As it plans the addition of a new building to its campus, Troy University Dothan is actively seeking the assistance of the towns, cities and counties it serves. Tuesday, it was Headland's turn.
Dr. Don Jeffrey, vice-chancellor of the Dothan Campus, reviewed the university's rich history in the Wiregrass with the Headland City Council. The latest project is a planned 50,000-55,000-square-foot facility which will include classrooms, a "Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence" to assist local business owners and potential owners, and a 400-seat auditorium.
The Coleman Building will cost $9.8 million and take about 18 months to build. "We're hoping to break ground in late spring or early summer of 2015," Jeffrey said. The local visits are part of a search for financial backers, in light of the university's influence in the area. Mayor Ray Marler praised Troy University Dothan, thanked Jeffrey for his service to the Wiregrass and said the city will be taking the matter into consideration.
The city is gathering information to deal with the concerns of a resident who said she has been unable to retrieve a water deposit she feels is due her. Linda Reeves told the council she had moved into another residence due to work being done at her main residential location. When she asked about getting her deposit, she was told it was not available, due to an outstanding amount on her water account. Marler asked Water Superintendent Jason Singletary to collect paperwork on the subject, to be reviewed by the council.
The council approved the sale of land adjacent to Living Strength Gym to be used by the business to add services to the area's residents. Benton Beasley requested the sale for the addition of a baseball/softball building.
The mayor said the Southeast Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission will hold its annual meeting Sept. 11 in the Ozark Civic Center.
Sales taxes in the city were up again in July, Marler said. He thanked the city's residents for continuing to support their local merchants and businesses. Also on the local economic front, the mayor said the Wal-Mart Express is slated to open by the end of this month.
Marler also thanked the city for its support of the Dixie Youth All-Star team, which recently won the state championship. He congratulated the team and wished them good luck as they had to Lexington, S.C., for the Dixie Youth World Series this weekend and next week.
A public hearing will be held for Joe Todd concerning sewer work on his property.
A work session for the upcoming fiscal year's budget will be held following the Aug. 19 council meeting. Marler said the council will also receive a contract from WRMZ at that time.