march 24, 1975

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners convened in special session on Monday, March 24, 1975, at 9:00 a.m., in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida to discuss the 9-1-1 Statewide Emergency Telephone Number.  Present were:  J. M. Hoskinson, Chairman; Thomas J. Windram; C.A. Deems; Glenn C. Burhans; and James R. Carson, Jr.  Others present were: James C. Watkins, Clerk; Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; and Andrea Gambrell, Deputy Clerk.

public health

Mr. William W. Van Landingham from the Division of Communications in Tallahassee was present as well as representatives from the Florida Telephone Company, various municipalities, and Volunteer Fire Departments.

Mr. Van Landingham briefed those present through the medium of a slide presentation about the operational concept of the 9-1-1 Phone System.  Discussion was held as to the implementation cost of this system, where the 9-1-1 center would be located, where and when to use the Direct Dispatch System, Call Transfer System and Message Relay System.

It was suggested that a committee be formed to accumulate information and data to organize a 9-1-1 Phone System that would fit the needs of Lake County.  Mr. Van Landingham stated that his office would be available for the writing of the 9-1-1 Plan.

Discussion was held as to what agencies would comprise the above mentioned committee.  It was decided that the committee would contain a representative from the Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Medical Services Council, a representative from the large and small municipality, a member of the Lake County Fire Chief’s Association, and a County representative.  There will be a representative from the Florida Telephone Company who will serve on the committee as an advisor.

It was stated that this committee would report its recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners who will either accept or reject the proposed plan.

A list of those attending the meeting is on file in the Office of the Board of County Commissioners.


Mr. Erwin Barwick, Councilman from the City of Groveland, appeared before the Board and requested assistance from the County in repainting the lines on a recently resurfaced public tennis court in Groveland.  On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board approved for the Public Works Department to cooperate with the City of Groveland in the repainting of the lines at the public tennis court.

accounts allowed

On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, travel was approved for Mary Hamner and Doris Maynard to attend a seminar on Stroke and Related Problems in Savannah, Georgia from March 27-28, 1975.


Commr. Deems reported to the Board that progress is being made regarding the moving of the Duncan Building and will supply the Board with detailed information as soon as the arrangements are finalized.


Mr. Ford, County Attorney, stated that he had received a contract from Mr. Glenn Faircloth designating the State Employment Service, Department of Commerce as the agent to handle the CETA funds for the County.  Mr. Ford stated that he would like to study this contract in more detail and will bring it back to the Board on its meeting of April 1, 1975.

property appraiser

Commr. Hoskinson stated that the Tax Assessor had requested that the Board approve Certificates of Error and Correction 04151-04200 on the 1974 Tax Rolls.  Discussion was held regarding the certificates which would increase the assessment of a particular piece of property.

On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Certificates of Error and Correction as presented to the Board with the exception of Certificates 04152 and 04153.  The Board requested that Mr. Donald Stephens, Lake County Property Appraiser, appear before the Board at its next meeting to explain the increased assessments.

There being no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 11:55 a.m.


J.M. Hoskinson, chairman



James C. Watkins, Clerk