Havana council members met Tuesday to discuss a Certificate of Indebtedness for a property located at 605 N. Main Street in Havana.
The town had paid for the demolition and removal of debris of the old Havana Hotel at the spot on U.S. 27 because it was a dangerous building and an eyesore. The town’s attorney, Alex Hinson, requested that the certificate be approved to allow the town to place a lien on the property for destruction and removal costs of $43,352.75.
Town manager Howard McKinnon announced that after the completion of the Gadsden County Health Department’s initiative ‘Get Going Gadsden,’ in which groups of people vie for prizes by exercising and losing weight, Havana’s team had the most participation and lost a lot of weight. “Havana rose to the occasion - it was a great campaign,” said McKinnon, displaying a large trophy given to the town's team.
He also announced that in honor of 9/11, or the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil on September 11, 2001, the Havana Boys & Girls Club recognized the Town of Havana and its staff, firefighters and police department with a commemorative picture. In addition, Havana’s Harvey’s grocery store brought goodies to Havana police and firefighters to thank them for what they do in honor of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 events.
The council approved a roadway maintenance resolution that will allow Havana to mow, trim, pick weeds, edge and pick up litter from medians and sides of U.S. 27 and State Road 12 for another year.
After adjournment, a special meeting came into session to address a new FRDAP grant for Gus Bert Park for renovations to the field house. Havana consultant Bruce Ballister said the field house is not ADA-accessible. He is developing a plan to extend the building about 8’ to the west for a wheelchair ramp, and make reconfigurations inside. A new drop sink would be added in the plan, as well as replacing a serving counter.
A sidewalk would be added to the back side of the building and a handicap parking slot added, said Ballister about the $50,000 grant application.
The council unanimously approved seeking the grant. “Hopefully, we’ll get the grant and will be able to provide access for wheelchairs,” said McKinnon.