Dothan city take the good with the bad, and introduce new ideas in 2018

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - "If you don't have a plan, you don't really know where you're going… and if you don't know where you're going, it doesn't really matter where you go,” said city manager Mike West.

The Dothan City Commission, along with Mayor Mark Saliba, is breaking down the city's success in 2017.

"It’s continuing to fight the whole, "I don't have anything to do in Dothan,”” added Saliba. “That is a myth; there is plenty to do in Dothan, Alabama."

The mayor points out the economic and business growth the city has experienced over the past several years. But, there is one thing District 5 commissioner Beth Kenward believes they need to work on.

"We’re making things more convenient for you and it's our job to communicate that."

Including online business licensing, Kenward says many business owners don't know it's available. Business owners can pay fees and renew their licenses on the Dothan website.

"I think our primary responsibility in leadership is to not only equip our citizens and business owners with information, but to make it easy and technology driven. That's the direction our city is going in,” added Kenward.

Speaking of technology, the commission hopes to create a Dothan app by the end of the year that's easy to read and maps out everything in one place.

"We do want to make it a lot easier for people to get the information that's going on. For example, with the issue of the hard freeze we had in January, we can get information out that it's coming.”

City commissioners continue their strategic plan work session Saturday. Anyone can attend, it starts at 8:00 AM at Friend Bank on Highway 84 west.

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