MAY 23, 1973

The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, convened in special session in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse Tavares, Florida, at 1:30 P.M. on May 23, 1973, to consider CUP for Royal Palm Beach Colony, Inc. and any other business which may be brought before the Board.

The Chairman called the meeting to order with the following members present:  C. A. Deems, Chairman; James R. Carson, Jr.; J. M. Hoskinson; Thomas J. Windram, Glenn C. Burhans.  Others present were:  James C. Watkins, Clerk of Circuit Court; Joseph E. Flynn, County Planning Director; Phil Edwards, County Pollution Control Director; and Norma H. Coven, Deputy Clerk.


The Chairman spoke regarding a request from the O.E.O. concerning the Summer Youth Program for children from low-income families.  Jack Milligan appeared and explained the program, and advised that the School Board does intend to sponsor the program again this year.  F. W. Hinson told the Board that the O.E.O. is interested only in seeing that the County does not lose out on any of the available slots.  The Chairman requested that Mr. Milligan and Mr. Hinson get together and work on this.

state agencies

The Chairman introduced Mr. Minietta of the Youth Programs, Inc., to explain the programs they have initiated in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter Counties.  If the Board approves a similar program for Lake County, it will relieve the overcrowded conditions at the Juvenile Shelter.  There will be $11,250.00 available from LEAA and Lake County is to match this with 25% or $3,750.00.  This money will be used as a salary for a full-time individual who will recruit volunteer counselors throughout the County.  As the funds are to be taken from fallout money for 1972 and are to be allocated May 24th, Mr. Minietta requested an immediate letter of intent from the Lake County Board.  It was moved by Commr. Hoskinson and seconded by Commr. Carson to use a suggested draft of a letter of intent from Youth Programs, Inc. with some changes recommended by the County Attorney.  The motion was carried unanimously.

The County Planning Director submitted a memo to the Board of the material presented by the consultants contacted by the County in reference to the LEAA five-year Criminal Justice Plan.  The Board agreed to study available information and called a special meeting for May 29th, at 1:30 P.M. to make their final decision on the firm to be chosen.

planning and zoning

The County Planning Director appeared in regard to CUP 400-5 for Royal Trails Development.  The Planning Director for Royal Palm Beach Colony, Inc. explained the concept for developing the project.  The Board asked Palm Beach to submit plans for a staged central water system.  Palm Beach agreed to study the matter and will ask for another meeting when they have assembled pertinent material.

county roads

The Engineer has requested that Mt. Vernon St. be rebuilt because of drainage problems caused by Berkshire Road.  Commr. Windram moved that this be done, Commr. Burhans seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.

accounts allowed

The County Planning Director presented proposals on two 22” black and white TV sets.  On motion of Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board authorized the purchase of two sets for the price of $350.00 from Champion
TV Sales and Service, Mt. Dora.

leases – county property

Commr. Hoskinson reported the City of Astatula would like a long-term lease on County property which they wish to use as a baseball diamond for the children.  It was moved by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously to give a twenty year lease to Astatula and to retain the County’s right to dig fill-dirt from this property.

county employees

On motion of Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, Glenn Y. Middleton was chosen for the position of Building Official to begin as soon as possible.  It was moved by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, to transfer funds from contingency to 3440102-5A, Salary for Building Official.  The amount transferred will be $4,500.00 for four months, based on a $12,000.00 per year salary.

autos and trucks

Bill Henderson appeared and stated that Gene Smith is planning to buy a disposal system for cars and tin.  It will crush both and load on a rail car.  Mr. Smith wants a contract with the County for $5.00 per ton to dispose of these scrap metals.  The Board agreed to look into the matter.


Commr. Carson reported that the City of Tavares is planning for the second phase of the sewage distribution pickup line and may be able to serve the Courthouse sometime soon.  Commr. Carson said the County must consider setting aside in the budget for next year enough funds to pay for the per front foot assessments and hookup fees that will be required of the County.

There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 4:45 o’clock P.M.


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CLERK                                                                                                                                                                       chairman