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Havana gets new council member

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ISSAC MORGAN

Times Correspondent

The Havana Town Council held a meeting this past week to discuss new city developments, review financial reports and swear in Councilmember Karen Bass. 

“I know Ms. Bass personally and I’m glad she’s here,” Councilman Matt Thro said. “She’s very qualified for the position.”

The meeting also included time for public comment.

One Havana resident asked the council to strengthen the communication tools used to reach the public, claiming many residents are unaware of many city endeavors. Council members assured the resident that they are working on improving. 

Bob Powell of James Moore and Company presented a financial report on the city’s utilities, which showed favorable figures with the absence of compliance issues. 

“The water fund was down, and we stayed within the budget,” Powell said. “Based on the report, the town is very healthy and has very strong numbers.”

An event request from the Havana Merchants Association to host Havana Days on May 17 was approved by town council members. In addition, the Façade Grant Fund was approved, and a request to close roads temporarily for the downtown events was accepted. 

Havana Town Manager Howard McKinnon closed the meeting with a report on the Quincy to Havana bus shuttle system, revealing a small increase in the number of bus patrons.  

“We saw a little bit of an increase in bus shuttle numbers,” McKinnon said. “It makes about 11 trips per month.”