Judge sets hearing for Opp open meeting complaints

Published 12:21 am Saturday, August 13, 2016


Circuit Judge Ben Bowden has set a hearing in the case in which an Andalusia woman is suing three members of the Opp City Council for violating the Open Meeting Act for next month.

Earlier this week, council members T.D. Morgan, Bobby Ray Owens and Mary Brundidge were served complaints.

Shelly Tomberlin is being represented by Elba attorney Matthew Brunson.

Tomberlin, who is seeking to open a Golden Rule Bar-B-Q restaurant next to the Best Western on the bypass in Opp, is alleging that the three council members convened a pre-arranged, unadvertised meeting at the Blue Flame Grill after the April 1 regular council meeting adjourned at city hall.

She also is suing for a third count of defamation.

The hearing will be Sept. 1, at 3 p.m.