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The Houston County Commission may consider an agreement with the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority Monday that could improve the downtown area’s functionality for businesses.

The county owns a small snippet of land next to the Houston County Courthouse parking lot, and some of the nearby businesses that front North Foster Street wish to develop it in various ways, said Mark Culver, Houston County Commission chairman. For instance Diablo’s Southwest Grill has proposed to use it as an access area for its business, while a couple of other businesses like Stix and Cones want to create a pad for waste receptacles.

Culver said county officials believe it would be more efficient to allow the DDRA to lease the land and manage those requests. Since the amount of land is small, the lease agreement would be for only a few hundred dollars a year, he added.

If the county approves the request Monday, it will be up to the DDRA’s board to ratify its half of the agreement. A satisfactory survey must be completed on the property, as well.

Project sewer du jour: While the City of Dothan is in the midst of a litany of sewer projects – and has been for about a decade – it appears the county is preparing to launch its own.

On Monday county commissioners will also consider a contract with Poly, Inc. (formerly Polyengineering) for some design work and other services related to the wastewater treatment plant at the Houston County Distribution Center. The southern Houston County facility, which supports McLane Distribution, is approaching 20 years old and will need some upgrades soon, Culver said.

The county set aside $100,000 in its current budget to tackle some of the necessary improvements, Culver added.

Meeting schedule: Government meetings ramp up this week, beginning with the Houston County Commission meeting Monday at 10 a.m. on the third floor of the county administration building.

Dothan’s Board of Zoning Adjustment will conduct a special meeting on Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Dothan Civic Center. Later that day, the Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 4 p.m. in the Civic Center.

The HPC will consider a request from Diablo’s Southwest Grill owner Chad Brinkley to install a stairwell along the rear and side of his business. Brinkley has also requested to replace a railing on the front side of the building.

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