Wiregrass Newsroom: Dothan City Leaders talk about 2009 plans

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) - With the new year in full swing city leaders in Dothan are working on a plan for the coming year.

One of the first things on the agenda for city leaders is an 18 month work plan.  Dothan's city commission will be working to turn their collective visions into one.

"It will have paving in it, it will have capital improvement so a lot of questions will be answered in the next 30 days," says Dothan mayor, Pat Thomas.

However, a challenge facing the city is a drop in sales tax revenue.

"If the sales tax situation levels out there will be some capital projects that could move back into the picture but we want to be very careful financially," said Thomas.

Despite a drop in revenue, the city is working to continue paving projects, downtown revitalization, and road improvements.

"The one that really stands out is to continue work with the state to go forward on the improvements of U.S. 231 north out by the Dothan Pavilion," explained Dothan city manager, Mike West.

City officials are also looking improvement underway here at the Fortner and Honeysuckle intersection.

"We approved [Tuesday] to purchase right of way, that's a major project," said West.

City leaders say they're also working on replacing vehicles in the city fleet.

The city began some of that fleet replacement Tuesday.  During the meeting the city commission approved the purchase of ten new police cars.