april 22, 1975

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners convened in special session on Tuesday, April 22, 1975, at 9:00 a.m. to hold a public DRI Hearing on the proposed Leesburg Shopping Mall and to negotiate a contract with one of the three consultant engineering firms selected to complete the 201 Grant Application for Lake County.  Present were:  J. M. Hoskinson, Chairman; Thomas J. Windram; C.A. “Lex” 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.

planning and zoning

Mr. Stephen Provost of the Environmental Design Group in Orlando appeared representing the Developer, Bill McCabe.

Mr. Provost briefed the Board on the concept of the Mall, the two phase development plan, storm water retention, and the improvements they would make to the existing roads for proper entry to the Mall.

Mr. Robert Tuller, resident of Lake County, stated that when urbanizing this area, the Master Land Use Plan submitted by King Helie should be taken into consideration.  At this time, Commr. Hoskinson stated that according to the Master Land Use Plan, urbanization of this type is advocated rather than scattered urbanization.

Mr. Lloyd Hickman and Francis Lumus, both residents of Lake County that live near the proposed site, stated they felt this would be an asset to Lake County and its citizens.

On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board approved the concept of DRI 675-3 and approved for a development permit to be issued subject to the conditions as outlined and in compliance with the CP Zoning Regulations of Lake County.

contracts and agreements

Mr. Walter L. Revell, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Post, Buckley, Shuh & Jernigan, Inc., appeared for the purpose of negotiating a contract with Lake County for the completion of the 201 Grant Application.

The Contract drawn by Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan was presented to the Board.  Discussion was held and major changes were made in the document.  Due to major changes, the Board requested the Contract be resubmitted as mended before final execution of the document.  Therefore, the Board recessed until April 23, 1975 at 3:00 p.m., at which time the amended contract will be presented to the Board for signature.

On Wednesday, April 23, 1975 at 3:10 p.m., the meeting was called to order by the Chairman.  Mr. Ford, County Attorney, presented the amended contract between Lake County and Post, Buckley, Shuh & Jernigan, Inc.  On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board selected the consultant engineering firm of Post, Buckley, Shuh & Jernigan, Inc. to complete Lake County’s 201 Grant Application and authorized the Chairman to sign the amended contract as submitted by the County Attorney.  The negotiations for the selection of a consultant engineering firm were conducted in accordance with the Negotiations Act as passed by the Florida Legislature.


At this time, Mr. Ford reminded the Board that it had scheduled the acceptance of sealed bids for a bulldozer on May 20, 1975 at 9:30 a.m.  He suggested due to the fact that the meeting had been changed to Friday, May 23, 1975, the Board designate the Clerk to receive sealed bids and have them placed in a sealed envelope to be opened by the Board on Friday at 9:30 a.m.

On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the foregoing procedure as recommended by the County Attorney was approved for the handling of the sealed bids advertised for Tuesday, May 20, 1975 at 9:30 a.m.

county buildings and grounds

Commr. Hoskinson presented a letter from Glenn Middleton, Building Official, regarding the replacement of the antiquated lights at the Agriculture Center which have become dangerous to the general public due to the fact that two of them have fallen from the ceiling.  He stated that it would cost approximately $1,600 to replace these fixtures.  Discussion was held.  On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board requested that Mr. Middleton obtain three quotations for the replacement of these light fixtures and present them to the Board on April 29, 1975.

veterans service officer

Commr. Hoskinson presented a letter from Mr. Fred Bollenberg, Veterans Service Officer, stating there had been a Veteran Work Study Program implemented by the State of Florida in which assistants are placed in local Veterans Service Offices and whose salaries will be paid by the State of Florida.  This program met with the approval of the Board.


Commr. Hoskinson stated that he had received favorable reports on the program being conducted by the Youth Programs, Inc.  He stated that certain people involved in this type of work have received recognition for their dedication and that he would like to send these individuals a letter of congratulations from the Board.  This suggestion met with the approval of the Board.

There being no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 3:55 p.m.


J.M. Hoskinson, chairman



James C. Watkins, Clerk