Havana Chief of Police E. Glynn Beach will retire Jan. 3, after six years serving in that capacity
The chief’s retirement request was approved at the Nov. 27 town council.
Police Lt. Tracy Smith was also approved by the council to serve as interim chief, effective Jan. 4, until a permanent chief of police is named.
The town manager and council members congratulated Beach for his six years of excellent service to the town.
In other business, Michelle Oftenberg and Dominic Cromartie, representing the Creek Entertainment facility in Gretna, announced its the first annual blood drive at the facility from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Free lunch will be provided to donors. Donors have to be at least 18 years of age. There will also be tickets sold to win a new Honda Civic from Proctor Honda, Tallahassee.
Nicole Everett, director of the Tallahassee Lenders Consortium, spoke on its behalf. This organization specializes in offering free pre-purchase credit counseling to first-time home buyers. They attempt to put applicants on the right track when applying for home loans. The organization has been in business since 1993 and has helped 1,800 people. Preservation and delinquent counseling is also offered in attempts to come up with workable budgets and other efforts to prevent foreclosure on homes.
The consortium has been in Havana about a year. Home repair service is not offered, but Gadsden County has a program in this area.
Tonya McClure of the organization is in Havana on Friday and can be found at the Havana Learning Center.
A first reading of Ordinance No. 355, Regulating Simulated Gaming in Havana, was read by the town clerk and approved. Beach said the town would be moving in the right direction and then would have to find what direction it needed to go on from there.
The land lease contract for the Community Gardens of Havana lease renewal was approved by the council. Town Manager McKinnon said the program had been a success the last two years.
The town budget amendment was approved. McKinnon said a few line items would have to be cleaned up.
In the town manager’s report McKinnon said the old hotel asbestos removal was being done at this time, and the hotel building should be torn down by the end of the month.
Next week a contractor will be on site at 10th and 12th avenues to start the storm water project.
McKinnon also announced the Havana Holiday Festival will begin Dec. 8.
The town council voted to hold its December meeting on the 18th.