Opp discusses more improvements

Published 12:02 am Thursday, January 19, 2012

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Opp City Council again discussed issues to make the city more “eye-appealing” and safe.

The council abated a property on Hwy 331 near the funeral home belonging to Todd and Janet Anderson because “it’s an eye sore,” council members agreed.

The council said the property needs cleaning out due to weeds and needs to be bush hogged.

Additionally, the council discussed the need to resurface streets.

“That’s the biggest complaint I get is the streets,” Councilman Jimmy Rogers said. “Some of these streets have not been touched in 40 years.”

Opp Mayor H.D. Edgar said the city has not received any state allocations for paving in the last eight years.

Councilman Davy Lindsey asked that people remember the city’s “Don’t Drop it on Opp” campaign.

“The streets need attention,” he said. “But this, too, causes an eye sore.”

Rogers agreed.

“It is getting pretty bad,” he said.

Councilman Oren Stewart said City Planner Don Childre, who was unable to attend the night’s meeting, had contacted the state Department of Transportation, about the possibility of placing a streetlight at the intersection of the Hwy 84 bypass and old Hwy 84 or Cummings Ave.

“They want a letter from the mayor,” Stewart said. “They also want to do a study to consider it.”

“They also want us to pay for the current and half of the installation,” Edgar said. “I’m going to talk to (Rep.) Mike Jones to see if he can help with this.”

Opp Police Chief Nickey Carnley also requested that the “No Turn On Red” sign be taken down from the red light at College and Cumming streets because of a building that was blocking the line of sight had been torn down.

“If Mr. (Robert) Breedlove decides to construct a new building, we will ask to put it back up,” Carnley said.