AUGUST 28, 1979

            The Lake County Board of County Commissioners convened in Special Session on Tuesday, August 28, 1979, at 9:00 A.M. in the Board of County Commissioners' Meeting Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present were: Thomas J. Windram, Chairman; C. A. "Lex" Deems; G. Y. Middleton; James R. Carson, Jr.; and Glenn C. Burhans. Others present were: Donald W. Smalt, Clerk’s Administrative Deputy; and Pat Goetzen, Deputy Clerk.


            At this time, the Board conducted interviews with CPA firms for the financial audits required under Chapter 79-183, Laws of Florida.

            Mr. Allen Brown, representing the firm of Brooks, Brown and Shumacker, of Leesburg, appeared before the Board to answer any questions the Board might have.

            Mr. Brown indicated most of the firm's experience to be in auditing municipalities. The firm's auditing team would consist of one (1) Audit Manager to supervise the entire audit; three (3) Staff Personnel; one (1) Audit Partner and one (1) Partner on a secondary level.

            Mr. Richard Paul appeared before the Board representing the firm of Greenlee, Paul, Furnas and Kurras, Mount Dora. Mr. Paul stated that his firm has extensive auditing experience with municipalities. He informed the Board his audit staff would consist of one (1) Supervising CPA and four (4) Staff Accountants.

            The Board will confer with Mr. Ford, County Attorney, concerning the selection of a CPA firm to perform the required audits for the Board.


            The Board recessed at 10:35 A.M. and reconvened at 10:40 A.M.


            On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Middleton and carried, the Board approved the tentative proposed budget for the County with the inclusion of the following items:

            1)        The request of the Cities of Clermont, Groveland, Mascotte and others for funding in the amount of $10,000.00 for Environmental Study.


            2)        The request of Family Planning for the Sterilization Program funding in the amount of $10,000.00.

            The motion also included approval to run Black Boarder Ads as requested by the Northwest and Northeast Ambulance Districts to increase the millage to the statutory limit of five percent (5%), with the meetings concerning the Black Boarder Ads to be held in both districts.

            Also included in the motion was approval of a ten percent (10%) total salary increase for County employees. Ten percent including employee benefits.

            Commr. Burhans and Commr. Deems voted "No."

            After discussion, Commr. Carson amended his motion to show a salary increase of $600.00 per employee and the balance of the 10% total to be used in merit increases as recommended by the department heads, subject to approval of this Board.


            On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved repair of holes in Pearl Street in Astor Forest Campsites. Signs are to remain posted to prohibit the use of the street by County trucks.

            There being no further business to bring to the attention of the Board, adjournment was at 11:30 A.M.

Thomas J. Windram,, Chairman

James C. Watkins, Clerk