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obtain names of owners and descriptions of land as to the worse looking places in Gifford and <br />stated that one of. the projects of the local Kiwanis Club would be to cooperate in improving <br />the appearance of said places. <br />Jim Kelly appeared before the Board seeking information as to the status of the <br />Emerson Avenue Road and was informed that said road was second on the list of the County <br />Secondary Road Program and that it was hoped that work would be started on same within one or <br />two years, <br />Mrs. Anne Christensen, County welfare Case Worker, appeared before the Board and <br />made a report of her activities for the month of March, and said report was filed with Douglas <br />Baker, Clerk. <br />Notary Public Bonds were approved for Myrtle Tillis, Margaret H. Cornelius, <br />Paul R. Stevenson and Katherine R. DeForest; each in the sum of $500.00 with the American <br />Surety Company, _,merican Fire and Casualty Company, ;American Surety Company and Home Indemnity <br />Company, respectively as sureties by Douglas Baker, Clerk Circuit Court, as provided by law, <br />RESOLUTION -- Railroad Litigation <br />Upon Motion of Commissioner Hamilton, seconded by Commissioner Marren and <br />carried, the following Resolution was unanimously adopted: <br />RESOLUTION RE EMPLOYMENT OF LEGAL COUNSEL TO ASSIST IN DEFENDING <br />SUIT BY RAILROADS ATTACKING ASSESSED VALUATIONS OF RAILROAD PROPERTIES. <br />WHEREAS, Ad Valorem taxes for the County of Indian River are assessed by the <br />State Railroad Assessment Board, and whereas the assessed valuation of railroad properties <br />in said county have been increased by said Board for the year 1953 in the amount of <br />$97,872.00, to a total of $826,099.00 with a resultant anticipated increased tax payment to <br />said county in the approximate amount of $2742.11, and whereas the Atlantic Coast Line and <br />Seaboard Air Line Railroads and other railroad companies have filed suit seeking a reduction <br />of the assessments by said Board by 68% throughout the State of Florida. <br />NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Indian <br />River County, Florida in regular meetingassembled, that this Board do authorize its chairman <br />to enter into an employment contract for said county with an attorney to represent said <br />county in said litigation and, be it further resolved that this Board do, in said contract <br />of employments authorize the payment of fees and costs including expert witnesses to a total <br />amount not exceeding 50% of the share of said Board in said anticipated increased tax receipt, <br />to -wit $240.00; it being the purpose and intent of this Board that it do combine and cooperate <br />with other Boards of County Commissioners and counties of the State of Florida in obtaining <br />group representation and defense of said action. <br />IL E .S Q L, ,p Z I Q I --- Item to Item Transfers <br />WHEREAS, there is a total surplus of $300.00 in the General Revenue Fund of <br />Indian River County under some items and which surplus exists after the payment of all nec- <br />essary expenditures under such items for the current fiscal year; and <br />0 <br />1 <br />1 <br />i <br />Ll <br />0 <br />LJ <br />11 <br />E <br />