JULY 10, 1973

The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, convened in regular session Tuesday, July 10, 1973, in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse Tavares, Florida, at 9:00 o’clock A.M. with the following members present:  C. A. Deems, Chairman; James R. Carson, Jr., Thomas J. Windram, J. M. Hoskinson and Glenn C. Burhans.  Others present were:  James C. Watkins, Clerk of Circuit Court; Fred M. Harpster, County Engineer; Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; and Norma H. Coven, Deputy Clerk.

The Chairman called the meeting to order and the invocation was given by Commr. Hoskinson.  The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited.

outdoor recreational facilities

Commr. Burhans reported that a new baseball diamond is being built in Umatilla which needs grading.  Approval was given for this work on motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously.

Commr. Burhans presented a request to clean up Dona Vista Park and place a garbage receptacle in same.  This was approved on motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously.


The Board approved the following change to the indigent list:

            District #3       Cancel Gloria Meadows         $50.00

roads – county

Commr. Burhans stated that the residents along County Road 5-58375 want the name Altoona road added to the number.  This was approved on motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously.


On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the following bonds were approved:

            James C. Watkins, Secretary-Treasurer, Oklawaha Basin recreation and Water Conservation and Control, Bond #111-398


            Marie B. Bowden, Member, Board of Trustees, Lake-Sumter Community College


The following bonds for carrying firearms were approved on motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously:

            Homer Ison                             Mary D. Ison

On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans, and carried unanimously, the following contractor’s bond was approved:

            Bond #303-73                         Les Arnold


The County Planner requested that the zoning fee be reimbursed to Mr. Bielski since his application was withdrawn.  This was disallowed on motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously.


A request from the County Extension Director to remove from inventory 1 Geha Mimeograph machine, No. 631, and 1 Royal manual typewriter, No. 800, and include same in the items that are to be auctioned off was approved.


Clerk Watkins spoke regarding a request from Knight Security for seven bonds to carry firearms.  Since none of the individuals was known to the Board, the bonds were referred to the Sheriff’s department for investigation and future report to the Board.

county employees

Requests for vacation leave were presented by the following:

            Mr. and Mrs. Boyd                             July 23-August 6

            Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Taylor                  August 10-August 24


The Chairman referred these to Mrs. Hand for approval.


A letter from Knight Appraisal Services, Inc. was read stating that they are going to appraise property located in the Green Swamp area of Lake County on Tuesday, July 10, 1973.

A letter from Senator Lawton Chiles concerning the Pinecastle Electronic Warfare Range was read and filed.

tax assessments

The Tax Collector appeared and presented his recapitulation of errors, discounts, insolvencies, and double assessments on tangibles and real estate against the 1972 tax roll.  These were approved on motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously.

laws and legislature

Representative Richard H. Langley appeared and spoke on House Bill 93 pertaining to covers on sand trucks.  Public hearings will be held sometime in the fall by the Public Service Commission.  Rep. Langley requested that the Board adopt an Ordinance requiring that all trucks traveling through the County be covered with tarpaulins or other suitable equipment approved by the Department of Transportation.  The Pinellas County Ordinance regarding covered trucks has been upheld in Court.  The Chairman requested Rep. Langley to furnish the Attorney with a copy of this Ordinance and, also, a copy of the original bill.

state agencies

Mr. Larry Van Hoose, Box 212, Altoona, Florida, appeared representing the Organized Fisherman of Florida.  This group is opposing the recommendation of the Lake County Improvement Association to remove catfish from the lakes with haul nets or seines.  He is interested in using wire catfish traps that rest on the bottoms of lakes.  The Chairman invited Mr. Van Hoose to make an appointment to appear before the Board along with some of the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission people.

Contract Change Notice Number One has been prepared to reflect agreements reached between Carter Associates and the Lake County Ad Hoc Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.  The Agreement extends the planning period to the end of 1980.  It is Mr. Carter’s declared intention, however, that there will be no further charges to the County for the extension of the planning period.  This was approved on motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously.

road maintenance – subdivisions

The Engineer presented a deed for Donald Road, in the Western Shores area.  Authorization for grading of same was given on motion of Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously.

The Engineer said that he had received a request from Mrs. Mastak, of Springs Bath and Yacht Club, to improve Canal Drive on a participating basis, to meet County standards and be brought into the maintained system.  The Board authorized the Engineer to prepare a cost estimate on motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously.

The Engineer reported that he had worked up a cost estimate in the amount of $1,902.00 for resurfacing Sunset Circle in Gertrude Manor on a participating basis.  The work was approved on motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously.  Commr. Windram moved that the road be taken into the maintained system when the work is completed.  The motion was seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously.


The Engineer filed reports as listed on his agenda.

recess and reassembly

The Chairman announced that the Board members will have lunch at the Silver Lake Country Club and invited members of the Press and public to join them on a Dutch-treat basis.  The meeting adjourned for lunch at 12:00 noon and reconvened at 1:30 o’clock P.M. to take up the remaining items of business.

maps and plats

The Engineer stated that he had received a telephone call from Mr. Van, Developer, authorizing Hall-Farner Surveyors to proceed with the preparation of the assessor’s map of the unrecorded plat of Sunset Grove.


