Landmark Park will get some assistance in repairs to its road after the Houston County Commission approved a request to provide labor for the project.

According to Laura Stakelum, Landmark’s interim director, the road suffers from drainage issues and was last repaired in either 2016 or 2017. Landmark received assistance from several entities during that project – including the county and the City of Dothan – and the plan is to attempt a similar arrangement this year, Stakelum added.

In a letter to Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver, Stakelum said she hoped to coordinate this year’s project between MidSouth Paving, Houston County Road and Bridge, the City of Dothan, and Wiregrass Construction Company. In a Thursday meeting, Stakelum added she has discussed the drainage problems with an engineer in an effort to reduce future problems.

Houston County chief engineer Barkley Kirkland said the project is a large one – requiring about 230 loads of dirt. Gravel will be added to ensure dirt remains in place longer, he said.

In other action, the commission:

>> Approved a request to hire two additional school resource officers for the Houston County Schools system. The Houston County Sheriff’s Office will cover the costs of hiring the extra manpower until the new fiscal year begins in October, at which point the school system will share the costs with the county.

>> Approved a request to vacate about one mile of Zachary Road in southern Houston County. The request came from adjacent landowners; approval means the county is no longer responsible for the road’s upkeep.

>> Adopted a policy regarding the disbursement of fire protection services fees and other county appropriations to eligible volunteer fire departments and the county’s volunteer fire association.

>> Approved a pass-through grant of $6,298.38 from the Dothan-Houston County Emergency Management Agency. The grant purchased equipment for the sheriff’s office.

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