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Opp goes for a clean sweep

OPP - Don't Drop it on Opp. That's the new slogan recently adopted by the City of Opp in its new campaign to clean up the city and keep it that way.

"Our rights of way and streets are not dumpsters," said Mayor Jerry Boothe at the Tuesday night meeting of the Opp City Council. "Over the next three months, we expect a lot of visitors and we want to look our best."

Boothe said that the clean-up will focus on both commercial and residential properties and he hopes all property owners will get in the spirit of the campaign and get their places looking good.

Boothe did not say what visitors were expected, but industrial recruitment has been a main focus of local governments in the past few months.

Boothe said the littered streets and roads didn't make Opp look good and the city would present itself at its best.

In other business, Lloyd Sellars of Dean's Pharmacy approached the council to protest the closing of main street on two occasions.

"When you close that on Saturday, you close my business," said Sellars. "You close me down."

Sellars said many of his customers have prescriptions called in Friday evening and pick them up on Saturday morning, but two times recently, were unable to get to the pharmacy because Main Street had been closed for special events.

"I had two or three (customers) who took their trade some where else," said Sellars. "I take a very dim view of it. I'm not against civic functions, but I am against closing Main Street."

The two occasions Sellars was referring to, he said after the meeting, were Opp Fest and the Dillon Bullard Day, when Opp High School student Dillon Bullard was welcomed home in early December after being on the ABC Family Channel's "Switched" program.

"They still closed my business," said Sellars.

The council told Sellars they would take the matter under advisement.

The council approved a resolution continuing the fire protection mutual aid agreement held with Fort Rucker Fire Department.

"There are no changes," said Boothe. "This is just a continuation of the mutual aid agreement we've had with them."

The mutual aid agreement provides just that - mutual aid in times of emergency, with Fort Rucker supplying firefighting and hazardous material response to Opp if needed, and vice versa. The agreement was approved unanimously by the city council.