The Houston County Commission approved federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for local nonprofits and a new industrial site Tuesday.

The commission set aside $100,000 to give out in grants to local nonprofits, according to the Dothan Eagle

“There are certain requirements that the recipients have to meet,” Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said at an administration meeting last week. “What we’ll do is take applications at the appropriate time and send them to our oversight organization in Montgomery and they’ll determine if they’re proper or not. The commission will have to come back and vote on each one.”

The commission also approved $900,000 in ARPA funding for construction of a new Napier Field Rd. industrial site. The city of Dothan and the state of Alabama are also providing funding for the project.

“This is a project we’ve had on our approved list that we’ve approved several months ago to partner with the state and now the city to develop some new industrial land which we are in desperate need of … that’s a good problem to have,” Culver said last week. 

Matt Parker, president of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, said last week that the intent of the project is to get the site “shovel ready with water, sewer, infrastructure, road and drainage improvements to position that to have that be ready and available.” 

Commissioners also voted to allocate another $5.2 million in ARPA funds to replace the windows in the Houston County Administration Building and seal the building’s envelope to repel water from getting inside the building, according to the Dothan Eagle.

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