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City Commission Voted on Proposed Capital Improvement Projects

The Dothan City Commission voted on proposed capital improvement projects that have been talked about for more than a month.

The votes many Dothan residents have been waiting for finally came to a conclusion Tuesday night.

The city commission voted against the two biggest money proposals, 7.5 million dollar senior citizen activity center at the new Southwest Park and a downtown aquatic center predicted to cost more than 8-million.

Before the voting Mayor Pat Thomas acknowledged that agreeing to proceed with projects doesn't mean they will automatically happen.

Downtown building owner and swim team supporter Chip George came to support the most expensive project, the aquatic center he says would benefit all ages.

"Learn to swim to therapy. What you see here is competition element and this is the kind of thing that pays for itself over the long term."

But in the end the aquatic and senior activity center proposals failed by 4 to 3 votes.

The only unanimous votes were to improve the intersection at Honeysuckle and Fortner Street and to replace the heating and A/C units at the Civic Center.

Proposals for new youth and adult ball fields were also passed Tuesday night.

The commission failed to draw a motion for the new Water World attraction and purchase of acreage for a new Industrial Park stating that the time is not right to pursue either until further looked into.

Commissioners also approved changing city commission meeting times back to 10 a.m. starting Tuesday, June 3rd.


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