Opp council takes action against mill owners

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, April 7, 2015

More than year after “questionable burning” was stopped at a cotton mill in Opp the city council voted to take action against the owners.

Mayor John Bartholomew said the city has tried many different steps to get the former Micolas Mill property cleaned up, but it has failed.

“Our attorney has suggested we move forward with a lawsuit,” he said.

The owners B&B Recycling has not followed through to clean-up the property, he said.

The city voted to file suit in circuit court.

“Due to the actions or inactions of B&B Recycling, and Rod Brunley, said property is in such a state of decay, dilapidation or disrepair that it constitutes a public nuisance and danger to the public at large. There are discarded trash and building materials throughout the property that have remained for an extended period of time. The property contains breeding grounds for flies, insects and/or rodents.”

The suit alleges that the property is “a blight to the community and danger to those who live on or near the same. A large majority of the property is not fenced and is an attractive nuisance to children who may become injured or worse due to the open and dangerous conditions existing on the property.”

Burning was stopped in February 2014 after residents complained about the smoke and smell coming from the burn piles.