july 19, 1973

The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, convened in special session in the Commissioners’ Room, Thursday, July 19, 1973 at 1:30 in the afternoon for the purpose of considering the Sheriff’s Budget 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; J. M. Hoskinson; Glenn C. Burhans; James R. Carson, Jr.; and Thomas J. Windram.  Others present were:  James C. Watkins, Clerk of Circuit Court; David Cauthen representing the County Attorney; Doris Babb, Financial Officer; and Norma H. Coven, Deputy Clerk.


Commr. Carson moved that the Board write to the SCL RR Co. advising that the County is no longer interested in purchasing railroad right of way from Leesburg to Fort Mason since much of the right of way has already been acquired by others.  The motion was seconded by Commr. Burhans and unanimously carried.


Commr. Hoskinson remarked he was informed at the ECFRPC meeting there was a bill passed by the Legislature to the effect that all office holders must file a disclosure of their financial assets and investments, and Mr. Ford is attempting to obtain a copy of the bill.


Commr. Windram reiterated it is the opinion that it will be extremely difficult to finalize this budget without the Sheriff’s presence and suggested that he be informed that the Board is meeting at this time and ask him to appear.  Clerk Watkins left the room to extend another invitation to Sheriff Bliss to come to the hearing, and upon his return reported the Sheriff has not returned from his previous appointment and left word with his secretary to advise him upon his return of the Board’s request.

Chairman Deems suggested that the Commissioners consider the Judges’ budgets at this time and give Sheriff Bliss the opportunity to appear later on today.

In addition to the Judges’ budgets, the Board discussed personnel allowed in the Planning Depts. And Building Depts., and when it was apparent the Sheriff was not going to appear, the Attorney was instructed to write the Sheriff asking that he appear before the Board either July 27th or July 31st in order that his budget may be finalized before the statutory time expires.

There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 3:40 in the afternoon.