The City of Dothan is calling on residents in the southwest urban sector for ideas on how to make the area better.
Despite a lower-than-expected attendance, there was no shortage of suggestions at Selma Street Elementary School, where the City held the meeting. Safety was high on the list of community priorities.
The southwest quadrant of Dothan is the part of town outlined by South Oates Street, West Main, and Ross Clark Circle.
It covers just over 2600 acres and contains neighborhoods around Fortner Street, Selma Street and Hartford Highway.
Residents of the area voiced their concerns over sidewalks, drainage systems, and transportation, but challenges to neighborhood security were the main focus for community members like Patricia Peel, who says that in the Hamilton Hills subdivision, absentee property owners are neglecting the safety of the area.
"25% of our neighborhood, if not 30 is rental properties. People who don't live in Dothan. Some live in washington state, some in Florida. These people don't seem to care what kind of tenants live in these houses," says Peel.
"So long as they get their money, they don't care where that money came from. We've been trying for four or five years to get the riff raff out of this neighborhood."
Patricia says she hopes the city will take steps to encourage more thorough background checks before renting properties out. City commissioner Amos Newsom was also at the meeting to talk about the importance of maintaining safe, quality neighborhoods.
If you live in the south-west part of town and have a suggestion for the city to consider, you can call long-range planner Steve
Spry at 615-3415.