Opp signal changes coming

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Opp residents will soon have to make changes to their usual stopping and starting in downtown.

The Opp City Council passed an ordinance Monday night that includes placing a four-way stop at the intersection of old Perry Store Road and Maloy in lieu of the caution light and two-way stop.

In addition, the traffic signals at the intersection of Covington Avenue and Main Street will be removed and replaced with a four-way stop.

Mayor H.D. Edgar said the traffic study recently contracted through CDG Engineers showed there was not enough traffic at these intersections for lights.

The Covington Avenue and Main Street light is being removed as part of the downtown revitalization effort to move all utilities underground.

“The overhang lights are very expensive and to make the city look like we want it to the four-way stops are necessary,” Edgar said.

Edgar said the four-way stop signs will go into place soon and will give residents enough time to get used to them being their before the city actually takes down the traffic signals.

In addition, the council voted to abate property at 308 E. Hart Ave.

Edgar said the home burned and the city has repeatedly tried to get the owner to do something about the property.

“We’re tried to work with him, but all we’ve gotten is promises, promises, promises,” Edgar said.

The owner will have 30 days from Monday night’s action to comply or the city will tear down the structure. If that happens, the cost of removing the structure will be assessed with the owner’s property taxes.

“All we want for him to do is tear it down or fix it up,” Edgar said.