The Dothan Fire Department along with the staff and Board of Directors of The Ark, a community outreach program, met today regarding the current status of their building.
Reports that the building has been condemned by the Fire Department or required to be torn down by the City were premature.
According to Fire Chief Larry Williams, “the staff has taken great strides to correct deficiencies identified through fire inspections.” Williams continued, “There are issues to still be corrected, however work will begin soon to further ensure the safety of the building’s occupants”.
During a meeting Friday, at the request of the owners of the property, a clear path forward was identified to allow the organization to continue operation.
“As with any structure in our City, we will continue to work with the owners to ensure the safety of the public that may occupy it,” says Fire Marshal Danny Appling.
Further, a joint meeting has taken place between the Fire Department, The Ark and the City of Dothan building officials to ensure compliance with all building codes.
According to Mr. Craig Scurlock, City Building Official, “The organization will continue to work with our building inspectors to identify any outstanding issues in the structure.”
The objectives of the meeting scheduled for later this afternoon with the Ark staff have been accomplished.
Those objectives were to identify any outstanding deficiencies, options for corrections and timelines to have these corrections in place.