Saturday, July 26, 2014

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City Council Approves New Plan To Revitalize Opp
By Catalina Trivino


Opp city officials say they have big plans for improving the city --including bringing more industry to town.

The Opp city council has approved a development plan designed to show projects the city hopes to focus their efforts and money on during the next four years.

It's this plan that describes the future of Opp, according to city leaders. It's one that outlines the goals to make economic and community improvement throughout the city council's administration.

 

"That's what this helps us do. It establishes our goals, what we're looking for in the future and how we are putting our money to best use," Opp City Planner, Jason Bryan.

City leaders say part of the plan is to move the library toward the center of town, which means another building will be constructed. All parks around the city will be upgraded and the community pool will get a facelift after about 10 years of not being used. They'll also be rezoning parts of the city.

"It's one of the most crucial things for a city, a devolping city, is zoning a city for the proper zoning because it creates revenue, it creates a stream of developpers who want to come into our city and develop," Said Opp Mayor, John Bartholomew.

Mayor Bartholomew says the city plans to extend and replace water and sewer lines across town, including putting them along the Highway 331 Bypass.

The city was also approved to apply for a $400,000 grant to make improvements to the Depot.

Opp resident, Matthew Carnley, says he agrees with some of the improvements, especially if it makes Opp a better place for kids.

"Anything recreative for the kids, like these parks here, a little larger, water park, more supplies for the kids would be great,"Said Opp resident, Matthew Carnley.

City leaders tell me they'll renovate parts of Chanell-Lee Stadium, which is where the Rattlesnake Rodeo is held each year. They're also looking to bring upscale apartments to town. Now, those improvements are not part of the comprehensive plan.

City leaders say they've posted the plan online so that you can keep them accountable of their work. If you are interested in knowing more about the city's development plan, just go to www.cityofopp.com.