Message from the Mayor

It is hard to believe that it is already September. As I’ve said before, this is my favorite time of year as we move towards the holidays.

We are already into this year’s football season and I have to congratulate the Opp Bobcats on starting out strong with victories over Luverne, but also longtime rival, Straughn High School. Opp is known for the support it gives its athletes, so let’s all join in saying, Go! Fight! Win! Go Bobcats!

After a long time of planning over the last several years, revisions, changes and more revisions, the new Opp Utilities Building should finally open to the public latter part of the month. I believe our employees will be happy and more productive in this state-of-the –art facility.

But our customers will also see improved benefit. There is more off-street parking and a more convenient drive-thru window. No longer, if all the spaces are taken on Main Street or at the Opp Police Department, will customers have to circle the block. 

We have also begun the resurfacing on Barnes Street.  We are actively working on getting the funds needed for a much needed sewer upgrade and then the entire street will be resurfaced.

We’re also excited about the prospect of the new business proposed by Lamar and Liz Lindsey on the bypass. It is going to be good to see that part of our city grow, and much work and resources have gone into getting that property ready for new businesses.

Also, remember the Frank Jackson Trail Masters are preparing for the Scarecrows in the Park exhibit to open the first of October. Maggie and I have worked on our scarecrows and I encourage everyone, businesses, churches, school and individuals to create a scarecrow and take part in this great event. 

We are also currently waiting for final approval for the Opp Train Depot renovation. We’ve had the grant for a while, and have worked tirelessly to meet the requirements of the DOT. I believe it will all be worth it once the project is complete and the train depot becomes an activity hub for our city.

Finally, our Downtown Redevelopment Authority is working hard this year on Opp Fest. They are still looking for vendors, both arts and crafts and food vendors to line the streets on Oct. 31.

Also, this year, they are looking to fill the entertainment schedule with local talent. So if you play an instrument, sing, play in a band, then I encourage you to call Pam Potter at 493-2122 and speak with her about being part of the entertainment.

Once again, we’ll also have the car show with some pretty remarkable cars and trucks from all eras.

This year, the Opp Rotary Club’s Scarecrow 5K will take place on Oct. 31, and will be run/walk through the city, beginning at city hall. This is one of the Rotary Club’s main fundraisers and the funds are used for many worthwhile causes. 

I would encourage everyone who enjoys doing 5Ks to take part and from what I understand it is a sanctioned event this year. 

Registration forms should be available soon around town and we’ll also get one posted to the city’s website and Facebook page as quickly as possible. 

September is a busy month, and it will lead to busier months. I hope everyone can take the opportunity on Sept. 6 to mark Labor Day with friends and family. 

God bless and keep you, and our city. 

 

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