Mark Branson, owner of Havana Package, addressed the Havana Town Council last week to see what the next step is for his request for Sunday afternoon liquor sales. A town-wide straw ballot in April gave approval of the sales.
A unanimous vote led by councilmen Vernell Ross and Bobby Miller directed staff to provide an amended ordinance to include Sunday sales from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. First reading will take place at the June meeting, said Town Manager Howard McKinnon.
The council received a request for financial assistance from the Gadsden County Development Council in exchange for that organization’s assistance to the Havana Economic Development Council for strategic planning and promotion of Havana area development property. The county group is requesting similar assistance from the other municipalities in Gadsden. Havana’s council voted to give them $500.
Police Chief Tracy Smith announced that the Havana Police Department will once again participate in a statewide law enforcement challenge (LEC), having come in as one of the top three agencies of its size statewide, in the number of crashes and traffic warnings. “In 2003, we won a car. The first-place winner (this year) gets a key and the chance to win the car,” said the chief. Other benefits include $10,000 for traffic safety equipment for the #3 winner, $12,000 for #2, and $15,000 for #1, he said.
The LEC and prizes are sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Havana resident John Blount addressed the town council about traffic speeding down 10th Avenue S.E., where he lives. “Traffic has trebled in the past six or eight months,” said Blount about his concerns for children’s safety amid his request for a sidewalk to be installed. “I don’t know if the economy has picked up and there are more jobs or what, but there are lots of children on the block,” he added, saying they were endangered by walking in the street.
T.J. Davis, Bobby Miller and Shirley McGill were sworn in at the meeting after winning election in April.