A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
JANUARY 2, 1974
A regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners was held on Wednesday, January 2, 1974 at 9:00 in the forenoon, in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida.
The Chairman called the meeting to order with the following members present: James R. Carson, Jr., Chairman; C.A. Deems; Thomas J. Windram; Glenn C. Burhans; and J.M. Hoskinson. Others present were: James C. Watkins, Clerk; Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; Norma Coven and Debby Potter, Deputy Clerks.
The Invocation was given by James C. Watkins, who also led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
James C. Watkins was instructed to check with the Seaboard Coastline Railroad to see if the County can lease or buy the land that is presently being used as a dog pound for the Sheriff’s dogs.
road and bridge department
The Chairman requested Commr. Windram to confer with Miss Hester and Larry Morey concerning a four day week, 10 hour day for the Road and Bridge Department.
Larry Morey, Acting Engineer, appeared and asked for instructions concerning the culvert to be installed under County Road 5-8688. He was instructed to write the interested parties and let them know they have until the end of January to have on deposit with the Board the difference between the cost of the 4’ and 8’ culvert.
bonds – miscellaneous
On the motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, fire arm bonds were approved for the following:
Lester I. Wheeler
Grier C. Buckingham
John C. York
Robert C. Granger, Jr.
Robert C. Granger, Sr.
George W. Weathers
On the motion of Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, contractor bonds for Certificates of Competency were approved for the following:
#25 – Jack W. Stoodt (Electrical – Renewal)
#581 – Wayne R. Ausmus dba Sun Mark Constructors, Inc.
(Structural Concrete & Masonry – Renewal)
#197 – L. L. Coven (General – Renewal)
#1134 – Francis H. Gould (General)
#1135 – Charles C. Iden (Building Class B)
#1137 – Jerry Lamar Wilbanks (Interior & Exterior Decorator)
#1138 – Charles L. Anthony (Specialty)
#1139 – Richard W. Weber, Jr. dba Rick Weber Painting
#1140 – Robert L. Hamel dba Hamel, Inc. (Mobile Homes)
roads – state
Commr. Carson received a letter from the Department of Transportation concerning the following roads:
Grizzard Avenue and US 441 – traffic counts taken indicate insufficient volume to warrant a crossover on US 441.
US 441 East of Leesburg at Royal Industries – crossover modifications that the County requested will cost approximately $5,000.00.
S-466A and US 441 in Fruitland Park – cost of acceleration and deceleration lanes will be approximately $6,000.00.
On the motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, a resolution was sent to DOT requesting the acceleration and deceleration lanes at S-466A and US 441 be constructed.
The Clerk read a letter from DOT concerning a Highway Design Public Hearing on SR 50 between SR 561 and Orange County line. The hearing will be at the Jenkins Auditorium, Clermont, January 23, 1974, at 7:00 p.m.
The Clerk read a letter from DOT concerning a Highway Design Public Hearing on SR 44 from SR 468 to SR 25. The hearing will be at the Leesburg Community Center on February 6, 1974, at 7:00 p.m.
The Clerk read the notice from the Corps of Engineers that Florida Telephone Corporation has applied for a permit to construct buried cable under the Dora Canal. It was read and filed.
On the motion of Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, Lance James Rosengrant was approved to enter the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.
The Clerk read a letter from the Division of Health concerning the $18,000.00 grant for the Emergency Medical Services Project contingent upon the Chairman and Clerks signature. On the motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the agreement was approved and the Clerk and Chairman were authorized to sign same.
The Board received a resolution from Pinellas County requesting the funding of the District Medical Officer be by the State.
The Board read and filed the annual audit for Leesburg General Hospital Association for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1973, and Northwest Lake County Hospital District for the period of June 30 to September 30, 1973.
The Clerk read a letter from the Jacksonville Fire Equipment Company, Inc. regarding firefighting equipment. It was read and filed.
The Clerk read a letter from Leesburg Cablevision, Inc. indicating they have added the following signals to its cablevision system operating in Lake County:
Channel 44 WTOG
Channel 35 WSWB
Commr. Deems read a letter from the Department of Community Affairs regarding the appointment of a Coordinator for fuel allocation. It was read and filed.
The Board discussed the drilling in the Ocala National Forest. Bill Hennessey appeared and gave a summary of the Environmental Statement on the proposed oil and gas operations in the Ocala Forest.
On the motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, Mr. Hennessey was requested to attend the public hearing on this matter in Ocala on January 8, 9, and 10, 1974.
contracts and agreements
Mr. Lennon appeared regarding the amendment to his contract with the County. He would like a year to year contract with renegotiation annually. On the motion of Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, a contract was approved for one additional year at $3,200.00 a month.
The Board recessed for lunch at 11:30 a.m. The Commissioners will have lunch at the Silver Lake Country Club and the press and public are invited on a dutch treat basis. The meeting reconvened at 1:30 p.m.
maps and plats
Dick Langley presented the plat of The Hill Subdivision for recording. The Board received letters from the County Attorney, the Acting Engineer, Acting Director of Pollution Control, stating the plat meets with their approval. The Acting Engineer reported the County Planner had approved and signed the plat.
On the motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the plat was accepted and approved for recording, and the Chairman and Clerk were authorized to sign the plat.
The assessors’ plat of Sunset Groves was presented for recording.
Richard Lind appeared asking for information regarding the plat.
On the motion of Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the plat of Sunset Groves was approved and accepted for recording.
On the motion of Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the meeting adjourned at 1:50 p.m. for a work session for the purpose of interviewing two applicants for the position of Director of Public Works.
The meeting reconvened at 3:30 p.m.
planning and zoning
Commr. Hoskinson, the County Attorney, and representatives from Major Realty and Seminole County met at the Mission Inn for lunch and to discuss the Three Rivers Project.
Commr. Hoskinson reported to the Board that Seminole County has several points of concern about this project. They are summarized as follows:
The transportation impact of the development would be very heavy in Seminole County.
Concern was expressed about the impact of the proposed development on the possible designation of the Wekiva River as a wild and scenic river by the State Department of Natural Resources. Also, clarification of the 200 foot setback to be measured from the waterline of the Wekiva River.
The time periods for development and the degree of impact for each time period should be more clearly identified.
Salt water intrusion problems may exist along the Wekiva River because of the large potable water supply that would be needed to support the development.
Representatives from Seminole County will be present at the special meeting concerning the Three Rivers Project on Monday, January 7, 1974.
The Clerk read a letter from Geiger, Holstein, Church, Inc., returning a dividend check in the amount of $2,009.00 under Workman’s Compensation Policy for the period 7-5-72 to 7-5-73.
Mike Willett, County Planner, presented a request for Fred Bollenburg to travel to Fort Walton Beach to attend the Annual Mid-Winter Conference of Department of Florida Disabled American Veterans to be held on January 11-13, 1974. The cost will be approximately $181.65. On the motion of Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the request was denied.
There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m.
JAMES R. CARSON, JR., CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK