Opp Council keeps extending abatements

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Opp City Council on Monday continued hearing from a string of citizens requesting more time to abate nuisances at properties around town.

Monday, Opp resident Leroy Coleman became the latest homeowner to address the council, asking for specific instructions and a bit more time to clean up his residence at 315 S. College St. – one of many locations currently being worked on by owners under extensions from the city council.

District 4 Councilwoman Mary Brundidge told council members Coleman had made substantial progress toward abating the nuisance, and recommended the council grant him an additional two weeks to continue making progress.

In their last two meetings alone, the council has granted six extensions, including two to Coleman, to residents who continue to show improvement at properties labeled as nuisances by the city. Failure to comply with abatement instructions, officials said, would result in the homes being torn down at the owner’s expense.

In other business, the council:

• approved a contract extension with Revenue Discovery Systems to collect gas and tobacco taxes for the city for the next three years.

• approved Resolution 2014-16 to purchase a 2014 Starcraft Starlite van for the Opp Senior Adults Activity Center for a base price of $47,236.50 using partial grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration.