Houston County, Dale County and the City of Dothan are partnering with the State of Alabama to fix a major drainage issue at the Dothan Regional Airport that could help with future expansion.
Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker said the project will cost about $1.2 million. Most of the money will be provided by the state. Houston and Dale counties will supply most of the labor. The City of Dothan will be able to help with some federal matching funds.
Parker said the project involves moving more than 100,000 cubic yards of dirt.
“It’s a really big project and the timeline is pretty tight,” Parker said.
The project must be completed by February. Parker said the drainage fix could help the airport receive funds from the Federal Aviation Administration in the future to aid in expansion.
The item was discussed Thursday during the Houston County Commission administrative meeting. A vote on the item will take place during Monday’s regular meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. in the third floor commission chambers at the Houston County Administration Building.
Also Thursday, the commission appeared ready to take ownership of the new Peggi Crawford James Park in downtown Dothan. The property had been owned by the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority. It was purchased in a partnership with the DDRA, Houston County and nearby 5-Star Credit Union.
The property will be transferred from the DDRA to Houston County, but is expected to be maintained by the City of Dothan.
The property is the former site of the Saints Apartments. The county initially wanted the property for parking, but plans were changed later to create the park/green space.