JANUARY 31, 1974

A special meeting of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners was called for January 31, 1974 at 9:00 o’clock in the forenoon, in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, for the purpose of meeting with the Department of Transportation regarding a functional adjustment to the State Primary Road system, implementation of policies and definitions and anything else that may be brought before the Board.

The Chairman called the meeting to order with the following members present:  James R. Carson, Jr., Chairman; C.A. Deems; J.M. Hoskinson, Thomas J. Windram, and Glenn C. Burhans.  Others present were:  James C. Watkins, Clerk; Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; Norma Coven and Debby Potter, Deputies Clerk; Michael Willett, Acting County Planner; Al Ponds, Road Superintendent; Larry Morey, Acting Engineer.

The Invocation was given by James C. Watkins, who also led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Roads – state

The Chairman

 stated that this meeting was called by Mr. Fish, of the Department of Transportation (DOT), to present a program regarding reassignment of State Primary Highways.  George Smith, of DOT, was present also.  Mr. Smith discussed Chapter 335 of the Florida Highway Code limiting primary roads to 11,300 miles.  Mr. Fish stated that 106.6 miles of primary roads will be turned over to the County for maintenance.

The review committee will recommend the roads being deleted be brought up to County standards before being turned over to the County.

Mr. Fish presented maps of the primary roads to be deleted and left a copy of the map with the Board.

Mr. Fish discussed the proposed construction of State Road 452 from SR 19 to SR 44A.  He also recommended the board request the widening and resurfacing of SR 44A exclusive of the Black Water Bridge.

The Board will send DOT its recommendations and a public hearing will be set up in five to six weeks.

Recess and assembly

The meeting recessed at 12:20 p.m. and the Chairman announced the Commissioners will have lunch at Fiesta Restaurant and the press and public are invited on a dutch-treat basis.  The meeting reconvened at 1:30 p.m.

County engineer

The Board discussed the applications received for the position of Director of Public Works.  After discussion the Clerk was instructed to notify Michael F. Donoghue and Andrew J. Murray to come in for an interview.


Commr. Burhans reported on the animal shelter.  It should be ready for occupancy by next week.  On the motion of Commr. Hoskinson, seconded by Commr. Windram, and carried unanimously, the Clerk was authorized to check into used furnishings for the animal shelter and to get quotes on new furniture.

Road and bridge department

The Board discussed the gasoline allotment and approved the purchase of gas from retail dealers early in the month.


There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.




james r. carson, jr., chairman



James C. Watkins, Clerk