City Manager Charlie Howell said that the resolution was prepared at the request of Roosevelt Russell, who represents constituents from the area.

"For some reason it became known as Dog Island and I have heard conflicting stories about why," Russell said. "This is a new day and I will be proud when we all get Dog Island out of our minds.

"It never sounded right."

According to the resolution, "Dog Island" doesn't describe the neighborhood as a desirable place to live and work, even though "continuing improvement (to) its appearance and the health, safety and welfare of its residents has been accomplished."

Howell announced that the city has been allocated $500,000 in CDBG money from the Georgia Department of Housing and Urban Development. He said the money will be used for improvements for Southeast Tifton in storm drainage infrastructure to eliminate problems associated with uncontrolled runoff of storm water in the Brookvale Neighborhood. The area, a low and moderate-income area in Southeast Tifton off Lower Brookfield Road, consists of 131 households.

The primary streets in the area include Evergreen Drive, Brookvale Drive, Valley Drive and Hillside Drive.

The current storm drainage system in the area consists of an open drainage ditch through the middle of the neighborhood and smaller open ditches running alongside the streets to direct runoff to the larger ditch.

"There is no curb and gutter and existing cross-drains under streets are in eroded and heavily silted conditions," Howell said. "Residents must contend with a range of problems from flooding and standing water to damage to properties as water runoff enters under homes fostering wood rot, mildew and termite infestation."

CDBG funds will be matched by city funds in the amount of $143,420. The city will also provide engineering design and inspection cost of $30,548 for the project.



To contact city editor Angie Thompson, call 382-4321.

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