FEDERAL PRISON FOR LAKE COUNTY?
“Gonna Get Ourselves a Prison?” The county-owned property on US 27 at the Turnpike interchange is being considered as a site for a Federal Corrections Institution.
Mid-Florida Economic Development Council and Federal Bureau of Prisons representatives approached Lake County commissioners individually in February to discuss the subject.
The Federal Corrections Institution would require 200 acres from the county, of which 60 would be actually utilized. The remainder is for a buffer area. Jobs created would pay an average of $25,500 to $27,000, and historically, 60 percent of the positions are filled locally.
The medium-security facility would employ between 100 and 150 people and house 500 to 1,000 inmates, supposedly mostly white-collar criminals. An estimated $15 million would be pumped into the local economy annually.
COUNTY APPROVES SAND MINE NEAR CLERMONT
County commissioners supported the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation and approved a 21.4-acre sand mine operation southeast of Clermont on SR 50. The area is south of an existing sand mine owned by Clermont attorney Tom Dougherty. Dougherty represented the petitioner, William K. Stosberg.
City of Clermont planner Jim McAllister hand-delivered a letter requesting the county postpone (deny) the petition “until such time as a comprehensive standard mining ordinance is adopted by Lake County.”
Should the board approve the mining operation, Clermont asked that an excel lane to DOT standards be constructed on the eastbound lane and that a grade no greater than 8 percent be maintained on Hooks Street.
County Commissioner Richard Swartz, who represents Clermont, twice made motions for amendments. Both died for lack of a second. Mr. Swartz was the only negative vote when the board approved the mining operation.
SHERIFF OPENS LOCAL SUBSTATION
For the convenience of south Lake County residents and efficiency of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff George Knupp has opened a new sheriff’s substation on the back topside of Sunnyside Plaza on SR 50. A uniformed deputy is on duty between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
CPR SAVES A LIFE
During V.F.W. Post 5277’s monthly dinner meeting, auxiliary member Dorothy Dulin began choking and pointing to her throat. Paul Hollenbach, who received CPR training in Pennsylvania years ago while working for the coal mines, quickly wrapped his arms around Dotty and with his fists attempted to thrust up on her stomach. After three attempts, the meat was dislodged and Dotty began to breathe normally.
Hollenbach has been a V.F.W. member for more than 30 years. His home on Minneola Avenue is also known as Santa’s House. Each year it is beautifully decorated and he and his wife distribute food and toys to the needy.
CLERMONT CONSIDERS SKATEBOARD
Clermont Council introduced an ordinance regulating the riding of skateboards on the streets and sidewalks in the city. Skateboarding will be allowed on residential sidewalks but not on those located in commercial areas.
Master Clay Turville questioned not being able to ride on a sidewalk at a public park. He was assured riding on the sidewalk at a public park would be allowed, providing it was a designated area.
Clermont’s Parks and Recreation Chairman Cuqui Whitehead reported to the council that her committee, in cooperation with the Clermont Garden Club, had handed out 3,000 trees to local residents to be planted in primarily the Clermont area. She said a total of 35,000 trees had been given out by Clermont since her involvement.