After months of waiting for repairs to the Doug Tew Community Center, city commissioners set the plans in motion today.
"We've had ongoing issues with the roof. We've made ongoing repairs throughout the years. It's just time for a new roof there. Our air conditioning as well needs to be upgraded to today's standards and we're going to renovate the restrooms,” said Elston Jones, Dothan Leisure Services Director.
The 1.1 million dollar project passed but it wasn't unanimous.
"Things change over time. Needs change demographics change, lots of things change. I don't think that's been completely taken into consideration as far as this facility goes and I think we need to look at that in the future as far as any facility that we spend seven figures on much less anything on," said District 6 Commissioner, Hamp Baxley.
The center was first built in the 50s and with very little changes since then, Baxley says it may be out of date-- in more ways than just repairs can fix.
"You have new classes new technologies, new ways to make buildings more efficient that didn't exist back then. We're trying to adapt today's technology to old technology," said Baxley.
He questioned if the center was the best use of the city's resources. Baxley says a review of the facility is needed and that a different design may be more economical.
Another concern brought up today--the possibility of a new recreation center. Jim Oates Park has been talked about for years but this year plans may be finally drawn.
"That means the whole entire scope of what goes on at Doug Tew is going to change more than likely if that goes forward. I don't think that has been taken into consideration either," said Baxley.
He says an analysis of all city facilities should be done so that tax dollars are spent wisely, not only in this instance.
Despite concerns, repairs will begin within just 30 days.