TAVARES — With a unanimous vote at its meeting Tuesday, Lake County Commissioners put the finishing touches on an inventive three-way partnership between the Lake County School Board, Lake County and the City of Tavares that benefits the entire community.
“This is a monumental accomplishment,” said Lake County School Board Chairman Debbie Stivender. “Three government agencies in collaboration to save taxpayer dollars, make working conditions better for our employees and provide future safe pathways to schools in the Fruitland Park area and a future school site in the Tavares area. I want to thank all elected officials for working so well together and for all the wonderful work our staffs did during this lengthy process.”
The tri-party interlocal agreement stipulates Lake County Schools’ Maintenance and Transportation facilities, located between Alfred and Ianthe streets, are transferred to the City and County. According to Tavares officials, this property meets a long-term goal of the City to improve the gateway to downtown and provides property for its new public safety complex.
“This has been a project the City of Tavares has been working towards for 25 years and has finally come to fruition,” said Mayor Robert Wolfe.
For the downtown Tavares property, the School Board is receiving a 20-acre future school site located on Woodlea Road from the City and $300,000. The County will receive some right-of-way on County Road 466A and a portion of the School Board’s property for $450,000.
"This is a great example of three government agencies working cooperatively for the benefit of our citizens,” said Lake County Commissioner Jimmy Conner. “You don't see that kind of cooperation in every community and I am proud we have all worked together to benefit the residents of Lake County."
The property transfer is expected to be completed within the next year, and it will allow the School Board to move forward with the purchase of a facility to relocate and expand its Transportation and Maintenance facilities.