Geneva County begins strategic plan process and clarifies city dog issue

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) – On Monday, the Geneva County Commission voted to pass a strategic plan proposal which will help county leaders identify goals plus prioritize issues and resources. 

“We’re excited about passing a strategic plan and getting the approval where we can start doing work sessions. We want to have a plan for our money. This county is like a house. If we want to build the house, then we have to have a blueprint,” said Geneva County Commissioner Weston Spivey. 

Commissioners are working with The Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission and the Economic Development staff to create blueprints and focus on improving Geneva’s infrastructure. 

“We are going to prioritize our infrastructure in this plan and I look forward to beginning the work sessions,” said Spivey. 

Commissioner Spivey also took time in Monday’s meeting to discuss Slocomb Mayor Rob Hinson’s concerns about dog issues inside the city limits. 

“It was brought to my attention on January 14 at a Monday night council meeting that one of the issues the city was having was with a dog. The county didn’t have a dog pound as Mayor Hinson stated. I wanted to follow-up on that and we found out today from our attorney that is not our responsibility,” said Spivey. 

“It does not place on the county, the burden of enforcing laws within the city limits of a city,” stated Geneva County Attorney Phil Eldridge. 

However, Commissioner Spivey is pushing for a county dog pound with this upcoming Strategic Plan and actively looking for a solution between county and city.  

“I want to work with our cities as good as we can. I want positive relationships with them because I appreciate what they do. The city has put in a lot of effort to fighting dogs inside the city, but most of that liability falls back on them,” said Spivey. 

The biggest issue the county faces when discussing a county dog pound is funding.

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