Opp contracts with chamber for work

Published 12:04 am Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Opp City Council on Monday night voted to enter into an agreement with the Opp and Covington County Area Chamber of Commerce.

The agreement says that the city will pay the chamber monthly installments totaling $35,000 for a year.

In turn, the chamber will provide assistance to help promote the city.

In addition, the city agrees to provide the chamber with office space and utilities.

“This is a year contract for us to pay $35,000 a year for an employee’s pay to help the city in any way we need,” Mayor John Bartholomew said. “If performance isn’t met, you don’t have to pay.”

Bartholomew said that if current Chamber employee Emilee Gage leaves, the council isn’t responsible for paying until a replacement is found.

The city council has no say so in a replacement. The chamber board of directors will choose a replacement.

“Emilee does a good job,” councilman Arlin Davis said.

“If she can better herself and make more money, good for her,” councilman T.D. Morgan said.

Gage has not formally announced her resignation from her job at the Chamber, though she has told the Chamber board she is exploring other options.