Demolition planned in Opp

Published 12:41 am Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Opp City Council is continuing its quest to rid the city of eyesores and dangerously dilapidated homes.

At Monday’s regular meeting, the council approved the demolition of a home located at 302 14th St., but also granted a second extension on an abatement for a homeowner showing continued progress.

Councilwoman Mary Brundidge said the home on 14th Street belonged to an elderly resident who “hasn’t seen the home in 24 years.” Brundidge said the family was in support of the demolition, which they will ultimately be billed for once work is completed by the city.

Brundidge, along with Councilman T.D. Morgan, also praised the efforts of Opp resident Leroy Coleman, who was granted an additional two weeks to show continued improvement on his property at 315 S. College St. by the council in February.

City Inspector Wanda Summers said Coleman has been steadily working on cleaning up the home.

“He has removed a stove from the front porch, and there’s still some stuff on it, but he cleaned down one whole side of the house,” she said. “He has cleaned up the carport pretty good.”

The council unanimously approved a second, two-week extension for Coleman in light of his work.

The council also approved the declaration of two other homes as nuisances during Monday’s meeting. In a 3-2 vote on both resolutions 2014-17 and 2014-18, the council declared 118 Cole St. and 401 Monroe St. respectively to be nuisances.

Both Brundidge and Morgan voted no to the resolutions. While Morgan expressed concern over the increasing number of homes in jeopardy of being demolished, Mayor John Bartholomew said the resolutions only deemed the properties nuisances, allowing the city to officially address the owners.

In other business, the council:

• approved Resolution 2014-19, authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract to finance a Knuckleboom brush loader through Bancorp South Equipment Finance for a $136,000 over 36 months; authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract to finance a John Deere tractor through Bancorp South Equipment Finance for $53,350 over 48 months;

• approved the mayor to enter into a contract for lawn service with Stuards Lawncare for the term of one year at a cost of $1,200 per cut, with cuts to come bi-weekly.