3 Opp properties abated

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 22, 2010

City council members took measures Thursday to help keep Opp aesthetically appealing.

Three properties – 300 Barnes Street, 314 Stanley Street and 307 Stanley Street – were abated and declared a public nuisance.

City Clerk Connie Smith said a letter would be mailed to the owners Friday, and they would have 14 days to clean up the property.

The council also tabled a vote to rezone property on the U.S. 331 Bypass owned by Steve Booth because they needed more information on what Booth plans to do with the property.

City planner Don Childre, who presented the plan to the council at the recommendation of the city’s planning board, said Booth planned to put billboards for Doc’s Country Store on the property.

If the council approves the change it will go from an R-1 to B-3, which Childre said is a arterial business district, which is the least restrictive of the business zonings.

“DOT requires the property to be in a business zone to put up billboards,” he said.

The council also adopted an ordinance that would allow for a tax-fee weekend on school supplies and other items beginning at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 6 and ending at midnight Aug. 8.