A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
DECEMBER 30, 1974
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in Special Session on December 30, 1974 at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida to open bids for Liability Insurance and to approve the final budget for the 1974-1975 Fiscal Year. Members present were: J. M. Hoskinson, Chairman, C. A. Deems, T. J. Windram, James R. Carson, Jr., and Glenn C. Burhans. Others present were: James C. Watkins, Clerk and Andrea Gambrell, Deputy Clerk.
The Invocation was given by Commr. Burhans and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commr. Hoskinson.
The Chairman announced that the advertised time had arrived to open bids for County Liability Insurance. The Clerk read the proof of publication and read the bids as follows:
HOLSTEIN, CHURCH & PICKERING, INC. No Bid
LASSITER-WARE INC. $100,000 Single Limit $9,305.00 No deductible
$300,000 Single Limit $10,792.00 No deductible
Discussion was held with regards to the insurance companies being able to bid on the type of coverage that is outlined by the State. On a motion by Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the Board postponed action on these bids until 10:30 A.M. because the Board requested guidance by the County Attorney who was not present at this time.
At 10:15 A.M. the Chairman stated that the advertised time had arrived for the approval of the final budget for the 1974-1975 Fiscal Year. The Clerk read the proof of publication. The Chairman requested the Clerk to read the millages as previously set by the Board.
On a motion by Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board changed the millage of the Northeast Lake County Hospital (Ambulance) District from .2506 to .2500.
On a motion by Commr. Windram seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried, the Board adopted a resolution and authorized the Chairman to sign the resolution approving the .2500 mills for the Northeast Lake County Hospital (Ambulance) District.
No one was present at this special meeting to appear before the Board with regards to the County Budget.
On a motion by Commr Carson seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board approved the millage for Lake County be set at 2.5500 mills and that the Northwest Lake County Hospital (Ambulance) District be set at .4200 mills.
On a motion by Commr. Carson seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board adopted the Budget for the 1974-1975 Fiscal Year as advertised.
Mr. T. C. Hanson of Lady Lake appeared before the Board to discuss with the Board his objections to the operations of the Leesburg General Hospital.
At 10:25 A.M. the County Attorney arrived for the Special Meeting.
At 10:35 A.M. the Board discussed with the County Attorney the Bids received for Liability Insurance. Mr. Ford stated that the County should be covered with some sort of insurance by January 1, 1975. He stated that the Bid received from Lassiter Ware exceeded the specifications and, therefore, could be accepted. However, he suggested that the Clerk’s office obtain oral quotations from the other insurance agencies for the type of insurance coverage that Lassiter Ware is offering.
Mr. Ted Ostrander, Jr., of Lassiter Ware stated that he was present at the bidding of the School Board Liability Insurance and that he and Mr. Church represented all the companies that submitted bids to the School Board. Mr. Ford stated that in view of this information it would be fruitless to call the other insurance agencies to obtain oral quotations.
On a motion by Commr. Carson seconded by Commr. Deems the Board accepted the Liability Insurance Bid of Lassiter-Ware at an annual premium of $9,305.00.
Discussion was held as to small difference in price between the $300,000 coverage and the $100,000 coverage. Mr. Ford stated that it would be advisable to be covered for $300,000.
In view of the discussion Commr. Carson withdrew his motion and Commr. Deems withdrew his second.
On a motion by Commr Carson seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board awarded the Liability Insurance Bid to Lassiter-Ware for $300,000 coverage at an annual premium of $10,792.00 effective January 1, 1975.
There being no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.
J. M. HOSKINSON, chairman
James C. Watkins, Clerk