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In Brief: May 24, 2018

Allen named to League of Cities
Decorkus Allen, mayor pro-tem of the town of Havana, has been named to the board of directors of the Northwest Florida League of Cities. The Northwest Florida League of Cities is a government sector lobbying association in Florida. It is a local affiliate of the Florida League of Cities.

The Northwest Florida League of Cities includes cities in 16 Panhandle counties: Gadsden, Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties.

Gadsden Arts ArtReach program

The Gadsden Arts Center and Museum in downtown Quincy seeks to bring art to area children through its ArtReach program. ArtReach is designed to offer the gift of art experiences to children in the community.

Gadsden Arts Center needs donations to keep ArtReach going. According to the arts center, “contributions will bring a new view of the future to the children exposed to the museum’s art programs.”

A contribution of $20 will provide art materials for 10 visits; a contribution of $75 will provide one week of Art Camp for a child; a contribution of $100 will provide one ArtReach After-School session for 20 children. Donors can specify whether they want to donate to the ArtZone, Art Camp or School Art programs. Y

ou can give online at or mail contributions to: Gadsden Arts Center and Museum, 13 N. Madison Street, Quincy, FL 32351. For more information about charitable-giving programs at the museum, call Executive Director Grace Robinson at (850) 627-5020.

Transport agency seeks input
The Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency has scheduled four public meetings in late May to solicit public comment on the agency’s Draft Fiscal Year 2019 – Fiscal Year 2023 Transportation Improvement Program and Fiscal Year 2020 – Fiscal Year 2024 Transportation Priority Project Lists.

The Gadsden County public meeting is 5-6 p.m., Wednesday, May 23 at the Gadsden County Commission Chambers, 9 East Jef ferson Street in Quincy.

The meetings will be conducted in an open-house format with the documents scheduled for adoption at the agency’s June 18 board meeting. The Transportation Improvement Program contains transportation projects including aviation, bicycle, pedestrian, roadway and transit within Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla counties that have already received state and federal funding in the Florida Department of Transportation’s Work Program.

The Priority Project Lists provide funding guidance to the Department of Transportation as that agency develops next year’s Transportation Improvement Program for airport, bicycle, intersection, pedestrian, roadway and transit projects. Both the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and Priority Project Lists (PPL) can be reviewed at the agency’s website,

Midway development sent to Planning and Zoning
The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously (5-0) at its May 15 meeting to send the issue of the Midway Business Park Preliminary Plat back to the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission. The plan for the plat is to sub-divide 191.29 acres of land (1.43 acres of which is located in the city of Midway) into 33 lots.

The plat is located south of Brickyard Road and west of U.S. 90. The Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended denial of this project in April since all the original documents had not been provided even though the board had approved them previously.

The applicant elected to proceed to the board anyway, but the board decided to send this project back to Planning & Zoning to allow that body to get to fully review the complete plans for this project. Commissioners Anthony Viegbesie and Gene Morgan both felt it would marginalize the Planning & Zoning Commission to not give them the chance to review the complete plans for this project before the board voted on it.


Randall Lieberman