JUNE 25, 1981

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in Special Session on Thursday, June 25, 1981, at 1:30 P.M. in the Board of County Commissioners' Meeting Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present were: Glenn C. Burhans, Chairman: Thomas J. Windram; Claude Smoak; James R. Carson, Jr.; and C. A. "Lex" Deems. Others present were: Don Smalt, Executive Assistant to the Clerk and Mary Grover.


Sheriff Griffin appeared before the Board to discuss his budget request.

Commr . Windram, Liaison Commissioner for the Sheriff, stated he had three areas of concern:

1. The addition of outside patrol

2. The addition of the personnel in the Jail

3. The automobile equipment.

Sheriff Griffin stated his priorities were:

1. Adequate personnel in the Jail

2. Additional road deputies

3. Salaries

4. Vehicles

Sheriff Griffin further stated he would like to bring the deputies salaries, which he hired for under $12,000, up to $12,000.

Mr. Bob Geyman, Mayor of Howey-in-the-Hills, stated he shared Sheriff Griffin's concern on the salaries being competitive in the Sheriff's Department with other Counties but he felt Howey-in-the-Hills, being a small town, could not compete with a higher salary structure for the Sheriff's Department.

Mr. Barry Barnett, Pine Lakes; Mr. Thomas Barford, Leesburg; Dennis Ross, Umatilla; Thomas Baldwin, Cisky Park; Frank Meech, Tavares; Mr. Clarence Holmes, Mt. Dora; and Mr. Tom Wetherington, Mt. Dora addressed the Board in support of the Sheriff's Budget.

Commr . Smoak stated he wrote a memorandum to the other Board Members for their consideration to look at two (2) areas of funding for the Sheriff's Department which would fund approximately a 30% increase in the Sheriff's Budget, would fund the new people, vehicle.equipment and overhead costs.

Commr . Smoak suggested the Board look at the Building Permit Fees in Lake County which have not been adjusted since 1972. He stated Mike Willett, Development & Public Works Director, recommended the Board adopt the fee schedule as outlined under the Southern Standard Building Code.

He also suggested the anticipated additional cash carry forward in the Fine & Forfeiture Fund be used to fund the capitol outlay items in the Sheriff's Budget instead of being used to increase cash reserves.

The Chairman announced the next Budget Workshop would be Tuesday, June 30, 1981, at 1:30 P.M.

There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 2:50 P.M.

Glenn C. Burhans, Chairman

James C. Watkins, Clerk

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