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News Briefs: Havana re-elects officers; Main Street seeks Historic Resources grant; Talquin president lays out initiatives

Havana re-elects officers; swears in new council members
At the Town of Havana’s May 8 council meeting, new council members Nick Bert (Group 4) and Eddie Bass (Group 6) were sworn into office. In other re-organization Town of Havana business, Interim Mayor Vernell Ross was elected town mayor and Interim Mayor Pro-Tem Decorkus Allen was voted mayor pro-tem.

Main Street seeks Historic Resources grant
Lu Crews, representing Havana Main Street, told the Havana Town Council she is seeking a $50,000 grant from the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources to survey and designate buildings in downtown Havana as historical. The grant application Is due May 30. An architect is expected to do the surveying work. Crews said some structures will be identified and go on the historical register. Identifying markers could be added with an additional grant. Crews said it will be important for the town to have ordinances in place to preserve and protect historic structures.

Talquin president lays out initiatives
At the organization’s annual meeting on April 28, Talquin Electric Cooperative President Carrie Durden discussed two new initiatives the cooperative has launched. Pre-paid electric service allows Talquin members to pay at their convenience. Members can also now manage their accounts with a mobile app, which provides the ability to report outages, receive status updates and pay their bill.

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