After three weeks of waiting, residents north of Havana around the Florida-Georgia state line will be getting a new cell tower.
The county commission postponed a decision at their last meeting concerning the cell tower because it was unclear if the commission needed a super majority (all variances on the comp plan require a super majority) of all five commissioners or of those present at the meeting. Commissioner Gene Morgan was not at the last meeting.
Since the matter involved a quasi-judicial public hearing, in which the commission would take testimony for or against the measure, and since the hearing had been published as such, the commission took the testimony of those who were there to speak on the issue during that meeting.
After taking the testimony, however, the board postponed the issue until last week when all were present. They approved the placement of the cell tower at a Peavy Construction Company site on U.S 27 north of Havana.
In other business:
• The board approved the funding of the Small Business Service Center for $30,000. The center is provided through the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce and serves as a resource center for existing business and prospective business owners.
• The board approved the renewal of a contract for state legislative lobbying services with Chris Doolin and Associates. Doolin has been the county’s lobbyist for the past seven years.
After a short debate concerning the lobbying for the county going out for a re-bid this year, the contract was awarded to Doolin for $10,000. The board determined it was too close to the Florida Legislature convening in February to consider changing lobbyists.