Residents respond to Dougherty County's long-term recovery plan

Residents respond to Dougherty County's long-term recovery plan
Residents voiced their concerns at a community input meeting. (Source: WALB)
Residents voiced their concerns at a community input meeting. (Source: WALB)
Resident Helen Young (Source: WALB)
Resident Helen Young (Source: WALB)
The plan contains a project that specifies a need for tornado sirens. (Source: WALB)
The plan contains a project that specifies a need for tornado sirens. (Source: WALB)
Commissioner Gloria Gaines (Source: WALB)
Commissioner Gloria Gaines (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County commissioners heard from concerned residents about the long-term recovery and resiliency plan. The residents gave their opinion on the  $151 million plan to rebuild and revitalize Dougherty County after the January storms.

"I wanted to hear from the county what the long-term plan is," said resident Helen Young.

Helen Young is a barber and said that in her barber shop the recovery plan has been the topic of discussion for quite some time.

Young said after a disaster, the real disaster is the lack of information or confusing information being presented to the public. So, she is always ready to hear what leaders have to say.

"It's important to me for people to get the information and have the clear information as it relates to the planning and the long-term plan," said Young.

Commissioner Gloria Gaines explained the feedback from the community is so important, which is why commissioners held the community input meeting.

"It is our citizens who were greatly impacted by the storms," said Gaines.

Other residents voiced their opinion of recovering residents, homes that have been destroyed and who will pay for this plan, but Young said the most important reason she came to the meeting was to see how the county and city plan to respond to the next disaster.

And that was included in Tuesday night's agenda.

The plan contains a project that specifies a need for tornado sirens and a giant voice system to alert residents and having community safe rooms.

"With what is happening in the environment, it could very well occur again," said Gaines.

You can view the entire Long-Term Recovery and Resiliency Plan below:

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