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Town of Havana Town Council meeting summary: July 17, 2018

Workshop set about expanding community center
The Havana Town Council recently voted to have a workshop at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 6 regarding the expanding of the town’s community center (located at 128 East 7th Avenue, across from the police station).

The workshop is needed primarily because there is a difference of opinion on the council about whether the new community center should continue to be open to just civic groups and nonprofit organizations or if it should be opened up to all citizens for birthday parties, weddings and private banquets, etc.

Town looking to apply for $650,000 grant for sewer plan
Havana Town Manager Howard McKinnon updated the Havana Town Council recently about the town’s desired sewer plant.

McKinnon said that a Citizens Advisory Task Force had met and had recommended moving forward with applying for a $650,000 grant to build the sewer plant. No formal action was taken on the matter yet, however.

GED program coming to Havana?
Tallahassee Community College and CareerSource Capital Region are expected in August to bring a satellite program to help Havana residents prepare for the GED high school equivalency exam.

Havana Town Manager Howard McKinnon said that this matter is expected to come back to the council for a vote at the council’s August 14 meeting.

McKinnon said that there needs to be a minimum number of students that show interest in the program, which also will offer assistance to participants in finding employment. If you are interested in this program, call the town office at (850) 539-2820.

Commendation for Police Officer Israel Baity
Havana Mayor Pro-Tem Decorkus Allen recently recognized at the last town council meeting Havana Police Officer Israel Baity for an act of chivalry.

Allen said Baity was training at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Quincy when he saved the life of a fellow officer who was choking.

Allen said that Baity received a nice letter of recognition from the City of Tallahassee and recommended the Havana Town Council provide Baity with a plaque to honor his courageous act.

Late July council meeting changed
The Havana Town Council voted to change the date of its second July meeting to Thursday, July 26 instead of its usual Tuesday gathering time.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 at the Town of Havana City Hall (711 North Main Street).

By Randall Lieberman