County commissioners looking to build more recreational activities for Houston County

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Commissioners in Houston County over the past month have been asking people to take the Houston County survey.

This survey is for county commissioners to gather information on what people want.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents think the area needs more walking and biking trails, and District 4 Houston County Commissioner Brandon Shoupe isn’t opposed to the idea.

“Hop on a bike trail in Wicksburg, peddle all the way to downtown Dothan, have lunch,” District 4 Houston County Commissioner Brandon Shoupe said. “Go to Cottonwood and come back, and just make a day out of it. That would be outstanding. I think that would draw a lot of tourists to our area to have something like that. That’s gonna take a tremendous amount of work.”

Another thing people in Houston County want is more new higher paying jobs. Shoupe thinks that there are some things to be done before that can happen.

“Before we start getting those jobs more successfully than we are doing now, we’re gonna have to make a decision to make an investment in ourselves,” Shoupe said. “In terms of making an investment in amenities and outdoor venues and in our education system.”

Internet was another concern from people who took the survey.

According to Shoupe, there are people within Dothan City Limits that do not have internet and says the commission is looking into how to remedy that.

“We’ve been looking at I say for the past year and a half at ways that we can promote broadband connectivity and broadband speeds,” Shoupe said. “I know Wiregrass Electric has done a lot primarily in the rural areas, and that doesn’t impact all of Houston County.”

The commissioner said they also plan to do something about the old dilapidated buildings and helping the sheriff crackdown on criminal activity. Crime had appeared as a major concern on the survey for the first time.

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