Mr. Chuck Braun, Environmental Design Group, appeared with a revised drawing of the Courthouse complex which will accompany proposal #4.  Before any design for new buildings can be approved, the first step to take will be the closing of Texas Avenue.  An appointment will be made for Commr. Carson to meet with the City of Tavares Council to discuss the closing on July 18, 1973.

accounts allowed

On motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the Board approved travel expenses for the Engineer to attend Department of Transportation District 5 Conference, Ormond Beach, July 10th and 11th.

Judge Milton’s request for reimbursement for travel expenses to Duck Key was referred to Judge Aulls.

On motion of Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Burhans, the following expenditures were approved for payment:

The following items for Mosquito Control:

1 – 30 in. Emerson shop fan                                                                    $97.60

1 – 25 HP electric start outboard motor                                                  450.00

1 – Remote radio control                                                                         205.00

2 – Neptune Meters                                                                                  240.00

(The requested file cabinet will come from inventory)


Annual Payment on Shoup Voting Machine Contract -                     $7,736.70

Medicaid for May -                                                                             $5,892.95

Travel expense for Doris L. Milligan – Extension

            Homemaker Council, Gainesville, FL – July 9-13

Travel Expense for Supervisor of Elections to attend

            Supervisors’ Convention – Pensacola, FL –

            August 1-4


On motion of Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the following vouchers were approved for payment:

General Revenue Fund                       1983 – 2185

State I Mosquito                                 2 & 3

Auto Inspection                                  187 – 206

Fine & Forfeiture                               301 – 335

Road & Bridge                                   860 – 952

Capital Outlay Reserve

  (County Buildings)                           6

Fish Conservation Fund                     13 & 14

NE District Hospital Ambulance       13

NW District Hospital Ambulance      13


checks received

On motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Carson, the following checks were accepted:

            $35.00 – improving Donald Road and Linda Lane – Western Shores

            $1,268.00 – improving Sunset Circle – Gertrude Manor


beverage laws

Commr. Burhans presented a request from the Forest Hills Grocery in Paisley to sell beer on Sunday.  This was referred to the Attorney to check the Ordinance, because this business may be in a recreational area which would permit Sunday beer sales.


The Attorney presented a Quitclaim Deed to the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund on property erroneously deeded to the County.  The Chairman was authorized to sign the deed on motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously.

road closings

On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the advertisement of petition to vacate Mary Street in Breezy Heights was approved.

planning and zoning

The County Planner submitted a revised zoning application form for the Board to approve so that his department can put it into use as soon as possible.  Commr. Burhans moved that the form be accepted subject to the Attorney’s approval, and with the addition of a paragraph for the owner’s notarized signature.


Roy Moore, of Leesburg Insurance Agency appeared in regard to Workmen’s Compensation.  He wanted to know why the bid was given to Nationwide because he felt that his company’s bid was low.


It now being the time advertised to receive bids on a reader-printer for the Engineering and Planning and Zoning Departments, the Chairman directed the Clerk to open and tabulate bids, whereupon the following bids were received:

Lanier Business Products                             $2,550.00

Eastman Kodak                                              6,545.00


On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously, the bids were referred to the Engineer and the Planner for study and recommendation.

road maintenance

The Engineer announced a request from the Department of Transportation for a list of roads improved from 1970 through 1973 by name, number and cost.  Each Board member is to be provided with a copy of this list.

autos and trucks

Commr. Hoskinson spoke regarding the cost of disposing of junk cars.  The Board discussed increasing the contract with Triangle Auto and Salvage by budgeting $16,500.00 for this in the next Fiscal Year.

licenses and permits

On motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Hoskinson and carried unanimously, the Board approved the following use permits filed by the Engineer for the month of June 1973:






Florida Telephone

Aerial Wire



Florida Telephone

Aerial Cable



Florida Telephone

Aerial Cable



Florida Telephone

Buried & Aerial Cable



Bay Lake Baptist Church




Florida Power

Aerial Electric Line



Florida Power

Aerial Electric Line



Florida Telephone

Buried Cable



Florida Telephone

Florida Power

Buried Cable

Aerial Electric Line




Florida Telephone

Buried Cable




                                                DRIVEWAY PERMITS


            Charles W. Lewis                                           Griffin View Road

            Alfred L. Wilcox                                            3-1040 Lakeshore Drive

            Bel-Aire Homes, Inc.                                     1-6304

            Stephen C. Vaughn                                         Lakeshore Drive (Mt. Dora)

            Stephen C. Vaughn                                         Sylvan Drive

            Kile L. Creagh                                                452

            Jack Allen                                                       Griffin Drive

            Sam Hawcock                                                 Wacassa Trail

            Parkwood Construction Company                 5-7264

            Gwyn C. Beshears                                          Nocatee Trail

            Bel Aire Homes, Inc.                                      1-6304

            John E. Smith                                                 4-5467

            Bob Carbaugh Builders                                  473


There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 3:40 o’clock p.m.



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CLERK                                                                                                                                               chairman