june 24, 1975

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners convened in special session on Tuesday, June 24, 1975, at 10:00 a.m., in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, to hold an advertised public hearing to discuss comments on the proposed 201 Grant Application by Lake County.  Present were:  J. M. Hoskinson, Chairman; Thomas J. Windram; 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.  Absent from the meeting was Commr. C.A. Deems.


The Clerk reported on the status of the CETA Program.  He explained that the State had taken all of the unused allocated funds and had decided to divide this money equally which would enable all CETA positions to be funded until July 31, 1975.  He further informed the Board that the extension contracts would be signed in Kissimmee on June 26, 1975 and, therefore, requested the Board appoint a representative who would have the authority to sign the above mentioned contract in the name of the Board of County Commissioners.  On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously by those present, the Board authorized Commr. Burhans and the Clerk to attend the meeting in Kissimmee and authorized them to sign the necessary contract which would extend the funding of the CETA Program in Lake County through July 31, 1975.

contracts and agreements

The Clerk presented a contract between P&C Thompson Brothers Construction Company and Lake County for the construction of the new Lake County Courthouse.  On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously by those present, the Board approved the above contract as drawn by the architects and approved by the County Attorney and authorized the Chairman and Clerk to sign same.

public health

Hugh Harling, Consultant from the firm of Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, Inc., appeared to conduct the advertised public hearing to discuss comments on the proposed application for the 201 Grant Application which is being made by Lake County.  The Clerk read the proof of publication, which is on file in the office of the Board of County Commissioners.

Mr. Howard Cox, Councilman for the City of Mount Dora, was present and expressed his opposition on behalf of the City of Mount Dora as to the designated amount of matching funds assigned to Mount Dora for this plan.  Mr. Harling explained how this figure was acquired.  Mr. Cox stated that Mount Dora did not have these funds available and felt that it was bearing the cost of a system that it did not need at the present time.  The Board commented that the County had entered into an agreement to become the lead applicant due to the request made by the City of Mount Dora who would derive most of the benefit from this Grant.  Discussion was held.

Commr. Windram suggested that the Consultant Engineers for the City of Mount Dora confer with Mr. Harling in the hopes of discovering additional in-kind services which could be credited to Mount Dora thus lowering Mount Dora’s financial responsibility to this plan should the County accept the federal funds and proceed with the 201 Plan.

Mr. Harling stated that he would meet with the representatives from the City of Mount Dora this week and discuss this matter and inform the Board as to the progress made.

There being no further comments to be made regarding this Grant Application, the Chairman stated the public hearing was over.


Commr. Hoskinson reported on the status of the landfills in the southern part of Lake County.  He stated that he had looked into the situation and Groveland and Mascotte would use the Stucky Clay Pit and Minneola and Clermont could use the Log House Clay Pit, both of which have been approved for landfill purposes.

At this time, Commr. Hoskinson brought to the attention of the Board that there was a possibility of purchasing 6.8 acres adjacent to the Log House Landfill at approximately $20,000 which is owned by Postal Colony.

Mr. Hennessey stated that he was familiar with the property and informed the Board that there is a home on this property and that the State is requiring that tests be done on the well water of homes within a certain amount of footage from a landfill.  He stated that this house falls into the category and that his department plans to begin these tests within a week.

Discussion was held on obtaining an appraisal of the land in question.  Mr. Ford stated that the County would probably not be criticized if it had an appraisal of the land on file.  However, an emergency could be declared and suggested that the County obtain an opinion of value from an appraiser or have the land appraiser submit to the Board in writing what the land is worth.

On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously by those present, the Board declared an emergency and authorized the Chairman to enter into good faith negotiations with Postal Colony regarding the purchase of its land adjacent to the Log House Landfill and authorized the County Attorney to obtain an opinion of value for this land.  The Board also authorized the Pollution Control Department to obtain the necessary permits needed in the operation of these landfills.

There being no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m.


J.M. Hoskinson, chairman



James C. Watkins, Clerk