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[ARCHIVED] Townsend discusses issues at Town Hall meeting

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Townsend hears feedback at Town Hall meeting

BY KEN ROGERS krogers@dothaneagle.com

Feb 13, 2020

Enterprise City Councilman Turner Townsend,

who represents District 5, discussed ongoing

issues and upcoming projects with his

constituents at his annual Town Hall meeting

Tuesday night at the Farmers Market.

“We had a good meeting,” Townsend said.

“The folks that come to these are usually

engaged in the community. What I updated

them on is basically what we’ve been talking

about in my council comments.

“We’re working on a big retail development.

We’re discussing with Parks & Rec about a

soccer complex. We talked about the fact that

there’s going to be some incentives involved

with a new hotel and the retail development.

And we talked about the net revenues that are

expected to be generated (by the

development).”

There were follow-up questions, as well. He

said people asked about a new recreation and

aquatics center, which he called “a hot-topic

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issue the last three years.” He also heard

specifics about street conditions, traffic lights,

street lights and nuisance properties.

“Everybody has their own opinion on what we

need, what we should be in the business of and

how much money we should be spending,”

Townsend said.

Among a consensus complaint was the

condition of several roads, particularly those

affected by pot holes created by the water main

project. Patience will be required, he said.

“We’ve got a road resurfacing project that is in

the works,” Townsend said. “But you can’t do

a major road resurfacing until you dig up the

roads and get that (water mains and subsurface

infrastructure) updated. Most folks

understand that. But they’re not wrong. You

ride around town and there are some roads that

are embarrassing.”

While admitting some frustration with the pace

of the project, the scope of the work is

enormous, especially in Phase I of the project.

“We’re dealing with first generation water

pipes,” Townsend said. “Think about it, we’re

basically coming to the end of the first

generation of water systems. Really, we didn’t

have water systems until these pipes were

being put in the grown in the early 1900’s and

the first half of the century. We had a good

discussion about that.”

As far as street lights, Townsend said the

replacement lights are going to be all LED,

which should give them a longer life, which

means there should be fewer outages in the

future.

He added recycling has been a big topic,

particularly since Enterprise eliminated curbside

recycling

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