Council declares house nuisance, will demolish if not repaired in 30 days

Published 8:14 am Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Opp City Council moved forward with abating a property located in District 2 Monday night.

The property is located at 102 N. Walker St., and has windows broken. There have been a lot of complaints from neighbors about it being a nuisance.

Additionally, council members said the floors were falling in the home.

City Clerk Connie Smith sent the owners, who are listed as Deborah Dianne Bobo and James B. Bobo, a certified letter a month and a half ago.

City Inspector Danny Hall went to talk to the property owner a few times, and she was given 30 days to try to fix it.

Councilwoman Charlotte Hunt, who represents the constituents in the district the home is located, said that the front door was painted and the neighbor mowed the lawn.

Hunt said there were complaints of varmints in the yard all the time.

Councilman Gary Strickland said there were homes in Opp that appeared worse than this one, but that there had been no complaints on some of those.

Smith said the owner had expressed that she did not want the home to be torn down.

On Monday night, the council formally declared it a nuisance.

The owner now has 30 days to remedy the nuisance or the building will be demolished by the city.

The property owner will be responsible for any costs incurred during demolition.

The owner may request a hearing before the council within 30 days of the letter being mailed.

Property tax records show the home itself is worth approximately $12,920.