The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in special session Friday, October 16, 1987, at 8:30 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.; Claude E. Smoak, Jr.; Thomas J. Windram, Chairman; and Glenn C. Burhans. Others present were: Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; Michael C. Willett, County Administrator; Dottie Keedy, Planning Department; Kathy McDonald, County Administrator's Assistant; and Toni M. Austin, Deputy Clerk.
ELECTIONS/LAWS AND LEGISLATION
Discussion occurred regarding the local optional sales tax referendum and the tax issue being presented to the Legislature, regarding an additional sales tax. It was the feeling that the Legislature would pass a sales tax where local governments would be getting no more than and no less than a one-half cent sales tax. On October 14, 1987, it was the feeling of the Board that the publication of campaign material, regarding the optional one-cent sales tax referendum, be postponed until further information was received from the Legislature. The Legislature decided to recess until sometime in December.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the Board approved to continue to proceed, and disseminate to the public, the best information available, so that the public can have as much information as the County has to make a decision, and that the County establish a budget, without a number attached, but adequate enough to do sufficient media advertising to disseminate the information, and that the program be headed by the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
The motion included media advertising, and whatever direct mail that was appropriate under the circumstances.
The Board members reviewed the proposed letters to be sent to the public. At this time Commr. Smoak suggested including the principal capital improvements needed by Lake County.
CONTRACTS, LEASES & AGREEMENTS/PUBLIC WORKS
Mr. Michael C. Willett, County Administrator, informed the Board that the Durden and Wicks Building has become available for purchase, along with the building next to Lake Land Planning, for use by the Public Works Department. Mr. Willett indicated that the contract is prepared and ready for signature with Leesburg Office Park. He discussed reimbursing Leesburg Office Park for the repairs that have been made, along with the lost rental time, in approximately $8,000.00.
Mr. Chris Ford, County Attorney, stated that the reimbursements should be made, because the Board had approved the contract in concept.
The Board requested that Mr. Willett communicate with the leasor of the contract, to see what would be necessary to cancel the proposed contract, and report back to the Board at the next regular scheduled meeting of the Board, October 20, 1987.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 8:55 a.m.
THOMAS J. WINDRAM, CHAIRMAN
JAEMS C. WATKINS, CLERK