerk, presented request from Freida Hamilton, property owner in the Mascotte area, to purchase County clay pit located on the north side of SR 50 at Tuscanooga Road with recommendation from the County Engineer that the County not sell this property at this time. The Board instructed the Clerk to so notify Mrs. Hamilton.
Clerk Watkins presented notice from the Department of Transportation stating that public hearing will be held in DeLand on March 28, 1973, to consider road requests for Fiscal Years 73/74 through 77/78 (primary and secondary). The Board instructed the Clerk to notify the cities to submit their requests to the Board at the March 20th Board meeting.
A letter from DOT was presented regarding installation of rumble strips on S-46-A approaching SR-46. The Engineer reported that this has already been accomplished.
The Clerk presented letter from the Department of Transportation to City of Eustis advising Eustis to request the County to include a study of the interchange of SR 19 and US 441 in its 5-year work program.
bonds – miscellaneous
On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried, bonds for carrying firearms were approved for the following:
Howard H. Harris
Valentine Adams, Jr.
Tommy C. Anderson
Terry J. VanderMeer
Thomas F. McCabe
E. R. Jelsma
Marjorie C. Jelsma
Contractors’ Bonds for Certificates of Competency were approved on motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried for the following:
#298 - Jimmie Weekley dba Jimmie’s Sign Service
#440 - Norman Rivers dba River Construction Company (Pools)
#804 - A. L. Rose (Carpentry & Masonry)
#983 - Edwin S. Pratt dba Allweather, Inc.
#984 - James C. Harris III (Mechanical)
#985 - Melvin R. Schoonover (Specialty)
#986 - Paul Henderson (Carpentry)
#988 - Eugene Chiellini dba Air Specialists, Inc.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, bonds were approved for the following:
Herman D. Ledford (Deputy Sheriff)
Charles R. Griner (Deputy Sheriff)
William K. Thompson (Peace Officer for Mid-Florida Lakes Mobile Home Village)
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, bond was approved for Ned R. Richardson, Member, Northwest Lake County Hospital District.
Mr. Watkins presented property listing for the 4th and 5th floors of the Courthouse and asked direction from the Board as to who should be designated as custodian for same. The matter was referred to the County Attorney.
The Clerk read notice from the Department of Transportation advising the Board that the Department is scheduling a new bridge over the St. Johns’ River at Astor and requested the Board’s concurrence of same. On motion of Commr. Burhans seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried, the Board authorized the Clerk to notify the Department that they have no objections to this project.
The Board authorized the Clerk to make an inventory of all county-owned surplus items and bring same to the Board’s attention so they can be declared excess and sold at public auction.
county buildings & grounds
The Board authorized the County Engineer and the Clerk to check into the parking areas available for County employees around the courthouse complex.
roads – county
On recommendation of the County Engineer and on motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried, the Board adopted a Resolution establishing 25 mph speed limit on the paved portion of Fishermen’s Road and all the streets maintained by the County in the Golden Heights Subdivision. A Resolution was also adopted establishing 45 mph speed limit on SR 452, Lakeshore Drive between Tavares and Mount Dora. The Board approved the installation of a stop sign on Davenport Street at the owner’s expense.
On recommendation of the Engineer and on motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson, the Board adopted Resolution to construct Lincoln Avenue from SR 44-B to 441.
The Engineer apprised the Board that the County has been assisting the City of Umatilla in maintaining their city landfill, which is being used by County residents.
county buildings & grounds
The Engineer advised that, on request from the Clerk, the Road & Bridge prison crew has been caring for the courthouse lawn. He recommends that the care of the lawn be accomplished thru contract basis.
planning and zoning
On motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson, and unanimously carried, the Board scheduled the hearing of CUP 360-3 at 1:30 P.M. on March 20, 1973.
The Engineer informed the Board that some landfill accounts are outstanding and requested advice from the Board regarding collection of same. The matter was referred to the Attorney.
Roy Hammond, resident of Western Shores, appeared before the Board regarding the condition of roads in the Bassville Park area and requested the Board’s assistance in obtaining emergency vehicles and fire equipment for the Bassville Volunteer Fire Department.
James Riley appeared and presented a petition signed by residents of Bassville Park requesting improvements to roads in the area. Mr. Riley apprised the Board of the conditions of said roads.
Mr. Irving Olsen and Mr. Oscar Desgalier also appeared before the Board regarding the road conditions in the Bassville Park area.
Commr. Hoskinson informed the people concerned that there are many Volunteer Fire Departments in Lake County and the Board is giving them all the assistance they can. He also pointed out that the Board, in the future, hopes to have an Ordinance setting up procedures for creating Fire Districts in the County.
In regards to the road conditions, Commr. Windram stated that subdivision regulations are now in effect which require roads to be built up to County standards when a subdivision is being developed. Upon completion, the roads are then taken into the County system for maintenance. Commr. Windram further stated that in legally dedicated subdivision streets, the County can go in on a time and material basis to repair the streets at the property owners’ expense. He also explained that the residents could petition the Board for improving the roads, provided that 75 percent of the residents representing at least 75 percent of the front footage along the road sign the petition. This work would also be done at the owners’ expense.
The Chairman asked that the residents of the Bassville Park area get together to decide which roads in the area need improvement the most and then approach the County Engineer with their requests to improve the roads at the expense of the property owners adjacent to the roads being improved.
J. M. Sparks appeared before the Board asking the County to deed to him the abandoned clay pit in the Picciola area which is adjacent to his property. The County Attorney explained the Board’s policy in disposing of County property. The matter was referred to the Engineer to obtain an opinion of value on this property.
suits affecting county
Mr. Ford, County Attorney, advised the Board that, in regards to the McKinney Tax Suit, Sayford is unable to start the appraisal for at least six weeks, so Mr. Stephens, Tax Assessor, is proceeding with the appraisal work. The Attorney informed the Board that the Notice of Appeal has been filed.
clerk of the circuit court
Mr. Watkins apprised the Board that he is planning to departmentalize the Clerk’s Office into three basic departments (Law, County Records and Board of County Commissioners’ Administration), and requested permission of the Board to reassign spaces within the space presently allocated for the Clerk’s Office.
resolutions not classified elsewhere
On motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and unanimously carried, the Board adopted a Resolution to the Southwest Florida Water Management District to approve the plan submitted by the Lake County Pollution Control Officer for the owners of a proposed mobile home subdivision, located south of Helena Run and west of the Palatlakaha River, to donate 84 acres of land to the Audubon Society in return for permission to fill 12.5 acres of the remaining land.
roads – state
On recommendation of the County Engineer and on motion of Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board adopted a Resolution to re-designate the southerly extension of Kurt Street as SR 19-A.
The Chairman presented letter from Engineering Consultant for the City of Groveland regarding the proposed sewerage program for the City of Groveland. The letter was referred to the Pollution Control Officer.
Letter from Teleci, Inc., telephone sales, installation and service, was read and referred to the Tax Collector.
Commr. Hoskinson informed the Board of letter from Harry Leimke protesting the article in the Lake Sentinel regarding mobile homes in Lake County.
The Chairman read letter from the Office of the Governor regarding Federal Revenue Sharing Funds. The letter was referred to the Clerk.
Chairman read letter from the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce thanking the Board for its efforts in obtaining acceleration and deceleration lanes at the Leesburg Welcome Station.
Clerk read Notice from the Public Service Commission regarding cancellation of Certificate No. 1075 held by Lake County Economic Opportunity Inc. for failure to have evidence of public liability and property damage insurance on file with the Commission.
Notice from Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic regarding use of military helicopters and medics used to transport civilian medical emergencies was read and referred to the Civil Defense Director.
Application before the Federal Communications Commission by Teleprompter of Florida, Inc. for Certificate of Compliance for operation of a cable television system in South Lake County was read and referred to the County Attorney.
The following reports were filed with the Board:
Detention Inspection Report – Lake County Juvenile Detention Home, dated February 20, 1973
Report on Junk Cars/Trucks, dated February 28, 1973
Building Permit Activity Report, dated February 1973
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board approved purchase of four mats to be used in dragline work in Mosquito Control Department from Fuqua Sawmill, Ocala, in amount of $145.00 each.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board approved purchase of radio at State price for the new car purchased for the Planning Director.
Travel expenses for Fred Bollenberg to attend Civil Defense Conference in Thomasville, Georgia, on May 21-25, 1973, were approved on motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr Burhans and unanimously carried.
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board approved travel for Mr. Flynn and Commissioner to attend Conference on State Housing Goals in Orlando on March 15, 1973.
Travel expenses were approved for Mr. Flynn to attend the National Convention of Planners in Los Angeles, California on April 7-12, 1973, on motion of Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried. Commr. Burhans voted “no.”
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, travel was approved for the County Engineer and Commissioners to attend seminar on sanitary landfills in Orlando on March 26-28, 1973.
funds – transfers
On motion of Commr. Hoskinson seconded by Commr. Windram and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following funds transfer:
Transfer $639.94 from Acct. #4210201-2; $1,337.00 from Acct. #4210338-2; $2,260.00 from Acct. # 4210341-2; and $70.00 from Acct. #4210340-2 to Acct. #4210402-2.
Transfer $3,768.67 to Acct. #4210204-1; $4,865.94 to Acct. #4210338-1; $1,805.39 to Acct. #4210105-2 from Acct. #4210105-1.
Transfer $240.00 to Acct. #4210102-2; $2,246.61 to Acct. #4210105-2; $2,210.00 to Acct. #4210204-2; $108.22 to Acct. #4210205-2; $300.00 to Acct. #4210328-2; $1,320.11 to Acct. #4210334-2; $7,025.06 to Acct. #4210402-2; $3,622.00 to Acct. #4210105-3 and $3,878.00 to Acct. # 4210204-3 from Acct. #4210402-1.
Transfer $61.78 from Acct #4210207-1 to Acct. #4210205-2.
Transfer $250.00 from Acct. #4210334-1 to Acct. #4210330-2.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 4:30 o’clock p.m.