JANUARY 27, 1978

            The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in Special Session on Friday, January 27, 1978, at 10:30 a.m. in the Board of County Commissioners Conference Room on the Fifth Floor of the Lake County Courthouse, Tavares, Florida.  Present were:  James R. Carson, Jr., Chairman; J.M. Hoskinson; C.A. “Lex” Deems; Thomas J. Windram and Glenn C. Burhans.  Others present were:  James C. Watkins, Clerk; Donald Smalt, Deputy-In-Charge of the Finance Department; Jann Adams, Supervisor of the County Payroll Department; Sanford Minkoff, Representative of the County Attorney’s Office; Van Porter, Director of Personnel; and Andrea Gambrell, Deputy Clerk.

            The Chairman announced that the Special Meeting had been called to discuss the problem regarding the implementation of the disbursement of paychecks to the County employees every two weeks rather than once a month.

            Commr. Deems stated that he had received several telephone calls from employees who were upset due to the fact that their paycheck reflected less money than they had been accustomed to receiving.

            It was explained to the Board that this is happening due to the fact that the employees, under this system, will receive three paychecks two months out of the year and that their salary, at the end of each year, will add up correctly.  It was the feeling of the Board that, although the system may be a good one, the employees are on budgets and are unable to cope with the loss of this money, which is understood will be received later down the line.  Commr. Deems voiced his opinion that the money is needed by the employees now to pay bills, not months from now.

            Discussion was held.  Commr. Deems and Commr. Windram voiced their opinion that they would like the paychecks to reflect the amount of money the employee was making per month but that it would be disbursed in two checks rather than one.

            Mr. Watkins stated that most of the problem was establishing five days arrearage in this system which is necessary to maintain the proper records.

            Mr. Watkins stated that he and his staff knew what the Board wanted done and requested that the Board postpone formal action on the Alteration of the present pay system until February 7, 1978, in order to give the Clerk’s Office an opportunity to revamp and present to the Board a revised pay program.

            Commr. Carson stated that he had received a request from the Personnel Office for permission to use the Board’s Conference Room for its meetings with the various Department Heads when the meeting room on the fourth floor of the Old Courthouse was not available.  This met with the approval of the Board.

            There being no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m.



James R. Carson, Jr., Chairman



James C. Watkins, Clerk