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Havana council lauds officer’s heroism, sets tentative millage rate

At its regular meeting last Thursday, the Havana Town Council honored a Havana police officer for his life-saving heroism.

Council members presented Officer Israel Baity with a plaque in recognition of his meritorious action. While at training event recently, Baity saved the life of a Tallahassee police officer who was choking.

Havana Mayor Pro-Tem Decorkus Allen requested the council give Baity a plaque for his actions. Allen said Baity received “a nice letter of recognition” from the City of Tallahassee, as well.

Meeting set to discuss upgrade to town sewer system
In other business, the council scheduled the second public hearing to discuss a Community Block Development Grant the town wants to apply for to help it upgrade its sewer system. The hearing will be at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Havana Town Hall, 711 N.Main St.

Tentative millage rate set
The council also voted to retain its current millage rate of 7.877. This is the same rate as last year. Millage rate is used to calculate property taxes.

Hoover Wood Products press conference set
Havana Town Manager Howard McKinnon told council members Hoover Wood Products will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m, Thursday, Aug. 2 at Havana Town Hall. Hoover is expected to announce construction plans for the new wood treatment facility it is building adjacent to Coastal Lumber, north of Havana. The company has now obtained all the necessary state agency approvals. The company says it hopes to have the facility up and running by the fall.

Report made on possible annexation south of Havana
McKinnon also reported that only 36 percent of the 150 affected families south of Havana had responded to a letter the town mailed asking them if they wanted their property annexed into the town or not. McKinnon said a second request would go out this week – to be followed up by phone calls – to try to get more of the affected residents to respond, so the town can decide whether to proceed with the annexation.

Reminder about Community Center workshop
McKinnon reminded the council and audience members of the workshop scheduled for 3 p.m., Monday, ­­­Aug. 6 at Havana Town Hall to discuss the possible additions and changes of use to Havana’s Hazel J. Baker Community Center. The center is at 128 E. 7th Ave., across the street from the police station.

By Randall Lieberman

L-R: Havana Police Chief Tracy Smith; Havana Town Council members Shirley McGill, Decorkus Allen and David Norman; Havana Police Officer Israel Baity; Havana Town Council members Eddie Bass, Vernell Ross and Nick Bert;,and Havana Town Manager Howard McKinnon stand together as Baity receives a plaque from the council last Thursday evening to honor him for saving a fellow officer’s life recently while the other officer was choking during a training session at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy of the Florida Public Safety Institute just outside of Quincy. Photo by Randall Lieberman