JULY 3, 1986

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in Special session on Thursday, July 3, 1986, at 9:00 a.m. in the Board of County Commissioner's Meeting Room, Lake County Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: James R. Carson, Jr., Chairman: Glenn C. Burhans; Claude E. Smoak, Jr.; Thomas J. Windram; and C. A. "Lex" Deems. Others present were: Michael C. Willett, County Administrator; Katherine A. McDonald, County Administrator's Office; Chris Giachetti, Director of Administrative Services: Bill LeHeup, Budget Analyst: Donald Smalt, Internal Auditor: and Toni M. Austin, Deputy Clerk.

Commr . Carson gave the Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commr. Windram.


Mr. Donald Smalt, Internal Auditor, informed the Board that the State and Federal figures for Revenue were not available at this time.

It was noted that the presented budget could be funded at a millage rate not to exceed last years millage rate.

Mr. Smalt informed the Board that there were several factors to consider, such as the new jail, insurance, fire districts, and the Fairgrounds, as to whether or not the millage would stay the same.

Commr . Carson informed the Board that the Certification of Taxable Value, as submitted by Mr. Ed Havill, Property Appraiser, indicated an increase from last years $2,283,603,198.00 to $2,519,598,749.00 for Taxable Value of Lake County property.

Sheriff's Department

Noel E. Griffin, Jr., Sheriff of Lake County, appeared before the Board to discuss his 1986-87 proposed budget, in the amount of $944,379.00, a 16% increase over the 1985-86 budget. He stated that he was requesting a 10% pay raise to upgrade the salaries of all certified personnel in Law and Corrections. At this time he presented to the members of the Board, information to review that included statistics for salary ranges from other counties and letters of resignation from members of his staff, due to the higher ranges of salary. He further stated that $243.100.00, of the proposed budget, had been requested for additional personnel as follows:

4 Road Patrol Sergeants

3 Vice Deputies

1 Civil Deputy

1 Investigator

1 Marine Patrol Deputy

Sheriff Griffin informed the Board that the retirement rate may increase in October, but has not been included in this proposed budget.

On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board adopted the 1986-87 proposed budget, for the Sheriff's Department, as submitted.

Sheriff Griffin presented to the Board a request for School Crossing Guards Funds, in the amount of $11,378.00, for three (3) School Crossing Guards and one (1) fill-in School Crossing Guard, to be handled as a special account.

On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the School Crossing Guards Funds, to be included in and made a part of, but separate from, the General Budget, with the Sheriff's Department, but included in the overall budget, as a separate program, to be funded in the appropriate manner, from the specific State funds, based on the information supplied today.

Commr. Carson informed Sheriff Griffin that the Resolution received from the Advisory Committee on Water Recreation, regarding the direction of all formal water activities to apply for an activities permit, would be taken into consideration by the Board and staff for review prior to any final action.


Commr. Deems informed the Board of a request for an increase in storage fees at Mayflower Storage, for the storage of voting machines, to take effect August 1, 1986, in an approximate amount of $2,000.00. He stated that these funds were not appropriated in this years budget.

Mrs. Emogene Stegall, Supervisor of Elections, appeared before the Board to discuss the request, along with the proposed budget request for the Fiscal Year 1986-87. At this time Mrs. Stegall E reviewed the line items with proposed increases.

On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Smoak and carried unanimously, the Board approved the proposed budget for the Supervisor of Elections for the Fiscal Year 1986-87, as submitted.

Mrs. Stegall discussed the proposed 1986-87 budget for Elections.

On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board approved the proposed budget for Elections for the Fiscal Year 1986-87, as submitted.

Planning and Development

Mr. Michael C. Willett, County Administrator, discussed four new positions in the Planning and Zoning Departments as follows: two (2) Senior Planners; one (1) Planning Technician; and one (1) Drafting Technician. He stated that the new positions are budgeted.

Commr. Smoak suggested that Mr. Willett and Mr. Jerry Annas, Executive Director of Planning and Development, be authorized to proceed with the seeking of these new positions, and placing them on this years budget, with funding from the Contingency Fund.

Commr. Smoak made a motion, which was seconded by Commr. Burhans, for the Board to authorize the County Administrator's Office to present to the Board of County Commissioners an adjusted pay scale, in the Planning and Zoning Department personnel, and also to authorize the four new positions, as outlined by Mr. Willett, and the filling of the positions, and bring back to the Board for final approval the salary and wage scale and the job descriptions on those positions.

At this time Commr. Smoak and Commr. Burhans amended the motion to state in the Planning and Zoning Department and any other area the County Administrator deems necessary for the Board to consider at this time.

The Chairman called for the vote on the amended motion, which was approved unanimously.

Mr. Willett presented an overall summary of Lake County's 1986-.87 proposed budget. He stated that significant problems included increases in personnel and salaries. He further stated that the biggest increases would be in the areas that directly relate to growth. Mr. Willett stated that the Planning Department and Building and Zoning budget total has increased about $266,000.00. He discussed new positions in Pollution Control, to include an Environmental Analyst and Lab Technician.

Mr. Willett discussed the Resort Tax. He stated that there would be $4,500,000.00 spent for road improvements next year. Discussion occurred regarding the law enforcement area and landfill closures.

Commr. Smoak discussed Orange County's impact fees.

Mr. Willett discussed fire structures and stated a problem in the South end of Lake County, and recommended $30,000.00 in this years budget, indicating that last year the funds were taken out of Revenue Sharing.

Mr. Willett informed the Board of a request for $25,000.00 to rent space for Planning, Zoning and Building.

Commr . Deems informed the Board of a request from the judicial system for the permanent use of the Fourth Floor Courtroom, and additional space, in the Old Courthouse, as reviewed by the Building Committee. He stated that the Building Committee will present a proposal at a later date, because the County was in need of immediate space.

Medicaid-Hospitals and Medicaid-Nursing Homes

Mr. Lonnie Strickland, Director of Health and General Services, appeared before the Board to discuss the proposed Welfare Budget, indicating a proposed increase in the amount of $45,000.00 for Medicaid -Hospitals, and a proposed increase in the amount of $25,000.00 for Medicaid-Nursing Homes.

Mr. Strickland discussed the Medical Examiner's request for a 10% increase in the budget.

At this time Mr. Strickland discussed the indigent care in Lake County. He stated that Waterman Medical Center has a contract with South Lake Memorial Hospital, where South Lake reimburses them for their OB indigent care, with the same agreement as the Northwest District. Mr. Strickland stated that Waterman Medical Center was in the process of applying for the bed certification allocated to Lake Community Hospital.

Commr . Carson informed the Board that the Insurance Committee has had several meetings recently, and hopefully, the estimates have been conservative.

On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board tentatively approved the budget as presented for those areas scheduled to be heard today, with the intent that any and all can be brought back to the Board for review.

Commr . Smoak extended his feelings towards the preparation of this year's budget, stating that it was the most understandable, readable budget that has ever been presented to the Board. He complimented Mr. Watkins and his staff for the methodology and presentation of the budget.

There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 10:48 a.m. ATTEST: