The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, August 7, 1990, at 5:05 p.m., in the Board of County Commissioner's Meeting Room, Lake County Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Michael J. Bakich, Chairman; C. W. "Chick" Gregg; Don Bailey; Richard Swartz; and Thomas J. Windram. Others present were: Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney; Alan A. Thelen, County Manager; Ava Kronz, Assistant to the County Manager; and Sandra Carter, Deputy Clerk.
Mr. Gregg Stubbs, Director of Development Coordination, appeared before the Board stating that, as the result of a rezoning case (#243-89-2) involving Mr. Kyle Craig, to be heard at the August 21, 1990, Rezoning Meeting, the proposed ordinance to be heard this date was drafted, for the spreading of sludge on agricultural zoned land, as well as for occupational license issuance of septic tank cleaning businesses, and for the parking of trucks (which the Board will be able to set restrictions on the number allowed) on agricultural zoned property. He noted this was the first of two such hearings to be held regarding same, and if the ordinance is adopted, it will allow the uses alluded to above, as conditional uses, in the agricultural zoning district.
Mr. Frederick Brady, Sr., appeared before the Board stating he lives on Hwy. 44A, east of Eustis, in the Wekiva River Protection Area. He read a statement regarding the proposed ordinance amendment, in which he stated a concern he had in that, if the Board approves said ordinance, it may give danger and disservice to Lake County residents, as any property owners living adjacent to agricultural land will be in danger of septic tank pumpers dumping what they call "treated sewage" (which is actually raw sewage with lime mixed in) next door to their homes. He stated industrial
waste sewage should be excluded from the ordinance, as septic tank pumping companies are currently pumping septic tanks containing industrial waste, with chemicals in it. He stated he also felt other counties should be excluded from dumping their pumpers in Lake County, or Lake County will become a dumping ground for all of central Florida's septic tank pumpers. He stated no sewage pumped from septic tanks should be allowed to be dumped in the Wekiva River Protection Area - that said area should be specifically exempt. He indicated some violations he felt were presently taking place on property located next to his, regarding the pumping of sewage.
Commr. Swartz explained what the amendment to the ordinance would allow. He stated the purpose of the amendment is to add a septic tank cleaning business to the ordinance, as a permitted occupation in an agricultural zoning district, however, it does not mean that dumping will be allowed - dumping will be contingent upon regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Environmental Regulations. He stated the amendment only allows an individual who has more than one vehicle, to obtain an occupational license, thereby, permitting him to park more than one vehicle on a five acre parcel. The ordinance currently allows only one vehicle per five acre parcel.
Commr. Swartz stated the second thing the amendment allows, pertaining to distribution of treated sludge and effluent, is in keeping with what the Board has approved in the past, as CUP's. He stated that, technically, the ordinance did not allow it - the Board is putting it in.
Commr. Bakich stated that, what the Board is trying to do is to accommodate those uses in an agricultural zoning district that is not permitted at present, as a lot of individuals that are in this type of business have more than one vehicle, and the Board is now giving them the ability to have more than one vehicle on their property, as a home occupation. He then suggested Mr. Brady call Code Enforcement regarding the violations he alluded to earlier.
Ms. Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney, pointed out the fact that the amendment being discussed this date is an amendment to the agricultural zoning district to permit CUP uses in same. She stated the A-1-20 and the A-1-40 districts are the zoning districts that now apply to the Wekiva Basin. She stated said amendment does not apply to the Wekiva Basin, at this time - it is external to the Wekiva Basin.
Mr. Al Thelen, County Manager, informed the Board that he had met with Mr. Brady, as well as some of his neighbors, regarding the matter of the Code Enforcement violations he alluded to and that Code Enforcement is now acting on it.
No action was required, at this time, regarding the ordinance amendment.
It was noted the second public hearing regarding this matter would be held September 11, 1990, at 5:05 p.m., at which time said ordinance is scheduled to be adopted.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
MICHAEL J. BAKICH, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK