july 28, 1975

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners convened in special session on Monday, July 28, 1975, at 10:00 a.m., in the Commissioners’ Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida to discuss with the various city representatives duplication of services by County and municipalities.  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; and Andrea Gambrell, Deputy Clerk.  The various city representatives were:  Mr. Joseph Sellers representing the League of Cities; Mr. Robert Pearson and Mr. John Cain from the City of Mount Dora; and Mr. Richard O. Springer from Fruitland Park.

The Invocation was given by James C. Watkins, Clerk, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by James R. Carson, Jr.


Mr. Joseph Sellers appeared before the Board and stated that according to the resolution adopted by the League of Cities and mailed to each commissioner, there were three areas of services offered that were of main concern to the municipalities.  These are: landfills, services offered by the Sheriff’s Department, and the maintenance of County roads running through incorporated areas of the County.

The Board members stated that they were aware of the problems everyone was facing with regards to landfills.  Commr. Windram stated that the County was aware of the urgency of the situation and was taking this into consideration during this year’s budget hearings.  However, he informed Mr. Sellers that they were having problems in obtaining approval from the Department of Pollution Control of an appropriate and affordable site.  Mr. John Cain stated Mount Dora’s satisfaction in its new compactor for its refuse.  Commr. Windram informed those present of the possible plans regarding the expansion of the Lady Lake Landfill, the use of the Log House Landfill and experiment with two transfer stations.

Discussion was held regarding the services offered by the Sheriff’s Department.  The Board members stated that this would take a great deal of discussion and research before any serious recommendations could be made.  Mr. Sellers stated that everyone realized that recommendations could not be made at this time but that this was a point of concern with the municipalities that they wanted to inform the commissioners about.  Mr. Sellers further stated that he and other representatives would be meeting with the Sheriff to discuss the situation.

The last point of discussion was the maintenance of County roads which run through an incorporated area.

Mr. Sellers pointed out to the Board that in the near future serious thought will have to be given to recreational parks for the citizens of the County and of course the maintenance of them.

Before the discussion ended, Commr. Windram reminded those present that the Board was sympathetic to the problems at hand and would do everything possible to help; however, each city was not experiencing the same problems and would possibly require a different degree of help.

road and bridge

On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request of the Public Works Director to dump 25 ten yard loads of fill on the edge of Sugar Loaf Mountain Road to fill eroded gullies in the Karst Grove caused by the overflow of Sugar Loaf Mountain Road drainage.

suits affecting the county

Commr. Hoskinson presented to the Board a letter from Whitaker and Koepke, Attorney at Law, regarding injuries to Mr. Byron Wallace in the amount of $2,500 while Mr. Wallace was an inmate at the Lake County Jail.  This was referred to the County Attorney.


On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the Board approved travel for the Clerk or a deputy clerk to go to Kissimmee for the purpose of signing the necessary contracts regarding the CETA Program on July 29, 1975.

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