In an attempt to lower euthanasia rates, the City of Dothan has created a partnership with PetSmart to use store space for adoptions.

The Dothan City Commission approved the agreement, which comes at no cost to the city, during a Tuesday meeting. Dothan Police Department Chief Steve Parrish said the city has entered into this partnership before, but the contract lapsed at some point.

The local PetSmart location – in the Shops on the Circle retail subdivision – provides greater visibility for some of the animals the Dothan Animal Shelter oversees, Parrish said.

“A lot of people go there to adopt animals,” he said. “It’s a great program.”

In other action, the commission:

>> Approved the rezoning of land located west of Murphy Mill Landing from A-C (agricultural-conservation) to R-2 (residential single-family, medium density) by a 5-1 vote. District 1 Commissioner Kevin Dorsey dissented; District 6 Commissioner David Crutchfield did not attend the meeting.

>> Approved the rezoning of property owned by the Boys and Girls Club of the Wiregrass at 435 South Alice St. from L-I (light industrial) to B-2 (highway commercial).

>> Approved a restaurant retail liquor license (on premise) for Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill at 250 South Oates St. and approved a special retail license – more than 30 days (on or off premise) for Courtyard by Marriott at 3040 Ross Clark Circle.

>> Approved a damage claim from Coby Jordan in the amount of $16,042 stemming from an accident involving a city vehicle on Ross Clark Circle.

>> Authorized the Houston County government to continue to collect five mills of property tax on behalf of the city.

>> Entered into a contract with Southeastern Power Administration for the purchase of an additional 7,129 kilowatts.

>> Appropriated funds and awarded a bid to Pedal Valve for meter replacements and other work related to installing the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) smart-meter system at a cost of $2,088,100.

>> Entered into a contract with L&K Contracting for the first phase of red water water main replacements of 2019 at a cost of $637,805. The city budgets $1.6 million per year to upgrade water mains that cause discolored water, meaning other projects will follow this year.

>> Awarded the bid for refurbishment of six water wells to Donald Smith Company at a cost of $435,072.

>> Submitted annual pollution prevention reports for the city’s three wastewater treatment plants to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

>> Declared two 2003 Ford Crown Victoria vehicles as surplus and donated one each to the police departments of Clio and Bakerhill in Barbour County.

>> Appointed Claudia Hall to the Wiregrass Museum of Art Board.

>> Declared certain properties that are overgrown with weeds and other vegetation as injurious to the health, safety, and welfare of the community and as nuisances and ordered them abated.

>> Called for a public hearing on June 4 regarding other properties declared as nuisances and injurious to the health, safety, and welfare of the community.

>> Confirmed the cost incurred in notification and abatement of nuisance properties and turned the costs over to the county tax collector so they can be assessed on the next regular tax bills for those properties.

>> Awarded bids and approved other purchases topping $15,000 by a 5-0 vote. District 4 commissioner John Ferguson abstained.

>> Approved advance travel requests for city employees.

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